Saturday, November 21, 2009

UNT Debuts the John F. Kennedy Dallas Police Department Collection

On November 22, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, in the Dealey Plaza of Dallas, Texas.

The city has kept records of what the city was like before and after that day as well as a collection of the evidence gathered by the police department ever since. Unfortunately, the archive was only available from the City Secretary's website on the city website and the only method of searching the archive was looking through the rather long inventory list. That is, until the University of North Texas decided to sort, catalog and repost the collection as part of The Portal to Texas History online archive. The John F. Kennedy Dallas Police Department Collection is now fully searchable and easier to locate just in time for the 46th anniversary of the assassination.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New books on the shelves

The shelves of the UNT Dallas library are once again refreshed with new books on a variety of topics. Here's what's new:
The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research and Service, Seldin, P. and Miller, J.E. 2009, Jossey-Bass. This book lists 21 examples of portfolios used to achieve promotion and tenure, as well as lists a step-by-step approach to creating a portfolio of your own.
The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, Seldin, P., 2004, Anker. How do you document teaching performance? Peter Seldin shows how portfolios are used at seven institutions of higher learning to make hiring and retention decisions.
The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning, Stoecker, R. and Tryon, E.A., eds., 2009, Temple University Press. This collection of essays describes how service learners can best be selected, trained and put to use in community groups.
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, Mezrich, B., 2009, Doubleday. A partly fictionalized account of how Mark Zukerberg developed the highly popular Facebook while a student at Harvard. Zukerberg did not agree to be interviewed for the book, but his friends and enemies weigh-in.
On Being Different: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the North American Mainstream, Kottak, C.P. and Kozaitis, K.A., 2008, McGraw Hill. This book analyzes the culture from the perspective of race, religion, gender sexual orientation and age.
The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, Bonk, C.J., 2009, Jossey-Bass. E-books, open source software, electronic collaboration and various other digital learning tools and techniques are covered.
The Almanac of American Politics 2010, Barone, M. and Cohen, R., 2009, National Journal Group. Who are the women and minorities in Congress? Which Congressional representatives have switched parties? What's up with district demographics? You can learn the answers to those questions and more from this almanac that describes each senator and representative sent to Washington, D.C.

New Smiles at the Library

A new, full-time team is joining the UNT Dallas library to help you with your research needs.
Brenda Robertson, on the left in the photograph, is a librarian who comes to us from Amigos Library Services. She brings experience in researching, grant writing and instructing online courses. April Barker, library specialist, comes to us from the Paul Quinn library. A third librarian will be joining the team soon.
Please come by and welcome the new team. And remember, for all your information needs ASK A LIBRARIAN.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Books Help With Job, Scholarship Search

Several new books at the UNT Dallas library offer guidance on financing college and finding jobs.

  • Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders, Enlow, W. and Krannich, R. (2006), Impact Publications. The employment issues of ex-offenders are covered, and advice on how to surmount barriers is given.

  • Government Job Finder, Lauber, D., ed. (1997), Planning/Communications. More than 1,800 sources of job openings for 17 million jobs in local, state and federal government are included.

  • Guide to America's Federal Jobs: A Complete Directory of U.S. Government Career Opportunities, Maxwell, B. and JIST, eds. (2005). Find listings and tips on finding openings in this guide.

  • Job Searches Beyond the Big Cities, Fuller, S., (2008), Inquiza Communications. Read about tips on how to search for jobs in medium-to-small towns.

  • Overcoming Barriers to Employment Series, Krannich, R. and C., (2006), Impact Publications. This book describes more than 100 employment barriers that can prevent people from finding good jobs or or advancing in their careers.

  • Scholarship Handbook 2010, The College Board, ed. (2009). This handbook provides facts about more than 1.7 million awards, including scholarships, internships and loan programs offered to undergraduates by foundations, charitable organizations and state and federal government agencies.