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  • Post date: January 23, 2008
    I would like to thank the students and visitors who stopped by our table last week during the Student Services Expo at the UC. I enjoyed spending some time out there promoting the library and meeting our students. I also had the opportunity myself to learn more about the other campus services available on campus. I often get questions at the reference desk about campus services: is a particular service available? where are they located? who can I talk to about X or Y topic? Attending events like these gives me the chance to learn a bit more while I get to talk to students about the many services that the library offers. Make sure to stop by the library for your information and research needs. While you are here, if you have not done so,...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 17, 2008
    In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will be closed on Monday January 21. We will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, January 22. Note that this year marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination. You may want to consider making this day a Day of Service. The idea behind the Day of Service is to participate in various service projects to make our communities a better place and continue the peaceful vision of Dr. King for better communities. The link leads to the official government site, which is part of the larger ...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 17, 2008
    Students coming back for the spring semester will notice we have new tables in the reference computer area. Our old tables were basically tables that were previously used for print indexes. Some students had mentioned that the space on them was tight. These new tables are designed for computer workstations. In addition, they provide more space for the students to sit, study, put down their things as well as use the computers. The compact design makes the area more welcoming and spacious. You may notice one of the tables is empty at the moment. That is because we are planning on upgrading the computers in the lab soon. When the upgrade occurs, we will be adding more computers to the reference area as well. This will bring us up to 24...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 14, 2008
    The library has a new database trial, The American Civil War Research Database: The American Civil War Research Database™ is the definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. Originally created by Historical Data Systems, Inc., the database contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. With thousands of regimental rosters and officer profiles, the database will continue to grow as new information is loaded semiannually. Give it a look and let us know what you think; add a comment here or...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: January 8, 2008
    We continue to add titles to our Best Sellers Collection. We recently received the following titles.
    • C.J. Box’s mystery novel Free Fire. In Box’s seventh novel, game warden Joe Pickett investigates a...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: December 21, 2007
    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will close today at 12:00pm (noon). The library will then be closed through the Christmas and New Year's holidays. We will reopen on January 2, 2008. Hours will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  These hours will be in effect for January 2-4. We will be closed Saturday January 5 and Sunday January 6. We will reopen again on Wednesday January 9, 2007. Hours will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm. These hours then apply from January 9 to January 11. We will be closed Saturday January 12 and January 13. We return to regular hours on Monday January 14, 2007. For details, you can check the library's hours here.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: December 12, 2007
    Do you have an interest in becoming a librarian? Do you have an interest in serving the information needs of Hispanics and Native Americans? Then the Knowledge River program at the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science may be an option to consider. Recently, our director received an informational letter about the program, and we are passing on the information for any potential student. Note that the deadline to apply for the next cohort of students, starting in Fall 2008, is February 1, 2008. Some highlights about the program:
    • The program provides "a unique opportunity to prepare for a career as a librarian or information professional with...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: December 11, 2007
    The end of the year is a time notorious for lists. News organizations, magazines, and other media outlets and critics come up with their "best of" lists. In the spirit of that fine tradition of finding such lists, here is a little roundup of notable lists for books for 2007. If you are looking for some reading ideas, or you are maybe looking for a present for someone this season, maybe these lists will give you some ideas. If you have read any items on the lists, or you would like to make your own suggestions for great books of 2007, feel free to drop us a line or two in the comments.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: December 7, 2007
    December 7, 1941 was the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It drew the United States into the war. The Handbook of Texas Online has a note today on Doris Miller, a native Texan serving aboard the USS West Virginia who shot back at the Japanese aircraft. Read the story here.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: December 6, 2007
    Has this ever happened to you? It's a few minutes before class. Your paper is due. The library's computer lab is full. You just want to print out that paper and be on your merry way? Well, we have an alternative for you: print only terminals. We have installed two laptop computers next to the Reference Desk. These are strictly express terminals for printing out documents. To make them work, do the following:
    • Log into Patriot Air. The laptops are on wireless. To get to the PHAROS printing system, you have to be on the network. Just click on the desktop icon that says "LOG IN" and follow the directions.
    • Open your document. Plug in your USB portable drive (or open your e-mail if you are doing it that way), find...
    Posted By: root