Friday, May 31, 2013

Featured eBook: Finding Your Counseling Career

 Finding Your Counseling Career provides guidance to those interested in exploring counseling as a career. The book features several self tests that match reader's characteristics to suitable counseling fields. Educational requirements, tips for finding employment opportunities, and information concerning the interview process are included. The book goes beyond providing information on how to obtain an entry level position by discussing different career paths available to those in the counseling field. Profiles of 14 counselor's career path are presented that demonstrate the variety and possibilities achievable through a career in counseling.

Click here to begin reading this eBook.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Computer Books at the Library!

New computer books have arrived at the UNT Dallas Library filled with information about Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word.
Step by Step Microsoft Word 2013
Step by Step Microsoft Access 2013

 The Step by Step series of books are written with the beginner and intermediate user in mind but would also be useful for advanced users unfamiliar with new features introduced in Word or Access 2013. The books provide simple to follow step by step directions and tips to insure user success. Screen shots are included throughout the book.

If a more in depth look at software is needed then the Microsoft Excel 2013 Bible is an authoritative source. Covering all essential components of the program, the book provides practical examples that can be applied to readers own use cases. The book is essential for all power users and intermediate users who wish to take advantage of all the features Excel 2013 has to offer.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Student's Federal Career Guide

The Federal Government offers many career and internship opportunities but the process of searching and applying for jobs can be quite daunting. The Student's Federal Career Guide provides job seekers advice and guidance to match students with the right department and job title. Once the reader has identified a job the authors provide information about applying, writing cover letters and resumes, and successfully working through the interview process.

This book is part of the UNT Dallas Library Career Resource book collection. Click the link below for a list of other career resources related to the Federal Government.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Book @ the UNT Dallas Library

Picturing Texts

Combing 40 readings and more than 200 images, Picturing Texts demonstrates how to think rhetorically about both words and images. The book will be of interest to those wanting to learn about graphic design,  writing, and how the two subjects are related.

Faigley, L. (2004). Picturing texts. New York: W.W. Norton.

The Picturing Text Web Site

Friday, May 17, 2013

Copy Machines, Data Storage, and Information Security

Copy machines are great tools but users should be careful about what type of information they allow to be processed through these machines. Most modern copiers scan and store documents on hard drives before printing. Once the user has their print job the scanned document remains on the hard drive. Unless someone takes special steps to erase or destroy the hard drive, that information is susceptible to recovery by third parties. Many copiers are leased and frequently transferred to other locations or sold to third parties. Users lose control of their data if a copier’s hard drive is not routinely erased or destroyed. There is no real danger to users for most jobs, but if you have ever copied a driver’s license, social security card, or passport then there is a good chance that an image of those records are accessible on the copier’s hard drive.

For more information about copier security refer to the following CBS News report.

The Federal Trade Commission also provides information and measures that can be taken to better secure your information. 

“Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive - like the one on your personal computer - storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.” Armen Keteyian

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Book @ the library: Rand Mcnally 2014 Road Atlas

If you want to get away this summer then the Rand Mcnally 2014 Road Atlas is the perfect resource to help you plot out your next summer adventure. This 90th anniversary edition is fully updated with maps covering every U.S. state, Canadian province, and an overview map of Mexico. Also included are detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks. Extra features set above related maps include information on road construction projects and driving time charts detailing the time needed to travel between popular destinations. 


Monday, May 13, 2013

RFID in schools

Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest

Vol . 29, No. 5 - May, 2013

The Texas School Administrator’s Legal Digest features an article in May’s issue pertaining to the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in schools. RFID has been in use for over 40 years and has been used to track stock, both the four legged kind and materials being shipped. The technology consists of a tag and a reader with the tag usually being on, in, or near the object or person. The reader is used to read and store information in the tag. For instance, the UNT Dallas library uses RFID for inventory of the books, media, and other materials in the library.

The article in the Legal Digest explains that some schools are using RFID chips in school ID badges to track students during the day and to locate students who may not be in class when attendance is being taken for funding purposes. Schools can also quickly locate students if there is an emergency in the school. This comes with some controversy as at least one school has implemented the technology without informing the students or parents. The article goes on to list several schools and their experiences with RFID technology.

A position paper, “Position Statement on the use of RFID in schools”, was created and/or endorsed by a number of organizations troubled by privacy issues. This paper can be read at several locations on the internet including at:

The newsletter is located at the library service desk and would be of interest to anyone interested in legal issues involving schools. For more information about the applications, problems, and solutions of RFID technology, view the “RFID Journal” contained within the eJournals of UNT Dallas Library at

Friday, May 10, 2013

New Book @ the library

Williams, R. (2008). The Non-Designer’s Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press. 

Robin Williams shares her knowledge of the four principles of design in a clear concise way.  The illustrating images show how to turn a bad or okay design into a design that stands out.  There are specific tips on how to design with color, type, and alignment. The Non-Designer’s Design Book can help you design more professional handouts, flyers, brochures, newsletters, and other projects. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

#ENTRYLEVEL Tweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (eBook)

#Entry Level Tweet was written with busy college students and recent graduates in mind, providing 140 brief Twitter like messages, designed to help students navigate from the classroom to a career.  The book provides tips on how to build and maintain a professional online presence and generate credibility with professionals by highlighting educational accomplishments and demonstrating professional abilities. 

This book and many more Career Development resources are available as an eBook through the UNT Dallas Library.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Career Development Resource Display

Whether you are graduating this May or in four years, it is never too early to think about your career. We at the UNT Dallas Library are here to connect you to digital resources designed to help you reach your goals and find that ideal dream job in your chosen field! Stop by the library to see the Career Development Resource Display today.