Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top 10 Tuesday – New Year’s Resolutions

It's the final Tuesday of 2008! Wow how time flies! New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past and forward to the coming year. Do you make New Year's Resolutions? I do every year…and sometimes I do okay at keeping them. From about.com here are the Top 10 New Year's Resolutions. Did your New Year resolutions make their list?

  1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
  2. Fit in Fitness
  3. Tame the Bulge
  4. Quit Smoking
  5. Enjoy Life More
  6. Quit Drinking
  7. Get Out of Debt
  8. Learn Something New
  9. Help Others
  10. Get Organized

Some of these really hit the mark! If you have a resolution, please post a comment and share your idea.

Good luck with your resolutions and I hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday – All I want for Christmas…

It's Tuesday – so I just had to give you a Top Ten list!

What do you want for Christmas? Have you been nice this year? From HispanicBusiness.com here is the 10 Most Wanted Gifts for Christmas!

  • Digital camera
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Apple IPod Touch
  • Caster Board
  • Apple iPhone
  • Universal remote
  • Hannah Montana toys
  • Lamaze toys
  • Robot dog
  • LCD TV

Agree/disagree? I'm all about electronic toys! A camera and HDTV are on my list. What's on yours? Post a comment and let us know.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! See you next year!

Tracy

Monday, December 22, 2008

Textbooks For Less

BookFinder.com searches "the best buys from among 150 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books for sale"-- including textbooks. Shipping is automatically included in the prices. You can also find the highest buyback price available for your textbook by entering its ISBN.

AddAll.com also scours the internet for new and used books for sale.


Happy hunting!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?


Just in case you didn’t make it to the library to see the Christmas tree display here it is!

The Acquisitions department created their tree using Kay Wiley's collection of ladybugs. Library Administration created a "princess" tree. The Cataloging/Processing area decorated their tree with miniature books, complete with call numbers and barcodes, pockets, spiral binder combs, printer paper, and created a cataloging record for the tree!

Circulation and ILL decorated their tree to honor all of our United States armed forces, using yellow ribbons, photos, and insignia from each branch. Library Environmental Services created a lovely traditional tree with glass balls and tinsel.

The Periodicals tree was decorated with mock magazine covers featuring all of the periodicals staff. The Reference staff used glass balls, mardi gras beads, unique Christmas decorations, and books. The Special Services area created their tree using Tarleton purple and mini books. And last but not least, Systems and Web Services created their tree using various computer parts, with a keyboard piece as a tree skirt!

We have decorated the little trees several times in the past and it is always a fun thing for our departments and staff to do! The first time we decorated the little trees for the display case was in the 1980's!

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday! See you next year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday - Christmas Songs

It's Tuesday – that means a Top Ten list! Sorry this was supposed to automatically post last week while I was away on vacation. I decided to go ahead and post it this week. I hope someone is still reading the blog and enjoys Contactmusic.com's list of top ten Christmas Songs.

  1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  2. Do They Know It's Christmas Time - Band Aid
  3. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  4. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  5. Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
  6. Winter Wonderland - Doris Day
  7. Last Christmas - Wham!
  8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow - Dean Martin
  9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Tony Bennett, Toni Braxton and The Carpenters have all recorded terrific versions of this winter warmer but the late Rosemary Clooney nailed it.
  10. Peace On Earth/Peace On Earth - Bing Crosby + David Bowie

I think I have all of these songs somewhere in my music collection. Come by the office and give a listen.

I hope everyone has a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Congratulations Graduates!!

We are all very proud of your accomplishments!!

Now that you’re preparing for job interviews, here are some helpful tips:

  • Match your skills to the job - you should know in advance how well you qualify for the job.
  • Plan what you are going to say - Try to have some stories about your work experience that illustrate your skills, experience, and education.
  • Create a checklist - Plan a “things to do” list.
  • Be conscious of your behavior and communication - Display confidence through your posture, dress, walk, energy, and eye contact.

Click here to read more interviewing tips from iseek.org.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

NBC Nightly News: Libraries offer free relief from tough times

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

What are your plans for Christmas break? Our library namesake, Dr. Dick Smith, traveled over Christmas break in 1954. The December 14, 1954 JTAC stated:

“Dr. Dick Smith, head of the department of social science, will leave from Dallas Sunday by plane. He will fly to Washington, D.C., where he plans to spend a day studying the pictures at the National Gallery of Art. He then plans to travel to the University of Virginia to visit friends. Following this, he will fly to Boston, spend one day at Walpole visiting friends, and spend Christmas Eve and Christmas at Boston and Cambridge. Christmas afternoon he will go to New York City where he plans to spend a week seeing shows and attending concerts. Among the shows Dr. Smith will see are “Quadrille,” a play starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontain, “Teahouse of the August Moon,” and “ The boyfriend,” and pajama Game,” both musicals. He is going to attend “any concerts I can get tickets for.” He will return to Stephenville Jan. 1.”

Hope you have great plans and they include some R & R before the spring semester begins!

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

From Warehouse to Our House - Part 5

How items are added to the Dick Smith Library Collection
Part 5 - Processing


Items newly added to the collection come over to processing from cataloging with a barcode on them, but they are not quite ready to be checked out. Cataloging Assistant Sharon Alexander and three student workers have a number of steps to go through to prepare items for the shelves.

The first step in processing these items is to create a call number label (also called a spine label) using InfoWorks labeling software. For processing purposes, the call number information comes from inside the book on the page after the title page where it was written by Catalog Librarian Melissa Cookson

Once the call number label is created, it is affixed to the item, usually one inch above the bottom of the spine. If the spine is not wide enough, the label is placed in the top left-hand corner of the front of the item. Then the item is stamped in various locations with the “Tarleton State University-Dick Smith Library” property stamp.

After that, the pocket that has been traveling with the item since receiving is date-stamped with the current date. Reference items don’t have pockets (since they can’t be checked out); instead they have “For Reference Only” stickers, and these are also date-stamped. The pocket/reference sticker is affixed to the inside front cover of the item, except for items with dust jackets, where it goes on the fly leaf (the front of the book before the title page, opposite the inside front cover) instead. It should be positioned so as not to cover up any information if possible – sometimes the fly leaf or inside cover have maps or illustrations. Sometimes this means it has to go to the end sheet (the back of the book before the back inside cover), or even somewhere else if the end sheet has important information.

Protective book covers are then attached to paperbacks and books with dust jackets. Paperbacks are protected with an adhesive plastic cover that also adds strength and stability to the book. The dust jacket is protected with a polyester film layer which is taped to the front and back of the book with acid-free book tape. Books without dust jackets and other items (such as DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks) have a transparent label placed over the call number label to protect it.

When the item has received the proper protection, the next step is to use Sirsi Workflows, our integrated library system (the software that drives our circulation and catalog systems) to change the current and home location of the item from “In Process” to the appropriate department where the item “lives” (Stacks on the third floor, Reference or Government Documents on the main floor, or the various collections on the lower level). The “current” location changes when the item is checked out – but that will be covered in a post on circulation later!

A “FINISHED” sign is placed on top of the cart of completed items for Assistant Director of Monographs and Technical Services Glenda Stone to review. Then they are taken to the various locations in the library to be shelved for our patrons to enjoy. New items for the Stacks on the third floor are displayed temporarily in a new book display on the main floor, near the Library Instruction Classroom.

[This concludes the series on how items are added to the library's collection. Wednesday blog posts next semester will feature circulation, periodicals, book repairs, systems, and other library departments.]

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cool Websites and Tools (edition #199)

If you're interested in learning about online tools, makeuseof.com offers lists, links, descriptions, reviews and user comments to help you choose tools that fit your needs. In addition, posts like "Cool Websites and Tools" bring the information together in useful lists like the ones posted in edition #199 below.

All listed websites are FREE (or come with a decent free account option).

  1. AwayFind - Make sure you receive urgent emails when you are offline or on vacation. AwayFind gives you a custom form that people can use to reach you via SMS when you’re not accessible via regular emails. Read more: AwayFind - Receive Urgent Emails While Offline Or On Vacation.
  2. Cornell Notes Generator - Generate printable note taking sheets. You can customize and make sheets ruled, graph style or have them blank. Moreover there are options to add name, subject, date, etc. Read more: PDF Notes Generator - Print Sheets for Note Taking.
  3. DeadlineApp - Simple reminder tool. Set up reminders from the site or schedule reminders via email, instant messenger or mobile phone. Read more: Deadline - The Simplest Tool To Set Up Reminders.
  4. DukaUs - Free group calling service for US and Canada. You can invite up to 5 participants and talk a maximum of 30 minutes per day. Read more: DukaUS - Free Group Calling for US and Canada.
  5. HideLinks - Offers a simple way to mask your private bookmark under a different URL and then password protect it. Read more: HideLinks - Password Protect Your Bookmarks.
  6. NumberZoom - Get info on telemarketers, collection agencies, and other unknown numbers left on your caller ID machine. Read more: NumberZoom - Lookup Unknown Caller IDs.
  7. PiccDrop - Upload, host and even hotlink your images online for free. There are no ads either. Read more: PiccDrop - Host and Hotlink Images Online.
  8. Project Draw - Easy to use online diagram and plan drawing tool. Draw diagrams, floor layouts, network plans, and lots of other stuff. Read more: Project Draw - Draw Plans and Diagrams Online.
  9. Protonotes - This tool comes as a big help for those teams who are working on web development projects. It helps the team members to easily add notes and collaborate on prototypes, no matter where they are in the world. Read more: Protonotes - Collaborate When Working With HTML Prototypes.
  10. Wordpress Theme Generator - Create your own WordPress themes. Easily customize different aspects of your theme such us layout, background color, body size and column dimensions, text style and color etc. Read more: Wordpress Theme Generator.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Finding Databases for your Article Search

Databases are online collections of articles, reviews and other materials from newspapers, magazines, conference proceedings, academic journals and other research materials. They are usually organized by date, title, author, periodical title, subject and other categories. They're a great place to go for articles and other research materials. Let's say you have a paper due in a few weeks and you need some journal articles. Not sure where to begin? Here are some ideas:

1. You might try a general database like Academic Search Complete (from the library homepage: go to Databases then click on A-Z Databases and Academic Search Complete).









2. Search for articles from multiple journals about your discipline. From our homepage go to Help->Research Guides(or try Subject Specific Databases) to find links to database descriptions and internet resources.




3. Search a specific periodical (magazine/journal/newspaper) for articles about your discipline. From the library homepage, go to Databases then Online Periodicals By Title. Search by Title or Category. For example, searching the word “psychology” under Title and Contains brings up 284 journals.



Still feeling unsure? You're not alone; experienced researchers also get stumped from time to time.

4. Stop by the Information Desk, call us at (254) 968-9249 or e-mail us at reference@tarleton.edu. Faculty members can schedule a database instruction session with a librarian to familiarize themselves and/or their students with what's available.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We have had the annual holiday lighting of campus, and the annual Holiday Showcase arts and crafts show is tomorrow in the Thompson Student Center ballroom. Things haven’t changed too much. The December 17, 1957 J-TAC stated:

“Christmas Decorations Adorn TSC Campus. The Christmas season found its’ way into the Tarleton State Camps last week over the campus. A lighted multi-color decoration was placed above the east gate entrance, lighted wreath burns each night in the area across from the Dining Hall, and another lighted figure is above the entrance to the Home Economics Building. Decorated Christmas trees are in the parlor of the Girls’ Dormitory, entrance to the Dining Hall, and the Registrar’s Office. “These decorations really help to create the Christmas spirit,” commented one student.”

Even the girls in the dorm got in the spirit as “Rudolph and Crew” for their 1956 Christmas party!

Check out the cleverly decorated mini-trees in the Dick Smith Library display case!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

From Warehouse to Our House - Part 4

How items are added to the Dick Smith Library Collection
Part 4 - Cataloging


Cataloging is a complex and sometimes confusing process. The goal is completeness and consistency, the latter so that one would (ideally) find the same basic information about the same item in whatever library one uses.

Catalog Librarian Melissa Cookson starts by wheeling a cart of newly-acquired items into her office. Most of the items are new additions to our library (rather than additional copies of something we already have, which require less cataloging). If the item is an EXACT match to something already in our collection (a second copy of the same edition, for example), she can skip down to the last step discussed below, adding another item record. If it’s not an exact match, a new bibliographic record must be added.

Melissa works with SmartPort, a part of Sirsi Workflows, our integrated library system (the software that drives our circulation and catalog systems). SmartPort links Workflows with OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a global, nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization, that provides, among other services, a bibliographic utility for libraries to share catalog records.

Melissa says, “I first do a search (usually on ISBN – International Book Standard Number) for the item. I look for a bibliographic record that is DLC (created/edited by the Library of Congress), has a call number, and matches the item in hand (title, author, publisher, year, edition).” She will try different searches (such as author or title, particularly if the item does not have an ISBN) to find the record that is the best possible match.

If she finds something she can work with, she posts our holding while she’s connected to OCLC through SmartPort. This is what allows you to search WorldCat, an online catalog of libraries worldwide that are members of OCLC, and see that Tarleton State University has the item. Then she captures the record, which loads it into Workflows, either adding it to our catalog system or overlaying a record already there (if one was created during the ordering process). Melissa adds, “If I can’t find something I can work with, then I’ll have to create a new record, either based on one that’s close to what I want, or entirely from scratch. This is a very time-consuming process, but I don’t have to do it often.”

The next step is to edit the local bibliographic record (which is not reflected in the record you see in WorldCat). Melissa checks “just about everything” in the MARC record that was downloaded through SmartPort. MARC is MAchine Readable Cataloging, a standardized format developed by the Library of Congress for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information of a cataloging record. The format facilitates storage, retrieval, and editing of bibliographic records in computerized (automated) library systems. “It’s all very nitpicky,” she says, but it’s important.

She then adds the 590 (a local) field to the record, which includes the date received, vendor, funding source, selector (if applicable), and item cost that were written in the book's gutter across from the copyright page (or, for audiovisual items, on the library pocket that was inserted) during receiving, as well as the barcode number. Two barcodes stickers are added to the item – one to the top right corner of the front cover, and one to the pocket that will be stuck inside the item.

She also writes the call number in the book on the page after the title page (usually – on the library pocket for AV items). The call numbers either come from OCLC or are generated by Melissa for bibliographic records she creates from scratch, sometimes with the help of a free online tool called The Cataloging Calculator. If the item is part of a particular collection (such as curriculum, audiovisuals, local history, or reference,) or of a particular type (CD, DVD, audiobook, teacher resource book, etc.), that becomes part of the beginning of the call number – for example, AV AUDIO for audiobooks, EDUC REF for reference books in the Curriculum Collection, etc.

The last step is to add the item record in Workflows, which will correspond with the barcode (one item record per barcode). Melissa includes the item’s price, barcode, the vendor if it’s Blackwell, and whether or not it’s a new title. She also assigns item type – most things are books, but we also have audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, maps, reference materials, and so on. The home and current location at this point is still INPROCESS. This is “where” the item will show up as being when you check our online catalog. Later the home location will be changed to wherever the item “lives” (Stacks on the third floor, Reference on the main floor, or the various collections on the lower level) – but that will happen in the next step, processing (next week!).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Study Tips


The last week of school! Can you believe it?

Here is a Top Ten list to help you through finals. From the College Lifestyle Blog – Top 10 Study Tips.


  1. Find a quiet area and ditch the distractions.

  2. Love your libraries.

  3. Make a schedule and stick with it until it becomes your routine.

  4. Set aside an hour or two each morning to study.

  5. Review your notes before and after class.

  6. Take a quick break after every 60 minutes of studying.

  7. Avoid "all-nighters."

  8. Snack healthy.

  9. Study in groups.

  10. Don't stress about studying.

Read the entire post to find out how each of these can help you study for finals.
GOOD LUCK on your exams!

Monday, December 1, 2008

34 Great Gifts You Can Make Yourself

I know, I know. You needed this BEFORE the Thanksgiving holiday, so you could fill your post-prandial idle time with plans and actions for gift-giving!!

Buzz over to Get Rich Slowly's blog DIY Christmas for ideas on MEANINGFUL Christmas presents that won't blow your budget. They may take time, however, so get some seasonal stress relief by getting started. I am hoping someone thinks of me when they see the recipe for Almond Roca!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

From Warehouse to Our House - Part 3

How items are added to the Dick Smith Library Collection
Part 3 - Acquisitions - Receiving Items


The receiving process for new books and other items at the library is rather complex, varying depending on the way the library acquires them: through the Blackwell approval plan, departmental budgets, the library’s budget for specialty items, and standing orders.

A standing order is one the library places to receive all parts of a multi-part work as volumes are published, such as multi-volume reference works, until a publisher or vendor is notified to cancel or the multi-part work is complete. When these items come in, the library’s Primary Standing Order list is updated with the received date and item cost from the invoice. A post-it note is placed in the front of each book with ‘SO’ and the vendor, the received date, and invoice cost. The invoices then go to Acquisitions Assistant Kay Wiley for payment in the university’s Financial Accounting Management Information System (FAMIS).

Acquisitions Librarian Jodee Tennyson, and Assistant Director for Monographs and Technical Services Glenda Stone handle the Blackwell approval plan books when they come in. They check the titles against the invoice included with the books. They write the invoice number and the date received on a card provided with each book, and then place the books with the cards on shelves sorted by academic department, where the library’s liaisons to those departments (and sometimes professors from those departments) review them and decide which to keep and which to send back. Again, the invoices go to Kay for posting in an Excel worksheet. Books that are sent back to Blackwell are credited back to our account with them so the money can be spent on other approval plan books.

Items that are ordered individually, whether from academic department or library funds, are given an “R number” by FAMIS, and this number is also entered into Workflows, our integrated library system (the software that drives our circulation and catalog systems), by Jodee. Kay posts the relevant information in the appropriate account worksheet and requests that the R number be changed to a P (purchase order) number in FAMIS. All the paperwork is labeled and filed, and then Kay and her student workers wait for the books to come in.

Orders come into the University’s Central Receiving department, and then to the library where the delivery form is dated and signed. Kay and her workers unpack shipments and place them on a book truck with the shipping forms. Items are matched against the invoices and/or packing list, and the item’s paperwork is pulled from the files and updated with the received date and the item’s cost, and Workflows is updated to show that the item has been received. When the invoice is received for the items Kay then will process the invoice for payment.

A library pocket is inserted or paper-clipped to the books or audiovisual items along with relevant paperwork. Audiobooks with more than four discs are put into a vinyl binder with cloth sleeves for the CDs, and the cardboard case the audiobook came in is cut apart and inserted in the outer cover sleeve of the binder. The date received, vendor, funding source, selector (if applicable), and item cost are also written in the book's gutter across from the copyright page (or, for audiovisual items, on the library pocket that was inserted). Then the items are moved to cataloging – this step will be discussed next week.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday – Thanksgiving Movies

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Here is a list of Thanksgiving movies for top ten Tuesday. Take some time over the break to relax and enjoy one or two!

From Kaboose movie expert Jane Louise Boursaw, her picks for the top Thanksgiving-themed movies of all time:

  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Pieces of April
  • Mouse on the Mayflower
  • The New World
  • Holiday for Drumsticks
  • The Little Orphan
  • Dutch
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Pocahontas
  • Home For the Holidays

Again, Happy Thanksgiving! Remember many library materials are available from off-campus. The library will reopen at 12 noon on Sunday, November 30 with extended hours to get you ready for final exams.

Friday, November 21, 2008

National Stress Out Day


What do you get when you mix a national financial crisis, winter holidays and final exams? A heaping portion of S-T-R-E-S-S.

Active Minds, a national mental health organization on college campuses, created National Stress Out Day (Week of April 20-24, 2009). It "provides a pre-finals stress reliever and...[educates] students with information about stress management, anxiety and related disorders." Activities include a national Screamfest, recess for adults and other stress-relieving activities.

Can't wait till April? Find stress relief now...at the library.

1. Music: Listen to one of our several hundred CDs and cassettes ranging from classical music to rock (lower floor) .

2. Movies: After your last exam, get a movie or catch up on your favorite TV shows (lower floor).

3. Get organized: Fight procrastination with time management books, available online or on the shelves (upper floor).

4. Reduce road rage: Stuck in traffic? Try an audio book (lower floor).

5. Brush up on your favorite hobby, from karate to photography to holiday baking (upper floor).

6. Free your Mind: Read something frivolous and stress-free. Grab a mystery novel from the student lounge (main floor) or general collection (upper floor: PS 3500). Browse through popular magazines like Sports Illustrated or Vogue on the main floor or online. Too tired to move?Try our e-books.

Don't forget that we have extended hours during Finals week.

Photo
by BrittneyBush; licensed by Creative Commons.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?


The November 12, 1957 J-TAC stated:

Rain of Rivets Presents Hazard To Parked Cars – Officials of Tarleton State today asked students and college employees not to park on Lillian Street near the water tower between 8 and 5 p.m. this week since falling rivets are likely to damage the cars. The tower is being torn down and rivets are falling in the area in front of the Dean of Men’s residence.

The 75,000 gallon tank, erected in 1937, is one of the few remaining vestiges of John Tarleton Agricultural College. That name is painted on the side of the tank. Standing 100 feet high, the tower served Tarleton until a larger tank was built.The tank was recently sold to the Mineral Wells Salvage Co. which in turn sold it to A.H. Fields of the Pioneer Contracting Co. in Gladewater. Fields, who is in charge of the salvage crew said the tank will probably be repaired and erected in some small town.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

From Warehouse to Our House: Part 2

How items are added to the Dick Smith Library Collection
Part 2 - Acquisitions - Ordering Items


Last week’s post was about selection of items the library acquires through the Blackwell approval plan, CHOICE cards and departmental budgets, and other specialty materials through Baker and Taylor and other vendors. Purchase orders are issued to encumber the funds for these items and provide the state authority to purchase them. We receive discounts thanks to agreements the state, the Texas A&M University System, and Tarleton have negotiated with various vendors.

Approval plan books that we keep are charged against the approval plan budget. The budget is allocated with 40% spent in the fall semester, 40% in the spring, and 20% in the summer. Departments must spend the money in their budgets by Spring Break. That’s also the deadline for most specialty materials. Acquisitions Assistant Kay Wiley, along with Administrative Services Coordinator Linda Land, are responsible for this tracking.

In all cases (approval plan, departmental budget orders, or specialty materials), Acquisitions Librarian Jodee Tennyson creates an order record in Workflows, our integrated library system (the software that drives our circulation and catalog systems). This allows all staff to know that an item has been ordered, and creates a tracking mechanism for it, as well as simplifying cataloging (part 4!) down the line. The bibliographic information for the item is pulled from the Library of Congress and into Workflows.

Books and other materials are also obtained through donations. The library will accept donations of materials in good condition, with the understanding that we are not obligated to include them in our collections. Items that are not added to the collection are generally given to the Friends of the Dick Smith Library, a nonprofit organization that holds a book sale each summer. Profits from the sale are used to fund special programs and purchase items the library needs – including more books and other materials!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 Thanksgiving Books

It is Top Ten Tuesday again…and almost turkey time. If you have all your class work caught up, you might want to take a moment to read about one of the greatest American holidays - Thanksgiving! Here are the Top Ten Thanksgiving books from about.com

  1. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by by Louisa May Alcott.

  2. Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme by by David W. Pao.

  3. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen.

  4. Book of Thanksgiving by Jessica Faust

  5. The First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson.

  6. The Pilgrims and Pocahontas: Rival Myths of American Origin by Ann Uhry Abrams.

  7. William Bradford's Books: Of Plimmoth Plantation and the Printed Word by Douglas Anderson.

  8. Don't Know Much About the Pilgrims by Kenneth C. Davis.

  9. Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth.

  10. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine Grace

Read this article from ABOUT.COM to find out what makes these books special…and how they relate to Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tips for avoiding tricksters

In "5 'DISPOSABLE' Web Accounts to Keep Your Identity Safe", Aibek of makeuseof.com explains several "throwaway" web tools that can help you deal with spam, eliminate telemarketing calls, and protect yourself against identity theft:

  • Disposable email accounts
  • Disposable phone numbers
  • Disposable login details
  • Disposable name and address generators
  • Disposable file sharing

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fun With Firefox

Maybe you've heard of or used the internet browser Firefox. But are you maximizing its potential by using add-ons?

Add-ons for Students:

Delicious Bookmarks: Delicious is a social bookmarking site that lets you bookmark and organize websites of interest; the add-on speeds up the process.

Facebook Toolbar: Use Facebook without leaving your current page.

Internote: Post "sticky notes" on web pages.

MeeTimer: Track, time and group your online activity...and eliminate procrastination.

Reminder Fox: Never forget important dates or tasks again.

Zotero: Collect and manage citation information from your browser.

Searches

Adding Search Engines: IMDB, Flickr, Webster's and dozens of other search engines are available.

Google Preview: See thumbnails of your search results.

Hyperwords: Highlight any online text (linked or not) and search for news, images, definitions, translations, photos, videos, blog entries, maps or shopping links.

Media:

Cool Iris: Save and share photos and video using a gorgeous interface and cool "3D wall" effect.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?


Stephenville Recreation Hall
The November 12, 1957 J-TAC stated:

"Almost anytime of the day the Rec Hall juke box will be playing the number one hit tune of the day, You Send Me by Sam Cooke. This song seems to be the favorite. Running a close second is My Special Angel by Bobby Day. But the rock and roll fans are not left out completely. Elvis Presley has two new hit records out from his new movie Jailhouse Rock, the title tune and Treat Me Nice. Little Bitty Pretty One by Thurston Harris seems to be right on top with Presley's records. A great follow up to Bye, Bye Love by the Everly Brothers is Wake Up Little Susie. The tune is all the rage around Tarleton these days."


Did you know that Elvis Presley performed at the Stephenville Recreation Hall with the Blackwood Brothers the morning of July 4, 1955! After the concert in Stephenville, they performed in the afternoon in De Leon!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

From Warehouse to Our House: Part 1

How items are added to the Dick Smith Library Collection
Part 1 - Acquisitions - Selecting Items


Books get selected for the library in a number of different ways. The library has an approval plan set up with one of our main vendors, Blackwell. Based on a carefully developed (and often tweaked) “profile” of the library’s needs, Blackwell sends us a number of books each week in a variety of disciplines. The librarians review the books for the departments for which they are liaisons, and sometimes faculty members from those departments review the books as well. Books that are rejected get sent back to Blackwell, those that are to be added move to the next step (next week!). In general, with a well-developed profile, the library will keep about 95% of the books sent through the approval plan and only reject about 5%.

Each department in the university also has a budget to purchase books (or other materials – Fine Arts purchases a lot of music CDs, for example). The budget is based on enrollment in its courses as well as a number of other factors. Acquisitions Librarian Jodee Tennyson sorts through a bundle of “CHOICE cards” sent to her each month. These cards include bibliographic information as well as a review of the book from CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association. Jodee sends the cards to the faculty representative to the University’s Library Committee for the applicable departments, so they are aware of newly published materials in their fields. Departments are also able to order other materials, which Jodee will search for with Blackwell or our other main vendor, Baker and Taylor (B&T), as well as Amazon or specialty vendors if needed.

The library also has budgets for some specialty materials, like children’s literature for the curriculum collection, audiovisual (AV) materials (particularly audiobooks), and state-adopted textbooks for use in public schools for prekindergarten though 12th grade. Amanda Pape, Special Services Librarian, gets to select these items! In the case of the state-adopted textbooks, she works off the Instructional Materials Bulletin, a list of state-approved textbooks provided by the Texas Education Agency. She has to contact the textbook publishers or their depositories in Texas and obtain prices (since we pay for one student edition and one teacher edition of most titles adopted in the state) Once she gets pricing, Jodee and Acquisitions Assistant Kay Wiley actually place the orders (step 2 – next week!).

The children’s literature and AV are more fun. Amanda selects a lot of award-winning children’s books as well as audiobooks for all ages. She searches for the items on , which requires a login to create a “cart.” The main limits are that the item be currently in stock, and preferably available in a hardbound edition (for books, since children’s paperback books don’t last long) or unabridged CDs (for audiobooks). She adds the items she wants to order to her cart, with tags in the notes field to remind her why she ordered them (the children’s literature class needs a lot of picture books in different genres, for example).
screenshot of item in a sample "cart"

Once she has completed a cart, Amanda e-mails it to Jodee, who adds the required information to actually place the order. Ordering books will be discussed next week!

[This is the first of a five-part series on how items are added to the Dick Smith Library collection. Check back next Wednesday for Part 2 - Ordering.]

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Internet Search Engines and Directories

Do you use the internet? Do you know where to go to find information that is useful and easy to locate? It's Top Ten Tuesday again, so I thought I would share the "Top Internet Search Engines and Directories" from SearchEngineWatch.com

Some of the others mentioned are Lycos, Netscape Search, and Open Directory. To read the entire article and find out why/how your favorite was ranked, go to http://searchenginewatch.com/2156221

One of the metasearch engines I use most did not make the list at all – DogPile.com! Do you have a favorite Internet Search tool? Post a comment and share it with other library users. I bet they will appreciate the help!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mr. President-Elect, Thanks for asking...

Woohoo, the airwaves are no longer filled with campaign rhetoric. However, now that the election is over, it is time to put that revitalized civic interest to good use. There is work to be done, and Uncle Sam needs YOU, your views, your input, your elbow grease.

But what should be done first? Worldchanging.com asked "the smartest, most interesting people [they] know to answer the following question":

In 100 words or less, what should the next president do in his first 100 days to address the planet's most pressing problems?


Click here to see the fascinating answers--and you can comment there as well.

Wouldn't it be awesome for your phone to ring, and President-Elect Obama was on the line, asking YOU what you believe are the the most pressing issues and how do you suggest he handle them? So, I ask you, members of the Tarleton community: What do you suggest?

(Personally, I am going to hop over to 350.org and post an invitation to him to the UN Climate meetings.)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?














On November 9, 1956 the “new” library was dedicated with over 1000 in attendance. This “new” library was the first time the Tarleton library had its’ own building. The Dick Smith Library has had two additions, in 1968 and in 1985, and a complete renovation and addition in 2006. The original 1956 portion of the building still exists in the center of the building.

In November 2006 a rededication ceremony was held to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the original building and the completion of the renovation and addition. The 1956 time capsule and a new 2006 time capsule were set in the foyer to be opened in fifty years.

For more information about the history of the Dick Smith Library read Frank Chamberlain’s narrative The Many Homes of the Tarleton Library in the library Cross Timbers Historic Images Project database:
http://www.tarleton.edu/~crosstimbersimages/collections/tcollection/tan00026.html
The entire Cross Timbers Historic Images Project is available from the library home page.
http://www.tarleton.edu/~library

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Nicole Young

Nicole Young
Non-Clerical Assistant I
254-526-1618
Room 113, Bldg 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Tarleton Central Texas Campus
Killeen, Texas

I started working for the Tarleton Central Texas library in the spring of 2006 as a student worker. However, this year I was promoted to Non-Clerical Assistant. My job duties have been pretty much the same over the past couple years – shelving, circulation desk duties, book processing – but I was recently given the job of sorting mail, which is a lot more responsibility than you’d think! I decided, since there’s paperwork involved, it’s an important job. ;)

As of this past summer, I am a graduate of Tarleton State University! It’s very exciting to be finished with school, but filling out job applications and submitting resumes – the infamous job hunt – is just about as fun as studying for tests and writing papers. My degree is in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Sociology. I have no clue what career I want to pursue, but I do know that I want to do something that makes a difference, whether big or small, to someone. I love making people laugh, preferably not at me. Photography is my passion. I quote movies in daily conversation. My life definitely has a soundtrack.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Top 10 Tuesday - Top 10 Reasons to Vote

This might be the best/most useful Top Ten Tuesday ever! Please go VOTE!
(taken from the Douglas County, Nevada election website)

10. It's your money. The county commissioners, governor, state officials, legislators, president and members of Congress you vote for will decide how much of our wealth to invest in public services and how to fairly share the tax burden.

9. It's your education. You elect local and state school board members who set public education policy and budgets that will affect how well prepared your children and grandchildren will be for the future. Decisions by our legislators, governor, members of Congress and president also affect the public schools-- and the quality and cost of higher education as well.

8. It's your job. Congress, the president, the governor and your legislators influence what job training is available, minimum wage, pay equity, fairness in hiring, health insurance through your employer, job and pension security, and workplace safety.

7. It's your health care. Actions by the governor, legislature and Congress as well as their decisions on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance laws determine your access to health care.

6. They're your highways. Population and traffic are growing rapidly. Your county commissioners, legislators, governor and members of Congress decide what highways are needed, what alternatives to highways such as public transit to support, and how to pay the bill.

5. It's your Social Security. The president and your members of Congress decide how much payroll tax you pay, cost of living increases and benefit schedules for your Social Security pension, and what Medicare services you receive and share payment for.

4. It's your country. Your county, state and national elected officials set standards, enforcement strategies and budgets. They plan and zone where roads and industries will be built and how public lands will be used --decisions that can determine how and where you live and work.

3. It's your neighborhood. The elected officials and judges you vote to retain make daily decisions about crime prevention, laws and law enforcement, safe and affordable homes, traffic patterns, where to put schools, parks and recreation.

2. They're our children. We do our best to keep them healthy, fed, safe, educated and cared for. The officials you elect can help or hinder all families in achieving their goals and dreams.

1. It's your democracy. Make it work. Register and Vote.

Monday, November 3, 2008

You are OUT of TIME

Yep, the election is upon us. Where, oh, where to find quick, unbiased information on all these candidates? May I suggest the League of Women Voters. From their material, "The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that works to promote political responsibility through active, informed participation of all citizens in their government...The Voters Guide lists candidates for the Presidency of the United States as well as statewide races for U.S. Senator, Railroad Commissioner, Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeal districts, as well as the State Board of Education."

Questions on energy, healthcare, immigration and education were posed to all the candidates, and their very concise thumbnail answers are posted at League of Women Voters Voters Guide. Non-partisan. Really. Pick your state, and learn.

This is your opportunity to be heard. And, or course, if you do not exercise your privilege and responsibility of voting, IMHO, you lose your right to complain.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?


Pearl Wylie Cage, of the Stephenville banking and railroad Cage family, was instrumental in raising the money needed for John Tarleton College to join the A & M System. She discovered that the funds raised did not meet the goal and while in New York she persuasively presented the dilemma to her friend Edgar L. Marston and his family. He was the owner of the Texas Pacific Coal and Mining Company in Thurber. The Marston family provided the rest of the money, and on February 20, 1917, the bill passed in the Texas Legislature to make John Tarleton College a branch of A & M. and was to be called John Tarleton Agricultural College. (Guthrie, John Tarleton and His Legacy, p.39)

Find out more about Pearl Wylie Cage, and other “spirits” in the history of Stephenville and Erath County this Sunday, November 2, 2008 across the street at the West End Cemetery. The 2nd Spirits of Erath Cemetery Walk begins at 2 P.M., so be on time! In addition to Pearl, the walk will feature more Stephenville and Erath County notables portrayed by local actors and actresses dressed in period attire. The spirit walk is a joint fundraiser for the Friends of the Tarleton Dick Smith Library and the Friends of the Stephenville Public Library. Admission is $5.00 per person!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Meet Our Staff: David Davis

David H. Davis
Graduate Assistant
254-968-9249
st_ddavis08@tarleton.edu
Reference & Information Desk
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor

Hi! I often get comments of looking like Robin Williams. (I'm sure they meant Robert Redford, right?) In actuality, I'm the new Graduate Assistant working at the Reference & Information Desk on the main floor of the Dick Smith Library. I’m there Sundays from 8 PM to midnight, Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 PM to midnight, Fridays from 4 to 8 PM, and Wednesdays from 10 AM to noon.

A majority of the questions at the Reference & Information Desk are of a technical nature. However, it's always fun to help (even more rewarding to find) answers to reference questions. In general, I enjoy assisting students, working with the student workers, and the great staff here at Dick Smith Library.

My full-time job is as a graduate biology student combining coursework in biology and wildlife sciences. For the past couple of years, I have researched an endangered bird species, the black-capped vireo, that makes Texas its spring and summer home.

After living in 14 states, I am now making Texas my home. When I have free time, I enjoy not reading, catching up on my sleep, bicycling, and exploring the places and people of Texas. So far, I've enjoyed: fishing the clear waters near Port Aransas, spotting new 'Life' birds, 'winged-flowers' (aka butterflies), and dragonflies of the Rio Grande Valley, snow in the Davis Mountains, and the exposed geological history and beautiful sunsets at Caprock.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday - Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat!
I's Top Ten Tuesday again! I thought we would celebrate the upcoming Holiday. If you want your house to be a hit this Halloween, you might stock up on what Lycos found to be the most searched for Halloween Candy last year:
  1. Tootsie Roll
  2. Hershey's Milk Chocolate
  3. Nestle Crunch
  4. Nerds
  5. Hot Tamales
  6. Candy Corn
  7. Snickers Bar
  8. Baby Ruth
  9. Reese's Pieces
  10. Almond Joy

I like anything chocolate – Reese's Cups are my favorite. What is yours? Post a comment and let us know…who knows you might find a sample around here on Thursday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

American Archives month

October 2008 is American Archives month. Don't miss out!

LIBRARY RESOURCES:

Cross Timbers Historic Images Project
A “collection of 19th and 20th century historic images from the Cross Timbers area of Central Texas.”

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (lower floor): An extensive collection of Tarleton and Texas historical, including archives of the J-TAC dating from 1919.

LIBRARY DATABASES (partial list):

Archive of Americana
“Tens of millions of pages of primary documents” such as “historical newspapers, books, broadsides, ephemera, government publications.”

In the First Person
“Index to English language personal narratives...letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories."

Texas Digital Sanborn maps
"(The maps) chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities.”

Digital National Security Archives
"Declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.”

LOCAL RESOURCES:
W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas
Contains local information about the history of Thurber as well as a life-sized stage coach and oil derrick.

OTHER RESOURCES:

Library of Congress American memory
Collections can be browsed by time period, region and format.

National Public Radio’s Story Core Project
To date, tens of thousands of interviews have been archived and a book has been created.

September 11 Digital Archive
“More than 150,000 digital items.”

Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Dedicated to the preservation of Texas film heritage. Contains a searchable video library.

Social Networking - Do you twitter?



According to a recent
Nielsen report
, Twitter.com, Tagged.com and Ning are the fastest growing U.S. social networking sites. The analysis ranks social networks by year-over-year unique audience growth. Between September 2007 and September 2008, Twitter showed a 343% growth rate, Tagged.com 330%, and Ning 251%.



Which Social Networking sites do you use? Do you u
se them only for fun or for work and school? Post a comment and let us know your favorite and how you use it!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Going Green?

Trying to go green but don't know how?
Check out Wikia Green - here you learn about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, get information about hybrid cars, get tips on eating green, or find out where to purchase green clothing and accessories. There is also a link to other green blogs for more information.

Want to get more involved? Help out with stubs - Stubs are short articles that can use more content. Take a look at the stubs on Green Wikia and share your knowledge wherever you are inspired!

The content is written from a green point of view, focusing on things you can do. So if your thinking of going green -- check it out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Tarleton athletics was in the beginning stages of development in the early 1900s! "Begun in 1901, these football, baseball, and track meets were held on an intramural basis. It was not until 1904 when Tarleton joined the West Texas College League that the school’s organized athletic tradition officially began."

"These early teams did not possess an official name. A campus legend contends that in 1925, Athletic Director W.J. Wisdom offered a five-dollar prize to the person who thought of the best mascot for the teams. However, Wisdom himself came up with the title of Plowboys.” (Chamberlain, The Early Years of Tarleton Athletics, Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historic Images Project)

In October 1908, one hundred years ago this month, Tarleton held a track meet. Our library website has a photograph of this track meet which shows how the people, the area, and our campus looked 100 years ago! To view this photograph, and to read the narrative The Early Years of Tarleton Athletics, by Frank Chamberlain in its' entirety, go to the Dick Smith Library homepage and under Special Collections, click on Cross Timbers Historic Images Project. Search by: John Tarleton College Track Meet 1908. (http://www.tarleton.edu/~library )

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Melissa Cookson

Melissa Cookson
Catalog Librarian
254-968-9339
cookson@tarleton.edu
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Rm109J

I began working at the library on October 1, 2008. As the Catalog Librarian, my job primarily involves cataloging library materials (books, DVDs, audio books, etc.) and maintaining records that are already in the catalog. In addition, I’m the liaison to the Biological Sciences Department.

As a student at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, I majored in Anthropology and minored in German, but I also took courses in a wide variety of other subjects, such as psychology, Chinese art history, and Japanese culture. I received my Master’s in Library Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. My cataloging courses were always some of my favorites, so I’m happy to be here, doing what I love best. Prior to coming to the Dick Smith Library, I worked as a Cataloging Assistant at Colorado College’s Tutt Library and volunteered as a computer class assistant for the Pikes Peak Library District.

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading. My favorite genres are romance, fantasy, mystery, and science fiction. I’m a huge fan of Japanese animation and manga – if I haven’t already seen or read something, I’ve probably at least heard about it or know where to find information about it. I also love rats and have had pet rats off and on for several years. Currently, I have two boys named Bear and Yuki.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday – Items checked out

Today's Top Ten is in reverse order.

Here is a list of the items that have circulated the most since 2002. Find your favorite item in the library, check it out and raise its ranking! I bet you can guess the number one item(s)…

10. WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE'S EARS - 157
9. Are you there God? It's me, Margaret - 162
8. The very busy spider - 168
7. The legend of the bluebonnet - 170
6. State Board of Education rules for curriculum - 243
5. The Mental measurements yearbook - 577
4. Graph theory - 288
3. Essays in law and politics - 661
2. Dictionary of occupational titles - 719
1. Laptops - 13,237

Over 4,457 items have been checked out already this semester! (not counting laptops) You guys are really getting after your assignments.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Learn a new language online

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language?

Check out http://www.livemocha.com/. Livemocha is a free interactive online community that includes lessons, a diverse community, chat and motivational tools to keep you on track in learning a new language. You can connect with native speakers to guide to through the process.

You can also be a guide to others by rating and correcting other members that are learning your native language.

Espero que te diviertas!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

One of the Tarleton former J-TAC staff members being honored at Homecoming this year is Jerry Flemmons. He attended Tarleton from 1954-56, and went on to have a long career in journalism. He worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for thirty years in several different capacities. Jerry was a police reporter, features, writer, columnist, and retired in 1997 as the travel editor. He also authored several books including Amon, the life of Amon Carter, Sr. of Texas, Plowboys, Cowboys, and Slanted Pigs, and Texas Siftings.

While on the Fort Worth Star Telegram staff, Jerry Flemmons covered the Kennedy assassination, served as one of Lee Harvey Oswald’s pall bearers, and was the first reporter to climb to the top of the University of Texas tower following Charles Whitman’s 1966 shooting rampage.

Born and raised in Erath County, Flemmons was quarterback for Tarleton’s 1954 winning football team. At the time of his death, in September 1999, he was a writer in residence for Tarleton State University!

Come to the Dick Smith Library and take a look at some of his books and articles in the Fort Worth Star Telegram! There was also a nice article in this past Monday's Stephenville Empire Tribune about the former Grassburr and JTAC staff who are being honored at Homecoming, including a photo of Jerry Flemmons when he attended Tarleton!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Yvonne Mulhern

Yvonne Mulhern
Instruction Librarian
254-968-9934
mulhern@tarleton.edu
Dick Smith Library – Main Level – room 110B

I am the new Outreach/Reference Librarian. Some of my duties include promoting the library, providing research assistance and teaching information-seeking skills. I’m also the English and Foreign Languages faculty liaison. I recently moved here from San Antonio.

My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I taught secondary English and theater arts for several years. I was also a library supervisor at a technical college and a volunteer at the San Antonio Central Library where I created web pages, assisted patrons and organized archival collections. I have a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas at Denton. Some of my interests include improvisational theater, detective novels, Web 2.0 and old movies. I also love animals.

Everyone at Tarleton — staff, students, faculty — has been so supportive and welcoming. I’m really glad to be here.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 useful moves in MS Office

It's top ten Tuesday again!

From Philip Su, principal software engineer at Microsoft. Here are his "10 most useful secret ninja moves to increase your productivity and win friends and lovers." - Be sure and go to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102750211033.aspx . They have text and pictures to help you learn about these features and tips! There are even more helpful hints in the comments!

I really love numbers 6 and 8!!!

1: Format painter (Office)
2: Paragraph in/out/up/down (Office)
3: Increase or decrease font size (Office)
4: Quick Access Toolbar (Office)
5: Fill handle (Excel)
6: Moving and copying cells by dragging selection borders (Excel)
7: Status bar statistics (Excel)
8: Clear formatting (Word and PowerPoint)
9: Advanced field search (Outlook)
10: Presenter view (PowerPoint)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Information Overload: How to Cope

Instant messages, text messages, phone calls, voice mail, work/school/personal emails, listserv messages, social network messages and status updates, RSS feeds, letters, junk mail, periodical articles, reports, books, book chapters, and the list goes on and on. All contribute to information overload, which is not a new concept. People have been feeling the effects of information overload since the 16th and 17th centuries "as books and written information became more widely produced and disseminated."

With the digital revolution of the 20th century "the amount of information flowing into our lives has increased exponentially." And, we're all feeling the effects, which are sometimes significant:

  • stress,
  • reduced analytical skills,
  • difficulty getting organised, setting priorities, and managing time,
  • decreased productivity, and
  • diminished performance.

In "Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload" (Ariadne, July 30, 2008), Sarah Houghton-Jan examines the evolution of information overload, presents studies discussing the effects of information overload, and offers ten strategies for managing and coping with various types of informational overload:

  1. General Organisational Techniques
  2. Filtering Information Received
  3. RSS Overload Techniques
  4. Interruptive Technology Overload Techniques
  5. Phone Overload Techniques
  6. Email Overload Techniques
  7. Print Media Overload Techniques
  8. Multimedia Overload Techniques
  9. Social Network Overload Techniques
  10. Time and Stress Management

The strategies in this article (yes, another piece of information to deal with) may be just what's needed as we all try to stay caught up in the Information Age.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?















The first Grassburr was published in 1916. It included a listing of all the John Tarleton College alums from the first graduating class in 1903 through the 1915 graduates. The editor, F. Paul Williams, stated that “Time has added another year to the history of John Tarleton College. We have endeavored to make this volume of The Grassburr a representative of the year for every student to remember his pleasures and friends by. We have worked faithfully to publish a book that we will be justly proud of. To what extent we have accomplished this, let time and posterity decide.”

In 1901 the male and female literary societies worked together to produce the John Tarleton, a monthly campus literary journal. In 1904 it became a 2 page weekly news sheet called The Tarletonite. The October 12, 1905 issue stated that John Tarleton President “Edgar Bramlette spent Saturday morning on the Bosque looking for snails, craw fish, et cetera.” It also stated that "Tarleton College will open the season in a game with Howard Payne College next Saturday." In 1919 The Tarletonite’ name was changed to the JTAC.

Homecoming 2008 will feature a reunion of the Grassburr and JTAC staff from 1953-1958. Stuart Chilton has located many of the former staff members and this will be a great homecoming for them. The Dick Smith Library staff organized a display in their honor in the Thompson Student Center lobby next to the post office. Stop by and take a look!