Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Marie Neumann

Marie Neumann
Catalog Librarian
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Rm109J

Marie has been the Dick Smith Library’s Catalog Librarian since May 1, 2001. Her duties include copy cataloging (of items for which a catalog record already exists in the world) of all materials using the library’s SIRSI SmartPort software. She provides descriptive cataloging of items when a record is not available.

Marie is originally from the former Czechoslovakia, now known as the Czech Republic. She has lived in the United States since 1981. She obtained her first masters degree in library and information science from Charles University in Prague. She earned a second masters in library science from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania to learn the “American way” for cataloging and reference resources.

Marie is the library’s liaison to the Fine Arts Department and the Communications Studies Department. When not at work (cataloging, two hours a week at the reference desk, and participating in committees), Marie likes animals, good music, watching movies, and reading.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Study skills & stress management for exam week

With Final Exams coming up I wanted to share a great web site to help get everyone through!

Study Tips for Finals: Study skills & stress management for exam week- This site has really good information about the following topics and more.
  • Time management.
  • Schedule in study breaks. (With a link to 'Great Study Breaks')
  • Schedule in sleep.
  • Exercise.
  • Prioritize.
  • Form effective study groups. (With a link to 'Effective Study Groups')
  • Free your schedule.
  • Ask your professor for help.
  • Keep things in perspective.
The website even shows related articles about "How to Pull an All Nighter", "Multiple Choice Test Tips", and "How to take effective class notes".

Take a look...and GOOD LUCK with Finals Exams!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Living Green

Continuing the Earth Day theme, here are some books that will help you understand WHY it is so important to change our ways. Kermit the Frog has told us that it's not easy being green. These books inform us that it will be much worse if we choose NOT to be 'green'.

Porritt. Capitalism as if the world matters (HC79.E5 P667 2007 in the Dick Smith Library) and
Sachs. Common Wealth: Economics for a crowded planet.

Our real enemy is not a political one, but ourselves, because we ignore the perils of climate change. You may have heard of an ancient Pogo cartoon 'We have Met the Enemy and He Is Us'. We may have a little time to change the direction our world has taken. Check out what cities are doing:

AND, how 'bout them libraries? Green Libraries

As you become involved in building projects--your home, your place of employment, etc., think about your environmental footprint.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Sharon Alexander

Sharon Alexander
Cataloging Specialist
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Rm109

I became a part of the Tarleton family in January 2001. Through the end of September 2006, I was the Administrative Secretary for the Department of Social Work, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. My Dick Smith Library odyssey began in October 2006 as a Library Assistant I in the Cataloging Department. My main job function is to repair books that have been treated unkindly and need a little TLC, which allows me to use the creative side of my gray matter. Being someone who loves to do all kinds of handicrafts such as crocheting, knitting, embroidery, ceramics, etc., getting to repair books is like getting to do handicrafts all day. You never know exactly what the finished product will be, and it gives me a great sense of satisfaction to fix what ails each book, make it look aesthetically pleasing, and return it back to circulation knowing it will be there for others to enjoy. When not repairing books, you’ll find me processing new acquisitions, add-to-shelf, and various other cataloging functions.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April 22 is Earth Day! Honor the Day and Go Green!

Join billions of people worldwide who are honoring Earth Day 2008!

"Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet." (Taken from )

Simple changes in your life like using "paper instead of plastic" the next time you grocery shop, throwing your aluminum cans in recycle bins found across campus, or walking to campus can help make every day Earth Day.

For more information on Earth Day and Going Green see the websites:

Or, check these books out at the Dick Smith Library:

The state of the Earth : environmental challenges on the road to 2100. Conkin, Paul Keith. GE195.7 .C66 2007

An inconvenient truth : the planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it. Gore, Albert. QC981.8.G56 G67 2006

Environmental politics : domestic and global dimensions. Switzer, Jacqueline Vaughn. GE170 .S95 2007

Friday, April 11, 2008

Graduation and your hood and tassel

Wow, it is almost graduation time again, and yes, the colors of your hood and tassel are significant! Even the design of the sleeves and the fabric are significant!
Click here to learn more

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Gary Spurr

Gary Spurr
Dick Smith Library-Lower Level – room B05B

Gary is responsible for processing and describing manuscript and archive collections at the Dick Smith Library and the W. K. Gordon Center in Thurber. At the Dick Smith Library, these include the Charles W. Stenholm Congressional papers, C. Richard King collection, and university archives. Collections at the Gordon Center include the records of the Texas Pacific Oil Company, the papers of individuals who lived in Thurber, maps, and photographs.

Gary started at the Dick Smith Library on January 3, 2008. He has a BA in History and an MA in History with a Certificate of Archival Management, both from UT Arlington (UTA). Prior to coming to Tarleton, he was the university, labor, and political archivist at UTA for a number of years, where he worked with a variety of collections including maps and oral histories. Prior to becoming an archivist, he was employed by Kodak in the Dallas Processing Lab where he did everything but run a film processor.

In his free time, he enjoys doing things with his grandchildren, photography (especially of military aircraft), and going to air shows. He also never turns down a chance to ride horses or go sailing. His favorite author is Margaret Atwood, favorite TV series is Dead Like Me, and favorite western is Silverado. He has two dogs and two cats.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Bringing History to Life

Been watching the “John Adams” series on HBO lately? In LibraryThing, you can browse the libraries of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson (as well as many other famous folks), thanks to the I See Dead People['s Books] group. These Legacy Libraries are the personal libraries of famous readers, entered by LibraryThing members or batch-imported from various libraries.

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier is a blog of transcripts of a young English soldier’s letters from the first World War, posted exactly 90 years after they were written. Be sure to check out the “Helpful Hints” in the left sidebar for the best way to catch up with earlier posts. is a photo blog about what life was like in the past, from the dawn of photography (in the 1860s) to the 1940s and 1950s. The site is named for Shorpy Higginbotham, inspired by photos of this 14-year-old Alabama coal miner in 1910. Visitors can make comments, and, by creating a free account, upload their own vintage photographs.

The Library of Congress recently posted a webcast about their Flickr project (the FAQ provides technical and other details). Approximately 50 images per week are posted on Flickr from the photo collections. Anyone can add notes (by outlining sections of the photos), comments, and tags to these historical photos. The Library of Congress has used this Flickr input data to change over 100 cataloging records so far.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Paper or Plastic?

Battle of the Bags offers an interesting, interactive exploration of the impact bagging choices have on the environment.

The slides and video/audio clips give information about the environmental impact (production, recycling, and disposal) of bagging choices, state laws, and the impact of consumers' choices.

Paper or plastic? The answer is more complex than it sounds.
Check it out!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Meet Our Staff: Glenda Stone

Glenda Stone
Assistant Director for Monographs and Technical Services
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Rm109K

I am currently in my 37th year at the Dick Smith Library. I began working March 1, 1970 as a clerk typist in the cataloging department and was promoted to Library Assistant in 1972. I obtained my Master of Library Science degree in August 1986 from Texas Woman’s University. I was made a Librarian in 1988 and Head of Cataloging in 1991.

My passion is local history and genealogy. My family came to this area in the early 1870’s, in both Erath and Hood County. I have assisted Tarleton students, faculty, public school students and teachers, and the general public with their research and have done local history and genealogy presentations for many area groups. In 2001, I initiated and am director of the ongoing Cross Timbers Historic Images Project, a digitization project of historic area photographs held in organizations throughout the area, obtaining two grants for this endeavor.

Active in the Dick Smith Library Friends group since its inception in 1991, I have for many years been involved in the Dinner in the Stacks and the book sales. I also served on the Tarleton Centennial Celebration Committee, the Purple Book committee, and the Alumni Association coffee table book committee, as well as completed special projects for the library rededication. I have served on the Faculty Senate and the Staff Council and was named the January 2008 Staff Council Employee of the Month. I am the library liaison for the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of Animal Sciences.

My hobbies include local history/genealogy research, traveling, Texas music, crafts, and reading. I have traveled to Switzerland, Germany, and Holland on a family heritage tour and helped write two books on our family. I plan to write my own book in the near future. I love to travel and I love research so you will usually find me in the local libraries wherever we go looking for cool tidbits about our elusive ancestors!