Sunday, September 21, 2014

South Korea 2014: A Tarleton Adventure

Come join the fun as Dr. Marcy Tanter shares her experience with Tarleton's Study Abroad trip to Seoul, South Korea. 

Her Brown Bag presentation is from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in our Multi-Purpose Center (make a right after you enter the building). 

Find out more about the Study Abroad program and how you can participate.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Scottish Independence?- Library resources on Scottish nationalism and history

Last night, Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, of which it has been a part for over 300 years. I've been following the lead up to the vote pretty closely for the last couple of weeks, and there are many great news articles out there that lay out the issues surrounding independence for Scotland at this particular juncture.

The recent developments have made me want to brush up on my Scottish history, though, and so I'm going to share a few of the books we have here in the library on Scottish independence, and Scottish history more generally, in case anyone else might be interested in doing the same. Trust me- there's more to Scotland and Scottish nationalism than Braveheart!

Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314-2014, by Robert Crawford
Bannockburns explores the ways that Scottish authors have thought and written about the idea of Scottish independence since the 1300's.

Scottish history : the power of the past, eds. Edward J. Cowan and Richard J. Finlay.
Each chapter in Scottish History: the Power of the Past, is an essay written by a Scottish history scholar on a particular time period or issue. Topics include the early Pictish tribes, the Scottish Reformation, women in Scottish history and modern nationalism.

The British Isles : a history of four nations, by Hugh Kearney.
Finally, The British Isles: a history of four nations, gives some larger context to the debate. In this history of the UK as a whole, Kearney tackles both the disparate histories of the the four nations that make up the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), and their histories as one country.

Hopefully these will get you started on your quest to understand more about Scotland, its culture and its history. Don't forget, if you need help with your research, ask a librarian!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reasons you need your Librarians

I found this interesting infographic with some of the ways the library and our librarians are beneficial to you. Here are just a few of the many things they mentioned.   Click on the image to see all the reasons they listed!
  • Librarians help all students
  • Student collaborate @ the library.
  • Book recmmendations
  • Helps with databases and facts from sources that are credicible.
Remember, we're here to help you and glad to do so.  Just give a call (254-968-9249), send an email (, or stop by (hours).  You can also check in with the library through various social media venues.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, I thought I'd share a cute video from Sesame Street. Don't worry, if you want a cookie, we have those; they're at Study Grounds. :) We look forward to helping you find your books and so much more.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Busy with classes, work, study, friends....?

It's one of the most exciting times of the year! I love the energy of a new semester, new people, new organizations, new things to do! But at times I find myself drained. Everyone reaches a limit of when they can't go on anymore. They can't pick up their feet or roll out of bed -- but there are things you can do to help you when you hit that point. Read the following article on the "Top 10 Ways to Stay Energized" by

Top Ten Ways to Stay Energized

Friday, September 5, 2014

Outreach and Distance Learners

Do you attend classes in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Midlothian, Waco, Online, or otherwise?  If so, the library has a page dedicated to you to help you find library services.

To find this page, go to the library's home page at library.  Locate the "Services" box:

From this box, select "Online, Ft. Worth, Midlothian, Waco, Weatherford, etc. students".  This page is complete with information focused on helping Tarleton students who do not attend class in Stephenville.

Fill out and submit the Registration form at the bottom of the page so that the library knows that you are a  learner on a campus other than in Stephenville. Be sure to select your campus from the drop-down menu!

We are happy that our Tarleton family includes students in Stephenville and beyond!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BookTubers: The "Librarians" of YouTube

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE YOUTUBE. I watch YouTube like it's T.V. and I am not picky about what I watch. YouTube is not only a great informational video based website, it is also a social media hub. YouTube caters to the many interests I have and connects me with other people who have the same. I am introduced to more new things on YouTube than any other website I visit. One topic I am always searching YouTube for is books. While there are many channels to choose from, here are just a few of my favorites. I have also linked an article talking about the Top 5 BookTubers.


BooksAndQuills -

                This is a girl from overseas who is a lover of all books. However I like her for her love of Young Adult. She is always introducing me to books I haven't heard of yet. She also keeps me in the loop about any books being made into movies.


VlogBrothers -


                I got into VlogBrothers when the hype for Fault in Our Stars started. I had seen them before on YouTube, but had never really watched many of their videos. When the movie was being filmed, I often visited their page to see behind the scenes of the movie and found that John Greene is hilarious and it's nice to see this personal side of an author I really like.

(These next two I have only watched a few videos, but I really liked what I saw and received this recommendation from BooksAndQuills)


TheReadables -

                She talks about lots of different genres, but she also talks about Manga. For anyone who is interested in Manga I would definitely check her out!

Spiffinglycino -

                This cute British girl has such enthusiasm for books and I love it! She talks about books hauls but she always has something different to show her viewers.

Hope you go check out these channels and let me know if you come across other great BookTubers!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Need to Change your Password?

It's the beginning of the new semester, so it may also be time for you to change your NTNET password, which you use to access campus computers, MyGateway, Blackboard and more. Passwords expire every 120 days, which means that if you haven't changed it over the summer, it's probably time.

If you remember your password and it hasn't yet expired, you can change it yourself at But what if you didn't get to it in time, or you get locked out of your account? We are here to help! There are 3 places in the library that can help you change your password.

First, the new Tech Spot in the Learning Commons: they can help you with many types of IT problems, including passwords. They can also help with e-mail passwords.

Second, the Library Systems Office, on the upper floor of the library: they can also help with NTNET and e-mail passwords.

Third, the Reference Desk, on the main floor. If you remember your old password and it has not yet expired, you can use the password reset station near the reference desk on the main floor of the library.

Also, remember, if you are off-campus and need assistance with Tarleton computing resources, call the ITS help desk at (254)968-9885.

Don't get locked out of campus computer resources! Make sure you check your go.tarleton e-mail for notification that your password is expiring and reset your password before it expires.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Service Desks in the Learning Commons

Those of you who are returning students, faculty, and staff know that the main floor of the library looks completely different!  Here is a (modified) color-coded map we prepared for Transition Week activities with the incoming freshman, with icons indicating the various services:

The Library Learning Commons has four main service desks. Here is some detail about the hours, services provided, and contact information for each:

Keep in mind:  the Reference desk can assist you with most services, especially when other service desks are closed.

Here are what some of the other icons on the map mean:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

College Success!

The campus is live with students making their way to classes, dorms, meals, and of course the library!   We hope everyone has a great semester!   The library wants to help.  Did you know the library has books about how to be successful in college?  That we have an entire Pinterest board devoted to links that will help make the most of your college experience?   Take a look!

 If we can can help let us know. You can Ask A Librarian or call (254) 968-9249 to talk to a Librarian.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall 2014: Welcome Back Students

Welcome back students! 

Need a place to print schedules, pick up a coffee, catch your breath, change your password, or ask questions? Stop by the library! We're open until midnight to meet your needs.

Fall Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 am 
Friday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Friday, August 22, 2014


On August 23, 1984, I was born. I can't believe that I'll be thirty soon. I'll be celebrating in truly age appropriate style: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pizza party at Cici's. I began to wonder what was going on at Tarleton 30 years ago. We have so many traditions. I wanted to see what has and hasn't stuck around and if any neat things happened.

The '84 Grassburr has activities from the '83-'84 school year. Looks like homecoming week had a lot of the same activities: bonfire, parade, football, queen and plenty of Poo antics. The '85 Grassburr has activities from the '84-'85 school year. A lot of cool things happened in the Fall of 1984. The GoGo's gave a concert. It would be awesome to have a big named talent on campus to give a concert! Tarleton beat Sul Ross 37-14 at the homecoming game. 

I'm looking forward to another thirty years and can't wait to see what Tarleton will be doing then, too. #TarletonRocks #Purple Pride #Turning30

If you need assistance, email or call 254-968-9249

Friday, August 15, 2014

Word Games: Rules I Learnt

The...set of rules was written by Frank L. Visco and originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writers' digest.

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. Be more or less specific.
15. Understatement is always best.
16. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
18. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be avoided.
20. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
21. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
22. Who needs rhetorical questions?

One rule removed for profanity by Lisa Blackwell (July 2014)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Audiobooks

Here, in no particular order, are some new audiobooks recently acquired by the Dick Smith Library. Many of these won Audies or other prestigious awards. You can find them on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library in the Audiovisual Collection.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, call number AV-Audio PR6063 .A438 W65 2009, was the 2009 winner of the Man Booker Prize for "the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland." It also won the 2010 Audie Award for Literary Fiction. It's a novelization of the life of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540.

Wolf Hall is first in a trilogy and was followed by Bring Up The Bodies, call number AV-Audio PR6063 .A438 B75 2012. Mantel tells the well-known story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn from Cromwell's viewpoint. This book also won the Man Booker Prize, in 2012.  The third book in the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, is expected to be published in 2015.

Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, call number AV-Audio PZ7 .S53822 CLE 2011, is a well-written young adult novel (that will also appeal to adults who like historical fiction) about the only daughter of the famous queen Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius, Cleopatra Selene II.

The Round House, call number AV-Audio PS3555 .R42 R68 2012, won the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. It highlights a major issue in Native American tribal law - the "difficulty of prosecuting crimes of sexual violence on reservations," according to author Louise Erdrich, who is Native American herself.

A Good American, call number AV-Audio PR6107 .E53 G66 2012, is historical fiction written in memoir style. The fictional memoir is by James Meisenheimer, and he's telling his family's story. His grandparents, Frederick and Jette, immigrated from Hanover, Germany, in 1904, and due to a series of mishaps, wound up in (fictional) Beatrice, Missouri, on the Missouri River. They settle down there, have a family, run a bar. But life - and historical events - intervene.  This debut novel is by Alex George, himself an immigrant from England.

Set in Texas in late 1899, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, call number AV-Audio PZ7 .K296184 EVO 2009B, was a Newbery (for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children") Honor Book in 2010. This historical fiction about a young girl interested in science was written by another debut author, Jacqueline Kelly.  The audiobook was also a 2011 finalist for the Children Ages 8-12 Audie.

The One and Only Ivan, call number AV-Audio PZ7 .A6483 ON 2013, is based on a real animal - the infamous "Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla," who spent 27 years alone in a small cage in a shopping mall in Tacoma, Washington. This fantasy won the 2013 Newbery Medal and was written by Katherine Applegate.

Another fantasy, The Graveyard Book, written and read by Neil Gaiman, call number AV-Audio PZ7 .G1273 GR 2008B, was the Newbery Medalist in 2009. That year it also won the Audie Award for Children Ages 8-12 and was named the Audiobook of the Year.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, call number AV-Audio D805 .J3 Z364 2010B, is the inspiring true story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and World War II hero, who spent 47 days on a raft in the Pacific and over two years in a Japanese prison after his plane crashed.

Check out our Pinterest board on audiobooks for more ideas!