Staff Success Library

The Staff Success Library is a new a hub for literature-based professional and personal development for all staff on the timeline that works for you. Check-out a book from a wide variety of categories--you can even put in a request for new titles!

How it Works
  1. Review our library online and choose what book(s) you would like to rent with the Check-Out Request Form.
  2. Submit the request form. You'll receive confirmation of your request immediately and a follow-up email from the Staff Senate letting you know when your chosen title(s) will be available.
  3. Receive your order via campus mail or direct delivery--including the main Denton campus, Discovery Park, the Kristin Farmer Autism Center, and Hall Park.
  4. When you're done, send your book back in the mail or arrange a pick-up/drop-off with the Senate. Instructions are included with each book.
Library Policies
  • Staff members are allowed to have up to two books at a time.
  • The standard check-out period is four weeks, but you can request an extension after you've had the title for two weeks. Extensions will generally be honored unless we have a queue of others waiting for that title.
  • Staff members may request additional titles be added to the library for future use with the New Inventory Request Form, and the Staff Senate Executive Committee will regularly monitor these requests and make new purchases when possible. Not all requests may be granted due to budgetary restrictions. 
  • When new titles are available, they will be announced on the Staff Senate website and newsletter.


Library Categories
Please explore each category to review its current titles

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion 

How to Be An Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from how we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to how we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class, culture, and geography and even changes how we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire

Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and continues to possess a special urgency as the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in urban centers around the world continues. 

Queer People of Color in Higher Education - Joshua Moon Johnson and Gabriel Javier

Queer People of Color in Higher Education (QPOC) is a comprehensive work discussing the lived experiences of queer people of color on college campuses. This book will create conversations and provide resources to best support students, faculty, and staff of color who are people of color and identify as LGBTQ. The edited volume covers emerging issues affecting higher education around the country. Leading researchers and practitioners have remarkable writing that concisely summarizes current literature while also adding new ways to address issues of injustice related to racism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia. 

Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data - Julie J. Park

Park argues that there are surprisingly pervasive and stubborn myths about diversity on college and university campuses and that these myths obscure the notable significance and admirable effects that diversity has had on campus life. Based on her analysis of extensive research and data about contemporary students and campuses, Park counters these myths and explores their problematic origins. Among the major myths that she addresses are charges of pervasive self-segregation, arguments that affirmative action in college admissions has run its course and become counterproductive, related arguments that affirmative action policies poorly serve Asian Americans, and suggestions that programs and policies meant to promote diversity have failed to address class-based disadvantages. In the course of responding to these myths, Park presents a far more positive and nuanced portrait of diversity and its place on American college campuses.

So You Want to Talk About Race? - Ijeoma Oluo

Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and how racism infects every aspect of American life.

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education - Dr. Matzon Lawrence and Dr. Stephanie Mckendry

According to the research underpinning this book, 85% of trans students and staff faced barriers. This practical guide enables post-secondary education professionals to create a safe and supportive environment for gender-diverse applicants, students, and staff. Using real-life examples to explore common experiences and challenges for trans people in further and higher educational settings, it sets out policies, interventions, and advice that have proven effective in providing impactful support on a wide range of issues such as learning, teaching, mental health, recruitment, support services, and institutional policies. Included is an easy-to-follow introduction to transgender terminology and identities, as well as legal and medical considerations.

Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching DREAMers and Undocumented Students - Shelley Wong, et. all.

Learn how to engage and advocate for undocumented children and youth with this new resource written by and for teachers. Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students’ day-to-day lives and learning.

The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism - Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin

This title offers the first in-depth exploration of how Asian Americans experience and cope with everyday racism. The book depicts the “double consciousness” of many Asian Americans―experiencing racism but feeling the pressures to conform to popular images of their group as America’s highly achieving “model minority.” 

Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion - Z Nicolazzo

This title addresses implications for Trans and non-binary students in the classroom and wider campus community as they navigate higher education and their personal journey with gender identity. 

We are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States - Leisly J. Abrego and Genevieve Negron-Gonzales

The widely recognized “Dreamer narrative” celebrates undocumented youth's educational and economic achievements to justify a path to citizenship. This title argues that, while a well-intentioned, strategic tactic to garner political support of undocumented youth, it has promoted the idea that access to citizenship and rights should be granted only to a select group of “deserving” immigrants. Theorizing those excluded from the Dreamer category—academically struggling students, transgender activists, and queer undocumented parents—the contributors call for an expansive articulation of immigrant rights and justice that recognizes the full humanity of undocumented immigrants while granting full and unconditional rights. Illuminating how various institutions reproduce and benefit from exclusionary narratives, this volume articulates the dangers of the Dreamer narrative and envisions a different way forward.

White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin Diangelo

This title illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility: how it develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. 


Leadership & Community Building

Academic Strategy: The Management Revolution in American Higher Education - George Keller

This book examines the condition of these programs by exploring their history, missions, curricula, student demography, and organizational settings within schools of education.

Administration as a Profession - Jonathan D. Fife, Lester F. Goodchild

This book details the nature and dimensions of education's dramatic reversal and the reasons behind it. The new role of strategic planning and its effect on professors, trustees, and college presidents is examined. Based on the authors' visits to campuses across the country, as well as interviews with leading educators and planners, the book delineates the special requirements of academic management and is applicable to all organizations faced with change. Specific topics covered include the leadership crisis, curricular and technology changes, and the outlook for the future. 

Essentials of Organizational Behavior - Stephen P. Robbins

This book teaches readers how to communicate and interact within organizations through real-world scenarios. Readers can use the book's concepts to apply what they've learned to their own education, future career plans, and other organizational endeavors.

Ethical Intelligence - Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.

This book declares that your ethical intelligence determines how successful you are in your job, how strong your relationships with friends and family are, and even how you feel about yourself. This is the first book that shows how to increase your ethics IQ in every area of your life. Through numerous real-life examples, Dr. Weinstein applies the principles of ethical intelligence to some of the toughest problems we face and reveals the essential elements of a life well-lived.

Lead with No Fear - Steve Gutzleer and Mike Acker

Do you desire to grow, improve, and gain new levels of influence as a leader? Are you navigating through the uncertain waters of leadership? In this conversational and action-oriented book, the authors present seven shifts to direct your leadership toward your desired destination: impact, influence, and inspiration.

Nudge: The Final Edition - Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

This title illustrates how to use 'choice architecture' to help us make better decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society. 

Primal Leadership - Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee

This title illustrates the power and necessity of leadership that is self-aware, empathetic, motivating, and collaborative in a world that is ever more economically volatile and technologically complex. 

Set Boundaries, Find Peace - Nedra Glover Tawwab

This title presents simple yet powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life.

The Leadership Challenge - James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

This title describes the practices that individuals must learn and the relationships they must cultivate to engage constituents and create great workplaces.

Think Again - Adam Grant

This title examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.


Motivation & Time Management

Big Little Breakthrough - Josh Linkner

By cultivating daily micro-innovations, individuals and organizations are better equipped to tackle tough challenges and seize transformational opportunities.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stake are High - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

When the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences, handle the conversation poorly and suffer the consequences, or apply the lessons and strategies of Crucial Conversations and improve relationships and results.

Drive - Daniel H. Pink

This title examines three elements of true motivation - autonomy, mastery, and purpose - and offers thoughtful and surprising techniques for putting these into action. 

Finish What You Start - Peter Hollins

This book offers practical tactics to grow your willpower, stop procrastination, focus like a laser and achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals - Oliver Burkeman

This title introduces readers to tools for constructing meaningful life by embracing finitude, showing that many of the unhelpful ways we've come to think about time aren't inescapable, unchangeable truths but choices we've made as individuals and society - and that we can do things differently.

Making Work Work: The Positivity Solution for Any Work Environment - Shola Richards

This title focuses on transforming the workplace into a space of respect, courtesy, and endless energy. Making Work Work focuses on inspiring current and future leaders to start a movement that will banish on-the-job bullying, put meaning back into work, and enhance coworkers’ happiness and engagement. Richards, whose popular blog has a worldwide following, explains why inaction doesn't make sense, why we must move forward with positivity, and why the “abc” employees (a**hats, bullies, and complainers) are so destructive. This motivational guide will stay in readers’ hearts and minds long after they finish reading it. 

The OZ Principle - Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig Hickman

At the core of the authors' message is the idea that when people take personal ownership of their organization's goals and accept responsibility for their own performance, they become more invested and work at a higher level to ensure their own success and the success of everyone else.


Communication & Public Speaking

Report Writing for Business - Raymond V. Lesikar

This popular guide presents report writing as consisting of universal steps that help readers break down each project into manageable components - defining the problem, collecting the facts, constructing the report, and writing it all up.

Speak with No Fear - Mike Acker

This guide provides seven proven strategies to help you find your inner presenter.

Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers is a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. In it, Malcolm Gladwell revisits depictions of major world figures, putting our understanding of these people in doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know, and the resulting conflict and misunderstanding have a profound effect on our lives and our world. Now, with Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell brings us a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking - Chris Anderson

This title explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved and equips you to give it your best shot. 


Student Support

American Academic Cultures - Paul H. Mattingly

By looking at the history of higher education in this new way, Mattingly opens our eyes to our current moment and the part its culture plays in generating both its politics and promise. 

Super Learning - Peter Hollins

This title shows you the most effective methods, the pitfalls we must avoid, and the habits we must cultivate to learn more, faster.

Teach Students How to Learn - Saundra Yancy McGuire

This title encapsulates the model and ideas McGuire has developed on metacognition over the past 15 years.

The Curricular Approach to Student Affairs - Kathleen G. Kerr, et al.

This book aligns the mission, goals, outcomes, and practices of a student affairs division, unit, or other entity that works to educate students beyond the classroom with those of the institution and organizes international and developmentally sequenced strategies to facilitate student learning. 


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