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:


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Home Libraries

Most people have a home library of some sort, even if it is only a few decorative books for the coffee table. Others have extensive libraries that include not only popular reading, but reading for their job, hobbies, and other interests. Think of the guy who has 78 books on ships in a bottle, everything from building and displaying them to Ships in a Bottle Museum catalogs. How do you create an "Ultimate Home Library"? Check out this list of 100 Tips & Tools to Create the Ultimate Home Library.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Apr. 5- Sun. Apr. 11, 2010

Apathetic: indifferent and unenergetic: not taking any interest in anything, or not bothering to do anything.

"The English professor was appalled by the apathetic way that his students responded to his extra ceridt assignment."

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