Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's Java Time at the Library

Library To Host Coffee Breaks During Finals Week

The TWU Blagg-Huey Library will once again host coffee breaks for students during final exams week.

Free coffee and refreshments will be available in the Library Lecture Hall 101 twice each evening (at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) from Sunday, December 12th through Wednesday, December 15th.

Get a little downtime, recharge your batteries and enjoy a cup of coffee on us.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sociology and Social Work E-books

Off the E-Shelf

Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists of the TWU Libraries


Spencer Acadia, Subject Specialist in Sociology and Social Work, suggests the e-book titles below for Sociology and Social Work students, faculty and others interested in these disciplines.

Valuable library resources pertinent to these fields (including news, suggested databases for research, other recommended reading and more) are available in the Sociology and Social Work Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Sociology and Social Work).

Mr. Acadia is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach him at 940/898-3724 or

Social Work and Disadvantage: Addressing the Roots of Stigma Through Association Edited by Peter Burke and Jonathan Parker
It's bad enough that the disadvantaged are often stigmatized--but the impact of that stigma often extends to include family members, friends, workers in the caring professions and society. Social Work delves into the dangers of "disability by association" and provides practical advice for social workers and health care practitioners on reducing the risk of stigma and victimization.

Gender, Race, and Class: An Overview by Beverly X. Watkins
This resource provides a critical overview of gender, race, and class. Chapters cover such topics as gender definitions and class matters.

An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives by Inger Furseth
This resource provides an overview of sociological theories of contemporary religious life. Some chapters are organized according to topic. Others offer brief presentations of classical and contemporary sociologists from Karl Marx to Zygmunt Bauman and their perspectives on social life, including religion. Throughout the book, illustrations and examples are taken from several religious traditions.

Culture, Society and Sexuality: A Reader Richard G. Parker
This resource covers sexuality in general, and the relationship between sexuality, health and rights in particular.

Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power Edited by Shira Tarrant with a foreword by Jackson Katz
A collection of essays on living, working, thinking and learning in a sexist society, Men Speak Out features works written by pro-feminist men. In them these men describe, in lively and accessible prose, their views on feminism, growing up male, and taking action to change the imbalance of power and privilege between the sexes.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran & Edited by Spencer Acadia

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nursing E-books

Eula Oliphant, Subject Specialist in Nursing, suggests the e-book titles below for Nursing students, faculty and others interested in the discipline.

Valuable library resources pertinent to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) are available in the
Nursing Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Nursing).

Ms. Oliphant is available for questions, research consultations and class intruction sessions. Reach her at 214/689-6585 or

Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book (with a link for direct access).

Foundations of Nursing Research by Rose Marie Nieswiadomy
A concise and readable guide providing those inside and outside the nursing profession with easy-to-understand descriptions of nursing research. Included are concepts of evidence-based practice, outcomes research and internet sources. Excerpts from 58 published nursing research studies and self-tests are also featured.

Fundamental and Advanced Nursing Skills by Gaylene Altman
A great all-around resource for any nurse, the comprehensive and heavily illustrated Fundamental includes updated information on more than 200 nursing skills. Written in a clear, straightforward manner, this book provides today's nurse the information needed to thrive in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Olds' Maternal-Newborn: Nursing & Women's Health Across the Lifespan by Michele R. Davidson, Marcia L. London and Patricia A. Wieland Ladewig, Patricia W. Ladewig and Sally B. Olds
Today's maternity nurse faces challenges previous generations did not--shortened hospital stays, reconfigured healthcare systems, and a greater emphasis on home care. Maternal-Newborn addresses these challenges while providing its comprehensive coverage of women's health issues.

Quick Answers to Medical Diagnosis & Treatment by Maxine A. Papadakis et al.
This streamlined, alphabetically arranged reference work provides authoritative clinical guidance on evidence-based diagnosis and treatment options. More than 500 diseases and disorders are featured, providing medical professionals with bulleted presentations on key features, clinical findings and diagnosis information on many of the diseases and disorders regularly encountered in hospital and outpatient settings.

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses by Judith Hopfer Deglin, April Hazard Vallerand and Cynthia A. Sanoski
This updated version of the classic drug reference for nurses features updated information on the top 200 drugs and expanded coverage in key areas, including the scope of patient safety and special populations. A thorough review of psychotropic drugs is included.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Study Room with a View

Communing With Nature on the Library Balcony

Students Dalia Mendoza, Aurelia Payne and Auricea Hicks study while enjoying a beautiful autumn day on the library balcony.

The fall semester is in full swing. The leaves are changing, finals are fast approaching--and stress is in the air. You need a break from studying, books and projects to rest and clear your mind. Where to go? The library balcony.

You have a paper due soon, you're feeling the pressure, and you want a peaceful spot to finish your work. Where to find one? The library balcony.

Your study group's been working for hours, and you could really use a place to get a change of scenery and eat your lunch--without having to go too far. Where is such a place? The library balcony.

The library balcony--located in the Blagg-Huey Library on the west end of the first floor near the vending/copier room--is the library's best-kept secret. Available every day the library is open, the balcony provides library patrons with a tree-lined, Wi-Fi enabled, non-smoking covered space to work, relax, eat or socialize. "It's so gorgeous out here", said student Dalia Mendoza.

Library patrons are welcome to bring food and drinks on the balcony, and hours are posted just inside the balcony door. For assistance, please see a library staff member either in Circulation or at the Information desk.

Autumn is one of the prettiest times of year in Denton, and studies have shown that nature is a natural stress reducer. Do yourself a favor--sometime during your busy day on campus, get some fresh air in a relaxed setting. Spend some time on the library balcony today.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Power of Persistence

Paying Tribute to the Women's Suffrage Movement

As difficult as it is to conceive today, there was a time when females in the United States were not allowed to vote or hold public office. Fast forward to 2007, when women comprised more than half of the U.S. electorate and a woman was elected Speaker of the House, second in the line of presidential succession behind only the Vice President.

Commemorating the efforts that made this evolution possible is "Citizens At Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas", an exhibit presented by the Women's Collection of Texas Woman's University. On display in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, "Citizens At Last" covers the evolution of the organized women's suffrage movement--from its beginnings in 1848 through passage and ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. The exhibit was curated by David Lopez and Kimberly Johnson.

Featuring a timeline of the movement, photographs, books and artifacts, "Citizens At Last" is a moving and enlightening tribute to the suffragettes and their 72-year-long effort to gain for women the right to vote. One of the many interesting bits of trivia from the exhibit: Although Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton--arguably two of the most recognizable names identified with the women's suffrage movement--devoted 50 years to the cause, neither lived to see the day when a woman could vote in this country. It is through tributes such as "Citizens At Last" that the efforts of Anthony, Stanton and countless others are rightfully acknowledged and honored.

"Citizens At Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas" will be on display through November 30, 2010 during
the library's regular business hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Monday, November 15, 2010

Proudly They Served

Saluting Female Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

In conjunction with Veteran's Day (November 11, 2010), the TWU Women's Collection proudly presents "Veteran's Day", an exhibit honoring women and TWU student veterans.

Currently on display in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, the exhibit features military photographs, books and artifacts (including medals and a gas mask), as well as nurse's uniforms from World Wars I and II and the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. The exhibit was curated by Sarah Whittington.

The books featured in the exhibit, on women in the U.S. military and their contributions and sacrifices, are just a sampling of those on the Blagg-Huey shelves. Among them:

American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse in Vietnam by Winnie Smith

Women in the Line of Fire: What You Should Know About Women in the Military by Erin Solaro
Serving Proudly: A History of Women in the U.S. Navy by Susan H. Godson

Not All Soldiers Wore Pants: A Witty World War II WAC Tells All
by Rose Rosenthal

Mother was a Gunner's Mate: World War II in the WAVES by Josette Dermody Wingo

In addition to books in traditional form, the Blagg-Huey Library has a wide selection of books available in electronic format--thus available 24/7 from any computer. Among them:

Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict

The Status of Gender Integration in the Military: Analysis of Selected Occupations by Margaret C. Harrell et al.
Assessing the Assignment Policy for Army Women by Margaret C. Harrell et al.

"Veteran's Day" will be on display until November 30, 2010 during regular library hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Monday, November 8, 2010

Business E-books

Suzanne Sweeney, Subject Specialist in Business, suggests the e-titles below for Business students, faculty and others interested in the discipline.

Valuable library resources pertinent to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) are available in the
Business Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Business).

Ms. Sweeney is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach her at 940/898-3758 or

Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book (with a link for direct access).

Globalization and Growth: Implications for a Post-Crisis World Edited by Michael Spence and Danny Leipziger

A comprehensive overview of the financial meltdown of 2008-2009 and its implications for the economic and financial policy decision-making of developing countries as they pursue economic recovery and growth.

Future Savvy: Identifying Trends to Make Better Decisions, Manage Uncertainty, and Profit from Change by Adam Gordon
Although business leaders don't have crystal balls, they all wish they did. The better their view of the future, the better their decisions--and bottom lines. Futures analyst Gordon gives guidance in evaluating the business, social and technological forecasts contained in everything from newspapers and business magazines to more specialized sources like government and think tank forecasts, consultants' reports and stock market guides.

Cats: The Nine Lives of Innovation by Stephen C. Lundin
Based on the premise that without curiosity no real achievements would ever occur, Lundin examines four challenges to innovation and ways to address them. With this playful, profound and upbeat guide, you and your colleagues can learn how to be brave, stop being "normal", embrace failure and foster creativity--all on your way to becoming fully contributing members of an innovative organization.

Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform: A Guide for Policy Makers and Practitioners by Sevi Simavi, Clare Manuel and Mark Blackden
The economic empowerment of women is increasingly seen as a vital driver of a nation's financial recovery and economic growth--and as a measure of its economic well-being. Gender Dimensions presents fresh solutions to issues common to female entrepreneurs and employees in the investment arena, as well as practical suggestions to promote gender-sensitive investment reforms.

Managing Across Cultures: The Seven Keys to Doing Business with a Global Mindset by Charlene M. Solomon and Michael S. Schell
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is not just politically correct--in today's global economy, it's an economic necessity. Written by two experts in cross-cultural training, Managing Across Cultures examines why people around the world behave as they do in seven key areas--and how to interpret this behavior, what it means, and most importantly, how to respond to it. Filled with case studies, this strategic guide goes far beyond behavior interpretation. It's a real-world guide to successfully doing business on our culturally diverse, ever-shrinking planet.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TWU Libraries: There's an App for That

Now the TWU Libraries go where you do, with a mobile app which provides access to TWU Libraries resources, services and commonly sought information. Get hours of operation, contact a librarian, search the online catalog and

more--all from your mobile device.

The TWU Libraries mobile website (aka the library mobile app) was developed to provide a new point of service to TWU students and faculty by implementing a simple way of accessing library materials and services from their mobile devices. Based on work done by North Carolina State University and MIT, the mobile page takes advantage of new methods in HTML and CSS programming to provide a lightweight page for users with mobile phones to connect to popular resources.

Development of the library mobile app was a group effort. Thanks to the library staff's comprehensive mix of skill sets--and with ideas and feedback from everyone--all design and programming was done in-house in a mere three months, at no extra cost to the library. Some existing library resources (such as the email Ask A Librarian) were modified in order to function better within a lightweight environment, while new resources (such as Text A Librarian) were created from scratch.

The TWU Libraries mobile app currently offers nine utilities--Text A Librarian, Call Library, Hours, Mobile Catalog, Mobile Databases, Ask A Librarian (e-mail), Directions (with Google Maps), Renew Materials and Reserve Room (to reserve a library study room). Plans are in the works to add even more app services, such as the abilities to check computer availability and access library social media sites.

TWU Libraries Mobile on YouTube

Submitted by Johnathan Wilson
Photo and video by Greg Hardin

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Off the E-Shelf

Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists at the TWU Libraries

Glenda Lehrmann, Subject Specialist in Law, suggests the e-book titles below for Law students, faculty and others interested in the discipline.
Valuable library resources pertinent to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) are available in the
Law Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Law).

Ms. Lehrmann is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach her at 940-898-3710 or>Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book (and a link for direct access).

I Dissent: Great Opposing Opinions in Landmark Supreme Court Cases Edited by Mark V. Tushnet
When a Supreme Court case is decided, a justice may write the decision (the majority opinion), agree with the outcome but for different reasons (a concurring opinion) or disagree (a dissenting opinion). I Dissent is a collection of dissents from famous Supreme Court cases. While the actual dissents are widely available, Tushnet's commentary throughout this book is what sets it apart.

Know Your Legal Rights: Protect Yourself from Common Legal Problems That Can Really Cost You
from the Editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Legal Rights helps readers decide if they have a legal problem--and if and how they can resolve it on their own. Detailed coverage is provided of a wide range of legal topics, including auto insurance, marriage and divorce, live-in rights, hired contractors, medical dilemmas, estate planning, pensions, job discrimination and more. The book also shows how to find qualified legal counsel in the event a problem does require a lawyer

Free Speech on Trial: Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Edited by Richard A. Parker
What speech should we protect? Why should we protect it? These two First Amendment questions are at the heart of Free Speech. Twenty legal communication scholars propose a variety of answers to these questions, but their essays reveal a shared, abiding concern--a constitutional guarantee of free speech and its relationship with communication practices in our society.

Latinos and American Law: Landmark Supreme Court Cases by Carlos R. Soltero
Fourteen landmark Supreme Court cases which have significantly affected Latino rights are thoroughly examined. For each, Soltero provides historical and legal background on the issues involved, discussion of the justices' opinion/s and an analysis of the decision's significance. While considering issues such as education, the administration of criminal justice, voting rights, employment and immigration, Soltero seeks to demonstrate the Supreme Court's impact on the country's now-largest ethnic minority.

Psychology of the Supreme Court by Lawrence S. Wrightsman
Psychology thoroughly examines the Supreme Court's functioning from a psychological perspective. Factors of potential influence on the justices' decision-making are addressed, including their backgrounds, how they're nominated and appointed, the role of their law clerks, the power of the Chief Justice and day-to-day life in the Court. Also examined are the steps of the decision-making process, the ways in which the justices seek to remain collegial in the face of conflict and the degree of predictability in their votes.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WASP Archives Flying High

Dole Leadership Prize to Fund New WASP Website

WASP Bee Haydu gives a smart salute from a B-25 cockpit. October 3, 2010. New Century AirCenter, Kansas. Photo by Brenda Hagood Lea.

On October 3, 2010 the Dole Institute of Politics honored the TWU Libraries and their archives of the Women Airforce Service Pilots by awarding the Dole Leadership Prize to the WASP and $25,000 to the TWU Libraries. As the official archives of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, TWU has the most extensive archival collection in the United States of WASP personal papers, oral histories and photographs. The collection, which also includes uniforms and other memorabilia, tells the story of the first females in history to fly for the U.S. military.

Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime--to become one of the first women ever to fly for the U.S. military. They volunteered as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program designed to see if women could serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty. These women became the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, better known as the WASP. Under the determined leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love and General Henry "Hap" Arnold, the WASP exceeded all expectations.

The TWU Libraries will use the Dole Leadership Prize to seed the creation, and contribute to the maintenance, of a WASP website. Plans are in place to digitize content from the WASP archives to create a website about the women, their contributions to the United States of America during World War II, and their place in the history of aviation. The project goals are to increase access to the rich content in the WASP archives, extend the inspirational reach that is inherent in the story of the WASP, and create a positive experience for the website visitor. The TWU Libraries plan to include information about WASP lives, interest in aviation, training, uniforms and planes, as well as contextual information describing WASP contributions during World War II and to the future of women aviators.

The website will also feature information about visiting and researching the archives, purchasing reproductions for research and exhibit purposes, and contributing to the WASP archives.

Submitted by Sherilyn Bird

Texas Woman's University Libraries Taking Part In "Texas Library Snapshot Day"

Texas Woman's University Libraries are joining libraries across the state in participating in "Texas Library Snapshot Day" on October 28th, 2010 to show how important academic, public, school, and special libraries are to the state of Texas.

On October 28th, the TWU Libraries will compile statistics, customer comments, photographs, and other data chronicling a typical library day. The results collected at the TWU Libraries will be added to those of other libraries across Texas to show how libraries provide invaluable services to Texans.

Please help us record how important the library is to your education. On October 28th, come by the Blagg-Huey Library to fill out a quick survey on how you use the library. The survey is also available online.

Snapshot Day is a project of the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Library Snapshot Day Committee: Angela Foster, Greg Hardin, Brandy Klug, & Sarah Whittington

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Off the E-Shelf

Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists of the TWU Libraries


Andy Tucker, Subject Specialist in Dance, suggests the e-titles below for Dance students, faculty and others interested in the discipline.

Valuable library resources pertinent to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) are available in the Dance Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Dance).

Mr. Tucker is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach him at 940/898-3709 or


Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book (with a link for direct access).

Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism From Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey by Julia L. Foulkes
In 1930 dancer and choreographer Martha Graham proclaimed "dance as an art of and from America." Modern Bodies explores the impact of social dynamics on the evolution of modern dance in this country. Specifically, dance as a product and reflection of the people it attracted: white women (many of whom were Jewish), gay men and African American men and women.

International Encyclopedia of Dance A Project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc.
A remarkably ambitious reference work, this six-volume set covers a vast variety of dances, dancers and dance topics. Not only are there articles on dances of historical interest (such as the minuet, courante, pavan, and galliard), but dances of nearly every type imaginable--including round, step, square, fan, ice, and break--are represented here. Surveys of dance from around the globe offer historical, cultural and aesthetic perspectives.

Modern Dance: Techniques and Teaching by Gertrude Shurr and Rachael Dunaven Yocom
Illustrations, in photographs as well as text, of movement sequences in modern dance. Also included are cues for instructing students in these movements.

Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage by Sally Banes

Dancing Women examines dance since the early nineteenth century from a feminist perspective. Banes sets the creation of specific dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, and shows us that choreographers have created representations of women that are shaped by--and that in part shape--society's continuing debates about sexuality and female identity.

Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values by Kimerer L. LaMothe
American modern dancers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham were inspired by Nietzsche's work, his "revaluation of all values" in particular. From this inspiration, Duncan and Graham created their respective visions for what dance can and should be. Nietzsche's Dancers examines the relationships among these three figures, as well as the impact of Nietzsche's theories on the techniques of dance practice, choreography and performances as developed by Duncan and Graham.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Off the E-Shelf
Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists of the TWU Libraries
Shelly Burns, Subject Specialist in Health Care Administration, suggests the e-book titles below for Health Care Administration students, faculty and others interested in the discipline.

Valuable library resources pertinent to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) are available in the Health Care Administration Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Health Care Administration).

Ms. Burns is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach her at 214/706-2390 or

Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book (with a link for direct access).

Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis by Harold S. Luft
The quality of care patients want, the flexibility clinicians need, and the internal dynamics necessary for the continuous improvement of the value of health care. Luft's Total Cure presents SecureChoice, a comprehensive health care plan crafted in staggering detail and designed to include all three--while providing health insurance for every American.

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce from the U.S. Institute of Medicine Committee on The Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans
By the year 2030, the last of the baby boomers will have reached age 65. Will this country be ready in terms of geriatric care? The Institute of Medicine commissioned the first study on the health care workforce for older patients over 30 years ago. That report and others called for an expansion of geriatric training, but so far the geriatric discipline has grown little in numbers or stature. Retooling considers what is necessary for the preparation of a competent, sufficient health care workforce and widespread diffusion of effective models of care.

the Broken Mind: Transforming America's Failed Mental Health System by Timothy A. Kelly
Mental illness is frightening and heartbreaking. As demonstrated in Healing the Broken Mind, so is the current state of America's mental health care system. Kelly brings three decades of experience--as mental health commissioner, psychology professor and clinician--to bear in confronting this crisis. He exposes the weaknesses in the current system and provides an easy-to-follow roadmap for achieving a lasting, effective transformation of the mental health care system in the U.S.

ady, Set, Go Lead! A Primer for Emerging Health Care Leaders by Nancy Dickenson-Hazard
Ready, Set, Go Lead! will help aspiring and experienced health care leaders alike. Dickenson-Hazard combines her extensive experience with real-world examples to assist early- and mid-career health care leaders on their leadership journeys. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide further opportunities for personal leadership growth.

Knowing What Works in Health Care: A Roadmap for the Nation from the Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services, Board on Health Care Services
Independent advisors to the United States government commissioned this proposal for a national health program that would meet important criteria in terms of clinical services, practice guidelines, diagnostic protocols and treatment and prevention services. Covered are controlling the costs of a national health care program, and the steps that should be taken to implement such an expansive undertaking.

Submitted by Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Domestic Violence Awareness Month: October 2010 Bibliography & Resources

--Jimmie Lyn Harris
--Kimberly Johnson

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Off the E-Shelf
Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists of the TWU Libraries


Elaine Cox, Subject Specialist in Physics, suggests the e-book titles below for Physics students, faculty and others interested in the discipline.

Valuable library resources pertinent to this field (
including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) are available in the Physics Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Library homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Physics).

Ms. Cox is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach her at 940/898-3708 or

Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book (with a link for direct access).

The Physics of Basketball by John J. Fontanella
When and why a backboard will shatter. The physics behind free throws, stuffshots and hang times. Fontanella applies the laws of mathematical science to the game of basketball in a practical guide for hoops fans and armchair scientists--or anyone who just wants to improve their driveway free throw percentage.

Physics: Decade by Decade by Alfred B. Bortz
Scientists once believed the universe was orderly and predictable--until those beliefs started to unravel. Bortz's work is a decade-by-decade description of the evolution of the field of physics, "a process (which) would redefine almost everything people thought they understood about matter and energy, space and time, and waves and particles."

The Legacy of Albert Einstein: A Collection of Essays in Celebration of the Year of Physics by Spenta R. Wadia
Albert Einstein's influence on the field of physics was vast. Special relativity, quantum theory, statistical physics, condensed matter physics, general relativity, geometry, cosmology and unified field theory--all were begun or influenced by his work. Experts reflect on Einstein's impact on science and society.

Space, Time, Matter, and Form: Essays on Aristotle's Physics by David Bostock
Ten essays, four published here for the first time, on topics from Aristotle's Physics. Included are discussions of the concepts of matter, form, infinity, place, time and continuity. The essays, self-contained but linked by common themes, may be of particular interest to students and fans of Aristotle and scholars of ancient philosophy.

Particles and the Universe by Kyle Kirkland
Part of the six-volume set Physics in Our World, Particles is written in a readable and approachable style. Although physics is a mathematical subject, no special knowledge of mathematics is needed to appreciate the topics (nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, relativity and cosmology) as they're covered here. The other volumes in the set are Force and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Time and Thermodynamics, Light and Optics, and Atoms and Materials.
Submitted by Sandy Cochran.

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the Library? Of Corpse You Can.

In conjunction with the Day of the Dead celebration (October 31 to November 2, 2010), a vibrant exhibit entitled "Day of the Dead: All Souls Day" is currently on display for a limited time in the first-floor lobby of the TWU Blagg-Huey Library. Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections, is curator of the exhibit.

The origins of the Day of the Dead celebration date back thousands of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Despite its proximity on the calendar to Halloween, the two holidays actually have little in common. Day of the Dead is neither morbid nor macabre--it is a celebration of the memories of those who have died, and typically involves families visiting cemeteries and churches to pray for their departed loved ones. Family photos and favorite foods, toys and other items closely associated with the deceased are placed side by side on an "ofrenda," or altar, providing a number of different avenues of memory by which the living and the dead can reunite. Parties and food play a prominent role in Day of the Dead festivities.

"Day of the Dead: All Souls Day" features an altar on which students and the campus community are invited to place photographs, silk flowers, toys, non-perishable food items and other favorite objects of their loved ones. Mexican artwork, pottery, ceramics and clothing are also featured, as are celebrations from other countries.

div>"Day of the Dead: All Souls Day" will be on display through October 15th during the library's regular business hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The TWU catalog contains a varied selection of materials related to Day of the Dead. Among them:

Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture edited by Peter Narvaez

Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon by Regina M. Marchi

Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead: The Day of the Dead in Mexico and Beyond by Stanley Brandes

Submitted by Kimberly Johnson and Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Off the E-Shelf

Off the E-Shelf

E-Book recomendations from the Librarians at the TWU Blagg-Huey Library


Jimmie Lyn Harris, TWU librarian and subject specialist in Criminal Justice, suggests the e-book titles below for Criminal Justice students and faculty, and others interested in the discipline.

Additional resources relevant to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) can be accessed via the Criminal Justice Subject LibGuide (reachable from the TWU Library homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Criminal Justice).

Ms. Harris is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction. She can be reached at 940/898-3740 or

Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book.

Crimes of Power and States of Impunity : The U.S. Response to Terror by Michael Welch

9/11 changed everything, including the configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government. In Crimes of Power, Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

Changing Lives : Delinquency Prevention as Crime-Control Policy
by Peter W. Greenwood

One of the most astonishing aspects of juvenile crime is how little is known about the impact of the policies and programs put in place to fight it. In Changing Lives, Greenwood reveals the discovery of a wide array of innovative interventions in this area, and explores risk factor-criminal behavior connections.

Marked : Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration by Devah Pager

The product of an innovative field experiment, Marked gives us a glimpse into the tremendous difficulties facing ex-offenders in the job market. Using scholarly as well as field research, Pager vividly captures the ongoing stigma of incarceration.

Securing Rights for Victims : A Process Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics by Robert C. Davis, James M. Anderson, Julie Whitman and Susan Howley

Raising awareness of victims' rights in the U.S. justice system, Securing Rights delves into issues such as victim standing, the rights to be consulted and heard, and the right to privacy.

The World and Darfur : International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan edited by Amanda Grzyb

This updated edition brings together genocide scholars from a wide range of disciplines (including social history, art history, military history, African studies and literature) to provide a cohesive look at the international response to the crimes against humanity that comprise the Darfur crisis.

Posted by Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Living, Breathing U.S. Constitution

Observing Constitution Day 2010

For three days this month, the Blagg-Huey library at TWU was a veritable hotbed of free speech activity.

From September 13th through the 15th, in conjunction with Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day as it is also known) and as part of TWU’s Civic Agency Initiative involvement, "free speech boards" were set up in the presentation area of the Blagg-Huey Library (as well as at two other sites on the Denton campus).

The Democracy Shout Out, as the event was billed, featured multiple boards with questions and topics that rotated over the course of the three days. TWU students and members of the community were able to share their views and opinions on a wide variety of issues relating to TWU, the community and the country--from the war in Iraq to a tuition increase to immigration. Over 3,5oo responses were collected between the three sites involved.

"We want our students to know that the U.S. Constitution is a living, breathing document, not just a history lesson," said Leslie Lindsey, a TWU graduate student in history and member of the TWU Constitution Day planning committee. "The Democracy Shout Out allow(ed) students the opportunity to exercise their free speech and to find out what their peers care about.”
TWU was one of 16 universities in the U.S. (and the only one in Texas) selected to participate in the American Democracy Project’s Civic Agency Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Constitution Day is an American national observance
that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17th, the anniversary of the date in 1787 on which delegates from 12 states attending a convention in Philadelphia signed a document stating their intention to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

That document, having been ratified by nine states, became the Constitution of the United States of America in 1789--and remains to this day the country's supreme law of the land.

--Submitted by Sandy Cochran. Special thanks to Greg Hardin for technical assistance with this post.

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Spanish/English Health Website Unveiled

Taking Health Care into Your Own Hands

Navigating the complex and often overwhelming subject of health care coverage just got a little easier.

On September 20, 2010 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled (, a Spanish website (with English translation available) offering a wealth of information on the topic of health care coverage.

Included on the site are sections on insurance options, prevention, comparing care quality and health care law. Also available is health care coverage information specifically targeted to people in different life stages.

According to Blogadillo (News from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region), is "the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage".

For additional news and information from the world of consumer health, we invite you to peruse the TWU Consumer Health Subject Lib Guide.

La buena salud para todos (good health to all).

--Submitted by Marilyn Goff. Edited by Sandy Cochran.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Be a Rebel. Read a Book.

Banned Books Week
September 25 - October 2, 2010

The main goal of Banned Books Week, the national event sponsored by the American Library Association and others, is to celebrate our right to read. Intellectual freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment--the right to read whatever we want (no matter how controversial, unorthodox or politically correct)--is at the very heart of this annual celebration.

Banned Books Week highlights books which have been targets of attempted bannings. A small percentage of these books actually went on to be banned or restricted in certain areas of the country. Happily, most did not. Every year, librarians, teachers, booksellers, community activists--and readers like you--use Banned Books Week to put a spotlight on the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society. Were it not for these efforts, many books on the shelves of libraries, schools and bookstores would not be there today.


Targeted books which are part of the TWU Libraries collection include the following (clicking on any cover image will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that title):

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini's prize-winning first novel about the friendship between two young boys is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events--from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet invasion; the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the U.S.; to the rise of the Taliban regime. The recipient of the 2004 South African Boeke prize and a 2005 bestseller in the U.S., Kite Runner was adapted to film in 2007. It was also one of the most challenged books of 2008, its challengers commonly citing as their objections offensive language, sexual explicitness and the book's unsuitability for certain age groups.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

A staple in classrooms and school libraries since its publication in 1951, Salinger's classic tale of two days in the life of cynical 16-year-old Haulden Caulfield has also been a perennial target of censors. Despite the book's extraordinary staying power and popularity, parents and others have been raising objections to Catcher for the entirety of its 59-year history. It is one of the most-challenged books of all time, with parents frequently citing offensive language, obscenity and sexual explicitness as their objections to the book.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Mockingbird tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a small southern town whose family is ostracized when he defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Published in 1960 on the cusp of the civil rights movement, Lee's sole novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, was made into a major motion picture and became a staple of high school English classes across the country. It is one of the bestselling books of all time. It is also one of the most frequently challenged books in history, with challengers alleging the book's racism, offensive language and unsuitability for various age groups.

BelovedBeloved by Toni Morrison

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, Morrison’s Beloved is a haunting and innovative portrait of a woman and her daughter as they try to rebuild their lives after having escaped from slavery. In a 2006 survey of writers and literary critics conducted by the editor of the New York Times Book Review, it was chosen as the best work of American fiction of the previous 25 years. It was also on Time magazine's list of the top 100 English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Frequently opposed on grounds of offensive language, sexual explicitness and unsuitability for certain age groups, Beloved has the added distinction of being one of the most challenged books of 2006.


In honor of Banned Books Week 2010, get your rebel on and help celebrate our inalienable right to read whatever we please--no matter the objections of others.

Read a banned or challenged--or for that matter, any other--book today.

--Sandy Cochran

--Special thanks to Greg Hardin for his input and technical assistance regarding this post, and to the volunteer models in the photos above.