Friday, February 29, 2008

Youth vote matters to candidates

The electoral landscape looks like it may be changing as candidates work hard to earn the votes of the under 30 crowd. Some of the issues concerning today's younger voters are the rising cost of college tuition, student loans and global warming. As the Texas primary approaches, who gets your vote?

Check out Elizabeth Holmes' article in the Wall Street Journal: Young America May Lift Democrats, Shape Agendas.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Stacy Ferrell

Stacy Ferrell
Acquisitions Specialist
Room 113, Bldg 102
Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library
Tarleton Central Texas Campus
Killeen, Texas

I am a Library Specialist II at Tarleton Library-Central Texas in Killeen and have worked for Tarleton for over eight years. I began as a circulation and periodicals clerk, moved on to interlibrary loan assistant, and am currently responsible for purchasing, acquisitions, and library payables and receivables. In short, this means that I am cross-trained to do almost everything except cataloging and reference!

Prior to working for Tarleton, I spent ten years as a teacher’s assistant for Copperas Cove Independent School District. There I worked with children from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade in the computer lab. It’s an odd feeling seeing those same faces as college students now at the library.

I have an Associate in Applied Sciences degree from Central Texas College in Business Management with honors.

I participate in community service and am trained as a Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. I have enjoyed building and repairing homes with the Habitat for Humanity and 8 Days of Hope organizations. I also get pleasure from “improving” my home. Last year my husband and I laid new laminate wood flooring, a weekend project that took eight days to complete!

I use interlibrary loans often to obtain most of my reading materials. I like to read murder mysteries, fiction and nonfiction, as well as health-related and home-improvement material.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Social Networks & Privacy

Much has been said and written about social networking (Facebook, blogs, MySpace, etc.) regarding privacy concerns (personal safety, identity theft, etc.). Lately, these conversations have focused on another topic -- the effects that online activities can have on employment (current and future).

Several campus venues have been used to inform the Tarleton community about these effects. For example, Career Services in the Division of Student Life has offered workshops, seminars, and presentations about "cleaning up digital dirt."

The articles listed below provide more information about this timely topic. Take a look.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Daphne Hunt

Daphne Hunt
University Web Administrator
Dick Smith Library – Upper Level – room 248

I am Daphne Hunt, the University Web Administrator. I work in the Web Services office, which is on the upper level in the library. I have worked at Tarleton since 2004, starting as a student worker, and then becoming a graduate assistant. I received my Bachelor of Applied Science in 2005 and Master of Information Systems in 2006, both from Tarleton. I came to Web Services as a Web Designer in October 2006, and was promoted to my current position in September 2007.

As the University Web Administrator, I develop and articulate the overall focus and concept for the university web site and pages. Our department creates web sites and web applications for departments and organizations, assists students, faculty, and staff with creating and maintaining Tarleton-based web pages, and offers training in web design and development. We are currently working on a brand-new homepage for Tarleton, and are very excited about the prospect of giving Tarleton’s web presence a brand new look.

I love watching TV, and a couple of my favorite shows are American Idol and Lost. I also love sci-fi/horror films and books. I am a new mom to a wonderful little girl named Ava, and have been married for close to four years. Please feel welcome to come up to our office and say “Hello” anytime!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sometimes the clearest answer is a MAP

Check out
100 Things To Do with Google Maps Mashups - gmapsmania!
This site can help you simulate a flood to show damage effects, see where UFOs have been sighted (not complete: no record for Stephenville when I checked!), find the nearest Starbucks, and best, make your OWN Google maps mashup!! And 96 other Cool Maps...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Cathy Hare

Cathy Hare
Reference Specialist
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – room 110

My name is Cathy Hare. I have been at Tarleton for twenty-four years. I started as a Clerk-Typist in Periodicals, moved to half-time in Reference/Periodicals, became full-time in Reference, and was recently reclassified from a Library Assistant III to Library Specialist I.

I file legal inserts as well as answer questions about databases and help people find books and periodicals. I work at the main floor reference desk from 7:30 until 9 AM Monday through Friday. You can find me at the upper level reference desk Monday through Friday from 10 to 11:30 AM and from 1 to 2:30 PM.

I graduated from Cisco Junior College and Howard Payne University, majoring in English, and went to Tarleton one summer. I have two cats at my folks’ home, love jazz and reading mysteries.

My message: Come see us at the library, we are a jovial group! We will make your day!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Undecided about your Career???

Undecided about your Career?

US News & World Report recently issued the "Best Careers for 2008." If you like to write, try "ghostwriting or "editor." Are you good with math? Become an "engineer" or "investment banker." Or would you rather work with people in a career in the "clergy" or as a "politician." And if you want to stay in college forever, then "professor" or "higher education administrator" is perfect for you. Check out the entire article at:

Friday, February 8, 2008

Be my Valentine

Valentine’s Day is approaching and many of us are thinking about our loved ones, but do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Check out this video clip on the History of Valentine’s Day @

Need to get inspired?
Here are just a few suggestions from our collection:

Personal Author: Aron, Paul, 1956 Sept. 15-
Title: Count the ways [electronic resource]: the greatest love stories of our time / Paul Aron.

Personal Author: Shafer, Ken, 1970-
Title: Happy together [computer file]: 500 things to do for and with your sweetheart / Ken Shafer ; illustrated by Tom Szafranski.

Books to Checkout
Title: Nothing but you : love stories from the New Yorker / edited by Roger Angell.
Location: STACKS

Personal Author: Fisher, Helen E.
Title: Why we love : the nature and chemistry of romantic love / Helen Fisher.
Location: STACKS

Also, checkout our lobby display of the 100 Greatest Love Poems Ever Written!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Kris Hendon

Kris Hendon
Access Services Specialist
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – room 109G

I started working in libraries in 1985. I worked for the Brazoria (Texas) County Library system for three years, then the Lake Charles (Louisiana) Parish library system for six years, and I have been here at the Dick Smith Library for 13 years. Here at Dick Smith I have worked in many departments: Library Administration, Periodicals, Circulation, and now Access Services/ ILL (interlibrary loan).

My primary function is to process all interlibrary loan requests for students, distance learners, faculty, staff, and Killeen division exchange, so that they receive their items in a timely manner. I compile statistics and train student workers.

My hobbies are reading, travel, gardening, collecting milk glass, and being a grandmother to five grandkids!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Product Recalls -- Stay informed

Want to know about product recalls: What? When? What next?
Check out the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's site. "You can find information on over 4,000 product recalls and recall alerts" through a variety of ways.

Each of these formats lets you get recall summaries and product safety news. Stay informed!