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 http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html


Memorial Day Calendar at: http://www.usmemorialday.org/calendar.html

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: http://www.lib.fit.edu/pubs/librarydisplays/Etiquette/BusinessEtiquetteWeb.htm


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.

For more information on this word or to further expand your vocabulary please visit www.encarta.msn.com.

Quote

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

Saturday, May 22, 2010

JaguarMobile

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 www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/mobile/ .

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.

http://lifehacker.com/5540019/five-best-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."

For more information about this word, or to further expand your vocabulary visit www.encarta.msn.com.

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."

For more information about this word or to further expand your vocabulary
please visit www.encarta.msn.com.

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)

ENCYCLOPEDIA TEXANICA SOLVES THE STATE'S GREATEST MYSTERIES

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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