Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Break Schedule

UNT Dallas Library


you a safe and happy holiday !

Winter  Break Schedule

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Books @ the library

Best Southwest Bookfest.  2005 Best Southwest Short Stories. DeSoto, TX: Today Newspapers, 2005. (PS 659.2 .B476 2005)

A collection of short stories written by students in the Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster school districts for a contest sponsored by the Best Southwest Bookfest and Today Newspapers.

Best Southwest Bookfest.  2007 Best Southwest Bookfest Poems & Short Stories. DeSoto, TX: Today Newspapers, 2007. (PS 659.2 .B478 2007)

A collection of poems and short stories written by students in the Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster school districts for a contest sponsored by the Best Southwest Bookfest and Today Newspapers.

Kaye, Elizabeth A., and Jeffrey J. Makos, eds. Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.  (LB 1771 .61 75th ed 2010/11)

A compilation of the requirements for certification of teachers, counselors, librarians, and administrators for elementary and secondary schools in each state.

Texas Education Agency. Texas School Law Bulletin. Thomason Reuters, 2010. (KFT1590 .A29 T48 2010)

A collection of all of the current laws pertaining to schools and education, covering subjects such as Education Code, Family Code, Health and Safety code, and Local Government Codes.

Corsini, Raymond J. and Danny Wedding. Current Psychotherapies. United States: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2011. (RC 480 .C87 2011)

This book covers the most important systems in the current practice of psychotherapy written by the most competent available authors. Care was taken to make the chapters concise, clear, succinct, and direct. There is an extensive glossary and references section. (Taken from the preface). Two copies on reserve and one in the print collection.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Books @ the library

American Album. New York: American Heritage Pub. Co.,1968.

This history of the United States depicted in photographs spans from 1839 to the early 1900s. It begins with the earliest surviving daguerreotypes and shows the human experience in cities, towns, and rural life from the famous to the unknown.

Lange, Dorothea and Taylor, Paul Schuster. An American Exodus: A record of human erosion in the thirties. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1969.

Produced by the Oakland Museum, this book looks at the 1930s through pictures and text.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Dec. 13- Sun. Dec. 19th

Desultory: jumping around, aimless, random.

"The student's desultory attempts at studying wasted his time."

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Fang-tastic Fiction

If you are interested in the wave of paranormal fiction flooding the shelves, you will be interested in the new book by librarian, Patricia O’Brien Mathews. Fang-tastic Fiction: Twenty-First Century Paranormal Reads, allows readers to find the latest supernatural characters and paranormal fiction. The best part is that Mathews has a blog to support her book with lots of updates and interesting features like the creature search, and the rating system. Her rating system consists of:

V - Violence Index
1 (yelling and shouting) to 5 (bloodthirsty brutality)

S - Sensuality Index
1 (chaste) to 5 (multiple explicit sexual scenes)

H - Humor Index
1 (serious) to 5 (hilarious)

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Media @ the library

Black Blizzard DVD. History channel. 100 minutes. (DALDVD 93R)

From back cover: “They could be forgiven for thinking the end of the world had come. No-one had ever experienced anything like it: a rolling cloud of black dust that blocked the sun, bringing night at noon and coating everything in noxious grime. What was it like to live through the greatest environmental disaster of the 20th century? With stunning immediacy, BLACK BLIZZARD transports you to the bleak period of U.S. history from 1930 – 1940 when, vulnerable after years of drought and poor farming techniques, America’s heartland was ravaged by a weather phenomenon that became known as a “black blizzard.” …. See how they form, what they’re made of, and how they affect people’s health, clothing, food and environment.”

Surviving the Dust Bowl. Public Television 55 minutes (DAL DVD 94)

From the back cover: “In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains – the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes….. This American Experience film presents the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease – even death- for nearly a decade. “

A Time for Justice: America’s Civil Rights Movement. 38 minutes. (DAL MV 69)

From the back cover: “Produced by three-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim, A Time for Justice recalls the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock, Birmingham and Selma. But more importantly, it reveals the heroism of individuals who risked their lives for the cause of freedom and equality.”

New Books @ the library

Lee, Courland C. Saving the Native son: empowerment Strategies for Young Black Males. Greensboro, NC: ERIC/CASS Publications, 1996. (LC 2731 .L44 1996).

This book covers black males from grade 3 through adolescence and has a wealth of practical applications in empowering the young men. Several empowerment programs are covered as well as strategies in working with young black males.

Fordham, Michael. The Self and Autism. London: William Heinemann Medical Books Ltd. 1976. (RJ 506 .A9 F65).

“Michael Fordham's The Self and Autism is a piece of original research into maturation in infancy and its psychopathology. He was the first to introduce the idea that the self, previously considered realizable only in later life, could be experienced by children in a manner appropriate to their age; he also found that the archetypes of the collective unconscious whose images could be demonstrated in childhood, functioned in essentially the same way as Jung described in the case of adult persons. From these two concepts he developed a theory of individuation in childhood.” Editorial Review from

Hoover’s MasterList of U.S. Companies 2008. Hoovers-A D&B Company.

This comprehensive selection of the 10,000 most important companies in America includes: 5,261 publicly traded companies, including all companies on the New York, American, and NASDAQ Global and Global Select Market exchanges, plus a selection of over-the-counter stocks; 4,769 private companies, partnerships, and mutual companies.. (HF 5035.H661 2011 v.1-2) 11/30/10

Weymouth, Lally. America in 1876: The way we were. New York: Vintage Books, 1976. (E 661 .W47).

This book gives a glimpse into America during 1876 using writings, photographs, and paintings of the time period. It begins with the Exhibition of 1876, explores the western frontier, Washington, politics, the rise of the American labor force, high society, P.T. Barnum, and the novel, Tom Sawyer. It is an interesting look at one year in American History.

Hughes, Robert. American Visions: The epic history of art in America. New York: Alfred A Knopf, Inc, 1999. (N 6505 .H84 1997).

This book could be called history through art as it uses art to explain snippets of America history while at the same explaining major and minor artistic works. There is a generous amount of color prints as well as black and white.

Chase’s 2011 Calendar of Events. New York: McGraw Hill, 2011. (GT 4803 .C48 2011) CD included.

Chase’s Calendar of Events includes 4,000 notable birthdays, 1,400 historical anniversaries, 650 national and international holidays, 160 religious holidays, and thousands of additional days of note across the world. If you want to celebrate, here is the place to find a reason to celebrate.

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2011. Yonkers, NY: Consumers Union. 2011.

After testing, Consumer reports rates appliances, cars, electronics, and more for the best and worst of the category.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"A date which will live in infamy"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7th, 1941  "a date which will live in infamy." 

President Barack Obama issued an affirmation proclamation of Public Law 103 308, as amended, passed by Congress that has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."  In his proclamation, President Obama encourages "all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor."

More than 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor and more than 400,000 paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of life and liberty during the war.  Over sixteen million of America's sons and daughters served during World War II.  

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Friday, December 3, 2010

New Books @ the library

Woodrow, George Jr. The Instructional Leadership Pyramid: A Framework for Raising Student Academic Achievement. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 2010. Signed by author. (LB 2831.6 .W66 2010).

George Woodrow, a UNT Dallas professor, advocates a structure for creating academic success for all students based on five levels of a pyramid. The five levels build on each other until the top level where every student achieves at a high level. The five levels include campus culture, instructional strategies, research-based beliefs, and effort-based principles.

Greive, Donald. A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-time Faculty and Teachers of Adults. Ann Arbor, MI: The Adjunct Advocate, Inc. (LB 2331 .G72 2003).

This book contains practical and informative tips for part-time and adjunct faculty.

Nathan, Rebekah. My Freshman Year: What a professor learned by becoming a student. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005. (LB 3605 .N34 2005).

“Using her skills and insights as an anthropologist, faculty-turned-freshman Rebekah Nathan gives us a unique look into the student experience in the first year of college. She provides an unfiltered view of the cultural norms, social rules, and community expectations faced by our new students. It is an intriguing read for all who work with undergraduates today.” Susan H. Murphy, Vice President, Student and Academic Services, Cornell University, from the book jacket.

Verderber, Rudolph F & Kathleen S. The Challenge of Effective Speaking. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. (PN 4129.15 .V47 2003). CD included

An introduction to public speaking, this book covers everything from setting goals and organizing a speech to principals of persuasive speaking.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Books @ the library

Zuhur, Sherifa. A hundred Osamas: Islamist Threats and the Future of Counterinsurgency. Carlisle, PA. : Strategic Studies Institute, 2005. (HV 6432 .Z84 2005).

If America's pursuit of a Global War on Terror is strategically and politically well-grounded, then why are Islamist insurgencies and extremist movements continuing to operate, generating parallel cells that terrify the world with violent attacks from Iraq to London? While analysts debate the intensity and longevity of the latest round of terrorist attacks, we would do well to consider whether U.S. long-term goals in the war on terror -- namely diminishing their presence and denying terrorists the ability to operate, while also altering conditions that terrorists exploit -- are being met. If we are not pursuing the proper strategy or its implementation is not decreasing support for terrorists, then we should adapt accordingly. This monograph addresses these questions and examines the efficacy of proposed or operative strategies in light of the evolution of Islamist jihadist leaders, ideas, and foot-soldier.

Zuhur, Sherifa. Gender, Sexuality and the Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa: A comparative study. Istanbul, Turkey : WWHR - New Ways, 2005. (HQ 1236.5 .A65 Z85 2005)

A look at how women are treated in the laws of the Middle East and North Africa.

Zuhur, Sherifa. Hamas and Israel: Conflicting Strategies of Group-Based Politics. Carlisle, PA : U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2008. (DS 119.76 .Z84 2008)

"This monograph considers the changing fortunes of the Palestinian movement, HAMAS, and the recent outcomes of Israeli strategies aimed against this group and Palestinian nationalism external to the Fatah faction of the Palestinian Authority. The example of HAMAS challenges much of the current wisdom on "insurgencies" and their containment. As the author, Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, demonstrates, efforts have been made to separate HAMAS from its popular support and network of social and charitable organizations. These have not been effective in destroying the organization, nor in eradicating the will to resist among a fairly large segment of the Palestinian population. It is important to consider this Islamist movement in the context of a region-wide phenomenon of similar movements with local goals, which can be persuaded to relinquish violence, or which could move in the opposite direction, becoming more violent. Certainly an orientation to HAMAS and its base must be factored into new and more practical and effective approaches to peacemaking. At the same time, HAMAS offers a fascinating instance of the dynamics of strategic reactions, and the modification of Israeli impulses towards aggressive deterrence, as well as evolution in the Islamist movements' planning and operations. As well, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict bears similarities to a long-standing civil conflict, even as it has sparked inter-Palestinian hostilities in its most recent phase. The need for informed and critical discussion of the future of Islamism in the region continues today. We offer this monograph to those who wish to consider this particular aspect of the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict"--Foreword.

Zuhur, Sherifa D. Iraq, Women’s Empowerment, and Public Policy. Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2006. (HQ 1240.5 .I72 Z84 2006)

“In this monograph, Dr. Sherifa Zuhur examines some of the difficulties that attend policy formatulation on women in the Iraqui context. Iraqi women have identified the security situation and basic services as their top priorities. Beyond these, the issues and contours of family law are explained, as the future of family law in emerging Iraq is as yet undetermined.” -- Foreword.

Zuhur, Sherifa. The Middle East: Politics, History and Neonationalism. Cleveland: Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Diasporic Studies, 2005. (DS 62.8 .Z84 2005).

Sherifa Zuhur examines the Middle East countries of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, and Iraq. She uses her experience to examine the national ideologies, customs, policies, and conflicts in the area.

Riberiro, Antonio Pinto, ed. Can There be Life without the Other? Manchester, England: 2009. (HM 1211 .C37 2009)

A volume in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s conference series, this book examines the issues that must be discussed to create a peaceful co-existence between divergent cultures.

New Books @ the library

Texas State Directory. 2009. Austin: Texas State Directory Press, Inc. 2009. (JK 480 .T4 2009).

The Texas State Directory is a comprehensive guide to Texas Government. It includes five main sections, the state section, the county section, city section federal section and the reference section. Each section notes the office holders with information pertaining to that office holder. The major offices include biographical information about the office holder. Each year many of the office holders change including state boards and commissions.

Lunsford, Andrea A. The St. Martin’s Handbook, 6th edition. New York: Bedford/St Martin’s, 2008. (PE 1112 .L86 2008b)

Written by the Texas Tech Writing Center, the book covers many aspects of writing. It includes critical thinking skills, editing, developing paragraphs, research, documentation, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, and writing for specific academic areas. This is an excellent reference to keep by your side as you write.

Stern, Edward M. and Gerald L. Wilson. The NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists, 2009-2010 edition. New York: Kaplan, 2009. (KF 266 .N37 2009/10)

Useful information about ABA-approved law schools and their programs.

Bogart, Dave, ed. The Library and Book Trade Almanac 2010, 55th ed. Formerly The Bowker Annual. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2010. (Z731 .B61 55th ed. 2010)

An annual report that includes information on changes within the library and book industry within the past year. This edition includes special reports on restrictive changes in governmental dissemination of information, the development of “electronic government,” library portals, digital rights management, and recruitment and retention of library staff. Also included are reports from federal agencies, including federal libraries, national associations and organizations, and international associations; legislation, funding, and grants; library/information science education, placement, and salaries; research and statistics; reference information; and a directory of organizations related to both the library and book trade worlds.

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. 2008. (Z 683.2 .U6 D4 2008).

A report to the OCLC membership pertaining to the support and perception of libraries in the United States, including information about library supporters, elected officials, library funding, and mobilizing supporters.

Word of the Week Mon. Nov.29-Sun. Dec. 5th

Arcane: secret, mysterious

"The material that is arcane to the students is easily understood by the professor. "

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Word of the week Mon.Nov. 22-Sun. Nov. 28th

Repose: to lie or to be at rest; absence of movement

"The students looked forward to a week of repose during the Thanksgiving break."

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                                 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

JFK Memorial

Please join the UNT at Dallas Library in remembering the late President John F. Kennedy. This week marks the 47th anniversary of his assasination. He was assasinated on November 22, 1963. Dallas is the home of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.* Please visit the website for the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and schedule a visit.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Nov..15- Sun. Nov.21, 2010

Imbue: to impregnate or to inspire with feelings or opinions.

"The scholar was passionate enough to imbue his students with his teachings."

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Monday, November 15, 2010

New Books @ the library

Cambridge Who’s Who: Empowering Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. Honors Edition 2009-2010. Uniondale, NY: Cambridge Who’s Who Publishing, Inc. 2010

“The Cambridge Who’s Who is a compilation of men and women of distinction who are influential within their respective industries or organizations.” Our own Leora Kemp is featured on page 2128.

Brumley, Rebecca. The Academic Library Manager’s Forms, Policies, and Procedures Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2007.

From the cover-“This authoritative textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the academic library in the 21st century. Coverage focuses on the role of the library in academia, organizational culture, technology, users, management of staff and collections, collection development, access, facilities, systems and networks, and special services. An indispensable introduction to the range of issues facing academic libraries, this is an essential for new information professionals and LIS students.”

Brumley, Rebecca. Electronic Collection Management: Forms, policies, procedures, and Guidelines Manual with CD-ROM. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2009. (Z692 .C65 B78 2009) 9/16/10

A collection of forms, policies, and procedures for creating and managing an electronic collection of materials.

Atkins, Beryl, Alain Duval, Rosemary Milne, Pierre-Henri Cousin, Helene Lewis, Lorna Sinclair, Renee Birks, and Marie-Noelle Lamy. Collins-Robert French-English Engish-French Dictionary. Paris: Collins, 1988. (PC2640 ./C69 1987) 9/16/10

This French to English and English to French Dictionary was created to be a practical tool for communication between the two languages.

Friday, November 12, 2010

National Bundt Cake Day *** November 15, 2010

I know you are wondering what this has to do with the Library, but the Food Librarian is posting 30 Bundt Cakes in the 30 days leading up to NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY. You have to check out the wonderful cakes and commentary at

My favorite so far is William Sonoma's Cream Cheese Pound  Cake with Lime Glaze. I may even try to make it even though I don’t have the beautiful rose bundt pan or maybe the Banana Nutella Bundt.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Nov. 8th, 2010-Sun. Nov.14th 2010

Stultifying: causing to be useless, crippling, causing to appear stupid

The assistant felt that her coach’s attitude towards her input was stultifying at best."

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

National Novel Writers Month

Challenge: 50,000 words in 30 days

Now is your time to write “The Great American Novel” you know is inside you. Or the next best seller, or the unpublished manuscript for your Grandchildren to find years from now. Writing isn’t about planning to write, writing is making time to do it now. So what better time to start? Accept the challenge on November 1st. Start writing.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Nov.1st-Sun. Nov. 7th

Tautology: linguistic redundancy: the redundant repetition of a meaning in a sentence, using different words.


"She is always very quiet in our meetings , but this week she was especially silent."

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct.25th-Sun. Oct. 31st

Curmudgeon: a surly, ill-mannered person; a grumpy person-usually an old man.

"Our study group was comprised of a bookworm, a slacker, a curmudgeon and myself, the optimist. This project was going to be fun."

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quote from Mark Twain

We recently added a biography of Mark Twain during his western years to the library collection.  He had strong opinions about many subjects.  Here are some of his quotes pertaining to books,

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

""Classic": A book which people praise but don't read."

~ Mark Twain ~

New History & Biography Books @ the library

Wert, Jeffry D. Gettysburg: Day Three. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ Jeffry D. Wert re-creates the last day of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in astonishing detail, taking readers from Meade's council of war to the seven-hour struggle for Culp's Hill -- the most sustained combat of the entire engagement. Drawing on hundreds of sources, including more than 400 manuscript collections, he offers brief excerpts from the letters and diaries of soldiers. He also introduces heroes on both sides of the conflict -- among them General George Greene, the oldest general on the battlefield, who led the Union troops at Culp's Hill. A gripping narrative written in a fresh and lively style, Gettysburg, Day Three is an unforgettable rendering of an immortal day in our country's history.”

Barnes, Ben. Barn Burning Barn Building: Tales of a Political Life From LBJ to George W. Bush and Beyond. Albany, Texas: Bright Sky Press, 2006.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“How did the Democratic Party--of JFK, LBJ, and civil rights--fall from glory? How did Texas, home of its most promising players, become Bush territory? What do politicians on either side need to do today to get our country back on track? Ben Barnes has the answers. Barnes had a front-row seat through it all. His political savvy and bravado made him a standout in the rough-and-tumble world of Texas politics. He won a seat in the Texas Legislature in 1960, at the unheard-of age of 22, and four years later he became the youngest Speaker of the House since the Civil War. In 1968, he helped Congressman George Herbert Walker Bush get his son into the National Guard--a controversy that would rage during the 2004 presidential election. In 1970, Lyndon Johnson told the public that Ben was destined to be the next US president to hail from Texas. Barnes's rollicking memoir recalls the glory days of his Texas past and blazes a trail for our country's future.”

Friedman, Lawrence M. Crime and Punishment in American History. New York, New York: Basic Books, 1993.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from Colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image.”

Palin, Sarah. Going Rogue: An American Life. New York, New York: Harper Collins, 2009.

This is the autobiography of Sarah Palin, the running mate for John McCain in 2008 presidential election. The book traces her life from an childhood through her political career.

Lennon, Nigey. The Sagebrush Bohemian: Mark Twain in California. New York, New York, Paragon House, 1990.

From the cover-“Skillfully blending excerpts from Twain’s notebooks, letters, and autobiography with a lively narrative. The Sagebrush Bohemian discloses fascinating new views of his personal life. Here is free-spirited Sam Clemens fleeing Nevada after an aborted duel with a rival paper’s editor; terrorizing San Francisco with his buddies in search of billiards and booze, and brothels; and stumbling through various bachelor love affairs. Lennon captures his coming of age with warm, anecdotal humor and literary insight, and illuminates these pivotal Western years as no other biographer.”

Remnick, David. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ No story has been more central to America's history this century than the rise of Barack Obama, ….. The Bridge offers the most complete account yet of Obama's tragic father, a brilliant economist who abandoned his family and ended his life as a beaten man; of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who had a child as a teenager and then built her career as an anthropologist living and studying in Indonesia; and of the succession of elite institutions that first exposed Obama to the social tensions and intellectual currents that would force him to imagine and fashion an identity for himself. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick allows us to see how a rootless, unaccomplished, and confused young man created himself first as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience that would not only shape his urge to work in politics but give him a home and a community, and that would propel him to Harvard Law School, where his sense of a greater mission emerged. …. The Bridge revisits the American drama of race, from slavery to civil rights, and makes clear how Obama's quest is not just his own but is emblematic of a nation where destiny is defined by individuals keen to imagine a future that is different from the reality of their current lives.”

New Books @ the library

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders. New York, New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1980.

Taken from cover-“This first all-photographic field guide to North American insects and spiders includes 702 full-color identification photographs of living insects and spiders in their natural habitats.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Taken from cover-“This is the first all-photographic field guide features 657 full-color images of the reptiles and amphibians of North America, including snakes, toads, frogs, lizards, salamanders, and crocodiles, as they appear in their natural habitat.”

Bowers, Nora, Rick Bowers, and Kenn Kaufman. Mammals of North America. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Taken from the cover-“The guide covers every species of mammal known to occur in North America and its offshore waters, including naturalized exotics. The more than 1,100 photographs have been selected and digitally edited for clarity.”

Monday, October 18, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct. 18, 2010-Sun. Oct. 24th 2010

Subjugate: to bring under one's control.

"During her student teaching, Ella found it difficult to subjugate the class of 25 Kindergarten students."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct. 11- Sun. Oct.18

Abeyance: Suspension of action

"The class was held in abeyance until the lecturer arrived."

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yesterday UNT Dallas celebrated our first Founders Day as a new university.  Among the dignitaries was Texas Governor, Rick Perry.  He was a very gracious guest in the library. We took advantage of the opportunity for a photo op. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct. 4-Sun. Oct 10

Recherche: rare and exquisite: marked by such rare and exquisite quality that is known only to connoisseurs.

"The painting is recherche and valued $1,000,000 as it was one of the three completed the year before the artist mysteriously vanished."

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New Counseling books @ the library

Gladding, Samuel T. Counseling - A Comprehensive Profession. 4th ed. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill, 2000.

This textbook provides an overview of counseling starting with a history of the profession then discusses ethical and legal considerations within counseling. It then provides an overview of popular counseling methods and theories related to dealing with clients. The third section gives overviews of specific specializations in the profession.

Baruth, Leroy G. and M. Lee Manning. Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy. 2nd ed. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill, 1999.

This book provides an overview of counseling with an eye to understanding issues unique to a client’s development period. Mental health issues which effect one cultural and age group may different from those which effect another cultural and age group.

Bagin, Don, Donald R. Gallagher, and Edward H. Moore. The School and Community Relations. 9th ed. New York, New York: Pearson, 2008.

From Bowker’s Books In Print-“Well-researched and applied, this best-selling text provides school officials the how and the why for effective communication with their staff and the community to improve school quality and student learning. Chapters are sequenced so that the student can learn how to establish a public/community relations program that will be effective with every audience a school administrator will encounter. The authors continue to teach, research, and work extensively with school administrators, and this experience allows them to provide sound advice that is field tested and successful.”

Lee, C. Courtland and Garry R. Walz. Social Action: A Mandate for Counselors. Alexandria, Virginia: American Counseling Association, 1998.

From the cover-“This unique counseling resource provides counselors with the skills necessary for becoming agents of social change. The authors examine the social systems that perpetuate discrimination and dysfunction, and illustrate why counselors must accept their social and professional responsibility to help transform these systems.”

New @ the library

National Conference of State Legislatures. The Path to a Degree; A Legislator’s Guide to College Access and Success. Washington: 2009.

A guide to the steps that are needed for a student to be successful in the college environment, this book covers areas from middle and high school preparation to finances. Sections include college planning strategies, increasing college and workforce readiness, improving college affordability for underrepresented students, Engaging students academically and socially, and what you need to know about minority-serving institutions. This guide gives examples of programs from various universities that address goals in student access and success, including programs pertaining to the First Year Experience.

2011 Scholarship Handbook: 2,100 Programs Offering Private, Federal, and State Money. New York, New York: College Board, 2010.

This book contains a description of various scholarship offering complete with application requirements and contact information for the institutions offering the scholarships.

 GRE Exam: Strategies, Practice, and Review. New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2010.  

Provides an in-depth verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing practice and review for Graduate Record Exam. (Call# LB 2367.4 .G7264 2011) 09/16/10

Blue, Carroll Parrott. The Dawn at my back; Memoir of a black Texas upbringing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

According to the author, this is a story about her mother, Mollie Carroll Parrott, and herself, Carroll Parrott Blue. It weaves the memories of her growing up in the south with her memories of well known Black activists and how she was affected as a Southern Black Woman.

Eldredge, Niles. Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life. New York, New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ With his theory of evolution by natural selection, Darwin outlined a natural process for the ascent of humankind and linked all creation. After returning from his voyage on the ¿Beagle,¿ Darwin was not interested in upsetting his upper-crust British social milieu of creationists; he kept his theory a secret for over 20 years. During that time, he filled several notebooks, sketching out natural selection with the help of his finds in South America and on the Galapagos Islands. Here, Niles Eldredge scours these notes for clues to that pivotal moment when Darwin stopped being an inquisitive creationist and became an evolutionist. Eldredge reveals the intellectual and intuitive leaps taken by the man who spawned the theory of evolution. Full-color illustrations.”

Simpson, William. The Prince: The Secret Story of the World’s Most Intriguing Royal Prince Bandar Bin Sultan. New York, New York: Regan, 2006.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ At a time when understanding our friends is as important as understanding our enemies, Prince Bandar bin Sultan remains one America's most enigmatic powerbrokers. As the illegitimate son of a Saudi prince and a servant girl, Prince Bandar overcame his unrecognized beginnings to rise as one of Saudi Arabia's brightest diplomatic stars, ultimately becoming the Ambassador to the United States-and one of the most influential men in Washington. As Ambassador, Prince Bandar worked with CIA Director Bill Casey to fund covert CIA operations with Saudi petrodollars. He played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair; consulted with President Gorbachev to secure Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan; negotiated an end to the Iran-Iraq war; and, with Nelson Mandela, resolved the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Affair. He served under four different American presidencies and was called "Washington's indispensable operator" by the New Yorker. Yet Prince Bandar was more than this. His entry into Washington society and the Oval Office was unmatched. George H.W. Bush took the Prince and his family on fishing vacations; First Lady Reagan used him to convey messages to her husband's Cabinet; Colin Powell would drop by his house to play racquetball. During the first Gulf War, Prince Bandar even became a de facto member of the National Security Council. In this biography, RAF college classmate William Simpson pulls back the curtain for the first time on the fascinating and startling life of the man who emerged throughout the 1980s and '90s as the most powerful and influential ambassador to the United States since World War II.”

Monday, September 27, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Sept. 27-Sun. Oct. 3

Pernicious: causing serious harm

"Eating foods that have not been properly refrigerated can be pernicious to even those who boast an iron stomach."

For more information about this word, or to further expand your vocabulary, visit:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Word of the Week Sept. 20-Sept 26th

Attenuated: long and narrow: long, narrow and sometimes tapering.

"The hallways in the old shabby house were attenuated."

For more information about this word or to further expand your vocabulary please visit

Friday, September 17, 2010

Constitution Day - September 17th

The Office of Student Life & Success announced today that, September 17, has been designated “Constitution Day” in the US.  Below are some facts taken from the Fact Sheet they sent out.

The U. S. Constitution Glossery

Amendment: A deletion, addition, or modification to the U.S. Constitution

Delegate: A person elected or appointed to be a member of a representative assembly

Electoral College: Institution through which a U.S. president and vice president are elected per officials called “electors” in each state

Ratify: To approve and formally sanction

Suffrage: The right to vote

Veto: A power of one department or branch of a government to forbid or prohibit the carrying out of  projects attempted by another department

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mexico Celebrates Independence from Spain

Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla launched the war for independence from Mexico from the church steps in Dolores Hidalgo when he read the “Call of Hidalgo. “ Today Mexico is celebrating the bicentennial of that declaration in 1810.

Mexico had a very layered society in the early 1800s. Citizens who were born in Spain occupied the highest layer of society with Criollos born in Mexico with parents born in Spain holding the next highest layer. In order after them came the Mestizos, the mix- blood offspring of Spaniards and Natives; Indios, Native Indians; Negros, African slaves. The conflict caused by how the Criollos, Mestizos, Indios, and Negros were treated differently ultimately caused them to want to be independent from Spain.

While North Americans often think Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican Independence, it is actually a celebration of the victory of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla during the French invasion of Mexico in 1862.

For more information about Mexican Independence visit:

Traditions of Mexico - Diez y Seis de Septiembre
Mexican Independence Day . El Grito.16 de Septiembre

Grito de Dolores - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New DVDs

Speaking in Tongues. DVD.

“Jason, Durrell, Julian, Kelly. Four typical American kids, with on e exception. Their parents placed them in schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak Chinese or Spanish. Why? To give them a career edge. To raise their academic achievement. To maintain their home language. Or to help them speak with their grandparents. You’ll be charmed and challenged by this award-winning film’s insightful exploration of the rewards and hurdles these pioneering students face as they become bilingual. Enter their world, and ask yourself – today, is one language enough?” from the back cover of the DVD.

The Glass Ceiling. Alexandria, VA: National Society of Professional Engineers, 1997. (DAL MV 64) Video, Study Guide, & Computer disc.

“An in-service program designed to facilitate discussion about how women are treated in the engineering profession.” From the Cover

New Books

Woodward, Jeannette. Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. (Z 679.2 .U6 W66 2010 c.2).

Product description from publisher: “Writing from the perspective of a librarian who has been through numerous building projects, Jeannette Woodward walks you through the process of overseeing the planning and construction of a building project. Packed with helpful checklists and worksheets, this revised edition includes: updated references, standards, materials, and resources; tips for efficient HVAC systems and evolving rules for LEED certification; and, information on new technological issues. Using hands-on tools and real-life insider stories from librarians around the country, this is a must-have crash course in planning and building today's libraries.”

Johnson, Marilyn. This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. (Z 716.4 .J65 2010 c.3).

From Publishers Weekly - “In an information age full of Google-powered searches, free-by-Bittorrent media downloads and Wiki-powered knowledge databases, the librarian may seem like an antiquated concept. Author and editor Johnson (The Dead Beat) is here to reverse that notion with a topical, witty study of the vital ways modern librarians uphold their traditional roles as educators, archivists, and curators of a community legacy. Illuminating the state of the modern librarian with humor and authority, Johnson showcases librarians working on the cutting edge of virtual reality simulations, guarding the Constitution and redefining information services-as well as working hard to serve and satisfy readers, making this volume a bit guilty of long-form reader flattery. Johnson also makes the important case for libraries-the brick-and-mortar kind-as an irreplaceable bridge crossing economic community divides. Johnson's wry report is a must-read for anyone who's used a library in the past quarter century.”

Elliott, Alan C., Patricia K. Summey, and Gayla Brooks Kokel. Images of America: Oak Cliff. Charleston:Acadia Publishing, 2009. (F 394 .D216 0154 2009).

A collection of photographs tells the story of Oak Cliff’s people and places. Oak Cliff incorporated as a town in 1890. After a financial downturn in 1893, Oak Cliff voted to allow Dallas to annex it. Despite being a part of Dallas, Oak Cliff has retained a unique culture and heritage apart from “Dallas”. These photographs reflect the unique nature of Oak Cliff.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Sept. 13, 2010- Sun. Sept. 19th 2010

Tendentious: trying to influence opinion: written or spoken with personal bias in order to promote a cause or support a viewpoint.

"The student gave a tendentious arguement against the attendance policy. Due to his multiple absences, his mid-tern grade dropped from a "B" to a "C"."

For more information about this word, or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9 / 11

Today is the ninth anniversery of the attack on September 11th in New York.  We want to take time to reflect on the lives of the thousands of people who lost their lives that day.  Everyone was affected to some degree and everyone realized that there had been a major change in the world. 

For information about the 9/11 Memorial set to open in one year:

The 9/11 Memorial for the Flight Crews:

Memorial to all of those who lost their lives in the attack

Word of the Week

Laconism: brevity in speech: the use of very few words.

"The Dean, who was usually longwinded, used laconism when delivering his speech on plagerism.  He simply said,    "Don't do it!"

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Secret Rooms

We are settling into the new library in building 2. There are some interesting architectural details but we haven't found a secret room yet. Although there are some libraries that have secret rooms, hidden nooks and crannies. For instance, the Hartness Library at Vermont Technical College has a room accessible by using a key in a keyhole in a brick wall. Then a staircase appears from the ceiling into their hidden room.  Are you interested in secret rooms? Check out these websites.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Aug. 30th-Sun. Sept. 5th

Neoteric: Having a contemporary origin

"The design of building two at UNT Dallas is very neoteric."

For more information about this word or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Aug.23rd-Sun. Aug. 29th

farouche- lacking social skills: unsociable and lacking grace because of fierceness, sullenness, or shyness.

"Some scholars have the tendency to seem farouche in settings outside of the educational domain."

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The library has moved !!

The UNT Dallas library has moved to the second building.  It will remain closed until the workers finish up the details on the new building and it opens.  But we wanted to give you a preview of our beautiful new space.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Aug. 16-Sun. Aug 22nd

*Vitality: liveliness: abundant physical and mental energy, usually combined with a wholehearted and joyous approach to situations and activities.

"The UNT Dallas library employees engaged in the move from building 1 to building 2 with vitality and excitement. "

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit:


Monday, August 9, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Aug 9th-Sun. Aug.15th

Migration: movement from one place to another.

"The UNT Dallas Library migration from building one to building two will take place the week of  Aug. 9th-13th."

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit

Friday, August 6, 2010

UNT Dallas collecting school supplies

UNT Dallas is collecting school supplies for underprivileged students at Dallas ISD and at Gilliam Collegiate Academy. Collection boxes will be in the library until August 10th. One box will be labeled “General Supplies” and the second “Gilliam Collegiate Academy. You have several options:

1. You may donate individual items from the Supply list -

2. You may donate a back pack and fill it with supplies from the Supply List. (Prices may vary depending on the store)

3. You may donate to our partner early college school, Gilliam Collegiate Academy. This school has great need for notebook paper, pencils and pens (blue and black). Some students need backpacks.

Many thanks to Gretchen Choe, Asst. Prof. of Criminal Justice, and Gloria Bahamon, Asst. Deputy Vice Chancellor, for getting this project started.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Aug 2.-Sun. Aug 8th

Fecundity: creative productivity: the ability to produce many different and original ideas.

"Fecundity is the procrastinator's curse."

For more information on this word, or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit

Thursday, July 29, 2010

You know you are information literate if

  1. You have at least 2 active library cards. 
  2. You often find yourself gleefully suggesting, “This calls for immediate research!” 
  3. Your motto is “Think before you google.” 
  4. You think not crediting a source is worse than not recycling. 
  5. You hear the Cheers theme when approaching the reference desk. (Subsequent highly scientific research has indicated that it would be better to use the Friends theme instead.) 
  6. The library website is your homepage. 
  7. You can easily name your 3 favorite databases. 
  8. You narrow searches with the ease and precision of a ninja. 
  9. You believe most books are only as good as their references. 
  10. When visiting libraries you can find and check out books in 5 minutes or less. 
  11. You spot irrelevant search results immediately because you just can’t stand them. 
  12. You tested out of Defense Against the Dark Arts by flexing your superior critical thinking skills. 
  13. You could easily defeat Chuck Norris using Library of Congress subject headings.

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." American Library Association 2006

My thanks to Becky Alford from Clarke College for allowing me to share this list.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Word of the Week

Intrepid [in  trep id]:  Resolutely Courageous; fearless.  Persistent in the pursuit of something.

"The Graduating class was indeed a team of intrepid students."

Friday, July 23, 2010

News Flash: Google only finds about 16% of information on the World Wide Web

Okay, Google, Yahoo, and other typical search engines are great for finding common and sometimes not so widely known information. But to find out that it is only searching about 16% of the available information is scary. What else is out there?

The Deep Web or Invisible Web consists of mostly databases that are not indexed by normal search engines. Not to mention the subscription databases that you can find on the library website. That doesn’t mean they aren’t available though. In the past, you had to go to each database and search it individually but now there are ways of getting that information. Check out these websites for ways of making the invisible web visible:

Try out these different search engines and indexes. Hint: I especially like the ones organized by librarians


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Media @ the library

1. The Glass Ceiling. Alexandria, VA: National Society of Professional Engineers, 1997. (DAL MV 64) Video, Study Guide, & Computer disc.

“An in-service program designed to facilitate discussion about how women are treated in the engineering profession.” From the Cover.

2. Speaking in Tongues. DVD.

“Jason, Durrell, Julian, Kelly. Four typical American kids, with on e exception. Their parents placed them in schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak Chinese or Spanish. Why? To give them a career edge. To raise their academic achievement. To maintain their home language. Or to help them speak with their grandparents. You’ll be charmed and challenged by this award-winning film’s insightful exploration of the rewards and hurdles these pioneering students face as they become bilingual. Enter their world, and ask yourself – today, is one language enough?” from the back cover of the DVD.

New @ the library

1. Elliott, Alan C., Patricia K. Summey, and Gayla Brooks Kokel. Images of America: Oak Cliff. Charleston:Acadia Publishing, 2009. (F 394 .D216 0154 2009).

A collection of photographs tells the story of Oak Cliff’s people and places. Oak Cliff incorporated as a town in 1890. After a financial downturn in 1893, Oak Cliff voted to allow Dallas to annex it. Despite being a part of Dallas, Oak Cliff has retained a unique culture and heritage apart from “Dallas”. These photographs reflect the unique nature of Oak Cliff.

2. National Conference of State Legislatures. The Path to a Degree; A Legislator’s Guide to College Access and Success. Washington: 2009.

A guide to the steps that are needed for a student to be successful in the college environment, this book covers areas from middle and high school preparation to finances. Sections include college planning strategies, increasing college and workforce readiness, improving college affordability for underrepresented students, Engaging students academically and socially, and what you need to know about minority-serving institutions. This guide gives examples of programs from various universities that address goals in student access and success, including programs pertaining to the First Year Experience.

3. Blue, Carroll Parrott. The Dawn at my back; Memoir of a black Texas upbringing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

According to the author, this is a story about her mother, Mollie Carroll Parrott, and herself, Carroll Parrott Blue. It weaves the memories of her growing up in the south with her memories of well known Black activists and how she was affected as a Southern Black Woman.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Word of the Week - Monday, July 19th - Sunday, July 25th

Opprobrium - the disgrace or reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful.

"A person who cheats on test frequently faces social opprobrium."

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New DVDs @ the library

Check out the new DVDs about corporate America.

Big Mac:Inside the McDonald’s empire

Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing

Inside the mind of Google

The New Age of Walmart

Monday, July 12, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. July 12, 2010- Sunday July 18th, 2010

Apropos: just right: appropriate in a specific situation.

"Apropos the five week session included a test every Friday morning."

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary, please visit

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Free Books on the Book Rack

Most of you read and you have seen our FREE paperback book rack near the library door. We rely on you, our students, faculty, and staff to donate nice used paperback books. Bring one or more and take one. There are no fines or record keeping, just more books. If there isn’t anything you want to read, then leave a favorite of yours and the next person who reads that genre, may leave one you are wanting to read.

If the rack is full, the library will store them and re-stock it when needed. Come on everyone, it is summer, let’s read!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Word of the Week Monday July 5th-July 11th, 2010

Minutia: A small or trivial detail.

"The English professor was more concerned with the minutia of the cover page, than the content of the 20 page paper."

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary please visit:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Revolutionary War Records

Celebrate the Fourth of July by researching your Revolutionary War Ancestors. is allowing FREE access to their collection of Revolutionary War records through July 7th. The records include Revolutionary War pension records, service records and more. You can check to see how many people with your surname helped create the U.S.A. If you are doing historical research, there are a number of copies of origianl documents from the Continental Congress and other items.

You have to register for a free basic membership before getting access to the records, but that only takes a few minutes. Enjoy the fourth by doing research along with the parade, fireworks, and picnic.

Independence Day

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." -Erma Bombeck

Monday, June 28, 2010

Word of the Week June 28th-July 4th, 2010

process or state of being linked: the linking of things together, or the state of being interconnected.

"The university has decided to have a concatenation of courses for the core classes."

For more informtation about this word or to further expand your vocabulary please visit

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kindle bombs on University Campuses

Many educators, students, and businesses are extolling e-book readers as the wave of the future. Perhaps they are going to be the wonderful in the future, but today they still come up short against the old fashioned book for academic pursuits. Students involved in pilot projects with e-book readers complained about them being hard to use in class and hard to navigate. The note tools and filing systems were clumsy and difficult to use. Many abandoned the readers after a few weeks.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Introducing David Raley

David William Raley received his B.A. in professional writing from Baylor University in the Fall of 2004, and has spent the past four years substitute teaching. He briefly pursued a M.A. in journalism before deciding to pursue a degree in library science instead.

David expects to graduate with his Master’s of Library and Information Science in May, 2011.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Introducing.....Jaeger Wells

We would like for you to welcome one of our newest GLA students, Jaeger Wells! He has supplied us with a biography so you can get to know him.

Jaeger Wells received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern Maine in the Fall of 2009 and is currently working towards his Master’s of Library and Information Science at the University of North Texas with a concentration in Digital Content Management. Some of his academic interests include Web 2.0, intellectual property, and copyright. He hopes to continue onto law school after he graduates from the University of North Texas. Some of his favorite past times are playing music, watching movies, and traveling around the country.

New Books @ the library

Klein, Julie Thompson. Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. (LB 2361.5 .K54 2010 c.2)

“Klein's analysis shows convincingly that from research in the sciences to new graduate-level programs and departments, to new designs for general education, interdisciplinarity is now prevalent throughout American colleges and universities. . . . Klein documents trends, traces historical patterns and precedents, and provides practical advice. Going directly to the heart of our institutional realities, she focuses attention on some of the more challenging aspects of bringing together ambitious goals for interdisciplinary vitality with institutional, budgetary, and governance systems. A singular strength of this book, then, is the practical advice it provides about such nitty-gritty issues as program review, faculty development, tenure and promotion, hiring, and the political economy of interdisciplinarity. . . . We know that readers everywhere will find [this book] simultaneously richly illuminating and intensively useful."

—from the foreword by Carol Geary Schneider, president, Association of American Colleges and Universities

McAdoo, Monty L. Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. (Z 675 >U5 M358 2010 c.3)

A How to Guide in guiding librarians in stepping outside the library to help students and faculty achieve student success in information literacy.

Nosich, Gerald M. Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.,2009. (LB 1590.3 .N67 2009).

“The main goal of the text is to show how critical thinking can help students comprehend any subject so they can see the parts in terms of the whole, to become active learners rather than passive recxipients of information. Learning to Think Things Through gives students a written guide to critical thinking that is clear, short, inexpensive, accessible, and shows readers how to think through any problem or question.” From the back cover.

George, Mary W. The Elements of Library Research: What every student needs to know. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. (Z 710 .G44 2008 c.2).

“This short, practical book provides a foundation for success in any research assignment, from a freshman paper to a senior thesis. Drawing on decades of experience with undergraduates, reference librarian Mary George arms you with the concepts, strategies, tools and tactics you need to approach academic projects with confidence.” From the back cover.

Lemov, Doug. Teach like a Champion. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. (LB 1025.3 .L48 2010 c.2)

“In this book, author Doug Lemov offers the essential tools of the teaching craft so that you can unlock the talent and skill waiting in your students, no matter how many previous classrooms, schools, or teachers have been unsuccessful. This must-have resource is filled with concrete, specific, and actionable classroom teaching techniques that you can start using in your classroom tomorrow.” From the back cover.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Word of the Week Jun. 21, 2010-Jun. 27, 2010

Extol: praise somebody or something: to praise somebody or something with great enthusiasm and admiration.

*"Many educators , students and businesses extol e-book readers as the wave of the future."

 For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary please visit


Friday, June 18, 2010

UNT Dallas Library is Jaguar Territory!

"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians...." (Monty Python)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Digital Self Publishing

Self publishing used to be called the "vanity press" and was ONLY used by authors who couldn't get a "real" publisher to publish their book. Now self publishing may be the wave of the future as online digital publishers are allowing authors to publish their work, and paying them a percentage when the book sells. Major players are, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, FastPencil, LuLu, and Apple.

For more information:


Interested in reading ebooks? Interested in finding free and/or cheap ebooks in a variety of formats?

Are you an unpublished author? Have a manuscript in your bottom drawer? Or even in the process of writing a book? How do you get published? is a new avenue of publishing for authors. “Smashwords publishes and distributes ebooks. Authors and publishers retain full control over how their works are published, sampled, priced and sold. If an author wants to charge one dollar or ten thousand dollars, or give it away for free, they have that freedom.”


Monday, June 14, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. June 14th-Sun. June 20th

Rapprochement: renewal of friendly relations: the establishment or renewal of friendly relations between people or nations that were previously hostile or unsympathetic towards each other.

"The rapproachement of Dr. Hatheway and his don Dr. Hatheway Jr., came just in time for Father's Day."

For more information on this word, or to further expand your vocabulary, visit

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wikipedia: an authoritative resource? Not!

Any librarian will tell you that Wikipedia is not to be trusted entirely. It can be used as an overview of a subject but any details should be checked with other sources. I admit to satisfying my curiosity on lots of subjects with a quick Wikipedia search, but I find the Wikipedia hoaxes and misinformation just as interesting.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. ~Lemony Snicket

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Word of the Week: Mon. June 7th- Sun. June 13th

Zany:amusingly crazy

"The professor couldn't help but smile as her zany
student explained that since she was "going green", she would no longer be able to "hand" in her homework."

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary,
please visit

Monday, June 7, 2010

Make a difference! Volunteer!

“Newscaster Tom Brokaw is credited with saying, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” In reality, it is amazingly easy to make a difference. Millions of volunteers do it every day. They read to children, feed the homeless, rock babies, design websites, raise money, collect clothing, advise teams, and perform countless other acts that demonstrate an astonishing range of skill and talent.” From

After working at home for years, I was hired for a paying job based on my volunteer resume. The volunteer work I did showed leadership, marketing, hard work, and flexibility. The next paying job I was offered was also based on my hobby where I did personal and volunteer research and created nonprofit websites for researchers. My son started volunteering at the Museum of Natural History when he was in Junior High because he was interested in becoming a paleontologist. When he turned 16 he was offered a part time job which helped him pay for two years of college. While he eventually decided on a different career, he learned many valuable skills through volunteering.

Volunteering not only makes you feel good about helping others, it can teach you new skills and give you valuable experience when you want to find that first job or change careers. There are a number of organizations locally that can start you on a lifetime of helping others. The key is to find something that you enjoy and you can share with others.
For more information about volunteering:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Books @ the library

Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2010: Profiles of Major U.S. Private Enterprises. Austin: Hoovers Inc., 2010. (HG 4057.A2862 2010) 4/27/10.

This is an updated handbook of major businesses in the U.S. including company headquarters, income histories, leadership, products and competitors.

Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada and Mexico
. Boston: Rand McNally, 2010. (G 1201 .P2 R348 2011 c. 2 [Atlas Stand]. 6/1/10

This resource includes maps, mileage charts, legends, indexes and driving times.

How to Get Money for College: Financing Your Future Beyond Federal Aid, 2010. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson's, 2009.

This handbook covers the different financial aid resources available to students including specific institutions as well as state and athletic scholarships.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

La Réunion

La Réunion colony was made up of French colonists who were determined to create a utopian society in the middle of the wilderness of Texas in 1855. While it was ultimately unsuccessful many of the watchmakers, weavers, brewers, and storekeepers eventually moved to Dallas and became a part of its rise to prominence in the area. Jacob Boll, a botanist and pharmacist, taught Julien Reverchon, who later became a well known professor of botany at Baylor University College of Medicine and Pharmacy in Dallas. Other residents opened the first carriage factory, brewery and butcher shop in Dallas.

In 2006, a 35 acre artist residency named after La Réunion was established in Dallas. Located in Oak Cliff near Jefferson Blvd and Cockrell Hill Road, La Réunion uses the acreage as an outdoor studio and gallery space. Their mission of “creating an arts residency in Dallas that inspires, sustains, and renews artists and community through education and outreach,” encourages artist to give back to the community in a number of ways.

La Reunion is not open to the public, however the public is encouraged to call and set up visitation tours. Currently an educational tour is available on Saturdays at 10:00 am. For more information about La Reunion, visit their website at:

For an overview of the historical La Réunion, visit the Handbook of Texas at:

Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day

”Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.”

SUVCW & David Merchant. (1994 – 2009). Memorial Day History. Retrieved on May 27, 2010 from

Memorial Day Calendar at:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Business Etiquette

"If you are going to play the game properly, you had better know every rule."- the late Barbara Jordan, U.S. Representative from Texas

An appropriate beginning for a website pertaining to business etiquette, the Evans Library at the Florida Institute of Technology follows with some basic etiquette rules in other cultures. Any American who intends to do business or travel internationally is advised to become familiar with the more important cultural differences to keep from offending unintentionally. Check it out at:

Come by the library to peruse the book “Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to do Business in Sixty Countries", by Terri Morrison, Wayne A. Conaway, and George A. Borden.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. May 24th-Mon. May 31

Peruse: read something carefully: to read or examine something, usually in a careful and thorough way or taking time to do it.

"After registration, he scheduled two hours of his afternoon schedule to peruse each syllabus.

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~Cicero

Saturday, May 22, 2010


UNT Dallas goes mobile with the new JaguarMobile website. Bookmark JaguarMobile to have fast easy access to campus contacts, directions to UNT Dallas, upcoming events and more. This important information can be accessed from mobile devices, such as the iPhone and Smartphones, at .

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tornado Safety Rules

This weather reminds us to check out the Tornado safety guidelines at UNT Dallas. Here are the safer areas in Building One (all on the first floor):

Corridors 100E, 100F, 100J, 100K, 100N
Rooms: 115A, 115B, 140,
The Library Office (130B), Group Study Rooms 130D & 130E
Restrooms on the 1st Floor

General Guidelines: If it isn’t safe to move, remain in the room and get under the tables.

1. Seek shelter in designated areas. The North side of the building is generally the safest.

2. Stay away from all windows and exterior doors.

3. Doors to all rooms should be kept closed.

4. Once in designated shelter area, assume a seated position on the floor, with head down, and hands locked over the head during a disaster period. If you are wearing a heavy jacket or have access to heavy cloth material, use these items to cover your upper body and head. This will help protect you from any flying glass or debris. Always stay close to the floor. Leave a passageway through the center of each shelter area.

5. All persons should remain inside safe area until the warning is cancelled.

Organizing your Online Research

Most of the online databases through the library have ways of organizing your research into folders so when you are ready for your Capstone event, thesis, or dissertation, your past research is readily available. If you need help learning those organizing tools, including RefWorks, come by the library.

But how do we organize our Internet (world wide web)research? Having a long list of bookmarks in your browser may not be the best way to organize your internet research and favorite sites. There are a number of tools which can help you organize and even share those bookmarks. Each of them do different tasks or do them in different ways. Check out this website for an overview of five bookmark management tools.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Word of the Week

Nexus:the center or focus of something.

"Most students will agree that the library is the nexus of the University."

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. May 10th-Sun. May 16th

Equanimity: calm temperment: evenness of temper even under stress.

"The Principal gave the "Teacher of the Year Award" to the Pre-K teacher citing her equanimity in the classroom day after day."

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please visit

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo !

This information was found among the rich resources in your UNT Dallas Virtual Library!

Encyclopedia Texanica

Title: Encyclopedia Texanica By: Dingus, Anne, Dingus, Anne, Texas Monthly, 01487736, , Vol. 34, Issue 9

Database:  Readers Guide Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)


Q: What exactly is the difference between Diez y Seis de Septiembre and Cinco de Mayo? Which is more important to Texas?

A: The former--"the sixteenth of September" in Spanish--is the national independence day of Mexico, or its Fourth of July. It commemorates the day in 1810 when Father Hidalgo, an elderly priest in a village near Guanajuato, first let out elgrito ("the shout") for freedom from Spanish rule. Cinco de Mayo, or "the fifth of May," celebrates the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over the French, who -by order of Napoléon III--wanted to install a despised figurehead, Maximilian.

Under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, who was born in what is now Goliad, the Mexicans crushed their foe at the Battle of Puebla. Both holidays are dear to the hearts of Tejanos (and are often referred to collectively as the fiestas patrias), but Cinco de Mayo had a much greater impact on Texas history.

During the Civil War, France supported the Confederacy, so when Napoléon III failed to secure Mexico, the South lost a prime arms-supply route. Such a source might have changed the outcome of the war, or at least prolonged it.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Word of the Week Mon.May 3rd- Sun.May 9th

Exigency: urgent need: something a situation demands or makes urgently necessary and that puts pressure on the people involved.

Due to the limitations of her budget, the exigency of finding funds to complete her last semester of school was quite stressful.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Safari Tech Books Online

WOW!!   The library has a subscription to a database dedicated to technical books.  Some of them you can only read parts of the book but over 600 books are full text that you can read online.  Having problems with your new iPhone?  or need some information on web development?  or maybe just how to create a table in Microsoft Word?   Check out this electronic database!!

Safari Tech Books Online

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Word of the Week: Mon. Apr. 26-Sun. May 2, 2010

Polemic: passionate argument: a passionate, strongly worded, and often controversial argument against or, less often, in favor of somebody or something

"The investigative counsel would have given the student an "F" for the semester if it wasn't for his previous professor's polemic defense that the paper, so brilliantly written, was an original."

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New @ the library

Esfandiari, Haleh. My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009. (DS 318.84 .I84 A3 2009 c.2)

Haleh Esfandirai regularly visited her elderly mother in Iran, but her arrest and detention in Iran in 2006 was brought about by the relationship between Iran and the United States. Esfandiari is the founding director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program and the former deputy secretary general of the Woman’s Organization of Iran. She is currently a professor at George Mason University in Maryland. She recounts her ordeal as she was held in solitary confinement for 105 days at the notorious Evin Prison after weeks of interrogation.

Current Biography Yearbook 2009 with Index 2001-2009. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 2009. (Call # CT 100 .C8 2009 c.2)

Short biographies and obituaries of contemporary figures in politics, entertainment, science, sports, and other notable fields.

Million Dollar Directory: America’s Leading Public and Private Companies 2010 Ed. 5vols. Parsippany, New Jersey: Dun and Bradstreet Publisher.

Provides extensive coverage of public and private companies, easy cross-referencing, primary and secondary lines of business, and the names and titles of key decision makers compiled from the Dun and Bradstreet database, telephone interviews, and annual reports. The publication includes Series Alphabetical sections, Cross-Reference Industrial Classification, and Cross-Reference Geographical titles. (Call#HF 5035 .M531 2010 v.2 c.2) 03/29/2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day is Today

Recycling is a way of life for many now, but have you heard about how Green came to be important. Learn about the history of Earth Day at:

The second building on the UNT Dallas campus is nearing completion. It was designed to receive a Gold LEED certification. What is LEED certification and how is it different from the Energy Star program? Find out here:

Then for our education majors, could you use an Activities and coloring book? Look to the EPA at:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Media @ the Library

Basic Attending Skills, Tapes 1 & 2. Amherst, Ma. : Microtraining Associates, [2006?]. VHS format. (MV 10087).
Presents specific attending and listening skills necessary for a counselor to assist others in self-exploration and decision making.

The Way Home. Oakland, CA: World Trust, 1998. DVD format. (DVD 9105R).
Sixty-four women from eight different ethnic groups share their experiences of identity, oppression, and resistance.

Who are the DeBolts? And where did they get nineteen kids? New York: New Video, 2005. DVD format. (DVD 11471).
Not only do parents Bob and Dorothy have six kids of their own, they have also opened up their hearts and their home to thirteen disadvantage and handicapped children. What results is an amazing mix of diversity. The multiethnic kids are heroes who belie the typical stereotype of being handicapped. They go to school, do chores, and "hang out" while simultaneously navigating the difficulties of their disabilities.

Special features: featurette: "Steppin' out: The DeBolts grow up"; filmmaker biography; DeBolt family update.

Word of the Week: Mon. Apr. 19th - Sun. Apr. 24th

Sage: wise person: somebody who is regarded as knowledgeable, wise and experienced, especially a man of advanced years revered for his wisdom and good judgement.

"Warren Buffett is a sage for our generation."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Word of the Week: Mon. Apr.12th-Sun. Apr. 18

Desuetude: disuse: the condition of not being in use.

"It was very apparent to the counselor, that her patient's decision making skills were in a deep state of desuetude from all the years of being controlled by her spouse."

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Monday, April 12, 2010

National Library Workers Day – April 13th

 To celebrate National Library Workers Day, take a look at some of the funny things that happen in libraries.

Whatcom County Library System  in Washington State has gathered some of those stories and will let you read them at:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Privacy on the Internet

Have you ever thought about how much of you is on the internet? Journals used to be private and under lock and key, but often we are putting our private thoughts in online journals and blogs now. Perhaps they are anonymous but what if a person reading those thoughts can figure out who you are. What then? Employers are beginning to check your online presence before hiring.[1] Remember that with just a few clicks a potential employer can see all of your posts and your friends and their posts on Facebook, MySpace, or as you Twitter. This is a time when you really can be judged by your friends.

It isn’t all about what you reveal either. There are other ways your privacy can be breached. In searching for ways to find social security numbers, “The Carnegie Mellon researchers used publicly available information from many sources, including profiles on social networks, to narrow their search for two pieces of data crucial to identifying people — birthdates and city or state of birth.” Read about how they were able to identify many social security numbers and how in a class project another group was able to identify with a 78% accuracy if a profile on Facebook was of a gay male even if they had not identified themselves as such at:

How can you protect your privacy? Most important is to understand why it is important and be aware of what you are doing and how it can affect your privacy. Read up on privacy protection. There are a number of websites which can give you tips on how to protect your privacy online. For example check out these websites: