Monday, October 21, 2019

Meet Our Staff - Adam Keim

Adam Keim
Reference and Instruction Librarian
(254) 968-9987
Dick Smith Library - Main Floor - 110E

Hello, my name is Adam Keim. I am a Reference & Instruction Librarian and the liaison to the Psychology department here at Tarleton. Basically, I am here to help you with all of your research needs. I love the learning process and helping other people grow in their academic adventures. If you are wondering where to go with any kind of research, seek me out. I will probably be in the library – not too far from the coffee shop at any given time!

My own academic background is in the humanities (history, theology, and classical languages), but I love learning new things in any field…and I welcome any challenge. I am from the frigid environs of Minnesota, but I received my Masters of Library & Information Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I just moved down to the great state of Texas and I am excited to experience what y’all call “winter.”

I have an amazing wife and three beautiful little girls. If free time is something beyond myth, I enjoy reading and golfing, I am a coffee enthusiast, and I love to travel. See you at the Dick Smith Library!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Library Lavatory News

Some of the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the library's restrooms have recently been graced with a new publication known as the Library Lavatory News. This monthly newsletter is the brainchild of Ms. Amy Castillo, Manager of Electronic Resources & Scholarly Communication.

1.      How did you get the idea for Library Lavatory News?
I’ve had the idea in my head for a few years after hearing another library do something similar during a conference presentation. It just seemed like something worth trying to see if we could get some exposure on our library’s electronic resources.

2.      What kinds of stories are featured in the News?
Amy Castillo, Manager of Electronic
Resources & Scholarly Communication. 
While wanting to promote our e-resources was the source of the motivation to get the newsletter together I think it’s important to keep it fairly distributed to showcase several aspects of the library. I like to make sure the newsletter features a service, any upcoming events, and promotion of at least one e-resource. It’s even better if I can tie one of those areas to another. For example, in the September 2019 LLN the e-resource featured (LearningExpress Library) tied in with an event between the library and Career Services where the resource was going to be discussed. 

    3.   How long does it take to put an issue together?
It depends on what’s going on that month and whether I need to get some assistance. I have an amazing student worker, Landry Little, who will help interview library staff to feature a service they oversee. The October 2019 newsletter took about 3 hours to pull together. 

4.      Who creates the content, and how do you get ideas?
In regards to creating content: If it’s a service feature – it’s either written by Landry, myself, or we’ve gathered information from the library’s website; events come from the library events calendar; and e-resources, it’s usually a mix between myself and the information I get from the platform provider. I like to include a logo, if possible, to have a visual tie to the e-resource. Ideas usually come from the time of semester it seems good to promote something. October is American Archives Month so we featured the Archives & Special Collections Department.

5.      Have you gotten any feedback and, if so, what was said?
So far I’ve only received good feedback. I’ve heard from staff that said they’ve gotten questions at the reference desk about an event or an e-resource in that month’s newsletter. Earlier this year a student stopped by my office after seeing the newsletter that mentioned Mango Languages so I was able to show them a bit more about the mobile app. I’ve gotten some recommendations on things to feature in future issues which helps. If anyone has additional suggestions, please let me know!    

The October 2019 issue of the Library Lavatory News.

The Library Lavatory News is a great way to find out about library events and resources.

Do you have an idea for the newsletter? Contact Amy at (254 ) 968-9868.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How to Design a Research Poster Recap

Last  Monday the Scholarly Communication Librarian, Katie Pierce Farrier taught a session about how to design a research poster. In case you missed it, here is a brief summary. The full presentation can be found on here on Tarleton Libraries YouTube .

The library has a sample poster template available. Make sure you make it your own. Double check with your mentor or department that the template meets any additional guidelines for your chosen field. The template can be found here Download a poster template

When designing your poster don’t forget CRAP!

Contrast- Avoid dark backgrounds. Pick easy to read fonts and make your visuals the main focus of the poster. Use a flattering color scheme that lends to visibility, and use colors that are still readable if someone is colorblind.

Repetition- Use the same throughout. Same font, same color, same style. Leave some white/ negative space.

Alignment- Justify body text. Center the title. Use the guidance lines on PowerPoint to make sure you have everything aligned properly.  Separate information into three or four columns and order it logically.

Proximity – Placing information together indicates to the reader that there is a relationship between the two pieces of information. Don’t be too wordy. Space your visuals evenly throughout the text.

Don’t Forget!

Make sure you follow all given guidelines. Presentation guidelines for Pathways Student Symposium can be found here

Cite your sources. Style guides can be found at the library reference desk.

Students can print posters for free at the Office of Research and Innovation, or for a small fee at the Dick Smith Library. Poster size is 36”x48”.

Treat your presentation like an interview. Dress for success.

Maintain friendly eye contact and speak with confidence.

Last but not least, Good luck!

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Pierce Farrier at

Friday, October 11, 2019

Top Five Fun and Spooky Books at Rickett Library

Here are five spooky and fun books that you can find in the Rickett Library!

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1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Dave McKean

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenged a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

You can find Coraline with the call number:
PZ7 .G1273 CO 2003

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2. Aliens: Extraterrestrial Tales of Terror by Don Wulffson

This is a collection of scary stories you may remember from your childhood. It's centered around aliens who come from planets both known and unknown. This book includes: Scientific Examination, An Eye for an Eye, The Killer of Fayetville, Bones, The Invisible Terror, and Ancestral Aliens.

You can find Aliens with the call number:
PZ7 .W96373 AL 1996

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3. A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleischman

In this horror novel parody, three self-centered members of Cliffside Highschool's ruling clique, who are beginning to age rapidly, become convinced that the beautiful new exchange student is the ghost of a girl whose death they caused the year before.

You can find A Fate Totally Worse Than Death with the call number:
PZ7 .F59918 FAT 1995

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4. Jade Green: A Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.

You can find Jade Green with the call number:
PZ7 .N24 JAD 2002

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5. The Night Gardener: A Scary Story by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans, Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

You can find The Night Gardener with the call number:
PZ7 .A9314 NIG 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Presentation Practice Room (Lower Level): Dick Smith Library

Did you know that the Dick Smith Library has a Presentation Practice Room on the lower level?
It has a projector, computer, SmartBoard, and three tables with eight chairs.  There is also a video camera available so that you can record your presentation. You will need to reserve the room ahead of time.  You can do this by going to the library's home page, clicking Facilities on the right, and then clicking Reserve Rooms in the drop down menu.  Select "Presentation Practice Room" and pick your desired day and time.  The room may be reserved for up to two hours. Note: Please do not use this room to study in.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

National Mental Illness Awareness Week

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October 6th-12th is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental Illness Awareness Week was established in 1990 by Congress in order to recognize the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) who educate and inform others about mental illness.  You can find out more about NAMI by clicking here.

Each year, 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness. This means that 19.1% of American adults experienced mental illness in 2018. National Mental Illness Awareness Week encourages community awareness in order to break the stigma and advocate for recovery and treatment (Source).

Tarleton State University Student Counseling Services provides services for students which include individual counseling, couple counseling, and group counseling. You can also find a list of community and campus resources here.

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Here is a list of Counseling events at Tarleton State University which includes Mental Health First Aid training held on Fridays in October from 12pm until 2pm and Green Dot training from October 8th to the 10th for National Mental Illness Awareness Week and various days throughout the semester.

Tarleton University libraries provides a subject guide for Psychology and Counseling Research for those who wish to find resources.

We also have a variety of books and electronic resources on stress management, relaxation, anxiety, depression, and domestic violence.

#MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthDay #WhyCare

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Top Five Horror Books at the Dick Smith Library

It's finally October! So get ready for Halloween by reading the top five checked out horror books in the Dick Smith Library!

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1. Misery by Stephen King

Writer Paul Sheldon wants to stop writing about his historic romance character Misery Chastain and start writing literary fiction. Annie Wilkes, Sheldon's number one fan, rescues him from a car crash and has her own ideas for Misery.

You can find Misery in the General Stacks upstairs with the call number: PS3561 .I483 M5 1987

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2. Hideaway by Dean Koontz 

After a car accident leaves him clinically dead for eighty minutes, Hatch Harrison wakes up with a new found lease on life and a horrifying telepathic connection with a serial killer.

You can find Hideaway in the stacks with the call number: PS3561 .O55 H5 1992

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3. House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker

House follows two couples who find themselves trapped in a deadly game. The killer has set the rules and the only way out is to go into the house.

You can find House in the stacks with the call number: PS3566 .E691217 H68 2006C

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4. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

A monster assembled by a scientist from dead body parts learns to think for himself and decides to take revenge against the man who created him.

You can find Frankenstein with the call number:
 PR5397 .F7 1988

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5. The Fall of the House of Usher and Four Other Tales, stories by Edgar Allen Poe and illustrated by Rick Schreiter

This book contains some of Poe's greatest and scariest works including The Black Cat, Ms. Found in a Bottle, Three Sundays in a Week, and The Oval Portrait.

You can find this book of tales in the Education section with the call number: PZ3 .P752 FAL9

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Meet Our Staff: Katie Pierce Farrier

Katie Pierce Farrier
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – 112A

My name is Katie Pierce Farrier and I am the Scholarly Communication Librarian and the library liaison to the School of Nursing.  Scholarly Communication focuses on the process of researching, creating, evaluating, and sharing scholarly content. I can help you find resources,navigate publishing and copyright issues, and maximize your impact in your field.

I graduated from University of North Texas in May 2019. Before I came here, I worked at the medical library for  the UNT Health Science Center. Over the summer I also worked at TAMU Law Library.

In my free time, I love to paint and draw. I also have three dogs who I love to spoil and take on camping trips.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year. The website says, "The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society." Spanish is the official language for 20 countries around the world and for Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States.

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Library Resources


Take a look at the timeline of notable Hispanics created by one of our librarians in 2017.

Learning Spanish
Mango Languages (which has an app) has a Spanish language course.

Spanish Databases
We have a number of databases in Spanish. Some of them include:
Brittanica Encylopedia Moderna
Clase Periodica

Get detailed profiles of Spanish-speaking countries with our Global Road Warrior database.

Books in Spanish
We have over 77,000 items in Spanish in the library catalog.

Hispanic American History
We have over 500 items that discuss Hispanic Americans in the United States. Check out the library catalog to find these.
We also have biographies of notable Hispanic entertainers, including Celia Cruz, Rita Moreno, and more.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Read the BANNED book before you watch the series!

For Banned Books Week, check out these three books that have been turned into a hit series. 

1. C
atch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22 is about Yossarian, a pilot during WWII, who is being sent on missions that only a crazy person would agree to. The catch? If you know you’re crazy, you can’t really be crazy, so he’s off on another impossible mission.  Find it on the shelves in print, audio or as an e-book, call # PS3558 .E476 C3385.


   2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 
     Offred navigates the dangerous life of being a “handmaiden”, forced to live a life of servitude while humanity struggles to deal with crippling levels of infertility. Tired of being oppressed, Offred dares to resist even if it means her life and the lives of those she trusts.  Find it on OverDrive, or on the shelves at call # PR9199.3 .A8 H3. 

      3. His Dark Materials  by Phillip Pullman 
     This exhilarating three part series features Lyra and Will, two children trying to out run child-stealing Gobblers and soul-eating Specters. Together they stumble upon an unthinkable weapon, terrifying secrets, and facedown a seemingly impossible task. Find it on OverDrive, or as an ebook, call #PZ7 .P968 G444.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Dinner in the Stacks!

Blue Grass in the Stacks

The Friends of the Dick Smith Library Fall Dinner in the Stacks is Saturday September 28th! This year, there will be music from Carroll Parham and Debbie Bridgewater.

A light appetizer with be served at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and ending with a performance that you won't want to miss.

The event will be held in the Dick Smith Library.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and can be purchased at the link below or drop by the library!

The deadline to purchase tickets is September 26th so get yours soon!

Contact Information:
Tonya Dobson
Phone: 254-968-9474

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7 Things You Didn't Know about Scholarly Communication!

Scholarly Communication Librarian Katie Pierce Farrier 

ACRL describes scholarly communication as “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use (Association of College & Research Libraries, “Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1,” 2003).  

Scholarly Communication is broad topic with many overlapping goals. Copyright impacts author rights, which impact open access, which impact bibliometrics, and so on. Depending on the needs of the faculty and the goals of the university, scholarly communication can help faculty and researchers:
1. Be more successful and impactful in their fields.
Scholarly Communication can help researchers at any stage, from finding open resources to begin initial research, to understanding your rights as an author and finding journals to publish in, to long term storage and dissemination of your work.

2. Avoid predatory publishers.
I can offer publishing guidance if you’re being asked to peer edit for a journal on topics you don’t specialize in, or you’re looking at publishing in a journal that you are unsure about their peer review, editing, or publishing standards.

3. Protect author rights.
I can help authors understand the full extent of their rights, help find addendums to protect author rights, and help find publishers that allow authors to keep more rights. I can also offer guidance on different types of licensing options for their works.

4. Track a researcher’s impact and bibliometrics.
There are several tools, databases, and ways to measure the impact of your work, such as how many times an article has been cited and/or downloaded. I can also help find a specific journal’s impact factor and other citation metrics.

5. Manage the research data life cycle.  
I can help find open data sources for researchers, help find repositories to house your data and share with other researchers, help manage the research data life cycle, offer advice on navigating funder mandates for storage, access, and retention of data.

6. Find and promote Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER).
I function as an advocate for OA resources. I can advise researchers on the benefits of publishing in OA journals, the different types of OA journals, and I can help faculty find OERs for their classes.

7. Understand copyright.
I can offer people guidance on copyright, public domain, fair use and its applications for the classroom.   

Friday, August 30, 2019

Library Staff Changes and Reorganization for Fall 2019

Recent retirements and departures, and a reorganization, resulted in a number of changes to Tarleton Libraries staff over the summer and in upcoming weeks.

Nikki Bossaller (above left) is the new Acquisitions Associate in the Acquisitions department, replacing Kay Wiley, who retired at the end of May 2019.  McKenna Wiley (above right), is the new Cataloging Specialist in the Cataloging & Metadata department, replacing Sharon Alexander, who retired at the end of March 2019.

User Services librarians Cathy Wilterding, Coordinator for Outreach and Instruction Services, and Amanda Pape, Coordinator for Archives and Special Services, retired at the end of July 2019 and August 2019 respectively.

Dr. Kym Schow is now Manager of Global Learning & Outreach in the User Services division, and is now based at the Rickett Library in Fort Worth, working with Lisa Wan, Coordinator of Tarleton Fort Worth Library Services.  Lisa will soon have a Library Specialist to assist with operating the Rickett Library, while Kym will also supervise a new Marketing and Outreach Specialist to be based in Stephenville.  Kimberly Gragg replaces Kym as Coordinator of the Access Services Department at the Dick Smith Library in Stephenville.

Dr. Christy Tabors is now Manager of Research & Learning in the User Services division.  In her department are librarians Joshua Wallace, Coordinator of Information Literacy & Academic Engagement; Yvonne Mulhern, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian; Yeidi Rios, Reference Librarian; and a new Reference/Instruction Librarian yet to be hired for the position vacated by Jodie Baker.

Librarian Amy Castillo is now Manager of Electronic Resources & Scholarly Communication in the Resource Management & Discovery division.  Natalia Juarez moved to the Periodicals Associate position vacated by Ally Warren in this department, while new hire Gwen Sherman fills Natalia's former position as Electronic Resources Associate in the same department.  On September 3, Katie Pierce-Farrier starts as the new Scholarly Communications Librarian in this department.

Chris Grantham is now Coordinator of Library Technology Services in the Resource Management & Discovery division.  On September 3, Tristan Fesmire starts as the new End User Support Specialist to assist Chris.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Are you writing a paper or preparing a presentation on a controversial topic? Are you looking for credible sources that present multiple points-of-view? If so, then you should check out the library's Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints database. You can find it on the library's online list of databases.

When you open that database you will see its basic search screen.

Scroll down the page to find a list of issues that you can browse.

When you find an issue in this database, you'll see an overview of the topic and links to a wide variety of sources: academic journal articles, magazine articles, statistics, websites, and more.  

The Viewpoints section provides a list of opinion pieces in which people layout their arguments on various sides of the issue. This is a quick and convenient way to find a variety of opinions on current topics. 

If you need assistance using this, or any other library resource, contact us online or call 254-968-9249.