Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From Our Family To Yours, Happy Holidays!

We plan, we work, we strive.  We overcome challenges.  We gather and laugh and celebrate.  In the midst of the myriad efforts, large and small, that the TWU Libraries make to support the information needs of TWU students, faculty and staff members, and other patrons, the libraries' staff functions as one unit.  We are colleagues, yet more. At the end of the day we respect, appreciate and support each other.  We are family.

As the TWU community wraps up 2013 and adjourns for Winter Break, the TWU Libraries family extends to you and yours our sincerest wish for all the connection, gratitude and delight that the holiday season inspires.

Note:  The TWU Libraries will be closed from Saturday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 1st.  On Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton will open at 9 a.m.; the Dallas Center Library will open at 9 a.m.; and the Houston ARC will open at 8 a.m.  Please see the TWU Libraries Hours & Directions page for further details.

The TWU Libraries and guests celebrated the 2013 holiday season with food, music and camaraderie.  Ryan Becker, Library Assistant in Technical Services, performed 
White Christmas (below) and other selections.   

See you next year.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Finals Week at the Blagg-Huey Library

Finals Week is fast approaching, and the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is once again featuring extended hours and its traditional coffee breaks to help TWU students prepare for final exams.  A cherished and growing tradition, the coffee breaks feature free healthy snacks (courtesy of Student Life), coffee and tea—all served in a festive atmosphere—providing students with opportunities to refuel and recharge during this particularly important time in the semester.

We hope you will take advantage of the schedule below as you and your students prepare for Fall 2013 final exams.

As always, the staff of the TWU Libraries stand ready to assist you with your research and other information needs.  As you prepare for final exams, we encourage you to contact us if we can be of assistance.
~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving From The TWU Libraries

From the entire staff of the TWU Libraries, we wish you a safe and blissfully happy Thanksgiving break.

As a reminder, the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, the Dallas Center Library, and the Academic Resource Center in Houston will be closed Wednesday, November 27th through Saturday, November 30th. Fall hours for the three locations will resume on Sunday, December 1st, while our electronic resources--including databases, tutorials, ebooks and more--are available 24/7 via the TWU Libraries homepage with your Pioneer Portal login information.

See you when we return.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Eleven Twenty-Two Sixty-Three

Zapruder.  Grassy knoll.  Texas School Book Depository.  The events of November 22, 1963 in downtown Dallas' Dealey Plaza permanently etched these words into the national consciousness.

To commemorate the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy--and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the 35th president of the United States--staff members of the Woman's Collection of the TWU Libraries have assembled a mesmerizing visual timeline of the last days of JFK.  Located off the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, "The Assassination of JFK: A Civic Tragedy" features photographs, newspaper clippings and a sampling of books from the TWU Libraries' collections on JFK's life and last days. From the arrival in Ft. Worth of the President and First Lady on the 21st day of November, 1963, through the President's funeral on the 25th, "The Assassination of JFK" chronicles four days 50 years ago that have become an indelible part of Dallas'--and this country's--history.

A portion of "The Assassination of JFK: A Civic Tragedy", now on display in the Blagg-Huey Library on the
campus.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.
For more on JFK and his life and legacy, search for JFK or John F. Kennedy using TWUniversal Search (accessible directly from the TWU Libraries homepage.)  For assistance or questions regarding the JFK display, please contact us; visit the Information Desk just inside the entrance to the Blagg-Huey Library; or contact the Woman's Collection at 940-898-3751.  We are, as always, eager to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Gettysburg Address Turns 150

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, to great fanfare, Americans are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg AddressAbraham Lincoln's iconic speech. Unbeknownst to him at the time ("The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here..."), Lincoln assured his legacy as a master of oratory in the time it took to deliver a speech of less than 300 words.

The TWU Libraries has in their collections--including the Children's, General and Woman's Collections--a wealth of information on this historic speech and the events surrounding it.

In the Children's Collection, for example, there are many titles to help educate the newest generation of Americans about Abraham Lincoln and his most famous speech. Among them:  Gettysburg; Summer's Bloodiest Days: The Battle of Gettysburg As Told From All Sides; The Battle of Gettysburg; Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address; Abraham's Battle: A Novel of Gettysburg; and The Battle of Gettysburg. These titles and more, available for checkout, are currently on display in the Children's Collection on the ground floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Left, the Gettysburg Address in its entirety, courtesy of the Library of Congress.


~Jimmie Harris and Sandy Cochran

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veterans Day 2013: To All Who Served, Thank You

Monday, November 11, 2013 is Veterans Day, the official U.S. holiday honoring all who have served in the U.S. military.

The TWU Libraries bring you the following, in the hopes of enhancing your Veterans Day observance.

Veterans Day Events, Denton

Veterans Day Events, Dallas

Veterans Day Events, Houston


Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a
lifetime--to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. These women were the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of WWII. The official WASP Archive is housed in the Women's Collection in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU. Learn about WASP history, leaders, training and more by visiting the WASP website and the Women Airforce Service Pilots Digital Archive.

The collections of the TWU Libraries contain a wealth of books on the military, veterans and military history.  A sampling:

Spitfire Women of World War II by Giles Whittell

American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse in Vietnam by Winnie Smith

Women in the Line of Fire: What You Should Know About Women in the Military by Erin Solaro

Serving Proudly: A History of Women in the U.S. Navy by Susan H. Godson

Women in Pursuit: Flying Fighters for the Air Transport Command Ferrying Division during World War II by Kat Gott

Not All Soldiers Wore Pants: A Witty World War II WAC Tells All by Rose Rosenthal

Mother Was a Gunner's Mate: World War II in the WAVES by Josette Dermody Wingo

Accessible 24/7 from your computer, tablet or smartphone, a wide selection of e-books is available through the TWU Libraries.  Among them:

Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict

Assessing the Assignment Policy for Army Women by Margaret C. Harrell et al.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The History of Veterans Day from the U.S. Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Download or print a past or current Veterans Day poster from the Veterans Day Poster Gallery

Who Is Richard Overton?  Meet the Oldest Living U.S. Military Vet

To all who served, and serve today--thank you.  

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 1, 2013

Time to Fall Back: DST Ends Sunday, 11/4

A display model of the inner workings of a clock at the China
Science and Technology Museum in Beijing.  Photography by
Sean Gallagher, National Geographic.
It's time to fall back.

Daylight Saving Time 2013 officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th--so remember to turn your clocks back one hour.

If you choose to spend some of your weekend with the TWU Libraries, hours and directions are available here.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween From Some Real Characters

You always knew the library was full of characters.  Now there's proof.

Thing 1, Cousin It, Batman, the Disco King, Robin, Ralphie, Jake & Elwood, Rudolph, Luigi, a Jedi and more--all were in attendance at the TWU Libraries Dean's Luncheon held on Thursday, October 31st.  Staff members enjoyed each other's company along with a delicious baked-potato lunch sponsored by Library Systems and Library Administration.  

From the entire staff of the TWU Libraries, a safe and very happy Halloween to all. 

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Breathing Space

Amidst the rush of life on the Denton campus of TWU, it's all too easy to overlook the beauty that surrounds us.  This image, courtesy of Uday Uprety via the TWU Libraries Facebook page, is a welcome reminder that breathing space can be as close as our front doors.  

Thanks, Uday.

~Sandy Cochran

Help Us Help Texas Libraries: Tuesday 10/29/13 is Library Snapshot Day

Help us help Texas libraries on Texas Library Snapshot Day 2013,
October 29, 2013.  Graphic design by Kristin Wolski, 
member of the Reference 
Department staff of the Blagg-Huey
Library on the 
Denton campus of TWU.
Every fall, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU participates in Texas Library Snapshot Day, a coordinated effort by libraries in our state to collect data on themselves for a day.  Collectively this information forms a snapshot, if you will, of a day in the life of Texas libraries--which is then used to promote libraries in the Lone Star State.

Help us help Texas libraries by stopping by the Blagg-Huey Library Lobby on Tuesday, October 29th. Look for the table near the entrance/exit; answer a very short list of questions about what you did at the library that day; and get some candy as our thank-you.  

Help us help Texas libraries.  Because life in Texas without its libraries is too scary to contemplate.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lost and Found 411

Do you know where your flash drive is?  If not, and you've been in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus recently, there's a good chance you left it there.  Flash drives are the most common items in the library's Lost and Found, but they're far from the only ones. Umbrellas, jackets, purses, phones and more--from the mundane to the valuable, library patrons leave behind hundreds of possessions every year.

Say it happens to you.  You get home from the library, and realize you don't have your phone, or that flash drive with the 50-page paper you've been working on.  Don't panic.  There are some things you can do to get your property back.

1)  Return to the library as soon as possible, and look where you last remember having your item.  Items make their way to the library's Lost and Found, but only if someone sees them and turns them in.  Something small (such as a flash drive) could remain unseen for days.

2)  The Blagg-Huey Library Lost and Found is maintained at the Circulation Desk on the first floor (to the left as you enter the building.)  Contact them in person or by phone (at 940-898-3719) as soon as possible.  Items are kept in Lost and Found for at most one week.  

3)  Once a week, valuables in the library's Lost and Found are turned over to campus police.  Contact them at 940-898-2911 to inquire about your lost item.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Multilingual Children's Books: How To Find Them

Fortellingen Om Nina Pytt-And by Beatrix Potter, 
Norwegian translation of  The Tale of Jemima 
Puddle-Duck, is one of many non-English language
Children's Collection books featured in the newly

Multilingual Books listing from the TWU
The TWU Libraries' Children's Collection, located on the garden level of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, is a collection of materials which supports, among other entities, the TWU Department of Teacher Education and its students and faculty members.  Over one thousand of these Children's Collection volumes are in languages other than English, and therefore especially suitable for use by students majoring in Bilingual Education.  Until now, however, there has not been a simple method of locating these multilingual titles.

The TWU Libraries' newly minted Multilingual Books listing, compiled by Reference and Children's Collection Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris, was put together to help Bilingual Education students at TWU locate non-English language titles in the Children's Collection.  While most of these books are in Spanish, many other languages--including French, German, Chinese and more--are also represented.

The Multilingual Books listing, arranged by language then title, is available on the Children's Collection page of the TWU Libraries' Education Subject Guide (use the Course Guide tab.)  This subject guide, along with many others, is readily accessible from the TWU Libraries homepage (at Research/Subject Guides.)

Questions about the Multilingual Books listing or the Children's Collection? Please contact Jimmie Lyn Harris at JHarris@twu.edu or 940-898-3740.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris

Friday, October 18, 2013

Reel Impact: 5 Don't-Miss Video Databases

While journals, articles and ebooks are certainly heavily utilized online resources, the TWU Libraries also provide access to electronic resources--such as streaming media and videos--with a little more visual impact.  Below, 5 don't-miss video databases to use to locate resources with reel impact for your paper, project or class.

VAST: Academic Video Online package from Alexander Street Press contains over 20,000 titles, many with transcripts available, covering topics in a wide array of subject areas.

Films on Demand includes thousands of streaming, high-quality educational videos.  Special features allow you to organize and bookmark clips; create and share playlists; personalize folders; and manage a collection.

NBC Learn features 12,000 stories from the NBC News archives dating back to the 1920s, and is updated with current events each weekday.  NBCLearn has an advanced media player (a Cue Card™) which supports videos, photographs, newspaper articles, primary source documents and other media.  It is flippable--providing bibliographic information, clickable keywords and a citation generator on the back; a full transcript along the side; and additional tabs along the bottom that let users annotate each resource with their own research notes and save it to personal play lists.  The Cue Card has a closed captioning option and can easily be shared via internet or email.

Nursing Digital Library includes 150+ videos on topics in Nursing Education.

OntheBoards.tv is an on-demand website featuring HD-quality contemporary performance films for streaming, downloading or mobile viewing.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Christina Cool

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Flying High: The WASP Official Archive Coming to PBS

The Woman’s Collection of the Texas Woman's University Libraries is pleased to announce Defying Gravity: The Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, a documentary coming soon to PBS.  Prominently featured in the film are materials from the collection's Women Airforce Service Pilots Official Archive--home of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Digital Archive, the official WASP repository containing digital photographs, letters, oral histories and more.  Image left courtesy of the documentary's website.

Tentatively scheduled to premiere on Veteran's Day 2013 (Monday, November 11th), Defying Gravity tells the historic and inspiring tale of the 1,100 American women who left homes and jobs at the height of World War II to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. Volunteering as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corps program, these brave women played a key wartime role by 
taking to the skies towing targets and ferrying planes across the country in order to free men for overseas duty.

Director Jill Bond spent weeks doing WASP research in preparation for the making of the film, and many of the images in the documentary are straight from the WASP Official Archive of the TWU Libraries.

National screening details for Defying Gravity will be announced.  Check your local listings for air times.  In the meantime, information on WASP history, their leaders, their training and more are available on the TWU Libraries' Women Airforce Service Pilots Official Archive page.  

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, October 11, 2013

"Master of The Contemporary Short Story" Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Alice Munro, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013.  Photo 
courtesy of The Economist.
The recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 was announced on October 10, 2013, and for just the 13th time in its history (out of 110 awards presented) the prize went to a woman.

Alice Munro, 82, also the first short-story writer to receive the prestigious award, is known for her ability to provide readers a glimpse of themselves in the lives of her characters.  “Millions of readers pick up an Alice Munro story and react with a kind of galvanized self-recognition,” marveled Jane Smiley, a novelist and Man Booker Prize judge chairman, when she presented the Man Booker international prize to Munro in 2009.   The Economist  The Nobel prize committee referred to Munro, simply, as "master of the contemporary short story."  National Public Radio

The Nobel is given annually to "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction," according to the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel.  

Many of Munro's 14 books reside in the collections of the TWU Libraries, including Dear Life: Stories (2012), her self-proclaimed final work.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Obamacare and the Consumer Health Subject Guide

With its starring role in the debate that led to the government shutdown, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has been at the forefront of current events. Coupled with the Act's six-month open enrollment period which began October 1, 2013, this has many wanting to know what the ACA is, how it works, and what it can do for you.

For the convenience of TWU students, faculty and staff members and other library patrons, Elaine Cox, Health Sciences Librarian, has included a list of ACA resources and contact information (courtesy of the Medical Library Association) in the TWU Libraries' Consumer Health Subject Guide.  With resources and other information intended for potential users of medical and healthcare services, the Consumer Health Subject Guide is a site any one of us might find informative and useful.

What is a subject guide?  It is a wealth of information and resources, focused on a particular subject area, in one convenient online package.  The TWU Libraries Subject Guides are available for a wide variety of subject areas and include websites, videos, databases suggested for research, one or more librarians who specialize in that subject area, news and much more.  While the subject guides are particularly useful for novice or advanced researchers, they are also excellent sites where subject area majors can familiarize themselves with resources and information in their field.

Doing research or majoring in a subject area?  Let the TWU Libraries' Subject Guides be your guides.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We All Know Someone: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fall brings with it the orange of pumpkins, the russet and gold of falling leaves . . . and the pink of breast cancer awareness ribbons.

As many are aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), an annual collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies with the goals of promoting breast cancer awareness; sharing information about the disease; and providing greater access to breast cancer services, treatment and education.

We all know someone affected by breast cancer.  Like a thief in the night, it strikes--taking the health, lifestyles, peace of mind and, too often, the lives of its targets.  Mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, neighbors, colleagues, ourselves--all are at risk of being diagnosed with the disease (because breast cancer is sometimes but rarely diagnosed in men, male breast cancer tends to be overlooked.  In 2009 the male breast cancer advocacy groups Out of the Shadow of Pink; A Man's Pink; and the Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer in Men joined together to globally designate the third week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.)  Wikipedia.org

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book, by the
breast-health experts at the Mayo Clinic Cancer
, is just one of many resources on breast
cancer and breast health available in the
collections of the TWU Libraries.

A guide to TWU Libraries (and other) resources of all types on the subjects of breast cancer and breast health, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Subject Guide, created by Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris, is packed with statistics, books, ebooks, videos, websites, reference works and much more.

Free pink ribbons and ribbon stickers are available--along with a selection of breast cancer and breast health books (most available for checkout) and information--on the Breast Cancer Awareness Month table located in the first-floor lobby (near the elevators) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.


The TWU Libraries are proud to have dedicated, experienced Health Sciences Librarians on each of the TWU campuses. For assistance with research on breast cancer or other health-related topics, contact Elaine Cox (ecox@twu.edu or 940-898-3708) with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; Eula Oliphant (eoliphant@twu.edu or 214-689-6585) or Shelly Burns (sburns1@twu.edu or 214-689-6586) with the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; or Marilyn Goff (mgoff@twu.edu or 713-794-2481) with the TWU Houston Center's Academic Resource Center (ARC).


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is clearly a noble and worthwhile effort, but breast cancer can't read a calendar. It is not confined to a month, a season, a race, a locality or even a gender.  We must stay informed and vigilant, and get those mammograms . . . until the day we're all able to say, "I don't know anyone who has breast cancer."

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Football, Fun and Fried Everything: It's State Fair Time in Texas

Now that's a view.  The Dallas skyline as seen through the Texas Star, the largest ferris wheel in North
America.  Built in 
Italy and located on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas, the Texas Star is 212 feet high
and can carry up to 264 
passengers in its 44 gondolas.  It is one of the most popular attractions at
the State Fair of Texas.  
Wikipedia.org.  Photograph courtesy of myintentionalfaith.wordpress.com.
They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that certainly goes for its State Fair. The State Fair of Texas, running from September 27 to October 20, 2013, is the largest state fair in the United States by total attendance (over 2.5 million in 2012.)  An annual 24-day fall extravaganza of football, fun and fried everything, the State Fair of Texas has been entertaining fairgoers in a big way for 127 years.


Those with a current TWU ID (including students and staff and faculty members) can purchase discounted tickets (General Admission, $13.50; Senior Adults (60 and over), $11.00; Children (Under 48 inches, $11.00)) at the Student Union Office (SU 209) on the Denton campus of TWU.  Questions?  Call the Student Union Office at 940-898-3641.  Tickets at regular prices
as well as other types of ticket discounts, are available at the gate.  Park for $15 in official State Fair lots; valet parking for $30 is also available.

1)  Drive and park; or
2)  for an easy, economical and eco-friendly way to get to the fair, take the DART Rail Green Line to either of two stations--the Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds; or the MLK Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Traveling from Denton?  From the Downtown Denton Transit Center (604 E. Hickory, near City Hall East) take the A-train and transfer to DART's Green Line at Trinity Mills.  To purchase DART tickets on the go, download the new, free GoPass Mobile Ticketing App for Apple or Android smartphones.  Find DART fare and pass information here.  Other DART questions?  Call them at 214-979-1111 or visit the DARTsite.  Bigtex.com
For parking and fairground maps, a diagram of the Cotton Bowl and much more, go to bigtex.com.

Howdy, folks!  I need some help with my boots, y'all.  One of Big Tex's size 96 boots is lifted into
at the State Fair of Texas on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  Each boot weighs over 900 lbs.
in the flames of an electrical fire in 2012, the 52-foot-tall icon of the State Fair of Texas was
rebuilt by SRO 
Associates, a San Antonio-area company that builds giant set pieces.  It took 10 months,
dozens of workers 
and half a million dollars, but the new Big Tex was installed in the dead of night in
time for the opening 
of the 
2013 State Fair of Texas.  Dallas GuideLIVE.  Photograph by Tom Fox,
GuideLIVE staff photographer.  
September 11, 2013.
Texas does things in a big way, and the State Fair of Texas is no different.  As sure as bluebonnets bloom in the spring, you 
will run out of time and energy before you run out of things to see and do at the fair. From North America's largest ferris wheel to fried and other foods; a parade to pig races; rides to livestock, garden shows, Big Tex, the Texas-OU game, celebrity chefs, Birds of the World, an auto show, live music, gondola rides and on and on, the State Fair of Texas has something for everyone and then some. For a complete listing be sure to pick up a Visitor Guide as you enter the fair or from one of the Information Booths located on the fairgrounds.

Since the State Fair of Texas has been around for over a century, it probably comes as no surprise that its history has been as colorful as a field of Texas wildflowers.

Siamese twins Millie and Christine were billed as Millie Christine, the two-headed woman.
As the high point of Magicians' Day, Harry Houdini addressed a large grandstand audience on the topic "Can the Dead Speak to the Living?" After the lecture, he entertained the crowd by wriggling out of a strait jacket while hanging upside down.
Workmen set up Big Tex for his appearance in the movie State Fair, but winds from Hurricane Carla tore his clothes and the film crew was forced to shoot around him until repairs could be made.

1970  Big Tex’s 150-pound shirt, still in a box, was stolen from the back of a pickup truck. While police searched for the thieves, the Lee company worked to create another size 90 shirt, which was applied to Tex just nine hours before the gates opened.
1988  Al Capone's bulletproof limo was featured at the fair.

For more, see Quiz Your Friends With These 125 Facts About the State Fair of Texas from the Dallas Morning News' GuideLIVE (September 30, 2011).  For an illustrated overview of its history, see the State Fair of Texas timeline.

For library resources on the State Fair of Texas--including articles, illustrated histories, cookbooks, children's books and more--just use TWUniversal Search (look for the maroon box with the magnifying glass) from the TWU Libraries homepage.


~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Shutdown Update: Education and Research Sites Affected

The shutdown of the United States government is already affecting students, instructors and researchers at Texas Woman's University. Due to the lapse in government funding, many Web sites frequented by those in academe have been shuttered.

1)  Census.gov sites, services and all online survey collection requests are unavailable until further notice. Affected sites include all those hosted by census.gov: Census.govAmerican FactfinderPublic APIFTP ServersFAQsBlogsOnline Surveys; and Federal Statistical Organization websites FCSM, FedStats and MapStats.

2)  According to its Web site, the Library of Congress closed to the public and researchers on October 1, 2013 and will remain so until further notice.  All its public events are cancelled, its Web sites inaccessible (except legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov, which remain available.)

3)  Other education-related Web sites and resource portals run by the government are closed or affected. For details see Some Education and Research Web Sites Go Dark Amid Shutdown, from the Chronicle of Higher Education blog Wired Campus.

4)  As previously posted here, the database ERIC (Internet) is nonoperational until further notice (although an alternate pathway to ERIC content is available; for details, see the previous post here.)

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at usa.gov.

Stay tuned.

~Stephany Compton and Greg Hardin

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Use This, Not That: Shutdown Affects ERIC/Internet; Alternate Available

Those trying to access the ERIC/Internet database will receive this message.  As an alternate path
to the same content, use
ERIC/Ebsco (available via the TWU Libraries homepage/Research/
A-Z List/E.)  Questions?  Please contact the TWU Libraries.
Due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, the ERIC/Internet database is unavailable until further notice.  

As an alternate path to the same content--albeit with a different search interface--use ERIC/Ebsco (reachable via the TWU Libraries homepage/Research/Databases A-Z List/E.)

The TWU Libraries
will notify you when access to ERIC/Internet has been restored.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are always eager to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Database Update: Nursing Digital Library

Nursing Digital Library, one of over 260 databases available for use by TWU students and faculty members through the TWU Libraries, is a searchable compilation of over 190 individual video titles produced specifically for use in nursing education.

Newly updated with more than 150 new segments, Nursing Digital Library now contains over 130 hours of nursing training programs and over 1,000 focused, topic-specific searchable segments. See here for an alphabetical listing of titles contained within Nursing Digital Library.

Accessible from mobile devices, with no simultaneous user limit, Nursing Digital Library is a convenient, user-friendly and authoritative source of information for nursing students and educators.

Reach Nursing Digital Library via the TWU Libraries homepage at Database A-Z List/N.  
Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, here to serve your information needs.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 23, 2013

Black and White and Read All Over: Celebrating Banned Books Week

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Imagine the world--or any list of classic literature--without these titles.  If some people had their way, however, these celebrated works of literature--and many more--would not appear in classrooms, bookstores or libraries.  For all sorts of reasons, there are many who have attempted--and continue to attempt--to suppress anything that conflicts with their own beliefs.  The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.  However well-intentioned these attempts, though, censorship is censorship.  As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. said in Texas v. Johnson, "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

Fortunately for book lovers everywhere, there are those--including the American Library Association, libraries, librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, educators and readers of all types--who rally against this kind of suppression.  Since 1982, during Banned Books Week, these people have banded together every year in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas--even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week celebrates Americans' freedom to read while highlighting the value of free and open access to information. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

Because of Banned Books Week and other rallying cries against censorship, banned and challenged books continue to be available to those who wish to read them.  What's black and white and read all over? Banned and challenged books.

To commemorate 
Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2013), pick out a frequently challenged book and use the TWU Libraries catalog or WorldCat to locate a copy; or see displays of banned and challenged books on the ground floor (in the Children's Collection) and second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  For assistance, please ask at the Information Desk or otherwise contact us.  

ead a banned or challenged book today--because you can.

~Sandy Cochran