Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meet Our Staff: Alejandra Moncada

Alejandra Moncada
Interlibrary Loan Specialist
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – 109G

I graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While I was in school, I worked at the library's circulation desk until December 2016. I took a little break from working, and on September 5th I became the Interlibrary Loan Specialist.  It is my job to process borrowing and lending through ILLIAD for faculty, staff, and students, as well as other institutions. In other words, I request books, articles, and audiovisual materials from other libraries that have them. We do the same and different libraries borrow our materials. Most of the articles are exchanged electronically. The cool part of my job is that I have to package the books and send them by mail.

I grew up in México in a city named San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. I go back and forth every summer or Christmas break to visit my family.  Other than that, I spent most of my time exercising, watching Netflix, or reading. I began to get a passion for books while I was earning my degree, since most of my classes required me to read from different literature movements from Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. I like literature because I can learn about history events, fashion and many things that happened around the time the book was published.  Not only that, I like to analyze the writing style of the authors because they have unique ways of telling stories. Others express their political views by using different personifications to pass the censors.  On the other hand, learning about history is another hobby of mine. My favorite topics included World War I, World War 2, the Holocaust, and anything involving dictators.

I am so happy to be here. I look forward to learning more about the library!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Italian American Heritage Month

October is Italian American Heritage Month. This is the time to recognize the experiences and contributions of Americans of Italian heritage. Starting in 1980 the United States Congress designated October 12th through 19th as Italian American Heritage week, and it was upgraded to a month in 1989.

2016 US Census Bureau estimate of Americans with Italian ancestry in the lower 48 states.
Created by Joshua Wallace with tools from the American Fact Finder website.
The US Census Bureau estimates that there are 16,896,518 Americans of Italian ancestry as of 2016. That's about 5% of the total population. The high point of Italian immigration to the United States was in the early 20th century. A little over 3 million Italians immigrated to the US from 1900 to 1914 (Iorizzo and Mondello 285).

Timeline of Italian-American History 
Click on the links below to find library resources on each topic. 

1492-1493 - Christopher Columbus, native of Genoa, discovered the New World and began the colonization of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands on behalf of Spain.
The Log of Christopher Columbus by Christopher Columbus

1499-1503 - Amerigo Vespucci, native of Florence, led multiple expeditions to the Americas on behalf of Spain and Portugal. He is credited with deducing that the lands discovered by Columbus were previously unknown continents and not islands off the coast of Asia. A German mapmaker in 1507 named this new world "America" in his honor.
Amerigo and the New World by Germán Arciniegas

1524 - Giovanni Verrazzano, native of Florence, explored the east coast of North America on behalf of France.
The European Discovery of America by Samuel Eliot Morison

1678 - Henri de Tonti, native of Gaeta, explored the Mississippi River on behalf France under the command of Robert de la Salle. He spent the rest of his life in French Louisiana.
On the Discovery of the Mississippi by Thomas Falconer

1778 - Francis Vigo, native of Mondovi and fur trader living in Spanish Louisiana, supported American independence and provided money, supplies, and information to aid the cause. He became a US citizen in 1783 and spent the rest of his life in America.
The Conquest of the Illinois by George Rogers Clark

The Frieze of American History in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
By Farragutful (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
1860 - Antonio Meucci, Italian immigrant living in New York, developed the first working telephone but he never obtained a patent for it. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented his phone and the rest is history.
"Antonio Meucci: Telephone Pioneer" in Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society by Basilio Catania

1877 - Constantino Brumidi (known as the "Michelangelo of the United States Capitol") began work on the Frieze of American History in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol.
Art in the United States Capitol by Architect of the Capitol

1880 - Il Progresso Italo-Americano became the first Italian language daily newspaper in the United States.

1880-1924 - Escaping extreme poverty, over 4 million Italians immigrated to the US.
The Italian Emigration of our Times by Robert F. Foerster

1887 - Francis B. Spinola, from New York, was the first Italian-American to serve in the US Congress.

1891 - An angry mob attacked a jail in New Orleans and lynched 11 Italian immigrants being held there.
"The Lynching of Sicilian Immigrants in the American South, 1886-1910" in American Nineteenth Century History by Clive Webb.

Italian immigrants faced discrimination in the US. This cartoon was printed in a New Orleans' newspaper in 1888.
By No signature seen on cartoon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
1906 - Charles J. Bonaparte was first Italian American to serve on the US Cabinet.

1913 - Rudolph Valentino immigrated to the US. He became a major film star in the silent movie era.
Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s by Patrice Petro

1924 - National Origins Act severely limited Italian immigration to the United States.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees baseball player, sets 56 game hitting streak record.
Joe DiMaggio: the Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer
Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball by Lawrence Baldassaro

1942 - Charles Poletti, of New York, became the first Italian American governor of a US state.

1943 - Frank Sinatra began his solo singing career.
Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and his World by David Lehman
The Frank Sinatra Show with Bing Crosby, Dean Martin

1945 - John Basilone became the only enlisted Marine to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross in World War II.

1950 - John O. Pastore, of Rhode Island, became the first Italian American to serve in the US Senate.

1956 - Rocky Marciano, heavyweight boxing champion, retired undefeated.

1966 - Jack Valenti, of Texas, began his tenure as the longest serving president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which ended in 2004.

1986 - Antonin Scalia became the first Italian American to serve on the Supreme Court.
A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law by Antonin Scalia & Amy Gutmann

2007 - Nancy Pelosi, of California, became the first Italian American to serve as Speaker of the House.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics by Ronald M. Peters & Cindy Simon Rosenthal

President Reagan and Antonin Scalia meet in Oval Office, 1986.
By Bill Fitz-Patrick, White House Photographer - http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/supreme.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9387478

Tarleton State University's Dick Smith Library has a wealth of resources on the Italian American experience. Such as these titles:
Imagining Italians: the Clash of Romance and Race in American Perceptions, 1880-1910 by Joseph P. Cosco
Italian Americans: the History and Culture of a People by Eric Martone
The Italian Texans by University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio
New Italian Migrations to the United States ed. by Laura E. Ruberto
A New Language, a New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945 by Nancy C. Carnevale

If you need assistance finding resources on this, or any other topic, then please contact us at 254-968-9249 or reference@tarleton.edu.

Works Cited 
Iorizzo, Luciano J. and Salvatore Mondello. The Italian Americans. Twayne Publishers, 1980.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Library Lower Level

By: Yeidi Rios
Part II
I hope that by now you have visited our library a few times and plan to come back. Especially now that midterms are approaching, make the most out of the library that was designed with your needs in mind, and let it simplify your life.  On this week’s post, I will give an overview on the Lower Level of the library. If you are majoring in education, this level has some great stuff for you! There is a wide variety of children’s books, and two rows of teacher edition textbooks. In addition to this we have manipulatives that can be checked out, and a small collection of Spanish children’s books.
Upon arriving you will notice that there is more equipment and study spaces to work at. You will find a lounging area with modern ergonomic chairs, SMARTkapp boards for the students to use, and a wall of crystal panes for natural sunlight and productivity. Near the lounging area we also have two more study booths with computers and big screen monitors. Heading towards the book stacks we have another copy station equipped with office tools, and 25 more desktops. Parallel to the computer tables is our audiovisual collection. This area includes:  a collaboration table with a computer; a presentation practice room equipped with a smart board, computer and tables; a study room for up to six people; additional open study tables; a work station room with scanner and die-cuts; and the audiovisual collection stacks. The AV collection includes DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, audiobooks and anatomical models.
For my next post I will be providing a look into the spaces and amenities located in the upper level. Feel free to pay us a visit with the sole purpose of exploring. Remember that the library is not just a place to get information, it can be a place to simply meet up with your peers, a place to exchange information with others in a comfortable setting, a place to create new ideas, or just a place to be on your own and read. To find out more about the activities and events the library will be hosting please follow us on social media. Until then, see you soon!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Getting Ready For Midterms!

Midterms are coming up soon! Where did time go!? Are you prepared? If you're not, don't panic. The Tarleton Libraries have you covered with all the resources you need. Here is a list to get you started.

  • Also, don't forget our A-Z database  http://www.tarleton.edu/library/research/databases.html 
  • If you need more one on one help you are always welcome to contact us at the reference desk by phone at 254-968-9249 (Stephenville) 817-717-3315 (Fort Worth) or in person. 
  • The Dick Smith Library has 2 study rooms that are available to be reserved. However, they fill up fast! Try to reserve these as soon as you can find a time for your group to get together. The group study rooms can be reserved for 4 hours and there is also a practice presentation room that can be reserved for 2 hours.
  • The Texan hall library has three first-come, first-serve study rooms.

In addition, visit this website http://www.wikihow.com/Study-for-a-Test that is separated into 3 parts that provide excellent tips on how to study for a test.

Here are some highlights:

Make a study schedule
Analyze how many things you have to study and try to calculate how much you have to study each day/week to cover everything, then start as soon as possible. Try your best to not procrastinate and end up trying to cram everything the night before. 

Study right after waking and just before bed 
In the morning, your mind is fresh and clear. Though you wouldn't think it works this way, your mind seems to have more room to absorb information right when you wake up. At night, your brain secretes chemicals to cement the information into your memory.

Separate the content into parts
That way, when you study, it should be fairly easy to see the larger concepts versus the finer details. When you're scanning, just focus on the big stuff. When you're really getting into it, delve into the details.

Take a pre-test
Write up a pre-test and have your friends do the same! Then you can grade it for each other and reap the benefits.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Meatless Monday October

October, or “Vegtober”, is a fantastic time to join the movement of omitting meat one day a week. At www.meatlessmonday.com, you’ll find resources and tips to assist you – everything from delicious recipes to articles ranging from health topics to environmental concerns. 

As to the why – the site offers an interesting explanation:

Research conducted by Johns Hopkins concludes that health promotions utilizing weekly periodicity and the unique cultural associations of Monday as the beginning of the week have the potential to positively affect a range of healthy behaviors. People view Monday as a day for a fresh start and are more likely to starts diets and exercise regimes, quit smoking and schedule doctor’s appointments on Monday than any other day. And a Monday start helps them carry out their healthy intentions for the week.”

You don’t have to partner with the site to enjoy the benefits of Meatless Mondays during the month of October. The practice is gaining quite a bit of traction with popular magazines such as “Real Simple” and “Fit”, and challenges have bloomed across social media platforms. Using hashtags such as #meatlessmondays and #meatfreemonday, people are sharing their tips and plates to celebrate good health in the month of October. 

For those interested in a meat-free Monday, here are some tips to get started from WebMD:

  • Look for foods that are fortified with extra nutrients for a nutritional boost. Choose soy products that are fortified with calciumvitamin D and B12.
  • Try tofu and soy crumbles, which are mild-tasting and absorb the seasonings and flavor of whatever you cook them with.
  • Eat plenty of dark, leafy greens, which are rich in iron and provide calcium.
  • Top salads, soups, stews, and omelets with beans, nuts, or seeds to add protein.
  • Add a once-daily multivitamin/mineral for nutritional insurance. See your doctor or registered dietitian if you are pregnant or have any other condition that could require extra supplementation.
  • Choose low- and nonfat dairy products.
  • Boost the healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by eating fatty fish (if you include fish in your diet), enriched eggs, walnuts, flaxseed, and canola oil.
  • Try going meatless one day a week at first. You don't have to cook elaborate vegetarian meals; it can be as simple as having a veggie burger and salad for dinner.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Meet Our Staff: Shaelynn Enquist

Shaelynn Enquist
Electronic Resources Associate
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – 111

I began at Tarleton in September 2017 as the Electronic Resources Associate. I am responsible for processing most library database and other electronic resource acquisitions, maintaining periodical holdings in our online catalogs, and electronic subscription upkeep. 

Before coming to Tarleton, I worked full time as a Veterinary Technician and attended the University of Houston, where I just received my BA in English Literature. Though I miss the hustle and bustle of the veterinary field, I am so happy here at Tarleton and am excited to be here for many years to come.

I came to Texas from Washington in 2012 when I found out that my parents had been stationed in Hawaii for my father’s farewell tour in the Navy. Growing up a military brat, I was lucky to have had the experiences of living and traveling all over the world, which has instilled a wanderlust within me that I am not sure will ever be sated. I am also a self-proclaimed geek and major Fangirl, so my hobbies include reading and watching any material that fall in my preferred fandoms. I do not have any children, but I do have a wonderful dog named Luna and two cats, Binx and Remus.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Banned Books Week: Five of Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016

Every year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to OIF from communities across the United States. Surveys indicate that 82% to 97% of book challenges are not reported and receive no media coverage. Thus the Top Ten Most Challenged Books list should not be viewed as an exhaustive report.  In 2016, the OIF recorded 323 challenges.  Out of that Top Ten list, our library owns four and will acquire a fifth:

Number 10 on the list is Eleanor & Park, written by Rainbow Rowell. One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a 2014 Honor Book recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, this  novel was challenged for offensive language. It can be found in our OverDrive e-book collection.
Number 6 on the list is Looking for Alaska by John Green. This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”  This book was the number 1 most challenged book in 2015, and number 7 in both 2012 and 2013, for reasons including offensive language and the inclusion of drugs/alcohol/smoking, as well as being sexually explicit and unsuited for age group. It can be found on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library, Curriculum Collection, call number EDUC PZ7 .G8233 LO 2005, and also in our OverDrive e-book collection.
Number 4 on the 2016 list is I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. This picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints. It was also number 3 on the 2015 list for teh following reasons: inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.  It can be found on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library in the Curriculum Collection, call number EDUC HQ77.7 .H467 2014.

Number 2 on the 2016 list is Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier. This 2013 Stonewall Book Award Honor-winning graphic novel for young adults was challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint. This book will be acquired for our library.  Drama was also number 10 on the list in 2014.
The most challenged book of 2016 is This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. This young adult graphic novel was named both a 2015 Printz Honor Book and a 2015 Randolph Caldecott Award Honor Book, the latter designation for its illustrations. It was restricted, relocated, and banned due to LGBT characters, drug use, profanity, sexual explicitity with mature themes. It can be found on the Dick Smith Library lower level in the Curriculum Collection, call number EDUC PZ7.7 .T355 THI 2014.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Meet Our Staff: Phyllis Kinnison

Phyllis Kinnison
Librarian / Archivist
Dick Smith Library – Lower Level, Room B05B

I came to Tarleton in September 2017 to serve as the new Librarian / Archivist. As an archivist it is my job to preserve the collective memory and culture of a community and its people. My job has three parts: (1) I collect materials of continuing usefulness such as diaries, letters, journals, ledgers, reports, etc.; (2) I arrange and preserve each collection; and (3) I describe each collection to help researchers find information. I think my job is very exciting, because I not only get to work with very old materials but also born-digital information stored on new formats such as CDs, DVDs, and hard drives.

I earned a BA in social studies education with a library science minor and a MA in history at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. I later earned my MLIS (master in library and information science) at Louisiana State University. In my career as an archivist, I’ve worked as a project archivist at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the head of special collections at Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and archivist at the Museum of South Texas History in McAllen, Texas. 

My father was in the Air Force the first 16 years of my life, so I have lived in many locations and enjoy traveling. The activities I enjoy include watching movies, reading, and gardening. My daughter, a freelance editor, lives in Austin with my three grandsons. My son lives in Nashville, where he works as the technical director of the Nashville Ballet.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage month. This is the time to recognize the contributions and experiences of Americans of Hispanic heritage. According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, hosted by the Library of Congress, "September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of the independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence days on September 16th and 18th respectively."

2010 US Census Hispanic Population by County
Percentage of Hispanic or Latino population by county in 2010 census.
By United States Census Bureau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Hispanic Americans are a large and quickly growing segment of the US population. In 2003, Hispanics became the largest minority group in the United States. The 2010 census counted 50,477,594 Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin. That's 16.3% of the total US population and a 43% increase from the 2000 census count.

Timeline of Hispanic-American History
Click on the links below to find relevant library resources on each topic.

1493: Christopher Columbus began Spanish colonization of Puerto Rico.
1513: Juan Ponce de León led first expedition to Florida.
1528 – 1536: Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca survived an ill-fated expedition and explored portions of Texas. His book was the first written account of Texas Indians.
1539 – 1542: Hernando de Soto explored Southeast US including portions of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. The Hernando de Soto Expedition by Jerald T. Milanich. Francisco Vásquez de Coronado explored Southwest US including portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Documents of the Coronado Expedition, 1539 – 1542 by Richard and Shirley Cushing Flint.
1565: Pedro Menéndez de Avilés established a colony at Saint Augustine, Florida.
·         America’s Ancient City: Spanish St. Augustine, 1565 – 1763 by Kathleen A. Deagan
1598: Juan de Oñate led Spanish colonization of New Mexico.
1610: Santa Fe established as capital of New Mexico.
·         Santa Fe: History of an Ancient City by David Grant Noble
1718: Spanish colonists founded San Antonio, Texas.  
·         San Antonio de Béxar: a Community on New Spain’s Northern Frontier by Jesús F. de la Teja
·         Spanish Texas, 1519 – 1821 by Donald E. Chipman
      1748 - 1755: José de Escandón led the Spanish colonization of Nuevo Santander (which today includes the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and portions of southern Texas). He established several settlements in the region including Laredo, TX. 
·            De León: a Tejano Family History by A. Carolina Castillo Crimm
    Notable Men and Women of Spanish Texas by Donald E. Chipman and Harriet Denise Joseph 
Presidio La Bahía near Goliad, TX. Originally built by the Spanish in 1721, and later rebuilt in 1771.
 Photo by Ernest Mettendorf - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4208460
1769 – 1819: Spain established multiple settlements in California including San Diego (1769), San Francisco (1776), and Los Angeles (1781).
·         A History of California: the Spanish Period by Charles E. Chapman
1821: United States purchased Florida from Spain.
·         Diplomacy and the Borderlands: the Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819 by Philip Coolidge Brooks  
 Mexico won independence from Spain.
·         The Hidalgo Revolt: Prelude to Mexican Independence by Hugh M. Hamill
1822: Joseph Marion Hernández became first Hispanic to serve in the US Congress. He was a delegate from the Florida Territory.
1836: Texas declared independence from Mexico.
1845: United States annexed Texas.
·         The Annexation of Texas by Justin Harvey Smith
1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War. Mexico ceded territory to US including: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and portions of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. 
   The Border Crossed Us: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latino/a Identity by Josue David Cisneros. 
·         Border Visions: Mexican Cultures of the Southwest United States by Carlos G. Vélez-Ibañez
·         The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: a Legacy of Conflict by Richard Griswold del Castillo
1859: Juan Cortina seized control of Brownsville, TX in retaliation for town marshal’s assault on one of his employees.
·         Cortina: Defending the Mexican Name in Texas by Jerry D. Thompson
·         Juan N. Cortina: Two Interpretations by Charles William Goldfinch
1875: Romualdo Pacheco became the first Hispanic governor of a US state (California). 
1877: A white mob killed approximately 40 Mexican-Americans in Nueces County, Texas.
          Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States, 1848-1928 by William D. Carrigan and Clive Webb.   
1889: The Herrera brothers (Pablo, Nicanor, and Juan Jose) formed a resistance movement known as Las Gorras Blancas to protect Hispanic land from Anglo squatters in New Mexico.
1898: Spain ceded control of Puerto Rico to the United States at the conclusion of Spanish-American War.
·         Spanish-American War by Michael Golay
1910 – 1920: Revolution in Mexico resulted in increased Mexican immigration to US.
·         Pancho Villa at Columbus by Haldeen Braddy
1917: Puerto Ricans granted US citizenship.
1928: Octaviano Larrazolo, from New Mexico, became first Hispanic to serve in the US Senate.
1929: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which advocates for Latino civil rights, founded in Corpus Christi, TX.
·         LULAC, Mexican Americans, and National Policy by Craig Allen Kaplowitz
1942:  Due to labor shortage caused by World War II, US entered into an agreement with Mexico (known as the Bracero Program) to import Mexican laborers into the US.
   Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program – documentary film.

The first Braceros arriving by train in Los Angeles, CA in 1942.
By Dorothea Lange, working for the US Government. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 
1943: Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles, CA.
·         Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A. by Eduardo Obregón Pagán
1945: Marcario García became first Mexican immigrant to be awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor.
1948: Dr. Hector P. García founded the American G.I. Forum in Corpus Christi, TX to advocate for the civil rights of Hispanic veterans. The group gained national attention advocating on behalf of the family of Felix Longoria after a funeral home in Three Rivers, TX refused to bury him. 
1954 – 1958: US government implemented “Operation Wetback” and deported millions of people of Mexican descent.
1959: Fidel Castro’s successful revolution in Cuba resulted in increased Cuban immigration to US.
·         The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy by Marifeli Pérez-Stable
1962: César Chávez and Dolores Huerta founded the United Farm Workers to advocate for the rights of migrant farm workers.
·         The Moral Vision of César Chávez by Fredrick John Dalton
·         Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah E. Warren and Robert Casilla
1964: Bracero Program ended.
1965 – 1970: United Farm Workers conducted a successful strike on behalf of grape pickers in California.
·         Delano, the Story of the California Grape Strike by John Gregory Dunne
1968: Thousands of Hispanic students walkout of schools in Los Angeles, CA to protest unequal educational opportunities. Walkouts spread to hundreds of schools in multiple states.
1988: Lauro Cavazos became the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet. He served as Secretary of Education.
2003: Hispanics became largest minority group in the United States.
2009Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. 
President Obama and Sonia Sotomayor meeting in the Oval Office in 2009.
By Official White House photo by Pete Souza from Washington, DC (Flickr) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dick Smith Library has a large collection of books and other resources on topics relevant to the Hispanic American experience. Such as these titles: 
The Mexican Americans by Alma M. García
The Spanish Americans of New Mexico: a Heritage of Pride by Nancie L. Solien Gonzalez. 

Let us know if you need assistance finding additional information by calling 254-968-9249 or emailing at reference@tarleton.edu

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Dick Smith Library, the center of the Tarleton Community.
By Yeidi Rios

Part I

Maybe this year you decided it would be different and that you would visit the library more often? Or maybe you’re a freshmen and you just need access to a computer or a quiet place to study? Whatever the reason you decide to become a familiar face at the library, and whether you’re a Tarleton student, faculty or staff, you’re in luck! My goal with this series of posts is to provide knowledge and familiarity with what can be the greatest resource in someone’s learning journey. The library is that special place in campus were you can visit and learn comfortably in the company of others, where you don’t need to feel alone with your digital problems- the library is filled with professional personnel to help you overcome your digital obstacles. I’m proud to say the library has gone through many changes and upgrades to provide the best learning experience we can possibly provide, and our willingness to constantly adapt to our community’s needs will not stop.

The Dick Smith Library consists of three floors.  First, let’s start with the main level. As you enter the library, behind the crystal windows, you will find a cozy lounging area situated around a TV and wall shelves that display our newest books. Past circulation and the café we have our computer stations, and if they are all taken we have a laptop vending machine that lends laptops for up to 4 hours. If you are in need of group study areas with computers, we have 5 study booths surrounding big computer monitors. These are not the only ones. Near the Tech Spot, we have two more study rooms equipped with computers and big screen monitors.  In addition to all this, located at the back of the library in the periodicals section, you’ll find microfilm machinery and 2 desktops exclusively for use with the microfilm. For those students who need technical or digital support remember that you can go by the Tech Spot open Monday through Friday from 8-8 pm. Last but not least, if you find your mobile device low on battery we have solutions for that as well.  Near the Tech Spot you will find a charging station equipped with chargers for different mobile devices. If you have any questions regarding the services we provide, doubts on the basic use of computers or software, or simply need help finding information, visit the reference desk- it is always open. 

For my next blog post I will be discussing the lower level and all the neat technology and spaces located down there. If you let it, the Dick Smith library will be your greatest support in your pursuit of knowledge and personal growth, so until next time, we hope to see you in the library!