Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
- Japan fashion now by Valerie Steele et al. - This book's pictures are interesting enough on their own, but the text, too, has fascinating information about Japanese fashion.
- Social engineering : the art of human hacking by Christopher Hadnagy - This book is filled with social engineering examples.
- 100 dresses by The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Since I usually only get to flip through our new books, I like the fashion books the library gets because they tend to have gorgeous pictures. This one has full-color images of dresses from all sorts of time periods.
- Disaster deferred : how new science is changing our view of earthquake hazards in the Midwest by Seth Stein - What with everything that has happened and is still going on in Japan, it's not surprising this book caught my eye.
- The race for perfect : inside the quest to design the ultimate portable computer by Steve Hamm - Although the book's jacket says it focuses on a single product, the ThinkPad X300 laptop, the book itself seems to discuss lots of different products.
- The price of everything : solving the mystery of why we pay what we do by Eduardo Porter - I've read a lot of blog posts about the price of e-books versus the price of print books, so this book about prices and value looks particularly interesting to me.
- Amore : the story of Italian American song by Mark Rotella - The first few pages feature a short phone conversation between Frank Sinatra and Vic Damone. For some reason, that passage caught my attention when I flipped through the book.
- What women want : the global marketplace turns female-friendly by Paco Underhill - In general, books on consumers and consumer behavior always look interesting to me.
- Studying British cinema : 1999-2009 by John Fitzgerald - For something so skinny, this covers quite a few British films.
- Islands of privacy by Christena Nippert-Eng - The author interviewed various people about how they try to preserve their privacy.
Monday, March 28, 2011
On Thursday March 31st the Dick Smith Library will host a Brown Bag session featuring Dr. Adolfo Benavides, Dean, College of Business Administration. Dr. Benavides' topic will be Colombia: Politics & Culture. The program will be in the Library Multipurpose Room from 12:10-12:50pm.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Girl's Soon to Make Debut of Orchestra!
This is Women's History Month! Seventy five years ago some adventuresome female Tarleton students set out to change things up a bit! The March 28, 1936 J-TAC stated that some twelve Tarleton girls were going to create their own jazz orchestra! "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing! "Hotcha" Miller and her Melodears are fixin' to swing out!" The girls claimed that their concoction of jazz would take even the King of Jazz off the top!
"Three gals who can make Benny Goodman cry for Mama toot a mean trio of clarinets." There was also a tenor sax, singing violins, a drummer, a trombone, and a bass horn. The orchestra had Nan Shelton, Dessa Lee Hair, and Minnie Lee Windell on the clarinet, Mary Elizabuth McAdams on the tenor sax, Jen S. Terhune on the trombone, Hazle Nutt, Margaret Hamilton, and Guinevere Whisenhunt on the violin, Marjorie Morris on the drums, and Clarice Andrews on the bass horn!
These girls set out to make Tarleton history with their all girl orchestra. Tarleton had girls in the Little Symphony Orchestra as shown in the photo above, including some of those girls who were in the new all girl orchestra. Tarleton also had an eight member all male orchestra and at one time an all girl band. The J-TAC article closed by saying "be sure to watch for the opening performance - they're the Best in the West!"
Unfortunately, the 1937 Grassburr showed only the coed Little Symphony Orchestra and the all male smaller orchestra.....guess the all girl jazz orchestra was short lived!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Dick Smith Library has signed up for a square and we are taking donations right now!
Below is a list of items that can be donated:
- Bottled water
- Clothes (new or gently used and clean)
- Non-perishable foods (dry pasta, grains, dried fruit, flour, etc.)
- Canned goods
- Monetary donation
Then come and join us as we "Fill the Field" on March 31st from 8am - 8pm.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
5.WORKS OF POETRY
The General Stacks (Upper Level) are where most of our books that can be checked out are located. The P section covers language and literature. Specific poets or types of poetry (American, British, Italian, etc.) can be located throughout this section.
4. POETRY JOURNALS IN PRINT
In the library catalog on the library's web page, go to Advanced Search. Limit your location to Periodicals and search poetry as a subject. Here is a list of some of our print poetry journals.
3. AUDIO BOOKS
The Lower Level has a large collection of audio books. Here is a list of some of our poetry audio books.
2. POETRY FOR KIDS
Search juvenile poetry as a subject in the library catalog. The results will include over 300 titles in our Curriculum Collection on the Lower Level.
1. POETRY E-JOURNALS
To look through one poetry-based journal at a time, go to www.tarleton.edu/library and click the SFX link on the left, under Databases. Then enter Poe$ under the title tab. This will pull up a list of 20+ e-journals with poems, poets, or poetry in the title or subject categories. (Also included will be journals about Edgar Allen Poe). Click on a title to access the e-journal.
Bonus resource: We have over 400 e-books on poetry in our catalog. To find them, type in poetry as a subject and limit the location to online access.
Yesterday was World Poetry Day, and April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate by digging into our poetry resources.
10. LITERARY CRITICISM: BOOKS TO CHECK OUT
Go to www.tarleton.edu/library. Under Library Catalog, click "Books, Periodicals,...etc." For a particular poet, type in the poet's name + criticism.
Example: Robert Frost criticism
9. BIOGRAPHY: BOOKS TO CHECK OUT, ONLINE BOOKS, REFERENCE BOOKS
Go to the catalog. Type in the poet's name and biography
Example: Robert Frost biography
8. LITERARY CRITICISM: REFERENCE BOOKS
Go to the catalog. Click Advanced Search Options. Type in the words poetry criticism and change the location to Reference.
7. LITERARY CRITICISM ONLINE
The Poetry Criticism series is also available online. You can search it by going to our Literature Criticism Online database, clicking on Advanced Search and limiting your results by series. For a specific author, type in the name and select Named Author.
6. MORE DATABASES
JSTOR, Project Muse, and MLA are all good databases for articles about literature. For a full list of literature-related databases, consult our Subject research guide page for English, Literature, and Languages.
And, don't forget to check out our other five resources.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Come visit the library to see our Woman's History display created by the office of Diversity and Inclusion. You can also see pictures (not very good ones!) on the library's FlickR page!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Fri. March 11, 7am - 5pm
Sat. - Sun. March 12-13, CLOSED
Mon. - Thur. March 14-17, 8am-5pm
Fri. - Sun. March 18-20, CLOSED
Monday, March 14, 2011
A new Dasient report says that the number of Web sites infected with malware has doubled in the past year. That means we’re now just short of 1.2 million Web sites out there infected with malware.
Big deal, you say. Some 1.2 million Web sites out of the entirety of the Web can’t be so bad, right? Well, that means that in about three months of Web surfing the average person now has a 95 percent chance of running into malware.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Check out Time's article:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
"With Spring approaching the co-ed's thoughts turn to new clothes" according to the February 29, 1936 J-TAC! However, the Dean of Women revealed the startling fact that blue would be the color worn by the Tarleton co-eds in the spring of '36!
...So....the blue chambray uniform was the clothing to be worn! Even though the uniforms were the same, the accessories varied a little! Black shoes and ties were worn by some, but while the shoes varied in style, the shoes and ties were the same color. Demerits might result if the shoe and tie color was mixed!
White pique was seen some, and surprisingly, anklets were worn for the first time with chambrays. The anklets were worn in colors by the majority, but in white by the seniors. Hose could also still be worn if preferred! The photo above of the choir shows the blue chambray uniform.
The gentlemen wore khaki slacks, shirts, and brown shoes. White shirts were worn on Sundays and holidays!
What a difference 75 years makes! Have a wonderful and safe spring break!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A couple books I've tried and enjoyed:
- Campbell's creative cooking with soup (General Stacks, TX715 .C1894 1985) - This is an awesome book that allows you to mix and match ingredients for lots and lots of different meals and desserts. I love the recipes for mini meatloaves and broccoli and noodle casserole. There's even a cheesecake recipe!
- Mrs. Rowe's little book of Southern pies (General Stacks, TX773 .B8835 2009) - This may be a little book, but it has lots of good recipes packed inside of it. The book tells you everything you need to do to make pies completely from scratch. I have to admit, though, that I always used frozen pie crusts instead of making my own. I really like the Brown Sugar Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Tar Heel Pie recipes.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
1. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote.
2. The Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s day in the United States to be February 28, 1909.
3. In 1910 at the second International Conference of Working Women Clara Zetkin proposed an annual International Women’s Day (IWD). Her suggestion was unanimously approved.
4. In 1911 on March 19th over one million men and women attended IWD rallies for women’s right to work, hold public office, and end discrimination. Less than one week later on march 25th the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred in New York City. More than 140 women died in the fire, which drew attention to working conditions of women and others.
5. Women in Russia observed their first International Women’s Day in 1913.
6. Russian women begin the “bread and peace” strike on March 8, 1917 to protest the loss of over 2 million soldiers in World War I. Four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional government granted women the right to vote.
7. The United Nations designated 1975 as International Women’s Year.
8. In some countries children give their mothers and grandmothers small presents today.
9. Women are still not paid the same as their male counterparts.
10. Women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics and globally women’s education, health, and violence against them is worst than that of men.
For more information on International Women’s Day see:http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp
Friday, March 4, 2011
Here's a post on how to search the library catalog for audiobooks. You can create lists for mysteries, historical fiction, or your favorite author, for example.
If you're in RDG301, Children's Literature, don't forget that you need to read five novels or chapter books for your investigation project! Spring Break is a great time to do this, and if you will be on the road part of that time, listening to an audiobook makes the travel time pass more quickly. Here is a list of 50 audiobooks that might work for this assignment.
Here are some of our newest titles (click the links to check availability):
GE197 .F75 2008C - Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman. - winner of 2009 Audie Awards for Nonfiction and for Politics.
PN1991.77 .P73 E54 2008 - English Majors with Garrison Keillor - winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Audiobook Adaptation, it's a collection of humorous skits.
PQ4863 .A3894 V613 2008 - Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri - 2009 Audie Award winner for Mystery and Suspense.
PS3552 .O932 W66 2009B - The Women by T. Coraghessan Boyle - fascinating fiction about the four loves of (in)famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
PS3561 .I483 D86 2008B - Duma Key by Stephen King - a thriller by the master of horror, it was the co-winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Fiction.
PS3611 .O74927 S93 2010B - The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova - a tale of art, love, and a passion for painting by the bestselling author of The Historian.
PS3619 .T636 H45 2009B - The Help by Kathryn Stockett - winner of the 2010 Audie Award for fiction, this audiobook is voiced by four fabulous readers who bring to life two black maids and the white society they work for in early 1960s Mississippi.
QA76.2.P38 A3 2008 - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow - 2009 Audie Award winner for Biography/Memoir and a runner-up for the Audie Award for Personal Development.