Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Library Doing What It Does for Japan

Providing Information Access When and Where It's Needed Most

A man walks past burning debris in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi prefecture, April 23, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many people's first instinct was to ask "how can I help?". Governments, agencies, medical personnel, private citizens--and libraries--all sprang into action, contributing aid in whatever form they could.

The helping hand proffered by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and collaborating publishers materialized in the form of what they provide best--information access.

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), provided on humanitarian grounds through the generosity of the NLM and participating publishers and activated shortly after the devastation struck Japan, is supporting medical efforts there by providing temporary full-text access to information sources for emergency responders and libraries impacted by the disaster.

By serving as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for affected libraries and for those directly assisting the affected population, the NLM and participating publishers are doing what they do best--when and where it's needed most.

By: Marilyn Goff and Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Coffee Break Time is Back

Library to Host Coffee Breaks During Finals Week

The Blagg-Huey Library is continuing its tradition of hosting coffee breaks for
finals-weary students.

Twice each evening from Sunday, May 8th through Wednesday, May 11th (at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) students can get a break from their studies along with a cup of coffee and snack in the library's lecture hall (near the front entrance). Bottled water and fresh fruit will also be available, courtesy of Student Life. All refreshments are complimentary.

During the breaks, students can have their pictures taken behind beach-themed cutouts. These pictures, in addition to providing a bit of play during a stressful time, will be featured on the TWU Libraries Facebook page.

By: Sandy Cochran

A Children's Celebration of Mexican Heritage

A Child-Friendly Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day, is observed in the U.S. every May 5th as a nationwide celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

The Children's Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is commemorating the holiday in a child-friendly way by showcasing works from the collection about Cinco de Mayo, Mexico and Mexican culture.

Also available for the young--and the young at heart--are themed flyers featuring puzzles, fun facts about Cinco de Mayo and Mexican culture, and directions to make your own mini maracas.

As always, patrons are welcome to visit the collection on the Garden Level any time during Children's Collection hours.

By: Sandy Cochran and Caitlin Rodgers