Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
We mentioned LibriVox over a year ago, talking about its being a free audiobook site. I recently revisited this nifty little site and have a few thoughts to share with you all.
First off, I LOVE the concept. Public domain works are up for grabs, and in this case the grabs are pretty widespread. The selection of available materials is pretty extensive. This is largely a good thing, putting aside differences I have a bit of an issue with the quality of the audio.
Take for example this version of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The snobbish drama critic in me says: “Not much in the way of performance and the differing audio quality even among members in the same scene speaks volumes. I scoff at their puny attempts, SCOFF, I SAY! Now look away as I turn my nose up at you!”
Back to reality. Now, I realize that it’s unlikely that these folks are professional voice actors, but that’s precisely what makes this such a wonderfully egalitarian tool. So long as the quality of your “performance” is understandable and as true as possible to the text, your interpretation is welcome. This blending of literature and theater is what truly makes the Internet worth using, don’t you think?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- The Total Money Makeover
- How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously
- Your Money or Your Life
- All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan
- I Will Teach You to Be Rich
- The Complete Tightwad Gazette
- The Random Walk Guide to Investing
- The Millionaire Next Door
- Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement
- Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes (and How to Correct Them)
Monday, June 27, 2011
The TexShare card program is a reciprocal borrowing program across the state of Texas. Participating institutions include many public, academic, and special libraries.
As a current Tarleton student, faculty, or staff member you are eligible each semester to receive a TexShare card. The card allows you to visit any participating TexShare library and borrow materials free of charge. You can request your TexShare card at the Dick Smith Library Circulation Desk or online: http://www.tarleton.edu/library/TexShare.html
Once you have received your card, you are ready to check out. Remember to bring your TexShare card and photo ID when visiting libraries.
Materials borrowed on a TexShare card are subject to the lending library's policies and must be returned in person or by first-class mail.
TexShare provides a list of participating libraries on their web site. Use the Library of Texas to search for books and articles from libraries located in Texas. The Library of Texas lets you pick the library collections you search, helping you locate items near you.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
10. Check your account's privacy settings regularly. Facebook sometimes revises privacy features without notifying users.
9. Don't use Facebook to log onto or leave comments on other sites...or even public Facebook pages. Even an innocent misspelling or slightly political comment might come back to haunt you one of these days. If you have to comment, do so anonymously--and avoid hateful comments, since your IP address is easily traceable.
8.Restrict the use of your information in Facebook ads.
7. Restrict apps and games. Even if you don't take quizzes or play games, third-party companies can access your information through your friends who do.
6. Create and customize groups. Then decide which group can access personal information about you. For example, you may not want your boss to see wall posts about your love life.
5. Test your privacy settings. Don't assume everything is OK.
4. Control access to your photo albums and videos. You may not want your "Family" group to have access to party photos from last week. Actually, it's probably best to leave those photos off of Facebook altogether. **Update: Facebook has now enabled facial recognition software so that it is easier to tag your friends in photos. If you don't want others to tag you in photos, go to Account Settings-->Customize Settings-->Suggest photos of me to friends-->Edit Settings-->Disabled-->Okay.
3. Edit your profile, including your picture. It may be possible for an identity thief to reconstruct your information with your full name and birth date.
2. Use https://; add a security question. Https: provides a secure socket layer to encrypt your information. A security question makes it more difficult for other people to log into your account.
1. Decide whether you want to be shown in search engine results.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Food:
10. Make a List
9. Stop Experimenting with Recipes
8. Shop Online
7. Keep Leftovers
6. Make a Core Menu for the week
5. Buy in Bulk
4. Buy Store Brands
3. Cook from Scratch
2. Use Coupons
1. Buy Local Produce
Monday, June 20, 2011
What is the most unusual thing you have found in a collection?
The original Maverick mascot for UT-Arlington was a horned horse. One day I found the headstall and horns that were used on the horse in a university collection.
What is the best way to preserve Civil War letters?
Remove them from the envelopes and flatten them. Placing each letter in its own acid free folder or Mylar sleeve.
How do you preserve crumbling newspapers?
First newspapers are very acidic and age rapidly. If the papers are on microfilm I would use microfilm or have the papers microfilmed or digitized. If you only have a few clippings you could copy the clippings on to acid free paper and discard the originals.
Do archivists accept everything that comes along?
No, most archives, like libraries, have a collection policy and they only accept items that fall within that policy. Also the condition of the item is also taken into consideration before accepting an item.
What type of education does someone need to become an archivist?
There are two basic paths. One is to earn an MILS (Masters of Information and Library Science) degree with a concentration in archives. The other path is a Masters in History with a Certificate of Archival Management. In either case an interest or background in history or research methods is helpful as an archivist.
What are the three main issues facing archives and archivists today?
In no particular order they are: electronic records, expansion of ways users want to access collections, and budget cuts.
This is just a sampling of the questions that archivists answered that day.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The first women's dorm was built in 1908 and named for benefactor Mary Corn Wilkerson. After her husband died, Mary donated 370 acres of land to Tarleton with proceeds to be used to build a woman's dorm. The first addition to the original dorm came in 1925 and was named Chamberlin Hall in honor of Lily Pearl Chamberlin, Tarleton's first female faculty member, and the person responsible for the home economics program at Tarleton.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The library has DVDs on topics that apply to courses, DVDs that can help you with activities you do in your daily life, and DVDs you might want to watch just for fun. Here are just a few:
- Secrets of body language [BF637 .N66 S43 2008] - This documentary shows how politicians and celebrities use their body language to persuade people, establish their power, and advance their careers. If you ever watched and enjoyed the show Lie to Me, you might enjoy this.
- The eye of the storm [LC212.22 .I8 E94 2007] - This documentary follows third grade teacher Jane Elliott's experiment to teach her all-white class about racism by dividing them into "blue-eyes" and "brown-eyes," making one group superior or inferior on successive days.
- Rosemary & Thyme (1st and 2nd series) [PN1992.8.D48 R67 2005 and PN1992.8.D48 R671 2005] - Murder and gardening!
- Lost (Season 1) [PN1992.8.S35 L678 2005] - I have to admit, the only season I watched all the way through was this one. This show starts off great: a plane crash, a mysterious island, and lots of characters with secrets.
- Flatland [QA699 .A132 2007] - This DVD features oppressed geometrical shapes. It's based on a book that you can also check out.
- Project Runway (Season 1) [TT502 .P76 2004] - Yes, we have the first season of Project Runway.
- Jane Eyre [PR4167 .J3 W45 2007] - The BBC miniseries adaptation of the book.
- Shopping behind the seams : judging quality in clothes [TX340 .S56 2009] - This educational DVD shows you the things to look for when you're clothes shopping, to make sure that the clothes you're buying are worth what you're paying for them. Expensive clothes aren't necessarily well-made, and cheap clothes won't necessarily fall apart after the first few washes.
- First impressions : etiquette and work habits for new employees [HF5389 .F57 2005] - A bit cheesy, but useful.
- Freakonomics [HB74 .P8 F695 2007] - If you like the book or haven't read the book yet but want to, you might want to watch this. And, by the way, the library has the book, too.
- Pride and prejudice [PR4034 .P7 L36 2010] - The one with Colin Firth!
- I'm normal, you're weird [HM101 .I538 1998] - An educational program wrapped in a bit of sci-fi. The story: a trio of aliens is coming to our planet and wants to blend in, so they spend some time looking at all kinds of aspects of human behavior that are culturally determined.
- One red paperclip [HF1019 .O54 2008] - A documentary about a guy who bartered his way up from a single red paperclip to a house in only one year.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
- J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter series
- Danielle Steel - romance and drama
- Toni Morrison - Nobel and Pulitzer-Prize winning author
- Stephenie Meyer - Twilight series
- Mary Higgins Clark - suspense novels
- Maya Angelou - America’s most visible black female autobiographer/poet
- Alice Walker - Pulitzer Prize winning novelists and poet who explores themes of race and gender
- Jhumpa Lahiri - Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction
- Joyce Carol Oates - themes of gender, violence, race, and the human condition
- Isabel Allende - widely read Spanish-language novelist
Friday, June 10, 2011
From the lips of parents. Mine, in fact. See, when I told my mom and dad that I wanted to go to graduate school to become a librarian I got the standard "Didn't you think this through?" look.
It's a fine question. Working in the library isn't a common first-choice for a career. Tell me if you find the following definition accurate:
librarian, n. A person who works in a storehouse for books known as a "library," making sure the books are in order and directing others to the location of said books. A truly quaint vestige of a non-digital past, considering you can get pretty much everything you want off Google. Usually known for irritably shushing the slightest noise inside the library.
That last part is kind of dismal, isn't it? Who would want to do that? Not I, said the duck. What's worse, why on Earth would you need a masters for it? Spoiler alert: you wouldn't. Fortunately, the librarians I've known do so much more than the individual just described.
Let's see what the ol' academic standby, Oxford English Dictionary has to say on the subject:
librarian, n. The keeper or custodian of a library.
Eh, that one doesn't really work for me, either. It's just not specific enough. I'm going to give the OED a run for their money and supply another definition:
librarian, n. A person associated with a library possessing specialized training in providing assistance with personal learning from a variety of information formats.
Still not perfect, but in my opinion more accurate as to what a librarian actually does. Notice I didn't specifically mention books here. There are a lot of other ways to learn things, and books are an efficient way to do this. In fact, for hundreds of years books were the most efficient way of sharing information. They still do a great job of it, and to my mind aren't obsolete in the slightest. If the book was stolen or damaged beyond repair, however, all the information contained within it was no longer available. Books need to be physically accounted for and repaired, and this is the traditional purview of a librarian. Many librarians continue to do exactly this every day, sharing information in this way.
But what about all the other ways we learn? The internet, for example, is not contained in a book. There's a lot of information there, and much of it is accurate and may be used to learn and improve our quality of life. Conversely, a LOT of it is not worth the energy it takes to make it light up your monitor. The question is now how to navigate through everything that exists out there into finding what it is you want.
Enter the librarian. See, anyone who can move a book off a shelf and read it can find information and use it. Punch the letters on a keyboard and put words in a search engine and you're doing the same thing, only a little faster. The difficulty is in knowing which book to pull off which shelf, or what words to use in what search engine out of the billions of possibilities.
This is what a librarian excels at: knowing how to efficiently use time to choose the right option. Librarians understand how knowledge is organized, why it is done that way, and most importantly, how it can be used. All those words in all those books mean nothing if don't apply to your situation. A librarian can help you cut through the fat to get to the meat.
Learning how to do that for people takes time, though. Librarians go to graduate school to learn from experts how to do this well. That masters degree represents a focused period of time spent learning how to navigate and utilize the ever-expanding information base. That's the trick: we can all get to something, but a librarian can get you to the right thing.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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
Service at the Circulation Desk stops 15 minutes before the library closes.
We will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.