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."

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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."

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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."

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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.
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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: