Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Cynthia Scott

Cynthia Scott
Circulation Specialist
Room 113, Bldg 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Tarleton Central Texas Campus
Killeen, Texas

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

Television History

Television History - The First 75 Years -- This site offers an interesting and informative look at the history of television. Linked photos of early (pre-1935 to 1950s) and later (1960-2000) televisions give a look at changes in design, size, and features through time. The site shows American televisions, as well as examples from other countries (British, Dutch, German, Italian, etc.). Also included are links to "Quick Facts by Year," television firsts (in FAQ section), images of advertisements for televisions, stats and facts, images of TV Guide covers, and lots more.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Kim Gragg

Kim Gragg
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

Top 10 US Social Sites and Blog Sites

Top 10 US Social Sites and Blog Sites Rankings Issued

"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. “ 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:

1. MySpace
2. Facebook
3. Classmates Online
4. Windows Live Spaces
5. AOL Hometwon
7. LinkedIn
8. AOL People Connection
9. Club Penguin
10. Buzznet

Monday, October 22, 2007


The New York Times Magazine - The College Issue - take a look at the September 30, 2007 issues. Is is full of articles for and about YOU!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Hey, Mom, can you spare me a buck?

10 little expenses that add up fast
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 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: 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

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Linda Land

Linda Land
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

Young Librarians, Talkin' Bout Their Generation

Young Librarians, Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation, by Scott Carlson.

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:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Amanda Pape

Amanda Pape
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

Fiftieth Anniversary of Sputnik launch

Sputnik and The Dawn of the Space Age
"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

Meet Our Staff: Donna Savage

Donna Savage
University Librarian
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

Campus Event: Nationally-know Historian, Dr. Andres Tijerina

The Speaker Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the first speaker of the 2007-08 school year. Dr. Andres Tijerina, a professor of history at Austin Community College, will be speaking about the history of people of Mexican heritage in Texas. Dr. Tijerina is a nationally-known historian. His published books include "Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos" and "Tejanos and Texans Under the Mexican Flag, 1821-1836."

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

Banned Book Week

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!