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Muntz Library Announces Events for September Project 2011

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is announcing the following events in observance of the International September Project. This is our fourth year participating in this international grassroots event. In addition, September is also the month for Constitution Week (September 17-23) and for Banned Books Week (this year it falls on September 24 to October 1). We bring those events under our umbrella of the September Project as well. The Muntz Library will present or host the following activities during September:
  • For the second year, thanks to the generosity of the Mary Tyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the library is hosting an exhibit in honor of Constitution Week. This exhibit will be on view in the second floor and on one of the two display cases on the third floor. This exhibit will run through the month of September. It can be viewed during library regular hours.
  • The library will present a book display with a sampling of books that have been banned or challenged to help highlight the importance of the First Amendment and our freedom to read. We want to stress the importance of making materials of diverse views, even if unorthodox or unpopular, available in our libraries for all to read and learn.
  • And our big event. September 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11. In recognition of this anniversary and  to provide an opportunity for the community to come together to reflect and learn, we are hosting a film series with content about the events of September 11. The films will be shown in Library Room 401. We plan to feature a guest scholar to speak on the film as well as provide context for the viewing. After the film showing, there will be time for discussion and questions. The film schedule is as follows
    • Thursday September 8 at 6:00pm: United 93. This is director Paul Greengrass' real time account of the events on United Airlines Flight 93. This was one of the flights hijacked by the terrorists. In this flight, the passengers rose against the hijackers, preventing the plane from hitting its target in Washington D.C. The plane did crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Roger Ebert described it as "a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims." The film has an R rating.
    • Thursday September 15 at 6:00pm: Fahrenheit 9/11. This is director Michael Moore's documentary on what happened to the United States after 9/11. The film won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times describes it as a film that "would be, depending on your politics, either a rousing call to arms or an irresponsible provocation" and a film that " is worth seeing, debating and thinking about, regardless of your political allegiances." The film has an R rating.
    • Monday September 26 at 6:00pm: 9/12: From Chaos to Community. "In the wake of the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life felt compelled to overcome their sense of powerlessness by volunteering to help out in the recovery effort. They brought in supplies, set up relief stations, and for ten months fed and cared for the recovery workers. Many deep and unexpected — even unlikely — relationships developed out of this." Davis Guggenheim, who directed the film An Inconvenient Truth, called this moving documentary that is " a poem to a group of everyday New Yorkers who discover in themselves a quiet greatness born from the darkness of 9/11." This film is not rated.
  • In addition, we will present a book display in the library's third floor with books and materials about the events of September 11 in support of our film series. As always, books in our display cases can be checked out, so if you find a book of interest, you can ask us to open the case for you so you can read it.

All of our events are free and open to the public.

About the September Project: Since 2004, libraries around the world have organized events about freedom and issues that matter to their communities during the month of September. This grassroots project favors free over fee, public over private, and voices over silence. For more information about Muntz Library events and activities, you may contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at 903-566-7165 or via e-mail at arivera AT uttyler DOT edu (just replace with the appropriate symbols). Also, our comments in the blog are open. You can additionally keep up with our events and news by finding and "liking" our page on Facebook or following us on Twitter (@muntzlibrary).

Muntz Library Features Book Display for Ramadan 2011

Holy book imageThe UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has put together a small display of books and materials on the topic of Ramadan. In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the calendar, and it is the holy month of fasting, reflection, and prayer. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar-based, the dates of Ramadan vary. For 2011, Ramadan runs from August 1 to August 29. According to the Islamic faith, Muhammad received the revelation of the Qu'ran during the month of Ramadan. The practice of self-restraint (known as ṣawm) during this month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. According to
"During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. They are supposed to avoid eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity, as well as unkind or impure thoughts and words, and immoral behavior. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Muslims go to work and school and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan; however, some also read the entire Quran, say special prayers and attend mosques more frequently during this time."
You can visit the link above to read more. The resources on that site do include a nice little video about Ramadan that provides a basic overview plus further information is available. To help our community learn more about this tradition, we have created a small book display. I would like to emphasize that the books in the display case are available for checkout. If you find any of the books interesting, feel free to ask for it at the Circulation Desk. We will be happy to open the case and let you have it. Do not worry. We do have other books in our collections we can put in if patrons take something out. Or we can help you find something else on this topic, print or online. Our display features a copy of President Obama's statement on Ramadan, some photos, and a small F.A.Q. It also features the following books:
  • A copy of the Qu'ran. The full title of the edition we are displaying is English translation of the meaning of Al-Qur’an : the guidance for mankind.  BP109 .K45 1997.
  • Aslan, Reza, No God But God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. BP161.3 .A79 2005. "Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. In No god but God , challenging the 'clash of civilizations' mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this critical faith in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion" (from publisher description).
  • Curiel, Johnathan, Al' America: Travels through America's Arab and Islamic Roots. E169.1 .C853 2008. According to CHOICE Reviews, "esteemed journalist Jonathan Curiel takes the reader on a marvelously constructed sightseeing tour of the US's relationships with Islam and Arab culture."
  • Ibrahim, I.A., A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam. BP161.2 .I27 1996.
  • Lippman, Thomas W., Understanding Islam: an Introduction to the Muslim World. BP161.2 .L56 1995. The Los Angeles Times called this book ""An excellent overview of the world's youngest major religion."
  • Zepp, Ira G., A Muslim Primer. BP161.2 .Z46 1992.This book "covers the basic beliefs of Islam and provides an informative source for both lay and professional readers" (from publisher description).
Additionally, you can visit our Religious Studies Research Guide to learn more about Islam and other world faiths. Our guide features access to research databases, e-books, websites, and other resources of interest.

RefWorks Workshop Friday, July 29th @3:00pm CST

Reference librarians Jessica Graves and Anthony Micchelli will be presenting a workshop on RefWorks, a citation management tool designed to make your research easier. This is an online workshop using the Elluminate (now known as Blackboard Collaborate) platform. The details of the workshop are as follows: RefWorks Workshop Friday, July 29th @3:00pm CST
  • Participants will be guided through RefWork’s features, tools and functionalities in this hour-long workshop.
  • How to import references from EBSCOHost, Wiley Online Library (Cochrane), and Ovid Nursing Databases
  • Participants can join the session 30 minutes before the event.
  •  Use the link to attend the online workshop:
For more information, patrons can contact Anthony Micchelli at 903-566-7472 (e-mail: amicchelli AT or Jessica Graves at 903-566-7314 (e-mail jgraves AT
Published by root on 20 Jul

Students: The Library Needs Your Comments and Suggestions

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is currently working on a new design for its library website. We are looking for UT Tyler students to take part in a focus group. We are looking for students to provide comments, suggestions and other feedback related to the new web design. All majors and classification/year are welcome to participate. If we get enough response, additional focus groups may be formed. The focus group meeting will last about an hour. Student participants would view our current website and the new website design. Librarians will ask for students to provide comments, ideas and suggestions on what they like and what to improve. There will also be a short survey to fill out. Refreshments will be provided. Details: Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011. Time: 4:00pm For more information or to participate, please contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at 903-566-7165 or arivera AT (just replace the AT for the appropriate symbol). You can also stop by the Reference Desk or contact Reference at 903-566-7343.

Web of Science Workshop. Friday, July 8th @3:00pm CST

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is providing a workshop on Web of Science. This workshop is offered online. Details are as follows:
  • The workshop will take place, online, on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 3:00pm CST.
  • Participants will be guided through Web of Science’s search features and functionalities in this hour-long workshop.
  • Participants can join the session 30 minutes before the event.
  • Use the link to attend the online workshop:
More info: Contact Anthony Micchelli (903-566-7174) or Jessica Graves (903-566-7314). Web of Science is a resource that provides access to the world’s leading citation databases, with coverage from nearly 9,300 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access Journals. Current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage dating back to 1965.

CINAHL Workshop. Friday, June 24th @ 3:00 pm CST

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is providing a workshop on CINHAHL. This workshop is offered online. Details are as follows: Date: Friday, June 24, 2011. Time: 3:00pm (CST) Place: Online. To access, go follow the following link: Participants can join the session 30 minutes before the event. The workshop participants will be guided through CINAHL’s search features and functionalities in this hour-long workshop. For more information, you may contact Anthony Micchelli, Reference Librarian and Library Liaison to the School of Nursing, at 903-566-7472 or via e-mail at amicchelli AT uttyler DOT edu. You can also learn about other library workshops for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences by visiting our Library Workshop Page:
Published by root on 03 Jun

Library Hours for Summer Term 2011

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will have the following special hours for the 2011 summer term:

Saturday May 14: CLOSED

Sunday May 15: CLOSED

Monday May 16: 8:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday May 17: 8:00am-5:30pm

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Wednesday May 18 to Friday August 12

Mondays through Thursdays: 7:30am-10:00pm

Saturdays: 9:00am-6:00pm

Sundays: 1:00pm-10:00pm

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Saturday August 13: CLOSED

Sunday August 14: CLOSED

Monday August 15 to Friday August 19: 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday August 20: CLOSED

Sunday August 21: CLOSED

We return to regular semester hours on Monday August 22nd.


Note: We have two holidays this summer. We are CLOSED on Monday May 30 (Memorial Day) and CLOSED on Monday July 4 (Independence Day)

Published by root on 13 May

May 2011: Muntz Library Features Book Display for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. In honor of the observance, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a book display on the third floor. This year, we have chosen a selection of literature and fiction from Asian Americans as well as Asian authors. As always, the books in the display case can be checked out. If you see a book that interests you, simply visit our Circulation Desk. Our staff will be happy to let you have the book if you have your valid library card (for students, faculty, and staff, that's your P2 card). If you would like to learn more, here are some online resources that may be of interest:

Muntz Library Has Extended Hours For Finals Week Spring 2011

If you are looking for a good place to study during Finals Week, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is the place to be. The library will hold the following extended hours during Finals Week for the spring 2011 semester:

Sunday May 8  1:00pm-2:00am

Monday May 9  7:30am-2:00am

Tuesday May 10  7:30am-2:00am

Wednesday May 11  7:30am-2:00am

Thursday May 12  7:30am-2:00am

What else is happening?
  • To help students stay awake, the library will provide free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa.
  • From Sunday to Thursday, during the hours of 7:00pm to 2:00am, Library Room 401 has been reserved as a QUIET study room.
  • As a friendly reminder, please note the designated library ZONES for each floor of the library. The second and fourth floors are GREEN ZONES. Group study, moderate conversation, and limited, considerate cell phone use is appropriate for the GREEN ZONES. The third floor is a RED ZONE. The RED ZONE is the silent area. If you want a quiet place to study, the RED ZONE is the place to be.
  • Once again, Student Government Association (SGA) has graciously provided for security in the library during this time. NOTE: After midnight, only UT Tyler currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff will be allowed in the library. Security may ask to see your P2 card (student ID), so don't leave home without it.

Easter Weekend Library Hours for April 2011

In observance of Good Friday and the Easter weekend, and by order of UT Tyler President Rod Mabry, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will CLOSE at 1:00pm today, April 22, 2011. We will have the following hours for the rest of the weekend:

Saturday, April 23, 2011: 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, April 24, 2011 (Easter): CLOSED

The Robert R. Muntz Library will resume regular hours on Monday, April 25, 2011. We wish our friends and families a safe and happy Easter celebration.
Published by root on 22 Apr


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