Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. You can celebrate by checking out these recently published titles on Native American history and culture available at the library:

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley.
"Provides an account of the government-sanctioned genocide of California Indians under United States rule." - From publisher.

Archaeological Perspectives of Warfare on the Great Plains ed. by Andrew J. Clark and Douglas B. Bamforth.
"Bringing together research from across the region, this volume provides unprecedented evidence of the effects of war on tribal societies." - From publisher.

Atlas of Indian Nations by Anton Treuer.
"The most comprehensive atlas of Native American history and culture available." - From publisher.

Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation by John Sedgwick.
"A sweeping, powerful, and necessary work of history that reads like Gone with the Wind for the Cherokee." - From publisher.

The Confederate Cherokees: John Drew's Regiment of Mounted Rifles by W. Craig Gaines.
"...provides an absorbing account of the Cherokees' involvement in the early years of the Civil War..." - From publisher.

Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhyms: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America by Kyle T. Mays.
"Indigenous people have blended expressive cultures with hip hop culture, creating new sounds, aesthetics, movements and ways of being indigenous." - From publisher.

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin G. Calloway.
"...reveals fully the dimensions and depths of George Washington's relations with the First Americans." - From publisher.

Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind by Steve Friesen.
"From April to November 1935 in Belgium, fifteen Lakotas enacted their culture on a world stage." - From Publisher.

Ojibwe Stories from the Upper Berens River by Adam Bigmouth
"...presents the dozens of stories and memories that A. Irving Hallowell recorded from Adam (Samuel) Bigmouth...in the summers of 1938 and 1940.

Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian (23rd edition) by Barry T. Klein
Directory information for Native American governments, organizations, etc. in the United States and Canada.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Spirits of Erath 11th Annual Cemetery Walk

The Friends of the Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Historical House Museum will host the 11th annual Spirits of Erath Cemetery Walk at the West End Cemetery on Sunday, November 4, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The West End Cemetery is across from campus at the intersection of Lillian and Washington. Tickets are $5 per person with proceeds benefiting both sponsors.  A special tenth-year program, featuring photographs and biographies of previous subjects, is available for $5 per copy.

Actors (in costumes provided by the Tarleton Theater Department) will portray Erath County men and women with World War I stories to tell.  These include J. Quince Golightly, a survivor of the Tuscania sinking, and his sister, Grace Driver; Gold Star tour participants Rose Emma Boyd and Ethel Bird; and Erath County’s first WWI draftee, H. Grady Perry.

Two of those portrayed were on the Tarleton staff:

More details here:  http://www.yourstephenvilletx.com/news/20181029/spirits-of-erath-cemetery-walk-happens-sunday

Friday, October 26, 2018

Early Voting Underway - and Last Day to Request a Mail-In Ballot!


TODAY, October 26, is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot if you are registered to vote in another Texas county and want to vote by mail.  Instructions on how to do that are available here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml. The ballot must be postmarked no later than November 6th, and it must be received by your home county by 5 p.m. on November 7th to be counted.

If you are registered to vote in another Texas county, you can vote a limited ballot in this (Erath) county. You have to go to the courthouse (100 W. Washington St.), and you can only vote during the early voting period, which is underway. A limited ballot will have federal and state offices, but will not include any county or local elections.

If you are registered to vote in Erath County, Newman Hall (1444 W. Washington St.) will be a voting location on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.  That will be the closest location for students living on campus. It’s part of St Brendan’s Church on the corner of Washington and Lillian.

Important Dates:
October 22 – November 2 = Early Voting (*see below)
October 26 = Last day to request a ballot by mail
Tuesday, November 6 = Election Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (*see below)

Accepted forms of Voter ID:
Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
United States passport

*Voting times and locations for early voting and Election Day in Erath county available here: http://co.erath.tx.us/Voting/VotingLocations/2018-NOVEMBER-VOTING-LOCATIONS-HOURS.pdf.

Note that you can vote at the courthouse (full ballot if you are registered in Erath County, a limited ballot, federal and state offices, if you are registered in another Texas county) this Sunday, October 28, from noon to 4 p.m., as well as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30.  You can use any entrance at the courthouse, but the most convenient entrance is on the College Street side.

Lyft and Uber are offering discounts to drive people to the polls.
Lyft: https://blog.lyft.com/posts/2018/8/22/get-out-the-vote.
Uber: https://www.uber.com/newsroom/drivethevote/.
Lyft operates in this area. Uber doesn’t, but is available in more urban areas.

Another transportation option in this area is CARR (City and Rural Rides) http://www.cityandruralrides.com. They charge based on distance traveled, and you can ride up to five miles one way for $1 (see http://www.cityandruralrides.com/CashFares.pdf). They operate Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They recommend scheduling rides at least two days in advance. They will take same-day requests only if they can fit it in the schedule.

Thanks to Instruction Librarian Joshua Wallace for collecting this information!

Monday, October 22, 2018

October is American Archives Month!

In recognition of American Archives Month, here are just a couple of the interesting items in the Dick Smith Library's archives.

The two pages pictured below (click on the images to make them larger) are from the Flora Clarke scrapbook, 1924-1926.  It was created by Flora Marguerite Clarke Kinney (1907-1987) when she attended John Tarleton Agricultural College from 1924 to 1926. The book contains photographs of Clarke, her friends, and her family that show her activities while at Tarleton. Notes from Clarke’s friends are written directly on many pages. Other notes, especially from male admirers, are glued to the pages. Memorabilia include a yell book, programs for events, newspaper clippings, souvenirs from parties and banquets, greeting cards from friends and family, calling cards from friends, and lyrics of songs, and a poem Clarke wrote about the college.

Although we have both the front and back covers, most of the pages of the scrapbook were torn from the binding string, so archival staff untied the scrapbook. The covers and the pages are stored in original order. Small preservation measures were taken to secure items coming loose from pages.  Note that some of the items in the scrapbook, like the umbrella and pumpkin, are three-dimensional.  Loose items from the front and the back of the scrapbook were gathered into two folders and are stored in an archival box with the scrapbook.

Pictured below are two pages from the Leonard De Bennett scrapbook, 1923-1925 (click on the image to make it larger).  This collection is the personal scrapbook of Leonard Bennett (1903-1967) showing his time as a student at John Tarleton Agricultural College from 1923 to 1925.  The collection consists of ten unbound scrapbook leaves of various sizes containing photographs and newspaper clippings, twelve loose photographs, one loose clipping from the Southwestern Sportsman magazine, and an April 8, 1925 J-TAC. The photographs are of basketball teams, football games, cadets on the drill field, students, and campus scenes.

The Flora Clarke and Leonard Bennett scrapbooks reflect the experiences of male and female college students in the 1923-1926 era at John Tarleton Agricultural College, then a small, rural two-year Texas school.  Both scrapbooks were donated to the archives by relatives of these former students.  Both scrapbooks are quite fragile, so we hope to obtain a grant to have them digitized and made more easily accessible.

Above: Flora Clarke (left) and Leonard Bennett (right) from the 1926 and 1924 Grassburrs respectively.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Homecoming 2018: Back to Our Roots - Sources on Tarleton History

Homecoming 2018 is this week, October 14-20.  Some of the Homecoming traditions, like the Silver Bugle Hunt and Beat the Drum, are tied into Tarleton's history.  Here are some sources to learn more about that history.


John Tarleton and his legacy: the history of Tarleton State University, 1899-1999, by Christopher E. Guthrie, 1999.
--Call number LD5271 .T35 G88 1999 - in Special Collections, and in General Stacks when not on reserve.

The John Tarleton College story: the golden days of purple & white, by C. Richard King, 1998.
--Call number LD5271 .T33 K55 1998 - in Special Collections, and in General Stacks when not on reserve.

The history of John Tarleton College, by J. Rice Finley, 1933.
--Call number LD5271 .T35 A22 1933 - in Special Collections.

--Call number LD5271 .T35 T3 - in Special Collections, and in General Stacks when not on reserve.

Tarleton State University: the traditions remain  by executive editor Stephen D. Giddens  and writer Catherine Mayhew, 2007.
--Call number LD5271 .T33 T37 2007 - in Special Collections.

The birth of Tarleton's spirit: the "heartbeat" of our traditions, 1899-1999, by Sharon McNeill Matherne, 1998.
--Call number LD5271 .T33 M38 1998 - in Special Collections.

The development of John Tarleton College, by Preston Breckenridge Grissom, 1933.
--Call number LD5271 .T35 A22 1933A  - in Special Collections.

Oscar P's alphabet adventure, written by Kathleen Davis, illustrated by Tiffanie Forbus, 2013.
--Call Number EDUC LD5271 .T33 D38 2013, in the Curriculum Collection on the lower level - a children's book about Tarleton traditions.

Grassburr yearbooks
Call number LD5271.T35G7.
-- Limited Collection houses the most complete set. In-house use only.
-- Curriculum Collection (lower level) yearbooks can be checked out.
-- Also available online - see the next section.

Online Resources

Grassburr yearbooks are in the Portal to Texas History.

J-TAC student newspapers are also in the Portal to Texas History.

Alumni J-TACs have recently been added to the Portal to Texas History.

HistoryPin tour (which is the basis for the Original 40 Acres Tour event during Homecoming weekend) is an interactive Google Maps based tour of the Stephenville campus created by the Library's Special Collections and Archives staff, with additional photographs, links, and source material.

Cross Timbers Historical Images Project (also linked here), spearheaded by Dick Smith Library staff, offers historical images and narrative descriptions of Tarleton and surrounding communities. Sources are cited to facilitate further research.
  • Use Search features.
  • Browse collections.
    -- Click "Collections" link.
    -- Choose desired collection.
    -- Browse narratives.
Tarleton History posts on Library Online Lounge blog are about Tarleton's history: events, people, and campus life.

Tarleton History & Traditions Pinterest board is curated by Tarleton Libraries staff, and links ot many of the Tarleton History posts on the library's blog.

Purple Book explains Tarleton traditions, legends, and landmarks.

Tarleton Traditions offers links to campus organizations information, the Purple Book, etc.

Tarleton's Historical Timeline is an interactive photographic exploration of Tarleton's history.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Research Week

This week Tarleton celebrates Research and Scholarship Week!  Faculty from across campus will showcase their scholarship at events through out the week, and students will present their research and creative works at the Tarleton Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium.

The library is offering two sessions as well!

Reading & Sharing Collections: Creativity, Scholarship & Brunch

Date & Time:
October 9, 2018 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Library Multipurpose Room 104

Join the library to recognize the latest releases in creative scholarship from Tarleton faculty & students, as well as the collections from published Tarleton authors made freely available online.
This brunch event will include readings by Dr. Marilyn Robitaille, Associate Professor of English, from her recently published book, Not by Design: Fifty Poems and Images, along with readings from student editors of the Anthology journal. These readings will be followed by a display of archives materials created by former Tarleton English professor Dr. Randall Popken with an introduction by Dr. Kathleen Mollick, Professor of English. Highlights of publications preserved and openly available in the Portal to Texas History digital repository will round out this event.

 VIDEOS: Educational Exemptions vs Performance Rights

Date & Time:
October 9, 2018 2-3 p.m.
Library Multipurpose Room 104

The Dick Smith Library’s Copyright Task Force will be presenting a session focusing on:
  • films in the classroom
  • showing videos online or in Blackboard
  • determining when/if you need permission
  • how to obtain public performance rights
  • Library resources: Kanopy and Films on Demand
Refreshments will be provided.

Please join the library for these events on October 9th!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Voter Information

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 6th. There are federal, state, and local elections on the ballot. The last day to register to vote in this election is October 9th. TurboVote can help you get registered, apply for a mail-in ballot, and sign you up for text/email reminders of upcoming elections. A complete list of candidates is available here by selecting the county in which you will vote.

Screenshot of TurboVote Homepage

Voting in Erath County

If you are a student living on campus, you can register to vote in Erath county. Your registration address would be 1333 W. Washington St. Stephenville, TX 76401. It does not matter if the address on your ID is different from your registration address. Elections clerks will just ask you to confirm that the address you registered under is where you are currently living.

If you are registered to vote in another Texas county, you can vote a limited ballot in Erath county. But you can only do it at the courthouse and only during the early voting period (Oct. 22-Nov. 2).  A limited ballot will have federal and state offices, but no county or local elections.

Times and locations for voting in Erath county are available here

Voting By Mail 

If you are registered to vote in another Texas county, and will not be in your home county through the early voting period and Election Day, then you can apply to vote by mail. Information on how to apply for a mail-in ballot is available on the Texas Secretary of State website. The deadline to apply is October 26th. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 7:00 PM on Election Day or earlier, and must arrive at your home county by 5 PM on the day after Election Day. 

If you are registered to vote in another state, then you should check your state's rules for absentee voting. 

Important Dates

  • October 9 = Last day to register for this year's elections
  • October 22 - November 2 = Early Voting Period 
  • October 26 = Last day to request a ballot by mail 
  • November 6 = Election Day 7:00AM to 7:00PM 
  • November 7 = Mail-in ballots must be received by 5:00 PM 

Accepted Forms of Voter ID
  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  •  United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  •  United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  •  United States passport   
      More voting and election information is available at VoteTexas.gov or the Erath County Elections webpage

Monday, September 24, 2018

Banned Books Week 2018

This year Banned Books Week is celebrated between September 23rd and September 29th.

In the words of the American Library Association, "Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s, a time of increased challenges, organized protests, and the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content."1

Every year attempts to restrict access to or remove books altogether are made in American libraries. The observance of Banned Books Week reminds us that free speech matters.
On Wednesday, September 26, the Tarleton Libraries will be holding two readouts to celebrate Banned Books Week. The Dick Smith Library will host a read-out from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the front porch and then the Texan Hall Library will continue from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Fort Worth. You can view videos from last year's readout on YouTube.

Find a list of the most challenged books here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

You can find out more about Banned Books week at this website: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

1The American Library Association. (September 2018). "Banned Books Week." Retrieved from

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Constitution Day

Monday September 17th was Constitution Day. On that day in 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the proposed Constitution and submitted it to the Congress for consideration.
Signatures on the US Constitution, 1787.
By Constitutional Convention of 1787 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The library has a large collection of items for learning more about the Constitution. Such as these titles:  

Let us know if we can help you find information on the Constitution or any other topic at 254-968-9249 or reference@tarleton.edu

Monday, September 17, 2018

Computers in the Library

Do you know there are over 200 computers (desktops and laptops) available for use in the Dick Smith Library?  Machines are located on each floor.  

Last year (FY 18) our desktop computers were used more than 323,747 hours with over 180,250 logins! 

Because our computers are so heavily used, we provide a Real Time Computer Availability map that shows which computers are busy and which ones are available for you to use.

Here is a list of some of the most used software and websites on library computers.  See your favorite on the list?
  • Google Chrome - 62,870 launches with 38,464 focused hours
  • Firefox - 51,461 launches with 26,786 focused hours
  • MS Word - 70,920 launches with 25,044 focused hours of work
  • MS Excel - 6,352 launches with 1,899.6 work hours
  • YouTube - 1,108 launches with over 849.4 hours of videos watched
  • Gmail - 1,959 launches and 100.2 hours of use 
  • Photoshop -  873 starts with over 285 hours of use
The best thing about library computers is that they come with help!  The staff at both the Reference Desk and the Tech Spot are nearby to assist you if needed. 

If you have any questions about the computers in the library please contact the Library System Department (libsys@tarleton.edu) or 254-968-9030.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

How to Renew Items from the Dick Smith Library in Stephenville

1.  On the library’s home page (www.tarleton.edu/library), select “Services” in the right-hand column, then “Renew Items.”

2.  Log in with your NTNET user name and password.

3.  Then click on the "Checkouts" tab.

4.  Use the checkboxes to mark the books you want to renew, or check the "Select All" box, then click the "Renew" button.

5.  If an item does not renew, you will get a message, and you will need to return the item. 

6.  Items won’t renew if someone else has placed a hold on them. Items also won’t renew beyond the last date of the current semester.  Finally, you can only renew items three times online.  If you need to renew the item again after that, you will need to bring it back to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library and ask to speak to a supervisor.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interlibrary Loans

The library's software for processing interlibrary loan requests changed over the summer.  Here are the steps you go through to request a book or other physical item be sent to you from either another Tarleton library, or from a library somewhere in the world that might have the item:

1.  On the library's home page (https://www.tarleton.edu/library/), click “Services” in the right-hand column to open the menu, then click "Interlibrary Loan.”

2.  READ everything on the Interlibrary Loan page (https://www.tarleton.edu/library/services/ill.html), then click "Login to Interlibrary loan" (in center of screen). 

3. Login using your NTNET user name & password.

4. Then click the "Create Request" button.

5. This example is a request for the loan of a book or other physical item, and not an article from a periodical such as an academic journal or a newspaper, so click the "Loan" button.

6. Then use the drop-down menu to select the correct Pickup Location.

7.  All the fields with an asterisk * (also highlighted in yellow below) on the page should be filled out.  Some of the fields, such as your first and last name, and the service type, should already be complete.  You can add information for the other fields, if you have it.  For the "Needed Before" date, you should probably put the date the assignment is due.  Keep in mind, though, that most loans of physical items will take at least a week to arrive, even if they are coming from another Tarleton campus, so plan accordingly.

8.  Finally, click "Submit Request" at the bottom of the screen (as in the photo just above).

For an article from a periodical, you'll still need to provide/check your first and last name, your NTNET number, and the Needed Before date.  Under About my item, the required fields are Journal Title and Date, Page Numbers, and Title of Article.  The Service Type should be COPY.  Articles can often be sent as a PDF and so often they will arrive quickly, but again, you need to plan for delays.

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian or contact the Interlibrary Loan staff at ill@tarleton.edu, or 254-968-9660.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New Online Room Reservation System

The Dick Smith Library has several spaces that you can reserve: two group study rooms, a presentation practice room, and the multi-purpose room for faculty/staff events or meetings for student organizations with an approved library event request in TexanSync. Click here for more information about all of the library's spaces.

To reserve library rooms you can always call 254-968-9450. However, starting this semester you can also reserve these spaces online. To do so, click on the Facilities link on the right hand side the library's website: https://www.tarleton.edu/library/ (see screenshot below).

Under Facilities click on the Reserve a Room link (see screenshot below).

That will take you to this page. From here you can select the room you want to reserve. In this example, I have chosen Group Study Rooms (see screenshot below).

After you select the room you want to reserve, then click on the Go To Date button to choose which day you want to reserve the room (see screenshot below).

The online system will show you the times that the rooms are available on that day. Green means available, red means unavailable and yellow is your reservation (see screenshot below). Click on the available time you want, and the color will turn from green to yellow.

When you click on the time you want, the default is to reserve the room for one hour. If you need it for longer, select the dropdown menu below to extend the time requested (see screenshot below). Each type of room has different limits for how long your reservation may last.

When you're ready click on the Submit Times button. You will then be asked to log in with your NTNET username and password. After you log in enter your phone number and the number of people who will be using the room. Then click Submit my Booking (see screenshot below).

A confirmation email will then be sent to you.

If you need to reserve a room, or have any questions about using the online system, please call 254-968-9450.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Meet Our Staff: Jacob Martin

Jacob Martin
User Services Assistant - Access Services
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor

The User Services Assistant has many different areas of operation, but the main tasks revolve around scheduling rooms inside of the library, most notably the Multi-Purpose Room and the Practice Presentation Room, and staffing the Reference Desk 5-8 p.m. on weekdays. Other tasks that are assigned to this position involve an inventory and recurring health checks of the collection.

Jacob says, "I attended Stephenville schools for my whole life and graduated from Stephenville High School in the top 10% of the class of 2015.  I began studying at Tarleton in August 2015 with the intention of securing a bachelor’s degree in English along with teacher certification to teach at the secondary level.  Due to changes in interest, I graduated on August 10, 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish."

Before joining the library staff, Jacob worked as a machine operator and packaging assistant at Square One Machine, inspected and packaged goods at Schreiber Foods, and served as a student worker in our cataloging department.

Jacob's off-the-job interests include reading philosophical or fantastical material, creative writing, language learning, and  traveling (intercontinentally or internationally).  His spare-time activities include ultimate frisbee, walking and hiking, and reading when there is time.  His favorite books are
The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri, and World War Z by Max Brooks.