Friday, June 27, 2014

Environmentally Conscious in the Library Learning Commons

Throughout the new Library Learning Commons, you'll see numerous recycling stations...
photo by Tracy Holtman
...with slots for trash/garbage, recyclable bottles & cans, and recyclable paper:
photo by Tracy Holtman, modified by Amanda Pape
In the areas with printers, there are new cabinets with slots cut in the top for recycling paper:
photo by Amanda Pape

We also have new water fountains in the lobby area across from the restrooms:
photo by Tracy Holtman
One of the fountains has a place to refill your travel cups and water bottles, activated by a sensor.  It also measures the number of plastic bottles being saved from the landfill.  The new Library Learning Commons has only been open two weeks, and already the count is at 258!
photo by Tracy Holtman, modified by Amanda Pape

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Off-Campus and Distance Learning Services

Are you a distance learner? Do you attend classes in Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, Weatherford, or some other Tarleton associated campus?

If so, you should become familiar with the library's off-campus and distance learning services.

Check out our distance services website to learn more: 

You may also contact our Access Services Librarian, Kym Schow, who is in charge of the library's distance services.

Kym Schow

If you have other questions, you may contact the Reference Desk, (254)968-9249 or As long as the library is open, there will be someone at the desk to assist you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I saved it...I think.

Summer sessions are in full swing and students are gearing up for the upcoming Fall semester. Remember to save your work to your T-drive, email, and/or flash drive. Being overly cautious, when it comes to your hard work, will pay off. Have questions on how to save to your T-drive or what your T-drive is? Please, feel free to email or call 254/968-9249.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Donate! - The Library is hosting a Blood Drive

The Library is sponsoring a blood drive Tuesday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center, Ballroom A.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tarleton Throwback Thursday...Baseball

Did you know that on this day in 1846 the first organized baseball game was played?  To honor that great day here is a picture of the Tarleton College Baseball Team in 1905.

For more historic images check out the Cross Timbers Historic Images.  The library has many resources for Tarleton history as well as local history.  You can find those resources on our Special Collections and Archives pages.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

It's summer time! Which means many of us will spend more time having fun boating or jet-skiing on the lakes or riding ATVs. Summer also means that lawns have to be mowed more often. (Not so fun!) And we all know that these engines need repair and maintenance from time to time, especially in the summer. But, no worries, whatever your small engine repair needs this summer, the library has you covered.

Our database, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, includes repair and maintenance guides for boat motors, personal watercraft, lawnmowers, motorcycles, ATVs, tractors and more. Each section gives a basic overview of that type of engine, and then includes more detailed guides for top brands. Hopefully you won't have any problems while you're out working or having fun this summer, but if you do, this is a great resource for repairing and maintaining your engines.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Movies That Were Originally Books

In case you missed it, here's Huffington Post's "14 Movies You Definitely Didn't Know Were Based on Books." I only knew that two or three of these were originally books.

For those who'd like to give some of these a try, the library has:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Research Leads to Award

Prajapati with Professor Telegenhoff
Medical Laboratory Science student, Manashree Prajapati's research on her Master's thesis lead to a prestigious award.  Prajapati, under the guidance of Professor Dale Telegenhoff, wrote "The Effects of Cholesterol Carrier Proteins and Statin on Fibrobalst Migration and Signal Transduction via Sterol Regulatory Element Building Proteins (SREBP) - 2" after thoroughly researching her topic.  The ground work research really paid off as Prajapati was awarded the 2014 Master's Thesis Award for Life Science by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS).  The award was presented to her in February 2014 at the Annual Meeting of CSGS. Of particular note is that Prajapati is Tarleton's first Master's level Medical Laboratory Sciences student to receive her degree.

Prajapati's work stemmed from the research by Telegehoff on wound healing.  Prajapati explored how low-density lipoprotein (LDL) might be used to affect cell migration causing the multiplication of fibroblasts promoting wound healing.  This research is useful for those who suffer from wounds that are hard to heal and is especially important due to the rise of diabetes whose sufferers tend to develop hard-to-heal wounds. Prajapati worked with Telegehoff for 2.5 years in order to produce her award winning research.

In August 2013, Prajapati received her Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. She plans on earning her Ph.D. after she works for a few years as a molecular technologist.

Telegehoff's research, which includes research by Prajapati, is available through the library:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Passion For Fashion (Print Books)?

If you're interested in fashion, here's a quick way to find our fashion books upstairs.

1.  Go to
2.  Click Library Catalog and Advanced Search.
3.  Next to subject, type in fashion
4. Change type to book.
5. Click Search.

Library catalog search
Use the library's catalog to find (print) fashion books.

1. Click on book titles for more details.
2. Write down the call # (for the item below, the call # is TT507 .S93 2013). 
Hint: General Stacks = upstairs.  Make sure the book is not checked out!
3.  Note: If you need help finding the book, ask our staff! We feel happy and needed when you do.

Item record for one of our books.

Feeling overwhelmed?  Here's a fun book to start with:

20th Century Fashion: 100 Years of Style by Decade and Designer, in Association with Vogue, by Linda Watson. It is located in the General Stacks, call # GT596 .W38 2004.

One of our many books on fashion.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Campus Renovations

photo by Amanda Pape
We're super excited about the soon-to-be-opened Library Learning Commons, but the Dick Smith Library isn't the only building on campus undergoing renovations.

Check out Tarleton's renovations website for updates on other projects:  the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, the One-Stop Shop at the Tarleton Center, new residence hall construction, Alumni Island, and the O. A. Grant Humanities Building.

The latter has a cool glass tower on the southwest corner of the building, facing the intersection of Washington and Lillian streets.  This tower is also adjacent to the visitor parking lot (P12) next to the library.  The photo at right was taken on Sunday night as I was leaving the library.  Check out the cool lighting on the tower!

A photo of the tower in daylight can be found on the university's Instagram account.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tarleton Libraries: Year(s) in Review

You may have heard about the Library Chronicles but do you know what it is?

Library Chronicles is a newsletter magazine published annually by the library's Marketing and Outreach Committee which spotlights events and happenings that have occurred within the library for the specific newsletter's year. Basically, if you've ever wondered what goes on at the library you can find the answer within the Library Chronicles' pages.

The newsletter contains interesting facts about the library and its staff members as well as fun images of events that happen on all the Tarleton campuses.

Check out the Library Chronicles' archive to review the last four years.

Find out about our READ poster reveal, social media accounts, contributions to the campus and surrounding community, and more!

Want more information about the Library Chronicles?

Contact the library's 
Marketing and Outreach Co-Chairs:

Cathy Wilterding

Kym Schow

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Did you know?

Did you know that the University has a tobacco use policy? It is part of the Campus Rules & Procedure put out by the Division of Student Life at Tarleton State University. Below you will see the excerpt, on the use of tobacco, from the rules.

The Dick Smith Library and Texan Hall are both Tobacco Free Facilities. Please take care to recognize the policy set in place. If you have questions, call the information desk at 254/968-9249.