Thursday, April 21, 2011

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue

It's Poetry Month at TWU

Who's your favorite poet? Do you have a favorite poem?

To some, poetry is too serious--but poetry can actually be quite entertaining (and, in fact, laugh-out-loud funny).

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, the Children's Collection (on the Garden Level of the Blagg-Huey Library) currently has on display works--in print and media form--of many popular children's poets (including "Overdues" author Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Brod Bagert, Lewis Carroll and many more).

National Poetry Month is a month-long national celebration of poetry, established by the Academy of American Poets and held every April. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide a
esthetic range and concern. From Poets.org.

For your reading and rhyming pleasure, may we also suggest
30 Ways to Celebrate, 2011 Book Spine Poem Gallery, Library of Congress: Poetry, Poems for Every Occasion--and for all things poetry, Poets.org (featuring a mobile poetry collection with iPhone app).

Happy reading.

By: Jimmie Harris

Pretty in Watermelon Pink

Homecoming Displays Offer Glimpse of Days Gone By

A variety of memorabilia from the University Archives is on display in the first-floor lobby and living room of the Blagg-Huey Library--including photos, uniforms, dresses and more. Curated by Women's Collection staff in conjunction with Homecoming 2011, these mementos provide a glimpse of TWU campus life--and the fashion and hairstyles--of bygone days.

One of the more eye-catching items on display is this evening gown donated to the Women's Collection in 2005 by Sue Percifield Ball, TWU alumna. Ms. Ball, class of 1960, was a participant in the Redbud Festival for two years and represented TWU at Southern Methodist University's Manada and Rice University's Rondelet. The full, floor-length, soft tulle evening gown in watermelon pink was purchased at Nieman Marcus in Dallas as a present from Ms. Ball's grandparents.

The gown and numerous other items from the University Archives are on display for a limited time, and are available for viewing during regular library hours.

By: Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

User Max Increases for Popular Biography Database

More Simultaneous Users Can Access Marquis Who's Who on the Web

Marquis Who’s Who believes the men and women around the globe whose achievements influence the people of today are worthy of permanent record, and is proud to provide their biographical information for public record and for posterity. From the Marquis Who's Who website.

The popular Marquis Who's Who on the Web, a biography database accessible from the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Databases A-Z List/M, has the capability of allowing for targeted searches of people based on a variety of criteria--name, occupation, gender, education, geographic location and more.

Finding information on Marquis Who’s Who on the Web, which features over 1.4 million biographies and daily updates, has become even easier. In a move which reflects the database's growing popularity, the number of simultaneous TWU users who can access this database has been increased to five (from two).

Who's Who--now easier than ever to found out what's what.

By: Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Steppin' It Up at the Health Fair

TWU Libraries at the 10th Annual Community Health Fair

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 TWU Libraries participated in the 10th annual Well Wednesday Community Health Fair hosted by Texas Woman's University. With a mission of providing health and wellness information in a fun, interactive environment, the event provided TWU Libraries and many others the opportunity to reach out to TWU and Denton community members with information they can use to live healthier lives.

The steadily busy library table featured laptops displaying Anatomy.tv (which provides detailed and interactive 3D models of the human anatomy, and is available via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research Resources/Databases A-Z List/A) and MedlinePlus (a user-friendly consumer health website from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health).

Also popular was a handout prepared by Librarians Jimmie Harris and Elaine Cox, featuring list upon list of health resources--from books to databases to internet resources and more. "The library is really steppin' it up", observed one student.

The free event featured information from 45 organizations and TWU departments, among them Denton County Friends of the Family, Seniors in Motion, the Denton County Health Department, Denton County WIC, The Family Resource Center of North Texas, Paws Across Texas and more. TWU departments taking part included the Institute of Women’s Health Exercise and Sports Nutrition Clinic, Fitness and Recreation, the Department of Public Safety, Wellness Connections, the Nutrition and Food Sciences Graduate Club and fair sponsor TWU Student Health Services.

The libraries, gratified and inspired by the positive feedback we received, look forward to next year's health fair and the chance to inspire even more campus and community members to educate themselves about--and adopt--healthy lifestyle choices.

By Jimmie Harris and Sandy Cochran