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The Library is Weeding!

This is a good thing. The term itself, gives indication of this. Just as a good gardener pulls weeds and debris which hinder the health and growth of plants, the Library does the same with books. We take away the old, and underused books, to make way for - not only new books, but new and improved resources and services!

Currently, the Library collection is overrun with many print books more than 40 years old. Therefore, we are evaluating all books which are over 10 years old and have not circulated in 10 years. We will then determine which of these books are no longer acceptable for the collection. When this project is finished, there will be more room for collaborative spaces, and users will be able to "see" what we have!

Our director and staff envision a progressive, innovative, functional, and inviting space for our patrons! So, please excuse our mess, in the ensuing months! We are improving our library for you!

The Library also has over 60,000 eBooks available!

Still have questions? Contact your library liaison or Jeanne Standley, Library Director.

24 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 25 Jun

Space Available

Do you have an idea, passion, special day, assignment, group, or subject matter you would like to promote? Great news! The Library has space available for you! You only need to contact our Outreach Specialist, April Borromeo at (903)566-5731 or call (903)566-7342 and we will help get you started on your special project!

19 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 20 Jun


Today is Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Article taken from:

18 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 19 Jun

Trial Database: Psychological Experiments Online

The library has a trial of Psychological Experiments Online until July 31, 2014. It has been added to the Databases by Title page and under Psychology on the Databases by Subject page.

Psychological Experiments Online pairs audio and video recordings of quintessential experiments in psychology with thousands of pages of primary-source documents.
Click on this link:

Please give us your feedback on this database:

Information for this post was received from Margo Duncan, Systems Librarian for Muntz Library.

17 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 18 Jun

RKMA Trial Database

Margo Duncan (Systems Librarian) has announced that the library has a trial of RKMA Richard K. Miller & Associates until July 11, 2014.

It has been added to the "Databases by Title" page and under Business on the Databases by Subject page.

RKMA Richard K. Miller & Associates are handbooks on consumer related-markets. These assessments include forecasts, sector trends and statistics.
Click on this link to access the database:

Also, your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Trial ends July 11, 2014.

17 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 18 Jun

eBook LibGuide

Need an eBook? Good news! Now there is a LibGuide for that! This eBook platform also includes FAQ's, new eBooks and a direct link to the Library chat. Click on the link below and explore this exciting LibGuide today!

16 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 17 Jun

Library Staff Summer Reads

Ever wonder what the people who work in the library read? Well, you can find out if you visit the Library to view the "Favorite Summer Reads of Muntz Library Staff" display.

And, all the reads are not books. The Library staff's Summer Reads offers a variety of reading options! Perusing this display may spark the reader in you!

For example, the book featured for this article is about a middle-aged woman who is an amateur sleuth. She is also plus sized and has never been married.

The display will be showcased through June and July.

9 June 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 10 Jun

May Displays

The library has a variety of displays this month. They include the conventional and unconventional.

On the second floor of the library the following displays are being featured:

"Children Overcoming Difficulties". This presentation includes encouraging and thought provoking books of children all over the world rising to the challenge during adverse times.

"Star Wars". This display includes many very cool artifacts and lots of information dealing with the subject matter.

"Pop Culture in Politics". This display comes from the Archives department. It continues to draw the interest of library patrons.

"World War II: Snapshots of Tyler, Texas". This collective also hails from our Archives department. Most materials are from the Judge William Steger Papers.

On the third floor of the library:

"The Top Ten Careers for 2014": This display includes not only the top ten, but the top 100 careers for 2014.

Be sure to come view these displays at your leisure!

13 May 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 14 May

RefWorks Ending June 30

We regret to inform you that RefWorks will no longer be available after June 30, 2014. Please be aware that there are other citation managers available. One of which is Zotero. There is a tutorial on how to migrate to it:

To find out what other resources are available, follow this link :

If you have more questions or concerns, please contact your library liaison. Not sure who that is? Call: 903-566-7343

23 April 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 24 Apr

Peeples Choice

Today you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite Peeps Diorama. Your vote will determine who gets the coveted, "Peeples Choice Award"! Or, in our case, a large basket filled with goodies!
Come by the library today to cast your vote!

23 April 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 24 Apr


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