Friday, December 23, 2011

Don't judge a book by it's cover

We have all heard we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.  But Kirkus Reviews did it.
Check out their Editors Choice: Top Ten Book Covers 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

New UNT Dallas Library Graduate Assistant

Robert Taylor is the new graduate assistant for the UNT Dallas Library. He is currently working on his master's degree in library science at the University of North Texas. Robert has earned a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies. When not in the library you can find him jogging around White Rock Lake. We would like to welcome him to the UNTD library.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The works of Sir Isaac Newton digitized for all to see

The Library at University of Cambridge has made available for public viewing, a portion of Sir Isaac Newton's original handwritten notes and manuscripts. The Newton Papers is the first in a new Foundations of Science collection offered by the Cambridge Digital Library.

Newton was a student at Cambridge from 1661 to 1665 and was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1669 to 1701. After his death, many of his notes and manuscripts were passed down through his family until 1872, when they were given to the university and cataloged.

The initial selection focuses mainly on his early work in mathematics during the 1660s but also includes the original manuscript for Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), which contains Newton's law of gravity and laws of motion. These discoveries formed the basis of classical mechanics and significantly changed the way we look at the universe.

To learn more about this and other projects at the Cambridge Digital Library visit:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Material @ the library

A Home of Our Own.  (DAL DVD 128)

“Independent, strong-willed Frances Lacey is determined to turn hard times into prosperity. Fed up with her supervisor’s harassment, her oldest son’s increasing delinquency and all of Los Angeles, she packs her kids into a rundown Plymouth and heads east. To some, Frances may look like a woman bound for nowhere…but this is one tough lady who’s definitely got a destination – the American dream!”  from the back cover

Kritsonis, William Allan and Mary Ann Springs. Effective Teaching in the Elementary School. Murrieta, CA: Alexis Group. 20009. (LB 1555 .K738 2009)  12/6/11

The authors use their practical experience to address common issues in the elementary school classroom.  Chapters cover topics such as developing a good reading program, handling discipline, handling transportation issues, planning field trips, creating a study center, using the library more effectively, and making new teachers and staff welcome.

 Waldman, Joshua. Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011.  

Searching for a  job has changed drastically in the last 10 years. Joshua Waldman lays out how to use social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook to find a job.

 Turow, Scott. One-L: The turbulent true story of a first year at Harvard Law School. New York: Warner Books, Inc. 1977.

 An autobiographical look at the first year of Harvard Law School, Scott Turow shows a remarkably honest look at his experience.

Watson, S.J. Before I Go to Sleep.  New York: HarperCollins Publisher. 2011. (PR 6123 .A884 B44 2011)

Christine has amnesia.  Her memory starts over every day. She struggles to make it through each day and learn what happened to her in this psychological thriller.

Chase’s 2012 Calendar of Events. New York: McGraw Hill, 2012. (GT 4803 .C48 2012) CD included.

            Chase’s Calendar of Events includes 4,000 notable birthdays, 1,400 historical anniversaries, 650 national and international holidays, 160 religious holidays, and thousands of additional days of note across the world.  If you want to celebrate, here is the place to find a reason to celebrate.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mark Twain Quote

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Samuel Langhorne Clemens
AKA Mark Twain 
Born November 30, 1835

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Money for College!!!

CSA Illumina 

Check out this great database that lets you search for the many grants available to all. Numerous Grants for business, medical, minority and all around for every interest! All the details and requirements are listed for an ease of a process!

To access:
  2. Explore UNT Dallas,
  3. Library,
  4. Under 'Quick Links', select the link 'Electronic Resources',
  5. Search in the Abstract Box: "COS Funding Opportunities",
  6. Select "COS Funding Opportunities"

Enjoy!! And Keep surfing the UNTD Virtual Blog!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Digital Historical Newspaper online for free

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress have teamed up to digitize American newspapers from 1836 and 1922. Enjoy rich images from the past printing presses and rediscover what headlines made the past. These newspapers and their historical information (great for research!) are readily accessible to the world.

To access:

Enjoy and keep surfing the UNT Dallas Blog!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Notice to UNT Dallas Students!!  Have you considered the IS Audit Profession?

Thanks to Dr. Cheryl Prachyl, UNT Dallas library will have a trial subscription to the
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)  Journal.  The journals will be
located in the library in a container labled “ISACA”.  Dr. Cheryl Prachyl, Asst Prof Business
Accounting Division of Urban & Professional Studies, is working with the ISACA Academic Advisor program to
promote student awareness of the IS audit profession. 

Thank you Dr. Prachyl!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New DVDs @ the library

Going International, Part 2: Managing the overseas assignment. (DAL DVD 9833R)

            “Video dramas illustrate cross-cultural misunderstandings and give guidelines” from back of DVD

American Blackout. (DAL DVD 127)
            “American Blackout chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney not only took an active role investigating these election debacles, but found herself in the middle of her own after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”  From the back cover.

The Rape of Europa (DAL DVD 126)

“The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War.”  From

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November is National Novel Writing Month!

For those who have been considering writing a novel, now is the time! National Novel Writing Month has kicked off and it's not too late to get started. The official NaNoWriMo website allows you to create a profile so that you can receive the encouragement, support, motivation and resources you need to finish your rough draft by the end of the month. You will also be notified about upcoming events in your area and find updated lists of participating libraries and bookstores. Why wait until next year when you can start writing that novel today?

Also, here is the The American Library Association's input on how various libraries are supporting the National Novel Writing Month initiative by emphasizing the resources that are available for aspiring writers: ALA News

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Notice to UNT Dallas Students!!  Have you considered the IS Audit Profession?

Thanks to Dr. Cheryl Prachyl, UNT Dallas library will have a trial subscription to the
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)  Journal.  The journals will be
located in the library periodical section.  Dr. Cheryl Prachyl, Asst Prof Business
Accounting Division of Urban & Professional Studies, is working with the ISACA Academic Advisor program to promote student awareness of the IS audit profession. 

Thank you Dr. Prachyl!

Friday, October 28, 2011

El Día de los Muertos @ UNT Dallas Library

Come see the awesome display before it's gone!!

         El Día de los Muertos, also known as The Day of the Dead or All Saints Day/All Souls Day is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries on November 2

El Día de los Muertos is a day to honor the life and death of relatives and loved ones. Alters are assembled for the arrival of the souls of the departed loved ones. Alters usually consist of favorite foods, an array of flowers, photographs of the individuals, paintings, candles, incense, toys, and drinks. Common places for alters are at the gravesites, homes, and other personal spaces. Many activities include grave cleaning, elaborate dances, vigils and family story telling.
To all Houston natives, or simply wishing to stay in touch with all the news pertaining to the City of Houston, check out the following resource below to always stay in touch.

2.      Hover over “Explore UNT Dallas” , after drop down menu appears, select 'Library’

3.      Under the “Quick Links, select,  Electronic Resources..... EUID may be prompted

4.      On left-hand menu, select, e-journals

5.      In the ‘Find e-journals by title or ISSN’ search box, Type, Houston Chronicle

6.      Select the link most help to your search needs (all links are awesome)

Enjoy your readings and keep surfing the UNT Dallas Virtual Blog!

Friday, October 7, 2011

New DVDs @ the library

Mesh: A Journey through Discrete Geometry (DVD) by Beau Janzen and Konrad Polthier. DAL DVD 111 Pal  8/22/11

            “Mesh is a groundbreaking computer animation that explores the advancement of discrete geometry from the ancient Greeks to contemporary research topics that have never previously been visualized.”  From back cover.

The color of Fear. 4  DVDs and a book guide.

            “The Color of Fear is the award-winning documentary about eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent, who spend a weekend together talking about racism. Out of their confrontations and struggles to understand each other emerges a dialogue that most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lives.”  From the cover of the DVD

Adolescence & other temporary mental disorders. DVD.  Featuring Dr. Patrick C. Friman, Director of Clinical Services at Boys Town.   DAL DVD 120R

            “On this DVD, Dr. Pat Friman shows his audience and viewers how the teenage brain affects teen behavior. With plenty of thought-provoking as well as laugh-out-loud examples, he explains how “insane” behavior on the part of teens is actually normal considering the different rates of development of parts of the brain.” (from the back cover)

Series IX – Children and Adolescents: Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with Multiple Problems. DVD Hosted by Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD.  DAL DVD 122R

            On this DVD, “Alec L. Miller demonstrates this compassionate, principle-based therapy for clients who have difficulty regulating emotions and behaviors. Emotional dysregulation is common among adolescents, often leading them to self-injurious behavior, including suicide. Studies have shown that dialectical behavior therapy can significantly reduce suicide attempts and help adolescent clients deal with multiple problems.” (from the back cover)

Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Disruptive Child and Adolescent Behavior, DVD, facilitator’s guide, and companion workbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. 

Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Depression. DVD, facilitator’s guide, and companion workbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. 

Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Anger Control Problems. DVD, facilitator’s guide, and companion workbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. 

Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Social Anxiety Disorder. DVD, facilitator’s guide, and companion workbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. 

Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. DVD, facilitator’s guide, and companion workbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. 

The facilitator’s guide to the Evidence Treatment Planning is designed to help teachers or trainers conduct lectures or training sessions on the content of the DVD.  The DVD, Facilitator’s Guide, and Companion Workbook are designed to be used together.
Freedom Riders.: Could you get on the bus?  DVD.    (DALDVD 125)

            This documentary, about the Freedom Riders who pushed President Kennedy and the nation to begin to address the civil-rights inequities, was made by veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson.  After interviewing prominent influencers on both sides of the issue, Nelson shows a time in American history where the youth of the nation led the way with personal conviction and courage. 

New books @ the library

The College Board Scholarship Handbook 2012.   New York, NY:  The College Board, 2011.  (LB 2338 .c5972 15th ed. 2012 c.2) 8/10/11

This book includes information on college expenditures and how to pay for them through scholarships.  Further it includes how to avoid scholarship scams, a scholarship application planner, and frequently asked questions.  It also provides other information such as grants available by state.

Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools: 76th Edition, 2011-2012. Kaye, Elizabeth A. Ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

This book offers complete and current listings of the requirements for certification of a wide range of educational professionals at the elementary and secondary levels. (Call #LB 1771 .W61 76th  ed. 2011/12 c.2) 9/28/2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

 On October 1, 2009, President Obama issued a proclamation establishing October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. 

The American Library Association defines information literacy as “Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.”   Being able to find information is not enough in this age of digital information.  We are flooded with information from our phones, televisions, radios, and computers.  It is important to learn how to filter that information and narrow it down to the information that is needed.   This month we will be adding items to the blog that help you find the information that you need at a given point and time.  If you have a need for information and can’t find it, email us and we will help you find it.

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 1, 2009
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President Barak H. Obama - National Information Literacy Awareness Month, October 2009
“Every day, we are inundated with vast amounts of information. A 24-hour news cycle and thousands of global television and radio networks, coupled with an immense array of online resources, have challenged our long-held perceptions of information management. Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decision making. National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.”

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Study reveals interesting facts about book circulation in academic libraries

This story appeared in about a study conducted by OCLC and OhioLink. While participation was limited to Ohio colleges and universities as well as the state library (89 libraries in all), it is the largest of its kind and should provide a basis for future research and may change a few perceptions about how library books are being used in an academic setting. For instance, the study indicates that 80% of a library's circulation is driven by just 6% of its collection, as opposed to the commonly believed "80/20" rule.

From the OCLC website: "Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs".

More information and links to the resulting data can be found here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Banned Book Week

A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.  ~Jo Godwin

Sept. 24th - Oct. 1st
Celebrate the Freedom to read by reading a banned book this week

The American Library Association publishes a list of the top 100 challenged books.  So find a challenged book and be seen reading it this week.

 More resources:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Libraries are noisy places

To those with ears to hear, libraries are really very noisy places.  On their shelves we hear the captured voices of the centuries-old conversation that makes up our civilization.  ~Timothy Healy