Friday, March 30, 2012

Come Check Out our New Book Arrivals !

Hoover’s Handbook of American Business, 2012. Fort Mill, SC: Mergent, Inc., 2012.  (HG 4057  .A28617 2012 v.1, c.2) 3/12/2012

One of the most complete sources of in-depth information on large US-based business enterprises. Includes profiles and indexes

Hoover’s MasterList of U.S. Companies, 2012.  New York, NY:  Mergent, Inc., 2012. 
            (HF 5035  .H661 2012 v.1-2) 3/12/2012

This comprehensive selection of the 10,000 most important companies in America includes capsule summaries for each company along with lists of the Top 500 companies organized by sales, employees, five-year annualized sales growth, and market values. 

Hoover’s Handbook of World Business 2012. Fort Mill, SC: Mergent, Inc., 2012. 
            (HG 4009  .H66 2012) 3/12/2012

The 18th edition contains information on 300 of the world’s most influential companies based outside of the United States and is one of the most complete sources of in-depth information on large, non-US-based business enterprises

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Who do you think you are?

Helen Hunt, four time Emmy award winner, discovered more about Women’s History through the search for her own family history.  She sought to learn more about her family in the latest “Who do you think you are” television show. Before her search she knew little about her father’s ancestry mainly due to his mother dying because of a drunk driver when he was only 5 years old.  She was amazed to find out that one of her ancestors, Augusta Hunt, was a prominent member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Portland, Maine.   

 Augusta Hunt became involved in the movement because of the abuse women were suffering due to the rampant alcoholism during the 19th century.  She helped give a voice to women during a time period when women had few legal rights, when they couldn’t vote, or sign contracts, and divorce was difficult.  She was the President of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union for 15 years and was instrumental in starting a day care, bringing female guards to co-ed prisons and getting women elected to school boards.  She was also involved in getting a law passed that gave mothers equal rights with the father in the care of their children.    Augusta Hunt achieved another goal when the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.  In her 70s, she was able to vote for the first time.

To view this episode go to:

Monday, March 26, 2012

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

Abigail Adams
The North American Women's Letters and Diaries collection provides access to over 150,000 pages of material from personal letters and diary collections. Drawn from both the famous and everyday writer the collection spans from the colonial period to 1950. The collection is of use to the historian, sociologist, student of literature, and genealogist. A reader can receive no greater personal insight into the thoughts and lives of another than through reading their correspondence and diaries.

"My pen is always freer than my tongue. I have written many things to you that I suppose I never could have talked." -- Abigail Adams, 1775

The collection can be accessed through the UNT Dallas Virtual Library

Friday, March 23, 2012

Copyright Math (TM)


Rob Reid employs the field of copyright math to explain the puzzling numbers movie and music industry lobbyist have used in the debate over copyright reform.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The first women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.  The women attending advocated for equal rights for women within the law, in education, in employment, and in being given the right to vote.  The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions was drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton who continued to work for women's rights her entire lifetime.  She eventually helped found the National Women's Suffrage Association where she served as President for 21 years.

1869-1890 President of the National Woman Suffrage Association
1890-1892 President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association
1868-1870 Edited with Parker Pillsbury the Revolution,  a militant feminist magazine.
1881-1886 Compiled with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage the first three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage
1898      Wrote Eighty Years and More

The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions was based on the American Declaration of Independence and can be read here:


Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Break

Do you want to get a head start on a research project over Spring Break? Then great news the UNT Dallas Library will be open to assist you throughout the break with any questions you have!
Spring Break Hours are Monday March 19 to Friday March 23 8am to 5pm. The library will be closed on Saturday March 24.
Have a GREAT Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NSA, Data Encryption, and the Turnkey Totalitarian State

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Wired  reports on the the National Security Agency’s construction of a $2 billion fortified center designed to capture, store, and analyze foreign and domestic information such as cell phone calls, emails, financial transactions, and personal purchases. The Bluffdale Utah center is designed to capture the exponential growth of information being produced openly and on the invisible web . The NSA expects to capture yottabytes of data, a number so large that no term exists to describe the next higher level of magnitude.  However some information most prized by the NSA is unusable as a result of strong encryption commonly used both by government agencies and average citizens to secure data.  To solve this problem the NSA is building faster computers designed to break the encryption algorithms. But until that time the NSA continues to collect data at an unprecedented pace. Some critics wonder if the government can resist using this information for political purposes such as eavesdropping on political enemies or dissidents.
Former NSA official [William Binney]held his thumb and forefinger close together:  “We are that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”

Monday, March 19, 2012

Narrow the Gap

Forty-nine years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act a gap remains between the compensation women and men receive for comparable jobs. Through the use of social media and statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics web developer Gina Trapani  has created Narrow the Gap a site that raises awareness about the problem of pay inequality through social media interaction and visualization of labor statistics in ways easily used on social media networks such as twitter. For instance a search for occupations related to libraries returns the result:

"Women who work in education, training, and library occupations make 81 cents to the dollar men earn doing the same job. " - Narrow the Gap


A rather shocking statistic and a ready-made tweet or Facebook wall posting. 

For students interested in web development Narrow the Gap is also a part of the Equal Pay Challenge  a government sponsored contest designed to encourage development of applications that educate the public about the problem of pay inequality.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Copyright: Fun with Homophones

Luke Barats sets some lyrics about an Egyptian river god and a deer named Harrison to the public domain tune of "Good Morning to All."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Physical Archive of the Internet Archive

Brewster Kahle the founder of the Internet Archive disliked the idea of discarding physical copies of books once they were digitized. To remedy this situation he established the Physical Archive of the Internet Archive which has the goal of collecting one copy of every book in print. Currently the archive receives 20,000 volumes each week from libraries and private donations. Once the books are processed they are boxed and placed in 40 foot shipping crates. Brewster Kahle argues physical copies of books are special and help preserve culture especially since digitized copies are fragile and prone to technological obsolescence.

“If the Library of Alexandria had made a copy of every book and sent it to India or China, we’d have the other works of Aristotle, the other plays of Euripides. One copy in one institution is not good enough.”
- Brewster Kahle

Story:  New York Times

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pi Day

March 14th (3.14) is Pi Day. Join the Math Club in celebrating Pi Day with some mini pies from 9:00AM - 3:00PM in the entry way to Founders Hall.

The Exploratorium has more information about the history of Pi and activities to do while you celebrate!

Encyclopaedia Britannica Ceases Print Publication

The New York Times reports that the Encyclopaedia Britannica after 244 years will cease to offer the print version of the Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia will continue to be offered online.

 “It’s a rite of passage in this new era. Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”

Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.

Video: Totally Digital: The Encyclopaedia Britannica Now

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Portal to Texas History: Early Texas Newspapers

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The Early Texas Newspaper Collection is a primary source of information on the political and social developments that occurred in Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection provides access to 12,280 scanned pages originating from 61 Texas newspapers dating from 1829 to 1936. The collection includes The Telegraph and Texas Register which was considered the paper of record during the Texas Revolution and several papers written in Spanish, German, French, and Czech.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Early 20th Century Russia - The Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

In 1905, Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii embarked on a 10 year mission to document the massive Russian Empire. Using an ingenious technique that he developed and a camera of his own design, 3 monochrome pictures were taken of each subject through red, green, and blue filters. This allowed the images to later be projected in brilliant color. This collection of glass slides acquired by the Library of Congress in 1948 vividly portrays a lost world, the old Russia before World War I and the subsequent revolutions.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Libraries Turn up in the Most Curious Locations

Doityourselfers and guerrilla librarians are taking the library to the streets or at least their front lawns. Micro libraries are springing up throughout US cities and the world whether they be in the form of a retrofitted phone booth  or a dog house this phenomenon is spreading the love affair of libraries and the printed book.

The web site Little Free Library has created a community of micro libraries and provides information for finding or building your own!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Picking a Wild Salad: You Tube and the Infringing Sounds of Nature

60 hours of video are uploaded every minute to You Tube so when disputes arise it can be difficult for the video service to mediate between users and rights holders. You Tube uses ContentID an automated system to identify possible infringing content and then allows rights holders to pull any infringing videos from the site. However what happens when a rights holder claims the ambient sounds of nature as their property?  This article highlights how You Tube’s policies have given rights holders powers that may bypass the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The video mentioned in the article has been restored to You Tube.

Link to the story.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Books @ The Library!

Take a moment and check out the new books in the library!

Million Dollar Directory: America’s Leading Public and Private Companies 2012 Ed. Parsippany, New Jersey: Dun and Bradstreet Publisher.  (HF 5035 .M531 2012 v.1-5 c.2) 3/7/12

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. 

Dallas Business Journal 2012 Book of Lists.  December 27, 2011. Vol 35, No 15. Dallas: Dallas Business Journal, 2011. (HF 5065 .T4 B612 2012 c.2) 3/7/12

            This is a quick reference guide to companies grouped by their similarities and rankings.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How Google Search Really Works

Have you ever attempted to answer a question about a topic that you had never heard of before? What if the person asking the question needed an answer in a matter of seconds? This is the situation Google confronts each day. According to Google Fellow Ben Gomes the search engine has answered 450 billion unique queries since 2003.
“What makes it really challenging are the things you've never seen before, and yet you have to be prepared to answer. And as we get good at answering those things, people will ask us yet new things that we've never seen before.”
You can read more about how modern search engines work and what to expect in the future by reading Read Write Web’s interview with Mr. Gomes.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Princess of Mars


 Take an adventure with one of Edgar Rice Burroughs most famous adventure characters John Carter of Mars. The Library of Congress presents an ebook version of the first John Carter novel entitled A Princess of Mars. In the book readers will encounter six-limbed green aliens as they explore the world of Barsoom, the planet that earthlings know as Mars, in this forerunner of the modern science fiction novel.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March is Women's History Month

In commemoration, visit the Online Exhibits section of the National Women's History Museum website, where you will find several fascinating collections on topics such as: the history of Chinese American women, women spies in American history, women in early film, women in WWII, and the Suffrage Movement.

"A better world awaits the generation that absorbs what women and men have to share about life from a joint perspective. Together, all things are possible."
Karen Staser
Founder, National Women's History Museum