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Library Adds Oxford University Press Journals

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library now has access to around 200 Oxford University Press journal titles.  The individual titles have been added to the A to Z list (Periodicals Online & Print. You can find the Periodicals Online and & Print link on the library's website) and Oxford University Press has been added to the Databases by Title list.
Published by root on 24 Jan

Downtime for IEEE Xplore Database

From the folks that provide IEEE Xplore: "An upgrade of the IEEE Xplore Digital Library is scheduled for Saturday, 26 January. During this deployment, the system will be unavailable for up to up to eight hours beginning at approximately 11:00 AM CST. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
Published by root on 23 Jan

Meeting students at the UC

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, check out the new computer tables in the reference computer area. Best.
Published by root on 23 Jan

Robert R. Muntz Library Will Close Monday January 21 for MLK Holiday

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 Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal government agency that supports public service and volunteering.

New tables in the reference area

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 terminals in that area. Tables being assembled First, after removing the old tables, the new tables had to be assembled. In order to accommodate the new computers, some additional electrical work and wiring had to be done. Since it involved drilling into the concrete floor, we closed the library on January 7 and January 8. Director and Instruction Librarian Supervise Here you see Vandy Dubre, Instruction Librarian (in the red) and Jeanne Pyle, Library Director, supervising the assembly of the tables. Students return to find new tables And now, our students return for the spring semester to find new tables in the reference area. Please let us know what you think about the new tables. Our goal is to continue improving the area for our students. Feel free to drop us a line in the comments or stop by the reference area and talk to our staff.
Published by root on 17 Jan

New Database Trial - The American Civil War Research Database

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 drop us an email.  The trial expires March 14, 2008. Unfortunately, this database is only available on-campus. To find out what trials we have access to at any given time, click on the "Databases by Subject" link on the Library's Homepage and then click on the "Database Trials" link.

Recent additions to the Best Sellers Collection.

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 murder in Yellowstone Park. Publishers Weekly calls it a “story of corruption, greed and deception” that “vividly evokes Yellowstone's natural beauty."
  • Henderson’s debut novel, Circumference of darkness : a thriller, is a post 9/11 thriller. If you like Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy, you may want to give this novel a try.
  • Orson Scott Card’s novel Empire is also a near future thriller. In this novel, the United States falls into a civil war between the blue and the red states.
  • Filip Bondy writes about one of the greatest mistakes in basketball history in his book TipOff: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever. In 1984, the Portland Trailblazers in their second draft pick chose Sam Bowie. Who else was available at the time? A certain player named Michael Jordan for instance.
  • David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. Weinberger looks at the new digital media and its impact on business and the world.
Remember that you can check the library catalog for availability.

Library Holiday Closing and Interim Hours

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.
Published by root on 21 Dec

Knowledge River: Earn your MLS in a Multicultural Learning Community

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 specific focus perspectives of Hispanic and Native American communities."
  • You do have to apply for admission. If you are selected, they provide support that includes tuition, fees, and a graduate assistantship. You can find information about the application process at their website.
  • The program is based in Tucson, AZ. It is not a virtual or part-time program.
If this sounds like an interesting opportunity for you, please make sure to visit their website for details.

Looking for something to read? Try these 2007 notable lists

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.