Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Sandy Dennis

Sandy Dennis
Periodicals Specialist
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

Final exams are almost here!

Are you ready for finals... or does the mere thought of them cause you to break out in a cold sweat?!

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


If you have any test-taking tips, share them with us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Rashelle Hansen

Rashelle Hansen
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.]

Happy Thanksgiving and Have Safe Travel

Here's wishing you all the fun of eating that wonderful Thanksgiving meal, watching football, and the blessings of being with your family.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Privacy online

A Privacy Paradox: Social Networking in the United States by Susan B. Barnes in First Monday -- "Teenagers will freely give up personal information to join social networks on the Internet. Afterwards, they are surprised when their parents read their journals. Communities are outraged by the personal information posted by young people online and colleges keep track of student activities on and off campus."

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

Meet Our Staff: Karen deFranchi

Karen deFranchi
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

Veterans Day

Veterans Day - Find out more about it. Lets us know what Veterans Day means to you. Post a comment.

Attention Deficit in the Classroom

Attention Deficit in the Classroom

Do you carry a laptop to class? Do you find it beneficial? Read the article linked above and give you opinion.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Oh, no! Confrontation!

Resolve Conflict Quickly with The Four Agreements

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Trudy Carlson

Trudy Carlson
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

Students Converge on Capitol

Students Converge on Capitol to Lobby for Action on Climate Change from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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

What do you think about library services?

The Tarleton Library staff is conducting a User Satisfaction survey on Tuesday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 7. Take this opportunity to tell us what you like or don't like about the library. Your feedback allows us to see how we are doing and seek ideas for improving our services, so your comments are very important.

The survey is available in the lobby of the Dick Smith Library, the Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library, and online at:

Friday, November 2, 2007

Are you watching Blogger Play?

Need a break? Take a few minutes to check out Blogger Play.

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.

Rowling completes book of fairy tales

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling has completed her first book not to feature teen wizard Harry Potter — an illustrated collection of magical fairy stories titled The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Machine is Us/ing Us

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.