Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

A safe and happy Halloween to all from the staff of TWU Libraries, including (L-R) the Eleventh Doctor (Johnathan Wilson, Reference); the Cat (Caroline Pendleton, Circulation); the Great Pumpkin (LaMargo Branch, Interlibrary Loan); the Fourth Doctor (Andy Tucker, Reference); and the Princess Bunny (Brita Stewart, Interlibrary Loan) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.   
~Sandy Cochran

A Halloween-Hurricane Hybrid

It's Halloween 2012--and this year haunted houses and scary movies aren't the only things sending a chill up our collective spinesAn enormous stretch of the U.S. is living through the aftermath of Frankenstorm, one of the largest storms in our history.  The superstorm's effects have, like a gargantuan game of dominoes, affected Americans across the country in numerous ways.  From cancelled flights, events and classes to downed powerlines, buildings and databases--Hurricane Sandy reminds us how truly interconnected we are.

To celebrate Halloween--while remembering those in real-life frightening circumstances--we present the following.  A Halloween-Hurricane hybrid, if you will.


On Halloween (Wednesday, 10/31/12) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Underground Cafeteria on the lower level of the Student Union will be offering a Halloween Lunch Special.

Also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/31/12 the Blagg-Huey Library will be participating in Texas Library Snapshot Day.  We'll be giving away candy and you can help by filling out a brief survey.  Try your hand at Jack O'Lantern Jeopardy--and did I mention there will be candy?  The stats you help us collect will be used to promote Texas libraries--and we all love Texas libraries.

Note:  Many of the following are available on Halloween and through the following weekend.

*  In Dallas it's not too late to have your wits scared out of you at a local haunted house.
*  In Denton take a Denton Haunts Ghost Tour.
*  In Houston check out a Halloween party or haunted house.
*  The folks at have a webpage brimming with Halloween recipes, safety tips, trivia and more.
*  For a Halloween/Election Day smashup see A Brief History of Political Halloween Masks from Mental Floss.

*  Learn 25 Fun Size Facts about Classic Halloween Candy.
Listen to Halloween tunes on Pandora or to the Top 10 Halloween songs on Top 100s Radio.  Did you know The Monster Mash turned 50 this year?

FEMA has an office in Denton that processes disaster assistance requests from across the country.
See the StormCentral 2012 page of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 
how to help--and how hurricanes get their names.

Happy Halloween!

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Elementary: The Sherlock Homies are Winners

Got It!:  The Blagg-Huey Library's Sherlock Homies compete in the 2012 SECC Charity Ball in Pioneer Hall on the Denton campus of TWU.  October 24, 2012.  Photo by Brita Stewart.
Go, Team!:  The Blagg-Huey Library's Sherlock Homies huddle
during the 2012 SECC Charity Ball in Pioneer Hall on the Denton
campus of TWU.  October 24, 2012.  Photo by Brita Stewart.
Using digs instead of deduction; sets instead of disguises; and serves instead of forensic science skills, the Sherlock Homies--the Blagg-Huey Library's entry in the 2012 TWU SECC Charity Ball/Volleyball Tournament--did its namesake, the library and the Denton campus proud.

Like the famous fictional detective created by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Sherlock Homies marshalled their skills to address the situation at hand.  All in the name of giving, Sherlock Homies teammates and library staff members Ryan Becker, Greg Hardin, Robert Hargenrater, Amber Hippard, Erik Martin, Caroline Pendleton, Caitlin Rodgers and Johnathan Wilson practiced, competed and ultimately were awarded a trophy for most points scored.  The Sherlock Homies were supported and cheered to victory by their library colleagues Sherilyn Bird, LaMargo Branch, Mickey Dudley-Russell, Kelly Evans, Lisa Galletta, Jimmie Lyn Harris, Kimberly Johnson, Connie Maxwell, Annita Owens, Kris Reed, David Schuster, Brita Stewart, Roy Lynn Tardif and Ursula Williams.

Part of the SECC (State Employee Charitable Campaign)--an annual workplace giving campaign--the Charity Ball and a Basket Auction, Chancellor's Luncheon, Pie Bake-Off and other events help TWU and the SECC raise tens of thousands of dollars annually for a wide variety of local, national and global health and human services. 

The 2012 TWU SECC campaign runs through October 31st. 

~Sandy Cochran; photos by Brita Stewart

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's That Time of Year: What's Your Flu I.Q.?


Do you know everything you need to know about seasonal influenza, aka the flu?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to help you find out.  Test your flu IQ with a short quiz from the CDC, then see their seasonal influenza webpage to brush up on the basics about flu prevention, vaccinations and more.

Stay healthy, everybody.

~Elaine Cox

Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Nobel Laureates' Most-Cited Articles

Nobel Laureates receive a gold medal, a diploma and (as of 2012)
8 million Swedish krona (roughly 1.2 million U.S. dollars.)  Wikipedia
Congratulations to the 2012 Nobel Laureates in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences.  In recognition of these scholars and their revolutionary research, publisher Elsevier is providing free access to their most-cited research published in Elsevier journals.

See the attached list of articles--with links to the full text--by Nobel Laureates Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka (2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine); Serge Haroche and David Wineland (2012 Nobel Prize in Physics); Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka (2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry); and Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley (2012 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.)

~Stephany Compton

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Something to Think About

Do you know your rights about what you write?

The image at left--from Do You Know Your Rights About What You Write? Understanding Authors' Rights and Open Access from the University of Arkansas Libraries--succinctly conveys the state of scholarly publishing today. Interested readers can find a short discussion of the solution; how to achieve Open Access (OA); and who and what benefits from OA in Do You Know Your Rights' concise one-page summation.

Something to think about during Open Access Week--and beyond.

~Suzanne Sweeney

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Open Access Week: Learn. Share. Advance.

Open Access (OA) Week (October 22-28, 2012) is a global event now entering its sixth yearIt is an opportunity for the academic and research communities to 1) learn--or continue to learn--about the benefits of Open Access; 2) share that knowledge with colleagues; and 3) help inspire wider participation in Open Access--all toward the goals of appreciating OA as an advance in scholarship and research and adopting it as a new norm.

The following is adapted from
A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber and is the first in a series of posts this blog will feature in conjunction with Open Access Week.

What is Open Access?
  Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder.  OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.  Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.  OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally-published literature. Free access is usually possible because authors self-archive their scholarly material or provide access to it through an institutional repository. Some high-impact journals such as the Public Library of Science titles (e.g., PLoS Biology and PloS Medicine) provide articles free of charge while others (such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) offer articles free of charge after a 6-month embargo period.  The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than charging readers and creating access barriers.
What are the benefits of Open Access?  OA has the potential to maximize research investments; increase the exposure and use of published research; facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature; and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.

Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students and members of the general public are supporting a move towards OA in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for members of the academic community to educate themselves about OA and to take action to keep the Open Access momentum moving forward.

Stay tuned.

~Suzanne Sweeney

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Election and Healthcare

With Election 2012 drawing to a close, nonpartisan information on the issues of the day--such as healthcare--helps us become better-informed citizens and voters as we head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th.

The thorough Obamacare: A Nonpartisan Review of What It Is and What It Is Not, one of the Election 2012 resources available through, took an excess of 500 hours to complete and features 62 questions on multiple aspects of the controversial health care plan.  Will Obamacare raise any federal taxes?  Under Obamacare can insurance companies cancel coverage if a person gets sick?  Does Obamacare fund abortion services for cases other than rape, incest or to save the life of the mother?  These questions and more are asked and answered.

Obamacare: A Nonpartisan Review of What It Is and What It Is Not is available at
~Sandy Cochran and Connie Maxwell

Friday, October 19, 2012

Election 2012: Decision Time

Election 2012 is fast approaching and many Americans haven't decided which presidential candidate they'll vote for.

At (the website of the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public charity) a 2012 Presidential Candidates Quiz can help you discover (or confirm) which candidate's views are most like your own. 

Whether for fun or as a serious exercise, answering a field of questions on an array of topics (including China, the economy, the death penalty, healthcare and more) lets you objectively measure your views against those of the candidates for our next president.  As you enter your answers a moving scale lets you see how closely you see eye-to-eye with each of the people at the top of November's ballot.

Enjoy--and whatever you decide, see you at the polls on Tuesday, November 6th.

~Sandy Cochran and Connie Maxwell  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Librarian in the Kitchen with a Rolling Pin

Bringing Home the Prize: Reference Librarian Johnathan Wilson on the
front steps of the Blagg-Huey Library with the award he garnered for
his entry--
Laura's Sticky Toffee Pudding Apple Pie--in the 2012
TWU SECC Pie Bake-Off.  October 17, 2012. 
They provide research assistance, they teach, . . . they bake?

TWU Libraries Reference Librarians are adept at doing research, teaching, and assisting students, faculty members and other library patrons in a myriad of other ways.  One reference librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus can now add award-winning baker to his resume.

Reference Librarian Johnathan Wilson's Laura's Sticky Toffee Pudding Apple Pie won first place in the Best Fruit-Filled Pie category of the 2012 TWU SECC Pie Bake-Off.  Quick to point out that the original recipe is another's, Johnathan nonetheless deserves full credit for making every delicious bit of the winning entry from scratch (and has graciously agreed to share the recipe

Johnathan's reputation as a baker is now firmly established.  A past bake-off winner, a Laura's Sticky Toffee Pudding Apple Pie he made was auctioned off for a winning bid of $125.  All auction proceeds benefit the SECC.

SECC (State Employee Charitable Campaign) is an annual workplace giving campaign.  Proceeds from the Pie Bake-Off and a Basket Auction, Volleyball Game, Chancellor's Luncheon and other events help TWU and the SECC raise tens of thousands of dollars annually for a wide variety of local, national and global health and human services.  The 2012 TWU SECC campaign runs through October 31st.
~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Knowledge is Power in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month display in the lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink, it seems, is everywhere.

If knowledge is power, TWU Libraries want to do their part in helping you become as powerful as possible when it comes to the disease that will be diagnosed in almost 12% of American women.

The Subject Guide  TWU Libraries Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris has compiled a Breast Cancer Awareness Month Subject Guide--similar to other Subject Guides the TWU Libraries website features--brimming with information about this disease.  With links to websites, videos, ebooks, books in print and reference materials--and featuring statistics and a symptom list--the TWU Libraries Breast Cancer Awareness Month Subject Guide is a virtual hub of information for anyone, male or female, who wants to educate themselves about breast cancer.  Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month ends on October 31st, the subject guide is available 24/7 year-round.

The Display  A display featuring books, handouts, bookmarks and pink ribbons is in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Books displayed are available for checkout.

The Search Engine
  TWUniversal Search stands at the ready 24/7 for research on breast cancer or any other topic.

The D
atabases  Databases suggested for research on health topics, including breast cancer, are listed on TWU Libraries' Health Studies Subject Guide.

The Health Sciences Librarians 
TWU Libraries Health Sciences Librarians on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses are available to take questions and provide research assistance.  Contact Elaine Cox in Denton; Eula Oliphant or Shelly Burns in Dallas; or Marilyn Goff in Houston. 

Wear your pink ribbon and investigate the breast cancer resources available to you through TWU Libraries.  Let us help you become more knowledgeable--and powerful--in the fight against this disease.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, October 12, 2012

600+ New Classical Music Streaming Audio Titles

By artists from Bach to Mozart to Tchaikovsky and many others, TWU Libraries now provide access to an extraordinary 615 new Classical Music Library streaming audio titles.  See the attached title list, click on the link next to a piece that interests you and enjoy.  All titles are also accessible via TWUniversal Search.

I can hear the orchestra warming up now . . .

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Author Naomi Shihab Nye Wins 2013 NSK Prize

Naomi Shihab Nye, author and/or editor of more than thirty-three volumes, has been named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. The NSK Prize is a $25,000 juried award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today (WLT.)  Photo of Ms. Nye courtesy of the Poetry Foundation.

At the 2012
Neustadt Festival banquet, WLT executive director R.C. Davis-Undiano said, “with her powerful vision and high-quality poetry, fiction and young-adult literature, Ms. Nye may be one of the most complete and accomplished writers in the world.”

In her nominating statement, Ibtisam Barakat, the juror who championed Nye for the award wrote, “Naomi’s incandescent humanity and voice can change the world, or someone’s world, by taking a position not one word less beautiful than an exquisite poem.” She goes on to commend Nye's work.  “Naomi’s poetry masterfully blends music, images, colors, languages and insights into poems that ache like a shore pacing in ebb and flow, expecting the arrival of meaning."

Many of Ms. Nye's works can be found in the collections of TWU Libraries, including Habibi
and eighteen other works of children's literature in the Children's Collection on the ground level of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

The 2012 Neustadt Festival was a celebration of Indian culture and the works of 2012 Neustadt Prize laureate Rohinton Mistry.  Photos from opening night and CultureQuest as well as from the
documentary film screening, panel discussions, and performances of scenes from Tamasha's adaptation of Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance
are available on the WLT blog.

~Stephany Compton

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Encore: A Forum for a 21st-Century Academic Community

If you were in the audience for the Texas Woman's University library forum in September, you know what an engrossing and thought-provoking event it was.  Delving into scholarly publishing, intellectual property and copyright law, online scholarly resources, the changing roles of libraries and information professionals, electronic archives for faculty research--and other topics critical to a 21st-century academic community in today's rapidly-changing digital environment--distinguished speakers from UCLA, Cornell University, Duke University and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities delivered talks that thoroughly engaged the audience and sparked conversation during and after the event.

If you missed Transforming Library Services: Library/Faculty Partnerships for 21st Century Scholarship and Research--or wish to see an encore performance--a videotaped version is now available via the TWU Libraries homepage at

The times--and universities and libraries--they are a-changin'.  In these days of fiscal challenges, ever-evolving technology and changing public perception of the value of higher education, the time is now to consider anew what we do and how we do it.


~Sandy Cochran

Monday, October 8, 2012

Link Repaired: September's New Titles

If you've tried to access our newest titles from the post entitled September's New Titles and noticed the link to the 284 titles we added to our collections last month took you . . . well, nowhere--that link has been repaired, so browse away.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

~Sandy Cochran

Database 411

Searching databases can be a daunting task.  While many of the databases available through TWU Libraries function in a similar manner, a majority of them have completely different interfaces.

To make database use less daunting and more productive, TWU Libraries offer Database Descriptions
(to get an idea of database content) and Database Help Guides (to learn how to use databases)--both available via TWU Libraries' Databases A-Z List (accessible from the TWU Libraries homepage under Research.)

Scanning Database Descriptions can be a good way to evaluate whether or not a database (or databases) will be useful for your research and studies.  Database Help Guides go even further, offering tutorials or step-by-step instructions for a majority of the databases TWU Libraries provide access to.

If after using these resources you still have trouble using a database, try finding a tutorial located in the database itself.  Tutorials are useful, customized tools that teach the basics of using a particular database; oftentimes a link for one is located on a database’s navigation bar or under Help.  For example, the tutorial for the database Berg Fashion Library is called Take a Tour and is accessible directly from Berg's navigation bar.  Help sections can be very useful when you know the database you need and simply want searching tips.

Using database descriptions and tutorials are well worth the small investment of time they require.  Both can save time and frustration in the long run as you learn how to use databases more effectively.

~Amy Blackburn

Friday, October 5, 2012

September's New Titles

Welcome to all students and faculty members new to TWU this year!

TWU Libraries are here to aid you in your academic and professional endeavors. We are constantly adding new resources to our collections, and you are welcome and encouraged to make suggestions. You can make a request by filling out a book or media purchase form which will be reviewed and carefully considered for purchase by the library.

Attached is a list of 284 titles recently acquired by TWU Libraries. Subjects and formats included are extremely varied, with materials ranging from nursing DVDs to children’s books.  Please browse through the list to see if there is a recent acquisition that might help you in your studies or provide a much-needed distraction after the stress of too many hours preparing for exams.

Good luck to all students and faculty members, new and returning.  TWU Libraries wishes you the best in all your undertakings throughout this new academic year!

~Aubrey James

Thursday, October 4, 2012


September 30th thru October 6th, 2012 is Banned Books Week (BBW).  To celebrate it and our inalienable right to read what we please, thank you very much--allow us to present the following cornucopia of assorted literary wonderment from around the web.  A veritable bookanalia, as it were, of bits and bytes for book lovers (and censorship slayers) everywhere.  Pace yourself.

The Bane of Banned Books
by Bill Moyers, honorary co-chair of Banned Books Week 2012.

A Banned Books Week display is available for viewing in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.

Once a week from our friends at Mental Floss, their "At the Libraries" series provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors and books.  Their archives contain every issue so you can catch up on what you've missed.  From the latest, this amazing book art:

Pinterest has enough banned books boards to keep any book lover busy for quite some time.

Utne Reader is just plain fun to read, but their bookmarked (with excerpts from new books) and book review series are particularly suited to the bibliophiles among us.

Rock Banned: Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of BBW and our Freedom to Read

Read something.  TWU Libraries
has a wealth of reading material in its collections, both scholarly and for pleasure.  Use TWUniversal Search to find what you're looking for, or ask any library staff member for assistance.  We are always happy to help you.

Happy reading.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Voter Registration Deadline Nears

So you want to vote in the election, but haven’t registered to vote yet?  No worries—you still have some time to submit your voter registration application.  If you plan to vote in the November general election but haven’t registered to vote yet, will guide you through the application process.

Not sure if you’re eligible to vote in Texas?  The Texas Secretary of State’s website provides a list of criteria for registering to vote in the Lone Star State.

In order to be eligible to vote in the general election, unregistered Texas voters must mail their voter registration applications to their County Voter Registrar by Tuesday, October 9th, 2012.  No stamps?  No problem—no postage is required.

The general election takes place on November 6th. If you’re a Texas resident who dreads the thought of waiting in line, you’re in luck: you can vote early from October 22nd through November 2nd.

See you at the polls!

~Caroline Pendleton

Monday, October 1, 2012

Five and Twenty-Two: How Sweet is That?

Five minutes.  22 questions.

Whether you're affiliated with the Denton, Dallas or Houston campus, that's all it takes to have your say about a vital component of Texas Woman's University--TWU Libraries.

Are you happy with the service you receive from the TWU library you frequent--whether in person, by phone or online?  Have an idea or two--or more--you'd like to express?  From the libraries homepage--or directly at minutes of your time will provide TWU Libraries with valuable information only you can share regarding the service you receive--and want--from us.

And that optional 23rd question?  Let us know how to reach you by email and you'll be entered into a drawing for a candy gift basket.

Having your say, helping out--and a chance to win candy.  How sweet is that?

~Sandy Cochran