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Due to bad weather, Muntz Library Closes Today at 10pm

Campus administration has decided to cancel all classes in the UT Tyler campus after 5:00pm for today. This is what has been posted on the university website: Tuesday Evening Classes Cancelled All classes scheduled after 5 p.m. today have been cancelled. Although the road conditions in the Tyler area are clear, the cancellation was made in the interest of students who must travel from areas that are experiencing hazardous weather conditions as well as the Rusk County area that suffered damage from a tornado this morning. The Robert R. Muntz Library will remain open until 10:00pm this evening. We should be resuming regular hours tomorrow. However, students and patrons may want to call in (903-566-7343) or check our website or the campus website for any possible changes and updates.  

Want to keep up with Research Tech? Come to one of our workshops

All workshops are free and open to students, faculty and staff. No sign-in or appointment needed. Just pick a date that works for you and come on over. Questions? You can contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at x7165 or via e-mail at arivera AT uttyler DOT edu. Spring 2010 Library Open Workshops Flyer

Learn how use CINAHL: Library Presents Online Workshop

Attention UT Tyler students and faculty: Anthony Micchelli, Reference Librarian and Liaison Librarian to the College of Nursing, will be presenting an online workshop on CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature). The details are as follows: Event: Elluminate Web Conference: Friday, February 11th,2011. The event starts at 10:30am (CST). You can use the link above to attend the online workshop. You can join the session 30 minutes before the event (starting at 10:00am). Participants will be guided through CINAHL’s search features and functionalities in this hour-long workshop:
  • Basic Search, Advanced Search, CINAHL Heading Search
  • Publication/citation Searching
  • Major/Minor Subject Heading Searching
  • Discovering Limiters
  • Times cited and bibliographic searching
  • EBSCOHost Registration, folders and sharing, saving search histories
  • Citation Generator
  • Exporting References to RefWorks/Endnote Web
The event will also be recorded. Once recorded, the recording will be posted in our Nursing Research Guide. For more information about the workshop, you may contact Anthony Micchelli at or at 903-566-7472.

Library Hours for Interim and Christmas Holiday 2010

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will go to interim hours from December 18, 2010 to January 17, 2011. Please note that hours are subject to change. For further information or to verify the hours, you can contact the Reference Desk at 903-566-7343. The interim hours are as follows: Saturday December 18: CLOSED Sunday December 19: CLOSED Monday December 20 to Thursday December 23: 8:00am-5:00pm (we recommend calling ahead on Dec. 23 if you plan to come on campus). Friday December 24, 2010 to January 2, 2011: CLOSED Monday, January 3 to Friday January 7: 8:00am to 5:00pm Saturday January 8: CLOSED Sunday January 9: CLOSED Monday January 10 to Friday January 14: 8:00am to 5:00pm Saturday January 15: CLOSED Sunday January 16: CLOSED Monday January 17 (Martin Luther King Day): CLOSED The library will resume regular semester hours on Tuesday January 18. Remember that you can access our online resources any time by visiting our website at

Extended Hours for Finals Week 2010 at Muntz Library

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will hold extended hours during Finals Week. The special hours run from Sunday December 12 to Thursday December 16 as follows:
  • Sunday December 12, 2010: 1:00pm to 2:00am
  • Monday December 13, 2010: 7:30am to 2:00am
  • Tuesday December 14, 2010: 7:30am to 2:00am
  • Wednesday December 15, 2010: 7:30am to 2:00am
  • Thursday December 16, 2010: 7:30am to 2:00am
Some things to keep in mind:
  • Once again, the library will offer free hot coffee and cocoa during the extended hours. Coffee table will be in the library's reading room (2nd floor) starting at 7:00pm during the extended hours week.
  • Library Room 401 will be available as a quiet study area during the extended hours days starting at 7:00pm.
  • Important: Students will need ID (P2 Card) to stay in the building after midnight. Anyone without valid UT Tyler ID will be asked to leave starting at midnight.
  • We will have regular hours, 7:30am to 5:00pm on Friday December 17 and then we go to Interim Hours. We will post Interim Hours later in the week, but you can see them now if you visit our website and click on the link for "Holiday Hours."
For additional information or other questions, you can contact the Reference Desk at 903-566-7343 or via e-mail to library AT uttyler DOT edu.

Reference Book of the Week: Whitaker's Almanack

This week we are featuring a reference source that may be useful for readers interested in the United Kingdom and all things British. This week we are highlighting Whitaker's Almanac. This publication has been published annually in the United Kingdom since 1868. Like any almanac, it features a calendar, some astronomical information, anniversaries, and lists of events. However, Whitaker's Almanack also provides articles, lists, and tables. In addition to the focus on the United Kingdom, there are also sections on world information. The 2010 edition starts with a 2010 calendar, and it includes things like religious dates, UK civil holidays such as the Queen's Birthday and Commonwealth Day, and a small list of centenaries. Next we have the core of the almanack: the United Kingdom. Most of the figures and tables are drawn from the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) and two of its publications-- the Annual Abstract of Statistics and Social Trends. For our American readers, the ONS does a lot of the work that the U.S. Census Bureau does in the United States. We must note, however, that the U.S. does not have a centralized national statistical service per se since in addition to the Census Bureau, other agencies do collect data and provide statistical services such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the Energy Information Administration (EIA). So, what are some of the information items about the United Kingdom you will find in Whitaker's Almanack?
  • Information on the Royal Family including a list of family members, the order of succession list (including a note on family members who lost the right to succession due to their conversions to Roman Catholicism given that you have to be in good standing with the Church of England to ascend to the throne), and list of members of the royal household with description of their duties (for instance, there is a difference between the queen's private secretary and her communications and press secretary).
  • Listing and descriptions of government departments for the United Kingdom. When available, websites are included.
  • Defence information. For example, you can see a listing of military salaries.
  • Information on the educational systems.
  • Information on religion in the UK as well as churches.
The almanack also features a section about the world with basic information on topics such as time zones, overseas travel, and a section on countries of the world. The section of country of the world can be useful if you need a quick glimpse on the details of a nation, say, you want to find out the capital and currency of Pakistan. Finally, the volume features a set of color maps and world flags, and a summary of events from the previous year is included. Basically, this book serves not only as an almanack but also as a government manual as well as a British national and world country information resource. The library has the current edition, which as of this post is the 2010, in the reference area. The call number is AY754 .W5. We do have a previous year, in this case, the 2009, in the General Collection (third floor stacks) with the same call number. Whitaker's Almanack does have an official website, which allows interested readers to purchase a copy of the book. In addition, the site does offer some history of the book as well as some trivia quizzes that can challenge some readers. Readers may also be interested in some of our other almanacs. We discussed The World Almanac and Book of Facts (AY 67 .H5 W7, most current kept in the Ready Reference shelf) and the Time Almanac (AY 64 .I55, most current kept in the Ready Reference shelf). In Texas, we have the Texas Almanac (AY 311 .D3 T5, most current kept in the Ready Reference shelf) that we discussed here.

Library Features Display Honoring Veterans Day 2010

Veterans Administration 2010 Veterans Day Poster

Veterans Day 2010 Poster produced by the US Veterans Administration. Document produced by federal agency and thus available for reuse.


The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a book and photo display in observance of Veterans Day in the third floor. What started as Armistice Day, to honor the armistice that ended World War I on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 has evolved to become a day to honor veterans, whether they served during war or during peacetime, living or having made the ultimate sacrifice, for their service to the nation. The following books are currently on display with call numbers. Unless noted otherwise, the regular location for these books is the third floor General Collection stacks.
  • Donald Anderson, When War Becomes Personal: Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq. E181 .W565 2008.
  • David Bellavia, House to House: an Epic Memoir of War. DS79.76 .B4465 2007.
  • Phyllis Bennis, Beyond the Storm: a Gulf Crisis Reader. DS79.72 .B49 1991.
  • Steve Estes, Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out. UB418 .G38 E77 2007.
  • Christopher Gelpi, Paying the Human Costs of War: American Public Opinion and Casualties in Military Conflicts. UA23 .G545 2009.
  • David Halberstam, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War. DS919 .H35 2007.
  • Max Hastings, Armageddon: the Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. D743 .H36 2005.
  • Sal Lopes, The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. F203.4.V54 W35 1987 (Oversize).
  • Martin Hyatt, The Scarecrow's Bible. PS3608 .Y36 S28 2006.
  • Michael J. Lyons, World War II: A Short History. D743 .L96 1999.
  • Robert Mann, A Grand Delusion: America's Descent into Vietnam. DS558 .M34 2000.
  • David Maraniss, They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. DS558 .M35 2004.
  • Nick Mills, Combat Photographer. DS557.7 .M54 1983.
  • Daryl S. Paulson, Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans Including Women, Reservists, and Those Coming Back from Iraq. RC552 .P67 P38 2007.
  • Micah L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf, The Gulf War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions. DS79.72 .G85 1991.
  • Frederick Standwood, The Gulf War: a day-by-day chronicle. DS79.72 .S73 1991.
  • June A. Willenz, Women Veterans: America's Forgotten Heroines. UB357 .W54 1983.
  • Marc Wilson, Hero Street U.S.A. : the Story of Little Mexico's Fallen Soldiers. F549 .S55 W55 2009.
This display will run until the end of November. As always, the books inside the display case are available for checkout. If you are affiliated to the university (or you have a courtesy card), you can request to check out any book in the display case. Just stop by the reference or circulation desks, and we will be happy to open the case. In addition, here are some links of interest to learn even more about Veterans Day: The staff of the Robert R. Muntz Library would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our veterans for their service to the nation.

Fall 2010 edition of library newsletter available

The fall 2010 edition of Muntz Library Musings, the Muntz Library newsletter, is now available. You can pick up a copy at the library. You can also read it online on our website (direct link to our newsletters page on the library website). Some highlights from this edition:
  • Features about University Archives and Special Collections.
  • For students, how to survive finals week.
  • Library hours for upcoming holidays.
Comments on the newsletter are always welcome. You can comment here on the blog, or you can find our contact information on the newsletter.  
Published by root on 11 Nov

Be ready to vote with online resources for voters

Here are two places with collections of links to online resources for voters. From information about candidates to finding out your voter eligibility to learning about local initiatives, you can find it in these resources. Readers may also want to remember they can visit their local library. Libraries, especially public libraries, often keep files with clippings from local news about local candidates and issues, voter guides, and other election resources specific to their communities.Your local library can also help you if you need to figure out where to vote. For our UT Tyler community, feel free to visit the Muntz Library if you have any questions or need further information to help you be an informed voter in this and every election. The links for today then: In Texas, the Secretary of State provides information on voting. You can visit for information. The site is "full of information on how to register to vote, where to vote, what to bring, what the process is like, and much more." Note: the early voting dates for 2010 are October 18 to 29, 2010.
Published by root on 21 Oct

Yes, you too can read like Don Draper

Cover for Mad Men seriesThe AMC original series Mad Men follows the lives of a group of advertising men in 1960s Madison Avenue. It is a very successful series; it has won consecutive Golden Globes and back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. The show’s creators and writers pride themselves on their historical authenticity. One of the ways in which they achieve that authenticity is with books. If you are a fan of the show, chances are that you have seen the characters reading books or making various literary references during the show. Billy Parrott, a librarian at the Battery Park City Branch of the New York Public Library has been paying attention and making a list of the books mentioned and/or presented in the series. You can also get updates to the list via Battery Park's Twitter. Reading some of these books can give you additional insight into the characters as well as into the 1960s American society. We have placed a small display featuring a selection of books from the Mad Men list that the Muntz Library has in its collections. The display is located in the library's reading room (2nd floor by the main entrance). Feel free to browse the books, and if any of them pick your interest, you can take it to the Circulation Desk and check it out. Our selections for the display are:
  • Ruth Benedict, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. DS 821 .B46.
  • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury. PS 3511 .A86 S7 1984.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited and Other Stories. PS 3511 .I94 B3 1971.
  • Rona Jaffe, The Best of Everything. PS 3519 .A453 B44 1986.
  • D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. PR 6023 .A93 L2 1983c.
  • Fosco Mariani, Meeting With Japan. DS 821 .M273 1960.
  • Mary McCarthy, The Group. PS 3525 A1435 G7.
  • David Ogilvy, Confessions of an Advertising Man. HF 5810 O34 A3.
  • Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools. PS 3531 .O752 S5 1962.
  • Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged. PS 3535 .A547 A8 1957.
  • David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd. BF 755 .A5 R5 1961.
  • Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy. PS 3537 T669 A7.
  • Leon Uris, Exodus. (We have it as part of an omnibus that also includes the novels Mila 18 and QB VII). PS 3541 .R46 A6 1981.
Plus, we are offering a bonus: two books that are not on the show, but that were picked by Mr. Parrott as books you may like too:
  • Sloan Wilson, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. PS 3573 .I475 M26 1955.
  • Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road. PS 3575 .A83 R47 1983.
All books are usually located in the library's General Collection (3rd floor stacks). The above list is a selected list. If you visit the Battery Park website, you may find additional selections. If you find something on their list that we do not have, you can always request it via ILLiad (our Interlibrary Loan system).
Published by root on 13 Oct


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