Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The report is called "Policing Free Speech: Police Obstruction and Surveillance of First-Amendment Protected Activity."
An ACLU interactive map with a state-by-state compilation of government and police activity can be found here.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
- Water Park of America, MN. The Claim: Biggest Indoor Water Park in America.
- Kalahari, Ohio. The Claim: Biggest Indoor Water Park in America.
- Fallsview, Niagra Falls. The Claim: N. America's Largest Water Park-Hotel Complex.
- Wilderness at Wisconsin Dells. The Claim: America's Largest Water Park Resort.
- Kalahari at Wisconsin Dells. The Claim: America's Largest Indoor Water Park.
- Las Vegas Wet, NV. The Claim: North America's Largest Indoor Water Park.
- The Bay at Mt. Olympus, WI. The Claim: America's Largest Indoor Water Park.
- World Waterpark, W. Edmonton. The Claim: N. America's Largest Indoor Water Park.
- Tropical Islands, Germany. The Claim: World's Largest Indoor Water Park.
- Watiki. The Claim: Largest Indoor Park in the Dakotas.
First place goes to Tropical Islands in Brand, Germany. It is the largest freestanding building in the world, with a span of 710,000 square feet. It is housed in a former zeppelin hangar. It can accommodate 7000 visitors.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The Library of Congress' American Memory website
provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.Poke around their collections sometime - there's everything from baseball cards to Coca-Cola TV advertisements to daguerreotype photos; panoramic maps to WPA posters to quilts.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Check these out:
Social Media Guidelines in Your Job Search and Workplace
Employers Look at Facebook, too
Thursday, June 24, 2010
J-TAC June 30, 1926
By 1926, according to the J-TAC headline above, the campus was getting many improvements! "The paving of the military driveway was completed before the opening of the fall term of '23-'24. The paving of Tarleton Avenue was begun in the spring of 1924 and completed during the next regular session." By that time another annex to the dorm was needed so the rose garden was destroyed and the annex was built there. In addition, a new dining hall was built, with future plans to build a new auditorium, fine arts building , and a mechanical arts building.
"Here's to Tarleton and the principles she holds dear, may she never cease to improve!"
Guthrie, John Tarleton and His Legacy.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- Combine multiple uploaded video.
- Trim the beginning and/or ending of videos.
- Add soundtracks using YouTube's AudioSwap song library.
- Create videos and easily publish them to YouTube.
Available in TestTube, the YouTube ideas incubator, the video editor is ready to use. No software downloads required. Yea!
The post also offers videos with tips for using the editor, examples of others' videos and feedback, and links to help center support, as well as asking for feedback. Check it out!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
#4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. Well, we don't have it in hardcover, but we do have the audiobook on the lower level: PS3619 .T636 H45 2009B
Paperback Mass-Market Fiction
#1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson - Audiobooks, lower level: PT9876.22 .A6933 M3613 2008B
#3. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts - Audiobooks, lower level: PS3568 .O243 B536 2009B
#5. THE DOOMSDAY KEY, by James Rollins - Stacks, upper level: PS3568 .O5398 D66 2009
#1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert - Stacks, upper level: G154.5 .G55 A3 2007
#2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin - LC2330 .M67 2006 (we have it in both print, in Stacks on the upper level, and Audiobooks, on the lower level)
#3. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler - Stacks, upper level: HQ801 .H3193 2008
#5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls - Stacks, upper level: HV5132 .W35 2005
#3. THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow - QA76.2 .P38 A3 2008 (we have it in both Stacks, upper level, and Audiobooks, on the lower level)
#2. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman - Audiobooks, lower level: HQ734 .C466 2005
And in case those are all checked out, here are five more:
#2. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell - Stacks, upper level: BF637 .S8 G533 2008
#1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis - Stacks, upper level: GV939 .O44 L49 2006
#2. THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell - HM1033 .G53 2000 (we have it in both Stacks, upper level, and Audiobooks, on the lower level)
#3. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - Stacks, upper level: HB74 .P8 L479 2005
#4. THE BLACK SWAN , by Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Stacks, upper level: Q375 .T35 2007
Monday, June 21, 2010
Well there is help! You just have to know where to go to find it. I did a little research and found a couple of links that may be of interest to any who are in need. And that is everyone at some point or another.
Don't go without electricity this summer because you can't afford the bill. There are places that will help.
Stephenville area help includes:
Grace Place: 254-965-4022
The Pantry and More: 254-968-5575
Department of Human Services: 254-965-6031
Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Crowds throng to Stonehenge in England on the Salisbury Plain in England to watch the sun rise over the heel stone. While not all of us can travel to England to see Stonehenge, you can see replica of Stonehenge in the Texas hill country. Stonehenge II as it is know is about sixty percent of the size of the original and is located on FM 1340 about two miles west of Hunt, Texas. Al Shepperd began building Stonehenge II in 1989. Later Easter Island heads appeared at the site. I can still remember the surprise my family and I had when we rounded the curve on FM1340 on our annual trip to Mo Ranch and say Stonehenge for the first time. There is a place to pull off the road safely and a gate in the fence, so you can explore Stonehenge. For more information on Stonehenge II and Al Shepperd see: http://www.alfredshepperd.com/Stonehenge/main.html
Friday, June 18, 2010
The state sent a "tweet " on Twitter after launching the new Web site to announce a "human translated" Spanish version of the site. And its first YouTube offering was a video demo of the new Web portal.
Governmental agencies are using social media and wireless communication because it is efficient and quick. This trend is not expected to diminish. So, "never say never" to tweeting and/or texting. Who knows, we all may be doing both in the near future.
For the complete article go to Texas Government Insider, June 11, 2010.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The U.S.S. Akron, built in 1931 for the U.S. Navy by the Goodyear Plant in Akron, Ohio, was a 785 foot rigid helium filled dirigible. The Akron and her sister ship, the U.S.S. Macon, hold the record for being the largest helium filled airships. In 1932 and 1933 the Akron made 58 successful flights crossing the United States many times!
The June 18, 1932 J-TAC states:
Sunday evening, June 12, the huge Akron dirigible was seen gliding eastward near Stephenville. There was a bit of excitement displayed on the campus when two faculty members of the college discovered what it was. Upon first sight, they believed it to be a small dark cloud, moving at great speed - for a cloud - and neither of them had seen anything in the papers concerning its appearance.
Both faculty members hesitated in making known their discovery until they were sure of what it was. they did not wish to be accused of having wild imaginations. Just conscientious scruples or something similar!
What a sight that must have been for the Tarleton students in 1926! After making the many flights across the United States, the Akron's final flight was to take them to Philadelphia, the Delaware Capes, and up along the coast. The weather was great when she soared above the City of Brotherly Love, but by midnight they encountered a storm off the coast of Atlantic City, which would be its demise. The Akron crashed and sank April 4, 1933.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
- Media and criminal justice : the CSI effect by Dennis J. Stevens [General Stacks - P96 .C742 U67 2011]
- Becoming a breast cancer nurse navigator by Lillie D. Shockney [So new it's not quite ready to be out on the shelves yet, but it'll end up in General Stacks - RC280 .B8 S4945 2011]
While looking for a good explanation for how something can have a copyright date that hasn't happened yet, I came across the U.S. Copyright Office's website, which has lots of interesting information, including a copyright FAQ page. I haven't yet found an answer to my question on the FAQ page, but it looks like it's got the answers to just about everything else. I mean, come on, "How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?"
Thursday, June 10, 2010
"Summer school is well underway and everyone seems to be working hard"....as was reported in the June 30, 1926 J-TAC! The first summer session in 1926 had 417 students registered, 261 women and 156 men. Ten of them were graduate students taking extra classes. Most of them were teachers working toward certificates, regular college students making up credits, or high school students making up credits. Before the summer of 1926 was over Tarleton had a record enrollment of 511!
My Tarleton Thursdays blog on June 18, 2009 was about summer teacher institutes that were held so that rural teachers could work on certification and further their study. The 1926 summer J-TAC reported that additional staff was brought in for the education classes - some teachers from area high schools taught classes such as grammar, science, mathematics, and history. On the flip side, some of the Tarleton teachers spent their summer teaching or going to school elsewhere.
In the summer 1926 J-TAC, Dean J. Thomas Davis gave a special greeting to the students stating " Tarleton has been very fortunate in the character of people who have made up its faculty and its student body. The contribution you make this summer will help to maintain and carry forward the Purple and White under the same high ideals and standards of life, as have made Tarleton respected and honored in the past."
Good luck with all your classes this summer!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Need your vampire fix before the next movie in the Twilight saga is released? Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, has made a novella available online. Although you can't download or print it, you can read it for free online until July 5, 2010. The novella is called, "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella." Entertainment Weekly states that "Bree figures prominently in the movie version of Eclipse, opening June 30."
One dollar from each print book sold will go to the American Red Cross. There is also a link on the novella's website, breetanner.com, where you can donate electronically.
Take me to the book!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Due to an increase in the price of laminating film and yearly maintenance, and the need to save for a replacement machine, the cost for laminating increased from 75 cents per foot to $1 per foot effective June 1, 2010, with a minimum charge of $1.
The laminator can handle items up to 27 inches wide. This means that we can fit three 8.5” by 11” pieces of paper per foot of laminate. We are happy to give you an estimate of the cost before doing the laminating job. Posters and other items larger than 27 inches must be folded and go through the machine twice, and are charged accordingly, plus an extra $1 for the additional labor involved. Please allow one-day turnaround for these two-person jobs.
You can pay with cash, a check, or a Texan Card. Vickie will also process interdepartmental charge forms for laminating done for Tarleton. You’ll need to have the correct local account number from your department, and to sign the charge form. It’s a good idea to bring the name and phone number of the person who gives you the account number, so we can call them if we have any questions.
If you have any questions about the library’s laminating service, please call Vickie Sowell at 254-968-9869 or Special Services Librarian Amanda Pape at 254-968-9251.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm*
*Hours for July 4 will be posted later.
Service at the Circulation Desk stops 15 minutes before the library closes.