Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fuel for Finals: Denton Campus Coffee Breaks Scheduled

The Blagg-Huey Library and Student Life are hosting coffee breaks for
during finals week.  Graphic art by Nadia Nealy, student
assistant at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.
The traditional finals week coffee breaks, sponsored by TWU Libraries and Student Life, are on.

At the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus students can take a break from their studies twice each evening (at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) from Sunday, December 9th thru Wednesday, December 12th.  To fuel their studies coffee and tea will be provided, and
through the generosity of the Division of Student Life bottled water, fresh fruit and energy bars will also be availableAll coffee breaks will take place in the library's first-floor lecture hall (room 101)--the first door to the right as you enter the building.  All refreshments are complimentary.

"Nightmarish" photo opportunities will be available during the breaks for those who want a bit of fun.  Photos will be featured on the TWU Libraries Facebook page and on the News at TWU Libraries board on Pinterest.

We look forward to seeing you.

~Sandy Cochran

IHSD Announces Fall 2012 Coffee Break Dates

Finals week is fast approaching, and keeping with tradition the Dallas Center Library at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center (IHSD) will be hosting complimentary coffee breaks for IHSD students as they prepare for their exams.

From Saturday, December 8th thru Wednesday, December 12th
during regular library hours, Dallas Center Library staff members will be offering free coffee and tea to library patrons.  Through the generosity of TWU's Division of Student Life, complimentary bottled water, energy bars and fresh fruit will also be available.

Please join us--and good luck on those finals, everyone.

~Janet Bickel-Burton

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jimmie Lyn Harris Honored for Excellence in Librarianship

Jimmie Lyn Harris, Reference Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of Texas Woman's University, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship.  Jimmie Lyn was selected from a pool of nominees from the Dallas, Denton and Houston campuses of TWU.

A student favorite praised as someone who possesses a "sincerely positive attitude," Jimmie Lyn has been a librarian for 24 of the 32 years she has been employed at TWU.  "Jimmie Lyn is proactive," says Assistant Dean of TWU Libraries Connie Maxwell.  "She's always looking for ways to improve library services and resources.  She is such a pleasure to work with." 

Jimmie Lyn is the TWU Subject Librarian for Communication Science, Family Sciences, Sociology and Social Work and Women's Studies.  She also serves the TWU community as the librarian in the Blagg-Huey Library's Children's Collection and as a valued member of TWU Libraries' Reference Department team.

The namesake of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship is a former Director of TWU Libraries.

Congratulations, Jimmie Lyn, on this well-deserved honor.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Happy Holidays to Earth.  Copyright 2007 by Bill Frymire.
The winter holidays are on their way. Parties, gift giving, holiday cooking and traveling--so much is going on at this time of year it can be easy to veer from budgets, diets and other parts of our normal routines.

Eco-friendly or green living is a priority for many--we recycle, buy earth-friendly products and conserve energy whenever possible.  And during the holidays? With all the disruptions to our regular routines, does green living need to take a timeout from Thanksgiving until the ball drops on December 31st?  No, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC, in an effort to help us make green holiday choices during the flurry of seasonal activity, presents Save Energy and Resources This Holiday Season. Save Energy includes tips for green decorating, shopping, wrapping and more--for a festive and earth-friendly holiday season.

Safe and happy holidays to all.

 ~Sandy Cochran and Elaine Cox

Monday, November 19, 2012

We Could've Told You That

A view of the County Courthouse in Denton's historic downtown square.
Students, faculty and staff members and other members of the Texas Woman's University Denton community have long appreciated the friendly, small-town vibe of the Denton campus and surrounding area.  Now it's official.  Denton, Texas has been named The Best Small Town in America.

In the 2012 Best Small Towns in America Contest sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today--the focus of a recent article in Business Insider--voters cited Denton's family-friendliness and thriving arts and music scene among the reasons they find the town so appealing.  Denton must be doing something right--it was also voted the friendliest town, the most fun town, the fourth-best town for food, and the ninth-most patriotic town in the country.  Business Insider

Visit the contest site for more on the contest and runners up--and don't miss the Traveler Reviews.  In them you'll find firsthand information from former and current residents and visitors about some of the things that make Denton such a special place to live, study, work and visit.

Denton, Texas the #1 small town in the U.S.?  We could've told you that.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Best of American Literature 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope
in a Mumbai Undercity
, for which author Katherine Boo
won the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 the best of American literature was recognized in New York City.

The winners of the National Book Awards, awarded in recognition of literary achievement in four genres--fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature--are selected by a five-member, independent judging panel for each genre.  National Book Foundation

The 2012 National Book Award Winners and Finalists


Winner: Louise Erdrich for The Round House
Finalists: Junot Diaz for This is How You Lose Her; Dave Eggers for A Hologram for the King; Ben Fountain for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; and Kevin Powers for The Yellow Birds.

Winner: Katherine Boo for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Finalists:  Anne Applebaum for Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956; Robert A. Caro for The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4; Domingo Martinez for The Boy Kings of Texas; and Anthony Shadid for House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.

Winner: David Ferry for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Finalists: Cynthia Huntington for Heavenly Bodies; Tim Seibles for Fast Animal; Alan Shapiro for Night of the Republic; and Susan Wheeler for Meme.

Winner: William Alexander for Goblin Secrets
Finalists: Carrie Arcos for Out of Reach; Patricia McCormick for Never Fall Down; Eliot Schrefer for Endangered; and Steve Sheinkin for Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

The National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation (NBF), were established on March 15, 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the first annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goals were to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans; and to increase the popularity of reading in general.  Since then the National Book Awards have become the nation's preeminent literary prizes--and the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner the most important event on the NBF literary calendar.  The winners receive a $10,000 cash award and a crystal sculpture.  National Book Foundation

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sorting It Out: Pitch In for a Greener America

Many Americans like the idea of keeping our country beautiful, but don't know how to help.  What to do? Where to start?  To pitch in for a greener America, try recycling.  


Now in its 15th year, National America Recycles Day--sponsored by Keep America Beautiful--will be observed on Thursday, November 15th, 2012. Since 1997 communities across the country have come together on America Recycles Day to educate and motivate people about recycling.

The national recycling rate--now at 34%--has increased every year since 1980.  The trend is definitely positive, but we can
 do better!  An easy way to participate in America Recycles Day and have an impact is to become involved in a community event.  Click the Join an Event tab on the America Recycles Day website (or go directly to locate events in your area.
Figuring out when, where and how to recycle in your community couldn’t be simpler.  Click the Find Recycling tab at (or go directly to to reach the easy-to-use Recycling Locator.
At Texas Woman's University, the Department of Facilities Management & Construction has been going green for some time now. You can find campus Recycling Pickup Schedules and information on What Can Be Recycled--plus much more about their new and ongoing Green initiatives--on the FM&C website.    

Also at TWU, faculty and staff members make up the TWU Conservation and Recycling Committee. The purpose of this group is to develop environmental awareness and resource conservation on the TWU campuses by involving students, faculty and staff members and the administration in conservation and recycling programs.

For students, TWU has a special interest organization in the TWU branch of Texas Recycling and Environmentally Ethical Students (TREES.)  For information on how to become involved, check with the TWU Center for Student Development.

America Recycles Day (
City of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling ( 

Keep America Beautiful (
Keep Texas Beautiful (
Keep Denton Beautiful (

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) (
TWU Facilities Management & Construction (

~Greg Hardin

The Sound of Music

Hear the TWU String Ensemble and Chamber Singers as they perform one of Vivaldi's masterpieces against the beautiful backdrop of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU. 

Taking place on Friday, November 16th, 2012 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the library's first-floor rotunda, the performance of Vivaldi's Gloria is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the TWU Department of Music and Drama at 940-898-2500.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 9, 2012

Study Room with a View

The fall semester is in full swingThe leaves are changing, finals are fast approaching--and stress is in the air. You need a break from studying and projects to rest and clear your mind. Where to go? The library balcony.

You have a paper due soon, you're feeling the pressure, and you want a peaceful spot to finish your work. Where to find one? The library balcony.

The library balcony--located in the Blagg-Huey Library on the west end of the first floor near the vending/copier room--is the library's best-kept secret. Available every day the library is open, the balcony provides library patrons with a tree-lined, Wi-Fi enabled, non-smoking covered space to work, relax, eat or socialize. "It's so gorgeous out here", said student Dalia Mendoza.

Library patrons are welcome to bring food and drinks on the balcony, and hours are posted just inside the balcony door. For assistance, please see a library staff member either in Circulation or at the Information desk.

Autumn is one of the prettiest times of year in Denton, and studies have shown that nature is a natural stress reducer. Do yourself a favor--sometime during your busy day on campus, get some fresh air in a relaxed setting. Spend some time on the library balcony today.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How to Be Heard

It's human nature--everyone wants to be heard.

Part of TWU Libraries' commitment to continuous improvement includes welcoming all suggestions and comments regarding the libraries and their resources and services.

Want to Be Heard?  The next time you have an idea about improving library resources or services--or your overall experience in any of our libraries--let us know.  We promise to give your input thoughtful consideration.

How to Be Heard  Our online Library Suggestion Box, available 24/7, lives to serve.  Its very raison d'ĂȘtre is to collect your ideas and feedback.  Remain anonymous--or provide your name and email address if you'd like a response posted (with identifying information removed) to the TWU Libraries Suggestion Box Blog

Alternatively, a s
uggestion box is available in the Browsing Collection on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  See a library staff member at the Information Desk (on the right as you enter the building) for assistance.  

However you choose to share your thoughts and suggestions, they are valuable to us--so please share. 

TWU Libraries want you to be heard.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Into Reading: October's New Titles

Hopefully everyone has survived the first half of the semester with the energy and perseverance to finish strong.

TWU Libraries are here to support you through each of your courses. Attached are links to 76 titles in TWUniversal, all added to the libraries’ collections in October.  Included are books, e-books and DVDs which may be useful in your coursework. 

The Departments of Women's Studies and Sociology & Social Work are particularly well-represented in these new acquisitions, although titles in several other subject areas are sprinkled throughout. Numerous popular novels have been added to the Browsing Collection as well--so peruse the list if you want to make one last trip to the library before the long Thanksgiving weekend.  For those who want something to fill the time on long road trips or (cross your fingers) flight delays, stop by the library and pick out a literary treat for yourself.

Happy reading.

~Aubrey James

Monday, November 5, 2012

Learn Where You Are: The Growth of Distance Education

Higher education is in the midst of a growing transformation, and its name is distance learning.

Distance learning or distance education (DE) involves a physical separation, or distance, between instructor and students which is often bridged by online or other electronic means.  At TWU a DE course or program is one in which over 50% of the instruction is delivered via electronic means, predominantly online.  Texas Woman's University Distance Education homepage. 

Currently over 3.5 million college students are taking online courses and/or earning online college degrees (United States Distance Learning Association), including roughly 7,700 at TWU (TWU Distance Education Fall 2012 Snapshot Report.)  Photo left courtesy of TWU Distance Education Fall 2012 Snapshot Report.
Quick Facts about Distance Learning
courtesy of the United States Distance 
Learning Association.
National Distance Learning Week (November 5-9, 2012), sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), seeks to promote and celebrate the tremendous growth that distance learning is experiencing.  The USDLA is making available a schedule of events for the week; free online open houses and webinars for those who wish to see first-hand what distance learning is all about; and other articles and resources (including Is Online Learning Right for You? by Andrew Gansler.)   
To support distance education and traditional students as they work on assignments from within Blackboard (TWU's online course delivery and management system), TWU Libraries maintains a robust presence there.  Within Blackboard the Library tab takes students to the Library in Blackboard Subject Guide and its information on library research, subject guides and librarians, and tutorials; as well as a fun page, writing help and much more.  As always, all students--DE and traditional--are encouraged to contact the libraries for their research and other information needs.
Current and future TWU DE students can find valuable information on the Texas Woman's University Distance Education homepage.

~Sandy Cochran and Stephany Compton

Friday, November 2, 2012

Turning Back the Hands of Time

The Ohio Clock in the U.S. Capitol being turned forward for the country's first Daylight Saving Time in 1918.  From
Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday, November 3rd (Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 4th.)

With part of the extra hour you'll gain you can read Daylight Saving Time 2012: Why and When Does It End? from National Geographic.

~Sandy Cochran

Every Day is Book Lovers Day

Whether you observe Book Lovers Day in August; as some do on the first Saturday in November; or as many do, every day, TWU Libraries' extensive collections (including Browsing, Children's, Digital, Electronic, Media and Woman's Collections and University Archives) and services are available to TWU students and faculty and staff members to serve their reading and other information needs.    

A good first step?  TWUniversal Search--reachable from a box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage--is a one-stop solution for finding books as well as articles and other database content, digital collections, journals, web pages, streaming video, course reserves and more.  Remember to sign in for best results.

Whether for scholarly research or recreational reading, if you find that a book you're looking for is not available try the following:

1. Check further on TWUniversal Search.  See the Resource Type section in the left-hand column of the results page (where you land after entering search terms and clicking Search.)  Additional formats of the book (electronic, for example) may be available.
2. Check WorldCat (accessible from the TWU Libraries Catalog page.)  The book may be available at a local public library; to current TWU students and faculty or staff members at the UNT Libraries; or to TexShare card holders at other Texas libraries.  For your convenience links to the catalogs of several local libraries also appear on the catalog page.
3. Put a hold on the book. Check here for more information.
4. Check TWUniversal Search for other books by the same author. You may discover that an author's other works are of interest to you.
5. Check back often. The collections of TWU Libraries are in a constant state of development.  New books arrive often.
6. For books that TWU does not own, current TWU students and faculty and staff members can submit an Interlibrary Loan Request. Check here for more information.
7. Ask for help. Library staff members at the Information and Circulation Desks are always eager to assist you.

Happy reading.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Database Trial: Allied Health Digital Library

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

Through November 14th, 2012 a trial is taking place for the database Allied Health Digital Library from Insight MediaAllied Health Digital Library features over 80 hours of Allied Health training videos that have been indexed and segmented for curricular use.  This resource covers a range of topics including asepsis, laboratory technology, radiologic technology, neonatal care, physical and occupational therapy and pharmacy.  See a program list here.

Access Allied Health Digital Library 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 Ask a LibrarianA librarian will be happy to assist you.

We appreciate your input. Thank you.

~Sandy Cochran