Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hats Off to Mona Ross

Library Exhibit Honors Famed Dallas Milliner

The Woman's Collection of TWU proudly presents a fashion retrospective of the 1930s and 1940s in a charming exhibit featuring a collection of 28 hats, each cataloged with instructions for wearing, by famed Dallas milliner Mona Ross.

Mona Ross was the owner of one of the first millinery shops in Dallas. She designed and created, on request, many hats for individuals and special occasions throughout the Dallas area. When she executed these custom designs, she also made a miniature version of each one. Upon her death, this collection of miniature hats came into the possession of Margaret Guy, Dallas County Home Extension Agent, who in turn donated the collection to Texas Woman's University in the late 1970s in order that it might be properly preserved and displayed.

The hats are on display, for a limited time, in the TWU Woman's Collection on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. The exhibit is available for viewing during
regular library hours and is free and open to the public.

Contributors: TWU Libraries Woman's Collection Staff and Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Library Workshops Spring Into Action

Spring 2011 Library Training Workshops Now Available

A new semester is in full swing, and once again the TWU Libraries are offering library training workshops to provide hands-on instruction to all interested TWU students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited, so make your reservations today.

These workshops are designed to provide information about library resources and search skills, so that research may be conducted in a more effective and scholarly manner. The workshops are generally small in size, which allows them to be geared toward participants' individual research needs and disciplines.

To attend a workshop at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, you must register at least 24 hours in advance by contacting Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris at or 940-898-3740. Jimmie also welcomes individual and group appointments.

Find Articles: Exploring the Databases
These workshops demonstrate how to use 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.

Thursday, February 3 (11 a.m. to Noon)
Monday, February 21 (Noon to 1 p.m.)

Need help citing your papers? APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian style manuals seem like a jungle? Discover the wonders of 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 internet access. RefWorks can import citations from library databases and other bibliography programs such as Endnote and Reference Manager.

Wednesday, February 9 (Noon to 1 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 22 (11 a.m. to Noon)

Workshops available by appointment. For more information, contact Librarian Eula Oliphant at or 214-689-6580.

Workshops available by appointment. For more information, contact Librarian Shelly Burns at or 214-706-2390.

To attend a workshop on the Houston campus, you must register by using the Houston ARC Workshop Form or by contacting Librarian Marilyn Goff at or 713-794-2481.

Comprehensive Workshop
Tailored to the information needs of each attendee, each workshop is different, providing information-retrieval training based on the resources available to Houston TWU students, faculty and staff. Instruction incorporates database and other resource selection; effective searching techniques (for novice to advanced levels); use of bibliographic, writing and style guide resources for evidence-based health sciences; and other topic resources on the internet and in resource libraries, all to advance library research skill competencies for all levels--undergraduate student to cutting-edge researcher.

Friday, February 4 (11 a.m. to Noon)
Wednesday, February 16 (11 a.m. to Noon)
Thursday, March 3 (11 a.m. to Noon)

Contributor: Jimmie Lyn Harris

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Little Literary Laugh

"Outside of a dog, books are a man's best friend.

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

Groucho Marx

Friday, January 21, 2011

Off the E-Shelf: Suggested E-books in Computer Science

Greg Hardin, Subject Specialist in Computer Science, suggests e-book titles below for Computer Science 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
Computer Science Subject LibGuide (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Computer Science).

Mr. Hardin is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions. Reach him at 940/898-3712 or

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

Fundamentals of Cryptology: A Professional Reference and Interactive Tutorial Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
The protection of sensitive information against unauthorized access or fraudulent changes has been of prime concern throughout the centuries. Modern communication techniques, using computers connected through networks, make all data even more vulnerable for these threats. Also, new issues have come up that were not relevant before, e.g. how to add a (digital) signature to an electronic document in such a way that the signer can not deny later on that the document was signed by him/her. Cryptology addresses the above issues. It is at the foundation of all information security. From the Preface.

Storage Networks: The Complete Reference by Robert Spalding
Keep tabs on the vast array of storage network technologies, including SAN, NAS, Fibre Channel, file systems, virtualization, database storage, and snapshots. Plus, discover emerging technology standards such as iSCSI, InfiniBand, and storage provisioning. A profoundly useful resource for troubleshooting and coping with legacy issues such as interoperability and storage resource management. From Amazon.

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction by William Sims Bainbridge
The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction is the first reference resource designed to meet the needs of researchers and scientists as well as students, business and marketing professionals, and interested non-experts. It allows the reader to explore what's going on inside leading research labs and technology corporations, enabling us to understand the products and processes shaping the world we live in. Expert-written articles are accompanied by lively sidebars and a popular culture database of more than 300 novels, television shows, and movies. Human-Computer Interaction--known as HCI--is a fast-growing field that draws upon several branches of social, behavioral, and information science, as well as medicine, computer science, and electrical engineering. It is the study of how we communicate with--and through--computers, robots, information systems, and the Internet. From Google Books.

Contributor: Sandy Cochran

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Library Tutorials Meet the Convenience of Blackboard

Tutorial Test Results Can Now Bypass E-Mail and Go Straight to Blackboard

There is a time and place for e-mail, but certain processes function better without it. This concept is now being applied to test results for online library tutorials.

The TWU Libraries offer a set of online tutorials (Avoiding Plagiarism, Understanding Information Sources, Finding Books and Journal Articles, The Internet for College Students and RefWorks) designed to help students avoid plagiarism, improve their research skills, use the internet to locate reliable information, and cite their work. Each tutorial features a test at the end which is automatically scored when answers are submitted. The test results are e-mailed to the student, who has the option of also having his or her score e-mailed to the instructor. Instructors are then faced with the task of opening and viewing individual e-mails to view and assess their students' test results.

A mechanism is now in place which allows students to upload their test results to Blackboard, affording instructors the convenience of being able to view all their students' scores in one centralized location.

The process is a simple one. Instructions to upload test results to Blackboard are included with each test. If a professor wants his or her students to do this, they are asked not to use their professor's e-mail address in the designated area. Instead, after submitting their answers, they will see instructions on how to save and upload their results. This is a simple matter of selecting and copying the test result text, opening a word document, and saving the results. The student then logs in to Blackboard and follows the professor's instructions for submitting their results.

Using the upload-to-Blackboard feature streamlines the library tutorial test result process for faculty, allowing them to view and evaluate students' tutorial test results with the centralization and convenience that Blackboard affords.

Contributers: Brandy Klug and Sandy Cochran