Thursday, March 23, 2017

We Heart Student Commuters

Welcome to Commuter Appreciation Week, designed to showcase some of the many resources and services available to TWU students who travel to one of our campuses to take classes.

The TWU Libraries offer a variety of virtual and physical amenities to make your life easier as you work toward your degree. From research databasesSubject Guides (subject-specific collections of research help); and other website contents, to our library hours; TWU Libraries Mobile; and building amenities (including a Starbucks, microwave, and coffee maker in Denton; comfortable furniture in Denton, Dallas, and Houston; and reservable nap pods--yes, nap pods--in Dallas and Houston), the TWU Libraries operate with your comfort and convenience in mind.

The Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, the Dallas Center Library, the Houston ARC--all are known for their knowledgeable and dedicated staff members. Need research or other library assistance--from home, on the go, or in one of our buildings? Our caring, talented library staff is just a chat, text, email, or call away.

Staying connected may be one of the biggest challenges that come with living off campus. The TWU Libraries invite you to develop your connection to us and everything we offer. Our website is a great place to find research help, writing guidance, citation information, student and faculty services, information for library visitors, library announcements, and so much more. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, read the library blog, take a break with our Instagram and Pinterest. Make a habit of scanning the e-signs and other signage around you. Not sure where to start? Contact us with your questions. Have feedback or suggestions? Use our suggestion box, conveniently open 24/7.

However you get to campus, we're glad you're here--and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

You're Invited: Tolkien Reading Day Event 3/27

Are you a full-fledged Tolkienite, or just in the hobbit of seeing the movies based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien? Either way, we're Tolkien to you! Mark your calendar for Monday, March 27th for an all-day Tolkien Reading Day event at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the library's Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (room 101, the first door to the right as you enter the building), student and staff volunteers will be reading passages from The Hobbit and other Tolkien works. Want to participate? Just sign up at the Circulation Desk (on the first floor) and pick a time slot or two. We'll supply the books. Feel like listening? Just show up and find a seat. Questions? Contact Joslyn Sandlin (

Tolkien Reading Day, an annual March event, was organized in 2003 by The Tolkien Society to encourage the author's fans to celebrate and promote Tolkien's life and works by gathering to read passages from his books.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's Power Nap Time in Dallas & Houston

Off to Dreamland  Student Assistant Kristen McManus is one of the first to try out the new nap pod in the
Houston ARC at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. A nap pod is also available in the
Dallas Center Library at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. Photograph by Ryan Slattery.
March 15, 2017.
They look like something out of Star Wars or The Jetsons, but they can help with a very 21st-century problem--sleepiness.

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Student Union, Fitness & Recreation, and Student Health Services at Texas Woman’s University, nap pods have arrived at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center and the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. The pods, located in the Dallas Center Library and the Houston ARC, allow students to take a 20-minute snooze and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle an exam or coursework. A nap can be more refreshing than a cup of coffee or a can of Red Bull. Just sit back, close your eyes, and relax.

Each nap pod features a swiveling overhead cover for privacy and a dark, quiet atmosphere. Several audio options are also available. Play music from your audio player, have the nap pod “talk to you” via a meditation routine, or use the white noise setting. You can also set the chair to gently vibrate. The pod will even wake you--with gradually brightening lights and a subtle vibration to minimize grogginess--when your 20-minute nap is over. Sign. Me. Up.

The Dallas nap pod is located near the back entrance to the Dallas Center Library; find the Houston nap pod behind the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy collection in the Academic Resource Center (near the copy room). The pods are typically available on a first-come, first-served basis, but can also be reserved using the libraries’ study room reservation system.

Questions? Need assistance? Library staff members are always happy to help.


~Ryan Slattery

Monday, March 20, 2017

Presentation Workshop at the PCSE on 3/20

The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence (PCSE), on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, continues its series of free Spring 2017 workshops with Presentation Options beginning at noon on Monday, March 20th in PCSE room 234. This and the remaining workshops in the series are also broadcast via Blackboard Collaborate (in order to participate on Collaborate, simply join the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence Blackboard Student Organization).

Remaining PCSE workshops this semester include Make Studying Count at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 27th and Time Management at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20th.

Questions? Contact Theresa Lindsay at 940-898-4113 or

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, March 17, 2017

Denton Library Construction Update

Scaffolding? What Scaffolding?  The roof-replacement project at
the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is almost complete.
Photograph by Sandy Cochran. March 17, 2017.
Welcome back!

Students returning to the Denton campus after Spring Break will notice a big change to the Blagg-Huey Library--no more scaffolding in front of the building! The library's roof-replacement project is almost complete.  

We want to thank everyone for their patience during this project, and look forward to serving you in our new and improved surroundings.

A happy and productive spring to all.

~Sandy Cochran   

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pardon Our Progress

Beginning Monday, November 28, 2016, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus will be the site of some much-needed construction. As the roof replacement project proceeds, patrons will notice safety precautions (including fencing and overhead protection) in place for their benefit.

The library building (including Starbucks and the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence) will be open and fully operational during this project, which is scheduled for completion by early Summer 2017.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Portrait of Florence Nightingale

The TWU Libraries invite you to join us on Thursday, November 3, 2016 for the grand opening of A Life Unveiled: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale. A Life Unveiled is a significant collection, 35 years in the making, of Nightingale artifacts, original documents, and memorabilia.

Following light refreshments, collection curator and TWU alumnae Tony Paterniti, Ph.D, R.N. will share details of Nightingale's story--including the impact her work has had on nursing, statistics, sanitation reform, advocacy for the sick, hospital design, and more. Guided tours of A Life Unveiled will follow.

The TWU community and the general public are invited to join us at 2 p.m. in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus as we pay tribute to Florence Nightingale and her life of service to the sick and dying.

~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Frito Pie Connection

Everybody loves frito pie, TWU, and the TWU Libraries Cookbook Collection. Discover the connection between three of your favorite things in this article from TWU News.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson 

Halloween Face Painting on Streaming Video

Looking for inspiration for your Halloween makeup? Check out the following streaming videos available through the TWU Libraries with your Portal username and password. Access them via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List > K > Kanopy Videostreaming, then type the title in the search box at the top of the page.

Create Faces Face Painting: Halloween Horror  1 hr., 52 mins.
A professional clown and face painter demonstrates how to paint eight different full-face designs: Frankenstein, Living Dead/Zombie (2 variations), Mummy, Skull, Vampire, Half-skull, and Werewolf. She also discusses supplies, basic brush strokes, cleanup, and--for professionals working at fairs and birthday parties--marketing and working with children.

Monster Make-Up  37 minutes
Dick Smith, creator of special makeup effects for the films Altered States, The Exorcist, The Hunger, and Amadeus, shows you how it's done using easily available materials. Make your own blood, fake teeth, and fangs, and learn various shadowing and other techniques as you watch Smith transform an 18-year-old into a ghoulish zombie.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A New Warning for Vapers


Are you a vaper, or do you know someone who is? A recent letter in the New England Journal of Medicine contains a warning that may save you or your friend a trip to the local burn unit.

According to the letter, e-cigarette devices are randomly and unexpectedly exploding, burning and maiming people--both e-cigarette users and those nearby. According to Dr. Elisha Brownson, the letter's lead author, these explosions are caused by the powerful lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigs. Batteries in some of the devices are overheating, causing a fire or an explosion, she said. Exploding E-Cigarettes Sending Vapers to Burn Centers

For guidance on finding articles, books, videos and more on e-cigarettes and other health-related issues--including STDs, HIV, sickle cell anemia, cancer, obesity, diabetes and many more--visit the TWU Libraries Health Studies Subject Guide. For a one-on-one research consultation on your health-related research, Librarians Elaine Cox (Denton), Eula Oliphant and Mandie Mims (Dallas), or Marilyn Goff (Houston) are available. 

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox