Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories

Susanne Caro, MLS, 2006 ~ Digitizing your collection is not only a great way to increase access to your materials, it also engages patrons on a whole new level and helps communicate your library’s value. But with staff time and resources already spread thin, it can be a challenge to plan and undertake a digitization initiative. The good news is that public libraries across the country have done just that. In “Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories,” published by ALA Editions, author Susanne Caro and contributors Sam Meister, Tammy Ravas, and Wendy Walker share lessons and tips for success, showing the way to getting your collection online. With succinct and practical guidance that can be adapted to any size institution. This book is available at http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2016/01/public-libraries-share-their-digitization-success-stories

Henry Thoreau, Our American Bodhisattva


Henry Thoreau, Our American Bodhisattva by (William) Christian Wagner, MA, English, 2000 ~ In the fifty letters exchanged between Henry David Thoreau and Harrison Gray Otis Blake, we come to understand these two neighbors were best of friends: kindred spirits with a love and appreciation for nature, and hiking companions who ask big questions on most any topic of the day including politics, slavery, love, friendship, art, religion, and mortality. During this time Thoreau lived in Concord, Massachusetts and Blake lived in Worcester with a mere 30 miles between them.

The poems in this little book are literally cut from their correspondence, from March of 1848 to May of 1861. I stay close to the original text of the letters, only changing a verb tense or adding a preposition or article here and there. The poems are in the same chronological order as the letters were written. I don’t cut a poem from every letter and from some letters I cut more than one poem. The first poem is from the first letter written by Blake in March 1848 and the last poem is from the last letter Thoreau wrote on May 3, 1861, almost exactly a year before his death from tuberculosis on May 2, 1862… Available at Amazon.com

(Dolores) Dee (Chapa) Redfearn, Class of ’61


Dee Redearn was nominated for the Best American Essay for her book, The Camino, at the end of 2014. Dolores had a good season of publications this past year. Her essay “Paper Cut” is the lead story in the North Dakota Quarterly, Vol 80.1. Also, Existere, A Journal of Arts and Literature, Vol 14, accepted her fiction piece “Day of the Dead.” All is well in her writing world as she digs into her nonfiction book about a small town female journalist who against all odds wins a Pulitzer Prize.

Dressing Eternity

Kimberly Carver – Class of 2013/English/Denton, TX
Candace Zangoei – Class of 1983/Psychology/Denton, TX
Dressing Eternity – Lucille Vincent is an old woman living in a globalized Texas in 2050. When she receives a mysterious post card from an old friend inviting her to revisit their shared past, she boards a plane hoping to uncover the truths that have lain underneath the surface of her reality for the past forty-odd years. She brings with her a manuscript that she calls Gridlocked, a recounting of her understanding of the tragedies she experienced as a young woman that wreaked havoc on her world view at the time, the influential people who helped her reshape it, and the mysterious circumstances that bound them all together. Mostly set in Texas in 2012-2013, Dressing Eternity is a novel that encapsulates a culture in a specific time and place and attempts to capture universal truths about humanity, expanding its relevance to all people in all times and spaces. Dressing Eternity is available on amazon.com

Betty Ward – Class of 1989/Ph.D./Education/Rowlett, TX
Pamela Grimes – Class of 2001/MS/Kinesiology/Irving, TX
Betty J. Ward and Pamela Grimes are among the 6 co-authors of Building Better Learners, the Snapp approach (Edited by Darlene Smith, Ph.D.) published by Trafford. Available at amazon.com

Gayle Kassing – Class of 1978/Ph.D. Dance/Mahomet, IL
Gayle Kassing performed professionally in ballet, modern dance and musical theatre. She holds a Ph. D.in Dance and Related arts from Texas Woman’s University. Gayle was the 2010 National Dance Association Scholar/Artist. Her publications are posted below. Dr. Danielle Jay is also a TWU Alumni – Class of ’87/Ph.D.Dance

Kassing, Gayle and Jay, Danielle*. 1998. Teaching Beginning Ballet, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Kassing, Gayle. 1999. Interactive Beginning Ballet CD, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Kassing, Gayle and Jay, Danielle*. 2003. Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Kassing, Gayle. 2007. The History of Dance: An Integrated Arts Approach, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Kassing, Gayle. 2012. Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series:  Beginning Ballet
Kassing, Gayle. 2014. Discovering Dance.  (a new high school dance textbook adopted by the State of Texas, Proclamation 2015)

Gayle is an Acquisitions Editor in the Division of HPERD at Human Kinetics.  In HPERD, her areas are dance and dance education.  She develops student textbooks, professional references and media for the field of dance and dance education.  Gayle works with national and international dance organizations.  She presents at regional and national conferences on dance education and publishing topics.




Molcie “Lou” Rodenberger – Class of 1947/BA/Journalism/Granbury, TX
The book Her Texas will be released March 1 at the Book People in Austin, TX http://www.bookpeople.com/. The book contains the unfinished manuscript that Dr. Lou Rodenberger was working on when she died of ovarian cancer. Her manuscript was named Her Texas. It was her view of the status of literature in Texas but was cut short by her death. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used for ovarian and breast cancer research.



Dr. Ho Soon Cho – Class of 1996/Ph.D. Nursing/Dallas, TX
Dr. Cho updated her 1997 book, A Korean Dream: Mo Im Kim’s influence on Korean Nursing, Health Care, and Community and it was translated into Korean by K. D. Ahn in December 2014. The title was, A Great Teacher Mo Im Kim Changes the History of Nursing. Yon Sei University College of Nursing in Seoul, Korea sponsored this refereed publication which can be found on the Internet (http://www.kyobobook.co.kr/product/detailViewKor.laf?mallGb=KOR&ejkGb=KOR&orderClick=LEB&barcode=9791185846101).
She will have this book signing event prior to the 25th Quadrennial Congress International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Seoul Korea in June 2015. She will also be presented a part of this book, “An Update of Dr. Mo Im Kim and Her Philosophical Musings: Recipient of the Christiane Reimann Prize” for the concurrent session at the 25th Quadrennial Congress ICN in Seoul, Korea on June 21, 2015. This study is a part of ongoing research. The results of this study indicated that Dr. Kim took advantage of many opportunities such as expanding higher educational nursing programs, fundraising, and implementing national health care policies based on her theme of “Health for All.” Through her strong understanding of the best of the past, the needs of the present, and a vision for the future, Kim utilized her relationships with members of Yon Sei College of Nursing, the Korean Nurses Association, the Korean Parliament, the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, WHO, and the ICN.

Teresa Gregurek – Hearne TX; 1979, BS Nursing: Teresa has written a book and had it self-published almost 2 years ago – “Natural Health Handbook – Seven Ways to Wellness”. The book was written from her experiences and education in the natural health field over the past 15 years, and to teach others the basics on this, as she does in her business – Herbs To Go. You can purchase her book on the Herbs To Go website at http://www.herbstogo.com


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