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Muntz Library Has Special Hours for Spring Break 2010

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will have the following special hours during the week of Spring Break 2010:

Monday March 8: 8:00am-8:00pm.

Tuesday March 9: 8:00am-8:00pm.

Wednesday March 10: 8:00am-8:00pm.

Thursday March 11: CLOSED

Friday March 12: CLOSED

The Muntz Library will resume regular hours on Saturday March 13. Remember that you can always access the library's website and its electronic resources 24 hours a day.

Reference Book Update: Economic Report of the President of the United States

On February 11, President Obama and the Council of Economic Advisers released the 2010 Economic Report of the President. According to the council's website, "The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. An important vehicle for presenting the Administration’s domestic and international economic policies, it provides an overview of the nation's economic progress with text and extensive data appendices." According to law, it “is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government” (from the GPO Access website). We mentioned the release of this year's Budget of the United States Government here. We featured the Economic Report of the President as a Reference Book of the Week in 2008 here. That post provides a nice overview of what the Economic Report document does. I wanted to highlight this year's edition not only because it is a timely issue that may be of interest to some readers, but also I wanted to mention it because there are some new features this year that readers may appreciate.
  • You can find the complete report here. There are options to download the document as a PDF file or to put it on an e-book reader like a Nook (Barnes and Noble's product) or other reader. You can also just choose to download parts of the report if you wish. You can also find links to get previous reports via GPO Access.
  • Dr. Christina Romer, the Chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has written an explanation and commentary on the report (link to White House press release). She posted "A Look Inside the Economic Report of the President" in the White House blog.
  • "The 2010 Economic Report pays particular attention to the evidence behind the economic policy recommendations.  It includes original research and, for the first time, 20 pages of references so that the underlying studies can be found easily" (from the press release).
  • "This is the first Economic Report to be published in color.  This allows figures to show more detail" (also from the press release).
The library currently has the 2009 edition in print for any interested readers. You can find it in the Ready Reference area (the small shelf behind the reference desk) with the call number HC106.5 .A272 2009. We should be getting a print copy of the 2010 edition soon. Also note that you can locate previous print editions of the report going back to 1982 in the library's General Collection (Third Floor Stacks). Just use the same call number (you can leave the year out so you can get to the shelf).

Additional Book Selections for Black History Month 2010

Once again, I have put up a book display, and I have a bunch of books that did not fit into the display case. I think these books are worth a look, so I am listing them here for any interested readers. The books on this list are located in the third floor stacks of the library unless noted otherwise. I would like to invite our library patrons to pick up any of these books, and if they do, to let us know what they think about what they read. Feel free to leave us a comment here on the blog.
  • Ash, Stephen, Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War. E 540 .N3 A84 2008.
  • Cornish, Dudley Taylor, The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865. E 540 .N3 C77 1987.
  • Cose, Ellis, The Rage of a Privileged Class. E 185.86 .C67 1995.
  • Dimitriadis, Greg, Performing Identity/Performing Culture: Hip Hop as Text, Pedagogy and Lived Practice. E 185.86 .D55 2001.
  • Dwyer, Owen J. and Derek H. Alderman, Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory. E 185.61 .D985 2008.
  • Elam, Harry J. and David Krasner, African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader. PN 2270 .A35 A46 2001.
  • Estes, Steve, I am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement. E 185.61 .E76 2005.
  • Frey, Sylvia R., Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age. E 269 .N3 F74 1992.
  • Glasrud, Bruce A., The African American Experience in Texas: An Anthology. E 185.93 .T4 A38 2007.
  • Ifill, Gwen, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. E 185.615 .I34 2009.
  • Hine, Darlene Clark and Kathleen Thompson, A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America. E 185.86 .H68 1999.
  • Honey, Michael Keith, Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle. HD 8081 .A65 H66 1999.
  • Jackson, Cynthia L., African American Education: A Reference Handbook. LC 2741 .J33 2001.
  • James, Jennifer C., A Freedom Bought with Blood: African American War Literature from the Civil War to World War II. PS 153 .N5 J393 2007.
  • Leiker, James N., Racial Borders: Black Soldiers Along the Rio Grande. F 787 .L45 2002.
  • Mance, Ajuan Maria, Inventing Black Women: African American Women Poets and Self-Representation, 1877-2000. PS 310 .N4 M36 2007.
  • Massey, Sara R., ed., Black Cowboys of Texas. F391 .B58 2000.
  • Massood, Paula J., The Spike Lee Reader. PN 1998. 3 .L44 S65 2007.
  • McQueen, Clyde, Black Churches in Texas: a Guide to Historic Congregations. BR .N4 M37 2000.
  • Mincy, Ronald B., Black Males Left Behind. HD 8081 .A65 B53 2006.
  • Polite, Vernon C. and James Earl Davis, African American Males in School and Society. LC 2731 .A34 1999.
  • Reverby, Susan M., ed., Tuskegee's Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. R 853 .H8 T87 2000.
  • Shabazz, Amilcar, Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas. LC 214.22 .T48 S53 2004.
  • Walker, Alice, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems. PS 3573 .A425 A64 2004.
  • Watkins,, Race and Education: The Roles of History and Society in Educating African American Students. LC 2717 .R23 2001.
  • White, Aaronette M., Ain't I a Feminist?: African American Men Speak Out on Fatherhood, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Freedom. E 185.86  .W38689 2008. (This one is located in the New Books Shelf, second floor, as of this writing).
  • White, Deborah Gray, ed., Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower. E 185.86 .T379 2008.
  • Williams, Dana A., Contemporary African American Fiction: New Critical Essays. PS 153 .N5 C643 2009.
  • Wilmore, Larry, I'd Rather We Got Casinos, and Other Black Thoughts. E 185.615 .W535 2009. (I personally read this one. If you like Wilmore and his work on The Daily Show, you will enjoy the book as well).
  • Winegarten, Ruthe, Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph. E 185.93 .T4 W55 1995.

Some additional book selections on Darwin and evolutionary science

This is a small list of books that did not make it into the display case for this year's  Darwin Day book display. The books are shelved in the General Collection (third floor) unless otherwise noted.
  • Berra, Tim M., Charles Darwin: the Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man. QH31 .D2 B47 2009. If you want a short and easy to read biography of Charles Darwin, this book is it. In addition, this book includes a series of illustrations and some photos by the author of Darwin's home. "This succinct biography spans Darwin's life in 15 brief chapters and reads like a museum guide, hitting the high points in an easily assimilated style. The copious illustrations, though, including reproductions of period paintings, title page facsimiles, and many of the author's own photographs, are worth poring over and may hold readers' attention longer than it takes to peruse the text. Patrons who want a quick, no-frills but still authoritative read on Darwin's life couldn't find a better source" (from Library Journal review).
  • Bowler, Peter J.. Monkey Trials & Gorilla Sermons. BS651 .B755 2007. "In the latest of his works on Darwinian evolution, Bowler (history of science, Queen's Univ. Belfast) presents the fascinating history of the attempts of Christian thinkers to come to terms with the fact of human evolution, revealing the rich diversity of the historical debates. He is not concerned with the arguments of those who deny evolution altogether, but rather with attempts to accommodate human evolution with a religious sense of design in human destiny" (from CHOICE Reviews).
  • Cochran, Gregory and Henry Harpending, The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution. GN281.4 .C632 2009. "Cochran and Harpending dispute the late Stephen Jay Gould’s assertion that civilization was “built with the same body and brain” Homo sapiens has had for 40,000 years. Humanity has been evolving very dramatically for the last 10,000 years, they say, spurred by the very civilizational forces launched by that evolution" (from Booklist review).
  • Dennett, Daniel Clement, Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life. QH375 .D45 1996. This book was a finalist for the National Book Award. Read the book that John Gribbin of the Sunday Times (London) calls "the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available....Lucid and entertaining" while The Wall Street Journal calls Dennett "a philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit."
  • Jastrow, Robert, ed., The Essential Darwin. QH365.D25 A25 1984. This is another edited selection of writings by Charles Darwin. A good way to get exposure to Darwin's key ideas.
  • Low, Bobbi S., Why Sex Matters: a Darwinian Look at Human Behavior. GN281.4 .L68 2000. "Sex differences, Low says, are central to our lives. Are they genetically programmed or the result of social traditions? 'New research ... supports the perhaps unsettling view that men and women have indeed evolved to behave differently.' The differences arise from 'the fundamental principle of evolutionary biology, that all living organisms have evolved to seek and use resources to enhance their reproductive success'" (from Scientific American review).
  • Neese, Randolph M. and George C. Williams, Why We Get Sick: the New Science of Darwinian Medicine. R723 .N387 1996. "Nesse and Williams have written a lively discourse on the application of the principles of evolutionary biology to the dilemmas of modern medicine. Nesse, a physician and an associate professor of psychiatry, and Williams, a professor of ecology and evolution, provide a primer on Darwin's theory of natural selection. They explain that the functional design of organisms-e.g., our bodies-may suggest new ways of addressing illness. The book begins with a look at the causes of disease and their evolutionary influences. But the book mainly assesses the concept of adaptation by natural selection, and illustrates the ways Darwinian thinking can be applied to medical problems" (from Publishers Weekly review).

Muntz Library Goes Mobile

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is pleased to announce that we now have a mobile website. Now you can point your mobile phone or mobile device browser to:

  • Do you need to see if we have a book? Check the call number?
  • Want to check our hours?
  • Contact a librarian?
You can do that and more via our new mobile website. We would like to thank Anthony Micchelli, Reference Librarian, for creating this excellent new resource.
Published by root on 18 Feb

Library Features Book Display for Darwin Day, 2010

Last Friday, February 12 (you know, the big snow day) was Darwin Day. "Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809." Since the celebration can take place on or around February 12, I say we are still on track. Darwin Day is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about science and humanity. We are currently featuring a book display in the library's third floor, and the exhibit will be available through the month of February. Like all our book displays, the exhibit is free and open to the public. Items inside the display case are available for check-out upon request. Feel free to ask for any item of interest by visiting the Circulation or Reference Desks. We'll be happy to open the case and check them out to you.  Please note that books are usually shelved in the third floor (unless noted otherwise). The items currently in the display case are:
  • Francisco José Ayala, Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion. QH375 .A93 2007. "Taking a more pacific tone than Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett in this marvelous little book, Ayala, a UC-Irvine biologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, offers a way to reconcile religion and science on the issue of evolution" (from Publishers Weekly review).
  • Marston Bates and Philip S. Humphrey, The Darwin Reader. QH302 .D33. A selection of Charles Darwin's writings.
  • Matthew Chapman, 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania. KF228 .K589 2007. "Chapman, Charles Darwin's great-great grandson and a successful Hollywood screenwriter, describes the 2005 intelligent design (ID) trial in Dover, Pa. The native-born Brit loves his adopted American home, but is terrified at the rise of a belligerent fundamentalism that seems to him invincibly ignorant and contemptuous of such scientific commonplaces as evolution. The 40 days and nights of the trial convince him that ID should indeed be taught in every science classroom in America: as an exercise in removing the kid gloves with which religion is treated in this country, science teachers should demolish ID before their pupils' eyes" (from Publisher's Weekly review).
  • Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle. QH11 .D2 1959. This is the travelogue and natural history book detailing Darwin's scientific voyage with the H.M.S. Beagle, including his time in the Galapagos Islands. Darwin drew on this experience for his book The Origin of the Species.
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. QH365 .O71 1951. This is the book that launched the controversies, and it is the book where Darwin presents his theories on evolution and natural selection, theories that are still applicable today.
  • Paul R. Ehrlich, Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and Human Prospect. GN281.4 .E374 2002. "With personal anecdotes, a well-written narrative, and clear examples, Human Naturesis a major work of synthesis and scholarship as well as a valuable primer on genetics and evolution that makes complex scientific concepts accessible to lay readers" (from Publisher's Weekly review).
  • Edward Humes, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul. QH362 .H86 2008. "If the conflicts about evolution and the teaching of human origins are to continue, says Humes, let the combatants be armed with fact not fiction. He begins with a brief summary of 2004 events in Dover, Pennsylvania, then sets out the tenets of evolution theory and the objections to it in non-technical language and an informal style" (from
  • Richard Leakey, The Origin of Humankind. GN281 .L39 1994. "How did we come to be as we are? How were we transformed from apelike beings into people? Leakey -- from the renowned family of paleontologists that includes his famous parents Louis and Mary as well as his brother Jonathan -- outlines in clear, fairly jargon-free prose what we now know about the course of our evolutionary history. . . .[Leakey] does a fine job of summarizing various theories, giving his opinion of which is best, and encouraging the reader to think critically about the evidence on which each theory is based" (from KLIATT Review).
  • Lauri Lebo, The Devil In Dover: an Insider's Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America. KF228 .K589 L43 2008. "Veteran journalist Lebo, stationed just down the road in Harrisburg, covered the 2004 law suit against the Dover, Pennsylvania school board after it voted to teach creationism in ninth-grade biology. Here she recounts not only the events and her experiences getting the story, but also the background and context" (from
  • Sue Taylor Parker and Karin Enstam Jaffe, Darwin's Legacy: Scenarios in Human Evolution. GN281 .P339 2008. "A great introduction for advanced undergraduate and graduate students into the complex and controversial field of human evolution" (from CHOICE Reviews).
  • Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body. QM26 .S58 2009.  "Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the fish with hands, tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest: enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm" (from book description).
  • Carl Zimmer, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. QH361 .Z48 2006. "With a new introduction by an award-winning science writer and an introduction by the late, noted evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, this reissue of the 2001 HarperCollins book remains an admirable introduction to the ideas of and debates over evolution. Zimmer covers Darwin's biography and seminal theory, current scientific adaptations of Darwinism, and creationism." (From book description).
Published by root on 16 Feb

February 11: Inclement Weather, Library Closes 5p

Due to the imminent inclement weather, the administration has ordered that the campus be closed at 5:00pm today. Evening classes at all three UT Tyler campuses are cancelled. The Robert R. Muntz Library will close at 5:00pm today. An announcement regarding the status of classes on Friday, Feb. 12 will be made at 6 a.m. tomorrow via the university’s emergency notification system, area media and the university web site.
Published by root on 11 Feb

Haiti in books and readings

Haiti has been in the news due to the recent catastrophic earthquake that nation suffered. I have posted a couple of items of interest with additional information about the country and ways in which readers can help the relief efforts. But did you know that Haiti also has a rich literary tradition? In my readings around the web, I have come across some reminders of the great literary treasures by and about the nation of Haiti. Books we have here at the Muntz Library:
  • Youme, Sélavi: a Haitian History of Hope. This children's book is the true story of Port-au-Prince's children. Sélavi is one of many homeless children in the capital city trying to make ends meet by searching for scraps, doing an odd job here and there, and avoiding the military police.  Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat also contributes an essay at the end of the book. You can find this one in the CML Room. The call number is EASY FIC Y675se.
  • Madison Smartt Bell, All Soul's Rising. This is the first book of a trilogy of novels that the American novelist has written about the Haitian Revolution. The novel won the Anisfield-Wolf Award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race in 1996. The novel was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. You can find it in the General Collection (3rd Floor Stacks) under call number PS 3552 .E517 A45 1995.
  • Graham Greene, The Comedians. The British author's novel is about a world-weary hotelier in the darkest period of the Duvalier dictatorship, chronicling the nation's descent under Duvalier. You can find this novel in the General Collection (3rd Floor Stacks) under the call number PR 6013 .R44 C65.
And here are some other places where you can find further reading ideas. For most of the books listed in the articles, if you are affiliated with UT Tyler, we can request them via Interlibrary Loan (using the ILLIAD system). If you are not affiliated to UT Tyler, you can inquire at your local public library about their Interlibrary Loan services.
Published by root on 11 Feb

Library Features Book Display for Black History Month 2010

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a display to honor Black History Month, which takes place every year during the month of February. The display can be viewed on the third floor of the library. In addition, we are also featuring a series of facts about African Americans, their contributions and achievements in our monitor display in the second floor. We are featuring the following books in the display case. All books are available for checkout. If you wish to check out a book in the display case, simply stop by Circulation or Reference. We will be glad to open the display case for you to get the book. The list includes call numbers, and all books are located in the General Collection (third floor stacks) unless otherwise noted:
  • Anderson, Elijah, Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male. E185.86 .A343 2008.
  • Arsenault, Raymond, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. E185.61 .A69 2006.
  • Barr, Alwyn, Black Texans: a History of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995. E185.93 .T4 B37 1996.
  • Bean, Jonathan J., Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader. E184 .A1 R248 2009.
  • Bennett, Lerone, Before the Mayflower: a History of Black America. E185 .B4 1993.
  • Buckley, Gail Lumet, American Patriots: the Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm. E185.63 .B93 2002.
  • Cleaver, Eldridge, Soul on Ice. E185.97 .C6 1968.
  • Cronon, Edmund David, Black Moses: the Story of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. E185.97.G3 C7.
  • Darraj, Susan Muaddi, Mary Eliza Mahoney and the Legacy of African American Nurses. RT83.5 .D37 2005.
  • Davis, Althea T., Early Black American Leaders in Nursing: Architects for Integration and Equality. RT83.5 .D38 1999.
  • Du Bois, W.E.B., Writings. E185.97.D73 A2 1986.
  • Graham, Lawrence, Member of the Club: Reflections on Life in a Racially Polarized World. E185.615 .G67 1996.
  • Frazier, Edward Franklin, Black Bourgeoisie. E185.86 .F72813 1997.
  • Goeser, Caroline, Picturing the New Negro: Harlem Renaissance Print Culture and Modern Black Identity. NC961.7.A37 G64 2007.
  • Hampton, Henry,, Voices of Freedom: an Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to the 1980s. E185.61 .H224 1991.
  • Holloway, Jonathan Scott and Ben Keppel, Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the Twentieth Century. E185.86 .B535 2007.
  • Jaspin, Elliot, Buried in the Bitter Waters: the Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America. E185.61 .J37 2007.
  • Lewis, David L., W.E.B. DuBois. E185.97.D73 L48 1994.
  • Marable, Manning, ed., Freedom on My Mind: the Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience. E184.6 .F74 2003.
  • Obama, Barrack, Dreams of my Father: a Story of Race and Inheritance. E185.97 .O23 A3 2004.
  • Ogbar, Jeffrey O.G., Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity. E185.615 .O33 2005.
  • Richardson, Riché, Black Masculinity and the South: From Uncle Tom to Gangsta. E185.86 .R537 2007.
  • Russell, Dick, Black Genius and the American Experience. E185.86 .R99 1999.
  • Sanders, Marc and Ruthe Winegarten, The Lives and Times of Black Dallas Women. F394 .D219 N467 2002.
  • Tate, Katherine, From Protest to Politics: the New Black Voters in American Elections. E185.615 .T38 1994.
  • Washington, Harriet A., Medical Apartheid: the Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. R853 .H8 W37 2006.

Budget of the United States, Fiscal Year 2011, now available online.

The Office of Management and Budget issued the Budget of the United States to Congress on Monday. You can get a copy of the document via GPO Access, which is the Government Printing Office's online portal. According to GPO Access, the Budget of the United States "is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other budget items, such as related publications and supporting materials, are included, which may vary from year to year." By law, the budget has to be submitted by the President on or before the first Monday in February. The fiscal year starts in October. This article from Reuters gives a basic explanation of how the budget process works. In addition, if you follow the GPO Access link the budget document, you can find other supplementary materials to help you better understand the document as well. The OMB also offers various fact sheets and briefings to help readers understand the budget and its process as well. A hat tip to Resource Shelf.


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