Friday, May 25, 2012

Honoring the Fallen: Memorial Day 2012

Arlington National Cemetary. Photos right and below courtesy of

1. Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, from the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. Federal law declared 'Memorial Day' the official name in 1967.

2. Memorial Day was a response to the casualties on both sides of the Civil War.

3. It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.

4. In 2000 Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day in an act of national unity.

The Wall by Eve Bunting
Heroes Don't Run by Harry Mazer
The Journal of James Edmond Pease, a Civil War Union Soldier by Jim Murphy
Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II by Amy Nathan

Count On Us: American Women in the Military by Amy Nathan


Take to the Skies AirFest
Saturday, May 26th & Sunday, May 27th
Mesquite Metro Airport, 1340 Airport Blvd., Mesquite, Texas

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Memorial Day Concert and Fireworks Display at Flagpole Hill
Monday, May 28th, 8:00 p.m.
8007 Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas

For information on how to support the troops, the history of Memorial Day, American recipes, and Memorial Day Weekend safety tips, visit

TWU Libraries are closed for the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th to May 28th) and will
reopen on Tuesday, May 29th.

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

--Lisa Galletta and Grace Smart

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Eva Poole Goes to Washington

An accomplished librarian with strong ties to the Denton and TWU communities is headed for D.C.

Eva Poole (left), longtime director of the
Denton Public Library, will become chief of staff for the District of Columbia Public Library effective July 2nd, 2012. Photo courtesy of

Eva's ties to Denton and TWU run deep. She earned both her degrees--a Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and a Master's in library science in 1976--from
Texas Woman's University. After working in Houston she became the Denton Public Library's library services manager in 1990. Three years later she was appointed Director of Libraries for the city.

Eva's leadership credentials are equally substantial. She was a member of
the 1994 inaugural class of the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute (an arm of the Texas Library Association which provides advanced library leadership and management education). Under her command the South and North branches of the Denton Public Library were built in 1995 and 2003; Eva also supervised the renovations of the Emily Fowler Central Library in 2005 and the South Branch Library in 2010. “I am most proud of the new buildings and the renovations,” she has said. Denton Record Chronicle. May 14, 2012.

Eva has been the recipient of numerous awards--including Municipal Librarian of the Year from the Municipal Library Directors Association in 1998 and Outstanding Library Director from the North Texas Regional Library System in 2009--and her record of service to the community and librarian profession is extensive. She was
elected the 2012-2013 president of the Public Library Association; her one-year term begins in June, 2012.

After 22 years of exemplary service to the city of Denton, Texas, Eva Poole's last day with the city will be June 28th, 2012.

We wish her well.

--Stephany Compton

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Librarian Marilyn Goff Named Recipient of Outstanding Mentor Redbud Award

Texas Woman's University Libraries are pleased and proud to announce that Medical Librarian Marilyn Goff (left) with the TWU Institute of Health Sciences Houston Center Academic Resource Center (ARC) has been named the recipient of the 2011-12 Outstanding Mentor Redbud Award in recognition of her many contributions to the TWU Houston Community. As a tribute to her efforts, the Office of Student Life presented Marilyn with a framed certificate and a beautiful red rose.

Reflecting on this past year, we are moved with the significant contributions you have made to the TWU Houston Community. Students, faculty and staff commend your accomplishments, applaud your dedication, have been excited with your vision, are stirred by your commitment to service, and genuinely are touched with the heart and warmth you invest in every encounter. We are grateful for the new life that you have breathed into projects and relationships, which in turn has awakened potential in others. Thank you for the wonderful gift of self that you have shared with and instilled in us at Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences Houston Center. From the 2011-12 Outstanding Mentor Redbud Award presented to TWU Medical Librarian Marilyn Goff.

From all of us with TWU Libraries, Marilyn, congratulations--and thank you for all that you do.

--Sandy Cochran

Friday, May 18, 2012

Red Velvet Research

Just in Time for Summer: Blue Bell Delivers a Surprise with Red Velvet Cake

Never let it be said that TWU Libraries staff members don't know how to conduct cutting-edge research.

Under the category of "it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it", your TWU Libraries Blue Bell Busters (B3) team has been on the front lines of flavor this summer--doing the research, for your benefit.

B3 recently taste-tested Blue Bell’s latest summer flavor, Red Velvet Cake. This ice cream features a combination of cream cheese and bits of red velvet cake, swirled in a creamy vanilla base.

Biting into the actual cake took some of the
team by surprise. UW exclaimed, “Hey, I love the surprise texture!", while M quietly added, “Delicious! The bits of cake in the ice cream were a really nice surprise." LH and RLT got feisty as one claimed “Tastes good--not like red velvet, but good” and the other retorted, “It’s very yummy and tastes just like red velvet cake.” The research ended on a strong note as AH exclaimed she loved the flavor and had added it to her list of favorites, and RB joyously commented, “Excellent! This is the long-lost Blue Bell flavor!”

Stay tuned. The team will be doing more selfless research in the near future and will be sharing our findings right here.

You're welcome.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Objects of Our Affection: What's Your Word Crush?

Crushes are personal. They're emotional and unique to the individual, as well as idiosyncratic--one person's crush may very well leave another cold. Crushes make us smile and yearn to be near the object of our affection. An encounter with a crush--however fleeting--makes a day that much better.

Just as there are many reasons people develop crushes on others, there are many of us with at least one word crush--an affinity for a particular word--because of its meaning; the way it rolls or trips off the tongue; a mental image the word elicits; an association it provides; a memory it evokes; an emotion it brings forth--or all or none of these reasons. We like to use our word crushes in print (which, I'll confess, explains the use of the superfluous idiosyncratic in the first paragraph); we like to say them aloud; we like to read them; we like to hear them spoken. An encounter with a word crush--however fleeting--can make one's experience with a sentence or paragraph, page or post that much better.

As a sequel to Words We Love to Hate and inspired by
People Who Love Words Hate Words by Lucy Ferriss, staff members of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU set out to discover their patrons' word crushes. Visitors to the library were asked to reveal the words they adore, appreciate, care for or hold dear--for whatever reason. The graphic above reveals the results.

Whether you're smitten with smitten; believe in believe; see the beauty in beauty; or just have it bad for hope--here's hoping you have a word crush or two of your own.

--Elaine Cox

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Every 40 Seconds: Facing the Facts About Stroke, Hypertension and You

Stroke and hypertension are not someone else's concerns. They're mine, and yours, and everyone's. Photo source: Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Blood Pressure from the World
Hypertension League.

FACT 1 In the time it takes to read this post, another American (every 40 seconds on average) will have a stroke. Stroke is the fourth-highest cause of death--and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability--in America.

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer due to its lack of symptoms, and can be deadly without treatment.

According to the American Heart Association, 93% of people do not think of stroke as a major health concern.

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. World Hypertension Day is Thursday, May 17, 2012. There's no better time than now to face the facts--stroke and hypertension are not insignificant, and they are not someone else's concerns. They're mine, and yours, and everyone's.

Did you know that managing your blood pressure is the most important thing you can do to help reduce your chances of suffering a stroke?
The American Heart Association. Know your risk of developing high blood pressure, and take appropriate action. The American Heart Association offers a list of the top contributing factors to high blood pressure (including recommendations for reducing your chances of suffering a stroke) plus related multimedia and frequently requested resources.
There are many other ways to educate yourself about stroke, hypertension and heart disease. Among them:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention podcast Heart Disease and Stroke in Women, which includes steps to prevent these conditions. Transcripts are available.

The Health Studies Subject Guide from TWU Libraries, featuring numerous links to articles, books and websites you can use to increase your health knowledge.

Resources provided by the National Stroke Association--including information on stroke prevention, signs & symptoms and recovery.

Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Blood Pressure from the World Hypertension League.

Facts, as worrisome as they can be, are not to be feared--they are to be faced.

Good health to all.

--Stephany Compton

Friday, May 11, 2012

Words We Love to Hate

They annoy, bother, irritate and rankle. They get on our nerves and make us cringe. It's enough to make a person scared to open a book or glance at a billboard. Words we love to hate, it seems, are all around us.

In a thought-provoking experiment inspired by a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (People Who Love Words Hate Words by Lucy Ferriss), notepads on easels were set up in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU to capture the words that TWU students, faculty and staff abhor, despise, loathe and revile--in a word, hate. Patrons were asked to write down the words they have an aversion to--with reasons if they had them.

In addition to offensive words of bigotry we'd all like to see stricken from the English language, there were some surprises in the word collection we amassed--and a few laughs. Samplings appear below and in the illustration above.


"Parking" . . . because there's never enough.

"Mammalian" . . . because it destroyed my life! Too much studying!

"Curator" . . . because I don't like the spelling or the way it's said.

"Penetration" . . . because it's gross.

"Hate" . . . because you never know what will happen, and (you may) have strong regrets.

"Illegal" . . . when used to identify an undocumented citizen.
Illegal implies something forbidden and shameful to society. Why do some people use (this) word to describe another person?! We shouldn't describe another person as being wrong or shameful to society.

"Swag" . . . because it's not a real word.

There's something appealing about spring cleaning our vocabularies. "Swag", "hate", "pimple" and worse--take them out of our idiomatic repertoire (now there's a good word) and who's going to miss them? The English language contains thousands of words--no one is likely to miss a "phlegm" here or a "pulpy" there.

Take out the words we hate, and what are we left with? Words we either don't mind or love--but that's a post for another day.

--Elaine Cox; Graphic by Greg Hardin

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Maurice Sendak: The King of Wild Things and More

Maurice Sendak, children's book author and illustrator, passed away on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012--leaving a renowned body of work (despite his protestations to the contrary to friend and fellow author William Joyce), including the classic tome Where the Wild Things Are. Photo left © Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ira Nowinski/CORBIS.

While Wild Things may be Sendak's best-known work (which would have been titled Where the Wild Horses Are were it not for
Sendak's inability to draw horses), it was far from his only accomplishment.

For more than forty years, the books
Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated nurtured children and adults alike, challenging established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times recognized Sendak's work for "bringing a new dimension to the American children's book and helping to change how people visualize childhood."

described Sendak as "indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books." Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, in 1970 Sendak became the first American illustrator to receive the international Hans Christian Andersen Award (given in recognition of his entire body of work.) That body of work also garnered Sendak the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association in 1983.

Beginning in 1952, with A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, Sendak's illustrations enhanced many texts by other writers--including Little Bear and other Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik; children's books by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Randall Jarrell; and The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm. Dear Mili, Sendak's interpretation of a newly discovered tale by Wilhelm Grimm, was published to extraordinary acclaim in 1988.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are (1963), Sendak both wrote and illustrated The Nutshell Library (1962), Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967), In the Night Kitchen (1970), Outside Over There (1981) and We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993). He also illustrated Swine Lake (1999) by James Marshall; Brundibar (2003) by Tony Kushner; Bears (2005) by Ruth Krauss; and his first pop-up book Mommy? (2006) with paper engineering by Matthew Reinhart and story by Arthur Yorinks. The TWU Libraries collections contain many of these works by Sendak and more.

Beginning in 1980 Sendak designed the sets and costumes for highly regarded productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute and Idomeneo; Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen; Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges; Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker; and Hans Krása's Brundibár.

In 1997 Sendak received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, and in 2003 he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government. Wikipedia

In a candid and revealing 2004 interview with Bill Moyers, Sendak revealed some of the early childhood memories and surprisingly dark influences behind his work. Shaped by immigrant parents and the tragedy of the Holocaust, Sendak provided frank insight into his complicated psyche and a rare window into the soul of an acclaimed artist. He also discussed how he shaped the character of Max, the mischievous main character in Where the Wild Things Are--and what Max might have been like as an adult. Illustration above right: Max, the king of all wild things, with 2 of his subjects. From Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.


Maurice Sendak--now and forever the real king of all wild things.

Let the wild rumpus go on and on and on!

--Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Arrivals: April Additions to TWU Libraries Collections

As the end of the spring semester rapidly approaches, TWU Libraries is rapidly--as always--adding books to its collections. Over 500 books spanning a variety of subjects are included in this list of new arrivals added to our collections in April 2012.

Many of these titles are relevant to different specializations. A large number are located in the Blagg-Huey Library's Browsing Collection, where library patrons can find materials to read for pleasure. The titles on the list are linked to records in TWUniversal Search, allowing for additional information to be accessed regarding their content and locations.

Take the opportunity to look through these new materials now, because even more titles will be flooding onto the shelves and into TWUniversal soon!

--Aubrey James

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chalk One Up for the Library Mobile App

Blagg-Huey Library staff members (L-R) Kat Bell, Sarah Williamson, Rebekah Betancourt
and Elaine Cox chalking it up for the TWU Library mobile app ( in front of
Pioneer Hall on the Denton campus of TWU.

Librarians Escape! Not really, but Blagg-Huey Library staff members did get out of the library on Wednesday, May 2nd. If you saw some of the library staff out around the Denton campus drawing on the ground, we haven’t gone crazy (yet!)--we were out promoting the TWU Libraries mobile page (

This time of the semester can be hectic for a lot of students, so we just wanted to remind the campus that the library is here
to help them through their finals preparation. With the TWU Libraries mobile page you can find out the library hours for the day, reserve a study room, text a librarian and more.

The TWU Libraries mobile app is a great way of getting that little extra information that you need to make your project excellent.

--Johnathan Wilson

Monday, May 7, 2012

Database Trial: The March of Time

Occasionally TWU Libraries offer temporary access to research databases to gather feedback on possible acquisition. At these times input from TWU students and faculty becomes a vital part of the libraries' decision-making process.

Through June 30th, 2012 a trial is taking place for the database The March of Time. From 1935 to 1967, American theatergoers and television watchers were witness to Time Inc.'s unique and controversial newsreel series, The March of Time®. Now, for the first time, this groundbreaking series is available in online streaming video in a single, cross-searchable collection designed specifically to meet the needs of researchers, teaching faculty and students. The newsreels have been restored to their original luster by HBO Archives, allowing viewers to experience this historic footage as audiences did in earlier decades. Searchable transcripts are included. Photo above courtesy of

Access The March of Time directly or via the TWU Libraries Database Trials page (we'd appreciate your thoughts on the Database Trial Form at the bottom of the page.)

For questions about a database or other assistance, please contact the TWU Libraries using our online Ask a Librarian form. A librarian will be happy to assist you.

We appreciate your input. Thank you.

--Sandy Cochran

Friday, May 4, 2012

Holy Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo may not be Super Bowl Sunday, when upwards of 8 million pounds (yes, that's an '8' with 6 zeroes) of guacamole are consumed in this country--but it's a safe bet it comes in a close second.

From the extensive cookbook collection of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, a couple of guacamole recipes to consider as you plan your Cinco de Mayo festivities.

The Multicultural Cookbook for Students by Lois Sinaiko Webb and Lindsay Grace Roten

Guacamole (Avocado Dip)
Avocados, often called "poor man's butter" for their creamy rich meat, make a great substitute for high-cholesterol foods such as sour cream, mayonnaise, and butter. The most popular way to eat avocados is in the avocado side dish, guacamole. The following makes 2 cups.


2 avocados, peeled, pits removed, finely chopped or mashed

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tomato, trimmed, finely chopped

1 onion, trimmed, peeled, finely chopped

Salt to taste

1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce, more or less to taste


Medium bowl, mixing spoon

1) Place avocados in mixing bowl, add lemon juice, and mix well to keep avocado from browning. Add tomato, onion, salt to taste, and red pepper sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2) Serve guacamole as an appetizer with tortillas, on shredded lettuce as a salad, or as a side dish with meat.

From It's a Long Way to Guacamole: The Tex-Mex Cookbook by Rue Judd and Ann Worley

The following serves 30. Yield: 5-1/2 to 6 cups.

12 ripe avocados, peeled
1 to 2 teaspoons ground coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Juice of 4 limes
2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 small onion, grated

Mash avocados and add the remaining ingredients. Place several avocado seeds in the guacamole to prevent browning and cover tightly.

And from my personal collection, a bonus recipe.

Sheryl's Guacamole

2 large avocados
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon chunky salsa
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Garlic salt

1) Cut avocados in half, emptying contents onto plate (save pits to put in completed dish to prevent browning)
2) Mash avocados with a fork until desired consistency; place in mixing bowl
3) Stir in mayo, salsa, and cheese
4) Add garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste


--Sandy Cochran

May the Fourth Be With You

We just missed Scurvy Awareness Day and Hug Your Cat Day, but it's not too late to celebrate Star Wars Day* (May 4th), Frog Jumping Day (May 13th) and 13 other offbeat holidays to celebrate in May, brought to you by the folks at Mental Floss. It's shaping up to be a busy month.

TWUniversal Search can help you locate Star Wars-related items in a variety of formats. Above: A
LEGO Millennium Falcon at California's LEGOLAND. Photo courtesy of

P.S. Because these things can sneak up on you, Mother's Day 2012 is Sunday, May 13th. You're welcome.

--Sandy Cochran

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Service Interruption: RefWorks

RefWorks will be unavailable from 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th through 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 6th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this service interruption may cause, and thank you for your patience.

--Brandy Klug

They're Almost Here

The coffee breaks are almost here! Starting Sunday, May 6th (thru Wednesday, May 9th) coffee breaks will be held twice each evening (at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) in the first-floor lecture hall of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Stop by for free coffee, tea, water and healthy snacks.

Coffee breaks
at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center (IHSD) Library will be held throughout the day from Monday, May 7th thru Wednesday, May 9th. Free drinks, apples and other healthy snacks will be available for students there.

Good luck with finals, everyone.

--Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Database: Ergonomics Abstracts

Database: Ergonomics Abstracts

Added: April 2012

Description: Ergonomics Abstracts (from EBSCOhost) provides indexing for eBooks, journal articles and reference works in a variety of fields--including psychology, physiology, biomechanics, job design, human-computer interaction, safety science, human engineering, medicine, occupational health, sport and transport.

Access: TWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/E/Ergonomics Abstracts

Questions: If you have any questions regarding this or any other database, the most convenient way to contact us is to use the online Ask a Librarian form. A librarian will be happy to assist you.

--Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eula Oliphant Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to TWU Libraries

TWU Libraries are pleased and proud to announce that TWU Medical Librarian Eula Oliphant (left) has been named the recipient of the first Texas Woman’s University Award for Outstanding Contribution to TWU Libraries.

Known for her dedication to her work as well as her sense of humor and infectious smile, Eula is an accomplished medical librarian in her 12th year of service at TWU.

Eula's plate is a full one. She is responsible for the daily management of staff, services and resources at the Dallas and Houston TWU Institutes of Health Sciences, and also serves as a part of the TWU Libraries Reference team.
She collaborates with other TWU librarians to develop services, select resources, plan programs, identify areas of need and opportunity, and set long-term goals for TWU Libraries. "Eula is a leader in the Reference Department at TWU," says Connie Maxwell, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Reference Services. "It is my pleasure to be her supervisor."

With all of her talents and responsibilities, Eula remains a researcher at heart. "Doing research for faculty and guiding students through the research process are what I enjoy most about my work," she says.

Please mark your calendar for the Texas Woman’s University Award for Outstanding Contribution to TWU Libraries award presentation and reception to be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU (the lecture hall is the first door on the right as you enter the building.) All members of the TWU community are invited to join in the celebration as our friend and colleague Eula Oliphant is recognized for her outstanding contribution to TWU Libraries.

From all of us, Eula, our heartiest congratulations on this well-deserved honor.

--Sandy Cochran