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  • Post date: December 3, 2007
    One of the best parts of my job as Outreach Librarian is when I actually go out and do outreach. In other words, it's great when I get the chance to go out and spread the good word about the library. This past Saturday (Dec. 1), the University of Texas at Tyler held its Patriot Preview Day for prospective students and their parents to "visit our campus; meet our faculty, staff and students; and ask the college-related questions you need answered!" (from the website). The library, along with other campus groups and organizations, hosted a table during the University Showcase at the Herrington Patriot Center. This gave me a great opportunity to meet with prospective students and their...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 27, 2007
    Do you have a few library fines? If you do, keep reading. If not, read this anyhow and tell your friends. The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is once again offering its popular FOOD FOR FINES program in December. How does it work? Glad you asked, read on.
    The program will take place during the week of December 2 through December 8, 2007. During this time, patrons who owe library fines can donate canned foodstuffs to the library and get their fines forgiven. We are asking for 12 oz. cans or larger. Please note the cans cannot be dented, rusted, outdated, or missing labels.
    And what's the payout?
    • 5 cans = .25 cents to $10.00 in fines.
    • 10 cans = $10.00 to $20.00 in fines.
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    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 27, 2007
    The Fall 2007 issue of Muntz Library Musings, our library's newsletter is now available. You can find it on this link (note PDF file). The newsletter is also linked on our website. Some of the highlights include:
    • The library website is getting a new design.
    • Our director discusses plans to evaluate library services.
    • And photos of our staff having fun during the semester.
    Feel free to visit the link, read the newsletter and share any thoughts and comments with us. You can comment here on the blog, or you can use our Ask-a-librarian link on the library website.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 19, 2007
    As previously announced, the UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is working on a new design for the library website. The purpose of the website's redesign is to make the site more accessible, interactive, and user-friendly. Last Thursday, November 15th, 2007, the Library Web Committee invited a group of students to the library so they could offer input on a new library website design. We had a very productive session, and the students were enthusiastic. They gave us many ideas to work on for improving the website. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our student participants from last week. We can still use more feedback. To that end, the...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 16, 2007
    The library hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday are as follows:
    • Wednesday November 21st: 7:30am-5:00p
    • Thursday November 22nd and Friday November 23rd: CLOSED.
    We return to regular hours on Saturday November 24th.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 15, 2007
    The National Book Foundation has announced the winners of the 2007 National Book Awards. The winners are:
    • Fiction: Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke.
    • Nonfiction: Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
    • Poetry: Robert Hass, Time and Materials.
    • Young People's Literature: Sherman Alexie,  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
    If you visit the NBF website, you can also find out about other finalists and see winners from previous years as well.
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 13, 2007
    Recently, a good number of students have visited the library or contacted us looking for some business information. The students tell us that they need to choose a company and then compare that company's financial information to the industry average. Students can do this in a few ways. Here are two of them:
    • They can use Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios. The call number for this series of books is HF 5681 .R25 I 525, and they are kept in the library's reference area. These volumes contain ratios for many industries, which you can look up by SIC Codes. However, the books do not list all industries.
    • Students can also use the Mergent Online database. Find Mergent on the...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: November 5, 2007
    We are in the process of redesigning our library's website. We want to make it more user-friendly, and we are adding some new features. The library's web advisory committee will host a small meeting next week. We are seeking some student volunteers to come view a new preliminary design for the library’s website. This would involve a brief written survey, and then some question-and –answer time with our librarians where volunteers can provide us with valuable feedback. If you are a UT Tyler student, undergraduate or graduate, here are the details: What: Library Website Redesign: Student Response Meeting When: Thursday November 15, 2007 Time: 5:00pm Place: Library Room 401 The process should take about 45 minutes to an hour. The...
    Posted By: root
  • Post date: October 31, 2007


          We’ve recently added a new database, Campus Research, to our collection. Published by Westlaw, Campus Research includes analytical sources - more than 700 law reviews and journals - and primary law sources – all federal and state cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases, state statutes and regulations, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.

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  • Post date: October 31, 2007

    From time to time, The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library gets short trials to databases so that we can try out the features and see if the database would be a good fit for our campus. A list of all trials available at any time can be found by clicking on the Databases by Subject link, then clicking on Database Trials link found below the list of subjects, or by going directly to

    We currently have over 10 trials going on right now, including several streaming audio, music reference, and other humanities...

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