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 eoliphant@mail.twu.edu.

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