Friday, May 14, 2010

By the Book - 'The Cat In The Hat'

The Texas Woman's University Libraries joined libraries across the state in participating in "Texas Library Snapshot Day" to show how important academic, public, school, and special libraries are to the state of Texas.

On April 27th, the TWU Libraries compiled 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.

During the day the libraries collected over 300 surveys from students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The gate count for the day reflected over 1,500 visits and the libraries' website had over 1,800 unique visitors.

Several students, faculty, and staff bravely refrained from saying 'no way!'
as they took a moment out of their busy day
to politely read from a classic book that is full of rhyme and wordplay.

We thank those that participated in the fun by reading passages of 'Cat In The Hat' by Dr. Seuss.

- Greg Hardin

Text a Librarian

Have a quick question like "When does the library close?" or "Does the library have a copy of Blazing a Trail?" Then send us a text message and Reference staff will answer. Just text your question to

What is Text a Librarian?
Text a Librarian is a service which enables you to use the text message feature of your mobile phone to send questions to and receive answers from Reference staff at Texas Woman's University Libraries.

When can I use the service?
Text a Librarian is available: Monday–Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, and Sunday 2-10pm. We will respond as soon as possible during these hours. Questions sent outside of these hours will be answered as soon as possible the next service day.

What kind of questions can I ask via texting?
Use Text a Librarian to ask simple, quick questions (up to 160 characters) that can be answered in brief responses. The responding librarian may ask you to send your email address or allow them to call you when lengthy responses too long for texting are necessary.

To ask questions requiring lengthy or detailed responses, please use one of our other contact options:

  • Call (940) 898-3701
  • Ask a Librarian (email)
  • Chat with a Librarian from our Subject Guides

What do I need to use the service?
To use the service, you need a mobile phone which is enabled to send and receive text messages.

What does the service cost?
The library does not charge for this service, but charges from your mobile phone provider may apply. These charges vary among plans and among telephone providers.

The library does not take any responsibility for any charges your mobile phone provider may assess you for sending or receiving messages while using this service.

-Connie Maxwell

Psychology E-Books

Selected Books for Psychology

Elaine Cox, librarian and subject specialist for Psychology compiled this list featuring current e-books available to students and faculty at TWU. A complete list is posted on the Psychology Subject Guide.

  • Feeling Like Crap: Young People and the Meaning of Self-Esteem (2008)

  • Bullies: Understanding Bullies and Bullying (2008)

  • Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration (2008)

  • Psychology of Strategic Terrorism: Public and Government Responses to Attack (2009)

  • Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships: Adults Speak Out About Asperger Syndrome (2008)

  • Families of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation (2008)

  • Psychology of Modern Prejudice (2008)

  • Study Skills for Psychology Students (2009)

  • American Dreamers: What Dreams Tell Us about the Political Psychology of Conservatives, Liberals, and Everyone Else (2008)

  • Trauma Psychology: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness (2007)

  • Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived (2006)

  • Psychology of the Supreme Court (2006)

  • Stimulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading (2006)

  • Managing the Psychological Contract: Using the Personal Deal to Increase Business Performance (2007)

  • Research on Emotion in Organizations (2008)

  • 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insights and Inspiration from 50 Key Books (2007)

    • -Elaine Cox