Thursday, May 12, 2016

Get Comfortable, Relax, and READ!

We are now in our summer hours. What better time to grab a book, find a comfortable spot, and read?! You can search the catalog to find materials. Maybe you want to reread a classic or listen to the audio book version.

Are you interested in seeing what new materials we have? New books arrive monthly and you can find them in several locations. New Books are displayed on the lower level at the information desk and on the shelves located next to the Sara Tyler Memorial Area in front of the Archives offices; these materials are from the Curriculum Collection (juvenile or young adult). 


You can also find new books  at the Reference desk in the Learning Commons (main level) and in the front lounge of the library. These materials are a mixture of subjects and genres. If you can't find what you're looking for, remember to browse the General Stacks on the upper level. 

While you're checking out the new books in the lounge, take a seat and relax for a while. This little nook would make a great place to read your desired book. You could bring a snack and a drink and make a day out of it. There are several other places you could "curl up" and read a book or listen to an audio tape. We have new comfortable furniture on the lower level and some nice little spaces on the upper level of the library, as well.

Now don't forget that we also offer OverDrive! You can access OverDrive through the library's Databases: A-Z or by getting the app (available on iOS, Android, and Windows). You will need to use your NTNET login and password to gain access.  You'll be able to find eBooks and audio books of all subjects and genres.

If you have questions or need assistance, call the Reference desk at (254)968-9249 or email

Check our Facebook and Twitter for events and updates! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Summer Hours

The Dick Smith Library is in the midst of extended hours for finals, with all-night study continuing midnight through 7 AM today (Thursday, May 5) and tomorrow (Friday, May 6) - don't forget to bring your Texan Card!  The library will close at 10 PM on Friday, May 6, and remain closed on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8.

Here are the hours for the Summer term, starting on Monday, May 9:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 1:00  - 6:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 - 10:00 PM

We will be closed for Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30) and July 4 weekend (Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Made in The Maker Spot

Since our Maker Spot opened, we have had some pretty cool stuff to print on our 3-D printer! Below are just a few of the things our Tarleton community has designed or found to print:


If you want join in the fun here are some resources to get you started:
TinkerCAD  - A free 3-D design program that you can use right in your web browser. Start from scratch with the building blocks available, or import other objects and modify them. Be sure to check out their tutorials for more ideas and lessons on how to use it to it's fullest.

Thingiverse - An online library of 3-D printable objects. Find objects to print right away, or to modify to fit your needs.

YouMagine - Another online library of 3-D printable objects. Not quite as large as Thingiverse, but it has some different designs.

When you are designing for the 3-D printer, keep in mind that our print capacity is 9"X9"X20", or 229mmX229mmX508mm. 

Happy designing and we hope to see you in the Maker Spot soon!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Bike repair station

Hey all you bike riders! The library has just added a bike repair station in front of the building. You can air up your tires and use a variety of tools to keep you rolling!

The fix-it station has a lot of  tools tethered to the unit. Tire pump in the the back and a rack to put your bike up on so you can do repairs.  There is also a QR code that takes you to a bike repair guide. 

Do you have any other ideas of cool things or ways the library can help our students?  Post a comment and let us know! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 READ Posters Revealed

Today, the Dick Smith Library unveiled the 2016 READ posters. This year's representatives were the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and the Horticulture Club. 

Each year, the library selects two outstanding groups/individuals from the Tarleton community to participate in promoting reading and literacy.  Participants appear in posters with some of their favorite books.  The participants and posters are kept secret until the big reveal during National Library Week.
If you didn't get a chance to stop by the reveal party, you still have time to enjoy the posters!  Stop by the library's Administration Office in the upper level to get a close up view of the full sized posters.  You can still snag free mini-posters at the Circulation desk on the main level, which also include information about the organizations on the back.

Thank you to those who attended today's READ poster reveal and to all of the individuals and groups who have posed for our READ posters. For more information on previous READ posters, checkout our READ poster archives

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Texas

Did you know?

Free access to Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents. 

Go to and follow the instructions given on that page!  I have a membership with, but I followed these steps to successfully create a free account for access to these Texas records only for my husband.

1.  Enter your Texas zip code at the bottom of the web page linked to above, and click Submit.

2. This will open a page like the one below.  Do a search first - ideally a last name - as you need to search for something to get to the next page, in order to create the free account.  I chose to search a unique last name in my family tree (my native Houstonian mother's maiden name, as her grandfather by that name settled in Texas about 1880).  Enter your search term, and then click the Search button:

3.  You will get a page with some results.  None may pertain to your family, but at this stage, it does not matter.  Click on the name of the result (NOT on "View image"!).  In this case, I actually got a relevant result - Anton Guokas is my great-grandfather's brother, so I clicked on "Texas, Prison Employee Ledgers, 1861-1938" opposite his name:

4.  At this point, you should see a screen inviting you to create a free account. Click the link to sign up with your e-mail address.  Do not click on any “Start A Free Trial” button. If you have an existing Texas or paid account you may proceed to the “Sign In” link in the upper right corner.

5.  Enter your name and e-mail address, create a password (no rules!), and click the Continue button:

6. You can now access the result you clicked on, and view its image, save it and create a family tree, print it, and in some cases share it, and search for other records from TSLAC.  You'll see your name appearing in the upper right corner.  Note, however, that you can't access many of the links below it on the right without a paid account.  Some, such as the 1940 Census and the Find A Grave index, ARE free, but most will required a paid membership.

For more information, check the Frequently Asked Questions on the Texas web page.  To avoid frustration getting lots of results for records you can't access without a paid membership, it is recommended that you go to the Texas web page, enter your zip code, and then sign in in the upper right-hand corner.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Take our Survey!

Win a prize!  

Tarleton students, please complete the survey at the link below to be eligible to win a portable Bluetooth speaker with LED lights (valued at $90). The Dick Smith Library staff are seeking feedback from users of the Library Learning Commons. The survey will only take a few minutes.  Include your email address and all completed surveys will be eligible to win the speaker.

Your feedback is important and survey results help us improve the Library Learning Commons and its services. Thank you.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tarleton Thursday: Edna Wolfe's 1925 "Purple Book"

        On February 8, 2016, Shawn Blue of Waco kindly donated his grandmother's 1926 Grassburr, a leather book strap with a "Tarleton" buckle, and a 1925 "Purple Book." It was very fitting that he donated these precious items during Library Lovers Month. In last week's Tarleton Thursday blog post, Amanda discussed Edna Wolfe's (1906-2001) academic record, as it was an interest of her grandson. Today, we are going to take a look at the 55-page September 1, 1925 "Purple Book."

The"Purple Book" was established in 1917 as a student handbook and was in publication for 25 years. The book let students know what was expected of them while they were on Tarleton's campus: boys and girls dormitory regulations; academic regulations; and rules concerning discipline. 

Edna lived in the only girls dorm on campus called "The Dump." She and her roommates were called the "Dumplings" (JTAC 1925 Vol. 6, No. 4). Girls Dormitory Regulations were so important that in the back of Edna's "Purple Book" were two loose pages from another "Purple Book." These were the two pages on Girls Dormitory Regulations with a handwritten note at the top "To have and to hold." 

Of particular interest are the library regulations. Library rules/regulations can be found on page 13 through page 14. You'll notice that the first point made (44. a.) is that "the Library shall be open in accordance with a schedule approved by the Dean." In 1925, the library was "open from 7:40 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every week day except Saturday, when it closes at 3:00 p.m. It was closed on Sundays and holidays" (1924-25 John Tarleton Agricultural College Catalogue, p. 23). I'd say being open until 2:00 a.m. is a huge difference from then to now. 

Another interesting rule is 44. e. In 1925, students could only checkout "one book of fiction and one other book" for a two week period. Today, students can checkout 20 items at a time, most for 28 days. You'll notice that there is a "five cents per day fine for all books kept over time." Today, it's a mere ten cents per day fine for all items kept over time. To put that into perspective, five cents then would be the equivalent of 68 cents today. You could also purchase a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents in 1925, as opposed to a $1 a can today.

At that time, the library was located in two rooms of the Administration Building and there was only one librarian. Today, we have a three floor building all to ourselves on the Stephenville campus, plus Texan Hall at the Fort Worth campus, and a total of 14 librarians. One of the most important rules then still applies today: YOU MUST PAY ALL FINES PROMPTLY IF YOU WISH TO MAINTAIN GOOD STANDING IN THE COLLEGE. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tarleton Thursday: Edna Wolfe's Academic Record, 1925-30

A couple weeks ago, we received some items belonging to 1925-26 Tarleton student Edna Myrtle Wolfe Blue (1906-2001, picture at right is from the 1926 Grassburr).  They were donated by her grandson Shawn Blue.  Shawn asked if there were any academic records available for his grandmother, and the Registar's office was able to locate them.  Shawn gave us permission to post the images in our library blog, saying, "Don't blank out the grades. She owned everything she ever did good or bad. A very transparent and honest person. She would challenge everybody who sees the post to do better than she did in her coursework."

The first page of the record gives basic information about Edna (and her father), and indicates the credits she earned in high school in Hico, Texas.  According to the April 15, 1925, Bulletin of the John Tarleton Agricultural College, page 36, a student needed 15 units of credits to be admitted to the Junior class.  Edna had 13, including the required two units in English and three in mathematics (two in algebra and one in plane geometery), so she was admitted to the Sophomore class--or at least, that's how it looks from this first page of her record.

However, apparently because Edna already had the required additional English credit to be placed in the Junior class, it appears from the second page of her record that she was allowed to take courses as a Junior. 

Below is an enlargement of the lower half of the page above (click on the photos to enlarge them further).  Note that Sp. 301 and Sp. 302 courses taken in the first and second semesters of the 1925-26 session have "H. S." written after them, and not any number for credits awarded.  My guess is that Edna took these courses to acquire the two additional credits she needed for Junior status.  These courses are described in the April 15, 1925, Bulletin (page 113) as "Beginners' Spanish for Juniors...Grammar; easy readings; simple themes; conversation.  Part of class work will be conducted in Spanish."

Finally, here is a further enlargement of Edna's first semester at Tarleton:

Besides the previously mentioned Spanish class, here are descriptions of the other courses she took, from the April 15, 1925, Bulletin:

Clo. 311 is the first semester of Clothing and Textiles (p. 98), which "embraces the same principles as that of clothing 301...but is designed especially to meet the needs of students who are high school graduates but who have done no credit work in clothing.  Clothing 301 (p. 97) "consists of principles of sewing and garment making, with a study of the history, production, manufacture, properties, and use of the textile fibers, with the hygiene and care of clothing.  The principles of dress design are studied and applied to problems."

Ed. 309 is the first semester of Methods of Teaching the Elementary School Subjects (p. 87), which "is required for the Elementary [teaching] Certificate.  Concrete demonstrations of the standard methods of teaching the elementary school subjects.  The laws of psychology, as applied to classroom instruction will be illustrated by the presentation of subject matter, lectures, readings, observations, and reports.  The organization of the subject matter in the lesson to show the more important from the lesser value.  Writing model lessons.  The proper methods of drill. The relation of the teacher to the pupils, principal, superintendent, parents, and the community."

E .301 is [English] Composition (p. 88).  "The aim of this course is to promote clearness and correctness of expression through practice in the simpler forms of composition.  Suitable types of literature will be studied."

Fo. 311 is Principles of Cooking and Nutrition (p. 99).  "This course embraces the study of foods as covered by 301...but is designed especially to meet the needs of those students who are graduates of a high school and have done no credit work in foods."  Food 301 (p. 98) covers "the fundamental principles and processes of cooking....It takes up food composition and nutritive values together with practice in food cookery.  In the latter part of the course instructions will be given in menu making and the problem of feeding the family."

Des. 301 is Design (p. 99). "This is a course in design for Home Economics students.  Line, dark and light, and color are taught.  Some of the processes are wool and silk embroidery, enamel work, sealing wax, tying and dyeing, stenciling, block printing, etc."

Mus. 311 is Music Appreciation (p. 94).  "This course is designed to meet the need of the Home Economics Department and all students who are seeking the cultural influence of music.  It will include lectures, theoretical study, round table discussions, outside preparation, parallel reading, and the art of listening and analysis.  Victrola records, recitals, and radio programs will be a strong feature of this course.... It is...a required subject in the Home Economics Department."

P.T. 301 is Physical Training [for women] (p. 117).  "This course consists of free-standing exercises, calisthenics, wands, Indian club and dumb-bell exercises (first series), and gymnastic games."

The five courses marked with an X enabled Edna to obtain a four-year elementary certificate, according to the section on page 29 of the April 15, 1925, Bulletin:

On the completion at Tarleton of five college courses of junior or senior rank a student may secure a four-year elementary certificate of the first class, provided one of these courses is in the department of English and one in the department of education, if...[it]...bears on elementary education.  This certificate is good for grades one to seven, inclusive, in any of the schools in the State.

Edna came back to Tarleton in the summers of 1928, 1929, and 1930, and took ten additional courses to earn her four-year high school teaching certificate.  According to page 34 of the February 15, 1928, Bulletin, 

...on the completion of ten college courses of junior or senior rank a student may secure a four-year high school certificate of the first class, provided one of these courses is in the department of  English and two are in the department of education, if one of the courses in education bears on high school subjects.  This certificate is good for any of the grades and for any of the high school subjects in any of the schools of the State.

Edna's record also indicates that transcripts were sent to NTSTC (North Texas State Teachers College, now the University of North Texas) in June 1942, and to the County Superintendent [of schools] in Hamilton, Texas, in October 1943.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Maker Spot now open!

The Maker Spot is now open! It is located in room 250, on the Upper Level, next to the copy room. The new space gives the Tarleton community easy access to a wide range of equipment they can use for creation and innovation, regardless of their field of study.

It features: 
  • 3-D printing
  • 3-D scanning 
  • Large format/poster printing
  • GoPro action cameras and mounts
  • Computer board and Maker Kits
3-D printing costs $0.10 per gram and large format printing is $2 per square foot. All items check out for 7 days. You can submit your job and find out more information at our website,, or stop by the Maker Spot during our operating hours, Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm. You can also email Library Systems Department at or call us at 254-968-0508. We hope to see you in the Maker Spot soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Library Lovers Bookmark Entries and Winner

February 1-10 the library held a bookmark contest in honor of Library Lovers Week.  
Alexis Brown was announced as the winner on Friday, February 12.

Alexis Brown and her bookmark entry.

Thanks to everyone who participated!!

Bookmark entries by: Alicia Cody, Nisha Aryal, Otoniel Chaine, Love Leigh Gonzales, Carrie Hale

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Learn How to Read Online For Free!

To celebrate Library Lover’s Day, the library will host a Lessons @ Lunch highlighting OverDrive and EBSCO eBooks. Did you know that you have access to eBooks and audio-books? Why pay for books on your Kindle when you can borrow them for free? Overdrive is a borrowing service that is available to all Tarleton students, faculty and staff. A wide selection ranging from pleasure reading to academic titles can be accessed on many different devices. So come by the library Multipurpose Room on Thursday Feb. 11th from 12:15- 1 pm and learn how to set up your account. Bring your lunch with you and we will provide cookies and water. If you cannot join us on campus, you can view the presentation through Zoom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or join by phone:   +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 554 106 421
Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:    H.323: (US West) or (US East)
    Meeting ID: 554 106 421

 For more information, email