Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New at the Dallas Campus library

“The service provided by most companies is mediocre at best, atrocious at worst,’ say Dennis Snow and Teri Yanovitch, authors of Unleashing Excellence, The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service published in 2003 by DC Press of Sanford, Fla. The authors both have experience working with The Walt Disney World Company.
Unleashing Excellence offers a step-by-step guide on how to begin programs to improve customer service and change employee behavior. The 193-page book is full of lists of “action steps,” as well as sample agendas, surveys and forms that can be used to promote a better image for a business.

Fact-filled profiles of 900 of the nation’s largest businesses are held within the pages of Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2009, Profiles of Major U.S. Private Enterprises, published by Hoover’s Business Press of Austin. Entries for each business include summaries of the business and its products, as much as five years of financial information, as well as lists of executives and company contact information. Entries often include lists of competing businesses.

How do you best assess the effectiveness of university advising programs? What should you be aware of while advising students of color and international students? Those are among the 29 topics on the history, the current trends and the future of advising in a university environment in Academic Advising, A Comprehensive Handbook, Second Edition, by Virginia N. Gordon, Wesley R. Habley and Thomas J. Grites and Associates, published by Jossey-Bass of San Francisco, Calif. in 2008.

People, people who need people...

Do you want to know more about Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular young adult Twilight series? Or perhaps you are more interested in Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
Those are just three of at least 175 people you can meet in the Dallas Campus library.
Their stories are part of the profiles of living leaders who are included in Current Biography Yearbook 2008. Current Biography, now in the library, is complied by the well-respected reference publisher, The H.R. Wilson Company, New York and Dublin.
People profiled in Current Biography hail from the worlds of business, the arts, science, politics, sports, entertainment, activism and journalism.
Wilson describes the 626-page collection as “objective, accurate and well-documented biographical articles.”
Current Biography also has 79 pages of obituaries as well as an index that guides users to profiles written in other issues of the annual Current Biography.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Dallas Today!

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is just in from her trip to Mexico discussing the country’s drug violence and border security issues. She is scheduled to speak at around 3:00 pm at the Dallas Women's Museum located at 3800 Parry Avenue Dallas, TX 75226 . She is participating in honoring Women's History Month. Joining her will be Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Gloria Campos from WFAA-TV will moderate. Last year she won the popular vote in the Texas presidential primary, and this is her first trip to Dallas since assuming the role of Secretary of State for the Obama administration .

Library Has New Materials!

Blumberg, Phyllis (2009). Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Practical Guide for Faculty. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass . This book provides a step-by-step plan for changing courses from teacher-centered to learner-centered models, which in research has been shown to be more engaging for students. The book not only acts as a guide, but it also contains several self-assessments and worksheets that are based upon theories created by Maryellen Weimer's and her approaches to Learner-Centered Teaching. It is designed to help teachers, instructors and faculty transform their teaching methods to improve student learning. LB 2331.B55 2009 c.2

Seldin, Peter (2004). The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. This book is a guide for those looking to create a teaching portfolio. It contains new information on web-based electronic teaching portfolios and also 22 sample teaching portfolios derived from many different disciplines. Other contents include: strategies, helpful answers, field tested suggestions, etc. LB 2333.S46 2004

Cook, D, & Sittler, R (Eds.). (2008). Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors. Chicago, Illinois: ALA. Provides case-studies using instructional methodologies derived from credible pedagogical theory. It shows new approaches to teaching. It helps those with little to no teaching experience enhance their instruction skills. Every section is rooted in educational and library literature. Z 711.25.C65 P73 2008

Seldin, P, & Miller, J (2009). The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. This book focuses on academic portfolios for faculty evaluation and development. They discuss some of the key issues, red flags, and benchmarks for developing academic portfolios. It presents 18 portfolio models from 16 different academic disciplines. LB 1029.P67 S45 2009 c.2

Gordon, Virginia (2006). Career Advising: An Academic Advisor's Guide. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. This book is a resource for academic advisors to help students with the educational choices and career decisions. It highlights how academic advisors are in a position to guide students in their decisions and to help them understand the relationships between their academic and career choices. It helps advisors to become more effective in their jobs as counselors. LB 2343.G636 2006 c.2

Friday, March 13, 2009

St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break

Get Ready for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17th!

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday observing and honoring the death, as the legend proclaims, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, circa 492. It is also the occasion where many Americans celebrate all things ‘Irish’ with parades and festivals. In Dallas you can participate in many events, including the: 30th annual 2009 Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m.

Also, remember that next week is and Spring Break from March 16th-20th! The Library will be closed Monday the 16th, and open Tuesday the 17th-Friday the 20th from 9am-6pm. Saturday the 21st the library will resume normal hours.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Meet Dr. April Fehler

What is the message sociology professor Dr. April Fehler most wants her students to receive?

“They have the power to change their world by the choices that they make,” Fehler says. “They want to make a difference in their communities and I am here to empower them to do that.”

Her students plan to go on to teach, to be activists, to work in law enforcement, corrections, government or social service work.

Dr. Fehler’s specialties are mental health, managed care and health care policy. She brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work. She started out earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Texas, Arlington, and quickly realized that psychology includes not just the psyche, but also the surrounding cultural and political influences.

She went on to earn master’s degrees in sociology from UT, Arlington, and in public administration from the University of North Texas. Her doctorate is in political economy from UNT. She studied at the Dallas Campus.

Dr. Fehler, has been teaching sociology for 10 years. She started as an adjunct instructor at UNT , Dallas Campus, in spring 2007 and began teaching sociology here in 2008.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month

Not so long ago in the United States past, research and discussion about women’s inclusion in history was absent from the general public consciousness. Thanks to the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County, California, in 1978, “Women’s History Week” was born. Eventually, after much interest and public response combined with the efforts of hard working women and men, by 1987, the National Women’s History Project had proposed to Congress to designate the entire month of March for women’s history.

Ways you can promote and participate in honoring women's history:

1. Attend a free lecture on the history of race and gender in the West by Dr. Sarah J. Deutsch, dean of social sciences at Duke University, on March 6, at 4pm at UNT in Denton .

2. Visit the Internet Public Library's Women's History resources at http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/soc50.90.90/.

3. Visit the National Women's History Project. Go to: http://www.nwhp.org/ to see how Women are the Vanguards of Saving the Planet!

4. Visit the Library of Congress to see all of the fascinating historical information on women’s involvement in Unites States history, at http://womenshistorymonth.gov/.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Library Has New Materials

Martana, Texas Women: Trailblazers, Shining Stars & Cowgirls. Dallas, TX: Red Bandana Publishing, 2003. The author is a sixth-generation Texan, has combined a book of successful Texas women to showcase their leadership, stories of success, and what it took to get there. It provides personal interviews and photographic displays. call# F 385 .M37 2003

Newell, Charldean. Managing Local Government Cases in Effectiveness. Washington D.C: ICMA Press, 2008. The text provides actual cases and ties them into the teachings of The Effective Local Government Manager, 3rd Edition. It shows how to deal with important decisions about supervision, hiring, economic development, staff misconduct, and problem analysis in a politic environment. call# JS 331 .M27 2008

Hawkins, Gerald S. Stonehenge Uncovered. New York: Doubleday, 1965. This book was written several decades ago, but until Hawkins discoveries, many theories surrounded the monument, but today even though it is argued, Hawkins has shed light on Stonehenge’s potential past. The author is a Professor of Astronomy and concluded that Stonehenge was a sophisticated astronomical observatory designed to predict eclipses. call #DA 142 .H3 c.3

Mitchell, Gregory R. Cost Analysis and Activity-Based Costing for Government. 6. Chicago, IL: Government Finance Officers Association, 2004. This book is designed to show the reader the importance of cost analysis to prevent overspending in the government. It covers such topics as: the fundamentals of analysis, using cost analysis in government decisions, activity based costing and cost cutting. call#HJ 9816. M53 2004 c.2

Woodward, Jeannette. Creating a Customer Driven Academic Library. Chicago, IL: ALA, 2009. This is a comprehensive manual for librarians and their libraries in staying current in today's high-tech world where the value and services provided by libraries are unknown by the majority of the population. This book describes the necessities of keeping an up to date library for managers. call# Z 675 .U5 W78 2009 c.3

Zubizarreta, John. The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning. San Francisco: Anker, 2004.The learning portfolio helps educators evaluate traditional measures of student achievement. It offers many samples of electronic portfolios and a review reflective practice in student learning. Includes: revised sample assignment sheets, guidelines, criteria, evaluation rubrics, and other material for developing print and electronic portfolios. call# LB 1029 .P67 Z82 2004 c.2

Ashbrook, Alexandra. Street Law's classroom guide to Mock Trials and Moot Courts. New York: McGrawhill, 2005. This is a guide that helps guide teachers in how to instruct students in how to prepare to conduct mock trials and moot courts in the classrooms. It contains several lesson plans to prepare students as well as all of the information one needs to conduct nine mock trials and six moot courts. call# KF281.A2 A84 2005

Galbraith, John Kenneth. A Tenured Professor. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. This is Galbraith’s latest novel and comedic parable of academia. It follows the story of a Harvard professor named Montgomery Marvin who is an economist, and has studied the aspects of refrigerator pricing. He designs an approach to economics that he calls the Index of Irrational Expectations. He asserts that there is no limit to human error when associated with greed. Marvin and his wife are about to take his theory to practice in real life. His test is intertwined with the life as a Harvard academic and the accompanying manners and the behaviors that are deemed necessary. call# PS3557.A4113 T46 2001

Deneef, A. Leigh, and Craufurd D. Goodwin. The Academic's Handbook. 3rd. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. This book is a resource for current and future academics, as it addresses everything a new academic needs to know about the profession. It provides necessary and practical knowledge including information about the job market, university politics, funding, publishing, and issues facing women and minorities. It is geared towards recent Ph.D. graduates, but it is also useful for graduate students and those who have already entered the field.
call# LB 1778.2 .A24 2007 c.2

The Almanac of American Education: 2008. 2008 edition. White Plains, MD: Bernan Press. Contains statistics about education issues from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Education Association, ACT, and the College Board. Information is divided up by counties, states and geographic regions. call # LA217.2 .A45 2009

Hoover’s Handbook of American Business 2009: Profiles of 750 Major U.S. Companies. Hoover’s Inc.: Austin, TX. This updated edition, 19th edition to be specific, gives company profiles on the largest and most influential companies in the Unites States. Hoover’s Handbook aims to have the most complete source of basic corporate information available to the general public. It is part of four-title series that gives an overview of the world of business. call# HG 4057 .A28617 2009 v.1 c.2

Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998-2009 v.26-37:1 (Southern Early Childhood Association)