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                             Making the Most                                                                                                         Events

                                   of the Library                                                                              The Mary Couts Burnett Library invited author Jeff Guinn to talk about

                                                                                                                               his new book Buffalo Trail and TCU history professor Dr. Max Krochmal
                                                                                                                               to share his expertise on multiracial civil rights struggles.

                                                                                                                               Students, faculty, staff and Friends of the TCU Library, alike, attended
                                                                                                                               these fall 2015 speaking events.

                                                                                                                                                                    An interview with novelist Jeff Guinn was the first event held in the new library on October 6.

                                                                                                                                                                    Author of the New York Times-bestselling works of nonfiction The Last Gunfight, Go Down
                                                                                                                                                                    Together: The True, Untold Story of  Bonnie and Clyde, and Manson, Guinn talk about his second novel
                                                                                                                                                                    in a trilogy of the Old West titled Buffalo Trail, the old novel, writing and getting published.

                                                                                                                                                                    The event opened with a reception, followed by the program at 7 p.m. Guinn signed his book
                                                                                                                                                                    following the program.

                                                                                                                                                                    Guinn is a former investigative reporter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram book review
                                                                                                                                                                    editor, and Edgar Award nominee with a talent for taking classic, legendary
                                                                                                                                                                    American  tales—such  as  the  gunfight  at  the  O.K.  Corral  or  Bonnie  and  Clyde’s
                                                                                                                                                                    rampaging through the West—and blowing up the myths behind the legends to
                                                                                                                                     Jeff Guinn                     illuminate who those characters really were and what life was really like. He is a
                                                                                                                                                                    previous winner of the TCU Texas Book Award given to the author
                                                                                                                                                                    of the best book about Texas.

                                                                                                                                     Dr. Max Krochmal, assistant professor of history at TCU, shared his expertise on
                                                                                                                                     multiracial civil rights struggles and discussed his research project that sheds new light
     Every TCU school and college has its own dedicated subject librarian.                                                           on the roles of people in the Black civil rights and Chicano/a movements in Texas on
                                                                                                                                     November 2 as he presented Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project: A First Look.
     But who are subject librarians and what do they do? Subject librarians help students, faculty and staff find resources for their research
     quickly and easily. They are experienced and trained to research in particular discipline areas. Your subject librarian can help you decide   Krochmal’s project is a collaborative effort among faculty and staff at three universities.
     which databases will have the information you need and show you how to best navigate in that database. They also provide user education   The goal is to collect, interpret and disseminate new interviews with African American,
     sessions tailored to the needs of a specific class or research assignment and update the library’s collections (books, databases and   Mexican American and white civil rights activities from across Texas.
     journals) to keep them relevant to your research needs. Basically, they help you navigate the often overwhelming world of information
     to find what you need.                                                                                                          Library staff Jacob Brown and Mary Saffell are assisting Dr. Krochmal with the project
                                                                                                                                     by creating a database of oral history interviews.
     Besides the fact that these are real people you can actually talk to, they are available to students and faculty in a number of ways. A lot
     of students have crazy schedules, so these researchers make themselves available via phone, e-mail, appointment and instant messaging.
     Simply, they are a ‘one-stop-shop’ for academics in the library.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Max Krochmal

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