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Muntz Library Features Book and Information Display for National Coming Out Day

October 11 is internationally observed as National Coming Out Day. In spite of the name, this day of civil awareness is celebrated around the world in nations including Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Croatia, and Poland. The United Kingdom celebrates it on October 12. The day is designed to promote awareness and discussion of LGBT issues including the issue of coming out as an LGBT person. The concept of coming out does include allies coming out as well. Allies are those who support equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBT social issues. This year the event takes on an additional urgency in the light of the recent, unrelated suicides of LGBT youths due to bullying, such as the Tyler Clementi incident. The observance originated in 1988. It was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary a year after the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In the United States, the observance is managed by the Human Rights Campaign under their Coming Out Day Project. The Muntz Library is featuring a book and informational materials display in the library's second floor. All books in the case are available to be checked out. Just ask at the Circulation Desk, and we can open the case for you. The informational materials were obtained online, and you can ask one of the reference librarians to show you how to get a copy of any materials, or you can ask me, Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, and I will be happy to print out a copy for you or show you how to get to the materials online (or any other information you may need) if you visit our library. The books currently featured in the display case, with call numbers so  you can find them later. Books are usually kept in the General Collection (third floor stacks) unless noted otherwise:
  • Bernstein, Robert, Families of Value: Personal Profiles of Pioneering Lesbian and Gay Parents. HQ75.28 .U6 B47 2005.
  • Casper, Virginia, Gay Parents/Straight Schools: Building Communication and Trust. LC5159.7 .U6 C37 1999.
  • Huegel, Kelly, GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens. HQ76.25 .H84 2003.
  • Jennings, Kevin, Always My Child: a Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter. HQ76.25 .J37 2003.
  • Maran, Meredith with Angela Watrous, 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality: the Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors-- or Yourself. HQ76.8 .U5 A15 2005.
And if you want to learn more, here are some additional links of interest:
  • The Gender Equity Resource Center at Berkeley has a page on "LGBT Resources--Coming Out." It answers some basic questions such as "what is coming out?" and "what about if a family member or friend comes out to you?"
  • George Mason University has a page on LGBTQ Resources with a page on "Coming Out Day." You can read a bit on the history of the day. You can even see one of their Project Outlist Lists where members of the community came out in support.
  • Though not new, the Mashable blog made a compilation of "20+ Resources for National Coming Out Day." There are resources listed for coming out support, for families and civil rights, and workplace support.
  • The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization established to promote acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. They operate the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The number is 1-866-488-7386 (or 1-866-4-U-TREVOR).

Muntz Library Features Book Display for Hispanic Heritage Month 2010

Boys in fiesta costumes, Taos, New Mexico, 1940. Photo by Lee Russell for the Farm Security Administration--Office of War Information. Used under fair use provisions (government document)

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has created a book display for Hispanic Heritage Month. The display features a selection of books and DVDs from our collections, photos and information on some famous Hispanics, and a copy of the Presidential Proclamation for the month. We would like to remind our readers and patrons that all books and DVDs in the case are available for checkout. Simply ask at the Circulation Desk, and they will be happy to open the case for you. The following books were included in this  year's display. They are listed by author's last name. We are featuring a selection of academic books and popular fiction. All books are usually located in the General Stacks (third floor). The DVDs are usually behind Circulation, and you can ask for them there.
  • Augusto Roa Bastos, Yo el supremo. PQ 8259 .R56 Y6 1987.
  • Bruce Campbell, ¡Viva la historieta! Mexican Comics, NAFTA, and the Politics of Globalization. PN 6790 .M48 C36 2009.
  • Martin Carnoy, with Amber K. Gove and Jeffery H. Marshall, Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students in Cuba Do Better in School. LA 487 .C36 2007.
  • John Charles Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. F 1410 .C4397 2001.
  • Eric Ching, Christina Buckley, and Angelica Lozano-Alonso, Reforming Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. F 1408.3 .C44 2007.
  • Arlene Dávila, Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race. E 184 .S75 D3553 2008.
  • Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Un mundo para Julius. PQ 8498.12 R94 M8 2001.
  • R. Evan Ellis, China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores. F 1416 .C6 E55 2009.
  • Alberto Fuguet, Mala onda. PQ 8098.16 .U 48 M3 2003.
  • Grace Livingstone, America's Backyard: The United States & Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror. F 1418 .L58 2009.
  • Deirdre Martínez, Who Speaks for Hispanics? Hispanic Interest Groups in Washington. E 184 .S75 M382 2009.
  • Martha Menchaca, Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans. E184 .M5 M46 2001.
  • Miriam Muléy, The 85% Niche: The Power of Women of all Colors--Latina, Black, and Asian. HF 5415.332 .W66 M85 2009.
  • Eileen O'Brien, The Radical Middle: Latinos and Asian Americans Living Beyond the Racial Divide. E 184 .S75 O275 2008.
  • Pedro Pedraza and Melissa Rivera, eds., Latino Education: An Agenda for Community Action Research. LC 2669 .L36 2005.
  • Thomas E. Skidomore and Peter H. Smith, Modern Latin America. F 1413 .S55 2005.
  • Julia E. Sweig, Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know. F 1788 .S955 2009.
  • Francisco Vallejo, La virgen de los sicarios. PQ 8180.32 .A4277 V57 1998.

New Books for the Bestseller Collection, September 2010 update

Our Acquisitions Department has informed me that we have received some new titles for our Bestseller Collection. The Bestseller Collection is the collection of recreational reading materials we have located in the library's second floor reading room. It's in the two shelves near the glass partition. The new books this month are as follows. Book descriptions are provided by the Acquisitions Department; I added the call numbers from the library catalog: Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. When former CIA agent Jack Morgan inherits his father's detective business, it comes with a heavy caseload. There's an NFL gambling scandal, 18 unsolved schoolgirl slayings, and the murder of his best friend's wife. Closing in on a killer, he must navigate a workplace situation that could blow the roof off the agency. Call number PS 3566 .A822 P75 2010. Passage by Justin Cronin, Amy became a test subject in a secret government experiment that went awry when other subjects broke out, carrying a deadly virus with them. When Amy escaped, she was rescued by an FBI agent who hid her in the hills. Could she be the same girl who walked out of the wilderness 100 years later, mute and traumatized, with no voice or memory? Call number PS 3553 .R542 P37 2010. House of Reckoning: A Novel by John Saul. Sarah Crane grew up in a foster home after being seriously injured by her alcoholic father. Because of her limp, she doesn't make friends easily. Bettina Phillips, the art teacher at Warwick High School, recognizes Sarah's artistic talent and offers to help her develop it. When she enters the teacher's home, which was once the home of the warden of a prison for the Insane, she mysteriously feels compelled to paint recreations of crimes committed by the prison's former inmates. Call number PS 3569 .A787 H68 2009. 61 Hours: A Reacher Novel by Lee Child, Following a bus accident Reacher finds himself in a small South Dakota town where the police are trying to convict a crime ring boss, with the help of a single witness. The cops hire Reacher to protect the witness. As a winter storm pummels the town, he finds himself in a struggle between order and chaos. Call number PS 3553 .H4838 A614 2010. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert, who had survived a horrific divorce, vowed to never remarry. When she met and fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship, they mutually agreed on that. Then providence intervened in the form of the U.S. government, which--after detaining Felipe at an American border crossing--gave the couple a choice: they could get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. With wit, intelligence and compassion, she shares what she learned about the institution of marriage.  This is a follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love. Call number HQ 834 .G48 2010. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. This book is the basis for the upcoming television show starring William Shatner. Call number PN 6231 .F37 H35 2010. Spider Bones: A Novel by Kathy Reichs.  A perplexing death in Quebec occupies Dr. Temperance Brennan in Reichs's fine 13th novel featuring the forensic anthropologist (after 206 Bones). The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery's father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she's determined to find out who's buried in Lowery's grave if Lowery died in Quebec. Brennan heads to Hawaii to seek the help of an old friend at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), whose mission is to find the remains of American war dead and bring them home. But instead of clarifying matters, Brennan's investigation only raises more questions, including parallel inquiries into a series of shark attacks and escalating island gang violence. Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist. Call number: PS 3568 .E476345 S65 2010B. The Acquisitions Department would like our readers to know that if they have any suggestions for books and authors that can be added to the Bestseller Collection that they can send suggestions to

September Project Film Showing: Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War Movie PosterThe UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library, as part of its activities for the International September Project, will screen the film Charlie Wilson's War. The film is based on the 2003 book by George Crile entitled Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History. The film and book present the true story of Charles Wilson, U.S. Congressman from Southeast Texas that, with allies in the CIA and wealthy social circles, enables a campaign to assist the mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight against the invading Soviets. Is Charlie Wilson a hero? What were the consequences of his actions? Come seek answers to those questions, get a glimpse of how the federal government works in this film, and learn about a piece of history not often mentioned. We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Newsom, Senior Lecturer from UT Tyler's History Department is our featured speaker for the evening. He will deliver some remarks before the film to help put the film in context, and he will answer questions from the audience after the film. The event details are as follows: What: Film Screening: Charlie Wilson's War When: Thursday September 30, 2010 Time: Event starts at 7:00pm. Where: Room L-401, Muntz Library This event is free and open to the public.

Announcing Events for September Project 2010

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is announcing the following events in observance of the International September Project. This is our third year participating in 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. In addition, September is also the month for Constitution Week (September 17-23) and for Banned Books Week (this year it falls on September 25 to October 2). We bring those events under our umbrella of the September Project as well. The library will host or present the following activities this month:
  • Thanks to the generosity of the Mary Tyler Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), the library is hosting an exhibit in honor of Constitution Week. This exhibit is 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 theme of this year’s display is “Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism.”
  • The Muntz Library is hosting a Texas Humanities exhibit entitled The Bonfire of Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities. This is one of our activities for Banned Books Week as well as the September Project. The exhibit looks at the history of censorship in the field of the humanities, showing how many works we consider classics have been considered controversial at one point or another. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts (FOA).
  • And our big event: We are happy to announce that we will do a screening of the film Charlie Wilson's War on Thursday September 30 at 7pm. This will take place in LIB-401. The film presents the story of East Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects (from description). The film also gives a look at how the federal government works and how funding for things like wars is done. We are pleased to announce also that Dr. James Newsom, Senior Lecturer from the History Department, will be the guest speaker for the event. Dr. Newsom will deliver some remarks and provide some context for the film.
These events are free and open to the public. For any questions or additional information about these or other library events, readers can contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian via e-mail (arivera AT uttyler DOT edu) or via phone at 903-566-7165.
Published by root on 09 Sep

Announcing Winners of Welcome Tables Raffle

The Robert R. Muntz Library is announcing the winners of our raffle at the Welcome Week tables. Library workers hosted a welcome table and tent during the first two days of class this semester. As part of the event, we raffle two "survival kits." The winners for Fall 2010 are:
  • Adam Shackelton, Laundry Survival Kit.
  • Rebecca Pope, Library Survival Kit.
Readers can visit our Facebook page to see photos of the winners collecting their awards. We would like to thank all the students who stopped by during the first week. Remember that if you need any research or information assistance, we are here for you.
Published by root on 08 Sep

Penny Reynolds, ILL/Circulation Librarian, Honored for 10 Years of Service

Penny Reynolds 10-year Service Award

Penny Reynolds, ILL and Circulation Librarian, receives her award for 10 years of dedicated service to UT Tyler. The award was presented by Dr. Peter Fos, University Provost and VP of Academic Affairs.

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is proud to announce that Penny Reynolds, ILL and Circulation Librarian, has been honored by the university for 10 years of excellent and dedicated service. Dr. Peter Fos, University Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, came to the library to deliver the award and personally thank Penny for her hard work and service to the university community. Members of the library staff gathered to congratulate Penny. As Circulation Librarian, Penny heads the Circulation Department, which serves library patrons by performing and/or assisting with various functions related to the accessibility and circulation of library materials. Penny is also in charge of the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Department. We would like to take this moment to congratulate Penny Reynolds and thank her for all the things she does for our university community.

Mary Tyler Chapter of DAR Sponsors Constitution Week Display at Muntz Library

Members of Mary Tyler Chapter NSDAR

In photo, left to right: Sara Kerfoot, Constitution Week Chairman, and Anna Marie Lee, Regent, from the Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. They created and set up the Constitution Week Display at the library. The Muntz Library would like to thank them for their generosity. The display is on view throughout the month of September.

On September 1, 2010, representatives of the Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) visited the Muntz Library to set up an excellent display in honor of Constitution Week. Readers can find some photos of the display and its creation on our Facebook page. In addition, this is one of the events that the library will present as part of the September Project. The following information was provided by the Mary Tyler Chapter of the NSDAR: The Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to announce the United States Constitution Display at the University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library.  The theme of this year's display is “Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism.”  The display can be found on the second and third floors of the library during the month of September.  The Muntz Library hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10  p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday  1:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. The display is free it is open to the public during regular library hours. The display supports the celebration of Constitution Week, September 17-23.  This will be the 223rd anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.  In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside  September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.  The resolution was adopted by the US Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Through this celebration, the Daughters of the American Revolution wish to: (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. As part of their mission, the Mary Tyler Chapter of the NSDAR organizes various educational activities for Constitution Week. This year, the chapter has announced the following events:
  • Constitution Day luncheon at Willowbrook on September 17, 2010.  The speaker will be Florence Fitch Patton who is the past NSDAR Corresponding Secretary General, Honorary State Regent of Texas, National Chairman, Units Overseas Committee.  She will be speaking on the Bill of Rights.
  • Churches and schools throughout Smith County are asked to ring their bells at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 17.  This is the time it is believed the Founding Fathers adopted our Constitution.  Bells rang throughout the 13 colonies at this time in 1787.  The Ritter Carrillon here at UT Tyler will be ringing its bells on Sept. 17.
  • The Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor the publishing of the complete text of the United States Constitution in the Tyler Morning Telegraph. This will be on Sept. 17.
  • On Saturday morning, September 18, the Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members will be at Tyler Public Library for the American Girl Club meeting.  We will discuss life during Revolutionary times. Members will be in colonial dress.
  • On Monday, September 20 at 11:00am at the University of Texas at Tyler, the Captain William Barron Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will join the Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in presenting a Flag and Song Program sponsored by the UT Tyler Student Government Association.  Dr. James Newsom, Senior Lecturer in History at UT Tyler, will be the guest speaker.
  • The Mary Tyler Chapter also provided educational packets related to the U.S. Constitution to Tyler Independent School District (TISD) school librarians.
For more information on the Constitution Week display, readers may contact Anna Marie Lee, Chapter Regent, at 903-561-0085 or, or Sara Kerfoot, Constitution Week Chairman at 903-845-6530 or For more information about Muntz Library programs and events, readers may contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at 903-566-7165 or

Free Open Workshops @ the Library

Ever wonder about the new library/research technologies? Are you trying desperately to keep up with all the new tools available to make your research life easier but right now they just seem to overwhelm you? Now you can keep up with the latest in research technology by attending our open library workshops. Anyone can join us for one or all of the workshops; no need to be in a class or schedule a meeting, just pop in. Dates, times, and locations are described below as well as each session topic. ILLiad Have you ever visited the Library and searched for books and articles only to find the Library does not own what you are looking for? Don’t panic! Attend one of our free sessions and learn how easy it is to request information using our new ILLiad software. Please note: All sessions in Lib 202 are BYOL sessions (BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP)! For more information, please call 566-7396.
Sept. 16, 6:30 - 7:30pm, LIB 115 Oct. 7, 12 - 1pm, LIB 202 Oct. 26, 1 - 2pm, LIB 115
Sept. 21, 12 - 1pm, LIB 115 Oct. 7, 6:30 - 7:30pm, LIB 115 Oct. 27, 5:30 - 6:30pm, LIB 202
Sept. 22, 9 - 10am, LIB 202 Oct. 12, 5 - 6pm, LIB 202 Oct. 29, 9 - 10am, LIB 202
Sept. 27, 6:30 - 7:30pm, LIB 202 Oct. 13, 9 - 10am, LIB 202 Nov. 1, 5:30 - 6:30pm, LIB 115
Sept. 30, 3 - 4pm, LIB 202 Oct. 18, 12 - 1pm, LIB 202 Nov. 4, 4 - 5pm, LIB 202
Oct. 4, 9 - 10am, LIB 202 Oct. 19, 5 - 6pm, LIB 115
Oct. 4, 6:30 - 7:30pm, LIB 115 Oct. 22, 9 - 10am, LIB 202
Avanced Google/LibX Browser Tool This session will provide an introduction and tips on using Google’s advanced features and Google Scholar and Google Books and demonstrate the LibX UT Tyler Edition browser add-on, a tool designed to further facilitate scholarly research on the internet.
Sept. 14, 11am - noon, LIB 115 Sept. 29, 2 - 3pm, LIB 115 Nov. 12, 1:30-2:30pm, LIB 115
RefWorks/Endnote Having trouble managing your bibliographies? Can’t seem to keep your citations in one place or organized? Well RefWorks and Endnote are two of the citation managers available to you. You can download citations straight from the databases into either of these managers. There is even a simple way organize your citations in different folders to keep all your projects differentiated. Like to know more? Just come see us at the workshop!
Sept. 7, 2 - 3pm, LIB 115 Sept. 29, 6 - 7pm, LIB 115 Nov. 4, 9 - 10am, LIB 115
Database Search Alerts/Feeds Make on-going research easier and faster with database search alerts and RSS feeds. Most library databases allow users to create accounts and set up automatic searches on your specific topic. In this workshop, you will learn how to set up and receive email and RSS alerts of new material matching your search criteria.
Sept. 13, 6 - 7pm, LIB 115 Oct. 7, 11am - noon, LIB 115 Nov. 5, 1:30 - 2:30pm, LIB 115
Questions? Call the Library Reference desk at 903.566.7343 or email
Published by root on 30 Aug

Summer 2010 edition of Library Newsletter Now Available

The summer 2010 edition of Muntz Library Musings, the library's newsletter is now available. Here is the direct link (PDF), so you can read it online, or you can print out a copy. Highlights from this issue:
  • Jeanne Pyle, Library Director writes about the dedication of the Muntz Library Gardens. Please note that you can view additional photos of the event on our Facebook page.
  • Sabra Jennings, our Head Reference Librarian, writes this quarter's "Reference Q&A."
  • We have a new librarian and new folks in library systems.
  • And much more.
As a reminder, you can view this and previous issues of our newsletter by visiting the library's website. Once there, click on "About," then on "Newsletter." As always, if you have any comments about the newsletter, you can send us an e-mail to library AT uttyler DOT edu (just add in the appropriate symbols). You can also leave comments here or write on our wall at the Facebook page. If you prefer, you may also contact the editor directly. My contact information is on the library's website.


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