Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What you post on social media can hurt you...

Do recruiters and potential employees check your social media before the hire you? According to Stephen's Lighthouse 52% of them do.

Check out this infographic.
52% of recruiters check your social media while going through the hiring process.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Annual READ Reveal- Wed. April 15

Who’s featured on the
Dick Smith Library 2015 READ posters?
Save the Date to Join the Fun & Find Out
Wed., April 15 @ 3:00 p.m.
Dick Smith Library
2015 READ Poster Reveal & Refreshments
Enjoy refreshments and take pictures with this year’s honorees!
 Celebrate Libraries & Reading
National Library Week -- April 13-19

Friday, April 10, 2015

New Audiobooks!

A number of new audiobooks have recently been added to the library's collections.  We have a number of mysteries and thrillers by such authors as James Lee Burke, Carol Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Tony Hillerman, Stephen King, Phillip Margolin, Michael Palmer, Ridley Pearson, and John Sandford.  There are also quite a few audiobooks by the late Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs.  Here are a few other new additions:

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, call number AV-Audio PS3608 .O725 U53 2013, is about Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Van De Grift Osbourne.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, call number AV-Audio PS3573 .A4722834 B43 2012, is an intricate story that  moves between 1962, in a tiny coastal village in the Cinque Terre area of the Italian Riviera, and 2012 in Hollywood.  The narrator of this audiobook, actor Edoardo Ballerini, won a well-deserved 2013 Audie Award for Solo Narration - Male; and the audiobook was also a nominee for the award for Fiction and for Audiobook of the Year.
The Bees by Laline Paull, call number AV-Audio PR6116 .A87 B44 2014, is an incredible book that anthropomorphizes bees (and other insects) and their lives in the hive.  Debut novelist Paull got the idea for the book when she learned about the unusual laying worker bee, which is the main "character," Flora 717.  Actress Orlagh Cassidy is an outstanding narrator who truly "performs" this book.

China Dolls by Lisa See, call number AV-Audio PS3569 .E3334 C47 2014, is historical fiction set in 1938 in San Francisco's Chinatown. Three Asian-American women bind - more from necessity than friendship - in a novel that spans the next ten years, with an epilogue 40 years later.  As is usual with Lisa See's novels, this one is rich from research, and incorporates some real people into the story.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, call number AV-AudioPS3611 .I44 I58 2014, is set in the early 1800s.  This historical fiction novel has two alternating first-person narrators - the real Sarah Grimk√©, and a fictional family slave, Hetty "Handful" Grimk√©.  Sarah was, in her time, a famous - and infamous - abolitionist and early feminist, along with her younger sister Angelina.  The audiobook has two narrators:   Jenna Lamia is perfect as Southern-bred Sarah, while Nigerian-American actress Adepero Oduye voiced Handful.

You can find these, and all our audiobooks, on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library in the Audiovisual Collection. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tarleton State University is participating in a nation-wide campaign that will highlight prevention of sexual assault on campus for an entire month. In order to reduce the number of sexual assaults, it takes more than just students talking about it. It's a team effort combining students, staff, faculty, committees, groups on campus and many others to help stop sexual assault.

 Here's a few statistics on this topic:
    • One in five women will be a victim of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college.(Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007)
    • One in 16 men will be a victim of sexual assault during college. (Krebs et al., 2007)
    •  Among college women, nine out of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew the person who assaulted them (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
    •  More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault (Fisher et al., 2000)
    • 40% of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years (U.S. Senate Subcommittee, 2014)

Prevention is in our hands. If we all work together, we can put a stop to it. Also, if you or anyone you know is in need of counseling, please contact Tarleton Campus Police, Student Counseling Services or Student Health Services. Their information is posted below. If you would like more information on the campaign, you can visit the Sexual Assault Awareness Month website.

Stephenville Police Department - (254) 918-1200
Tarleton Campus Police - (254) 968-9002
Student Counseling Services - (254) 968-9044
Student Health Services - (254) 968-9271

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Super Librarian

Dick Smith Library's very own Super Librarian, Kym, starred in a video that shows how to locate books in our General Stacks. She was assisted by one of our student workers, Sarah, and two of our staff members, Leslie and Lacey.

Do you have any suggestions for future videos?
Any questions about resources or tools that we could feature? 

Simply email the Reference department at or call us at 254-968-9249 to let us know and we will see what we can do.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Delivery System

Based on the popular reception Amazon has seen piloting their new drone delivery service, the Dick Smith Library has researched how we too can offer this fast and effective service.  With the help of a generous donation by an anonymous patron, the library has purchased a new drone specifically to deliver items to patrons living in Stephenville.  Simply email with your student information, delivery address and item request.  It the item is available, we will have the drone stopping at your door within 24 hours!

DSL Drone

April Fools!  ;)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

The Dick Smith Library will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, for Easter.  We will be open until 5 PM on Friday, April 3, and we will reopen at 7 AM on Monday, April 6.
photo by Mark Gresham, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Remember, we have extensive online resources available 24/7 at

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet Our Staff: Blu Dornan

Blu Dornan - photo by Tracy Holtman
Blu Dornan
Evening Circulation Supervisor
Dick Smith Library – Circulation Desk

Hello everyone,

My name is Blu Dornan, and I am the new Evening Circulation Supervisor. I recently graduated from Tarleton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I live in a rural area outside of Stephenville with my wife, Tiffany, and our numerous four-legged, furry friends.

I grew up in a small town in West Virginia and moved to Texas in 2002. I have traveled most of the country competing at rodeos, but now stay closer to home. I also enjoy creating freelance artwork when time allows. My genres of art range from graphic design to traditional media, as well as custom metal art.

The last couple years I have developed a passion for reading books related to art and Native American cultures. I hope to use these inspirations for my portfolio and future exhibitions.

Thank you all for making me feel welcome and for your exceptional hospitality as I transition into my new position.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Discussion Panel at TSU

Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song