Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ask a Librarian

Reference Department 2015
We've had a few comings and goings but we're still ready to assist you.
Stop by the Reference Desk for assistance!  
Have you ever had a library or research-related question when you were on the go or after the library's operating hours?
Did you know that the library has a service which allows you to ask your question at any time or any place?
The library's Reference Department provides email-based reference services where you can email and get a response within a 24 hour time-frame.
You can also visit the Ask a Librarian page to fill out a web form which will assist the librarian in answering your question.
Submit your question with as much detail as you can, and we'll work hard to find you the answer.
Have questions now?
We're just a click or a phone call away, (254)968-9249.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meet Our Staff: Kelsie Tobin

Kelsie Tobin
Interlibrary Loan Specialist
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – 109G

I am responsible for processing requests to and from other libraries to acquire the materials students may need that our library does not own. This is the perfect job for me because I enjoy helping others achieve their goals!

I am still a child at heart so my favorite book will always be James and the Giant Peach. On my personal time I enjoy hunting and fishing and anything that involves working on the ranch with my family and working out. Living a healthier lifestyle has become very important to me as well. I also attend school full time and that tends to keep me fairly busy!

My favorite quote is:

“Follow your heart and be true to yourself. Never live the life of another. You have to create your own road. You have a responsibility to be the best you can possibly be, so keep your mind and heart open to the higher aspects of your being. And you will harness the power to have a loving and fulfilling life with attitude.”

James Van Praagh

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Meet Our Staff: Ginger Cousins

Ginger Cousins
Evening Supervisor
Dick Smith Library – Main Floor – Circulation Desk

Hi, My name is Ginger Cousins. I graduated from Tarleton State University in May 2015 with a Bachelors in Communications.  I started working here in September 2015 as the new Evening Circulation Supervisor. My normal work hours are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

This will be the first semester that the Tarleton Libraries has been open until 2 a.m. I am excited to see how these hours will benefit students.  Some of my work duties include: helping supervise the student workers, making deposits, checking TexShare cards, maintaining the blocked list (students that have not paid their library fines), and reserving rooms when needed.

I currently live here in Stephenville with my husband Brian, and our two cats Hagrid and Dumbledore. Yes, we are a bit of Harry Potter fans! However, my favorite novels are by Nicholas Sparks. I love his bittersweet endings. I believe that when words from a book can make you feel emotion, then the author has done the job perfectly.

I have enjoyed working at Tarleton Libraries and am very grateful at how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. I look forward to getting to know everyone better and continuing to learn everything that the library has to offer students. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

What is a SMART Kapp Board

A SMART Kapp Board is similar to a white board but it connects with your phone.  First you download and open the SMART Kapp app or you can scan the QR code.  Your phone then connects to the board and anything you see on the board you see on your phone!  You can share in real-time with up to 5 users.  You can also save snapshots of the board to your phone.  When you are finished you can disconnect to end your session.

SMART Kapp Boards are located on the lower level of the library. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Year, New You

New Year's resolutions

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? Are you still sticking to them? According to "Resolutions by the Numbers", about 45% of us make resolutions each year. However 73% will give up before the first goal is met.

So what can we do to meet our goals?
  1. Be realistic. Habits develop over time. Give yourself the needed time to attain the goal. Strive to lose 50 pounds in eight months instead of two months.
  2. Write it down. Keep a journal to see what your triggers are and to track your progress.
  3. Don't beat yourself up over a lapse. We all have moments of weakness. Don't let the midnight brownie derail you. Acknowledge that you're human and get yourself back on track.
  4. Ask for support. If your resolution is to get healther then you might start going to the gym 3 days a week with a friend. It'll help pass the time and make going fun instead of a chore.
  5. Be accountable. Tell your goals to family and friends who will help keep you on track. Another way to stay accountable would be to sign a commitment contract in StickK. If you do not meet the commitment then you are required to donate to a charity that you would not normally support.
For other goal setting tips:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Now with extended hours!

Starting January 11, 2016 the library will extended it's hours of operation to 2 a.m. Sunday thur Thursday.  Students have often requested the change and after many attempt to fill staff vacancies to cover the time, arrangement are all set!  

The new longer hours are:   

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am