Thursday, October 30, 2008

Techno-tweaks video conference

Library Faculty, Staff and Students invited to videoconference:

November 7, 2008 -- Reversing the Ratchet: Technology Adoption Strategies for Library Workers

11-12:30 pm Blagg-Huey Library - Room 101
Bring your lunches and we will provide cookies for desert.

"Library workers must constantly learn the latest techno-tweaks to their familiar information systems, but they also face ongoing tension from the expectation that every new technology must be applied to enhance library services. In a technology landscape where gadgets, gizmos, software and Web 2.0 innovations hit us at an ever accelerating pace, how do we successfully manage technology adoption in our libraries?"

--Connie Maxwell

Friday, October 24, 2008

Need help with your research?

TWU Libraries offer the following workshops Denton Campus Library

Find Articles! - These workshops will demonstrate how to use the TWU Library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We will discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, and search strategies. Wednesday, October 22, Noon-1pm Wednesday, November 5, 10-11am

Graduate Assistants/Research Assistants - Research Strategies for Graduate Assistants. (subject guides, search options, strategies and access) Tuesday, November 4, 3-4pm

Library Resources--Topics: Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Fashion & Textiles - Tuesday, October 21, 3-4pm

Library Resources--Topics: Education and Kinesiology
Tuesday, November 4, 1:30-3pm Library Resources--Topics: Reading (New!) Tuesday, November 11, 3:30-5pm

RefWorks - RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is available to all current TWU students, faculty, and staff from any computer with Web access. RefWorks can also import citations from Library databases and other bibliography programs such as Endnote and Reference Manager. Thursday, October 23, 7-8:30pm Friday, October 31, 11am-12:30pm Monday, November 3, 3:30-5pm

Dallas Campus – Parkland Library Find Nursing Articles! - Research Basics - Wednesday, November 5, 2pm Nursing: Evidence-Based Research - Tuesday, October 28, 2pm RefWorks: Basic - Tuesday, November 11, 2pm RefWorks: Beyond the Basics (Advanced) - Monday, October 20, 4pm

Online Registration Form:

Workshops limited to 12 participants.

For more library training workshops, see our schedule at:

Faculty wishing to offer students special credit for participation in any of these workshops should contact Connie Maxwell, 940-898-3707

Library draws crowd for Fiesta Events


Fall 08 "Library Fiesta" events attracted more than 300 students to the library to participate in evercises that helped them enhance their research skills, meet and get to know library staff, learn about library resources and enjoy prizes and refreshments.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Librarians Squared

Librarians Squared

TWU Librarians, Annita Owens and Greg Hardin recently partnered with Lilly Ramin, the UNT Virtual Reference Coordinator Librarian to provide outreach reference service for a pilot off-campus community program. They were available for virtual chat on Meebo and in person assistance at Banter, a local coffee shop near the square, during selected hours for three days as an extension of TWU's First Week Fiesta and UNT's Welcome Week in August, 2008.

-- Greg Hardin

NewsBank is Adding Video News Content

Beginning on Monday, October 20, NewsBank is adding video news content to online news resources. The complete package from respected media distributor Voxant includes the following sources: The Associated Press, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, as well as coverage from Canadian Broadcasting, Agence France-Presse and more.

Users will be able to:

• Play news videos within the NewsBank interface, in the same space used to display text articles

• Select specific videos from a comprehensive results lists that also includes NewsBank articles, or restrict their search to "video only"

• Access recent and archived news videos at your institution or remotely

• Email links of specific videos to friends, or embed them in a presentation
Please note that a free Flash plug-in is required to play these videos. It can be downloaded at

-Brandy Klug, Electronic Resources Librarian

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Denton Reads Events: Lecture by Author Orson Scott Card, TWU Library film screenings, and more

As part of this years Denton Reads, bestselling author Orson Scott Card will be at Denton’s Guyer High School Gymnasium on Saturday, October 18th at 4pm to talk about his book Ender’s Game. There will be a book signing afterwards. The event is free to the public.

In conjunction with the author event, the Denton Reads Film Festival Committee have scheduled a free screening of City of Ember at the Denton Cinemark 14 on Saturday, October 11 at 10:30 am.  Also, the TWU Library will host four films:

  • Ray Bradbury: An American Icon (10/2 at noon)

  • Six Days in Roswell (10/6 at 7:00) & Trekkies (10/6 at 8:30)

  • The acceleration of technology in the 21st century: the impact on education and society (10/9 at noon)

  • Martian Child (10/13 at 7:00, following the Ender's Game book discussion)

For a full film festival schedule, please visit the Denton Reads web site

Denton Reads presents Orson Scott Card at an Author Visit and Book Signing

The Denton Reads selection for 2008 is Ender’s Game by bestselling author Orson Scott Card. Card is best known for his science fiction novels but he has written in other forms and genres. Ender’s Game is about a young boy, Ender Wiggin, who is one a group of children recruited for military training by the world government. Ender proves to be a “tactical master”, a “genius among geniuses” at the Battleschool . How will Ender perform in real combat against the alien “buggers” who are set to destroy all humankind? After all, he is only a child.

Mr. Card will be at Denton’s Guyer High School Gymnasium on Saturday, October 18th at 4pm to talk about his book and a book signing will follow. The event is free to the public.

A discussion of Mr. Card’s book Ender’s Game will take place at various times and locations in Denton. Please find times and locations below.

10/4 3:00pm Barnes and Noble

Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 I-35 East

Denton, TX 76205

(Plus Bookfair and fundraiser)

10/6 6:00 pm Banter

120. W. Oak, Denton, TX 76201

10/6 7:00 pm Denton Public Library – South Branch

10/7 7:00 pm Denton Public Library – North Branch

10/11 12:00 pm Denton Public Library – Emily Fowler

10/12 7:00 pm Trinity Presbyterian Church

2200 N Bell Ave Denton, TX 76209

10/13 6:00pm* Texas Woman’s University Library

*(Followed by film “Martian Child” at 7pm)

10/14 5:00pm University of North Texas – Media Library

*(Followed by film “War Games” at 6pm)

10/15 12:00pm Texas Woman’s University Library

To RSVP for book off campus discussions (not required but preferred), e-mail Lilly, UNT Virtual Reference Coordinator, at 

Denton Reads announces film festival schedule and free screening of City of Ember

In conjunction with the events surrounding the book Ender’s Game, Denton Reads has scheduled 18 free film screenings that examine various science fiction themes. The Denton Reads Film Festival will run September 30 – October 15. All screenings are free and open to the community. 

The spotlight event of the festival is a free screening of City of Ember, a film adaptation of the popular juvenile fiction novel by author Jeanne DuPrau. A free screening will be held at the Denton Cinemark 14 on Saturday, October 11 at 10:30 am. Seating will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The film is rated PG. 

Additional free film screenings will be hosted by the Denton Public Libraries, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas. Screenings include films for young adults (The Last Starfighter, War Games), documentaries (Dreams with Sharp Teeth, Trekkies) and Hollywood hits (Blade Runner, Children of Men, The Martian Child).

A complete list of screening times and locations is listed on the Denton Reads events page: