Friday, September 28, 2012

Of Soccer and Kinesiology

The kinesiology degree program at Texas Woman’s University prepares undergraduate students to pursue careers in exercise science, physical education, and occupational and physical therapy. With an excellent faculty and staff, the Kinesiology Department challenges its students to reach their potential and provides the support and assistance necessary for students to succeed.

One of the excellent support and social opportunities for kinesiology majors at TWU is the Kinesiology Club. The club’s officers, composed of fellow TWU kinesiology students, organize community service projects, fundraisers and fellowship events. Annual events include an October 31st Halloween Party, midterm kinesiology breakfasts and monthly meetings. Club members are also provided invaluable opportunities to network with their peers. The fee to join the club is only $30 for one’s entire time as a student at TWU.  This includes a T-shirt every school year!

The Kinesiology Club is supportive of the TWU athletic teams. One of the upcoming sports events co-sponsored by the Kinesiology Club is TWU Soccer Spirit Day on Friday, September 28th. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on the TWU soccer field and will feature a variety of exciting opportunities for all TWU students! The first 150 fans will receive a free “Whip the Wildcats” T-shirt. Two $500 University Housing scholarships will also be given away, to be applied to the fortunate winners’ spring 2013 housing bill! Free maroon and white pom-poms, ice cream sandwiches, face painting, door prizes and contests will also be involved! Everyone is encouraged to attend in support of the TWU soccer team.

Editor's Note: Valuable library resources in the field of kinesiology (including news, research guidance, recommended reading and much more) are available in the Kinesiology Subject Guide, reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research/Subject Guides/Kinesiology.  Kinesiology Subject Librarian Greg Hardin is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction sessions.  Reach Greg at ghardin@mail.twu.edu or 940-898-3712.

~Guest Blogger M
orelle Cummins, Vice President, Kinesiology Club at TWU

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today Only: Play a Part in Film History


Do you have a favorite movie? One that you could watch over and over again? Maybe you can’t pick just one, so you have a list of your top 5--or top 10--favorites.  If you love film and think your favorites can stand the test of time, nominate them today for the 2012 National Film Registry.

Under the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, the Librarian of Congress and members of the National Film Preservation Board recognize 25 American-made films each year--but they need your help!  Public nominations play a key role in the selection process.  To be eligible, a film must be at least 10 years old and be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”  The Registry contains everything from newsreels to documentaries, silent films, experimental films, films out of copyright protection and even music videos.  For each title named to the Registry, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation works to ensure that the film is preserved for future generations.

View the complete National Film Registry (1989-2011) at http://www.loc.gov/film/registry_titles.php, or select your nominees from films not yet named to it at http://www.loc.gov/film/NFRposs.html.

And remember--submit your choices (at http://www.loc.gov/film/vote.html) before the Sept. 28th deadline.

We apologize for the short notice, but get your nomination in today and who knows?  You could become a part of film history.

~Lisa Galletta

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On the Hunt: 2 New Career-Oriented Databases


TWU students and faculty and staff members now have access through TWU Libraries to the following powerful career-oriented databases:

Job & Career Accelerator
 
The first fully integrated online career and job search platform, Job and Career Accelerator is designed to guide any job seeker through the most effective career selection and job search possible. From creating powerful resumes to assessing career alternatives, job seekers have everything they need in one easy-to-use application.

Learning Express Library
is a unique, interactive online learning platform that provides patrons with the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes and re-entry into the workforce. Access more than 800 online practice tests--including the GED, SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT and MCAT.


Access to both Job & Career Accelerator and Learning Express Library are available with your Pioneer Portal information from the Database A-Z List, the NewDatabases webpage and the TWU Libraries catalog.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sign Language

TECH TALK

Digital technology is all around us--there’s no denying it has made a tremendous impact on our lives.  With this digital overload comes a seemingly mundane yet surprisingly complex usage for digital technology: digital signage.

In the wild, digital signs are very similar to their more traditional printed cousins; however, a digital sign such as the one now in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus has many additional useful and interesting features that really do make traditional printed signs a thing of the past. 

First and foremost, a digital sign is eye-catching--nay, eye-popping. In today's world, where we are so bombarded with advertising that only the ‘loudest’ gets heard, our new digital sign has plenty of ‘voice’ to stand out.  With its bright display and brilliant colors it easily catches the eye as you enter the library.  It can also be a source of action--with animations, pictures and movement--to draw you in further.  Once we have your attention, though, what do we do with it?


Obviously the most important thing with any sign or advertisement is to convey important information to the reader.  This is often the most challenging part with any kind of sign; the difficulty is multiplied with a digital one.  With a more traditional sign one must constantly agonize over the details of what is going on the sign and what will be read. Is it succinct? Is it understandable?  Is it interesting? Where could we put a picture? These concerns will be revisited numerous times before any sign is complete.  With a digital sign there are the extra considerations of timing and originality.  It’s important to make sure that someone can read what you’ve wrote in the time you have to show it.  A digital sign offers the opportunity for many voices to speak out. Unfortunately this means that every message on the sign must clamber for attention with others.  Each message must be given a chance to shine. This means that each message must stand out, look unique and be memorable. This presents an interesting challenge, a balancing act between information saturation and over-the-top flashiness in a desperate attempt to garner your attention long enough to pass along some information.

This is not the only challenge digital signs present.  Once a regular sign ceases to be informative, interesting or useful, it can simply be disposed of--leaving a vacant space until a new sign is needed.  A digital sign, though, is a serious investment.  It can’t simply be removed when its advertisements are no longer useful.  The sign will remain, day after day and month after month.  The final challenge thus becomes: how do you keep being interesting? It’s a topic that challenges entertainers, musicians--and those who maintain digital signage. Like a barker standing on a street corner shouting information day-in and day-out at random passersby, maintainers must strive to provide variety lest they be chased away by an angry, pitchfork-wielding mob.  To prevent such a pitchfork-powered marathon, a digital sign must be updated regularly--at least twice a month--with new, interesting and relevant information. This means new images, new text--and more stressing over how much notice information will get in the few precious seconds it's allotted to make an impact.

The most important thing to understand and remember?  The digital sign is there for you, the reader. It is designed to engage and inform you.  It is a stalwart guardian of the information you seek, a faithful answerer of questions.  IT is a Digital Sign.

~Andrew Farris; photo by Brita Stewart

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rethinking Drinking

CONSUMER HEALTH NEWS

For anyone who has an issue with alcohol in their life--or thinks they may--the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) presents Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health.  Included on the site are interactive worksheets on checking your drinking pattern; seeing if you have signs of a problem; weighing your reasons for and against making a change; guidance on making a change in your drinking habits; and advice on staying in control of them.  Also included--information and help links, Q&As and more.


Is it time to rethink the way you drink?  Rethinking Drinking may be able to show you the way.

~Elaine Cox 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Books That Shaped America

With the intention of sparking a national conversation about books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, a current exhibition at the Library of Congress entitled Books That Shaped America features a wide array of books of historical--and at least for this author, personal--import. This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books--although many of them fit that description." From loc.gov.

Books by authors from Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Paine to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and many more are included. Many of the titles (Walden, Leaves of Grass, Little Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and more) bring back personal memories not only of the plots and narratives, but of my life circumstances at the time I read them. Was I in school? Living at home? Happily married? Happily not? What did the books mean to me at the time I read them? Did they change my world view or just provide a welcome distraction? What sort of lessons hid between all those lines? What parts of the books do I carry with me still? The books featured in Books That Shaped America may or may not have done so--but some of them have most certainly shaped this American.

Peruse Books That Shaped America--with summaries--on the Library of Congress website. Which of these books shaped you?

To find out if a particular book is a part of TWU Libraries' collections, visit TWUniversal Search (and remember to sign in for best results.)

~Sandy Cochran and Brita Stewart

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lights, Camera, Research

Do you need to locate movie reviews or other movie-related information for your research?

Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harri
s has composed a specialty page on the TWU Libraries History Subject Guide which features an extensive list of movie-related websites as well as newspapers that include movie reviews and primary and secondary databases to search for movie-related information--all in one place for your researching convenience.

To reach the movie specialty page from the TWU Libraries homepage click Subject Guides, then History. Finally, on the Courses tab, use the dropdown menu and select Hist 1013.09.

Action!

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paying Tribute to Hispanic Americans

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th) the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. From hispanicheritagemonth.gov. Photo: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor in 2009. May 26, 2009. Photo by Stacey Ilys. From whitehouse.gov and featured on hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AT TWU

TWU Libraries
Using the one-stop research tool TWUniversal Search (accessible from the TWU Libraries homepage), a search for hispanic heritage yields wide-ranging results in a variety of formats (journal articles, audio visual materials, books, e-books, newspaper articles and more) from the collections of the TWU Libraries in Dallas and Denton.


Pachanga
The Office of Intercultural Services (OIS) and Food Services kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with Pachanga (Spanish for party) on Wednesday, September 19th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Underground. For an $8.66 entrance fee (with tax) enjoy great food, entertainment and Latin Music. For more information contact OIS at 940-898-3634.

Enjoy.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Start of a More Perfect Union

It has been the source of countless legal disputes and untold heated debates over the years--but no one can argue the significance of the document that has grounded this nation for over two centuries.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the
Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created--the final draft of the U.S. Constitution (left, courtesy of the National Archives.) The document was then sent to the states for ratification; it went into effect on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it. Constitution Day--this year on Monday, September 17th--commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by those thirty-nine brave men who recognized all--whether by birth or naturalization--American citizens.

CO
NSTITUTION DAY AT TWU

The History and Government Department is presenting a Supreme Court Simulation on Monday, September 17, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the MCL Auditorium on the Denton campus.

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus will have a table on the first floor featuring a bibliography and display of a variety of materials from across its collections.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Constitution Day Resources for Teachers



E-books, print books, websites and videos from the collections of TWU Libraries


Law Library of Congress


Library of Congress



~Sandy Cochran, Stephany Compton and Jimmie Lyn Harris

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dallas Campus Library Welcomes Faculty to 2012-13 Academic Year

Photos above and below: Health Sciences faculty members on the TWU Dallas campus enjoyed lunch and each other's company on August 23rd, 2012 during the Welcome Back Luncheon hosted by the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library.

In a special event held to welcome the entire Texas Woman's University Dallas campus faculty to a new academic year, the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas (IHSD) Center Library hosted a Welcome Back Luncheon for faculty members in all of the Dallas campus' Health Sciences disciplines.

On August 23rd, 2012 new and returning faculty members convened in the Library Commons to meet and greet each other and library staff and become familiar with the IHSD Center Library and all that it has to offer faculty members and their students.

The atmosphere was relaxed and convivial, and feedback on the event was very positive. IHSD Center Library staff were assisted by Dean of
Libraries Sherilyn Bird and Assistant Dean of Libraries Connie Maxwell in welcoming the approximately 70 faculty members who attended.

~Eula Oliphant

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Educators Express Pinterest in the Hot Social Network

Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock you've heard of Pinterest. As it turns out, the 3rd-busiest social media site on the web (behind only Facebook and Twitter) is good for more than compiling wish lists and losing track of large chunks of time.

According to Kate Messner's Very Pinteresting!: The Hot Social Network Is Taking Educators by Storm on LibraryJournal.com, "(Pinterest) is fast becoming a powerful resource where teachers and students share images, store lesson plans, read about current events, watch video clips and collect their favorite apps."

The categories of pins and boards on Pinterest include Art, Architecture, Education, History, Science & Nature, Sports and much more--and the list is sure to expand. As the fastest-growing social media site on the web, the fledgling Pinterest has had an avalanche of new material and users (including TWU Libraries) added to its site over the past two years--and this explosive growth shows no signs of abating any time soon.

Pinterest and the classroom--potentially a very good match. Unless you have hours to kill, however, a little piece of free advice. Stay away from the Food & Drink, Home Decor and Humor boards--they're dangerous.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 10, 2012

Learning with Lynda: Free Online Software Training

TWU's Learning Technologies Support Department announced recently that TWU has purchased a subscription to Lynda.com for all TWU students and faculty and staff members. With this online video tutorial library, the TWU community can receive free online training 24/7 on almost 1,500 topics--including SPSS, Blackboard, Adobe, Microsoft Office products and many more--in a wide variety of subject areas.

To access the tutorials, first create an account:
1) Go to Lynda.com; click Log In (in the upper right-hand corner); 2) Click Create A Profile; and 3) Fill out the registration form. Your username must be your TWU email address (be sure to include @twu.edu.)
Once registered, you can access lynda.com by going directly to the website. NOTE: You should never be prompted to pay in order to see more videos. Should this happen, contact the Technology Service Desk at 940-898-3971 or servicedesk@twu.edu.

Lynda.com provides foundational learning for the beginner; supplemental technology tutorials to help students complete assignments; and inside tips and tricks for the expert. Each tutorial topic is divided into short videos (roughly 3-5 minutes) which can be viewed as often as needed. After all the videos in a course are viewed, a certificate of completion is awarded.

For more information about this service or for information on utilizing it in your classes, contact the Learning Technologies Support Team at lts@twu.edu.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 7, 2012

A New Day is Dawning for Library-Faculty Partnership


This event--featuring speakers from UCLA, Cornell University, Duke University and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities--can also be viewed live on the Dallas (in room 1010) and Houston (in room 2120) campuses of TWU. For further details see the forum flyer.

~Sandy Cochran and graphic artist Nadia Nealy

Thursday, September 6, 2012

August's New Titles

As we begin a new school year, fewer new materials were added to the collections of TWU Libraries in August than in past months. There were still, however, 260 new titles added to the libraries’ collections. Several cookbooks are sprinkled among these newest additions--as well as numerous e-books, novels and children’s books.

If you are looking for some fun reading or new recipes to use, stop by the libraries or access our electronic resources through TWUniversal.

A trip to the library does not always have to mean research and studying!


Enjoy.

~Aubrey James

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Is That Really a Government Tweet, Post or Video?

Contained in a recent update from usa.gov, a simple way to verify the validity of U.S. government social media accounts:
Every day, the government uses social media services like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to communicate with you and provide easy access to government benefits and services.

But unlike most government websites, which are hosted on a .mil or a .gov dom
ain, social media sites are hosted on commercial domains. Without the .gov or the .mil, it can be difficult to determine which social media accounts are official government sources of information--and which are impersonators.

To help solve that problem, we recently launched a social media registry (in English and Spanish) where you can confirm the validity of a variety of government social media accounts.

~Elaine Cox

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This is How--Or Is It?

LEISURE READING BOOK REVIEW

As the title suggests, Augusten Burroughs’ This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More--For Young and Old Alike is a purported self-help book for a plethora of serious and uncomfortable issues including suicide, anorexia, alcoholism, death and low self-esteem.

The work is delivered as a collection of essays, separated into chapters, each with its own witty, sarcastic title. Burroughs shares some of his own experiences but derives most of his vignettes and real-life applications from friends and acquaintances (perhaps because he exhausted his own tales in previous works like Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects and A Wolf at the Table.) Abstract, constructive advice is provided, making each lesson more applicable to individual situations.

Burroughs attempts to utilize comedy to mitigate the harsh truths which have been, are and will always be masked by the many individuals who struggle with self-defeating, haunted-past, personal difficulties
(because no one lives without facing some challenges--despite how they may present themselves.) Avid readers of Burroughs’ previous works may be better judges, or at least approach this collection of essays with more confidence in the author’s opinions (having knowledge of his past experiences to support his general, overarching pieces of advice.) This work alone, however, does not offer a great deal more than inspirational quotes easily found with a Google search. Burroughs’ conveyance is just less sugarcoated. The candidness which critics have praised in his previous works is simply not as admirable when it is applied to others' personal battles.

While covering such a vast amount of difficult material is undeniably a hefty undertaking, only a miniscule number of individuals face every issue included in this book. Focusing his efforts on a select number of problems and delving deeper into specific occurrences, thoughts, consequences and solutions might have resulted in a more unique work by Burroughs. The read is also choppy, as the subject matter jumps from one end of the self-help spectrum to the other.

Someone searching for a general self-help read may be completely satisfied with This is How. Individual chapters might also be used together with other, more comprehensive works on specific topics. Although this was far from my favorite read, it is short and parts are entertaining. Others more intelligent than I have deemed This is How a wonderful coverage of socially taboo topics.

If you are a Burroughs fan, prove me wrong--retrieve this book from TWU Libraries’ browsing collection today.

~Aubrey James

Editor's note: This author expressed reservations about posting a bad review. She was assured that honesty trumps all. For those who disagree with the assessment here, your comments--as always--are welcome.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day 2012

It’s great to sit back and enjoy a day off work--but Labor Day is about so much more. It represents a long history of workers in the United States, the contributions they have made, and the rights that have been granted to them. Photo left: Miners with their children at the Labor Day celebration, Silverton, Colorado, 1940. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 with influence from labor unions reacting to the harsh working conditions of the Industrial Revolution. It became a federal holiday in 1894. Photo right
: Labor Day parade, Main St., Buffalo, N.Y., 1900. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Find out more about
the history of Labor Day, or visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Labor Day 2012 website which provides news, labor statistics and job and training information.

REMEMBER

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, TWU and TWU Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, 2012. We will resume
normal operations on Tuesday, September 4th.

From everyone at TWU Libraries, we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

~Grace Smart and Lisa Galletta