Monday, November 28, 2005

SWOSU Associate Professor showcasing new book

Dr. Victoria Gaydosik is celebrating the publication of her first book and she is offering a signed copy along with its companion volume to the Al Harris Library. All the faculty and staff of the Al Harris Library would like to congratulate Dr. Gaydosik on her accomplishment. Also, we would like to extend a message of gratitude for the donation of her book to our literature collection.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Graduate Record photos Dec. 5-6, Study Rm. 3

Photos for the SWOSU Graduate Record will be taken in Study Room 3 of the Al Harris Library on Monday, Dec. 5 from 10am - 8pm and Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10am - 3pm.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Where are your wireless manners?

Cell Phone Etiquette (

1) Stop noise pollution: Don't shout into your phone and keep the ring on as low as possible. Or better yet, keep the phone on vibrate.

2) Off means off: Respect the rules of any location, including planes, schools, churches and restaurants.

3) Take it in private: If you're expecting an important call, turn the phone to vibrate or silent mode. Then, to take the call, excuse yourself to the lobby, restroom or outside where there are fewer people.

4) Be aware of personal space: No, not your space, others'. Keep several feet away from anyone when on a call.

5) Let them know: Inform callers and call recipients that you're on a cell phone.

6) Know when to call: Just because you have someone's cell phone number, don't assume you can call it at anytime.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

New Report on the Development of American Indian and Alaska Native Children

American Indian and Alaska Native Children: Findings From the Base Year of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) is a new report filed by the National Center for Education Statistics that provides descriptive information on American Indian and Alaska Native children born in the United States in 2001. It presents information on characteristics of their families, on children's mental and physical skills, on children's first experiences in childcare, on the fathers of these children, and on their prenatal care.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Library of Congress: American Memory Updates

NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
Between 1897 and 1911 Elizabeth Smith Miller and her daughter, Anne Fitzhugh Miller, filled seven large scrapbooks with ephemera and memorabilia related to their work with women's suffrage. The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
Incorporates 718 excerpts from original sound recordings, 1,256 photographs, and 10 manuscripts from the American Folklife Center's Coal River Folklife Project (1992-99) documenting traditional uses of the mountains in Southern West Virginia's Big Coal River Valley.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. A number of these items contain manuscript annotations not recorded elsewhere that offer insight into the delicate process of creating consensus.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Storytelling and Family Stories Display

Come check out our Storytelling and Family Stories display in the Reference area of the Al Harris Library! Here you will find stories to tell, as well as information and guidance on how to tell them. Storytelling is an art form that can be practiced and enjoyed in family and community settings, or at festivals, such as the WinterTales Storytelling Festival in Oklahoma City and the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, Texas. The National Storytelling Network has proclaimed 2005 as the “The Year of the Storyteller.”

Thursday, November 03, 2005

New Words Added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Here are some of the new words and phrases now included:

Chick flick
Brain freeze

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The White House: An Historic Guide

The White House may be one of the most facinating homes anywhere. This small book about the White House in the Libraries' Government Documents collection (call no. Y 3.H 62/4: 8 W 58) will appeal to anyone interested in history, politics, landscaping, or art. Included are many color photographs showing both the exterior and interior rooms at different times in history. The book also includes sketches of the White House after it was partially burned by the British during the War of 1812. Cut-away sketches of the building show rooms that vistors see during public tours.

The decor of the White House has changed with the tastes of its occupants and the fashions of the period. For example, there are photographs of the East Room as it looked during Andrew Johnson's term (1865-1869) and the room's subsequent remodeling in 1873 by Ulysses S. Grant in a Greek-inspired style critics ridiculed as "steamboat Gothic." "The White House: An Historic Guide" is a fascinating look at one of the world's best-known homes.