Wednesday, April 29, 2009

When Google lets you down…

Google is great for simple searches, but depending on your search needs, it may not be the best place to search. Of course you already know that the library and it's electronic resources are the best places to search for academic information. But, what about searches outside of school that don’t seem to be effective with Google?
Good news, there are other search engines out there, and not just Yahoo! and There are plenty of specialized search engines that allow you to search only items that meet the criteria of the engine. Many of these specialized engines allow you to search the deep web, the part of the web that a general indexer such as Google may not be able to reach. For example, some of these search engines focus on searching chat rooms, blog posts, rss feeds, audio, video, or people.

Next time you are disappointed with Google's results, check out these websites for more options:

List of some specialized search engines

Summary of which search engine best fits your type of search

100 tools and tips to searching the web

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mind your business!

Million Dollar Directory, America’s Leading Public & Private Companies (2009), by Dun and Bradstreet staff, Chester Valley, Pa.: Dun and Bradstreet, Corp.

This five-volume directory outlines the top 160,000 U.S. businesses. Why refer to it? The set is designed to help users identify key decision makers, assess a company’s buying power or determine whether a company is publicly owned.
Each listing in three alphabetically arranged directories includes annual sales volume, employment, company officers and boards of directors, and other basic information. The fourth and fifth volumes help users find businesses by state and city or by industry.
The directory is a handy tool for job seekers, as well as businesses who want to analyze the competition.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Postal Service Mailing Services Prices to Change on May 11

Annual Pricing Review Results in 2¢ Increase in First-Class Mail Stamps

WASHINGTON — The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11.

Customers can continue to mail letters at today’s prices by purchasing the Forever Stamp before May 11. Forever Stamps were developed to help consumers ease the transition during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will be 44 cents.
The new prices are available at

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just in time for Earth Day and National Library Week

Since National Library Week just wrapped up on Sunday and today is Earth Day, it seems appropriate to discuss resources to guide you in saving the planet. After all, the desire to save the planet is only the first step. Now you need the knowledge of how to do it, and who better to help than librarians.

If you don’t know where to start, you can go to Green Maven, a green search engine, directing you to sites that focus on all things sustainable and green.

If you want to start by changing the way you impact the environment, many sites can provide news, blogs, and tips to help you live green. The Green Guide, National Geographic’s guide to greening your life, The Daily Green, the consumer’s guide to the green revolution, and the Sierra Club Green Tips Library are all good places to start.

To make a bigger impact and get involved socially and politically, you will need resources to learn what to do and how to do it. Connexions Resource Center contains articles, books, and films to guide you. For those with an interest specifically in toxic waste, the Basil Action Network Library provides access to letters, speeches, editorials, articles, legal filings, and legislation on toxic waste.

If you really want to get involved, you can find volunteer opportunities at or find a career in renewable energy by searching Green Jobs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Read all about it!

New books in at the UNT Dallas Campus library in April include works on how university officials can:
• Use information technologies
• Retain students
• Merge university information services
• Understand more about the “neomillennial” generation of students.
There’s even a book that lets you look up information on the richest people in the world.

Books: Business and Government

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, by U.S. Army Gen. Henry M. Robert, et al, 2000. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press.
This 10th edition of parliamentary procedures includes new rules for virtual meetings via e-mail, teleconferences or video-conferences. In fact, you wouldn’t be out of order if you wanted to refer to this volume online at

Hoover’s Handbook of World Business, Profiles of Major Global Enterprises, 2009, Austin, Texas: SycamoreProductions.
Which are the top marketing organizations in the world? Or the top petroleum refining companies? Rankings such as those are included along with 300 profiles of international companies. Along with companies’ histories, the profiles include financial reports, names of executives, locations and main business competitors. The listings also include Forbes’ rankings of richest people and Fortune’s rankings of the most admired companies.

Books: High Tech Meets Higher Ed

Online Social Networking on Campus, Understanding What Matters in Student Culture by Ana M. Martínez Alemán and Katherine Lynk Wartman, 2009, New York and London: Routledge.
This academic look at Facebook, My Space, Twitter and other social networking sites is written as a guide for college faculty and administrators who wish to offer guidance and to better understand how the “neomillennial “generation communicates. Among the topics discussed in this work are the ethics of social networking, including issues of social propriety, self-disclosure and acceptable behavior.

The Tower and The Cloud, Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, Editor Richard N. Katz, 2008, Boulder, Colo. and Washington, D.C: Educause.
This collection of essays is designed to answer the question: What is the impact of information technology on higher education? The Tower and The Cloud addresses the changes in scholarly publishing, teaching and learning techniques, accountability, global reach and competitiveness.

Books: Library and Information Science

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, by Peggy Johnson, Second Edition, 2009, Chicago: American Library Association.
The fundamentals of creating and maintaining a library collection are covered in this work by the associate librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Johnson details how to evaluate a collection, how to write a collection development policy and how to create a budget, along with other topics.

Convergence and Collaboration of Campus Information Services, edited by Peter Hernon and Ronald R. Powell, 2008, Westport, Conn. And London: Libraries Unlimited.
A variety of authors discuss how academic libraries can converge with other university services and how those libraries can collaborate with other departments to get information to faculty and students. Examples of convergence and collaboration include writing centers, centers for teaching excellence and university presses.

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers
, by Theresa Chmara, 2009, Chicago: American Library Association.
An easy-to-read guide to the main issues libraries face in keeping patron records confidential and private. It’s in this book that you’ll find answers to questions covering computer use, records retention, First Amendment rights and more. The author clearly explains the complex legal issues.

Books: Education

What Will I Learn in College?, What You Need to Know Now to Get Ready for College Success, by Robert Shoenberg, 2008, Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
A 24-page guidebook breezes through basic steps on how to prepare for and what to expect from college.

Teaching Unprepared Students, Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education by Kathleen F. Gabriel, 2008, Sterling, Va.: Stylus Publishing.
This 129-page book sets down guidelines on how to retain college and university students who are at-risk of dropping out. Gabriel discusses how to identify students who are not prepared for higher education and how to set classroom policies to work with them. She also discusses learning styles.

Programs that save money on ink and paper!

THINK GREEN 3/7/2009
By Kim Komando -
Programs save money on ink and paper

We’re all learning to save money in new and exciting ways. What could be more fun? Nothing, I say. So, I’m here with more ways to keep cash in your wallet!

OK, lots of things are more fun than saving money. Take printing for example. You can print documents, Web pages, presentations and much more. And then you can fold all of them into paper airplanes.

Unfortunately, printing isn’t free. You have to use lots of ink and paper. And ink, especially, is not cheap. Luckily, you can use your printer and cut costs. You can do a lot with proper settings. And these programs will help, too.


This program will help you print only what you want. Sometimes you only need a few pages of a document or site. Why print the whole thing? Highlight unwanted pages and remove them. GreenPrint will calculate how many pages and dollars you’ve saved.

Smart Web Printing

Printing off the Web can waste a lot of paper. You end up printing navigation, pictures and ads. With this program, you can select a specific part of the page. You can even make selections from several sites. And then you can print them on a single piece of paper.


The font you use for writing documents also matters. Different fonts use different amounts of space and ink. Ecofont claims to use 20-percent less ink than similar fonts. It does this by aping Swiss cheese. The letters are full of holes. It’s pretty neat.

Cost: Free


GreenPrint -

Smart Web Printing -

Ecofont –

System: Windows XP and Vista, Mac OS X
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Taxes, Tacos, and Ice Cream

Looking to reward yourself after finally filing your taxes? If you had to fork over some money to the IRS, you might be interested in a free (or discounted) reward. Free tax day offerings this year include a Cinnabon bite, ice cream from Maggie Moo's, and a taco from Taco Del Mar. Check out these websites to see lists of other discount and free tax day offers:

Restaurants offer free food, discounts on tax day
18 Deals that offer some tax dat relief
Tax day: Free, cheap or easy eats

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools Fun

To celebrate April Fools Day, check out Google's new email service, Gmail Autopilot.