Friday, June 23, 2017

Dallas Pride: How to Make a Rainbow

As we head into the final week of LGBT Pride Month 2017, the library and Office of Student Life at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Science-Dallas Center recommend a DIY project that can serve as a charming decoration and year-round reminder of the importance of inclusivity.

This week the Dallas Center Library began hosting a table of supplies and directions, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, needed to make rainbow mobiles (left). The last day to participate is Friday, June 23, 2017

Want to make your rainbow at home? Follow the directions (for project #7) here.

~Sandy Cochran with Dianne Smith

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Anatomy as Art

Library Assistant Dianne Smith and former Library Assistant Joshua Flores of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library are the artists behind this spectacularly colorful depiction of the human torso.

Made up of "many, many rolled-up pieces of paper," the piece is inspired by the work of paper sculptor Lisa Nilsson and is on display at the library's Circulation Desk.  

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Audio, Video & Print Diversions for a Summer Day

Conveniently displayed together off the first-floor lobby, the (Denton) 
Blagg-Huey Library's Browsing and Media Collections feature  
audiobooks for adults and children; films (including Hairspray), docu-
mentaries, and educational and children's programming on DVD; CDs; 
and fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and other current releases.
Need an indoor diversion while you try to avoid the Texas heat? The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library has a selection of bestsellers, DVDs, and other media available for checkout with your current TWU ID.

Conveniently displayed together off the first-floor lobby, the library's Browsing and Media Collections feature adult and children's audiobooks; films, documentaries, and educational and children's programming on DVD; CDs; and fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and other current releases. 

Looking for a specific title? Search for it in the TWU Libraries catalog. Lists of DVDs and children's books on CD are available for browsing. Need assistance? Library staff members at the Information and Circulation Desks are happy to help.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Believe This, Not That: Some Real Help for Fake News

Engaged citizens like to keep up with the news of the day, and many of us do that on Facebook and other social media. This is convenient, but is it a reliable way to stay informed? As with most things, it depends on the quality of the information we're taking in.

In the spring, Librarian Abby Morris conducted workshops on identifying fake news. Missed them? Read on for some real help for fake news.

What Fake News Is (And Is Not)
Fake news is not information that you disagree with, but news/websites/images that are designed to mislead and misinform (unsurprisingly, this usually has to do with money; sensational headlines and images draw attention and invite clicks--increasing site visits, shares, and ad revenues).

Believe This, Not That

How can you know fake news when you see it? Three approaches can help. 

  • Check a specific story or fact by consulting a reputable fact-checking site. Examples include SnopesPolitifact, and FactCheck.OrgDon't see what you're looking for? Most invite you to submit your questions.
  • Fact check like a pro with the advice featured on the tip- and link-packed guides from Indiana University East and the Tri-College Libraries. For some good advice on staying informed watch the five-minute How To Choose Your News (below) by Damon Brown.
  • The TWU Libraries staff includes librarians who specialize in doing subject-specific research (and verifying the reliability of what they find). They are available to teach you to do the same. Consult Abby Morris or another TWU Libraries Subject Librarian listed here.

~Sandy Cochran with Abby Morris

Monday, June 12, 2017

What You Should Know About Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that the textbooks you need may not cost you a cent? Many are on reserve at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, the Dallas Center Library, or the Houston ARC.

Reserve items are books and other items, kept at the Circulation Desks at each of the TWU Libraries, for which professors have requested abbreviated, temporary loan periods for the convenience of their students. Bring your current TWU ID to the Circulation Desk at your TWU campus library; a staff member will check if the textbook you need is available.  

Most of them must be used in the library, and the average checkout time for reserve items is four hours. Reserve items cannot be renewed, but can be checked out again--we simply ask that you wait a full checkout period before checking an item out again (for a book with a four-hour checkout period, for example, you would need to wait four hours after returning it before checking it out again.)

No. Although many high-demand textbooks are on reserve, not all textbooks are available. If you think your textbook should be on reserve but isn't, talk to your professor; s/he may send us a copy.

More information about Course Reserves is available here. Need assistance? Please contact the Denton Circulation Department at 940-898-3719. 

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's LGBT Pride Month 2017

Where It Began The window reads “We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village.” Photograph by Diana Davies. Copyright owned by New York Public Library or CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Each June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. According to the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent confrontations in 1969 between police officers and gay rights activists. The riots, sometimes referred to as the Stonewall Uprising, took place outside the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar. At the time it was illegal to be openly gay.

That June, police raided several gay bars; on the 28th officers began arresting Stonewall Inn patrons. Rather than retreat as usual, however, customers in and outside the bar were uncooperative and became violent, tossing objects at patrol vehicles, trapping officers, and “making them feel the same fear and humiliation that was a constant in [the customers'] lives” (Law and the Gay Rights Story by Walter Frank). The protest continued for more than five days as crowds grew to number in the thousands. The Stonewall Riots became the catalyst for a united and organized LGBT community, ultimately leading to the Gay Liberation Movement.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated across the nation and around the world with parties, parades, picnics, concerts, and memorials for members of the LGBT community who lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Its purpose is to commemorate and recognize the impact that the LGBT community has had on America and beyond (Library of Congress).

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month by selecting a book from the following recommended LGBT titles, all available for checkout at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Locate additional titles (electronic and print) via the TWU Libraries homepage > Catalog Search. Need help? Contact a library staff member by phone, text, chat, or email.

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewart
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Heather has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
In our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Valencia by Michelle Tea

~Joslyn Sandlin