Monday, April 30, 2012

What Dallas is Reading

What's everyone reading?

Below, from What America's Reading: Bestsellers by City
from The Daily Beast, are the bestselling books of 2011 in Dallas (with links to items in TWU Libraries' collections). Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt. USA, 1959.

Note: If a book is unavailable according to the TWU Libraries catalog, don't stop there. Try the following:

1. Recheck the catalog. Additional copies and/or formats of the book may be listed separately.
2. Check WorldCat (reachable from the TWU Libraries homepage; click 'Research', then 'WorldCat' under 'Other Catalogs'). The book may be available at a local public library;
to current TWU students, faculty or staff at the UNT Libraries; or to TexShare card holders at other Texas libraries.
3. Put a hold on the book. Check here for more information.
4. Check the catalog 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, faculty and staff 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.

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. The Help (Movie Tie-in) by Kathryn Stockett
3. The Litigators by John Grisham
4. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
9. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
10. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

--Sandy Cochran

Friday, April 27, 2012

Gimme Shelter: When Severe Weather Approaches

It's springtime in Texas, and that means storm season.

You're in one of the TWU Libraries, and find out that severe weather is approaching. Do you know what to do?

~Listen for instructions from DPS/library employees;
~Seek shelter, using interior rooms away from doors and windows (the Garden Level hallways, restrooms and remote storage area are good places to go); and
~Wait for an 'all clear' message from DPS/library employees.

~Listen for instructions from DPS/library employees;
~Seek shelter, using interior rooms away from doors and windows (the first-floor auditorium is a good place to go); and
~Wait for an 'all clear' message from DPS/library employees.


~Listen for instructions from DPS/library employees;
~Seek shelter, using interior rooms away from doors and windows (stairwell B--with its fire doors and windowless, reinforced walls--is a good place to go); and
~Wait for an 'all clear' message from DPS/library employees.
~After a weather emergency, those off campus are encouraged
to call the TWU Houston Severe Weather Closure Hotline (713-794-2310) to see if the campus is open.

To keep abreast of developing storms and other possible emergencies, all members of the TWU community are advised to sign up for the TWU Pioneer Alert System.

--Sandy Cochran, Marilyn Goff and Eula Oliphant

Thursday, April 26, 2012

On This Day: April 26th

On April 26th in 1986, the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere; at least 31 Soviets died immediately ( Photo: Chernobyl’s No. 4 reactor, seen from a helicopter a few days after the April 1986 explosion. Courtesy of Associated Press/

TWUniversal Search to research 'Chernobyl' yields results in a variety of formats. To use TWUniversal Search, see the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shhhhh: Study Spaces in Quiet Places

The Spring 2012 semester is winding down, papers and projects are due, finals are fast approaching--and tensions are running high. The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus would like to remind our patrons that extending common courtesy to your fellow library patrons goes a long way toward ensuring a peaceful, productive atmosphere for all.

We ask everyone to observe proper library etiquette while on the premises, particularly at finals time--by keeping voices and volumes low (a good rule of thumb is to try to keep patrons at adjoining tables or carrels from hearing your conversation, video, etc.); and by taking phone calls outside or to the balcony or living room area on the first floor. Photo courtesy of

If it's a particularly quiet spot you're after, the Blagg-Huey Library presents the following guide to our building's study spaces in (especially) quiet places.


The Children's Collection on the Garden Level contains computers and worktables and is generally one of the quieter areas in the library. Several study rooms, available for reservation, are also on this level.

The first floor of the library is a hub of activity and is easily the noisiest section of the building. Every few minutes the phones ring and you hear "Blagg-Huey Library Information Desk. How may I help you?" The printers run almost nonstop. Students use the tables in the Reference area to work with their classmates on group projects and presentations. The Reference area is also where students are encouraged to seek assistance from library staff members regarding library resources (e.g. TWUniversal Search, databas
es, the TWU Libraries catalog, RefWorks, etc.). As a result, you may overhear a library staff member helping a student in the carrel next to yours. You may appreciate the staff member's helpfulness (next time it may be you who needs assistance), but with assignments and projects to complete, papers to write and tests to prepare for, you wish it was quieter and wonder "Where should I go?". On the first floor, try the carrels on the left side (as you enter the building) of the library, along the walls. Most are near windows and have a nice view of campus greenery. Remember--if you need a laptop, many are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Try to steer clear of the rotunda if it's quiet you need. With its classical architecture and stained glass-paneled ceiling, it's beautiful--but since first-floor noises go straight up the rotunda, every sound is amplified. The study carrels along the walls are much quieter spots. Some of the larger group study rooms are also on this floor.

The third floor is by far the quietest section of the library--half of this area has been designated the library's official "Quiet Area." Individual study rooms are available.

If it gets too noisy on any floor, you can request assistance by contacting a library staff member with specifics (floor, area, etc.):

* By Phone: 940-898-3701
* By Text:
* By E-mail:
* In Person: At the Information Desk on the first floor (to your right as you enter the building, across from the Circulation Desk)

We do our best to see that TWU Libraries remain places conducive to uninterrupted work and study. On behalf of your fellow library patrons, we sincerely appreciate your cooperation.

Thank you.

--Annita Owens

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Database: 19th Century Masterfile

Database: 19th Century Masterfile

Added: April 2012

Description: 19th Century Masterfile (NCM) is the first stop for researching pre-1930 scholarly materials. NCM aggregates all kinds of indexes to books, periodicals, newspapers, government documents and patents into a single resource.

TWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/0-9/19th Century Masterfile

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

After Earth Day: Library Resources for the Other 364 Days

An Earth Day display at the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus. April 23, 2012.

Now that Earth Day 2012 is behind us, it's easy to forget that our planet and environment are vital concerns year-round. TWU Libraries carry in their collections numerous resources for all ages on Earth Day and other environmental topics--every day of the year. Among them:

Celebrating Earth Day: A Sourcebook of Activities and Experiments by Robert Gardner
Every Day is Earth Day: A Craft Book by Kathy Ross
Recycling by Gary Chandler and Kevin Graham
What Can You Do With an Old Red Shoe? A Green Activity Book about Reuse by Anna Alter

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

Searching for 'Earth Day' using TWUniversal Search yields a wide variety of other results in various formats. To use TWUniversal Search simply go to the TWU Libraries homepage and use the search box (look for the magnifying glass) at the top of the page.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

Monday, April 23, 2012

Building a Better World, One Book and One Lightbulb At a Time

Since July 2011 TWU Libraries have been working with Better World Books (BWB) to creatively and 'greenly' deal with outdated and withdrawn books.

According to their website, BWB collects and sells books online--matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to their online presence, BWB also conducts book drives on thousands of college campuses and in libraries. The books they cannot sell are recycled. BWB also provides statistics on the 'green good' TWU Libraries are doing because of our involvement with their organization. Left: Boxes of outdated and withdrawn books await shipment to Better World Books from the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.

To date, TWU Libraries have reused or recycled 6,006 pounds--that's 3 tons--of books. As a result, over 26,000 gallons of water have been conserved (8,750 gallons of water per ton are saved when producing 100% post-consumer (recycled) fiber as compared to 100% 'forest' fiber.) TWU Libraries also conserve 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space per recycled ton--meaning our efforts have led to the conservation of over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.

What does all this really mean? The bottom line is that TWU Libraries have to date helped save 69 trees (assuming a mix of hardwood and softwood trees 6-8 inches in diameter and 40 feet tall.) Pretty soon we will have saved a forest!

The Better World Books warehouse holds close to 3 million books on 680,000 pounds of reclaimed shelving. On average, the warehouse ships a book every 17 seconds. Photo courtesy of Poets & Writers magazine.

Another of TWU Libraries' 'bright' ideas was to replace all the lightbulbs at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus with brighter and more energy-efficient ones. All of the 40-watt chandelier bulbs were replaced with 15-watt ones; this one change alone saves 10,625 watts per hour. Over the course of an academic year the Blagg-Huey Library is open about 6,285 hours--a savings of approximately 66,778,125 watts per year. We have also replaced all of the regular florescent bulbs with 'daylight' versions. 'Daylight' bulbs emit less mercury, making them safer. Since they imitate natural light, 'daylight' bulbs are also easier on the eyes of students studying in the library. Lastly, 'daylight' bulbs run cooler--helping to keep the library cooler and to lower energy costs.

You can be proud that Texas Woman's University and TWU Libraries are working hard to operate greener facilities. For more on TWU's efforts at 'Going Green', check out the TWU Facilities Management & Construction
Green Initiatives page.

--Pamela Ward

Friday, April 20, 2012

Loving Our Planet: Celebrating Earth Day 2012

Left: The first of the world's four largest underwater turbines floats on October 19, 2011 in Brehec Bay in Plouezec, France. The four immersed tide-powered turbines will produce power for around 3,000 homes in 2012. For this and 34 other extraordinary images--of our planet's environment, efforts to utilize renewable alternative sources of energy, and the effects of different forms of pollution--see The Big Picture on Photo credit: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images.

Planet-wide Earth Day--this year on
Sunday, April 22nd--is now in its 43
rd year and observed in over 190 countries across the globe. Originally a grass-roots environmental action, Earth Day has helped spur both the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act in the U.S. In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


~~On Monday, April 23rd the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU will have an Earth Day table (featuring an Earth Day video, books, bookmarks and more) set up in the first-floor living room area
~~Earth Day bookmarks
~~Earth Day e-books available to current TWU students and faculty and staff members
~~Earth Day Dallas 2012
~~Earth Day Network (including their eye-opening Footprint calculator)
~~Earth Day on the National Mall (to include a global webcast)
~~Environment News from National Geographic
~~Environmental Resource Links from the City of Denton
~~Our Planet: If Not Us, Then Who? from the TWU Library Blog
~~Strategies for a Green Planet from Scientific American
~~United States Environmental Protection Agency

Happy Earth Day--on Sunday, April 22nd and every day.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

Feeding a Reading Fever

The following is by Tom Foreman and is number 1174 in his Dear Mr. President series. Source:

Reporter's Note: President Obama gets a letter from me every day, even on holiday weekends.

Dear Mr. President,

Have you read The Hunger Games? I don’t know if I have mentioned this to you before. My younger daughter became quite excited about the series a few weeks back and tore through the three books in that series like a wheat thresher. It was amazing. We’d tell her goodnight and send her off to bed, and the next morning she’d be all smiling and red eyed.

“What’s up with you?” my wife would ask. She’d laugh and say, “I stayed up reading until 1:30.” “Oh my heavens! It’s a school night,” my wife would respond. “I know, but it’s soooooo good!”

Nothing could make me happier. When I was a kid, I loved falling in love with a new book; pounding through the pages, hour after hour, devouring every word as I simultaneously rushed toward and dreaded the end.

I used to ride my bicycle three miles into town when I was in junior high to go to the library in the summer. I would check out two or three books, climb back onto my bike and read all the way home as I peddled. We lived in the country and the roads in that part of Illinois are so long and straight this was not much of a trick.

In high school, I had the idea that I would read every book in the school library. A little quick math told me that plan was a shade ambitious, so I changed to a simpler idea: I would ready every single biography. I nearly did. That year I ripped through biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and anything I could find that even hinted at the story of a person’s life.

I still read a tremendous amount and I always have several books going at once. I’m currently reading "Great Expectations," a book on trail running, one called "Running with the Buffalos," "The Guns of August," and yes . . . "The Hunger Games." My daughter insisted.

So far, it’s pretty good fun, and it is something she and I can share.

And what else could a parent want? Over the years, books have taken me on adventures, introduced me to great souls, inspired me with great ideas and given me the world--even as I still read them deep into the night just as my daughter does.



--Sandy Cochran

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Speak Up For Libraries

The American Library Association Reminds Us: Speak Up for Libraries

Hundreds of library supporters from across the country will convene at 2012 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) events taking place on Monday, April 23rd and Tuesday, April 24th in Washington, D.C. They will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and meet with their congressional representatives to discuss them.

Even if you can’t make it to D.C. you can still advocate for libraries by calling or emailing Congress as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day. All week long (April 23rd-27th) library supporters can let their legislators know just how important our nation’s libraries are to the communities they serve.

For more information--including a full listing of the issue briefs written specifically for National and Virtual Library Legislative Day and how to get involved on behalf of Texas libraries--visit the NLLD homepage.

--Connie Maxwell

On This Day: April 19th

On April 19th in 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and sentenced to death ( Photo: The Field of Empty Chairs--part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial--at night. The 168 chairs represent the lives taken on April 19, 1995. They stand in nine rows to represent each floor of the building, and each chair bears the name of someone killed on that floor. Nineteen smaller chairs stand for the children. The field is located on the footprint of the Murrah Building. Photo courtesy of

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Oklahoma City bombing' yields results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search see the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Welcome Back, Golden Girls!

The year was 1962.

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in a Hollywood hotel room. Boris Karloff's Thriller was on primetime TV and Johnny Carson made his late-night television debut.

1962 was also the year a group of young women left Texas Woman's University, each armed with the education they needed to make a difference during the "decade of change."

Celebrate with TWU Libraries as we welcome the Golden Girls of 1962 on their return to the Denton campus of TWU for their 50th reunion.

The Blagg-Huey Library (below) will be abuzz with events during Homecoming Reunion Weekend 2012 (April 19th-22nd) as the Golden Girls and other former students reminisce, reconnect and recall memories of yesteryear. Learn about TWU's traditions and its rich history as you wander and take in the first- and second-floor exhibits featuring a look back at the Redbud Festival, Jones Hall, campus activities, class members and much more. Take your time as you stroll down memory lane so as not to miss any of the nostalgia--scenes from 1962 Denton and yearbook excerpts, pop culture, hairdos, fashions, sports and more from the '60s.

For directions or other assistance, library staff members will be available at the Information Desk (to your right as you enter the
Blagg-Huey Library) and in the Woman's Collection (to your right as you exit the elevators on the second floor). Please let us know if we can help you.

We are anxious to welcome you and wish you a thoroughly enjoyable homecoming reunion weekend.

--Kimberly Johnson

New Database: NoveList K-8 Plus

Database: NoveList K-8 Plus

Added: April 2012

Description: NoveList K-8 Plus
includes fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens. It contains BookTalks, Curricular Connection articles and hundreds of premade lists for both young readers (Recommended Reads) and teachers (Grab and Go Book Lists).

Access: TWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/N/NoveList K-8 Plus

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

On This Day: April 18th

This and six other images were taken by Frederick Eugene Ives (1856-1937), an inventor and photographer, several months after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and a year before color photography became commercially available in 1907. Photo courtesy of

On April 18th in 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died (

Using TWUniversal Search to research '1906 San Francisco earthquake' yields results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search see the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Database Trial: Rehabilitation Reference Center

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 9th, 2012 a trial is taking place for Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC), an evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point of care. RRC provides therapists and students with the best available evidence for their information needs in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and more.

Access Rehabilitation Reference Center directly or via the TWU Libraries Database Trials page (we'd appreciate your thoughts on the Database Trial Form at the bottom).

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

On This Day: April 17th

On April 17th in 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro (

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Bay of Pigs' yields
results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search see the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Monday, April 16, 2012

New Database: Comprehensive Physiology

Database: Comprehensive Physiology

Added: April 2012

Comprehensive Physiology is the most authoritative and comprehensive collection of physiology information that has ever been assembled. Its starting point is more than 30,000 pages of content from the American Physiological Society's renowned Handbook of Physiology (HoP) series, presented for the first time in an online format. Comprehensive Physiology is geared toward the information needs of academic scientists in the life sciences; advanced students in the life sciences and medicine; instructors in these disciplines; and academic clinicians.

Access: TWU Libraries Catalog
OR TWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/C/Comprehensive Physiology OR TWU Libraries New Databases page.

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

On This Day: April 16th

On April 16th in 1947, America’s worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing ( Photo: Refineries and oil storage tanks of the Monsanto chemical plant burn in the waterfront area in Texas City, Texas, April 16, 1947. Photo credit: Associated Press.

Using TWUniversal Search to research '1947 Texas City Disaster' yields
results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search see the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Friday, April 13, 2012

Congrats, Grads! Caps and Gowns Available Through the Bookstore

To graduating TWU students, TWU Libraries congratulate you on your achievement.

While TWU Libraries are not involved with academic regalia (caps, gowns, etc.),
we are happy to direct you to the Bookstore (940-898-3103) for all questions pertaining to it.

For more information on regalia and other graduation and commencement matters, please see the
TWU Graduation and Commencement or TWU Houston Center Commencement pages.

--Andy Tucker

Challenging the Challenges: You Decide

Banned Books Week--sponsored by the American Library Association and many others--takes place every year during the last week in September. As a recent article at illustrates, however, challenges to books (including the popular Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, left) have been happening year-round for years and all kinds of reasons.

In the spirit of intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—we present links to catalog records for the books mentioned that are part of TWU Libraries' collections.

Orthodox? Unorthodox? Worthy of challenges or censorship?

You decide.

The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Huckleberry Finn (multiple)
Lolita (multiple)
Catcher in the Rye
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
1984 (multiple)
The Satanic Verses
Brave New World

--Sandy Cochran

On This Day: April 13th

On April 13th in 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. The astronauts (left L-R James A. Lovell, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr. and Fred W. Haise, Jr.) were able to return safely ( Photo source:

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Apollo 13' yields results
in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search see the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Green is Your Color: Resources for Research on Women

The U. S. Department of Labor in 2010 reported that of the 123 million women aged 16 years and over in the United States, 72 million (or 56.6%) were working or looking for work.

Further, the largest percentage of employed women (40.6%) worked in management, professional and related occupations; 32% worked in sales and office occupations; 21.3% in service occupations; 5.2% in production, transportation and material moving occupations; and 0.9% in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations.

Two things are clear--women work; and over the past 40 years, the educational attainment of women aged 25 to 64 in the labor force has risen substantially (in 2010 36% of these women held college degrees; in 1970 that figure was 11%). United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

In light of these facts and in conjunction with
Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, TWU Libraries' Reference and Business Subject Librarian Stephany Compton suggests the following resources to support your research on women:

~~The U. S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau for data and statistics; and

~~The DOL's recent Why Green is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career, a comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter innovative and nontraditional jobs. The guide also provides vulnerable women a pathway to higher paying jobs, and serves as a tool to help fight job segregation. It offers women resources and information they need to enter and succeed in jobs in the emerging green economy. The guide was created to help women at all stages of their careers--whether they are newly entering the workforce, transitioning to new careers or returning to the workforce--identify and take advantage of opportunities in the clean energy economy. It will help training providers, educators, counselors and other workforce development professionals promote the recruitment and retention of women in green career paths. Source:

For additional research resources or other assistance, contact TWU Libraries via our online Ask a Librarian form. We are here, as always, to help you.

--Stephany Compton