Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oscar Winner!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short on February 26!    We hope you enjoy this wonderful story of books!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to Erase Your Google Search History Before the Google Privacy Policy Change Takes Effect

If you are a Google user then you are probably aware that the company’s privacy policy will change on March 1. The new policy unifies the information collected by Google throughout all its services such as search history, You Tube, and Google Plus. If you have any concerns about your internet usage being tracked in this way then the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has written a step by step guide that you can use to remove your search history before the changes take effect.
The EFF notes that, “With Web History enabled, Google will keep these records indefinitely; with it disabled, they will be partially anonymized after 18 months, and certain kinds of uses, including sending you customized search results, will be prevented.”
 For Further Information check out their white paper on Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain dies

Generations of readers are saddened today to hear about the passing of well known author Jan Berenstain who, with her husband Stan, created the Berenstain Bears family.  From books to videos, to online games, the Berenstain Bears have entertained preschoolers for fifty years.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Research on the Go

EBSCO Publishing has an app that allows access from your mobile device. All EBSCOhost databases are accessible and most devices are supported, including Iphone, Android, Windows and Blackberry. Although simplified for smaller screens, users are able to save PDFs, view citations and limit search results to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication. Just use your EUID and password to log in and have a plethora of scholarly information at your fingertips!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Portal to Texas History: The Community Bulletin 1967-1968 (Abilene, Tx)

The Portal to Texas History includes several digital collections that highlight the heritage of African Americans in Texas.  One such collection originates from the Abilene Public Library and features a digital collection of the Community Bulletin. The Community Bulletin was a weekly newspaper that featured information about politics, education, the economy, church and community events happening in the Abilene area. The collection comprises issues published from August 19, 1967 to March 2, 1968. An exploration of this collection provides a small town perspective on the issues that animated the civil rights movement.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Search Smarter, Search faster

Dinosaurs help a student research his essay. This is part of a suite of online learning tools to help you master the skills of finding and using relevant information for your studies/research. Check out more, including online games, at:
or UNT Denton subject guides

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lonnie Johnson and The Super Soaker

As we enjoy the unseasonably warm February weather, we prepare for what might be another record breaking summer with temperatures in the triple digits!  What’s one way to find relief from the heat?  The Super Soaker! 

In early 1982, African American inventor, Lonnie Johnson was working on developing a heat pump that would work by circulating water rather than freon.  In the basement of his home, he took some tubing with a specially designed nozzle on one end and connected it to his bathroom sink.  When Johnson turned on the faucet, a stream of water shot out of the nozzle clear across the room.  His first thought was, “this would make a great water gun.”  Watch Johnson’s story below. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Library and Archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Who said libraries have to be quiet places? Chronicling the history and impact of popular music on American culture the Library and Archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has recently opened to the public. The library features an extensive archive of music industry records and personal correspondence, photographs, books, and rare sound recordings, ideal material for both music scholars and fans alike!
The library is located in Cleveland, Ohio.