Nutshell And Demystified Books Provide Great Introductions To Complex Topics

These books are great introductions to legal topics such as arbitration, contracts, corporate finance, copyright law and more.

You need a good introduction to a HARD topic. Written to get you started, and as intelligent as you are.You already know what the median and mode are; you need a discussion of Bayesian probability, or 12 ways of looking at correlation, or population distribution, etc.

Enter the wonderful Demystified series.

Here are some examples.

Business Stats Demystified.
Stats Demystified
Probability Demystified

Steve Davis Receives Pen Award for Research Nonfiction

On an exciting note, both the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas News Service have announced the news of the Wittliff Collections’ literary curator, Steve Davis, winning a prestigious Pen Award for Research Nonfiction as co-author (with Wittliff donor Bill Minutaglio) of Dallas 1963.

University of Texas (where co-author Minutaglio teaches) News Service:

Dallas Morning News book editor Mike Merschel:

Trends in Scholarship & Research Event

The University Library presents:


October 1, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wittliff Gallery,7th Floor

Networking/Refreshments | Presentation | Panel Discussion + Q&A

Texas State University’s Strategic Plan for Research Initiative includes the goal of raising national visibility of the research output of the university. The university library seeks to support this initiative by providing two events supporting this goal. These events are part of a series called Trends in Scholarship and Research in conjunction with the recognition of international Open Access Week 2014.
Please join us in the Wittliff Gallery, 7th floor, for a presentation by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international group working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results. Prior to joining SPARC, Ms. Joseph spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She served as the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology, the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s pioneering open repository, and PubMed Central. She was also the founder of BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently. Ms. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS), DuraSpace, and ImpactStory.

Ms. Joseph will talk about recent research on article-level metrics (ALMs) and their usage  as they are increasingly deployed by Open Access journals and Open Access repositories, in addition to recent data on increased usage on Open Access materials.

Her presentation will be followed discussion panel composed of Texas State faculty. The panel will address their experiences of how they’ve increased the visibility and accessibility of their research using technology and other methods to gain recognition of their work.

11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. — Networking and Refreshments

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Presentation by Heather Joseph

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Panel discussion + Q&A

Panelists include:

Dr. Li Feng, Brandon Dee Roberts Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Finance and Economics
Dr. Tom Grimes, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Dr. Pat Shields, Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Lucia Summers, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice

Please RSVP to Lisa Ancelet by September 26, 2014 if you plan to attend the event so that we can provide enough refreshments.

Reservable Group Study Rooms Now Available!

Study rooms 512 and 514 (both are located on the 5th floor) can now be reserved in 2 hour blocks during the hours the library is open.

Reserve a group study room here:  Log in with your NetID.

Choose the “Group Study- Level 5” tab to reserve either Room 512 or 514.

Group Study Room Reservation
Important Information:

Room 512 can seat up to 6 people; Room 514 can seat up to 10 people.

Reservations are limited to 1 reservation per day.  Each member of the group can make separate reservations to extend group access to a study room.

If you do not claim your room within 15 minutes of your scheduled reservation time, other groups may use the room.

Report any issues to the Circulation/Reserves desk on the 2nd floor.  You may also call 512.245.3681, or use Ask a Librarian to text or IM if someone is in the room during your reserved time.

Researching YouTube

How much do you know about YouTube? What makes a good video, how to get on top of rankings, and how to present yourself?

You might get interviewed on video. You might make a YouTube spot. So you are going to have to know the following things:

YouTube videos

Television Acting (trust me, the right subject heading).

Video Production


AdAge has a list of the 25 most popular YouTube channels.

Good Golly, Miss Molly – well, it is free stuff, so I guess it skews a certain way.

Don’t forget you can market to the niche long tail market (bigger overall volume by filling small niches). 

Come See Our The Art of the Book Cover Exhibit

Check out our exhibits featuring the art of the book cover!
Over the years, we have heard complaints about the age of the Alkek Library book collection.   We have grown from a teaching college to an emerging research institution.  To that end, we are working on making sure there is and will always be room for the most current and relevant information available in all disciplines, in print or online.  However, without maintaining some of these older parts of the collection, the history of the collection and of the institution would be lost.  We have original examples of artistic book cover styles and designs because we have retained some these unique titles. 
Interestingly, some of the best examples we have of these classic book cover designs come from the American and German Literature sections of the Alkek collection.  That would not be surprising, considering the area of Texas we are in.  We suspect that from our very beginnings, faculty and perhaps some of the local community, contributed their love, knowledge, and even some of the books themselves, to our collections.  These books date from the 1890s to the 1920s.

We Have Screenplays

Find all screenplays here.

Did you know that we have screenplays at the Alkek Library? Technically, they are housed at the Southwest Writers, Wittliff Collections Reading Room, on the seventh floor of the library.

While the screenplays cannot leave the building, stop by and spend a few minutes reading everything from major Hollywood productions to critically acclaimed small films.

Featured Author: Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash)

All Neal Stephenson books.

Futurist and groundbreaking author focusing on what we now call the net, computer viruses, globalization, and virtual reality.

Review/plot of Snow Crash (Hoo-boy, this isn’t for everyone!):

In Neal Stephenson’s cyberspace, called the Metaverse, the 120 million richest people in the world conduct their pleasure and business blithely unaware that L. Bob Rife, the owner of the fiber-optic network they all use, is plotting their domination. Meanwhile, Hiro Protagonist, a hacker who wrote some of the earliest software for the Metaverse, prowls about looking for intelligence to sell in an information-overloaded age. Hiro has a debt to pay: He owes the Mafia-run CosaNostra, the twenty-first century version of Domino’s Pizza, the cost of a new delivery car. Before he can repay his debt, he is swept up into a larger adventure. At the urging of his still-intriguing former lover Juanita, he begins investigating a new drug, Snow Crash, that has rendered his former partner, Da5id, brain dead. The ominous part about Snow Crash is that it affects the brain when administered in the Metaverse; in a twist on the typical relationship, the virtual determines the real.

With the help of Y.T., a Kourier who meets Hiro on the fateful night he wrecks his car, Protagonist steps on the trail of Snow Crash in both real and virtual life. In the former, he traces the path of Raven, an atomic-bomb-toting Aleut who seems to be the source of Snow Crash. In the latter, he employs a nearly omniscient virtual librarian to investigate the drug’s extensive history. He discovers that Snow Crash is not a drug at all but a modern manifestation of an ancient metavirus that provides access to deep structures in the brain that control individuals. Prior to the fall of Babel, all people spoke a language that used this infrastructure and thus lived in a static culture. The Sumerian priest Enki released humanity from the metavirus by uttering an incantation, or nam-shub, that reprogrammed the brain so that people could no longer understand the deep language. Consequently, multiple languages developed.