Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Library Borrowing Privileges Expanded

To better serve the TWU community, the TWU Libraries have expanded the borrowing privileges extended to our patrons.

All patrons affiliated with TWU can now check out the same maximum number of items (100!) for the same checkout period (the entire term!)  Patrons not affiliated with TWU (Courtesy Card patrons) are now permitted to check out up to 25 items for a period of three weeks (with the exception of faculty and staff members from other universities, who can now enjoy borrowing privileges similar to those of TWU faculty and staff members.) Current borrowing privileges for TWU Libraries patrons are summarized below.  

These new borrowing privileges apply only to regularly circulating library items.  What are those?  Regularly circulating library items are books, specifically those in the General/Main or Woman’s Collections (for items checked out from our Browsing Collection, for example, a three-week checkout period still applies.)  The number of remote renewals permitted also remains the same: two for patrons affiliated with TWU, and one for patrons who are not.  Remember remote renewals?  Since borrowing time has increased, renewals (remote or otherwise), go a longer way for our patrons than before.

Do the changes in our borrowing privileges mean that late fees no longer exist?  The answer is no--the late fee policy remains the same.  Late fees accrue at the same rate as always ($0.35 per day for regularly circulating items).  Using the remote renewals available to you will help you to avoid late fees.  In addition, a weekly email reminder is sent to borrowers listing borrowed items with their respective due dates.

If any of this seems confusing, all of this information is located here.  For personal assistance, the Circulation Department encourages you to contact us with your questions in person or by phone (940-898-3719.)

The information professionals with the TWU Libraries are, as always, eager to assist you.

~Jason Mims

Monday, August 18, 2014

F.I.R.S.T. Things First: Custom Research Assistance for Faculty Members

To the faculty of Texas Woman's University, welcome to 2014-15 at TWU.

There is nothing quite like a new academic year, full of plans and promise.  Changes are all around us, and from all indications 2014-15 promises to be a particularly busy--and pivotal--year.

Those in attendance at the Fall Assembly on August 18, 2014 heard Drs. Feyten and Neely stress the importance of, among other things, raising the research profile of Texas Woman's University.  It is in the context of research that TWU Libraries offer their support to all new and returning faculty members.

As part of their broad array of services, TWU Libraries offer a program with the singular goal of supporting the research initiatives of the TWU faculty.  Known as F.I.R.S.T. (Faculty Information and Research Support Team), it is composed of TWU Libraries Reference Department librarians individually assigned to any faculty member who requests this service.

What F.I.R.S.T. Can Do For You

Your personal librarian, once assigned, is available to assist with your custom requests for information--for publications, presentations, grants, course creation, course updates, professional development and more.  Personal librarians also handle, for your convenience, database searches, Table of Contents (TOC) alerts, keyword/phrase search alerts, generating interlibrary loan orders, and checking bibliographies or reference lists.  They can arrange document deliveries (emailed PDF copies, or paper photocopies or books via campus mail, for any resources needed by a faculty member and owned by the TWU Libraries or acquired through our licensed databases or Interlibrary Loan service.)  They can ensure you receive daily deliveries via email of summary contents for the current issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and delivery via email of the full text of any article you choose.  In short, the F.I.R.S.T. program exists to support the research, and curriculum and professional development, of all TWU faculty members.

F.I.R.S.T. Things First
Begin the new academic year with F.I.R.S.T. by your side.  To sign up, simply contact Reference Librarian Greg Hardin at; the Reference Department at; or any one of our team of dedicated Subject Librarians. Questions, as always, are welcome.

From all of us with the TWU Libraries family, our wish to all for a rewarding and successful 2014-15.

~Greg Hardin and Sandy Cochran

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pardon the Interruption: Network Maintenance Scheduled

TWU Libraries patrons may notice periodic interruptions of network service during a small window on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Maintenance on the TWU network from 7 p.m. on Friday, August 15th to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16th may cause possible service interruptions involving Pioneer Portal, email, databases and web access from on campus.

~Sandy Cochran

Learn More About POAR: The Pioneer Open Access Repository

The Pioneer Open Access Repository (POAR) is 
virtual storehouse of items contributed by the 
TWU community, all members of which are in-
vited to learn more about POAR by visiting the 
TWU Libraries' POAR Subject Guide.
During the recent 2014 Annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium, poster session presenters were given the opportunity to facilitate the continued sharing of their work by submitting it for inclusion in the Pioneer Open Access Repository (POAR).

Hosted by TWU Libraries with the goal of showcasing TWU's research and creative achievements, the Pioneer Open Access Repository is a virtual storehouse of items contributed by the TWU community.  POAR serves as a virtual collection point for articles, papers, presentations, research data, posters, artwork and other scholarly and creative works, making each of them readily accessible on a long-term basis to a worldwide audience.  Items are indexed and searchable in Google via key words provided with the submission, and stored by the University for archival purposes using a static url--assuring long-term access to, and preservation of, scholarly work produced by the TWU community.

Symposium posters submitted to POAR by TWU students in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry; History & Government; School of the Arts/Dance; Kinesiology; and Nutrition & Food Sciences include Effects of Different Exercise Environments on Perceived Exercise Affect for an Adult with Cerebral Palsy (submitted by Cheng-Chen Pan and Ron Davis); Alternative Periodic Tables (submitted by Emily Peng); and The Importance of M140 and M141 Protein Complex in Mouse Cytomegalovirus (submitted by Carla Madrid, Lisa Bolin and Laura Hanson).

There is no expiration date for submitting posters and other items to POAR.  TWU Pioneer Portal login information is required for access.

To learn more about POAR and Open Access--including who can submit items to POAR; the benefits of POAR use; and Poster Presentation Submission Instructions--the TWU Libraries invite you to visit the libraries' POAR Subject Guide.

As always, we welcome and encourage your comments and questions.  Please submit them to Julie Watson-Reed at or 940-898-3720.

~David Schuster and Julie Watson-Reed

TWU Faculty Invited to 2014-15 Ice Cream Social

Not a Bad Way to Start a Semester  TWU faculty members 
enjoy ice cream and each other's company at the 2011-12 Ice
Social.  All TWU faculty members are invited to this
event on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Blagg-Huey
on the Denton campus.  August 22, 2011.  Photograph by 
Sandy Cochran.
All faculty members at Texas Woman's University are invited to mark their calendars for the 2014-15 Ice Cream Social sponsored by the TWU Faculty Senate. 

Held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus and featuring an assortment of ice cream and toppings from Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Fountain, the social has become a charming TWU tradition intended as a casual welcome for faculty members as they begin a new academic year.

All TWU faculty members--returning and new--are invited to join your colleagues for ice cream and socializing beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, August 18th in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library.  New to campus?  Library staff members at the Information Desk, located to the right as you enter the building, will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

We hope to see you there--and welcome to 2014-15 at TWU.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stay Cool

Mental note--refill ice bin before the humans get home.
Photo courtesy of

I don't know what this stuff is, but it is AWESOME!
Cooling Off by Randy Sprout. Photo courtesy of

Heat wave? What heat wave?
A man cools off in the Berounka River in the village of Dobrichovice
near Prague as temperatures hovered over 34 degrees Celsius.
July 12, 2010. Photo courtesy of

Yeah, baby!
Photo courtesy of

Cooling off the fifties way.
Life Magazine, 1953. Photo courtesy of

A fireman's gotta do what a fireman's gotta do.
Fireman Tony Reiter fills his helmet with water and dumps it on his head
to take a break in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo courtesy of

Can't a bear get some privacy around here?
Photo courtesy of Calgary Nature on

I wish summer would last FOREVER!
Photo courtesy of
Cooling off . . . Detroit RiverWalk
by NoneOther... {Captured In Lights}...

I am a multitasking king.
A man reads the newspaper while swimming in Russia's Tus Lake.
Photo courtesy of

I can only see half of everything, but it's SO worth it.
The Basset Hound and the Breeze. Photo courtesy of

Cooling off is even better with a friend.
Photo courtesy of

Chillin' at one of the TWU Libraries.
They have lots of cool stuff here--computers, printers and scanners;
lots of cushy chairs and floor space; tables and rooms where
I can spread out my stuff and work--or not; plenty of books,
popular magazines and other materials to read--and air conditioning!
I can't think of a reason NOT to come here. Photograph by Sandy Cochran.

However you do it--stay cool.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Welcome, Dr. Feyten

Welcome, Dr. Feyten  TWU Libraries join the rest of the Texas Woman's University community in welcoming Dr. Carine M. Feyten as she begins her tenure as the university's second chancellor and 11th president on July 1, 2014. Artwork by Roxsand Beckles, Student Assistant at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  July 1, 2014.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

For the Love of the Game: The 2014 FIFA World Cup

Football, Futbol, Futebol, Fotboll, Fußball, Soccer, Sokker, Sakka--in whatever language, love of the game at the center of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (June 12 to July 13, 2014) is uniting fans all over the planet.

Monday, June 16th, 2014 marks the first appearance of the USA team in the Cup. Whether you want to brush up on soccer basics or otherwise get into the spirit of the world's largest sporting event, the following is presented for your enjoyment.

Watch every game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Underground of the Student Union on the Denton campus of TWU.  For more information call 940-898-3641. 

World Cup Primer from the Boston Globe

~The first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930; 13 countries participated.

~The World Cup was not held in 1942 or 1946 because of World War II.

~The Jules Rimet Trophy for the Champion (or World Cup Trophy) is made of 18 carat gold and weighs 13 pounds.

~Brazilians call soccer the Jogo Bonito (beautiful game.)

~Brazil’s soccer team is the only team that has participated in every World Cup, and has won five: in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

~The youngest player in World Cup history to have scored a goal is Pelé of Brazil when he scored against Wales in 1958. He was 17 years and 239 days old at the time.

~Pelé is the only player to win 3 World Cups.

~The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days when it was stolen prior to the 1966 Cup in England.  A dog named Pickles, being walked by its owner in South London, discovered the trophy wrapped in newspapers at the bottom of some bushes a week after it was taken.  Good job, Pickles.

~For those who believe America isn't big on soccer, it might surprise you to learn that the USA team was a semi-finalist in the very first World Cup in 1930--and the World Cup with the highest attendance in history was in the U.S. in 1994. Over 3,587,000 fans went to the 1994 games (at an average of 68,991 per match.)

~47% of the world watched some of the tournament in South Africa four years ago.  To put this remarkable statistic in perspective, 20% of the world cannot read or write, and about a quarter of the Earth's inhabitants lack basic sanitation.

~Only eight nations have won the World Cup:  Brazil, Italy, West Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Spain and France.   


Select year, issue and title.  Click on "PDF Full Text" to read an article in its entirety. 

Soccer & Society

A Celebration of Football from Emerald Group Publishing

Courtesy of TWU Libraries and Alexander Street Press, The Game of Their Lives is a 2002 documentary film, directed by Daniel Gordon and his executive Nicholas Bonner, about the seven surviving members of the North Korean national football team who participated in the Football World Cup 1966.  Wikipedia

Fahrenheit 100, directed by Craig Tanner, delves into the 2010 World Cup and its impact on host country South Africa.

USA Shocks England 1950: The Miracle on Grass tells the story of the 1950 FIFA World Cup favorite England and their shocking defeat by the USA and their hero goalkeeper.

The Game of Their Lives (also released as The Miracle Match) details the true story of the 1950 underdog U.S. soccer team which, against all odds, beat England 1-0 during the World Cup.

Soccer Politics / The Politics of Football

A History of Kits: The Guardian's Interactive Guide From Every World Cup

~Sandy Cochran with Greg Hardin

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Professor's Corner: Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray (1716-1771).  His Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and Sonnet [on the Death of Mr. Richard 
West] will be the subject of the next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality 
presentations on literary topics.  All are invited to attend the session at the South Branch of the Denton Public 
Library on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for poetry, discussion and refreshments.  Image courtesy of The Poetry 
The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens this Wednesday, June 11, 2014. All are invited to attend.

Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray’s contribution to English letters might be considered inversely proportional to his poetic output. Although the poet published only a handful of poems (13-14) during his lifetime, his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and Sonnet [on the Death of Mr. Richard West] are widely anthologized.  Perhaps more significantly, they offer readers a glimpse of the changing nature of English poetry in the middle of the eighteenth century, serving as a bridge of sorts between the Augustans who preceded him and the Romantics who followed.  In this session of Professor’s Corner, we will examine these two elegies, paying special attention to the function of mourning and melancholy. What do mourning and melancholy in these poems reveal about the state of English poetry?  What do they reveal about our author?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. MapQuest map and directions available here.)

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

This session's presenter is Dr. Ashley Bender of Texas Woman's University.  She earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas. Although she specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, especially drama, her scholarly interests range from Renaissance and early seventeenth-century drama to (some) Romantic poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Dr. Bender has presented at Professor’s Corner previously.


Sonnet [on the Death of Mr Richard West] (Reading before the session is encouraged but not required)
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (Reading before the session is encouraged but not required)
Thomas Gray (The Poetry Foundation)
Thomas Gray (Wikipedia)
This session is part of the free series entitled Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group, the purpose of which is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests. The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list, send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library (; 940-349-8752.)

Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University (; 940-898-2343)

Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.

~Dr. Stephen Souris

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Don't Sing the Summertime Blues: Keeping Scam-Free This Summer

Don't let a scam wipe out your hard-earned cash this 
summer.  See 5 Tips to Keep You Scam-Free This 
Summerfrom the folks at 

Whether it's "school's out" or "back to class" for you this summer, there's enough to think about--between beating the heat, well-deserved vacations and other hot fun in the summertime--without a scam making it a cruel summer.

Don't sing the summertime blues.  See Consumers Beware: 5 Tips to Keep You Scam-Free This Summer from, the U.S. government's official web portal, for advice on navigating the top five consumer challenges you may face in the coming summer nights and days.

A healthy, happy and scam-free summertime to all.

~Elaine Cox