Friday, August 12, 2016

All Libraries Closed August 13-14, 2016

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas will be closed this weekend, August 13-14, 2016, and will reopen on Monday, August 15, 2016.

Fall 2016 calendars detailing operating days and hours for our Denton, Dallas, and Houston locations are available on our Library Calendars page.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, August 1, 2016

What You Need To Know About Campus Carry

The new campus carry law takes effect on Monday, August 1, 2016--and questions are to be expected. For answers to some of the questions you may have regarding campus carry at Texas Woman's University, we recommend the following.

TWU Campus Carry page 

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stay Cool

Mental note--refill the ice bin before the humans get home. Photo courtesy of
This stuff 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 hover over 34 degrees Celsius. July 12, 2010. Photo courtesy of
Yeah, baby! Photo courtesy of
Old-school cool. Life Magazine, 1953. Photo courtesy of
Ya do what ya gotta do. Fireman Tony Reiter takes a break from the heat 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. Staying cool in Russia's Tus Lake. Photo courtesy of
I can only see to the right, but who cares? The Basset Hound and the Breeze. Photo courtesy of desktop-
Cooling off with a friend is the BEST cooling off. Photo courtesy of 
Chillin’ at the library. Lots of cool stuff here--computers, printers and scanners; cushy chairs and floor 
space; tables and rooms where I can spread out my stuff and work--or not; plenty of books, popular maga-
zines and other reading material; DVDs; vending machines--and air conditioning! I see no reason to be 
anywhere else. Photo by Sandy Cochran.

However YOU do it . . . stay cool.

Republished from Check It Out: The TWU Libraries Blog, August 13, 2014.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Good News: We're All In This Together

The bad news? The problems are real and can rear their ugly heads unnervingly close to home.

The good news? We're all in this together. 

Our thoughts and prayers are in #Dallas today--and our wishes for peace, love, health, and happiness are with everyone, everywhere, every day.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Google App Launcher On The Way Out

The days of the Google Chrome app launcher are numbered. That handy multicolored icon (left) which provides a direct connection from your taskbar to a group of Google apps, including Google Drive and Google Docs, is being phased out by Google for Windows and Mac users by the end of July 2016. 

Never fear. Sean Spear, Support Specialist with the TWU Libraries' Library Systems Department, shares the following simple instructions for pinning individual Google apps to your taskbar. By taking a proactive approach and following these steps now you can avoid some frustration when the app launcher bites the dust sometime in the next few weeks.

  Open a new tab in Chrome
❷  Click the Apps button on the taskbar. Don't see it? Right click on the task bar, then use the dropdown menu and choose Show apps shortcut

❸  Right click on the icon for an app you want to pin to your taskbar; use the dropdown menu and choose Create shortcuts
❹  In the box that pops up check Pin to Taskbar. The app you chose should now appear in your taskbar.

❺  Repeat for any other apps you would like to pin to your taskbar. 
❻  Either remove the Chrome app launcher manually (right click the app launcher in the taskbar and click Unpin this program from taskbar), or simply leave it alone--it will disappear when Google gets rid of it.

~Sandy Cochran and Sean Spear   

Monday, July 4, 2016

A Safe and Happy July 4th to All

reminder that the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston are closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. All will resume their regular summer hours on Tuesday, July 5th.

A safe and happy July 4th to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Every 60 Seconds This Happens Online

Every day is essentially Social Media Day, but Mashable made it official in 2010--and today's the day. This great graphic puts some of this online activity in perspective. 

The TWU Libraries' teeny, tiny sliver of a slice of the pie? Our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blog, and Pinterest.

~Sandy Cochran

July 4th Weekend Library Hours

Is This The Way to the Parade?  A 1995 sculpture in bronze by Jewel 
Pfeifer Estes, commemorating the Women Airforce Service Pilots 
(WASP) of WWII, stands at the entrance to the Women's Collection on 
the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton. The collection is 
the largest depository in the Southern U.S. of research material about 
women and is home to the official WASP archive. Photograph by Jon 
Turner. June 29, 2016. 
Planning a trip to the library over the July 4th weekend? These are the TWU Libraries hours you need to know (the university, including the libraries, will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day).

(Denton) Blagg-Huey Library
Saturday 7/2  9a-6p
Sunday 7/3  2p-10p
Monday 7/4  CLOSED

Dallas Center Library
Saturday 7/2  10a-2p
Sunday 7/3  CLOSED
Monday 7/4  CLOSED

Houston ARC
Saturday 7/2  CLOSED
Sunday 7/3  CLOSED
Monday 7/4  CLOSED

There is also a thing or two going on outside the libraries for the Fourth.

Celebrating the 4th of July in Denton
Where to Celebrate Fourth of July 2016 in Dallas
July 4th Celebrations in Houston 

A sparkling holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thanks From All of Us, Rob Placido

After six months as Interim Dean of the TWU Libraries, Dr. Rob Placido, Associate Provost for Technology and Chief Information Officer at TWU, is stepping aside. 

Placido's time with the libraries was brief but rewarding for all. "I have always loved libraries," he said recently to the libraries' staff, "but I now have a much deeper appreciation for what you all do to serve us." Library staff members returned the sentiment, thanking Rob for his "willingness to step in as our Interim Dean of Libraries" and praising him for his "calm, confident, and caring leadership" as well as his "support and encouragement to keep moving forward."

It's been a pleasure, Rob; we appreciate everything you've done on our behalf. Thank you--and we'll be seeing you around campus.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Clubhouse Comes to the Denton Library

Look What I Made  A child enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educa-
tional enrichment program for the children of TWU students, shows
off the Minion he made during a visit to the Blagg-Huey Library's
Children's Collection. Photograph by Jimmie Lyn Harris. June 20,
Children enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educational enrichment program for the children of TWU students and sponsored by the TWU Department of University Housing and Residence Lifehave been regular guests this summer of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library Children's Collection.

During their weekly visits the Clubhouse kids, ranging in age from 5 to 12, complete arts and crafts projects after story time with a TWU librarian. Staff members then help each child choose a children's book, which they check out for a week using personalized library cards designed by staff members in the library's Circulation Department. In sessions coordinated by Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris, library staff members--including Christina Cool, Annita Owens, Woody Evans, Abby Morris, Stephany Compton, and Susan Whitmer--lead the group of energetic early readers through the morning's fun. It's hard to say who has a better time--the children or the staff. "These are exceptional kids," says Harris.

When they're not at the library the Clubhouse kids enjoy a full slate of other activities including cooking, gardening, science activities, field trips, reading, arts and crafts, and more. For program details visit The Clubhouse page.

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris
How Do You Pronounce This?  In the Blagg-Huey Library Children's Collection, Librarian Woody Evans
spends one-on-one time with a child enrolled in The Clubhouse while others investigate the books they have
chosen to check out for the coming week. Photograph by Jimmie Lyn Harris. June 20, 2016.

Those Crafty Clubhouse Kids  Children enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educational enrichment program
for the children of TWU students, are assisted by staff members as they work on the week's library craft
project--Minions made out of recycled toilet paper tubes. Photograph by Jimmie Lyn Harris. June 20, 2016.