Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Historical Thesaurus of the OED

Have you ever needed to find the right word for the right situation? How about a “dignified” word that might have been used by a seventeenth century noble or a “cool” word used by a 1950’s era teenager? If you find yourself in this situation or just interested in the fascinating story of how the English language developed over the past 1,000 years then the HistoricalThesaurus of the OED is for you!

The Historical Thesaurus of the OED is a semantic index of the Oxford English Dictionary that organizes the full scope of the English language from Old English to the present based upon the meaning of words rather than alphabetical listing. The thesaurus, which took the University of Glasgow 44 years to compile, includes 800,000 words. Users can navigate the site through hierarchical categories that not only provide word meanings but also a history of the categorized subjects.  The thesaurus provides insights into the meaning of words and how they relate to others. It also demonstrates how words rise to prominence and then are eclipsed by others as society and culture changes.

The Historical Thesaurus of the OED is available on the library’s electronic resources page.

Friday, June 22, 2012

NEW Mobile Blog

We are excited about our new mobile blog.  If you visit our blog on a smart phone, you will automatically see the mobile blog with an easy to read interface .  

Find out more about research, information literacy, and library services by following our blog.  Use your QR reader app to go directly to it now.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Resource for Texas Education Law

The Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest is a monthly publication that can be found here in the library. We have all issues from 2009 to present available for in-library use. The first issue of each year contains an index of the previous year. Some of the legal scenarios and specific court cases discussed in the latest issue (June '12) include: disabilities accommodation, elections, due process, discrimination, retaliation, student harassment, and teacher misconduct.

According to their website, "the Legal Digest is dedicated to providing relevant, timely and comprehensive reporting, analysis and training on all aspects of school law. We help educators, administrators and support staff by offering the most up-to-date products and services on school law." (http://www.legaldigest.com/about)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carl Sagan Tours the Ancient Library of Alexandria

Carl Sagan takes us on a tour of the Ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt and discusses its significance as the "first true research institute in the history of the world", constructed in the 3rd century BC. The date and events surrounding its destruction are unclear. It is estimated to have contained nearly 1,000,000 papyrus scrolls, the accumulation of all the knowledge in the ancient world.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Book Arrivals!

Ross, S. M. (2010). A First Course in Probability. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.  (QA 273 .R83 2010)  6/14/2012

Features clear and intuitive explanations of the mathematics of probability theory, outstanding problem sets, and a variety of diverse examples and applications. This book is ideal for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate level introduction to probability for math, science, engineering and business students. It assumes a background in elementary calculus.

Weis, R. M. (2004). Knowledge and Skill Development in Nonprofit Organizations. Peosta, Iowa: Eddie Bowers Pub.   (HD 62.6 .W44 2004) 6/14/2012

Includes the history, purpose, and importance of the nonprofit sector through history, as well as information on theories, leadership, volunteer development, budgeting and marketing. 

Woodside, M., & McClam, T. (2009).  An Introduction to Human Services.  Belmont, CA: 
     Thomson/Brooks/Cole.   (HV 31 .W66 2009)  6/14/2012

An introductory source of basic information related to the field of human service.  Included are case studies, primary sources, suggested additional readings for each chapter, and a list and summary of relevant websites to provide additional information. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tornado victims find their lost photos @ the library

An as-yet-unclaimed photo lost in an April 3 tornado in Arlington, Texas,
 and awaiting its owner at the library Since tornadoes destroyed or damaged roughly 1,300 homes and businesses in Arlington, Texas, on April 3, the city’s Lake Arlington branch has collected more than 800 photos strewn about by the twisters.   
About three-fourths have been claimed so far.  The library got involved after Kate Atwood, 18, sought Library Services Manager, Debi Wood's help as a photo waystation.  More than 40 people have brought photos to Lake Arlington so far, and the Southwest and Woodland branches are helping also.

Read the entire article by clicking on the link below.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Guide to College Majors in Sociology

This is a site called WorldWideLearn that has guides for many college majors. Besides the many local opportunities for degreed social workers, there are also opportunities for those who wish to continue in Law School to become attorneys or other graduate programs such as managing non-profit organizations.

"Skills of Successful Sociologists

Students and professionals who excel in the field of sociology typically display a number of the following skills and characteristics:
Ability to recognize trends and patterns...
Ability to create concise reports and essays...
Strong critical thinking skills...
Interpersonal communications skills...
Develop skills in modern data and analysis technology..."

Flannery O'Connor Reads "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

Listen to a rare 1959 recording of Flannery O'Connor reading the short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Natasha Trethewey Named Poet Laureate


The Library of Congress has named Natasha Trethewey poet laureate of the United States. The video is of the poet reading a selection from her book Beyond Katrina.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury on Libraries

In an interview with the Paris Review Ray Bradbury discussed the important role the library played in his development as a person and a writer. 
I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school.

Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451", died on Tuesday.

He is best known for his novel "Fahrenheit 451" but also wrote numerous science fiction novels.  He was 91 years old.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo

Have you ever wanted to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) but never had the time because the event was held in November? Well good news because the Office of Letters and Light is sending you to camp this summer! Camp NaNoWriMo (June 1 or August 1) is an opportunity for participants to take the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  All you need to do to participate is to sign up and write, write, write. . .

Friday, June 1, 2012

Crystalized Books by Alexis Arnold

A variety of photographs by Alexis Arnold of books that are covered in Borax crystals.  Borax crystals are formed by dissolving Borax into hot water, allowing the water to hold more Borax then it would be able to normally.  Then as the water cools the water molecules reject the abundance of Borax into its natural mineral shape.