Friday, August 31, 2007

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!

It's nice to end the first week of class with a long weekend. Even though summer weather lingers in Texas for a few more weeks, most of us think of Labor Day as marking the end of summer. Labor Day is our last chance to get out on the lake, barbeque, and get together with friends.

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:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Cathy Wilterding

Catherine J. Wilterding (a.k.a. Cathy W.)
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

Welcome new and returning students!

Now that classes are back in session, don't forget that the library is a great resource to help you cruise through the semester.

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

Can't make it to the library? Access our resources online 24/7 with your Tarleton network account.

Claim your network account here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hello Wiki and Goodbye Textbook

At many colleges and universities, wikis are used mostly as a supplement to primary teaching tools like textbooks and labs, while other Web 2.0 technologies -- such as social networking sites like Facebook -- have become a staple of student life. In one Boston College professor's classroom, however, wikis have become a primary learning tool, replacing textbooks and allowing improved collaboration among students. The wiki is even used to let students submit possible questions for examinations, many of which actually appear on tests. Read more at:

(Taken from Steven Bells - The Kept-Up Academic Librarian)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

College Students Wield Connections, Concern and Consumer Clout

August 15, 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

They're influencers
- 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."