Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Tarleton Libraries wish you all a safe, happy, and reduced stress holiday!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Dick Smith Library – Main Level - Rm 110C
I am Jodie Baker, a new reference librarian as I just earned my MLS at TWU. However, I have been working in the library since 1997 when I started as a student assistant in the lower level. My duties now include meeting user needs either through answering reference e-mail, maintaining Subject Guides and Internet Links, or gathering statistical information so that we can view trends. I also cover the main reference desk on Tuesday nights as well various times during the week.
I am also the library liaison for the Psychology and Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice departments. Prior to becoming a librarian I earned my BS in psychology and MS in counseling here at Tarleton.
In my free time I enjoy reading (have lost many a book by reading in the bathtub), baking (make a pretty mean scratch carrot cake if I do say so myself) and doing various craft projects (playing around with beadwork and mosaics right now). Just don’t ask me to cook!
The "Meet Our Staff" feature will resume the week of January 9.
Friday, December 7, 2007
(Taken from the Kept-up Librarian)
What do you think? Should college administrator's have the right to contact your Mom & Dad?
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Division Head, Killeen Division
Tarleton Library - Central Texas - Room 113, Bldg. 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Melinda received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas (Austin), a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Central Texas.
She was a student assistant at two academic libraries (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Texas Woman’s University), reference/circulation librarian at Southwestern University and a reference librarian and branch head at Houston Public Library. She has worked in family businesses (grocery and sporting goods stores) and as a real estate broker.
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library in Killeen has been a shared library between Central Texas College and three universities: American Technological University (ATU), University of Central Texas (UCT) and Tarleton State University. ATU and UCT are no longer in existence. In 1982, Melinda became the University Librarian of ATU. During the years 1989-1999, she was the University Librarian for UCT. On September 1, 1999, Melinda was named Division Head of Tarleton Library-Central Texas, which is one of the four divisions of the Dick Smith Library.
Melinda’s liaison departments are Management, Marketing & Administrative Systems, Psychology & Counseling, Accounting, Finance & Economics, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Aviation Science (Educational Technology) and Nursing.
Melinda enjoys reading mysteries, gardening and visiting family in Texas, Massachusetts and Maine.
Monday, December 3, 2007
- Are you known as “conscientious and hard-working”? If you are, congratulations! This may be a better indicator of success in college than your SAT scores. See the whole article at http://www.newsroom.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?id=1329
- Do you hate those group project assignments? --Don’t! "Students learn better and develop higher-level skills by participating in cooperative (team) activities...”, according to a study at Penn State.
See the whole article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071105095721.htm
- A timely question with finals looming:
“Will an all-nighter actually help your grade on a test? The correct answer is ‘no’”.
Read whole article All Nighters Equal Lower Grades at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071130162518.htm
And this is too late for you, but pass it on to your younger connections:
- “Students with the most rigorous high school preparation in mathematics perform significantly better in college courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.”
The whole article is available at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/0700726142071.htm
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Room 135B
As the Periodicals Assistant for the Dick Smith Library, Sandy’s duties include supervision of student workers; preparing journals, theses and dissertations for the bindery; the collection and processing of all mail (including journals and newspapers) for the Periodicals Department; as well as seeing to the needs of the patrons.
Sandy and her husband Roy came to Stephenville in September 2004 from Cisco, Texas, where she managed the Cisco Junior College Bookstore for 13 years. Sandy feels most proud of her three children: daughters Julie and Crystal who are TSU graduates, and her son Brady who is currently working on his PhD at Texas A&M University in College Station, as well as of her 18-year-old grandson Kolen and 11-year-old granddaughter Jordan.
As an amateur photographer, Sandy enjoys taking pictures at family weddings, reunions, birthday parties, and most of all, taking family road trips to shoot pictures of the countryside. She won first place in the TSU Geology Photography contest in 2004 and 2005. Since coming to Tarleton State University, Sandy has also developed a love for swimming and thoroughly enjoys the water aerobics classes each semester.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Check out these links to some test-taking strategies to help you conquer those dreaded final exams.
Southwestern University: Test Taking Strategies
MIT: Test-Taking Strategies—A Word About Test Anxiety
Penn State: Test Taking and Anxiety
EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS - Dick Smith Library
If you have any test-taking tips, share them with us.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Access Services Assistant
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Room 109G
I have worked at the Dick Smith Library since Fall 2001. I first started as a student worker in the Administration office and then moved on to the Acquisitions/Processing area. I graduated in Fall 2006 with a BBA in Administrative Systems and a minor in Finance.
I came back to work for the Dick Smith Library in Spring 2007 because I like the working environment that the library maintains on campus. I am now the Access Services Assistant, and I am in charge of reserving all of the meeting rooms except the Instruction Classroom and the Administration Conference Room. I am also in charge of hunting down any items that have gone missing or have been lost for some time as well as other various duties.
My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love creating different costumes from scratch as opposed to buying them already made. It’s different and unique and lets you use your imagination. I also love taking care of animals, especially my dog, Cricket. You will often see me trying to train her at the park. At some point in the near future, I plan to get my Pet Care Technician license so that I can gain even more knowledge about our furry little friends. I love hanging out with my friends too. You can never have too many friends, and there is no better time to hang out with them than now because you never know what tomorrow may bring.
[Note: On September 1, 2008, Rashelle, moved into a new position, Electronic Resources Specialist, assisting Janie Jones.]
Friday, November 16, 2007
The linked article discusses privacy issues in social networks and examines solutions to these issues. What do you think? Is privacy a outdated concept? Should it be?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Division Head of Public Services
Dick Smith Library – Main Level – room 109P
Karen has been at Tarleton State University since January 1990, first serving in the capacity of Acquisitions Librarian, and now as the Division Head of Technical Services, where she oversees the management of Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Periodicals.
Karen has a BA in English from Tarleton and a master in library science from the University of North Texas. She is the library’s liaison to the English & Languages Department and to the Nursing Department.
Karen is originally from Massachusetts, and loves Cape Cod beaches and being a Red Sox fan. She lives on Comanche Peak southwest of Granbury, and likes reading, movies, traveling to Italy, and spending time with her little granddaughter.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
It’s that time again: The semester is almost shot, tests and papers are piling up, finals are just around the corner. Your roommates/ sorority-sisters/ guy at the next table/ teachers … SOMEONE is driving you nuts! For your own sanity, take the time to read this, Margaret Mason’s review of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz
I dread conflict. In fact, when I know a confrontation is imminent, it’s all I can think about. I mull it over when I could be labeling file folders, I ponder it while my inbox burgeons, while my 3x5 cards gather dust. Conflict is my productivity disaster.
Fortunately, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz gave me a few significant tools for moving past conflict in any arena. … I find it especially helpful when I’m anxious about a tough meeting, phone call, email exchange, or personal conversation. Before I head into the lion’s den, I review the agreements to put myself in the right frame of mind:
1. Be impeccable with your word. Words have immeasurable power, so use them with care. Say only what you mean, and remember your opinion isn’t fact. Silence is better than saying something you’ll regret.
2. Don’t take anything personally. Here I’ll quote the book, “Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” That guy honking at you just spilled scalding coffee all over his lap, the boss screaming at you is going through a divorce. Their stuff has nothing to do with your stuff, and assuming you’re the root cause of someone’s behavior is not only self-centered, it’s also a big waste of energy.
3. Don’t make assumptions. You can spend hours generating theories about why someone did something, or you can just ask.
4. Do your best. Do the best you can with the conflict in front of you, and you won’t need to waste brain power on self-judgments or regrets.
Read Margaret Mason’s entire review at http://www.43folders.com/2007/11/05/resolve-conflict-quickly-four-agreements
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Dick Smith Library – Main Level – room 109P
Trudy, a native of Iowa, received her bachelors degree in liberal arts from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and her master of library science from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Trudy came to Tarleton State College in 1971 as the Education Librarian. As the years went by she expanded her responsibilities, overseeing the Curriculum Collection, Audio Visual Collection, Government Documents Collection, Map Collection, and Special Collections. In 2004, her responsibilities again increased as she became the Division Head of Public Services, overseeing Access Services, Reference Services and Special Services (her former domain).
Trudy was named Staff Employee of the Month for September 1997 and Staff Employee of the Year for 1997-1998. She retired at the end of August 2015, but is back part-time working in our archives.
When not at the library, Trudy likes to read and play with her dog, Jake, who thinks he’s the boss of the household.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Thousands of college students descended on Capitol Hill on Monday to press Congress for more action on the issue of climate change. Several testified at a hearing, and many more, representing more than 500 colleges, held a rally and met with members of Congress to discuss issues like carbon emissions and fuel efficiency.
What do you think? Is the earth in trouble? How is the climate? Post a comment and give us your thoughts!
Monday, November 5, 2007
The survey is available in the lobby of the Dick Smith Library, the Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library, and online at: http://survey01.tarleton.edu/efm/wsb.dll/s/4eg70
Friday, November 2, 2007
It's a real-time slideshow of photos Blogger users have recently uploaded to their blogs. It's a great snapshot of what people are thinking and posting about, right now!
You can view a never-ending stream of images that were just uploaded to public Blogger blogs. Click the image to be taken directly to the blog post it was uploaded to, or click “show info” to see an overlay with the post title, a snippet of the body, and some profile information about the blogger who uploaded it.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Michael Wesch’s YouTube video "The Machine is Us/ing Us" (aka "Web 2.0 in Just Under 5 Minutes") is an insightful look at how technology impacts everyone's lives.
The video explores ideas like:
- “change in one area (such as the way we communicate) can have a profound effect on everything else, including family, love, and our sense of being itself,”
- “everything is connected throughout all time,”
- “all people on the planet are connected,” and
- technology creates opportunities “for us to make a profound difference in the world.”
This video is one of the projects by Wesch and a group of cultural anthropology students (digital ethnography working group) that explore “impacts of digital technology on human interaction and human interaction on digital technology.”
You’ll find an informative interview with Michael Wesch that discusses this video and other projects on John Battelle’s Searchblog.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Room 113, Bldg 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Tarleton Central Texas Campus
Cynthia has been a Library Assistant at the Tarleton Central Texas Library since July 2001. Before moving to Killeen, she worked as a library assistant at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona, for two and a half years.
Cynthia’s job duties include (but are not limited to) interlibrary loan; working at the circulation desk; supervision, training and scheduling of part-time staff; public relations (bulletin boards, newsletters, etc.), and maintaining statistical records. She was recognized as Tarleton’s Staff Employee of the Month in March 2005.
Cynthia holds a B.A. in English from New Mexico State University. She has helped establish church libraries for First Christian Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona, as well as Crestview Christian Church in Copperas Cove, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, beading jewelry, camping, and visiting with friends and family.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Circulation / Interlibrary Loan Manager
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Rm109V
As Circulation Manager, Kim is one of the first people many students meet in the Dick Smith Library. She oversees the operations of the Circulation Desk, including about a dozen student workers. Training and scheduling all of these workers takes a large amount of time, since the Circulation Desk is open almost 100 hours a week.
Kim is a Tarleton graduate, earning her BA in English in May 2002. She is certified to teach English and language arts for grades 8-12, and taught at Erath Excels Academy for two years. Kim started in her present position at the Dick Smith Library on December 19, 2005, noting, “I worked a week and then had a week’s vacation for Christmas. It was great!”
She added, “I spent a lot of time in the library as a student. I loved the atmosphere of learning and exploration and searching for the unknown. I still love it as a staff member today.”
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
"Nielson/NetRatings has put out a report on the top 10 social sites and blog sites. I think there are some interesting findings such as Myspace still being on top of the social space. “MySpace.com continues to sit comfortably atop the rankings of top US social-networking sites with 58.6 million unique visitors in September, according to a custom list of top US social networking sites.”
Here are the Oct. 2007 rankings:
3. Classmates Online
4. Windows Live Spaces
5. AOL Hometwon
8. AOL People Connection
9. Club Penguin
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Do you wonder where your money goes, especially if you're not a big spender? It's surprisingly easy to blow thousands, a few dollars at a time.
It's easy to fritter away money on little daily expenses. If you fall into these money traps, learn to avoid them and pocket the savings.
Coffee: According to the National Coffee Association, the average price for a cup of brewed coffee is $1.38. There are roughly 260 weekdays per year, so buying one coffee every weekday morning costs almost $360 per year.
Cigarettes: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reports that the average price for a pack of cigarettes in the United States is $4.54. Pack-a-day smokers fork out $1,650 a year. Weekend smoker? Buying a pack once a week adds up, too: $236.
Alcohol: Drink prices vary based on the location. But assuming an average of $5 per beer including tip, buying two beers per day adds up to $3,650 per year. Figure twice that for two mixed drinks a day at the local bar. That's not chump change.
Bottled water from convenience stores: A 20-ounce bottle of Aquafina bottled water costs about $1. One bottle of water per day costs $365 per year. It costs the environment plenty, too.
Manicures: The Day Spa Magazine Price Survey of 2004 found that the average cost of a manicure is $20.53. A weekly manicure sets you back about $1,068 per year.
Car washes: The average cost for a basic auto detailing package is $58, according to Costhelper.com. The tab for getting your car detailed every two months: $348 per year.
Weekday lunches out: $9 will generally cover a decent lunch most workdays. If you buy, rather than pack, a lunch five days a week for one year, you shell out about $2,340 a year.
Vending-machines snacks: The average vending machine snack costs $1. Buy a pack of cookies every afternoon at work and pay $260 per year.
Interest charges on credit card bills: According to a survey released at the end of May, the median amount of credit card debt carried by Americans is $6,600. The average interest rate on a standard card is about 13%. Making the minimum payment each month, it will take 250 months (almost 21 years) to pay off the debt and cost $4,868 in interest. Ouch!
The big lie about credit card debt
Unused gym memberships: Costhelper.com reports that the monthly service fee at gyms averages between $35 and $40. At $40 per month, an unused gym membership runs $480 per year.
Published Oct. 11, 2007
Retrieved Oct. 19, 2007 from http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveMoney/10LittleExpensesThatAddUpFast.aspx
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Administrative Services Coordinator
Dick Smith Library – Upper Level – room 201B
In September, Linda celebrated 30 years with Tarleton. Linda first worked in the library while a student at Tarleton, and in 1978 she was hired as a clerk in the circulation department. She is now responsible for the supervision and management of the Library Administration office. Linda oversees all library accounts for budget control, policy adherence and internal audit; and analyzes fiscal data for use in decision making and planning processes. Although behind the scenes, Linda is key to the smooth operation of the library.
Linda has served as Tarleton’s Staff Council President, and was named Staff Employee of the Month in May, 1999. She is a Certified Professional Secretary (which required extensive testing and earned her 24 hours of college credit), and is also a Certified Educational Office Professional. Linda is Secretary/Treasurer of the Friends of the Dick Smith Library Board.
Linda just received her 20-year Girl Scout membership pin, is treasurer of the Erath County Service Unit, and is assistant leader for her granddaughter’s troop. Linda is also the treasurer of Mistletoe Hut, Inc., a Stephenville nonprofit, and sings with a Southern Gospel group.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Most people are familiar with the stereotype of librarians. They are twenty- or thirtysomethings, with tattoos, cat's-eye glasses, and vintage clothes, schmoozing with famous authors, and playing DJ at parties in Brooklyn. Wait, that's just the stereotype in The New York Times. Last summer the newspaper declared young librarians hip — and, in the minds of some librarians, actually reinforced the other stereotype: that older members of their profession are reclusive bookworms and cranky old ladies.
Whether young librarians are hip or dowdy doesn't matter. What matters is what they think about the future of the library, particularly at academic institutions. Libraries are facing a series of immense challenges: the explosion of information, a rapidly changing technological environment, shrinking budgets, pitched battles over copyright, a new world of information literacy, and continuing deficiencies in old-fashioned literacy.
On top of it all, academic libraries face a crisis of graying leadership. Young librarians, hip or not, will eventually be the people dealing with these issues. This month The Chronicle contacted eight librarians under 40 and asked them a series of questions about the future of their profession, including: What will happen to the book? How will battles over copyright play out? What do you love and hate about librarianship? Here is what they said:
Read the complete article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed at: http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i08/08a02801.htm
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Coordinator for Archives and Special Services
Dick Smith Library – Lower Level
Office: room B08
Amanda is in charge of all the materials and services on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library. These include maps, government documents, audiovisuals (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.), the curriculum collection (children’s literature, state-adopted PreK – grade 12 textbooks, and other teacher resources), and the limited collections (university archives, rare or fragile items, and so on).
Amanda is the liaison to the Curriculum & Instruction Department and the Mathematics Department. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was a Texas park ranger, a substitute teacher, an elementary summer school program manager, as well as a budget analyst for a city parks department and for a community college – among many other roles! Amanda majored in recreation and parks at A&M, has an MBA from A&M-Corpus Christi, and her library science degree from North Texas.
You will usually find Amanda at the reference desk on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library. She provides library instruction for the children’s literature classes and is responsible for selecting all children’s books in our collection. Amanda listens to audiobooks on her commute from Granbury, and also selects those items – your suggestions for purchases are welcome!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
"History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race."
Read more about this historic event at the NASA History Division site.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Dick Smith Library – Upper Level – room 201C
Donna was named University Librarian (Tarleton Libraries director) in June 2006, after six years as the Associate University Librarian. Prior to that, Donna was Assistant to University President Dennis McCabe from 1997 to 2000.
Donna began her library life as a student worker in the library at the University of Kansas, where she earned her bachelors degree majoring in sociology and women’s studies. She was hired as a cataloging assistant after graduating, and had a similar position when she came to the Dick Smith Library in 1984. Donna earned her library science degree from Texas Women’s University, and moved up to Staff Assistant for Automated Systems, then Automated Systems Librarian, and later Division Head for Public Services from 1991 to 1997.
Donna was named Staff Employee of the Month for December 2004 and Staff Employee of the Year for 2004-2005, due partly to her work planning and coordinating the Dick Smith Library renovation completed in 2006. Donna played key roles in the establishment of Staff Council, serving as its second president, as well as the creation of the University System Center in Killeen while Assistant to the President.
Donna is the liaison to the Management, Marketing, and Administrative Systems Department. When not at work or attending meetings for the numerous university and professional committees on which she serves, Donna enjoys gardening and her two grandsons, ages 7 and 1. Donna describes herself as a “dog person who owns a cat, Molly, who rules the house” she shares with her husband Ray, a Senior Systems Analyst with Tarleton’s Information Technology Services - Client/Server Computing Department.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Dr. Tijerina's first lecture will be at 7:30pm Thursday, October 4 in the Fain Auditorium (Rm. 102) of the Science Building. The title of his Thursday evening presentation is "Constructing a Tejano Memory."
His second lecture, which will be given in Spanish, is entitled "El Imperio de los Ranchos Tejanos." That presentation will be at noon on Friday, October 5 in the Multipurpose Room of the Dick Smith Library. A lecture given in Spanish is a first for the Speaker Symposium lecture series, and an event we plan to repeat later in the school year.
Both lectures are free and open to the public. Proof of attendance will be available for any professor wishing to award extra credit for his or her students.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Celebrate Banned Book Week - FREE PEOPLE READ FREELY!! The library has several displays on the main and lower levels showing just a few of the many books that have been questioned.
Also on Wednesday October 3rd, @ Noon - the library will host a Brown Bag Lunch: The Oppressed and the Oppressors.
Banned Book Week is a celebration of our freedom to read, to seek, hold, receive, and disseminate ideas, even if they are unorthodox or unpopular. Help spread the word! Encourage your friends and colleagues to celebrate their freedom to read. It's one of our most important democratic freedoms!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Scroll through this list of technolgies that ABC News thinks will change the world. Are you ready? Do you have any of the items listed? Are you going to get one? Please give us your comments and let others know if your Wii or iphone is changing the world!!!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Room 113, Bldg 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Tarleton Central Texas Campus
Lynn presents bibliographic instruction classes, and is liaison to the Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Math, Curriculum & Instruction, Computer Information Systems, and Social Sciences department faculty in Killeen. She also catalogs the new and donated books and videos for the library. She obtained her MA in Librarianship and Information Science degree from the University of Denver in 1981 and her BA in Geography from the University of Hawaii in 1980. Before working for Tarleton, she worked for libraries in Hawaii, California and Germany. She also worked as an office manager and tour guide for the USO in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Check other news stories and events easily in the news databases made available to you by the library:
America's News Magazines
Dallas Morning News
New York Times
Friday, September 21, 2007
Enjoy our Casual Reading Corner
Donate your old paperbacks to share!
Checkout our new Casual Reading Corner bookcase in the Dick Smith Library student lounge.
If you see a book you like... feel free to read it here or take it with you.
No due dates, no late fees, just fun reading!
Did you just finish a great paperback? Share it!
We are accepting donations of paperbacks (in good condition) at the Circulation Desk in the Dick Smith Library to add to the Casual Reading Corner.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Assistant Director for Serials and Electronic Resources 254-968-9868
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – room 112A
I am Janie Jones, the Periodicals Librarian and I facilitate your access to periodical information (i.e. journals and magazines), either electronic or hardcopy. Let me know if you have questions about periodicals.
Since I have worked as a water resources librarian in several settings, it was a natural segue for me to be the liaison for the departments of Chemistry/Geosciences/Environmental Sciences and Math/Physics/Engineering. Water is a primary interest to me—Turn off those faucets while you brush your teeth! Give a hoot! Don’t pollute! In addition, my husband is a hydrologist/engineer and our daughter is studying engineering at A&M.
Enticing birds and butterflies to our yard; fair-weather organic gardening and walking; reading (occupational hazard); critiquing homemade wine and beer; and actively avoiding housework take most of my personal time. Some day I will add ‘painting’ to that list…and ‘yoga’ and…!
Despite common wisdom about the poverty (and resulting legendary thriftiness) of students, American college kids are doing pretty well for themselves when it comes to gadgets. A new report from EDUCAUSE finds that nearly every college student in the US owns both a computer and a phone; 36 percent of students own two computers.
What type of computer do they favor? Laptops, of course. In only two years, laptop ownership on campus has surged from 52.8 percent of the student population to 75.8 percent, while desktop use peaked in 2006 and dropped to 62.8 percent this year.
If students no longer head off to campus without a computer, they also need a cell phone now. 86 percent of students say they own a simple one (without Web access), while another 12 percent have a smartphone. Though the report doesn't look into the matter, I for one would like to see some research into just why it is so difficult for students to silence their ringtones while in the campus library. My guess: the constant diet of pizza and Mountain Dew.
And then come the iPods. More students own an "electronic music/video device" (76 percent) than own a laptop. This has certainly cut down on the frequency of hard rock tunes blasting from an open dorm room window, but one sometimes wonders when these students find time to speak to each other. Between the allure of the little white headphones, the handset, and the computer screen (err, and the studying, of course), collegiate life is stuffed to the brim.
Students appear to take it all in stride, though. As the report notes, many students "have never known a world without personal access to information technologies, often take them for granted and integrate them seamlessly into their daily lives."
That integration takes plenty of time out of each week. The report found that engineering students spend an average of 21.9 hours a week doing online activities. The humanities are lower, at 18.7 hours, and education majors are at the bottom, spending only 15.9 hours a week online.
Disturbingly, a full six percent of those surveyed spent more than 40 hours a week online. That's either some serious dedication to learning or the result of a WoW addiction.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The U.S. Constitution is turning 220 years old, having been ratified at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787.
Sept. 17 marks Constitution Day, a federal holiday that does not confer a day off from work, but does recognize the auspicious occasion brought forth by the Founding Fathers.
The Library of Congress Web site is rife with resources on the framing of the Constitution. A good place to start is the Law Library's Web presentation titled "A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates." The THOMAS legislative tracking system also has links to a number of Library sites about the Constitution, including lesson plans for teachers.
Friday, September 14, 2007
"According to a study conducted at Ball State University, "College students are growing increasingly receptive to receiving advertising via text messages on their cell phones and other mobile devices." Over half of the students surveyed "said they would accept ads if they were to get something free in return."
What do you think about receiving ads on your cell? Think we'll have a choice?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Assistant Director for User Services
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor
Jennifer received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Midwestern State University and her Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas. Before coming to the Dick Smith Library in 2001, Jennifer worked for seven years at the Wichita Falls Public Library.
Her first experience at Tarleton State University was in high school, when she came here to compete in parliamentary procedure, dairy cattle and land judging competitions for her school’s FFA team.
Today, Jennifer oversees the library’s Access Services Department which includes Circulation, Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad), Distance Services for off-campus students, and room reservations.
All students, staff, and faculty have library privileges. A Texan Card or other photo ID is required to borrow materials from the library. If the library doesn’t own the item that you need, the Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) service may be able to get it for you, usually free of charge.
If you are taking classes online or at another campus, ask Jennifer about distance services available to you. You may be eligible for home delivery of library materials to assist you in your research needs.
Jennifer is library liaison to the Human Science Department and to the Center for Instructional Technology and Distributed Education (CITDE). Her hobbies include painting, making jewelry, and vacationing.
[Each week the library will feature a different staff member in Stephenville or Killeen.]
Monday, September 10, 2007
What is your opinion? Do you think "thursday partying" effects your grades? Read the following article and tell us what you think!
Forget about "Thirsty Thursdays" kicking off three days of partying on some college campuses this school year. Some colleges are wresting Fridays back from the weekend's clutches, and warning students that skipping Friday classes will hurt their grades, and encouraging faculty members to schedule tests and have assignments due that day. Students and faculty are grumbling. Colleges have long scheduled fewer classes on Fridays, but groups, including a national task force on alcohol abuse, have been pressuring colleges to reinstate Friday classes to reduce student drinking. Read more at:
Friday, September 7, 2007
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy and 37% admit to actually having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year. According to the NSF's 2005 Sleep in America poll, only half of adults can say they get a good night's sleep a few nights/week or more. Be aware that the person in the next car may be driving drowsy even if you are not.
Studies show that lack of sleep leads to problems completing a task, concentrating, making decisions and unsafe actions, none of which is conducive to being a successful college student! Though scientists are still learning about the concept of basal sleep need, one thing sleep research certainly has shown is that sleeping too little can not only inhibit your productivity and ability to remember and consolidate information (think: tests), but lack of sleep can also lead to serious health consequences and jeopardize your safety and the safety of individuals around you.
For example, short sleep duration is linked with:
* Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
* Increase in body mass index – a greater likelihood of obesity due to an increased appetite
caused by sleep deprivation
* Increased risk of diabetes and heart problems
* Increased risk for psychiatric conditions including depression and substance abuse
* Decreased ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information
How much sleep do you need? Adults need 7-9 hours sleep each night and teens need even more. Studies show that young people use their computers or televisions to wind down, but this simply contributes to sleep deprivation; 'Winding down' is not SLEEP.
This was taken from the National Sleep Foundation’s website. Visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org for more information, and leave the party early tonight, and get some sleep! Don’t be the next victim of sleep deprivation.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Assistant Director for Collection Management
Dick Smith Library – Main Foor
Tracy supervises the library’s technical services departments: Acquisitions, Cataloging, Periodicals and Electronic Resources, and Systems.
Tracy has always wanted to be a librarian. She started working in her school library in fifth grade, and has had a library job ever since. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lubbock Christian University, and her masters in library science from the University of North Texas. She spent 13 years at Lubbock Christian University, and has been at the Dick Smith Library for nine years, starting as a reference librarian and moving into the Systems Librarian position after seven months. She serves as the liaison to the Computer Information Systems Department as well as the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics.
Tracy has a twin sister named Stacy, and they are the youngest of six children. Tracy’s hobbies are her 24 nieces and nephews, reading, cross-stitch, travel and photography, and collecting “Coke stuff – I have a house full of it!”
[Edited to add: On February 28, 2008, Tracy was named Tarleton's Staff Council Employee of the Month for February 2008.]
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
College students need to be told right off the bat about the dangers associated with the cards that the companies are going to throw at them once school starts. The students need to know that the penalties associated with delinquent debts will accrue. They should also be told that delinquent debts can cause their interest rates to soar not just on their credit cards, but on car loans and mortgages as well.
Read more from this New York Times Article...
Friday, August 31, 2007
Labor Day was first designated over 100 years ago as a celebration of American workers. The first Monday in September, Labor Day is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. " (taken from the U.S. Department of Labor in the 21st Century website)
To learn more about "Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means" go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Coordinator for Instruction/Outreach Services
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – room 109P
Cathy W. presents library instruction sessions to undergraduate and advanced classes. Faculty schedule the sessions, which are customized for each class. She also meets with individuals/groups who want research assistance.
Cathy W. creates online materials like the Library Orientation pages that offer research advice and strategies. Also, she and other Dick Smith Library’s Reference Department staff help library users:
• access online/print resources,
• locate relevant/appropriate resources, and
• evaluate and document materials.
Cathy W. is library liaison to the Engineering & Technology Department and to Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She is also a Tarleton graduate:
• Bachelor of Science in Biology (1976),
• MAT in English (1982), and
• TEA Certification in English and Biology (1989).
Before obtaining her Master of Library Science degree (TWU) and joining Dick Smith Library in 2001, Cathy W. pursued several paths:
• Tarleton English & Languages Department instructor (11+ years),
• newspaper feature writer, production supervisor, and press operator (9+ years),
• theater technician (5+ years),
• Tarleton Grounds Maintenance student worker, and
• various odd jobs.
The last book Cathy W. read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which she highly recommends. (The library owns the Harry Potter books. Check ‘em out!)
[Each week the library will feature a different staff member in Stephenville or Killeen.]
Monday, August 27, 2007
Dick Smith Library, Stephenville Campus
Mon-Thur 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library, Killeen Campus
Mon-Thur 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
(Taken from Steven Bells - The Kept-Up Academic Librarian)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
From Alloy College Explorer research, which shows how much college students have changed in the past four years (they are way more wired). The key stats are below:
They are totally wired:
- Close to all students (93%) report owning a cell phone (up 15 points from four years ago)
- Digital camera ownership has just about doubled since 2003. Today, 64% of students report owning one and 16% cite intention to purchase this year
- In 2003, 17% of students owned MP3 players - and the iPod was not yet a staple - today more than half (58%) own one.
- About one-third (28.9%) of campuses now offer blanket wireless coverage and almost two-thirds claim to have a wireless strategy plan in place.
- Down with desktops: there was a 21 point increase of laptop ownership in the last two years alone (63% today vs. 42% in 2005)
More students = more money to spend
- A 14% increase (from 2003) as 13.3 million students head back to campus with $198 Billion in consumer spending power (up 31% from 2003)
- Three-quarters of students now report employment during the year
- 56% of college students are female, about 1.1 million more than reported in ’03
- 27% choose to stay in touch with friends via social networking site over face-to-face communication, at 11%, or over phone, with 23% reporting
- More than half (54%) of college students (ages 18-30) visit a social networking site in a typical day
- 25% actually claim they have “never” visited a user-generated site
- 66% of students are learning about brands, products and services from their friends
- 61% report being influenced by word of mouth WOM (up 48% from 2004)
- Students cite they are most likely to look to friends for advice for movies (60%) and electronics (48%)
- More than half of students claim they played the deciding role in recent decision to buy a computer (57%), a digital camera (57%), or a cell phone/PDA (66%)
Some of them want to make a difference
- 35% of students reporting they feel that people their age have the greatest ability to impact positive world change and up from last year
- 37% cite they are more likely to purchase brands that are socially and environmentally responsible (33% in 2006)"
The original press release from Harris Interactive's Alloy, states it quite clearly:
Class of 2011 Heads Back To Campus Wielding More Connections, Concern and Consumer Clout Than Any Class Before Them
"We're faster than you.
We're bigger than you.
We've got more clout.
We're louder than you."
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The short list:
1. Think of it like personalizing your desk.
2. Look for old co-workers and current connections.
3. Add friends selectively.
4. Add apps selectively.
5. Edit your news feed preferences.
6. Edit your profile and security settings.
7. Incorporate the tools you’re already using into your profile.
8. Join Groups related to your business interests.
9. Limit time wasted on Facebook.
10. Be philanthropic.
11. Ask Questions.
12. Look for events.
(Taken from Stephen's Lighthouse)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
She reviews both serious and fun books, which are not freebies from publishers. Her reviews include the best line and worst line from each book. She even writes reviews of "books I didn't finish," and tells you why, and recommends other books if she thinks one is bad. She also gives out "Delete Key Awards" for "the worst writing in books," which she describes as "such things as clichés, bad grammar, or writing at an elementary-school level according to the readability statistics on Microsoft Word."
I discovered this blog when I was looking for some discussion questions for one of my book clubs for Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an autobiography published earlier this year. Many publishers are now producing "reading group guides" as part of their marketing efforts for a book, but Janice writes "Totally Unauthorized Reading Group Guides" for "many books that groups might love [such as] new hardcover nonfiction or for classic works of fiction." Her guides will sometimes "quote unfavorable reviews, [and] encourage you to compare a book to others...[to] promote the lively debate about the merits of books that most book clubs enjoy."
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Read more at:http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070625/NEWSREC0101/70624001
Friday, June 22, 2007
A new report published in Education Week looks at the skills required to get jobs in every state and concludes that, at both the state and national level, people need to complete at least some college to earn a decent wage.
The report bases such findings on an analysis of data from two sources: a U.S. Department of Labor database that classifies jobs based on the education, training, and experience that they require, and U.S. Census Bureau statistics showing how many people work in various types of jobs and how much they earn.
"At both national and state levels, our research shows that a high-school diploma alone is not sufficient for students to access the jobs that will provide a real future and to thrive in our economy," said Christopher B. Swanson, who conducted the analysis as director of a research center affiliated with the newspaper.
In other findings, the report estimates that about 30 percent of ninth graders fail to graduate from high school with their peers four years later. For black males, the four-year graduation rate is 46 percent; for Hispanic males, it's 52 percent.
Based on an examination of state policies, the report says that just 11 states define what students should know and be able to do to be prepared for credit-bearing courses in college, and 14 states are working on a definition. Twenty-two states require high schools to administer exit examinations, while three others plan to do so. The number of states basing their exit exams on standards set at the 10th-grade level or higher has risen from six in 2002 to 18 in 2007. —Peter Schmidt
Read the entire article at http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2007/06/12/index.html
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries (Editor)
BOSTON, MA — The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.
"The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language."
The following is the entire list of 100 words:
- laissez faire
Monday, June 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Flickrvision is a really cool mashup that combines the power of Google Maps with the worldwide usage of photo hosting website Flickr.com. Flickrvision lets you see the location on Google Maps of new pictures posted to Flickr as they are uploaded in real time. You can click on a photo to get an expanded view with some more details (such as the photo title and description if available).
Creator Dave Troy says, “We use geotagging data from the actual photos where it is available, and then rely on the user's profile location in cases where it is not. Because less than 1% of photos [on Flickr] are geotagged, we rely on user profile location heavily. This is why when you look at the expanded view of each photo it says 'posted less than a minute ago from London', etc."
Content from O'Reilly Radar, Gadling.com, and Google Earth Blog.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
We hope you all get A's!!!!
To help you study, the Library has extended it's hours. Snacks will be available in the Library Student Lounge after 8:00 pm on the days we are open late. These refreshments are compliments of Dr. McCabe and the Dick Smith Library.
EXTENDED HOURS for Finals:
Thur.-Fri., 7:00 am-2:00 am
Sat., 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun., 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
M.-Tue., 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wed., 7:00am - 7:00pm
Monday, April 23, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Did you know that the average television consumes 200-300 kilowatt-hours per year, accounting for an estimated 3-4% of the annual electronic usage in the USA.
That’s a whopping 46.9 billion kilowatt-hours a year! Or, in environmental terms, approximately 36 million tons of carbon dioxide, a global-warming causing pollutant.
Next week on April 22nd is Earth Day - do you part and turn off your TV!
Find out more at the Earth Day Network. http://www.earthday.net/default.aspx
Monday, April 16, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
Read more at Colleges.com, U Magazine
Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Stephen King’s The Stand