Monday, January 26, 2015

NBC 5/KXAS (WBAP) Television News Collection (Portal to Texas History)

The University of North Texas Libraries will preserve almost 30 years of  DFW NBC affiliate Chanel 5 news broadcast footage and broadcast scripts on the Portal to Texas History. Once the digitization project is completed it will include over 10,000 reels of film and 200,000 scripts dating from 1950 to 1979. The project is made possible by a $275,000 grant from NBC Universal. Footage between August  to early September 1956 has already been digitized and can be viewed.

Explore the collection here

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New DVD at the UNT Dallas Library: Brokeback Mountain




“From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee comes an epic American love story, Brokeback Mountain, the winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at this year's Venice International Film Festival. The film is based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx and adapted for the screen by the team of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men – a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy – who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.” See more at http://www.focusfeatures.com/brokeback_mountain

This DVD is available at the UNT Dallas Library for checkout for two hours only.  It may be requested online.  To do this, go to the library website http://www.untdallas.edu/library, select Catalog, enter the title and click “Request this item for pickup.”  

This movie gives a perspective on homosexuality.  Students in sociology classes and others who are looking for this perspective on homosexuality would be interested in watching this movie to understand cultural views surrounding homosexuality. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New DVD at the UNT Dallas Library: Dances with Wolves




“A "truly spectacular" (The New York Times) film that combines action, romance and breathtaking adventure, Dances With Wolves is "a cinematic masterpiece" (American Movie Classics) that is nothing short of "a triumph" (Roger Ebert)!
Sent to protect a US outpost on the desolate frontier, Lt. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) finds himself alone in the vast wilderness. Befriending the very people he's sent to protect the outpost from, the Sioux Indians, Dunbar slowly comes to revere those he once feared.
But when the encroaching US Army threatens to overrun the Sioux, he is forced to make a choice. One that will forever change his destiny and that of a proud and defiant nation.” See more at http://www.mgm.com/#/our-titles/480/Dances-with-Wolves/

This DVD is available at the UNT Dallas Library for checkout for two hours only.  It may be requested online.  To do this, go to the library website http://www.untdallas.edu/library, select Catalog, enter the title and click “Request this item for pickup.”  

This movie has a perspective on Native Americans and their relationship with European Americans set back when the West was the frontier.  Sociology majors might find the cultural perspectives on Native Americans interesting, especially as the past is glorified in this film.  Students in history classes might be interested to see how the past is portrayed in popular culture.  An interesting paper might be comparing the portrayal of Sioux Indians in the film with their actual beliefs. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Historical Thesaurus of English Published to the Open Web



Since 2009 the Historical Thesaurus of English has been a resource only available to those with an account to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). However, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Historical Thesaurus project, the University of Glasgow has made the project freely available on the open web!

The website provides information to more than 800,000 English words used in the English language during the past 1,000 years. The resource is organized using an hierarchical system and provides information when the word was first used and when it fell into disuse.

The resource also provides a direct link to the OED which requires an account, but thankfully UNT Dallas students have access to the OED by following this link. The web site will be of interest to any logophiles, or student of history or sociology.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Book at the UNT Dallas Library: How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn





“Hailed as the “MySpace” for professionals, LinkedIn has taken the Internet by storm. It is now estimated that 19 million business professionals log in to this site every day to look for job opportunities, search for potential clients, get recommendations from colleagues, and reconnect with former coworkers. LinkedIn allows users to create a profile detailing their professional experience and accomplishments, which will help them connect with literally thousands of qualified professionals in their field. How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn takes users through every aspect of the site, from getting registered and building their network to posing questions and creating groups. Readers will learn how to: *create their home page so other users can find them, *give and receive references, *search for experts in their field, *find leads, *market their business, *look for and become a service provider, *find and recruit for jobs, *conduct business research, *discover people outside their networks Unique and practical, this is the only book available that shows users how to make the most of LinkedIn and the powerful networking opportunities it offers.”  See more at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780814410745.do.  

This book is available at the UNT Dallas Library for checkout for one week.  It may be requested online.  To do this, go to the library website http://www.untdallas.edu/library, select Catalog, enter the title and click “Request this item for pickup.”  

Business majors (BUSI) and people interested in pursuing a career in business might benefit from reading this book.  It explains the ins and outs of LinkedIn and how it relates to the business profession.  If you are interested in this book, you might also be interested in The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Book at the UNT Dallas Library: The Networking Survival Guide




“Network your way to the highest levels of success!
No matter how smart and talented you are, you need the help of others to reach your true potential. Solid connections with the right people are just as important as being good at what you do.
This fully revised edition of The Networking Survival Guide reveals tried and- true networking tactics, as well as new ways to harness the extraordinary influence of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. It teaches you how to: *identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships, *create a strategy so your network is in place before you need it, *succeed at networking even if you’re an introvert, *use the proper etiquette in any situation, *turn conversations into opportunities, *become a resource for fellow networkers.”  See more at http://mhprofessional.com/product.php?isbn=0071717587

This book is available at the UNT Dallas Library for checkout for one week.  It may be requested online.  To do this, go to the library website http://www.untdallas.edu/library, select Catalog, enter the title and click “Request this item for pickup.”  

Anyone interested in learning more about networking might want to look at this book.  It contains basics on good communication and information about how to create and grow your network. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Book at the UNT Dallas Library: The Internet: A Tool for Career Planning




“This book provides counselors and career development professionals with a valuable resource to help persons engage in effective career planning.  It describes how to integrate Internet tools in the career process, gives annotations of websites, provides guidelines for evaluating websites, highlights potential problems and ethical concerns, discusses the use of social networking sites, and outlines strategies for developing a virtual career center.  This third edition will certainly become an important resource for counselor educators to enhance their career courses, practicing career counselors and career development facilitators to improve programs, and for students or clients to identify and use career websites.”  See more at: http://ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sd/product/465/_self/layout_details/false#sthash.6EQ8dXVU.dpuf

This book is available at the UNT Dallas Library for checkout for one week.  It may be requested online.  To do this, go to the library website http://www.untdallas.edu/library, select Catalog, enter the title and click “Request this item for pickup.”  

The Internet: A Tool for Career Planning is directed at career counselors and career development professionals.  It has a list of career resources for specific careers.  Anyone interested in that profession might find this book interesting.