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Archive for May, 2009

Need 4th & 5th floor materials during Central Library renovations?

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Here’s how to get them.

On May 18 the Central Library kicked off a summer season of remodeling. The floors particularly affected are 4 and 5. To begin this project, all staff and service personnel have been moved from the fourth floor. The public will use the middle and south elevators, while the north and service elevators are reserved for the construction work. The fourth floor is expected to be finished by June 26, at which time, work will begin on the fifth. This is going to be an extremely noisy renovation. The supports for the sprinkler system and ceiling grid are “shot” into the concrete above. It will sound like guns going off.

Faculty, staff, and students needing books in stacks on the fourth or fifth floor will be able to request retrieval of items from the floor under renovation through the library catalog (OPAC) using the same Call Slip retrieval function that we use for Library Collection Depository (LCD) retrievals. Look up the item you want to check out and the catalog page will provide a form to request the item.

Screen shot of catalog page with request link.Access Services will be retrieving books from the floors being renovated this summer on an 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday schedule. If there are needs on the weekend, and staffing permits, we will retrieve requests as we are able. Users will be notified by email when their requests items are available.

Our goal is a 2 hour turnaround Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Requests placed in the evening will be pulled the next morning. 1Requests placed over the weekend will be pulled Monday morning. Patrons who have difficulty placing retrieval requests should receive assistance in placing their requests at any service point. For more information about retrieving books, contact Sue Sappington at 817-272-3413 or

For a more detailed description of the work schedule, view the web page of the last issue of Library News, sent on May 18

Written by dwyer

May 21st, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Posted in Library amenities

Star-Telegram: Area’s biggest universities are missing out on millions in state funding

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The front page article in this morning’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram begins: 

North Texas’ three largest universities are on the losing end of a chunk of state funding, causing them to miss out on millions of dollars a year, according to an analysis by a San Antonio legislator.

The 12,500-student Texas Woman’s University in Denton is the region’s only public four-year institution that receives about what would be expected from nonformula funding, according to research by Democratic state Rep. Michael Villarreal.

But the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas in Denton receive much less than what would be expected.

Political power plays a key role, Villarreal said.

Public colleges and universities in Texas get most of their state money through formula funding.

Formula funding is based on formulas that include the number of credit hours (courses) students take, the type of courses taken (an engineering course gets more money than a liberal arts course because it costs more to teach) and the amount of space an institution should need to operate.

The upshot?  Villarreal spelled it out:

‘Rules of the game’

Villarreal said he did the analysis because more money should be funneled to colleges by formula funding. He said that’s a fairer way to distribute dollars. Nonformula funding, he says, is influenced heavily by legislators who hold powerful positions, such as those who lead a higher education committee or serve on appropriation committees.

“Those are the rules of the game,” Villarreal said. “Those were the rules of the game.”  

Written by dwyer

May 12th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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English Dept. Writing Center in Central Library Rm 511 for Summer I

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Another non-library facility located in Central Library is the English Writing Center. This group will be relocated for a while this summer during remodeling on the fourth floor. Check their web site for details:

From Dean Hinnen, director of the Writing Center:

We will be in Room 511 of the Central Library during Summer I and then move back to our home in Room 411 for Summer II. We will have that information on our web site and Facebook group page. Our summer hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. We will open for the summer on June 3, although we do offer online tutorials during Maymester.

Written by dwyer

May 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Library amenities

Center for Greater Southwestern Studies launches new web pages

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The Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography is run by the History Department and is located on the sixth floor of Central Library, opposite Special Collections. 

Written by dwyer

May 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Swine Flu and Cartography

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Ben Huseman, cartographic archivist in Special Collections at the UT Arlington Library sends along the following useful link:

“Our colleagues at the PCL [Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection]  at UT in Austin have put together a fine list with links to swine flu maps from around the world.”

Written by dwyer

May 7th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Internet “culture”

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David Pogue’s latest blog about “must see” Internet sites and videos (mostly videos) appeared this week. Consider this a crash course in Internet savvy after he quizzed his Twitter followers for their suggestions.

Written by dwyer

May 7th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Central Library open 24 hours this weekend for finals

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Finals Schedule in Library
Central Library is normally open 24 hours a day only five days a week (Sunday through Thursday), but due to finals, Central Library will remain open 24 hours a day over the May 8 – 10 weekend. We will resume the normal hours again on Friday, May 15.
MAV ID is required to enter or remain in the building from midnight to 7am. Library Hours:

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May 7th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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