Thursday, February 4, 2016

Something I never thought about...

When we prepare for an interview we always think about how we will present ourselves. We submit a polished resume. We study all we can on the job that we want. We pay special attention to hygiene and dress. My daughter recently bought an entire new suit for a job interview. She really wanted the job!

But, until recently, I never really thought about how we speak -- our elocution. I'm from the south. Specifically I'm from Texas. Lived here all my life. I realize that I have a southern accent, but is it that bad? I guess it is. I remember meeting some out-of-towners (meaning out of state) many years ago, and they said, "I love the way you talk! It's adorable!" I really knew what they meant. They were politely saying that I sounded like a "hick from the sticks".

Do your speaking habits give the illusion that you are not as smart as you really are? I don't know. But, I do know the best way to present yourself to a potential boss is to put your best foot forward. One way to do that is to speak well. Read the following article, and you decide.

Sloppy speaking habits

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Color Yourself Into Library Fame

Wanna be library famous? In honor of Library Lovers Day, we are conducting a bookmark coloring contest. The contest began Monday, February 1st, and will end February 10th. The winner will be announced Friday, February 12. Forms can be found at the Circulation Desk in the Dick Smith Library (Stephenville) and at the Service Desk in Texan Hall (Fort Worth). There's going to be some pretty amazing swag to be won. Not to mention someone will be immortalized on a bookmark that will be shared all over the library and campus!

Don't forget to help us celebrate Library Lovers Day with a limited edition button; they will be available next week. Grab one quick, they'll go fast! Also, tweet us @TarletonLib what you love about the library using #WeLoveTarletonLib.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ask a Librarian

Reference Department 2015
We've had a few comings and goings but we're still ready to assist you.
Stop by the Reference Desk for assistance!  
Have you ever had a library or research-related question when you were on the go or after the library's operating hours?
Did you know that the library has a service which allows you to ask your question at any time or any place?
The library's Reference Department provides email-based reference services where you can email and get a response within a 24 hour time-frame.
You can also visit the Ask a Librarian page to fill out a web form which will assist the librarian in answering your question.
Submit your question with as much detail as you can, and we'll work hard to find you the answer.
Have questions now?
We're just a click or a phone call away, (254)968-9249.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meet Our Staff: Kelsie Tobin

Kelsie Tobin
Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – 109G

I am responsible for processing requests to and from other libraries to acquire the materials students may need that our library does not own. This is the perfect job for me because I enjoy helping others achieve their goals!

I am still a child at heart so my favorite book will always be James and the Giant Peach. On my personal time I enjoy hunting and fishing and anything that involves working on the ranch with my family and working out. Living a healthier lifestyle has become very important to me as well. I also attend school full time and that tends to keep me fairly busy!

My favorite quote is:

“Follow your heart and be true to yourself. Never live the life of another. You have to create your own road. You have a responsibility to be the best you can possibly be, so keep your mind and heart open to the higher aspects of your being. And you will harness the power to have a loving and fulfilling life with attitude.”

James Van Praagh

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Meet Our Staff: Ginger Cousins

Ginger Cousins
Evening Circulation Supervisor
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Circulation Desk

Hi, My name is Ginger Cousins. I graduated from Tarleton State University in May 2015 with a Bachelors in Communications.  I started working here in September 2015 as the new Evening Circulation Supervisor. My normal work hours are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

This will be the first semester that the Tarleton Libraries has been open until 2 a.m. I am excited to see how these hours will benefit students.  Some of my work duties include: helping supervise the student workers, making deposits, checking TexShare cards, maintaining the blocked list (students that have not paid their library fines), and reserving rooms when needed.

I currently live here in Stephenville with my husband Brian, and our two cats Hagrid and Dumbledore. Yes, we are a bit of Harry Potter fans! However, my favorite novels are by Nicholas Sparks. I love his bittersweet endings. I believe that when words from a book can make you feel emotion, then the author has done the job perfectly.

I have enjoyed working at Tarleton Libraries and am very grateful at how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. I look forward to getting to know everyone better and continuing to learn everything that the library has to offer students. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

What is a SMART Kapp Board

A SMART Kapp Board is similar to a white board but it connects with your phone.  First you download and open the SMART Kapp app or you can scan the QR code.  Your phone then connects to the board and anything you see on the board you see on your phone!  You can share in real-time with up to 5 users.  You can also save snapshots of the board to your phone.  When you are finished you can disconnect to end your session.

SMART Kapp Boards are located on the lower level of the library. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Year, New You

New Year's resolutions

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? Are you still sticking to them? According to "Resolutions by the Numbers", about 45% of us make resolutions each year. However 73% will give up before the first goal is met.

So what can we do to meet our goals?
  1. Be realistic. Habits develop over time. Give yourself the needed time to attain the goal. Strive to lose 50 pounds in eight months instead of two months.
  2. Write it down. Keep a journal to see what your triggers are and to track your progress.
  3. Don't beat yourself up over a lapse. We all have moments of weakness. Don't let the midnight brownie derail you. Acknowledge that you're human and get yourself back on track.
  4. Ask for support. If your resolution is to get healther then you might start going to the gym 3 days a week with a friend. It'll help pass the time and make going fun instead of a chore.
  5. Be accountable. Tell your goals to family and friends who will help keep you on track. Another way to stay accountable would be to sign a commitment contract in StickK. If you do not meet the commitment then you are required to donate to a charity that you would not normally support.
For other goal setting tips:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Now with extended hours!

Starting January 11, 2016 the library will extended it's hours of operation to 2 a.m. Sunday thur Thursday.  Students have often requested the change and after many attempt to fill staff vacancies to cover the time, arrangement are all set!  

The new longer hours are:   

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Thursday, December 17, 2015

#NativismSyllabus - Guest post by Dr. Michael Landis, Assistant Professor of History


On June 17, 2015, neo-Confederate white supremacist Dylan Roof entered the historic Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC and murdered nine black parishioners.  The event, though sadly not unusual in the history of the United States, sparked immediate and profound national outrage.  In the aftermath, symbols of the Confederacy began to be removed and Americans struggled to come to grips with centuries of white supremacy terrorism.  A product of that struggle was the #CharlestonSyllabus (, compiled by the African American Intellectual History Society.  Scholars from around the world contributed to the list of the most important primary and secondary sources to understand what had happened in Charleston and what it meant for American society.

Since the summer of 2015, other issues have arisen to anger Americans and ignite impassioned debate, namely the role of newly-arrived immigrants in American society.  Syrians fleeing devastation and civil war in their home country; Central Americans yearning for jobs, security, and a better life – their arrival in the United States triggered alarm and fear among many Americans.  Politicians stoked the flames of hate, anger, and hostility, eager to ride this issue into high office.  Some politicos grabbed headlines by making wild accusations about foreign-born Americans and the dangers of the Islamic faith, suggesting national religious registries, internet censorship, and racial quotas.

Nativism – the fear of immigrants and the desire to deny them rights – has long been part of United States history.  Manifesting most famously (and effectively) in the Know Nothings of the 1850s, Chinese Exclusionists of the 1880s, the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, and Japanese Internment in the 1940s, nativism has proven a powerful force in American politics.  The books, essays, articles, and primary sources below provide a comprehensive road-map for understanding American nativism and immigration.

#NativismSyllabus was conceived and compiled by Dr. Michael Landis (@DrMichaelLandis), with the help of Margie Maxfield.  The hashtag started trending on December 8, 2015, in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

Ms. Margie Maxfield, MSIS, is the Systems Librarian at Tarleton State University.

Dr. Michael Todd Landis is an Assistant Professor of History at Tarleton State University, board member of Historians Against Slavery (, and author of Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis (


Essays/ Articles:

Primary Sources:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Everyone comes to the library first!

The screenshot above is from a February 1939 edition of the JTAC. As you can see from the message, "everyone that visited Tarleton came to the library first!" The Senior Class of '39 did in fact donate a beautiful charge desk to the library.

The Dick Smith Library is swarming with students studying for finals, preparing for presentations, and finishing last minute projects. We are the central hub of the campus. The "IT" place. Always have been and always will be (in my opinion).

Senior classes don't typically give gifts these days. However, I'm sure they're thankful for the wonderful time they've had not only at Tarleton, but also in the library. Good luck to you all on your finals and especially to those graduating Seniors.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Extended hours for Finals

Good Luck with Final Exams!   The Library has started "All Night Study" hours. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Dick Smith Library will be open today, Wednesday, November 25, from 7 AM to 5 PM.  We will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, through Saturday, November 28, reopening at noon on Sunday, November 29.

Extended hours will continue at that point - you can find the schedule here:

The Study Grounds Cafe, although closed today through Sunday, will also have extended hours the rest of the semester.  Their schedule is here:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a safe trip if you are traveling!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

International Game Day Today!

Stop by the Dick Smith Library's Multi-Purpose Room today between 2pm and 6pm to join the Tarleton Game Club for International Game Day.  The Tarleton Game Club students will be giving short presentations on projects they have made and the process they go through to create games.  They will also be demoing the Oculus, a virtual reality device.  There will be a game tournament for Battleblock Theater starting at 4pm.  If you want to join, sign up between 2pm and 4pm.  You must be present to win the prizes for the tournament.  There will be free food while supplies last!