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  • Post date: May 15, 2008

    2007-2008 U.S. Government Manual

    This week we are featuring a government document:The United States Government Manual. This federal government publication is put together by the Office of the Federal Register. In brief, it is a directory with information about the government agencies on the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. According the Preface, "the Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United...
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  • Post date: May 13, 2008
    On Tuesday, April 29, 2008, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library held its Annual Student Poetry Awards. This was the library's capstone even for National Poetry Month. The event took place at Braithwaite Auditorium. The keynote was delivered by the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate Mr. Larry D. Thomas. Following a reception and book signing, the event drew students and members of the community for a night of poetry and performance. We had 34 entries this year in the contest. The winners of the contest this year were:
    1. Jesse Florendo for "Japan Sketch #1."
    2. Conor Herterich for ""Epitaph."
    3. Paige Hayter for "Ode to the Gardenia."
    4. Carly Thompson for "The Need for a Story."...
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  • Post date: May 7, 2008
    Welcome to another edition of Reference Book of the Week. We are featuring the Texas State Directory this week, which is a convenient tool to learn more about the structure of Texas government. The book is billed as "the comprehensive guide to the decision-makers in Texas government." Started in 1935, the book is now in its 50th edition, which is the 2007 edition. It was initially published every other year, but it is now an annual publication. This almanac covers all branches and levels of Texas government. The book is arranged as follows:
    • A state section: This is a guide to every branch of the Texas state government and its officials (elected and appointed). It covers the legislative, executive, and judicial branches as...
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  • Post date: May 5, 2008

    On Wednesday, April 23, 2008, the library held its annual Poetry Read-out. We read from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the library's reading area. This was part of the library's programs celebrating National Poetry Month during April. We had a good number of readers who came to the library to share their favorite pieces of poetry with the audience. We came together to celebrate the beauty of language and the art of verse. I would like to take this...
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  • Post date: May 5, 2008
    The following books have been added to the Bestsellers Collection. Remember that you can come by and find some recreational reading in our Bestsellers Collection. The collection is located in the second floor in the reading area of the library. If you are in the mood for some nonfiction:
    • Steven Coll looks at a family with a story that in many ways is very similar to many American stories of immigrants and success in his book The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century. Mohamed Bin Laden is revered in Saudi Arabia as a great entrepreneur, a man who went from being a humble bricklayer to founder of his own company. In the West, he is better known as the father of Osama bin Laden. This is the story of the Bin...
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  • Post date: April 30, 2008
    Do you just need to come into the library and print a paper or other document? We have now two small laptops set up behind the reference desk for express printing. Here are the details:
    • Use these laptops for quick printing.
    • Please limit your use for 10 minutes if other people are waiting.
    • You need to log into Patriot AIR to use them. Click on the Internet Explorer Log-on icon, the follow the directions. It’s the same log-in you use for your PATRIOTS account. This is the same account you use for your campus e-mail and to log-in to the computers in the library or the computer lab.
    • If you have not logged into PATRIOTS before, and your password expired, you...
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  • Post date: April 30, 2008
    The University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will extend its hours for five days during Spring Finals Week. This is to accomodate students preparing for finals. The details are:
    • Only UT Tyler students with current student ID's will be admitted during the extended hours. Security will check IDs as students enter. Please note that after midnight, those without proper IDs or not affiliated with the university will not be able to remain in the library.
    • Students must bring correct change for copiers and vending machines. Note that change WILL NOT be made during the hours of midnight to 2:00am.
    • Payment of...
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  • Post date: April 24, 2008
    We continue featuring reference books dealing with poetry as part of our National Poetry Month celebration. This week we feature the Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry. This is a dictionary of terms, concepts, theories and techniques in poetry. So, what might you use this book for?
    • You are discussing a poem in class, and the professor says it has internal rhyme? You want to know what that is? The dictionary will tell you that it is "a rhyme that occurs within a metrical line in order to create a musical or rhythmical effect. . . " (145).
    • You need an overview of Romanticism (pages 268-269).
    • You need to tell the difference between a Petrarchan sonnet and a Shakesperean sonnet (see the entry for...
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  • Post date: April 21, 2008


    Here are a few links which may be of interest for poetry reading during National Poetry Month. Remember that you can look up authors and titles of poetry books on our catalog, accessible via the library website.
    • Public school teachers may be interested in some free activities and lesson plans from Scholastic...
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  • Post date: April 21, 2008

    As part of the activities for National Poetry Month, we would like to invite our students, faculty, and staff to join us for the Annual Poetry Read-out at the Robert R. Muntz Library. The Annual Poetry Read-out will take place this Wednesday, April 23rd 2008 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. You can call Joanne Buendtner at 903-566-7174 to sign up for a timeslot to read. It will take place in the library's...
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