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Archive for March, 2009

Stories of Women Stargazers – Dora Musielak – Mar. 30

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International Year of Astronomy 2009

Dr. Dora Musielak – Stories of Women Stargazers

March 30, 2009
12 – 1pm, Central Library sixth floor parlor
Reception follows 

Dr. Musielak is a rocket scientist by training and an enthusiastic promoter of the history of women in science and mathematics. She has spent her career conducting research in rocket propulsion, and now she works for ATK, an aerospace company that helped NASA design, test, and build the planet-hunter telescope Kepler and the rocket motors that powered its ascent into space.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Physics, Women’s Studies Program and the UT Arlington Library.

Free and Open to ALL. Reservations not required.

Event flier

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March 27th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Posted in Library Speakers

Jeff Crane addresses Friends of Library Mar. 27

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Cover of Natural Protest, edited by Crane and Egan

Dr. Jeff Crane, Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University and Editor of Natural Protest: Essays in American Environmental History, will speak to the Friends of the UT Arlington Library at 7:30pm on Friday, March 27, 2009. The talk will be in the Central Library sixth floor parlor.
Natural Protest, Essays on the History of American Environmentalism, was published this year by Routledge. Copies will be available for sale at a reception and book signing following the talk.

This program is free and open to all, but please R.S.V.P. by March 26 by calling Betty Wood at  817-272-7421 or sending email to

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March 23rd, 2009 at 11:07 pm

“I plan to read more books.”

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It’s a cute response to the cable guy when he asks a customer why he has dropped cable.

It’s one library folks like to hear, but it is also one I can relate to–I dropped satellite last summer and haven’t been terribly tempted to go back. There’s too much other stuff to do. I picked up the cable converter boxes for the sets in my house at that time and was pleased to find not only fabulous pictures, but all sorts of digital weather channels available via several sub-channels from our local channels (4, 5, and 8). This was something I would have missed, weather channels on the TV to see if something was blowing my way without going to the trouble to boot up the computer to check online.

If you are watching plain old-fashioned television instead of cable or satellite television and haven’t made the switch to a digital converter box, you have a little time yet. It can be relatively painless, but until you get the gear, you won’t know if you’re one of those who needs to take the extra steps to assure good reception. The picture, when it comes through, does look great. And here, mostly, it comes through. At most I have to move the rabbit ears a little for a couple of channels.

Dave Lieber, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Watchdog columnist and occasional speaker at Friends of the Library meetings, wrote about setting up your converter box in an article posted on March 23. Link here. In addition to the conversion date and the coupon address, he and others have begun promoting a web site intended to help you set up your antenna. It will calculate your distance and direction from the broadcast towers to determine the antenna that will best serve your household. 

These moderately new television sets of mine have some good years left in them and coverter boxes aren’t rocket science. 

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March 23rd, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Posted in Interesting Links

21st-century librarian

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From the International Herald Tribune, a Brooklyn elementary school librarian at work.

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March 18th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Posted in Interesting Links

No Deliveries from the Library Collection Depository March 18-22

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Due to spring break, retrievals have been suspended until March 23, 2009.

Click “Get this item” to have it delivered to the Central Library circulation desk by noon on March 23. If you are requesting items from Special Collections you will be contacted about arrangements to use the materials.

Screen shot of the PULSE page for a book recently requested from the LCD.How do you know if the book you want is in the LCD? When you locate it in PULSE, the Library catalog, will state that it is in the LCD and a note on the page will direct you to fill out an online form requesting the book.

Click on the image and it should open in a new window in a larger form. (“Should”–we’re still working out some of the techniques required to post things in blogs).

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March 17th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Library amenities

A plug for laptop users in the library

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In the February 2009 monthly report, facilities manager Carleen Dolan discussed a trip to Sam’s Click Café on the ground floor of Central Library with Library Dean Gerald Saxon to check the number of power outlets for laptop use.

“We discovered by moving a few pieces of furniture we uncovered several hidden outlets. Students were using the outlets within minutes,” she said. 

Another outlet was uncovered outside group study room B and furniture placed to make it a workspace.  Also, an entire pod in Sam’s has been dedicated to laptop use. The folks in OIT report that they have removed the desktop PCs from that space.

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March 13th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Sometimes you just have to stop and read the directions.

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Or watch the videos. (beta)Looking for technology tutorials? Try Butterscotch. Like the 10 video series in Updated link to Butterscotch, 7-15-2009.

This is a relatively new site, a one-woman company owned by Canadian news and netcaster Amber MacArthur.

It’s a beta site with some interesting content. Tutorials, downloads (linked from and programming.

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March 10th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

UTA Library is open during Spring Break

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The UT Arlington Library is open every day during spring break.

Central Library on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, is open 24 hours.
Central will close at midnight on Wednesday, March 18 and have reduced hours during the staff holiday.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19-12, Central will open at 9am and close at 8pm.

UT Arlington Library has seven locations, so if you regularly use one of the branches or e-Libraries, visit for locations and hours. 

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March 10th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Posted in Special Hours

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Texas Digital Library and the UTA Institutional Repository

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The Texas Digital Library is a multi-university consortium providing the digital infrastructure to support a fully online scholarly community for institutions of higher education in Texas and the widespread availability of their enormous intellectual capital. This meeting will be a demonstration and conversation about UT Arlington’s publications in this medium.

UT Arlington is a member of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), and resources in the Institutional Repository can be made available through this consortium. TDL staff will make an open presentation on Tuesday, March 10, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm in the Rady Room, 6th floor of Nedderman Hall. Registration is not required. See to learn more.

Mark McFarland from UT Arlington and John Leggett from Texas A & M will be presenting. UT Arlington’s Institutional Repository staff will be on hand to answer questions.

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March 6th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Not a Fear Factor: Demystifying the Search for Scholarly Impact

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Library Seminar  

Are you looking to publish but not sure what journals to target? Is your tenure review coming up? Come to this workshop and learn to assess the relevance of a journal in your field for article submission. Already published? Learn how to discover who is citing your work and what your impact factor is. Looking to publish more? Learn how to identify other scholars for collaborative research.

Mar 4th, 2009, 3 – 4:30pm, Central Library Room B20 (basement).

Register for this seminar by emailing 

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March 4th, 2009 at 9:04 am