Friday, January 30, 2009

Children’s/Media Collections: The “Place-to-Be”

           

The TWU Libraries' Children's/Media Collections was a special place to be during the Fall 2008 semester, featuring several interesting displays and exhibits. In September-October, a variety of the collections' multimedia materials highlighting the role of women in aviation were on display to honor the trailblazing pioneer veterans of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) who held their historic reunion at TWU's Woman's Collection and WASP Archive on the weekend of September 26-27. The exhibit featured numerous books on flight and military aircraft, airplane-themed pop-up and craft books, and a stream of one-of-a-kind hand-made real-life paper airplanes that greeted the WASP pilots and their guests upon entering the library.

In October, the Children's/Media Collections participated in TWU's "Asia and the Arts" month-long celebration. The collections' "Finding Asia in Children's Literature" exhibits, one on the Garden Level and the second, in the Blagg-Huey Library entrance lobby, featured a diversity of Asia-themed multimedia children's and young adult literature and folklore treasures, highlighted with a string of hand-made lanterns, and Asian cultural artifacts. One exhibit case devoted to celebrating the theme of universal world peace, featuring books about the story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes featured the collections' famed mobile of Origami peace cranes designed by Children's/Media and TWU alumnae Mu-Chia Chen and Yoshie Kim.

In December, as has become a tradition, treasures from the Children's/Media Collections were on display in the Blagg-Huey Library lobby and on the Garden Level in a pair of exhibits for the holiday season. The exhibits, highlighting the spectrum of faiths and holiday practices, featured specially-themed cases celebrating the winter season and the beautiful choreography and music of The Nutcracker. On display from the collections were a set of elegant pop-up books, and from the Media Collection, a number of videotaped versions and long-playing audiodisc recordings of Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.





DISPLAYS PLANNED FOR SPRING 2009

  • February: Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Mardi GrasMarch
  • Dr. Seuss's Birthday (March 2), Women's History Month, Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day, Career Month
  • March 13-April 15: Deaf History Month
  • April: National Poetry Month, Spring, Easter, Earth Day
  • May: Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day
  • June: Father's Day, Summer, Juneteenth (June 19)

--Ellen Perlow

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Papers due? Need help with your research?

TWU Libraries offer the following workshops for students and faculty and staff. Dates and times of workshops are available from the Library Workshops webpages.





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.

Graduate Assistants/Research Assistants
- Research Strategies for Graduate Assistants. (subject guides, search options, strategies and access)

Interlibrary Loan - Everything a student needs to know about Interlibrary Loan Services offered by TWU Libraries, learn how to effectively request items, how long it takes, how much it costs, and much more.

Library Resources--Topics:

--Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Fashion & Textiles
--Education and Kinesiology
--English Literature
--History & Government and Criminal Justice
--Library and Information Studies
--Management/Business
--Nutrition and Food Sciences
--Reading
--Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science)
--Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Family Sciences, Women's Studies

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.

Tours and Services - A walk-through of the Library showing the location of various library services, collections, and computers, etc.

University Staff -
Library Resources for University Staff, including tips for finding books, videos, newspaper articles, journal articles, and information on the internet

Dallas Campus – Parkland Library

Evidence-Based Research: Nursing

Evidence-Based Research: Nursing & RefWorks

Find Nursing Articles! Research Basics - 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.
Library 2009: Get it Online (or, Get Out of Line)! - Get connected to library intranets of "hidden resources" that get quick, subject-specific results. TWU's online Subject Guides, Key Databases, Catalog, and academic resources are all professionally organized to help you get class assignments done – easy and fast.
Our online research experts share their "top ten" library shortcuts, tips, and strategies that help you stay on task and get your homework done faster. *Tip #10: use RefWorks to format your APA citations and research papers online - in one click!
Yes, it is available to you @ TWU Libraries. Learn how to get it & use it. Online, of course!

RefWorks: Introduction

RefWorks: Introduction and Advanced

Evidence-Based Research: Nursing & RefWorks

Find Nursing Articles & 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.

HOUSTON ARC

Library Research Workshops - TWU Houston will offer library workshops for all faculty, staff,and students. Hands-on classes are 60 minutes long. There is no preregistration needed, handouts will be available, and there will be ample time for questions.

Web-based Sessions

RefWorks Webinars - http://www.refworks.com/content/webinars/default.asp


-- Posted by Jimmie Lyn Harris

Friday, January 23, 2009

Just Released "Understanding Information Sources"

Understanding Information Sources
---is the way to start the semester right! This entertaining and instructional tutorial will help you with library research.

► Discover the differences between scholarly and popular journals

► Determine when to use different types of sources

► Learn how to evaluate different types of information sources

► Discover strategies to help you gather information that is relevant to your research

► Learn the meaning of primary and secondary, qualitative and quantitative, and Evidence Based research.

Go to http://www.twu.edu/library/ and click on "Understanding Information Sources" to find the best sources for your papers and research.

You can rely on TWU libraries to help you find the best information sources!


-Connie Maxwell

Faculty may request Library Instruction for their classes

Reference Librarians are available to instruct students on library services and resources. Sessions are custom-designed to meet course needs.

We offer:
  • Research Overview Workshops (usually 1 session/about 1.5 hrs. of class time) or

  • Comprehensive Research Workshops (2-3 sessions/about 3 hrs of class time including hands-on instruction).

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Faculty may request Library Instruction for their classes via email or with the electronic request form.

Please Include:

Faculty name, phone number, and e-mail address
Course number
Number of students
Date and time for session(s)
Special research topics, research methods, information resources, etc. you would like included in the workshop (online catalog, databases for your subject, tour of the library, internet searching, RefWorks Citation Manager, plagiarism, etc.)
You will receive a confirmation.

Information Literacy Skills

Students should be able to:
1. Recognize and articulate the need for information
2. Identify and use a wide variety of information sources
3. Select and use online catalogs, databases, and the Internet to find and retrieve information
4. Access and use information ethically and legally
5. Analyze and evaluate information

Please use the Ask A Librarian Form if you have questions or contact me at cmaxwell@mail.twu.edu


--Connie Maxwell

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dance in Video



The Database Dance in Video, available to TWU students and faculty will contain 250 dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. On December 10th 2008, Dance in Video was updated with 14 videos. As of this update there are 109 videos, equalling 165 hours in Dance in Video. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies; experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes; documentaries by and about leading choreographers; videos on dance training; and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.

-Connie Maxwell

TWU Parkland Campus – Demolition Pics

Photos taken January 14, 2009 (@ 3:00 pm)
by Janet Bickel-Burton (TWU Parkland Library)

Oh, what a BIG MESS we must make to get a shiny new building! The
T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences—Dallas Center opening is planned for 2011.


-Janet Bickel-Burton