Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Meet Our Staff: Lacey Cook

Lacey Cook
Electronic Resources Associate
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – room 111

I have recently moved into the position of Electronic Resources Specialist here at the Library, and I am so happy to be here! Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful, and I am grateful for that.

I was born and raised in good ol’ Abilene, TX. I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. While living in Arlington, I held a buyer’s assistant position at a large salon and spa. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Stephenville. I held the computer lab aide position in the library at the high school for a year and a half.

When I am off the clock, I enjoy soaking up the sun in my back yard while reading a fantasy book. I enjoy going to the movies, as long as I have some popcorn and chocolate. When spending time with family and friends, we tend to go to a Texas country concert. I get my creativity out by painting and crafting. My favorites are: the color pink, Twilight, celebrity gossip, all kinds of music, my boyfriend Coleman and my Manx cat Tiger.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and hope that I can learn more about everyone else as well!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Anthology: Digitized & New Volume Published

Cover of Volume 20, 2014
Volume 20, 2014
Volume 20 of Anthology Published
In case you missed the announcement last week, you should know that the Volume 20 of Anthology has been published and it showcases Tarleton students' exceptional creative talents.

A forum for student prose, poetry, and visual arts, Anthology began to take shape in 1994 through the efforts of two undergraduate students, Cris Edwards and Jimmy Hood, and two English and Languages Department faculty members, Benedda Konvicka and Marilyn Robitaille.

This dedicated team championed their vision, secured university funding and support, solicited and judged submissions, recruited help, designed the journal, and began ensuring their dream would withstand the test of time -- which it definitely has.

Cover of Volume 1, 1995
Volume1, 1995
Anthology's first volume was published in 1995; a new volume has been published each April since. Each volume offers carefully selected works and is celebrated with Creative Arts Day festivities that include an editors' luncheon, readings by a renowned author, a contributors' reception, and Editors' Choice Awards. The 2014 Creative Arts Day featured Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown as guest speaker.

While Anthology has been available in print and online for quite some time, its distribution range has been fairly limited -- until now. 

A recent Dick Smith Library digitization project has broadened access to this publication and created a searchable version of Anthology through The Portal to Texas History, which is created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Projects Unit.

How to Access & Search Anthology
-- Click "Services and Resources" on the Dick Smith Library homepage.
-- Choose "Anthology Creative Arts Journal Archive."
   ---- Browse issues by year.
   ---- Search for items by title, creator, or keyword.

Let us know if you have questions: | 254-968-9249

Final Exam & End-of Semester Tips
Looking for inspiration? Need to get your creative juices energized? Need a mental break? No worries. Help is at hand:
-- Check out the Finals Frenzy resources and follow @TarletonExams on Facebook.
-- Peruse others' tips and share your own with the #TSUFinalsFrenzy hashtag on Twitter.
-- Enjoy a cup of coffee at the library and other hydration stations.
-- Take advantage of the library's extended hours.
-- Contact library staff if you have questions: "Ask a Librarian" | | 254-968-9249

Monday, April 28, 2014

Never Oversleep Again: App for Waking Up On Time for Your Final

Finals are just around the corner which means
iOS App Store: Alarmy
many of you will have sleep schedules that are off and you'll probably be at the library taking advantage of the extended and all-night study hours.

While studying is important, it's also important to make sure you get enough sleep so you will wake up on time and ready to take your final.

If you're anything like me, you probably have difficulty getting up even if you've had a full eight hours of sleep. I struggle with the snooze button every morning. It doesn't matter if I set my alarm an hour before I need to wake up, I usually wake up thirty minutes after the time I needed.

Luckily, there's a solution for people who struggle with getting out of bed!

If you have a smart phone, you can install this app: Alarmy (Sleep If U Can).

It's an app that's available for iOS ($1.99) and Android (Free).

Huffington Post describes it as "...[A]n alarm clock that will not stop ringing until you are physically out of bed, at a location in your home, taking a photo of a given item. It's like a scavenger hunt you have to complete to silence your alarm every morning; at the end of hunt, you're out of your bed and (hopefully) wide awake."

It's basically a challenge for you to sleep through this alarm. I am definitely considering giving this app a try so I can wake up with plenty of time before work so I can become a more productive person in the morning. I'll let you know how it goes!

Good luck on your finals!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Finals Frenzy!!

Check out the Finals Frenzy events that are available to help you with your exams!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Have you heard the news?

Last Wednesday the library hosted its fifth annual READ event, revealing the Tarleton Aeronautical Team and the Collegiate FFA as this year's lucky groups to be included in the library's READ posters.  

Each year, the library selects two outstanding groups/individuals from the Tarleton community to participate in promoting reading and literacy.  Participants appear in posters with some of their favorite books.  The participants and posters are kept secret until the big reveal during National Library Week.

If you didn't get a chance to stop by the reveal party, you still have time to enjoy the posters!  Stop by the library's Administration Office in the upper level to get a close up view of the full sized posters.  You can still snag free mini-posters at the Circulation desk on the main level, which also include information about the organizations on the back.


Monday, April 21, 2014

On This Day in History...The Battle of San Jacinto

On this day in Texas history, Texas wins the Battle of San Jacinto in about 18 minutes.

Spending weeks drawing Santa Anna east across central Texas, on April 21st, while the Mexican army was having their afternoon siesta, the Texas army led by Sam Houston attacks shouting "Remember the Alamo".  The battle lasted only about 18 minutes. 

To learn more about the Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Revolution check out the library's Discovery Tool.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Digital Public Library of America

We told you a couple of months ago that the Tarleton Grassburrs are now online, through the Portal to Texas History. Did you know, though, that because they are in the Portal to Texas History, they are also included in the Digital Public Library of America? You can find them in the DPLA using this search link.*
Screenshot of DPLA Homepage 4/17/2014

The DPLA is a nationwide digital library that partners with regional digital libraries, such as the Portal to Texas History, and institutions like the New York Public Library and the Smithsonian to bring you content from all over the country in one place. You can search by date, keyword or by place. As you can see below, there are many items from the Stephenville area in the DPLA!

So, get out there and explore the DPLA!  You might find the perfect picture, newspaper article, book or other primary source for your research, or discover something completely new about your home town.

*Updated 4/18/2014 to add direct link to Grassburrs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

       Find out who’s featured on the
Dick Smith Library 2014 READ posters!
            Join the Fun & Be In the Know
             ¯Wed., April 16 @ 3:00 p.m.¯
          Downstairs in the Dick Smith Library

       2014 READ Poster Reveal & Refreshments
Get souvenir READ postcards & take pictures with this year’s honorees.

              ¯Celebrate Libraries & Reading¯
                    National Library Week -- April 13-19

Monday, April 14, 2014

Extended Study Hours

The library will be closed this coming weekend, April 19 & 20 for the Easter holiday. Extended study hours will begin on Monday, April 21.

Spring 2014 Extended Library Hours (April - May)

 Texan Card ID will be REQUIRED during All-Night Study hours (midnight - 7am).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Discovery Search has citation help

Did you know that our Discovery search tool can help you with citations?
Here's how.

Citation Help in Discovery
1. Do an article search.
2.   Click on a hyperlinked title in your results for the article you'd like to use (see below).
Screenshot from a Discovery search results page.

2.  Click the yellow icon labeled "Cite" on the next screen and a drop down menu will appear.
The next screen gives you details about the article.
3. Click on your desired citation format from the drop down menu.
Styles include AMA, APA, and MLA.
Citation Saving
From here, you can either:
a) copy and paste your citation into Word or
b) click on the e-mail icon to the right to e-mail yourself the citation (be sure to select the correct format on your e-mail screen). 

If you subscribe to bibliographic management software, such as EndNote, you can c), export the citation to your account.

Citation Errors
Be sure to check your citation for mistakes

Reliable sources to use include our manuals at the reference desk, or the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) site  or  our Citing Sources page.

By the way, did you notice that the APA citation pictured above is incorrect?  It requires a hanging indent. Can you spot any other mistakes?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Bankhead Highway in Texas

The Bankhead Highway was an automobile route from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, mainly through southern states.  It was the second national cross-country highway and the first that could be used year-round. It was named for Alabama senator John Hollis Bankhead, a leader in the early national road building ("Good Roads") movement.  Work on the route began in 1916, and its about-850 miles across Texas run from Texarkana to Dallas, and then west more or less near the routes of Interstates 20 and 10 today.

Retired meteorologist Daniel L. Smith spoke to the Dick Smith Friends of the Library this past weekend about his book (pictured above), The Bankhead Highway in Texas.  In the second half of the book, Smith took the 1921 Authentic Roadmap and Tourist Guide of the Bankhead Highway  by Thomas A. Dunn, and marked its routing on 1936 county maps of Texas.  Those maps show roads that may no longer exist today, but even by 1936, a few parts of the 1921 Bankhead Highway no longer existed - or could not be definitively identified.  And of course, today the interstates and other highways have obliterated parts of the Bankhead.

One of the Bankhead routes in western Tarrant County went right down today's Camp Bowie Boulevard, past the location of today's Hickman Building of the Tarleton Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth.  The route also went through downtown Weatherford in Parker County.  Much of the road through Eastland County was paved with red brick made in Thurber, and you can easily see these segments in Cisco and Ranger.

Old photos, ads, and postcard images of bridges, signage, hotels, tourist courts, service stations, and other businesses along the Bankhead route, and recent photos of remnants of the road, buildings, landmarks, and other features that remain today are available in a Bankhead Highway in Texas group on Flickr started by the Texas Historical Commission as part of its Bankhead Highway Project.

This book can be found in the General Stacks on the upper level, call number HE356 .B36 S65 2013.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Do you InstaLibrary? Follow or Tag Us on Instagram

Follow us @tarletonlib
You may have seen that Tarleton Libraries has a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (as well as other social media accounts)but did you know that we also have an Instagram?

Search for our username @tarletonlib to follow us.

We post Tarleton-related and Library-related photos. For example, we have posted a few renovation updates to keep our users current on what's happening in our building.

We also post images of interesting/visually pleasing things that we find around campus; for example the tulips that are blooming in front of the library.

We're always open for suggestions. Also, if you take a library-related image, you can tag us in the photo or use a hashtag such as #dsl, #tarletonlibrary, #dslibrary, #Tarleton.
Check us out!  

Photos Taken By: Tracy Holtman

Monday, April 7, 2014

#FinalsFrenzy Coming Soon

The semester is almost over. I know, it's crazy! Now is the time to start thinking about preparing for your finals. It's never too early, or too late, to get started and organized. Check out this blog post on the top ten study tips.
Inspirational Quote

 Remember to drink lots of water, eat a healthy breakfast, and get some exercise during finals week. It is important to be mentally and physically prepared. Be on the lookout for the #FinalsFrenzy hashtag to find more tips on how to be successful during finals.

@tarletonlib #FinalsFrenzy #studentsuccess
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day

Today, April 2, 2014, is World Autism Awareness Day.  In honor of this, Tarleton will "Light It Up Blue" by having one of our most iconic landmarks, the smokestack, shine blue rather than purple this evening.  Be sure to look for it tonight!

Although the cause of Autism is unknown, in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network determined that approximately 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 for boys, and 1 in 252 for girls) were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States.  

If you want to learn more about autism, check out this TEDTalk by Ami Klin from our Films on Demand Database.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy April Fools Day!!

Today is April 1st, April Fools Day.  Having never heard how the day got started I decided to see what I could find using the library's Discovery Tool

Keeping in the back of my mind that some of these articles would have been written on April Fools I looked at many, many articles and found a few origins that are believed to be possibilities. 

While no one knows the exact beginnings of pulling pranks on April 1st the most widely accepted theory comes from the 16th century in France when the Gregorian calendar was introduced.  This changed New Years from April 1st to January 1st.  Those that continued to celebrate on the first of April were called April Fools and were invited to parties (that no one was actually throwing), sent on "fools errands", and given silly gifts.