Wednesday, October 27, 2010

E-books

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
glehrmann@mail.twu.edu>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

E-books

Off the E-Shelf

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

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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 stucker@mail.twu.edu.

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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

E-books

Off the E-Shelf
Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists of the TWU Libraries
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SELECTIONS FROM: HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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 Sburns1@twu.edu.
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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.

Healing
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.

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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

LibGuide

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: October 2010 Bibliography & Resources

--Jimmie Lyn Harris
--Kimberly Johnson

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

E-Books

Off the E-Shelf
Suggested E-books from the Subject Specialists of the TWU Libraries
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SELECTIONS FROM: PHYSICS

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 ecox@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).

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.
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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