AIDallas Library

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Library Update 05/16/2013

I just pushed in my 157,359,458th chair.  And I am almost not kidding.  Is there some kind of scary urban legend about getting a fatal disease from pushing in your chair in the library?  No one seems to know how to do it.  Believe me, things look a lot better when chairs are pushed in.  Check out these pictures from the lab and see what you think!

This is actually what the lab looked like one afternoon.

BTW, those are not people wearing paper plates on their faces, I just didn't want to violate any one's privacy, it could ruin your reputation to be caught studying in the library.

Yes, we see the stained carpet, that will be fixed soon.  But really, doesn't it look better with the chairs pushed in? 

Help a librarian out and push in your chair when you leave.  I'm pretty sure this is a good thing to do in most places!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


Check out this handy map that Carlos made for us!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Library News Spring 2013

It's been a short break, I hope people got outside some, it's good for you!

We've been doing things that might not be apparent when you return:

Updated the textbook collection
Put copyright and instruction signs over the copier
Got the air conditioning fixed in the lab
Started processing some new movies (stay tuned on that)
Updated the blog (see!)
Straightened up the magazines
Did Orientation for the new students
Put more new books out
Got a new shredder/recycling container
Tried to avoid construction

Looking forward to seeing you all back in school for the Spring Quarter which starts April 1, no fooling!

Did you know that we are now allowing drinks in the library (NEVER in the computer lab)?  If your drink is in a sturdy container with a lid that closes, you can have it in the library, please no Styrofoam or cans unless they have a lid.  The first time we have to clean up a spill, we will stop allowing drinks, so don't be the bozo who ruins it for everyone else, okay?
Why are we so mean?

Sometimes students ask us to hold their bags or other possessions while they run to class or to lunch or the restroom, etc.  We will not do this which might seem mean but here is why it isn't a good idea:

  • If we hold things for you then we have to do it for every one and pretty soon there won't be room for us behind the desk.  I know, you are special but not that special...
  • We don't have insurance in case anything happens to your stuff
  • If something happens to you and you don't come back, what are we supposed to do with your stuff?
  • It's not the library's purpose
So, please don't ask because we won't do it.

Questions for you:
What kinds of things would you like to see on the library blog?

Should I get a Pinterest and/or Google+ account for the library?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall 2012

Lots of change afoot.  That's normal for around here, right?

Let's see:

  • Hours changed
  • Layout changed
  • Student Portal changed
  • Staff changed
  • Loan period for books changed
  • Drinking fountain gone!

We are open the following hours 8-8 Monday to Thursday, 8-7 on Friday and 10-2 on Saturday.  There are now after hours librarians that you can call. The service is AskToday, you might have noticed the banner on the Student Portal. 


The back half (more like 3/4) of the library is being turned into offices for Accounting and other departments.  The library is still in the process of being remodeled.  Stay tuned for further developments.  We did get rid of a lot of books, mostly old or duplicate stuff.

Student Portal

MyAiCampus got an update and the online library link moved.  The Online Library will be updated soon also. 


I am the only librarian now, the student workers are doing a lot more around the library and doing a mighty fine job of it.  I'm not really the only librarian because you have access to the AskToday service also!

Loan changes

Books can now be checked out for 2 weeks at a time and renewed for one week at a time twice.  I also changed the rules so that you can have up to $5 in fines before you are blocked from checking things out.  Too many people were using credit/debit cards for tiny fines like $1. 

Drinking fountain

Yep, it's gone from the 4th floor but it will be back soon in a slightly different location!

New Books

Here is a list of the new books added so far this quarter.  These are real live paper books or p-books as I've heard them called.   No room for the New Book section so these new books are filed in with not so new books. 

BF 789 .C7 W37 2006
Color magic for beginners : simple techniques to brighten & empower your life / Richard Webster.  Llewellyn Publications, c2006.

E 169 .A45 2008
Power of the zoot : youth culture and resistance during World War II / Luis Alvarez. University of California Press, c2008.

GT 1860 .W67 2009
Workwear : work fashion seduction. Marsilio, 2009.

GT 615 .R45 2000
Swing style : fashions of the 1930s-1950s / Maureen Reilly. Schiffer Pub. Ltd., c2000.

HB 171 .C655 2011
Economics : the basics / Tony Cleaver. Routledge, 2011.

HD 45 .H3427 2003
Harvard business essentials : managing creativity and innovation. Harvard Business School Press, c2003.

HD 53 .B476 2011
Innovation and entrepreneurship / John Bessant and Joe Tidd. Wiley, 2011.

HD 69 .P75 P7288 2011
Project management in practice / Samuel J. Mantel, Jr. ... [et al.]. Wiley, c2011.

HD 9773 .U7 D478 2010
Design research : the store that brought modern living to American homes / by Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange ; foreword by Rob Forbes ; afterword by Paul Goldberger ; Concept development by Sheila McCullough ; Creative direction by Pentagram Chronicle Books, c2010.

HD 9940.A2 M55 2007
Start your own clothing store and more : children's, bridal, vintage, consignment / Entrepreneur Press and Charlene Davis. Entrepreneur Press, c2007.

HD 9999 .C9472 L48 2011
Free ride : how digital parasites are destroying the culture business, and how the culture business can fight back / Robert Levine. Doubleday, c2011.

HF 5415 .B42944 2008
Designer's guide to marketing and pricing : how to win clients and what to charge them / Ilise Benun and Peleg Top. How Books, c2008.

HF 5415.1265 .R92 2011
Best digital marketing campaigns in the world : mastering the art of customer engagement / Damian Ryan and Calvin Jones. Kogan Page, c2011.

HF 5415.15 .M67 2009
Eating the big fish : how challenger brands can compete against brand leaders / Adam Morgan. Wiley, c2009.

HF 5547.2 .M44 2010
Planning office spaces : a practical guide for managers and designers / Juriaan van Meel, Yuri Martens and Hermen Jan van Ree. Laurence King ; Center for People and Buildings ; Centre for Facilities Management-Realdania Research, 2010.

HF 5636 .F526 2011
Essentials of finance and accounting for nonfinancial managers / Edward Fields. American Management Association, 2011.

HF 5734.5 .S66 1997
Beyond words : a guide to drawing out ideas / Milly R. Sonneman. Ten Speed Press, c1997.

HF 5822 .H515 2010
About face : the secrets of emotionally effective advertising / Dan Hill. Kogan Page Limited, 2010.

HN 25 .N39 2009
Packaging life : cultures of the everyday / Pramod K. Nayar. Sage, c2009.

HQ 1206 .M3697 2011
12 secrets of highly successful women : a portable life coach for creative women / Gail McMeekin. Conari Press, 2011.

LB 1060 .A16 2009
12 brain/mind learning principles in action : developing executive functions of the human brain / Renate Nummela Caine ... [et al.] ; foreword by Arthur L. Costa. Corwin Press, c2009.

LB 3013 .S444 2010
Preventing disruptive behavior in colleges : a campus and classroom management handbook for higher education / Howard Seeman. Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2010.

ML 420.C265 K5413 2009
Johnny Cash : I see a darkness : a graphic novel / by Reinhard Kleist ; [translated from the German edition by Michael Waaler]. Abrams ComicArts, c2009.

N 620.M9 A56 2007
MOMA, highlights since 1980 : 250 works from the Museum of Modern Art, New York / [produced by the Department of Publications, The Museum of Modern Art, New York ; editor, Rebecca Roberts]. Museum of Modern Art, c2007.

N 6270 .R67 2010
Islamic arts from Spain / Mariam Rosser-Owen. V&A Pub.; Distributed in North America by Harry N. Abrams, 2010.

N 6425 .N4 K5313 2007
Neoclassicism and romanticism : architecture, sculpture, painting, drawings, 1750-1848 / edited by Rolf Toman ; photographs by Markus Bassler ... [et al.] ; [translation from German, Paul Aston, Peter Barton, and Eileeen Martin]. Ullmann & Knemann, c2007.

N 6537 .S6465 A4 2009
Speed : art, 2003-2009 / artwork and essay by Julie Speed ; fiction by A.M. Homes ; essay by Elizabeth Ferrer. University of Texas Press, 2009.

NA 200 .P43 2009
1000 monuments of genius / [author, Christopher E.M. Pearson]. Parkstone International, c2009.

NA 5978 .J5 Q334 2006
Dome of the Rock / Oleg Grabar. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.

NA 737 .G44 A4 2009b
Frank O. Gehry : since 1997 / Germano Celant ; [translation, Susan Ann White, Stephen Sartarelli]. Skira ; Thames & Hudson [distributor], 2009.

NC 1002 .L63 A46 2010
American trademarks : a compendium / edited by Eric Baker and Tyler Blik. Chronicle, c2010.

NC 1764 .S25 2010
Creating comics! : 47 master artists reveal the techniques and inspiration behind their comic genius / Judith Salavetz and Spencer Drate ; foreword by Paul Gulacy ; introduction by Mike Cavallaro. Rockport Publishers, c2010.

NC 1766.G7 B763 2011
Quay Brothers : into a metaphysical playroom / Suzanne Buchan. University of Minnesota Press, c2011.

NC 730 .A7813 2009
Drawing / [text, Josep Asuncion and Gemma Guasch; English translation by Michael Brunelle and Beatriz Cortabarria]. Barron's, 2009.

NC 975.5.L66 A4 2004
Antonio's people / Paul Caranicas. Thames & Hudson, c2004.

NC 997 .S23 2010
Designer's graphic stew : visual ingredients, techniques, and layout recipes for graphic designers / Timothy Samara. Rockport Publishers, c2010.

NC 997 .S89 2009
By hand : handmade elements in graphic design / [writer, Kumiko Suzuki, Maya Kishida ; editor, Maki Yoshimura] PIE Books, 2009

NK 1390 .C46 2010
Century of modern design : selections from the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection / edited with introduction by David A. Hanks. Flammarion ; Thames & Hudson [distributor], 2010.

NK 1535 .L87 H45 2010
Born modern : the life and design of Alvin Lustig / by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen. Chronicle Books, c2010.

NK 2004.3 .E27 A4 2010
Timeless elegance : the houses of David Easton / David Easton with Annette Tapert ; illustrations by James Steinmeyer. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010.

NK 2004.3 .F38 A4 2008
Charles Faudree interiors / Charles Faudree ; with M.J. Van Deventer ; photographs by Jenifer Jordan. Gibbs Smith, 2008.

NK 2130 .G44 2008
Originals : famous interiors / concept photography styling, Holland Vandertol ; text, Cornelia van Gelder ; design, Borinka. Terra, c2008.

NK 2439 .S8 A4 2010
Gustav Stickley and the American arts & crafts movement / Kevin W. Tucker ; with essays and contributions by Beverly K. Brandt ... [et al.] ; and contributions by Sally-Anne Huxtable. Dallas Museum of Art ; Yale University Press, c2010.

NK 2715 .F48 2008
500 chairs : celebrating traditional and innovative designs / Ray Hemachandra, editor. Lark Books, c2008.

NK 3490 .A1 L43 2010
Wallpaper / Michael Lech. Historic Houses Trust (HHT), c2010.

NK 7104 .M47 2009
Silver / Philippa Merriman. Harvard University Press, 2009.

NK 7106 .L23 2009
Gold / Susan La Niece. Harvard University Press, 2009.

NK 9406 .L48 1983
Lace : a history / Santina M. Levey. Victoria & Albert Museum ; W.S. Maney, 1983.

NK 9500 .V574 2010
V&A pattern. Kimono / [essay by Anna Jackson]. V&A Pub., 2010.

NX 456 .F59 2010
Volume : writings on graphic design, music, art, and culture / written by Kenneth FitzGerald ; Liner notes by Rudy VanderLans. Princeton Architectural Press, c2010.

PN 1995.9 .W6 K3 1988
Women and film : both sides of the camera / E. Ann Kaplan. Methuen, 1988, c1983.

PN 1998.3 .C8 A5 2001
George Cukor : interviews / edited by Robert Emmet Long. University Press of Mississippi, c2001.

PN 1998.3 .M39752 A43 2010
Albert and David Maysles : interviews / edited by Keith Beattie. University Press of Mississippi, c2010.

PN 1998.3 .S39 R38 2010
Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro / Andrew J. Rausch. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

PN 1998.3 M494 B69 2000
Writing himself into history : Oscar Micheaux, his silent films, and his audiences / Pearl Bowser, Louise Spence. Rutgers University Press, c2000.

PN 2091.S8 J33 2006
Developing and maintaining a design-tech portfolio : a guide for theatre, film, and TV / Rafael Jaen. Focal Press, c2006.

PZ 8 .D666 A129 2006
Alice in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll ; illustrated by Ralph Steadman. Firefly ; Chris Lloyd [distributor], 2006.

Q 161.7 .A73 2011
Art of instruction : vintage educational charts from the 19th and 20th centuries / introduction by Katrien Van der Schueren. Chronicle Books, c2011.

QA 76.575 M645 2010
Designing media / Bill Moggridge. MIT Press, c2010.

QD 466 .G73 2009
Elements : a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe / Theodore Gray ; photographs by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., c2009.

QE 861.4 .P387 2010
Princeton field guide to dinosaurs / Gregory S. Paul. Princeton University Press, c2010.

T 385 .D4487 2010
Digital sculpting with Mudbox : essential tools and techniques for artists / Mike de la Flor, Bridgette Mongeon. Focal Press, 2010.

T 385 .S744 2007
Rendering with Mental ray & 3Ds Max / Joep van der Steen. Elsevier/Focal Press, c2007.

TH 2025 .B36 2010
Interior detailing : concept to construction / David Kent Ballast. John Wiley & Sons, c2010.

TH 880 .R53 2009
Understanding green building guidelines : for students and young professionals / Traci Rose Rider ; edited by Karen Levine. W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.

TJ 211 .M45 2000
Robo sapiens : evolution of a new species / Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. MIT Press, c2000.

TK 5105.8885 .A52 F65 2009
Ajax programming for the absolute beginner / Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. Course Technology, c2009.

TR 853 .M57 2010
Chromatic cinema : a history of screen color / Richard Misek. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

TT 504 .D83 2009
Rebel rebel : anti-style / Keanan Duffty with Paul Gorman ; foreword by BP Fallon. Universe Pub., 2009.

TT 505 .T27 M37 2010
Kenzo / [texts by], Tamae Armand-Ejima, Antonio Marras ... [et al.]. Rizzoli ; Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2010.

TX 714 .A42325 2011
Family meal : home cooking with Ferran Adria / Ferran Adria and Eugeni de Diego. Phaidon Press Inc, [2011], 2011.

TX 740 .N56 2010
Gourmet game night : bite-sized, mess-free eating for board-game parties, bridge clubs, poker nights, book groups, and more / by Cynthia Nims, photography by Sheri Giblin. Ten Speed Press, c2010.

TX 773 .C38 2008
Baking with agave nectar : over 100 recipes using nature's ultimate sweetener / Ania Catalano ; photographs by Lara Hata. Celestial Arts, c2008.

TX 795 .G47 2011
Paletas : authentic recipes for Mexican ice pops, shaved ice, and aguas frescas / Fany Gerson ; photography by Ed Anderson and Paul O'Hanlon. Ten Speed Press, c2011.

TX 823 C337 2002
Barbecue, biscuits, and beans : chuckwagon cooking / Bill Cauble and Cliff Teinert ; foreword by Tommy Lee Jones. Bright Sky Press, 2002.

TX 911.3.P8 F455 2010
Purchasing for chefs : a concise guide / Andrew Hale Feinstein, John M. Stefanelli. Wiley, c2010.

TX 943 .F57 2005
At your service : a hands-on guide to the professional dining room / The Culinary Institute of America ; John W. Fischer. J. Wiley, c2005.

Z 246 .K77 2011
Designing visual language : strategies for professional communicators / Charles Kostelnick, David D. Roberts. Longman, 2011.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Library Updates 7/5/2012

Summer 2012!

New Stuff! New Hours!! Big Changes!!
The library is tweaking our hours based on input from faculty and students. Here are the new hours:
Monday—Thursday 7:30 am to 8:30 pm

Friday 7:30 am to 7:30 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Don't forget that we are accepting food for fines again this quarter.  The first two weeks of class, you may bring canned goods which we will donate to the student food pantry.  Please do not bring us stuff that you wouldn't eat!  This offer only applies to fines, not for replacing lost items!

Changes to Services

Safari Tech Books Online is replaced by an electronic book collection which may be accessed through the library catalog under Ai eBook.


Through ebrary on the faculty/student portal under All Resources then Books and More…


New library resources are LIVE on the portal library site, conveniently linked from the Student Portal top navigation bar or the Faculty Portal on the left side, click on Online Library. The new additions are:

ebrary-Newly added technical and software support titles and ebrary’s College Complete collection which adds 25,000 titles supporting all program areas and general education.

Hoover’s Academic- Award winning resource! Search more than 65 million public and private companies worldwide or find out about over 85 million people--with information from the company's history to the CEO's salary. Also reference more than 700 industry records with industry description, SIC, NAICS, and links to related Web resources.

Learning Express Library- Award winning resource! Provides broad range of educational and career-oriented resources including individual learning centers with access to related tests, courses, eBooks, and center-specific content. Courses and content available for improving proficiency in reading, writing and math as well as workplace skills including business writing, core computer skills, interviewing, etc.

Reference USA- Locate and research more than 14 million U.S. businesses, including an additional 4 million new U.S. businesses, and 1.5 million Canadian businesses. Also includes U.S. White Pages.

ThinkStock- More than 10 million images, in multiple file sizes, available for downloading for coursework and portfolio use. No filtering necessary as license applies to every image available through the resource. Improved service and use conditions!

VideoBlocks- Royalty-free stock footage, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, and more available for download and use for coursework and portfolio purposes. Over 50,000 clips available.

Vogue Archive- Access the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to present. More than 400,000 high-resolution color page images are included. Great resource for fashion design, fashion marketing, costume design, gender studies, advertising, visual arts, history, literature, film studies, business studies, and cultural studies.

What's gone?

We will no longer keep back issues of magazines any longer than one year. In addition, many titles are now available online through the databases so some print subscriptions have been cancelled.

Advertising Red Books is cancelled, we hope to obtain the print copy by the end of the quarter.

Safari Tech Books Online-see above.

Omnimusic will be phased out by the end of year; replaced by additional content in Firstcom plus the new VideoBlocks service.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Library News 03/16/2012

End of week 10 and just one more week to go until a one week break and then Spring 2012. The weather is glorious which must be one of the reasons that the library has been awfully quiet today.

The Mysterious Date Due Slip!!
I’ve noticed that several students have asked us about the date due slip that we put into the books/videos when you check something out. Students want to know if they should take the slip out. That is entirely up to you! We give you the date due slip you will know when the item is due back in the library. It gives the borrower’s name, the due date, the title and author of the item and the call number. It also gives the name of our library and our phone number. You might want to keep the slip to remind you if you ever want to borrow the item again. We generally throw the slips away.

The library will be closed to students during the break but you can still return things and take care of your fines. We will be here 8:30-5:00 Monday to Friday.

Remember that all library materials are due back on or before March 24th. Fines will continue to accrue during the break.

Hope you have a fun St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Library Update 01/20/2012

Yes, this is the first post of 2012.  It's been a busy and I seem to be posting more in Facebook than here.  Mr. Mullins is encouraging me to use Twitter, I just can't seem to find the time and I'm not convinced that people would care to follow us.   Still, I am thinking about it.

It's the end of week two and we've already had nearly 20 classes come to the library for some kind of instruction on library resources.

During the break we had a lot of days off because we had to use our vacation by the end of the year or lose it and no one wants to lose time off, right?  We did manage to do some shifting so your favorite section might have moved just a little bit.  We also hired two new student workers, welcome to Claudia and Kenneth.

Some of the database passwords changed.  Please remember that all you need to do is log into the student portal and go to the library page to see the new passwords.  The Gnomon Workshop no longer requires a separate log-in and password, once you have logged into the portal, you are logged in to Gnomon.  Their interface changed and probably not for the better, it is kind of ugly.  Click on the Training tab to search it.

New books are going out on the New Book shelves this afternoon.  Here are some of the titles:

The Creative Professional's Guide to Money: How think about it. How to talk about it. How to manage it.
NEW HG 179 .B423 2011

The Bollywood Reader
NEW PN 1993.5 .I8 B596 2008

We also got four more of the Web Design Index which are great resources for web designers.
NEW TK 5105.888 W372 2007-2010

Microstock Money Shots: Turning downloads into Dollars with Microstock Photography.
NEW TR 690.6 .B68 2010

And two books recommended by Mr. Alimo:

Twelve Stories by Guy Davenport
NEW PS 3554 .A86 A6 1997

NEW The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
PR 6045 .Y64 D39 2009

It looks like we are going to have to cancel some magazine subscriptions if they are available in our online services.  No sense in paying twice for the same content.  If you are looking for a magazine in our online services, the A-Z of Online Journal Titles is the place to go.   You can find it all over the library portal.

I hope everyone has a great quarter.  Remember that 11 weeks goes really fast so procrastination is not a good idea.