Attention dog lovers! Alkek is trying something new this semester. We will have therapy dogs in the library to help students relax during the often stressful week of finals.
First, a little about the special dogs coming to visit. These dogs are not simply the dog next door. Each dog and its handler are registered “Pet Partners” and have been through extensive training to prepare for all kinds of situations. Pet Partners are able to visit places like nursing homes, hospitals, elementary schools, and libraries to spread comfort and healing.
For this program, Alkek is partnering with a local therapy dog group called Pawsitive Energy: Pet Partners of San Marcos. Several of the handlers are Texas State faculty, including founders Julie and Kevin Romig of the Geography Department. Visit Pawsitive Energy’s website to learn about this organization and see photos of some of the dogs coming to Alkek.
While this is a new experience for Texas State, therapy dog programs have become popular in libraries and on college campuses across the U.S. as research increasingly shows the health benefits of animal therapy. In fact, the University of Texas at Austin launched their therapy dog program in the Perry–Castañeda library during their fall 2012 finals, and other universities with successful programs include Yale Law School, Harvard Medical School, Kent State, Emory University, University of Michigan, Rice University, and UT Arlington.
At Alkek, our upcoming therapy dog program is a pilot, which means if it’s successful, we’ll be able to offer it again. Please help make it successful by coming to pet our visiting dogs. All are welcome! ~Kay Hetherly
WHEN: May 1 (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) May 2 (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) May 3 (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
WHERE: Alkek Library, 2nd floor, Leisure Reading Area
Take a journey to what Bob Dylan called the "old, weird America." Before 50s suburbia mentally sanitized the landscape, America was full of wooden shanties built over the water, grandmothers that ran safe-cracking gangs, street urchins, voter fraud, and assorted eccentric characters.
Herbert Asbury wrote nonfiction books on French Quarter, Chicago, and two on New York. Asbury roughly centered on the 19th century to the early 20th century. One was the basis for the film Gangs of New York. Using newspaper clippings and stories that were now safe to be told, Asbury is a fascinating read of Gilded Age America and things that are too offbeat to be official history.
The Centro Cultural Hispano will be hosting an event showcasing the art of Swiss-American artist, Veronique Hahn and her students Dakota Fernandez, Michael Brown and Dennis Michael Gutierrez, with readings of Federico Garcia Lorca’s (Spain,1898-1936) classic play Yerma, by the Texas State students in El Club del Teatro Leido; play begins at 3:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The Alkek Library has Veronique Hahn's publications available for checkout in the Juvenile Collection on the 6th floor of the library.
Reception for New Art Exhibit | Sunday, April 21st, 2-4:00 pm
"Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured adults in the nation. Texas is dead last in percentage of high school graduates. Our state generates more hazardous waste and carbon dioxide emissions than any other state in our nation."
The Library has awarded the 2013 Online Resource Grants. This year the Library was able to offer a record $173,000 to support the purchase of larger digital collections that can be purchased one time and owned in perpetuity. A review committee consisting of two members of the Library Committee, two previous recipients, and two librarians reviewed the proposals and recommended grants to the following recipients and resources. The Library is pleased to provide access to these seven new databases. Access to most of the databases has been activated, and all should be activated by the end of May.
The awardees are:
Black Abolitionist Papers (Recipient: Angela Murphy - History): A digital primary source collection that is the first to comprehensively detail the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.
Confidential Print Middle East, 1839-1969 (Recipient:
Elizabeth Bishop - History): Contains digitized confidential print documents from the British Foreign and Colonial Offices from 1839-1969, covering early events in Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and more.
Everyday Life and Women in America (Recipients: Rebecca Montgomery, Angela Murphy, Nancy Berlage, Lynn Denton - History): Digitized historical material revealing early American home life from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University, and the New York Public Library
PAO Foundation Collection (Recipients: Selene Hinojosa - Library;Yasmine Beale-Rosano-Rivaya - Modern Languages): A collection of over 200 digitized academic journals published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, with coverage extending to the first volume up to around 2000.
Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 (Recipient: Jay Ryu, Family & Consumer Sciences): This collection captures rock and roll, counterculture, peace and protest, fashion, civil rights, Vietnam, student activism, underground publications between 1950-1975 with thousands of digitized, color images of manuscripts, photographs, rare printed material and more.
Serials Set II, A: 1970-79 (Recipients: Margaret Vaverek - Library; Patricia Shields - Political Science): Includes digitized reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. This collection expands our existing coverage to 1970-1979 and also contains Senate and Executive Documents and Reports from 1817-1969.
Springer Mathematics Journals Archive (Recipient: Thomas Keller - Mathematics): Contains over 120 digitized journals from the areas of mathematics and statistics, from the first issue to the mid-1990’s. Access coming soon!