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New Resources

Monday, January 12th, 2015

With recent funding, we have been able to add some new resources!

The Dance in Video collection now includes volume II which nearly doubles the amount of content on that platform. Classical Scores Library also now includes volume II. Both volumes I & II of each collection is now available integrated with their respective volume I so both volumes are searched together.

We have also added CRCnetBase: General Engineering ebooks. This collection includes searchable access to over 220 eBooks covering topics in general engineering as well as crossing into other related areas.

These are all currently available on the alphabetic databases page as well as Libguides under Research Guides.  Records for all three will appear in the OPAC soon.

Please call us at the Reference Desk, 282-3152, or use our Ask a Librarian service if you have research questions or have trouble accessing any of our resources.

Welcome to the 2015 Spring Semester!

Book News: E-book Dip

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

E-books lost a little bit of sales ground in the third quarter of 2014, according to data from the latest survey of book-buying behavior from Nielsen Books & Consumers. E-books accounted for 21% of unit sales for the year to date through September 30, down from 23% in the January-through-June period. After the first six months of the year, paperbacks represented 42% of units sold; after a slight increase in sales during the third quarter, their share rose to 43%. The hardcover segment’s share of purchases held even at 25%.

The Nielsen survey of consumers also found that 57% reported buying their e-books through Amazon in the first nine months of 2014. Amazon’s single closest competitor was, which had a 14% share of unit e-book purchases through the first nine months of the year. Apple had only a 6% share.

Though Amazon also had the largest share of devices that consumers reported using to download e-books, its lead over Apple was much less substantial than the gap between Amazon and Apple in e-book sales.   Click here to read the entire article.

Source: Jim Milliot | Dec 12, 2014 / PW

Library Hours January 5 – 11, 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015

January 5 – 11, 2015

Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday


Spring Semester classes start Monday, January 12!

GPO Is Now The Government Publishing Office

Monday, January 5th, 2015

An agency whose mission has been producing, publishing, and recording our Nation’s history has made some history of its own. Section 1301 of H.R. 83, the legislation providing consolidated and further continuing appropriations for FY 2015 that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law last night by President Barack Obama, changes the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office. Publishing reflects the increasingly prominent role that GPO plays in providing access to Government information in digital formats through the agency’s Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks, and related technologies. The information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond only print and GPO has transformed itself to meet its customers’ needs.

Read H.R. 83.

GPO opened its doors on March 4, 1861, the same day Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office as President of the United States. Since that day, GPO employees have produced our country’s most important documents such as the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation, The Warren Commission Report, The 9-11 Commission Report, the U.S. passport, the Federal Budget, and all Congressional materials.

Source: Federal Depository Library Program / Published: December 17 2014

Library Closed Dec.24 – Jan.1, 2015

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014


We’ll see you next year!

Library Interim Hours Dec.20-Jan.1

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Interim Session: December 20 – January 11

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Holiday Closure: December 24 – January 1

Wednesday – Thursday CLOSED


Library Closed This Weekend Dec. 20-21

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

But we will open December 22 – 23, Monday and Tuesday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Library will be closed from December 24 – January 1, 2015.

Yes, we will be open January 2, 2015, Friday, from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm! Click here for complete Interim Hours.

Marquez’s Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Just months after Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s passing, the works of the late Colombian writer have found their resting place. The University of Texas, Austin has announced that the Harry Ransom Center, the school’s humanities research library, has acquired the Nobel winner’s archive.

The newly won trove is anything but insubstantial. Among the documents going to the library, original manuscripts of such classics as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera stand paired with more curious remnants of Garcia Marquez’s writing life, like his Smith Corona typewriters and more than 40 photo albums. Rounding out the archive are his drafts, annotations, unpublished works and some 2,000 letters to other literary luminaries like Milan Kundera and Graham Greene.

“This acquisition marks an important extension of the Center’s literary holdings,” Stephen Enniss, director of the Harry Ransom Center, said in a press release. “Garcia Marquez has had as important an influence on the novel of the second half of the 20th century as James Joyce had on the first half.”

In some ways, the acquisition is fitting. Nearly five linear feet worth of Joyce’s documents also rest at the Harry Ransom Center, along with those of some of Garcia Marquez’s other influences, such as Jorge Luis Borges and William Faulkner. In other ways, though, the location proves a bit ironic: For years, Garcia Marquez was banned from traveling in the U.S., partly for his involvement with the Communist Party and his friendship with Fidel Castro. The travel ban wasn’t lifted until 1995.

Head to The New York Times for a peek at some notable documents from the archive.


  / Colin Dwyer

Free Coffee, Cocoa & Tea at the Library!

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

To help you get through the next 2 weeks (closed and finals weeks), we have free coffee, cocoa and tea available in the student lounge along with a few extra study hours.

Research help is available at the Reference Desk 282-3152 (1st floor), Health Science Library 282-4686 (3rd floor) and Special Collections Department 282-3249 (basement).  And don’t forget our online Ask a Librarian is a convenient way to connect to our research specialists.

Library building hours are extended as follows:

Closed & Final Exam Weeks: Dec 8 – Dec 19

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday (12th) 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday (19th) 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Interlibrary Loan Suspension

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Interlibrary loan processing will be temporarily suspended Dec. 19 – Jan. 6 while we make the switch to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan.  While we will continue to process pending requests, no new requests will be accepted during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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