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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Unprecedented Life of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has been creating musical masterpieces for decades--and a selection of them can be heard and seen performed on two DVDs available for checkout at the Circulation Desk of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library.

See ". . . an electrifying account of (Dylan's) unprecedented life" (David Fricke, Rolling Stone) in the Martin Scorsese film No Direction Home, a 2-disc set featuring interviews and rare footage of Dylan concert performances.

Based on Howard Zinn's bestselling A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States (both available from the TWU Libraries), The People Speak features Dylan's Do Re Mi and "the words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) of (other) rebels, dissenters, and visionaries . . . including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali . . . and many others never featured in high school textbooks." Cover, The People Speak

~Sandy Cochran 

Reserve a Study Room in Denton, Dallas, or Houston

Are you in dire need of some peace and quiet because you’re working on a huge assignment that’s due next week? Do you need some space so you can finish up a group project with your classmates, but you’re not sure where you can go? Reserve one of the TWU Libraries study rooms!

Our libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, feature study rooms that you can reserve via our Study and Conference Rooms page, or by asking for assistance from a Circulation staff member. The Denton library also features reservable conference spaces.

Each study room is different. Some have a computer, audiovisual equipment, or a whiteboard--others do not. Some have carrels, a table, or upholstered seating. To choose the room right for you or your group, peruse the room photos on the Study and Conference Rooms page under the appropriate campus tab. Each campus has its own policy on study room reservations (time limits, etc.), so make sure to check out that information as well.

Questions? Please ask a staff member or contact us another way. We’re always happy to help.

~Ryan Slattery

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

For A Worthy Cause: Bid on a Library Basket

When in Doubt Go To the TWU Libraries  When you need to get things done, head to the TWU Librar-
ies--online, or on any TWU campus. This incredible basket features cookies, tea, books, a flashlight, mugs, and 
cool TWU Libraries swag including a stylus pen, comfy tee-shirt, and an awesome TWU Libraries tote bag!
The Chili Cook-Off, Pie Bake-Off & Basket Auction, highlights of the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) at TWU, will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the South Foyer and Southwest Dining Room of Hubbard Hall.   

Fall Into A Good Book  It’s that time of year when the temperature is dropping and
days are getting shorter. What better way to end the day than with a good book? Get
cozy with some good books, a comfy throw, a hot drink, mugs, snacks, and a pretty
autumn-inspired dish.
While you’re there, put a bid in for one of the three fabulous baskets (leftthe TWU Libraries will have up for auction to benefit this very worthy cause.
Proceeds from the Pie Bake-Off, Basket Auction, Volleyball Game, Chancellor's Lunch and other SECC events help TWU raise tens of thousands of dollars annually for a wide variety of local, national and global health and human services.

~Sandy Cochran with Bethany Ross 

Pokémon  Join in the fun with this fantastic Pokémon basket. Enjoy toys, books, plushies and more!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Faculty Workshop: Blackboard, Copyright & You

Are you confident in your ability to avoid copyright issues in your courses and on Blackboard? What is fair use, and how can a Creative Commons license help you safely use copyrighted information with your students?

Utilize Copyrighted Information with Confidence!--a one-hour workshop for TWU Denton, Dallas, and Houston faculty members, adjunct instructors, and others who teach and/or upload course materials to Blackboard--will address these topics and more.

Workshop  Utilize Copyrighted Information with Confidence!
Date & Time  October 21, 2016; 10-11 a.m.

In Denton  Blagg-Huey Library, Room 101 
In Dallas  IHSD 8720
In Houston  IHSH 6305

Presenter  Kris Helge, J.D., Ph.D., Director of Library Services, Tarrant County College 
Topics include 
~Copyright basics and avoiding copyright pitfalls
~Guidelines for uploading items to Blackboard and other digital course tools
~Fair use
~Locating and safely using copyrighted information via a Creative Commons license
~Judicial and legislative updates on academia and copyright
No RSVP required

Utilize Copyrighted Information with Confidence! is sponsored by the TWU Libraries and the TWU Center for Faculty Excellence.

Questions? Please let us know.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Do You Believe in the Freedom to Read?

A Banned Books Week display featuring once-challenged books
available for checkout will be featured in the TWU Libraries Child-
ren's Collection through October 1, 2016. Photograph by Sandy
Cochran. September 24, 2016.
Do you believe in free and open access to information (even--or especially--if that information is unorthodox or unpopular)? Do you believe that censorship is harmful? How about the freedom to read--do you believe you should be able to read what you want? If you answered yes to any of the above, Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is celebrated every year by people just like you.

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read, bringing together the entire book community--librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types--in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Curious about the books that have been challenged on various grounds? The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom maintains lists of challenged books as reported in the media and as submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

A display and web page celebrating our freedom to read are now featured in the TWU Libraries Children’s Collection on the Ground Level of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey LibraryA display curated by Woman's Collection staff members featuring a selection of banned/challenged titles is located on the library's second floor (to the right as you exit the elevators).

~Jimmie Harris with Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 26, 2016

Research Help for Vets from One of Your Own

At Your Service Veteran and TWU Libraries Librarian Susan 
Whitmer is embedded at the TWU Veteran & Military Student 
Center on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Photograph by Jon Turner. 
September 21, 2016.
A TWU Libraries librarian has made it her mission to assist TWU student veterans and military-affiliated students who may be experiencing the disorienting effects of moving from a structured military environment to college life. She can relate--because she's been there.

TWU Libraries Reference Librarian and former Army Communications Specialist Susan Whitmer, based on the Denton campus, is embedded at the TWU Veteran & Military Student Center (Denton campus, Jones Hall, rooms 106-107) on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Whitmer—who started college within weeks of ending her time in service--appreciates the chance to be of help (from locating course assignment sources to navigating the transition from military to campus life) to this group with which she shares a very special bond.

The TWU Veteran & Military Student Centerestablished in 2014 with a donation from a local business, is housed in a quiet and comfortable two-room suite. TWU student veterans and military-affiliated students are welcome to relax in the lounge or work on their coursework in the study room equipped with computers and a printer. 

The TWU Veteran & Military Student Center is open M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Away from the center, Susan can be reached at 940-898-3739 or

~Susan Whitmer

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Search Strategies for Teaching & Graduate Assistants

Search.jpgMark your calendar. The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library is offering a workshop on the following dates geared toward the teaching and research needs of graduate and teaching assistants. All workshops will take place in the library’s first-floor Reference Training Room.

Monday, September 26 at 5 pm
Tuesday, September 27 at Noon
Thursday, September 29 at Noon

With the goal of teaching users to efficiently locate research and teaching materials, these workshops cover search strategies and tips for TWUniversal, a selection of databases, and RefWorks. We will also discuss how to evaluate internet resources for quality.

All TWU teaching assistants, graduate assistants, graduate students, and faculty members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to by 5 pm on Friday, September 22, 2016 with your name, department, and session you will be attending. Can’t make it? Contact Jimmie Lyn Harris at the same address for a personal appointment.

~Sandy Cochran