Thursday, June 23, 2011

Social networking sites and our lives

Report : Social networking sites and our lives
by Keith Hampton, Lauren Sessions Goulet, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell

"The Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project decided to examine social networking sites in a survey that explored how the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter is related to trust, tolerance, social support, and community and political engagement. It found, among other things, that Facebook users are more trusting than others, and that MySpace users are more likely to be open to opposing points of view.  Read the full report..... "
Reprinted from American Libraries Direct June 22, 2011

And speaking of trusting on Facebook, did you know that Facebook now has facial recognition software that allows users to autotag their photos.  Is it possible to load a photo taken at a large event of a crowd and have Facebook identify everyone in the crowd?  Maybe not yet but....

Learn how to customize your privacy settings

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Business books @ the library

Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America. Michelle Adato and John Hoddinott, eds. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2010. ( HC130.P63 C66 2010)

            “Conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs)—cash grants to poor families that are conditional on their participation in education, health, and nutrition services—have become a vital part of poverty reduction strategies in many countries, particularly in Latin America. In Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America, the contributors analyze and synthesize evidence from case studies of CCTs in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. The studies examine many aspects of CCTs, including the trends in development and political economy that fostered interest in them; their costs; their impacts on education, health, nutrition, and food consumption; and how CCT programs affect social relations shaped by gender, culture, and community. Throughout, the authors identify the strengths and weaknesses of CCTs and offer guidelines to those who design them.”  from International Food Policy Research Institute’s website.

Hoover, Gary. Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2011.  Austin, Texas:  Hoover’s Business Press, 2011.  (Call # HG 4057 .A2862  2011) 5/10/11

            Profiles of major U.S. Private Enterprises.   One of the most complete sources of in-depth information on large US-based privately held enterprises. Includes profiles and indexes.

Ray, James C. The Complete Book of Business Legal Forms.  Naperville, Ill. : Sphinx Pub., 2008. (KF801.A65 R39 2008 )  May 2011

            Included with the legal forms is a guide to using the forms written in plain English.  These forms can help protect yourself and your company from liability and help you understand business contracts.

Million Dollar Directory: America’s Leading Public and Private Companies 2011 Ed. Parsippany, New Jersey: Dun and Bradstreet Publisher.  (Call#HF 5035 .M531 2011 v.1-5 c.2) 5/27/11

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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New UNT Dallas Library Specialist

Wes Darrin is the new full time Library Specialist at UNT Dallas. Originally from Fort Worth, he now resides in Oak Cliff. He studied Anthropology and Geography at UNT, received a B.A. in 2010 and is now looking forward to pursuing an MLIS degree. In addition to multiple library assistant roles, he has also worked in the field of geographical information systems. He enjoys learning about history, archeology, architecture and music, playing drums and bicycling in the evenings. He is happy to assist you in your quest for knowledge!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Underground & Independent Comics

Check out the new addition to our marvelous information world.

Underground & Independent Comic is a large database with all the independent graphic novel information you desire.

To access the database off campus, you will need your EUID and password:

Go to our electronic resources link from our Library Services page,

Monday, June 13, 2011

A library is a space ship

"A library "is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future," wrote Isaac Asimov 40 years ago, celebrating the opening of a Michigan library which is threatened with immediate closure."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New education books @ the library

Hanna, Donald E, Michelle Glowacki-Dudka, and Simone Conceic√£-Runlee, 147 Practical tips for teaching online groups. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing, 2000. ( LB1044.87 .H35 2000)

“Beginning with pre-instruction preparation and progressing through actual online teaching, 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Online Groups will help you feel more comfortable and competent heading into an online course, whether you’re a new instructor or an experienced professor.”  from the back cover. 

The Almanac of American Education: 2011. 2011edition. White Plains, MD: Bernan Press.  (Call # LA217.2 .A45 2007) 6/7/11

Contains statistics about education issues from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Education Association, ACT, and the College Board. Information is divided up by counties, states and geographic regions.    

New Books @ the library

Legal System: Opposing Viewpoints.  San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, c1996.  ( KF8700 .L39 1996 c.2)

            “The basic foundation of our democracy is the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of expression. The Opposing Viewpoints Series is dedicated to the concept of this basic freedom and the idea that it is more important to practice it than to enshrine it” From the introduction.  Opposing Viewpoints is dedicated to giving voice to all sides of the discussion pertaining to the legal system,

Lanceley, Frederick J.  On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators. New York: CRC Press, 2003. ( HV6595 .L36 2003 c.2)

            From back cover: “This book offers practical advice with regard to the theory, procedures, and techniques of crisis and suicide intervention and hostage negotiation. Two new chapters cover negotiation with people under the influence of drugs or alcohol and how first responders can contain the situation until a negotiator can arrive.”
Portman, Janet & Marcia Stewart. Every Tenant’s Legal Guide. Berkeley :, 2009. ( KF590.Z9 P67 1999 ) 

            A guide to renting which covers legal documents, understanding and negotiating a lease, getting your security deposit back, getting repairs made, and protecting your right to privacy.  This book gives legal and practical advice in dealing with landlords, roommates, and other tenants using every day language.  Every renter should have an understanding of the concepts in this book.