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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

    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

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