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.

#SharkWeek Is Upon Us

We're gonna need a bigger boat. Shark books from the Blagg-
Huey Library Children's Collection will be on display in the library's 
first-floor lobby through the end of Shark Week 2016 (July 3, 2016). 
Photograph by Jon Turner. June 28, 2016.
Shark Week is upon us. Those fleeting days of shark and awe so popular with children and adults happen June 26-July 3, 2016 on the Discover Channel.

For the youngest fin-atics out there, the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library lobby is featuring a display of shark books from our Children's Collection through July 3, 2016. Shark Week overlaps National Zoo and Aquarium Month, so library visitors will also find a selection of zoo and aquarium children's books nearby. All books are available for checkout with your TWU ID.

Need other jawsome library materials? Just stop by the Information Desk or contact us.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips from the CDC

To help you and yours avoid mosquito bites--and the diseases they may carry--TWU Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox passes along this mosquito bite prevention resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

~Sandy Cochran and Elaine Cox 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Movable Whiteboards Now at the Denton Library

Movable whiteboards are now available in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Photograph
by Sandy Cochran. June 17, 2016.
Moveable, double-sided whiteboards are now available for student use at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library.

The three boards--ideal for individual or group calculations, notes, illustrations, outlining, presentation planning, and study sessions--can be found in the first-floor living room area, on the second floor near the Woman's Collection Information Office, and in the Garden-Level Children's Collection.

Dry erase markers and erasers are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

~Sandy Cochran