Archives for January 2013


Part I A-ANT of the Oxford English Dictionary was published on January 29, 1884 (1). The original plan, set in 1879, was to complete the dictionary in ten years. Five years later, they only reached the word ant. The dictionary would be published fascicle after fascicle until the last one, published in April 1928. Check out Tech Library books (including the cited one) on the subject at Read the history of the OED at Search one of the 600,000 words of the OED at (must sign in).
(1) Murray, Katharine Maud Elisabeth. “The Triple Nightmare: Time, Space, and Money.” Caught in the Web of Words James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978. 205-214. Print.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood was born January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Best known for his portraying of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he also lent his voice to main characters in animated movies such as 9 and Happy Feet. He recorded James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard as audio book with the author in 2009. More recently, he is Ryan Newman in the TV series Wilfred. Ryan sees his neighbor’s dog Wilfred as a grown man instead of the animal that everyone else sees… The Tech Library holds all these items and more. Check the Tech Library collection at

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill passed away forty-eight years ago at the age of 90. He is known for his major role as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He started writing in 1899 and Literature Online lists 59 works by him. Learn about his life and work through the biography database Literature Online at View videos of some of his speeches in Britannica Academic Edition at See what the Tech Library holds on Sir Winston Churchill at

Free Books, No Due Date!

From now until next Wednesday, stop by the south entrance of the library to browse through a small collection of free books. From time to time, the library receives books which do not fit the criteria for inclusion into our collection. They may be duplicates or older editions of books we already have—perfect treasures for some, but not necessarily a fit for us.
So in celebration of National Reading Day, we have decided to release these books into the wild where you can pick them up and give them a good home. You never know what you’ll find—books on economics, philosophy, nutrition, and even Scandinavian theater. We’ll be putting more books out there until next January 30th, so stop by and check them out – without the check-out ;).

Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet was born in Paris on January 23, 1832. He was a French painter. He was a precursor of the famed impressionist period (late 19th to early 20th centuries). His art was openly rejected at first and it is only in the early 1870s that it was recognized as a new form. He and Monet became friends in 1874. Read about Manet’s life and work on Britannica Academic Edition at Learn about Edouard Manet through the books and DVDs the Tech Library holds (

Good Reads!

Popular Reading Collection

Popular Reading Collection

Popular Reading books are here!  Last semester, we asked for your suggestions for good reading, and they have arrived!  You can find Fight Club, Hunger Games, The Watchmen, and more titles on the first floor of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, near the south entrance by the stairwell. You can also browse the new collection online through our online catalog or search as a subject “Popular Reading Collection.”
Have more suggestions?  Help us grow this collection by sharing your favorite books with the Arkansas Tech community.  Email us or use the comment fields below to suggest what you would like to read when all your assigned reading is over.  In the meantime, keep checking the shelf for new titles throughout the spring semester.

Born on January 22!

Francis Bacon was born on January 22, 1561 in London, England. He was a philosopher, politician, writer, and a founder of modern scientific research. Read more on him on CREDO Reference at See what the Tech Library holds by Francis Bacon at

Welcome to Tech!

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