Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Extended Library Hours for Finals

Did you know the library has extended its hours
to help you prepare for your finals?

Dick Smith Library wishes you success on your finals!
Please let us know if you have questions or need assistance:
phone: (254)968-9249        email: reference@tarleton.edu

Monday, April 29, 2013

Texas Library Association

The Texas Library Association (TLA) just held its annual conference in Fort Worth, April 24-27.  Although the association was established in 1902, the first conference was not held until 1914, so 2013's conference was the 100th!

Today, TLA has over 7,600 members and is the largest state library association (with the largest state conference) in the country.  This is the first time the conference was held in Fort Worth since 1997.  It had grown so large that the conference had only been held in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas since then.

With the conference so close, most of the library staff was able to attend at least one day.  As I write this after the last conference day, I and my colleagues are exhausted but energized with ideas to improve Tarleton Libraries for our users.  Watch for future posts by other members of the LOL blog team on things we learned or saw at conference!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Subject Research Guides are here to help!

It's that time of the semester when papers will be due soon and team projects are in their final phases. Needless to say it can be a stressful part of the semester. If you're looking for resources in a specific area take a look at the subject research guides available through the Library's website. Each guide provides a list of the relevant databases, a subject-specific search box, and the call number ranges for physical materials within the subject. If you're interested in contacting the librarian who specializes in that subject their information is also made available on each page.

Don't forget, you could always use the Discovery @ Tarleton search to aid you in your research endeavors. (Tell us what you think of it by filling out the short survey, too!) Best of luck on the final few weeks of Spring 2013!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

George Oliver Ferguson

George Ollie Ferguson was a lifelong Erath County resident.  He attended John Tarleton College from its opening in 1899 until 1901.  He received his BA from the University of Texas in 1907 and his masters from the University of Chicago in 1917.

G.O. Ferguson joined the Tarleton faculty in 1913 as professor of history and economics, and head of the economics and social science department.  He became associate dean and registrar in 1919.  Dean Ferguson retired in 1946, but continued teaching until 1950.  During his tenure he also taught Spanish, German and sociology.   Dean Ferguson, along with other faculty members, stuck it out at Tarleton through the thinnest of times!

Upon his retirement, Dean Ferguson was given the status of Associate Dean Emeritus.  In 1959 Tarleton built a new men’s dormitory and named it after Dean Ferguson – Ferguson Hall – which is still here today, the dorm closest to the library!  Dean Ferguson is shown above in his office in the administration building (now the Education building).

G.O. Ferguson died April 8, 1963 of a heart attack at his ranch sixteen miles southeast of Stephenville.  He was buried across the street in Stephenville West End Cemetery.  His family home was on Vanderbilt Street.  His widow Nona Laney Ferguson continued living in their home on Vanderbilt and caring for their rental duplex apartments next door!  Mrs. Ferguson was my first landlady when I moved to Stephenville in 1969.  She died in 1971.

Dean Ferguson’s sisters, Mett and Minn, were also long time educators.  Minn was on the Tarleton faculty as an instructor of piano and secretary of the Music department.  She graduated from John Tarleton Agricultural College in 1915 and from the New York School of Music and art in 1920.  Mett was a long time public school teacher in East Texas.  Mettie died in 1961 and Minn in 1972.  Both are buried in Stephenville West End Cemetery.

Dean Ferguson’s daughter and son in law, Mary and Jack Anderson, have been longtime members and supporters of the Dick Smith Library Friends and have helped with many book sales and programs!  Jack also served as president and as secretary treasurer of the Friends group!

Here’s to a family of great supporters of Tarleton and the Dick Smith Library!

Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historic Images.
JTAC, April 23, 1963.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hip hop hurray

Did you know the library has 50  resources that cover hip hop and/or rap music? They approach the topic from political, historical and cultural perspectives and include print books, electronic books, and digital music.

Here are just a few. By the way, "General Stacks" is upstairs.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Life Changes in an Instant

Today is a very special day for me. On this day, 18 years ago I went from being a young wife to being a young mother. My life changed in an instant. This got me thinking about how things that happen in an instant can change our lives forever.

Earlier that week on April 19th, the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

Then 4 years later that very same week was when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. 14 students and 1 teacher were killed.

In 2007, a male student shot and killed 32 students and wounded 15 others on the Virginia Tech campus.

In 2010, a BP oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana killed 11 people and dumped more than 13,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

And finally this year we had two tragic events happen within days of each other. The Boston Marathon bombings that claimed 3 lives and injured hundreds and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that has taken an estimated 14 lives and injured hundreds as well.

All these people's lives were changed in an instant and each year I am blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday with my son.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day

Earth day is celebrated yearly on April 22.  Over 1 billion people from 192 countries all over the world will participate to help depict this year's theme Earth Day: The Face of Climate Change.

Do you try to lower your carbon footprint to help save the planet?  Is riding a bike your way of helping the climate? You can post a photo to tell your story about climate change and how you are helping.

There are all kinds of other ways you can get involved and join the movement.  To find out how,  check out the Earth Day Network website.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Waco Siege

Today, we remember the Waco Siege at Mount Carmel Center in 1993. I still remember hearing about this on the news when I was younger, but I did not pay much attention to it at the time. I was only 9 years old and couldn't be bothered to pay attention to the news. Oh, how minds do change. I have since grown more interested and reliant on my news as is to be expected, but the Waco Siege still interests me if only because I don't remember much about it except that it was a cult following, there was a fire, and nobody survived. It's hard to imagine that so many people could be deceived by one person, but it happens time and time again throughout history and will continue to do so so long as people continue to give power to one individual without researching and checking the facts out on their own. Anyway, I thought it might interest you to know what kind of resources the Dick Smith Library has about the Waco Siege as well as cults in general and (while I'm at it) mind control. Here's what I found.

Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America by James D. Tabor and Eugene V. Gallagher

A New Understanding of Terrorism: Case Studies, Trajectories, and Lessons Learned by M.R. Haberfeld and Agostino Hassell

The New American Exceptionalism by Donald E. Pease
[general stacks]

Cults in America: A Reference Handbook by James R. Lewis
 Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control by Dominic Streatfeild
[general stacks]

TEDTalks: Diane Benscoter - How Cults Rewire the Brain from Films on Demand

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe

April is National Poetry Month, so in honor of this, I have chosen to share poems by Edgar Allan Poe, my favorite poet.  A search in the database, Literature Resource Center, yielded an online book, Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage (1998), from Scribner Writers Series, with a chapter by J. Gerald Kennedy, all about Poe.  

Poe was born on Jan. 19, 1809 to actor parents, David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe.  David Poe abandoned the family before Edgar was a year old and Elizabeth died before Edgar reached the age of two.  Poe was sent to a foster family who spoiled him, but never legally adopted him resulting in a precarious financial situation during college at the University of Virginia and also while at West Point.  Despite his rocky start, Poe wrote and published his poems and stories.

A dramatic reading of "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" may be found through the database, Films on Demand, under "'The Raven' and Other Poems".

Poem Excerpts:

“The Raven”

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only.
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered 'Other friends have flown before-
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'
Then the bird said, 'Nevermore.'
And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door,
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor,
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

"My Annabel Lee"

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling - my darling- my life and my bride
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

"The Bells" - verse 1

Hear the sledges with the bells - SilverBells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a Crystalline delight
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

2013 READ Posters on Display

Dick Smith Library proudly announces
 The Sound &The Fury
and Tarleton Rodeo
READ posters  

Only 1 day left to enter the library's Twit'stagram contest. 
Create and tweet your pictures for a chance to win great prizes.

Monday, April 15, 2013

READ Posters Revealed Today

Today at 1:30, the Dick Smith Library will reveal who is on this year’s READ posters. The READ posters, first begun in 2010, are part of the Dick Smith Library’s celebration of National Library Week. The posters feature individuals or groups that are part of Tarleton’s history and traditions or an iconic image of Tarleton.

Past honorees are Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio and the Purple Poo (2010), Texan Battalion ROTC cadets and the Tarleton Players (2011), the TSU Plowboys and the Texan Rider (2012).
Come by the library at 1:30 for the unveiling, enjoy some refreshments, and have your picture taken for your own READ poster.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Libraries, Literacy, & Twit'stagram, Oh My!

April 14th marks the beginning of National Library Week. The theme for this years NLW is Communities Matter @ Your Library. Libraries everywhere celebrate in their own fashion. Whether it's promoting a new reading program, the construction of a new library commons, or the addition of e-readers, every library has their own special way of saying "Hey, we are here to help!"

At the Dick Smith Library, we celebrate by featuring symbols of Tarleton's past and present on specialized READ posters. We have featured Dr. Dottavio, Purple Poo, ROTC, Tarleton Players, the Texan Rider, and the Plowboys. The DSL is excited with anticipation to reveal the 2013 READ posters. Join us on Monday, April 15 at 1:30pm in the library's lobby to see who is on this year's READ posters. Light refreshments will be served!

Also in honor of NLW, the Dick Smith Library will be having a Twit'stagram contest. Silly name, awesome contest! You take a picture on Instagram (make sure to set up an account) and tag us (@TarletonLib). We will pick our favorites and post them to our Facebook page. From there, you have to get your friends involved! Most liked pic wins!

See You On Monday!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Tarleton Affiliates with Terrell Labs

Dr. Truman Conner Terrell founded the Terrell Laboratories after moving to Fort Worth from Ranger in 1914.  In 1953 he was President of the Texas Medical Association and was Tarrant County’s first medical examiner after the legislature created it in 1965.  He also taught in the old Fort Worth School of Medicine and served five terms as president of the Texas Society of Pathologists.  He was a physician for more than half a century!

In 1962 Tarleton became affiliated with the Terrell Laboratories School of Technology and X-Ray.  Tarleton students could attend Tarleton for three years, followed by thirteen months at the Terrell Laboratories.  Then upon passing the ASCP registry, they received a BS from Tarleton.  Four other schools were also affiliated with Terrell Labs – North Texas State University, Arlington State College, Texas Wesleyan College, and Texas Christian University.

On January 25, 1963, Tarleton student Betty Jo Doshier graduated after studying medical technology for thirteen months!  Episcopalian Chaplin at All Saints Hospital and a Tarleton alum, Father Blackwell, gave the invocation and benediction at graduation.  Master of Ceremonies was Dr. R.C. Schaffer, pathologist on staff at Terrell Laboratories.  So we see how the building got its name!!  Keynote speaker was Fort Worth advertising executive Jim Matthews.  Dr. T.C. Terrell presented the diplomas.  Tarleton science professors, Mr. Lamar Johanson and Dr. Prentice Caraway and their wives represented Tarleton at graduation, which was held in All Saints Hospital. 

Over the years there have been several names for this program including Medical Technology (MedTech),  Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences,  and now Medical Laboratory Sciences!  The Dick Smith Library has always purchased and cataloged all of the resources for their library.  We even have a librarian there now, Lisa Blackwell, who provides reference and research services to students, faculty, and staff, as well as gives presentations to promote library services.

The mission of the Tarleton Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is “to graduate laboratory professionals who are prepared to assume laboratory leadership roles in the North Central Texas region and the state of Texas”.  It also is a resource network for the laboratory health care community and a source of continuing education for faculty, alumni, and staff members of affiliated institutions.

Wow – that makes Tarleton’s Medical Laboratory Sciences program over 50 years old!!
Way to Go!!

 Dallas Morning News, June 6, 1971.
JTAC, February 5, 1963.