Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Not Your Stereotypical Librarian

Forget the image of a librarian as a bespectacled cardigan-wearing shusher . Librarians are much more interesting than that, with some going on to be award-winning writers, political leaders, FBI directors and even comic book superheroes. Check out this list of 10 Surprising Former Librarians.

If that isn’t enough to alter your opinion of librarians, check out these Modified and Bellydancing Librarians.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Library Has New Materials

Neil Howe, William Strauss, Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus, 2003, ISBN 1-57858-033-1.Who are the Millennials? They are anyone born in or after 1982. Where are they now? They are going to college; and their generation is experiencing a different educational atmosphere than their academic predecessors. Strauss and Howe, the co-authors of several books, are back to reinforce their ideas of the prevalent issues facing the millennial student, concepts such as: helicopter parents, money worries, a rise in cheating, peer pressure, drug abuse and sex. They even offer a special section on excess parental involvement and how to maintain a healthy balance of interest and perspective. LB 2342.92 .H69 2007. 7/17/2009

Goldsworthy, A. (2009). How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. The author provides an excellent discussion and narrative of the disintegration of the power of the Roman Empire from the period Marcus Aurelius to Justinian times. The main thesis is that the strength of the Empire was bruised by the instability and issues of the corrupt Emperors and administrators combined with civil warring rather than the involvement of barbarian tribes and the Sassanid Persian Empire. Overall, it is a fascinating and well researched book that could be used for comparative insight into modern times. DG 311.G65 2009 c.2. 7/17/2009.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pong, Fireworks, and the Mona Lisa

Have you seen the Extreme Shepherding viral video? Did you know that this video was created by The Viral Factory as an ad for Samsung? Read more about it at Ads of the World and Culture Buzz.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

2.5 Million Free eBooks: Worldbook eBook Fair

Word from Michael Hart, the Founder of Project Gutenberg, that once again this year the World e-Book Fair will take place from July 4th-August 4th. This is the 4th year of the annual book fair. It starts on July 4th to celebrate the 38th anniversary of Project Gutenberg which began on July 4th, 1971.

Once the event begins you’ll find FREE access to over 2.5 million full text eBooks that you can download to your computer. Some titles can also be downloaded and read on certain types mobile phones.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Making Headlines: Better World Books

This CNN article features Better World Books, a company that sells used library and university books, then donates a portion of the profit to libraries and literacy programs around the world.

One-To-One Patent Question & Answer Sessions

WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm &
Saturday, September 19 , 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE: Dallas Public Library
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young St., 6th floor
Dallas, TX 75201

TO REGISTER CALL: (214) 670-1468


Instructor: Bob Wise, Patent Attorney*

Join the Dallas Public Library for informal sessions answering general questions on patents, patent searching and the application process. Sign up for individual one-on-one 20-minute slots on the dates listed above.

Robert Wise is a registered patent attorney here in Dallas. A former U.S. Patent Office examiner with over 25 years of experience in the intellectual property field, he is a member of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and many other legal organizations. He is also an active member of the Texas Inventors Association, donating time to helping individual inventors begin and understand the patent process

This service is provided as a general guide to the U.S. patent process, laws and sources of further of information. Information discussed via this forum will not create an agent-client/attorney-client relationship, nor is it a substitute for professional advice regarding a specific transaction or the laws of a particular jurisdiction.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fourth of July Celebrations

Do you think that the standard parade, barbecue, and fireworks are the only way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Much more unique festivities, some outdated and others still thriving, are held on Independence Day, including hot dog eating contests, fat man races, bath tub races, and greased pig races (where contestants chase greased pigs, attempting to catch one).

Bonus: The Library of Congress Today in History for the Fourth of July provides a short history on the celebration of the holiday.