Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Globe We Call Home: Celebrating Global Awareness Month

A Global Connection  Former TWU President Dr. Shirley Crater (R), 
accompanied by a Japanese student, in a kimono presented to her by 
Mukogawa Women’s University, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan, in 1989.  
The kimono is featured in the Global Connections display (on the second 
floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU) curated 
by Woman's Collection staff members in conjunction with the TWU Global 
Connections Mission of a university climate of global awareness and 
understanding.  Courtesy of The Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's 
University, Denton,Texas.        
By a variety of measures, the Texas Woman's University community is a diverse group.  Whatever our race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship, residence or field of study, however, each of us shares something with every other soul on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses of TWU.  We are all citizens of this planet we call home.  

As you may be aware, October is Global Awareness Month at TWU--31 days of events, speakers, activities and displays dedicated to the TWU Global Connections Mission of a university climate of global awareness and understanding.  The TWU Libraries are honored to play a part in this initiative with two displays curated by dedicated Woman's Collection staff members. 

Berlin Wall and Global Connections are located on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, side by side near the library's Administrative Offices (Room 208). Berlin Wall, along with pieces of the wall itself, contains photographs and a sampling of relevant library resources.  A photograph of the Berlin Wall pieces in this permanent display, along with a description of their 5,000-mile journey to Denton, Texas, appears in The Berlin Wall: A Part of World History in Denton, Texas.   

Next to Berlin Wall is Global Connections, a collection of library materials on issues affecting women around the world.  Global Connections is anchored in spectacular fashion by a vibrantly-colored kimono which was presented to Dr. Shirley Crater, TWU President from 1986 to 1993, during her 1989 visit to our sister university in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan (TWU developed a reciprocal alliance with Mukogawa Women's University in the early 1980s.) Global Connections is available for viewing through October 31, 2014 during regular library hours.

During Global Awareness Month and beyond, TWU community members have many opportunities to increase their awareness of the world around them.  Pay attention to world events. Discuss current events with your friends, family members, colleagues and classmates.  See the TWU Global Connections Calendar of Events for items of interest, and visit Berlin Wall and Global Connections at the Blagg-Huey Library.  Consider the many places and events across the globe which are intertwined with daily life as we know it.

Because this is the globe we all call home.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alcohol Awareness Fun, Facts & Freebies

In conjunction with National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (October 19-25, 2014) our friends in TWU Student Health Services (SHS) are hosting several events on the TWU Denton campus to raise awareness of the consequences of college drinking

Join SHS Health Promotion and PATH (Peer Advocates Teaching Health) for fun, facts and freebies!


Tuesday, 10/21/14
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
PATH Peer Pong in the Student Union Free Speech Area

A life-size game with PRIZES

Wednesday, 10/22/14

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
U in the Driver Seat Pedal Car Obstacle Course AND Mocktail Recipe Contest in the Purple Lobby on the Student Union's second floor

For more information, like TWU Student Health Services on Facebook and follow @HealthyTWU on Twitter and Instagram. Still have questions?  Contact Student Health Services at 940-898-3826.


~Sandy Cochran

Monday, October 20, 2014

Breathing Room: The Every Night Show

The Every Night Show  A view of the sunset from the balcony of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton 
campus of TWU.  Access the balcony at the west end of the first floor from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (or until the 
library closes, whichever is earlier.)  Show repeats nightly.  October 16, 2014.  Photograph by Kristin
Wolski.       
Insert sigh here.

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Monster of a Book Sale

It's a monster of a book sale, at spooktacular prices.

The Friends of the Libraries Book Sale, with a Halloween theme for the month of October, is happening at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  With prices ranging from a quarter to four dollars, stocking up on calorie-free treats to use and enjoy this holiday season is frightfully easy. 

Located on the library's first floor near the Reference Collection, the sale features a broad range of titles to serve your entertaining, celebrating, cooking and recreational reading needs.  A highlight is the extraordinary selection of cookbooks available.  Microwave, grilling, dessert, holiday, gourmet, entertaining, salads, vegetables, candy, stews, bread, poultry, appetizers, potluck, international cuisine, vegetarian/vegan, blender and food processor, seasonal, seafood, steak, comfort food--and many more--cookbooks line the shelves.  If you can eat it, chances are a book at the Friends of the Libraries Halloween Book Sale tells you how to cook and serve it--and this monster of a book sale doesn't stop there.  Biographies and novels to craft, diet, children's, mystery, science, religion, history, travel, feminist, poetry, genealogy, decorating and drama books--and too many more to list--fill the shelves for your browsing pleasure.  To make a purchase, simply take your selections to the first-floor Circulation Desk (exact cash, checks and major credit cards accepted.)

With the holiday season just around the corner, there couldn't be a better time to browse the monster selection, at spooktacular prices, of the Friends of the Libraries Halloween Book Sale. 

The sale is open to all during regular library hours.  For assistance visit the Circulation or Information Desks on the library's first floor.

Enjoy.

~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mims' The Word: More Than Books

A Hardworking Crew  Pitching in on TWU Move In Day 2014 were TWU Libraries Access Services staff 
members (L-R) Johnathan Wilson, Access Services Librarian; Lisa Galletta, Reserves Supervisor; and Jason 
Mims, Stacks Supervisor.  Johnathan, Lisa and Jason are part of the group of hardworking women and men 
who make up the staff of the TWU Libraries.  Photograph by Caitlin Rodgers. 
The TWU Libraries are full of books and technology and all sorts of services designed to help you--the students, staff and faculty of TWU--succeed in your academic endeavors. But there is something else these libraries offer: people. There are hardworking women and men that provide those services; that maintain those books and technology; that are here to help you.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce just a few of those people, specifically those I work with in the Circulation Department.

Were you aware that the Circulation Department is actually part of a larger entity known as Access Services? Circulation and Interlibrary Loan fall under the umbrella of Access Services. Holding that umbrella is Johnathan Wilson, the aptly titled Access Services Librarian. 

Under Johnathan's supervision are LaMargo Branch, Interlibrary Loan Specialist (perhaps you read this post about LaMargo), and Caitlin Rodgers, Coordinator of Circulation Services.  You may have noticed Caitlin’s fiery red hair (there’s a pattern of strange hair colors in this department).  Working our way down the ladder, we have Lisa Galletta, Reserves Supervisor (who is currently rocking green hair and is responsible for all those textbooks behind the Circulation Desk.)  On Lisa’s right is Chance Maggard, the new Fines and Fees Supervisor.  Still holding onto his natural hair color, Chance is responsible for the financials (and also happens to be quite adept at interlibrary loan procedures.)  To Lisa’s left is me, Jason Mims, blue-haired Stacks Supervisor and writer extraordinaire.

Knowing our names doesn’t really tell you who we are, though.  We are the Access Services Department, but we are also members of the TWU community.  We may work in the library, but our campus involvement takes us beyond library walls. Maybe you saw Lisa at one of the information tables during the first week of class.  There’s a chance you've run into Johnathan or me at the gym on the Denton campus.  And who could forget Move In Day, when most of the department was out at one time or another helping some of you get moved into your dorms?

There is more to the TWU Libraries than Access Services, though--much more.  There are the wonderful librarians in the Reference Department who are fantastic at providing our patrons with the finest research instruction and guidance.  There are Systems staff members who keep the libraries' technology running smoothly.  There is Technical Services, a group of people who maintain the libraries' catalogs and physical holdings.  There is library Administration and the staffs of the Children's and Woman's Collections.  And don’t even get me started on the superb staffs of both the TWU Dallas and Houston locations.  For the names and faces that go with each of our departments, here is the TWU Libraries staff directory.

A library is first and foremost a repository of knowledge, a physical location where scholarship resides.  But it is also the product of the hardworking people who staff it.  On behalf of Circulation, Access Services and the TWU Libraries, I would just like to say "hi".  We are happy to serve you, the TWU community, and to be a part of you. 

That’s it for this one.

~Jason Mims

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What Would Improve Your Library Experience?

The TWU Libraries want to know what you think.

While our suggestion box is always open, we'd really like to know . . . 

What would improve your library experience at TWU?

You decide how to submit your suggestion--by commenting below, or by using our online suggestion box, Facebook or Twitter--and you can submit your comments anonymously or not.  It's up to you.  

If you have a moment, please let us know what you think.  We'd really like to know.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, October 6, 2014

Open Access Matters: Shockey Forum Presentation on Video

Library Forum presenter 
Nick Shockey. Photograph 
courtesy of SPARC.
Open Access.  These are buzz words on today's university campuses.  What do they mean?  More importantly, what do they mean for Texas Woman's University?

On September 22, 2014 TWU was privileged to welcome Mr. Nick Shockey to the TWU Denton campus as part of Know Your Rights: Copyright, Authors' Rights, Intellectual Property and the Emerging Intersection with Institutional Repositories.  Hosted by the TWU Libraries, the forum focused on copyright, authors' rights, open access and other issues vital to those involved in the world of academic authorship and publishing.

Attendees heard Shockey, Director of SPARC and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, speak about open access and what it means for TWU.  
For the convenience of the TWU community we are pleased to feature that presentation here, in its entirety.  Immediately following is a list of resources on the forum, open access and TWU's own Pioneer Open Access Repository.



OPEN ACCESS MATTERS
*  PowerPoint: Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship & Education Through Openness.  Nick Shockey, Forum Speaker.  Pioneer Portal login required.
*  PowerPoint: Faculty Open Access Policies.  Diane Graves, Forum Speaker.  Pioneer Portal login required.
*  POAR: Tour the Pioneer Open Access Repository at TWU
*  Learn more about POAR with the POAR Subject Guide 
*  October 20-26, 2014 is Open Access Week.  Follow this blog and the TWU Libraries' Facebook and Twitter for more information, coming soon.

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Professor's Corner: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

A brand-new year of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics,  begins this week. Join us on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 as we kick off the 2014-15 season with a work of classic literature, discussion and refreshments. Admission is free and open to all.  

SESSION TITLE
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

SESSION DESCRIPTION

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's great novel Mansfield Park, TWU's Dr. Russell Greer will lead a discussion on the key merits and controversies associated with Austen's third novel. Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, raised by her aunt and uncle when her family experiences financial problems.  It has been considered Austen's most controversial novel, known for its social satire, and has been adapted for film, television, the stage, radio and even the opera over the past 200 years.  See below for links to the novel and related information.

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday, October 8, 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.)

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

PRESENTER
This session's presenter is Dr. Russell Greer, Associate Professor of English at Texas Woman's University.  Greer earned his Ph.D. in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature at the University of Georgia in 1996 and has taught in those fields for 18 years.  He is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner.  


LINKS TO OPTIONAL READINGS

Chapter IX from the novel for reading in advance of the session (optional)
Background on the novel (optional)

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
The purpose of this free series 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 (Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com; 940-349-8752.)

STILL TO COME AT PROFESSOR'S CORNER 2014-15
November 12, 2014:  Scheherazade's Charms: The Arabian Nights in Contemporary Culture (Dr. Gretchen Busl, Speaker)
December 10, 2014:  Finding Fairies in Greek Myths (Dr. Chera Cole, Speaker)
January 14, 2015:  Beckett at Play (Dr. Patrick Bynane, Speaker)
February 11, 2015:  Fire in the Sky: The Frightful Appearance of Comets in Literature (Dr. Brian Fehler, Speaker)
March 11, 2015:  Shakespeare's King Lear in Adaptation (Dr. Ashley Bender, Speaker)
April 8, 2015:  The Legends of King Arthur (Dr. Matthew Brown, Speaker)
May 13, 2015:  It's Epic! Derek Walcott’s Omeros (Dr. Carl Smeller, Speaker)
SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University (SSouris@twu.edu; 940-898-2343)

SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Denton Public LibraryVoertman's, 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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Central European Journals Move to Open Access

In a move unprecedented for a group of STM journals, De Gruyter Open, one of the world's leading publishers of open access scientific content, is converting eight subscription journals--all currently available through the TWU Libraries--to open access megajournals.  Citing as a factor "the increasing demand to publish research in Open Access," De Gruyter Open is making the move starting with the 2015 volumes.  In addition, to better "serve the interests of authors, readers and editors, and to reflect the all-encompassing scopes of the converted journals," the affected Central European Journals have been renamed.

"The key motivation for this change was to build strong megajournals in all STM fields," according to Dr. Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter.  ". . . we build them on the basis of a group of journals that have been published for over a decade.  They have rigorous peer review, high rejection rates and have earned good impact factors. 

The overwhelming support from the editorial boards; the increasing demand to publish research in Open Access; and above all the mandates of the funding institutions, make a strong case in favor of Open Access."

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What You Need To Know About Ebola

COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS

In light of an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a patient at a Dallas hospital has received this country's first diagnosis of Ebola, the medical librarians of the Texas Woman's University Libraries recommend the following two sites as sources of information on Ebola prevention, risk of exposure and more:  1)  Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and 2)  Ebola from MedLinePlus.

Please contact your local department of public health for answers to any questions you may have.


Be well, everyone.


~Sandy Cochran