Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Word of the Week Feb. 22 2010- Feb.28 2010

Vitriol: bitter criticism: extreme bitterness and hatred toward somebody or something, or an expression of this feeling in speech or writing.

"The mayor received numerous letters containing threats and spitting vitriol about his decision to cut 10,000 city jobs."

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Monday, February 22, 2010

New Books @ the library

Grassian, Esther S., and Joan R. Kaplowitz. Learning to Lead and Manage Information Literacy Instruction. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. 2005.

            This book covers the needs of librarians and instructors of information literacy.  It covers  leadership, management, development, research, grants, marketing, and technology.  The companion CD contains valuable resources such as sample materials, syllabi, successful grant proposals, bibliography, and links to internet resources.

Grassian, Esther S. and Joan R. Kaplowitz. Information Literacy Instruction. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. 2005.

This book could be used as a textbook as it includes exercises and sections on reading more about that topic. Chapters covering the background of information literacy instruction, planning and developing information literacy instruction, delivering information literacy instruction, and the future of information literacy instruction are included.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Business Books @ the library

Hoover’s Handbook of American Business, 2010. Austin, TX: Sycamore Productions, Inc., 2010.
Profiles of 750 major U.S. companies. One of the most complete sources of in-depth information on large US-based business enterprises. Includes profiles and indexes.
(Call # HG 4057 .A28617 2010 v.1, c.2) 1/30/10

Dallas Business Journal: 2010 Book of Lists. Irving, TX: Dallas Business Journal. 2010.
This is a quick reference guide to companies grouped by their similarities and rankings. Claims to be the definitive who’s who in business throughout the North Texas region.
(Call# HF5065.T4 B612 2010 c.2) 1/30/10

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2010. Yonkers, NY: Consumers Union. 2010.
After testing, Consumer reports rates appliances, cars, electronics, and more for the best and worst of the category.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010. 129th ed. Washington, DC: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 2010.
Produced by the Census Bureau of the United States Government, this book provides statistics on population, vital statistics, health, nutrition, education, law enforcement, courts, prisons, geography, environment, elections, and many other statistics.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Books @ the library

Edel, Leon, Justin Kaplan, Alfred Kazin, Doris Kearns, Theodore Rosengarten, Barbara W. Tuchman, and Geoffrey Wolff. Telling Lives, The Biographer’s Art. Washington: New Republic Books, 1979.
A series of essays on the who, why, and how of biographers created following a symposium on biography at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. (CT 21 .T44 c.3) 1/30/10

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. 1952. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2009.
Written by one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, this book details the twelve steps and the twelve traditions that make up the Alcoholics Anonymous program. It is estimated that over two million people have become sober through Alcoholics Anonymous and its principles.(HV 5278 .T83 1981 c.2) 1/30/10

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. 1939. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2009.
The basic tenants of Alcoholics Anonymous are explained through the use of personal stories of members who have become sober. (HV 5275 .A55 2001 c.2) 1/30/10

Texas Almanac 2-1--2011. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press Consortium, 2010.
This almanac is self-described as “the source for all things Texan since 1857”. It contains maps, pictures, articles, tables, lists, and more pertaining to the state of Texas and its people, animals, cities, counties, and everything in between. (AY 311 .D3 T5 2010-11 c.3) 1/30/10

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Rev. ed. Washington: American Psychological Association, 2009.
The definitive book for using APA format. The sixth edition offers new and expanded instruction on publication ethics, statistics, journal article reporting standards, electronic reference formats, and the construction of tables and figures. This book is from the second printing which has corrected the mistakes in the first printing. (BF 76.7 .P83 2010 c.6) 1/30/10

Word of the Week Feb. 15- Feb. 21, 2010

Profundity: intense insight: intense intellectual or human insight that deals with the most vital aspects of any question.

"Some scholars lament that most modern fiction lacks the profundity found in classical works."

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Word of the Week Feb. 8th- Feb. 14th 2010

Antipathy: strong hostility or opposition towards somebody or something.

"The professor's antipathy for those who plagerized were known throughout the campus."

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Open Access

I want an ebook reader. The fact that only books from Amazon can be read on Kindle, and the Sony Reader can only display books from certain outlets, not to mention the other readers, has caused me to delay spending the money for one. I will do it but which one? My friend has both the Kindle and Sony so she can read most ebooks available. Is that what we will need to do in the future? Have a number of different readers to access all of the books available. That doesn’t sound like a good option to me. It is expensive and cumbersome. I have enough to do without having to figure out which device has which book on it and/or carrying around a multitude of devices. As Bill Thompson says, “I will not go gladly into a locked-down world.”

Open Access is being fought in multiple venues today. Amazon withdrew and then added back all of MacMillan Publishing’s ebooks over a dispute concerning pricing. Adobe is unhappy because Apple is not supporting Flash on devices like the new IPad. Many are unhappy with Google’s Book Digitalization Project where open access doesn’t seem too concerned with copyrights.



Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Management in a new light--what you wish your boss knew

Last night, I watched the rerun of Oprah's afternoon show. It was all about the new upcoming TV program called "Undercover Boss." The show will debut on CBS following the Super Bowl this Sunday (Feb. 7, 2010). She previewed 2 of the episodes highlighting the president of Waste Management and the president of Dallas-based 7-11. What an eye-opener for these two corporate leaders. They both discovered some very dedicated, hard-working members of their work force, some with major health issues who remained loyal, positive employees of their companies despite their hardships. As a result of these experiences, the bosses vowed to bring some positive changes into their companies. To read more about this program and these two managers, check out:



If you are a boss or if you have a boss, I highly recommend this show.

Leora Kemp

Monday, February 1, 2010

Word of the Week: Feb.1, 2010-Feb.7th, 2010

Ambivalent: unsure: having mixed, uncertain, or conflicting feelings about something.

"This semester I was ambivalent about which classes I should select."

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Largest book in the world goes on show for the first time

Klencke Atlas, which is 350 years old, will be displayed as part of British Library exhibition on maps.
Tue., Jan. 26, 2010 - The Guardian

Read the rest of the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/26/Klencke-atlas-british-library-exhibition