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