Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Stress doesn't stop after finals

Classes are over! You should feel relief and be able to relax -- right? Apparently, that doesn't prove true for many college students. The article "Helping College Students Deal with Stress During Winter Break" discusses many types of stress students experience over the winter break and offers strategies for coping.

Tarleton Libraries wish you all a safe, happy, and reduced stress holiday!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Jodie Baker

Jodie Baker
Reference Librarian
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

Today in History: December 7

Today in History: December 7: "Air Raid on Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. The attack sank three other ships and damaged many additional vessels. More than 180 aircraft were destroyed. A hurried dispatch from the ranking United States naval officer in Pearl Harbor, Commander in Chief Pacific, to all major navy commands and fleet units provided the first official word of the attack at the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. It said simply: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL."

What do you think? Call Mom & Dad?

Many colleges and universities are reluctant to reach out to parents when there are signs of trouble, such as a missing or potentially suicidal student. Citing a federal law meant to protect student privacy, many schools rope off young people's records from parents and authorities. But in one area, administrators are increasingly exploiting an exception in the law that allows them to reach out: drinking and drugs. A growing number of colleges, such as Texas Tech and Ohio University, are deciding to call mom and dad about underage drinking and illegal drug use, often at the very first signs of trouble.


(Taken from the Kept-up Librarian)

What do you think? Should college administrator's have the right to contact your Mom & Dad?

Rock N' Roll Readers in the Library

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Meet Our Staff: Melinda Guthrie

Melinda Guthrie
Division Head, Killeen Division
Tarleton Library - Central Texas - Room 113, Bldg. 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Killeen, Texas

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

Increasing the likelihood of YOUR college success

And this is too late for you, but pass it on to your younger connections: