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West Library Sponsers TXWES Reads George Owell's 1984

The Eunice & James L. West Library will kick off a school wide read of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 with a year’s worth of events and activities.  1984 has taken on new relevance in today’s world. The hope is to generate thought provoking discussions outside of the classroom that could impact a new understanding of the world.  The library encourages faculty, staff and students to read and participate in the various events planned this fall.

Open Education Resources and How the Library can Help

Open Education Resources (OER) is a movement sweeping the educational system.  This idea of creating, sharing and using free and open teaching resources helps save our students a ton of money on purchasing traditional textbooks.  Universities across the world are getting their feet wet in this new possibility, but it does take a lot of work to re-design a course (not to mention the 4 to 5 courses taught by a professor in just one semester).  Creating and finding new content (instead of using textbooks) will not happen overnight, but we can start taking steps toward that end.

New database added for Business School

The West Library has added a new database for the Business School!  It is called First Research, and it comes from Mergent.  FirstResearch offers hundreds of industry profiles, covering over 1000 industry segments. Many of the profiles include in-depth international industry information, creating a comprehensive suide of data that is continously updated to ensure content is both timely and top of mind.  This database is ready for students and faculty to use.