Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
- Read the library's online books.
- Try out some new recipes.
- Expand your language skills with Mango.
- Listen to selections from Contemporary World Music and Classical Music Library.
- Enjoy Issue #1 of the Library Chronicles newsmagazine.
- Read J-TAC articles 1919-2007.
- Check out the library's mobile site.
- Learn TSU history from Tarleton Thursdays LOL posts.
The library will close over the break (Dec. 23 - Jan. 2), but our online resources will be available when you want them. Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 12, 2011
If not, take heart. You're not alone.
Here are some tips to make it more likely you'll follow through this year.
1. Visualize the end result.
What is the positive outcome of each resolution?Find a motivating image or quote to keep you going.
3. Break it down.
4. Keep reminders nearby.
5. Enlist support.
popular money management blogs.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Check out the big display case in the foyer featuring a winter scene of Stephenville’s past and present! The miniature buildings were handmade by Tarleton alum J. Louis Evans, Class of 1941! We displayed the buildings several times a few years ago, and have once again been given the opportunity to display them by J’s daughter Emily! A side note……..J wrote the now famous “Spirit of Tarleton” speech for Emily’s graduation!
Some of you may recognize a few of the buildings. The Berry Cottage, the John Tarleton Ranch House, and the dogtrot cabin are all located on the Stephenville Museum grounds. Also still standing is the American Legion Hall, the former Dinner Bell restaurant building, St. Luke’ s Episcopal Church, the Trogdon House, the Hunewell Bandstand (although the current one is a replica and is not located where the original was), the courthouse and buildings around the square, as well as the modern Town and Country Bank building on Lingleville Highway!
No longer standing are the old 3 story Stephenville High School building which was located where Hook Elementary now stands, the Woodshed snack shop which was across the street from the old high school, the depot, and the petrified wood Wolfe Nursery building which was located where Jack in the Box now stands! Shown above is Wolfe Nursery around 1940. It is a great view of the entire area which is now Walmart, Jack in the Box, Chili's, Staples, etc! Wow!! What a change!!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Alt HealthWatch - The best part about the recipes in this database is that you don't even have to know what you're looking for. Don't type anything at all in the search boxes. Instead, go to Document Type, located near the bottom right of the main search screen. Choose Recipe from the list. Then click the Search button. You'll see all the recipes available in Alt HealthWatch. I'd like to try making the Hearty Beef Stew ("Comfort Food Makeovers"), Velvet-Smooth Dark Chocolate Pudding ("Short-order Sweets"), Linguine Bolognese ("Perfectly Seasoned Suppers"), and Tortilla "Lasagna" ("'Make mine meatless!'").
Consumer Health Complete - If you're just interested in browsing, do a search for "recipes". I'd like to try making Pumpkin Soup ("Recipes: Soups and Starters"), Potato Pancakes ("Recipes: Snacks"), and Grandma's Tornado Cookies ("Follow the Footsteps").
Academic Search Complete - In one of the search boxes, type "recipes". Change the drop down menu next to the search box from "Select a Field (optional)" to "Subject Terms." There's overlap between what you'll find here and Alt HealthWatch and Consumer Health Complete, but I think there are also a few recipes I didn't spot in either of those databases.
It wouldn't surprise me if there are more recipes available in some of our databases that I don't even know about. So, have you used library databases for anything outside of coursework or research? Let us know!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Good luck on your finals!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Archives and Reference Assistant
Dick Smith Library – Lower Level – room B05A
My career at the Dick Smith Library began October 24, 2011. I was excited to be hired as the Reference Assistant. At the moment I am working on reducing the reference collection, but I also file legal inserts and answer questions about the databases. I work at the main floor reference desk from the time the library opens until 9 AM Monday through Friday. You can also find me at the upper level reference desk during the long semesters.
I graduated from Tarleton in August 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. This fall, I began working on my Master of Arts in History. I have recently become interested in furthering my education and career goals to include a Master in Library Sciences. I have a great interest in archives.
As for now, my outside interests include READING!! I love books! I am also advising the lovely ladies of Kappa Delta Chi, of which I am an active alumna (hence all the penguins at my desk!).
[Editor’s note: Crystal jumped right in and got involved with Halloween at the library, distributing candy to little visitors the first morning of her second week – hence the photo!]
Friday, December 2, 2011
|San Francisco twilight - © Amanda Pape - 2011|
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Social media is defined by Merriam-Webster as " forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and micro-blogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)."
Social media affects many aspects of modern life, including politics, education, privacy, commerce and, of course, people's social lives...online and offline.
There is a terrific lineup of speakers, which you can view here: http://tinyurl.com/SMC2011Schedule .
Several sessions will be held at the library--two sessions will be led by one of our librarians, Amanda Pape. One is on LibraryThing, and the other is on using social media sites for genealogy.
Paid registrants will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPod Touch. You can still register here.
Find out more about the Texas Social Media Research Institute here: http://www.tarleton.edu/tsmri
And don't forget to check out the Dick Smith Library on your favorite social networking sites:
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
Monday, November 21, 2011
1. The Combined DNA Index System
2. The Encyclopedia of Life
3. The Food and Agriculture Organization Database
4. The Genographic Project
5. The International Panel on Climate Change's Data Distribution Centre
6. The MD:Pro
7. OK Cupid's OKTrends
8. Sloan Digital Sky Survey Database
9. The Wayback Machine
Friday, November 18, 2011
- Good subject searches to try (or click on my links): "Fiction Authorship," "Fiction Technique"
- Writer's Digest publishes works on writing, so try a General Keyword search for 'Writer's digest'
- The library subscribes to several magazines on writing: Writer's Digest and The Writer
- Try a subject search for "writer's block" in the library's catalog. One book you'll find this way is Writer's Block Busters: 101 Exercises to Clear the Deadwood and Make Room for Flights of Fancy by Velina Hasu Houston
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I recently read and reviewed a book about sleep, and it was full of interesting information about the science and culture of sleep. Here are ten facts, all from sleep research, in no particular order:
- People can partially awaken from REM (rapid eye movement, the deep) sleep, but they cannot move. REM muscle paralysis is carried over into wakefulness. This sleep paralysis goes away by itself after a few minutes, but can be frightening (page 11).
- A person’s core body temperature drops to facilitate the onset of sleep. Body temperature is lowered by increasing blood circulation in the surface of our bodies. Since hands and feet have a large surface area, warm hands and feet are an unmistakable sign that the body is getting ready for sleep (pages 13-14).
- Melatonin, a hormone released by the pineal gland that promotes sleep, is secreted starting in the late afternoon and early evening and reaches its peak while we are asleep. If we open our eyes and receive strong light impulses through the optic nerve, the pineal gland immediately stops producing melatonin, which causes us to awaken (page 14).
- "Nap shops," where exhausted workers can rent a short-term sleeping space, are very popular in Japan (page 49).
- Are you an early bird or a night owl? The next time you have the next day off (ideally, during a vacation or a break from school), write down what time you go to bed and when you get up the next day. Then determine your sleep midpoint by dividing the length of time you sleep in half. Early birds have sleep midpoints before 3 AM; night owls have sleep midpoints after 4 AM (page 63).
- Insomnia is more likely to affect women than men (page 82).
- Snoring is more frequent in men (page 83).
- The ideal room temperature for sleep is between 59 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (page 92).
- Women who smell peppermint before going to bed sleep longer, with more SMS (slow wave sleep) and less REM sleep. Men did not experience the same effects, but said they felt more awake and refreshed in the morning. However, if the scent of peppermint is present all night long, it tends to awaken people from light (stage N1 and N2) sleep, making it difficult to fall asleep quickly (page 113).
- Lavender, jasmine, and vanilla are soothing scents that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but can have undesirable side effects in the morning, such as with tasks involving physical exercise. (pages 112-113).
and 60 Eye-Opening Facts About Sleep.
Monday, November 14, 2011
- Mango is free to all Tarleton students, faculty, and staff.
- The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection.
- You can start learning TODAY... no more waiting lists.
As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you'll learn more than just words and phrases. You’ll learn how those pieces can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts, new conversations, and even more practical communication! In no time at all, you'll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless!
Bonne Semaine de l'éducation internationale!
Friday, November 11, 2011
And thank to all of the veterans for your service and sacrifice.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Use your smartphone/tablet to access the library! The library has a mobile website designed to work better for small wireless devices. The URL is http://www.tarleton.edu/m/library The mobile site gives you information about our hours, the services we offer, links for searching our catalog, and it even lets you search our most popular databases!
Additionally there is a library catalog app available for both iPhone and Android smartphones! The app lets you:
Search our catalog
Find materials and put needed items on hold if they are not available
Log into your library account and renew items
Check your account information
If you have any questions please visit the Library Systems Department Office (Room 250) or contact us via phone (254) 968-9466 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
If you have photos and are stuck for ideas, check out the iLibrarian blog post "Top 17+ Things to do with Online Photos" by Ellyssa Kroski to learn ways you can create
--- music videos,
--- blog and social networking slideshows,
--- business cards, stickers, and postcards,
--- trading cards, badges, and posters,
--- online scrapbooks and coffee table books,
--- newsletters and brochures,
--- photo collages,
--- online portfolios,
--- comic strips, and
--- photo widgets.
You'll also find links to tools that will help you
--- edit and caption photos,
--- turn photos into cartoons, and
--- frame photos.
Check it out!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Another form of writing much like Twitter today was les billets, little bits of paper with inflammatory words about politics that were thrown about in public. These little slips of paper were a way to organize uprisings and bypass government censors.
To learn more about these writings and the Mapping the Republic of Letters project see:http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/november/old-social-media-110211.html
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
For you math types out there; 11022011 equals 7 x 7 x 11 x 11 x 11 x 13 x 13, that is, the product of seven square, eleven cube, and thirteen square where numbers seven, eleven, and thirteen are three consecutive prime numbers. There are even more palindromes in all of this math, see http://www.upbeacon.net/opinion/views-from-the-bluff/nov-2-2011-is-a-one-of-a-kind-palindrome-1.2619349 For more information and less math see: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/11/happy-palindrome-day.html
Monday, October 31, 2011
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - For those of you who prefer your classics to be filled with blood and gore. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy make a great zombie-killing team.
- The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007 edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J. Grant - If you can't decide what you want to read, try an anthology.
- Late Victorian Gothic Tales edited by Roger Luckhurst - Another anthology.
- Three Vampire Tales edited by Anne Williams - Polidori's The Vampyre, Le Fanu's Carmilla, and Stoker's Dracula - lots of fun for those who prefer their vampires not to sparkle.
- Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King - We have lots of other books by King, too.
- The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman - An occasionally creepy and unsettling graphic novel series.
- Poltergeist - Ghosts!
- Perfect Blue - Not quite ready for checkout yet, but this one might be a good fit for those who find themselves missing Halloween after it's over. It's an animated psychological thriller about a Japanese pop star who's being terrorized by an overzealous fan.
- Lost, The Complete First Season - Not horror, but this one might be a good choice for those who'd like a few strange and creepy moments without the risk of nightmares.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Begun in 2005 with the goal of creating online access to the J-TAC collection, the project’s first phase was completed in 2011 when the 1919-2007 issues were published on The Portal to Texas History.
A gift of $1,000 from The Friends of the Dick Smith Library helped the library raise the $25,000 required to complete this phase of the digitization project.
J-TAC issues for 2008-2011 will be added to the online collection in the near future.
To search the J-TAC Archive:
1. Go to the Dick Smith Library home page (http://www.tarleton.edu/library).
2. Click on the “Databases” link.
3. Click on the “J-TAC Newspaper Archive” link.
a. You can browse issues by year or
b. Use the “Advanced Search” feature to search for topics, by time period, etc.
You can view the slideshow presentation of 1919-2007 J-TAC articles in the Library Lobby or by following this link to the Prezi - http://prezi.com/dhqghfenxnjo/j-tac-digitization-project/
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The fourth annual Spirits of Erath Cemetery Walk, sponsored by the Friends of the Dick Smith Library and the Friends of the Stephenville Public Library, will be held across the street Sunday October 30, 2011, at 2 pm. Admission $5 per person.
Did you ever wonder what things were like in early Stephenville? A good way to find out some interesting tidbits about our area's past is to come to the cemetery walk! "Spirits" from Stephenville's past are portrayed by actors in period dress and provide guests with an entertaining afternoon!
The above photo shows the Higginbotham dealership.....quite a difference between the cars of the early 1900s and the cars of today! Willis Higginbotham owned the Stephenville dealership shown above! Our own Dr. Don Zelman, and Lori Larue will be portraying Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham in the Spirits Walk Sunday afternoon, along with several other familiar faces you won't want to miss!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Reference & Information Desk
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor
I began working at the Dick Smith Library as a student worker in August of 2006, also my freshman year here at Tarleton, in the Processing/Cataloging Department. I worked at the library until December 2009, and began my semester of student teaching in January 2010. I graduated from Tarleton with my Bachelor of Science in Education in May 2010. I began graduate school in January of 2011 and began working at the library in February, this time as the Reference Desk Graduate Assistant. I work at the Information desk on the main floor and do my best to answer the patron's questions. I'm also becoming a master at un-jamming the printers. I'm pursuing my MED (Masters of Education) degree in School Counseling with the LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) option. I hope to graduate in the spring of 2013.
I will have been married two years this December, and my husband not only graduated from Tarleton, but he works here as well in the HVAC department. We have five dachshunds, and we spend most of our time chasing after them. We enjoy going to the movies, traveling, and playing outside with our crazy dogs. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and photography. I love to read and couldn't possibly think of just one favorite book, there are just too many to name!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Top 10 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes Taste of Home Recipes
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
- J-TAC student newspaper (online) -- Created through a Dick Smith Library project and made available via UNT's Portal to Texas History.
-- You can use this direct link to the J-TAC (1919-2009) at the portal.
---- Browse issues by year.
---- Use the "Advanced Search" feature to search for topics, by time period, etc.
- You can also go to the Portal of Texas History.
-- Enter JTAC in the search box & choose title from the drop-down menu.
-- Click "Submit."
-- Browse issues or finesse your search using the "Advanced Search" features.
- J-TAC student newspaper (microfilm) -- Photo negatives of print issues are available in Dick Smith Library's in-house collections.
-- in Periodicals Collection (library's main level)
---- Use the library's new microform scanner to read, print, and save copies of articles/pages.
- Grassburr yearbooks-- Call number LD5271.T35G7
---- Limited Collection (lower level) houses the most complete set. In-house use only.
---- Curriculum Collection (lower level) yearbooks. Can be checked out.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It's easy to find a list of horror movies to watch for Halloween, but hard to find something in proper Halloween spirit that doesn't cause so many nightmares. The top ten for younger folks are:
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
3. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
4. The Addams Family
5. Corpse Bride
6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
9. The Monster Squad
Monday, October 17, 2011
Today in 1931 the notorious gangster Al Capone was finally convicted of a crime. For years law enforcement authorities had been trying to convict Capone for crimes he either committed or were committed in his name. He was believed to be the person who ordered the Valentines Day Massacre. In 1930 he was indited on income tax evasion charges. He is attributed with saying "The income tax law is a lot of bunk. The government can't collect legal taxes from illegal money." It took the jury 9 hours to convict Capone of three felonies and two misdemeanors. He was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison and pay $80,000 in fines and court costs. A small price to pay for someone who was Public Enemy Number One. Part of Capone's time would be served in the new Alcatraz prison. For more information see this link:http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/
Friday, October 14, 2011
According to the website, holidayinsights.com, “Halloween's roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their "Druid" religion, November 1st was New Years' on their calendar. The celebration would begin on October 31st and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year would rise up and roam the earth on this night…The Irish carved Turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow's Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and Rutabagas. When Irish Immigrants came to America, they quickly discovered that Jack O'Lanterns were much easier to carve out and began using them. This truly neat tradition quickly spread to the general population in America and elsewhere”.
If you would like to learn more about Halloween and the traditions surrounding it, you can check out the following books that we have here at the Dick Smith Library:
Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
A Little Book of Halloween
Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tarleton - Fort Worth Librarian
Texan Hall Library, Room 445, Hickman Building, 4th floor, Fort Worth
I began working as the Off-Campus Librarian on September 1, 2011. I have been working in the Texan Hall Library and the Medical Laboratory Sciences library as a graduate student since February 2010. I provide reference and research services to students, faculty, and staff, as well as give presentations of library resources to classes. I work with librarians at the Dick Smith Library to market and promote library services to our off-campus students and faculty in the Southwest Metroplex. I love being a librarian, and one of my most favorite occasions is when a student has an “Ah-ha!” moment while doing research.
My library career started as a “Superseder” (a person who replaces the old material in legal materials with the new, updated materials) at the Duke Law School Library after my graduation from Baylor University. I loved being in the library and decided that my career path would be to become a librarian. I earned my Master in Library Science from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). I have worked mostly at university and law school libraries doing cataloging, acquisitions, and reference. I earned my most recent degree, Master of Education in Counseling, from Tarleton (all on the Southwest Metroplex campus) in August 2011. I will become a Licensed Professional Counselor and counsel adults in my time outside of the library.
I love being with my children whenever they are home, but my daughter and youngest son are at college back east; my oldest son has graduated from college and lives in San Antonio. I enjoy cooking, hiking, hunting with my significant other, and singing in my church choir. Whenever I get the chance to travel, I enjoy visiting friends in Durham, Chicago, and the tiny Appalachian coal mining town of Grundy, Virginia, all places that my family and I have lived.
Friday, October 7, 2011
I was quite astonished to find that here in our little town, there have been books banned! Not challenged... but BANNED! I had no idea! I should really keep up with the news more.
Check out the links to find out what books have been banned, and why. What do you think?
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I gave a library tour to a class recently. At the end of the tour, the instructor asked her students to write down information about several of the locations we had just visited. She also asked them to write down their philosophy of learning.
But no one had ever asked me about my philosophy of learning. What could be more important?
What are some of your positive and negative learning experiences?
What is YOUR philosophy of learning?
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
|The Dick Smith Library's 2011 "Banned Books Week" Display|
You might want to check out this interesting infographic about the top ten challenged books of 2010, or join the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out on YouTube.
[photo above and the others at the link on the caption by Tracy Holtman; the display was put together by Rashelle Hansen and Sharon Alexander.]
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Did you know that October is American Archives month? American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value.
Whether or not you realize it, you probably have an archive in your home. This is your personal archives: a collection of material that records important events from your family’s history. This collection can include letters, photos, scrapbooks, important documents.
At Tarleton, the archives are located in the Dick Smith Library. Collections in the archive include the Charles W. Stenholm Congressional papers, C. Richard King papers, Richard Thompson papers, Randall Popken papers, and the state Senatorial papers of Mike Moncrief, to name a few. The University Archives are also housed in the Dick Smith Library. Collections in the University Archives include the papers of presidents and university committees, photographs, the J-Tac, Grassburrs, and the Cross Timbers Historic Images Project.
The W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, in Thurber also houses archival and manuscript collections. Collections at the Center the records of the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, which includes reports on the mines and maps of the mines. Other collections at the Center relate to the town of Thurber and its citizens. These collections contain personal papers and photographs.
For more information about the archives contact the Collections Archivist, Gary Spurr at firstname.lastname@example.org of 254-968-1808.