Friday, May 13, 2011

Enjoy the Summer! - Interim Hours

All of us here at the Dick Smith Library hope you have a happy, healthy summer, whatever you're doing!

Interim hours for the library begin today, Friday, May 13, and continue through Tuesday, June 7:

Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

The library will begin summer semester hours on the first day of classes, Wednesday, June 8, opening at 7:30 AM and closing at 10 PM.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Virginia Westbrook

There is Something About a from the 1936 Grassburr, and was written by Tarleton student Virginia Westbrook. It is a great description of the endless possibilities for adventure, exploration, and life that exist in our great land! No matter where the road takes you.....
Have A Great & Adventurous Summer!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Who's been staying up late?

Tonight is the last night for All-Night Study in the library.
So bring your coffee and Tarleton ID and settle in for some all night cramming!

Here's the breakdown so far for our nocturnal library users:

Top Ten Tuesday - eBooks

Now that the semester is almost over, I thought you might like to get some recreational reading in!   Here is a list of the 15 Best Websites for ebooks!  Most - if not all of these are FREE!  
These are places to start if you want to learn about ebooks and how to download and use them without paying a fee.  If your favorite website to download eBooks is not on the list, please post a comment and share!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Job searching for New Graduates

We all know that the economy is not in the greatest of shapes. The federal government can't balance their books; the state government can't make up their minds about the rainy day fund. So many graduates may be nervous about looking for a job after graduation. has some good tips for you for when you do have your diploma in hand.

Check out their article at Leave us a comment on how your job hunt is going. What are your plans and tips on getting a job?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Southwest Regional Dairy Center Grand Opening Today!

Many attended today's grand opening ceremonies for the new state of the art Southwest Regional Dairy Center. They were able to tour the $11.2 million dollar facility which serve not only Tarleton but the state and the southwest as a learning and research dairy!

Dairy science has been a part of Tarleton since shortly after becoming part of the A & M System in 1917. The first dairy barn was built in 1919.

Improvements to Tarleton's dairy barn were made several times throughout the years. In 1934, because students were having a hard time getting through school, a driveway, a rock wall, and a rock gate were built using student labor. Then in 1937 150 red radiance rose bushes were set out around the lawn in front of the dairy barn and on the south side. A water line was laid so that the roses could be watered. Wonder if Fitzgerald's Nursery provided the rose bushes? I have a photo of my daddy by a red radiance rose bush when he worked for Fitzgerald's Nursery!

The lovely "girls" shown above were typical of the quality of dairy cows in Tarleton's herd! In fact, in 1937 the Texas A & M dairy judging team won first place in the Industrial Dairy Judging Contest at the National Dairy Show in Columbus, Ohio, AND it was composed entirely of former Tarleton students and former members of Tarleton's livestock judging teams!

The September 20, 1938 J-TAC states that the Tarleton dairy herd had advanced far in the last 11 years. The original diary herd was composed of Jerseys and Guernseys, but in 1927 a new herd was established of just Jerseys from the herds of Erath County Jersey breeders. The college herd was the second herd in the state to be officially classified for type by a judge of the American Jersey Cattle Club!

To be sure the Tarleton dairy program has excelled for many years and the new Southwest Regional Dairy Center will be a great facility for expanded learning and research for the entire area! Maybe they will even consider planting red rose bushes!

J-TAC, February 24, 1934, March 9, 1937, May 1, 1938, September 20, 1938.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Beat Final Exam Stress

As many of you are aware, final exams start tomorrow! Are you feeling the pressure? Are your nerves getting the best of you? The following is a link to 6 tips on beating final exam stress:

Six Tips to Beat Final Exam Stress

Also, if you're worried about forgetting your final exam schedule, here is a reminder link:

Spring 2011 Final Schedule

Good luck and remember to relax!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Study Tips

Finals are upon us once again. Check out the following website to learn 10 skills that will help you with all your exams.

Remember to use the Dick Smith library as a resource for quiet study, research help, and a caffeine boost!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Quick library catalog searching tip: Titles with "not" in them

The library has several "Eat This, Not That!" books, but if you try searching for them like this, you'll never find them:

If you're searching for a title that has the word "not" in it, what you need to do instead is put the title in quotes, like in the example below. If you wanted to do an even more exact search, you would change the dropdown menu from "General Keyword" to "Title."

Another option would be to omit the word "not" completely. Then your search would be eat this that.

This all sounds odd, I know, but that's because "not" is a special word in library catalog searches, a Boolean operator. Used properly, it can, for example, help you find books that are about World War II, but not about the Holocaust, or books that are about dogs but aren't fiction. When you search eat this not that without quotes, you are actually asking the catalog to find records with the words "eat" and "this" in them, but not the word "that" - which is why the search would never find David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding's Eat this, not that!