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Daughters of 1812 Feature Display on War of 1812 at Muntz Library

James Smith Chapter, National Society U.S. Daughters of 1812 Library Display

The James Smith Chapter of the National Society of U.S. Daughters of 1812
have generously provided a display on the war of 1812. The display is
currently on view on the third floor of the Robert R. Muntz Library. It
is open for viewing during the library’s regular hours.
The display recognizes the observance of the 200th anniversary of the
War of 1812. June 18th was the date when war with Great Britain was
declared. This moment is often known as the 2nd War for Independence.
The display will be on view during the month of June 2012. We invite
our academic community as well as the town at large to view this
excellent and educational display.

20 June 2012 (All day)

Muntz Library announces Summer 2012 Hours

Summer Hours 2012
(Wednesday May 16, 2012- Sunday August 19, 2012)
Monday through Thursday
7:30am- 5:00pm
1:00pm- 10:00pm
Regular hours resume on the first day of Fall Semester 2012
For special hours or other information about possible changes, please call 903-566-7343 or visit our website at

15 May 2012 (All day)
Published by arivera7 on 14 May

April is National Poetry Month: Come Check out Our Display and Some Resources

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a book display in the third floor for National Poetry Month. This month-long celebration was “inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events” (from the Academy of American Poets website). You can visit the site,, to learn more, find poems, get book suggestions, and see other ways to celebrate poetry as well.

The library is featuring a diverse selection of poetry books in our display throughout the month of April. This month our selection includes a sampling of Texas poets, including a volume by local East Texas poet Anne McCrady. All books are usually located in the General Collection (third floor) unless otherwise noted. Please note that all books in the case are available to for checkout. Simply stop by the Circulation Desk, and we will be happy to open the case so you can read the book or books you want. No need to worry about leaving an empty space in the case; we have more we can put in. In addition, if you need ideas or suggestions of poetry books and authors, you can stop by the Reference Desk. We’ll be happy to help you find what you need.

The book list:

  • Brady, Frank, Poetry: Past and Present. PR 1175 . B723.
  • Charara, Hayan, ed., Inclined to Speak: an Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. PS 591 .A7 I53 2008.
  • Clark, John Lee, ed., Deaf American Poetry: an Anthology. PS591 .D4 D43 2009.
  • Connors, Ginny Love, Essential Love: Poems about Mothers and Fathers, Daughters and Sons. PS 595 .P37 E87 2000.
  • Crum, Beverly,, Newe Hupia: Shoshoni Poetry Songs. PM 2321 .Z77 C78 2001.
  • Falkoff, Marc, ed., Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak. PJ 7694 .E3 G6 1971.
  • Lowitz, Leza,, translators and editors, A Long Rainy Season: Haiku and Tanka. PL 782 .E3 L66 1994.
  • McCrady, Anne (East Texas award winning poet), Along Greathouse Road. PS 3613 .C3834 A46 2004.
  • Miyazawa, Kenji, Strong in the Rain: Selected Poems. PL 833 .I95 M59 2007.
  • Rattan, Cleatus (2004 Texas Poet Laureate), The Border. PS 3618 .A88 B67 2002.
  • —, Take Your Time Coming Home. PS 3618 .A88 T35 2005.
  • Rivera, Tomas, The Searchers: Collected Poetry. PQ7079.2 .R5 A6 1990.
  • Thomas, Larry D. (2008 Texas Poet Laureate), Where Skulls Speak Wind. PS3620 .H63 W48.
  • —, The Woodlanders. PS 3620 .H63 W66 2002.
  • Thomas, Lorenzo, Chances are Few. PS 3570 .H568 C5 2003.
  • —, Dancing on Main Street: Poems. PS3570 .H568 D36 2004.

Some links and resources of interest:

    4 April 2012 (All day)

    Muntz Library New Website Goes Live!

    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has launched its new website today. The new design is more consistent with the university's more streamlined and dynamic look. In addition, our new website allows us to incorporate some new features that our patrons have requested or that they may find useful. For instance:

    • We are currently running a trial on a new search engine. The library is running a trial of EBSCO's Discovery Service, search tool that searches a broad range of the library's resources. Now, you can use one single search box, and you can get access to a variety of resources.
    • Streamlined menus. On the left hand side, you have links to the library's services and units.
    • Under the slide show, right next to the image of Swoop, our campus mascot, you will find additional research links.

    Our Systems Department continues to work hard to improve our online presence and thus provide our campus community with excellent service and access to our resources. We encourage our campus community to visit our new website, to try out the features, and to send us your comments. You can comment here on the library blog or you can e-mail us at

    18 January 2012 - 3:00pm
    Published by arivera7 on 18 Jan

    Wikipedia and other sites to go dark for 24 hrs on Wed. 1/18/12

    On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, (US time) the English language Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours in protest against the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act; the Senate version is called PIPA, the Protect IP Act)) in the US. Other language versions should stay available. The action is in protest against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) that is working its way through the House. Other sites are planning protests as well, including going dark.In brief, SOPA advocates stopping piracy by making it possible to “blacklist” or shut down any website that may host pirated content. Critics of the act, which include some major website operators, argue that this will cripple Internet sites as well as censor access to information given the broad nature of the act.To learn more about SOPA and RWA, another act that could affect scholars and library researchers, here are some helpful links:

    On a related note, the RWA (Research Works Act) is another act making its way through Congress as well. This one should be of interest to our faculty as well as students and other scholars. Deborah Fitchett, writing for the University of Canterbury Library, explains that the act "would make open access mandates like the NIH mandate illegal - meaning more research would be locked behind publisher paywalls instead of being in institutional or subject discipline repositories." She offers links to "a thorough roundup of blogposts on this, including discussions of which publishers are behind it and supporting it, and what researchers can do about it."As of this writing, here is a small summary of where the legislation stands, via Mashable.As always, if you have other questions or would like to learn more, you can also visit your library where one of the librarians will be happy to help answer all your questions. Or, you can visit our website for other ways to contact us.A big tip of the hat to Laura Crossett for post idea and language use.

    17 January 2012 - 2:30pm

    Muntz Library Special Hours for Winter Break 2011

    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library announces the following special hours for the 2011 Winter Break:

    • Saturday December 17: CLOSED
    • Sunday December 18: CLOSED
    • Monday December 19-Friday December 23: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Saturday December 24 (Christmas Eve): CLOSED
    • Sunday December 25 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
    • Monday December 26-Friday December 30: CLOSED
    • Saturday December 31 (New Year’s Eve): CLOSED
    • Sunday January 1, 2012 (New Year’s Day): CLOSED
    • Monday January 2-Friday January 6: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Saturday January 7: CLOSED
    • Sunday January 8: CLOSED
    • Monday January 11-Wednesday January 11: 8:00am-5:00pm

    We will resume regular semester hours on Thursday January 12, 2012.Please note that hours may be subject to change. To verify hours, you can call the Reference Desk at 903-566-7343 or visit our website at

    17 December 2011 - 1:00pm to 11 January 2012 - 11:00pm
    Published by arivera7 on 16 Dec

    Winter Reading Display at Muntz Library

    A while back, we put up a small display on the books that inspired a President, a display of books that inspired President Obama as a young man. This was based on a list provided by McNally Jackson books. There is always some interest in reading circles when it comes to what our political leaders may be reading. So when we saw a small feature on President Obama’s family winter reading, via the Fine Books Magazine blog, we decided to put a small display to bring this small piece of book news to life. The piece is about how the President took his daughters shopping for books on the Saturday after Black Friday. We wanted to show our patrons some of these books, which include some good children’s classics. In addition, we are hoping our readers might find an idea or two for their own winter reading.The display is located now on the second floor of the library near the Reference Area. The books featured include selections for adults and children. The books in the case are available to be checked out, so if anyone wishes to take one of the books, feel free to ask at the Circulation Desk. We will be happy to open the display case and let you take the book.The following books are featured in our display case. You can view the complete list at the link from Fine Books Magazine blog. We are including the call numbers and links to the library catalog for the books featured in the display so you can find them later as well:

    • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This novel won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Call number: General Collection PS3554 .I259 B75 2007.
    • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This is the classic children’s novel that many parents have read and often share with their own children. Call number: General Collection PS3560.U8 P5 1961.
    • Zen Shorts by John J. Muth. This is a cute children’s book that features a Taoist panda that teaches children about ways to look at the world. Call number: CML Easy Fiction M9925ZE.
    • Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid. This is a book about the United States and nation building in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. If you wish to have a better understanding of this region and how the U.S. is engaging in the area, this may be a good book to read. Call number: General Collection DS371.4 .R37 2008.
    • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This is the book that inspired this years holiday movie Hugo directed by Martin Scorcese. It is the story of George Melies and a collection of automata. Call number: CML Juvenile S4698IN .

    What about you? What are you planning on reading during the winter break? Feel free to comment and share.

    8 December 2011 - 1:00pm
    Published by arivera7 on 08 Dec

    Library Offers Extended Hours for Finals Week Fall 2011

    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library continues the tradition. We will open extended hours during Finals Week to help our students study and prepare for their final exams and projects. We will offer free hot coffee and cocoa during the extended hours in the evening starting on Sunday December 11 and go until Thursday December 15.In addition, Library Room 401 has been book for students to use as a QUIET study area. For the specific times 401 is open for study hours, click on this link: want to remind students that they will need to have their P2 cards (student ID) on hand. After midnight, only students with a valid P2 card will be allowed in the library during Finals Week.Library Special Hours for Finals Week Fall 2011:

    • Thursday December 8: 7:30am- 12midnight (Regular hours)
    • Friday December 9: 7:30am-8:00pm (note extended time)
    • Saturday December 10: 10:00am-7:00pm (note special Saturday time)
    • Sunday December 11: 1:00pm-2:00am (start of Finals extended hours)
    • Monday December 12: 7:30am-2:00am
    • Tuesday December 13: 7:30am-2:00am
    • Wednesday December 14: 7:30am-2:00am
    • Thursday December 15: 7:30am-2:00am
    • Friday December 16: 7:30am-5:00pm (regular hours)

    For more information, you may call the Reference Desk at 903-566-7343 or send an e-mail to library AT uttyler DOT edu (just replace the appropriate symbols as needed).

    8 December 2011 - 1:30pm to 16 December 2011 - 11:00pm

    Muntz Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break 2011

    The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library announces the following special hours for the Thanksgiving holiday:Wednesday November 23, 2011: 7:30am-5:00pmThursday November 24, 2011: CLOSEDFriday November 25, 2011: CLOSEDWe will resume regular hours on Saturday November 26, 2011. Please note hours are subject to change, especially for Wednesday 11/23. We suggest calling ahead to verify hours. You can call us at 903-566-7343.

    23 November 2011 - 1:00pm to 25 November 2011 - 11:00pm
    Published by arivera7 on 21 Nov

    November is Native American Heritage Month: Book Display and Some Resources

    November is Native American Heritage Mont (link to official federal site from the Library of Congress and other agencies). The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a small book and materials display in the library’s second floor. This year we focused on Native American literature, and we have books for children and adults. As always,books in the display case are available for checkout. Simply let us know at the Circulation Desk, and we will be happy to open the case for you. Don’t worry. We can always put another book in; we do want people to read our books.The following books, with call numbers, are featured in the second floor display case this year:

    • Alexie, Sherman, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. General Collection PS 3551 .L35774 L66 1994.
    • Erdrich, Louise, The Game of Silence. CML Young Adult Fiction E 665GA.
    • Erdrich, Louise, Love Medicine. General Collection PS 3555 .R42 L6 1993A.
    • Goble, Paul, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. CML Juvenile G 5755G.
    • Hillerman, Tony, Dance Hall of the Dead. CML Young Adult Fiction H852DA.
    • Martin Bill, and John Archambault, Knots on a Counting Rope. CML Easy Fiction M 3792KN.
    • Welch, James, Fools Crow. General Collection PS 3573 .E44 F66 1978B.

    These books are just a small sampling of the various selections we offer in Native American literature.We are also featuring here on the blog a list of links to resources about Native Americans for our readers to explore and learn more:

    Still need some ideas of what to read? In addition to the link we offered above, here are some other reading lists. We can help you locate any of the books listed in our library. If we do not have a particular library book, and you are affiliated to our university, we will be happy to place a request from another library via our ILLiad Interlibrary Loan System. Never used ILLiad before? It’s very easy to use. Feel free to ask us how. This is just a small sampling of reading lists available online.


    9 November 2011 - 1:00pm


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