Friday, April 26, 2013

Your Next Great Read: Titles Added in March 2013

There's a brand-new list of titles recently added to the TWU Libraries' collections.  

The list
--consisting of books, e-books and videos on various topics--is sure to include something to satisfy every interest.  Each title’s link takes you to the corresponding entry in TWUniversal--providing information on the item's location, availability and contents.

This author is currently reading a book new to the Browsing Collection--The Dinner by Herman Koch.  Take a few minutes from your busy schedule to peruse the list to find your own next great read. 

Happy hunting.

~Aubrey James

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Musica Librorum: Free. Music. Friday.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, April 19, 2013

New Database: Education Source

DatabaseEducation Source from EBSCOhost

Added:  April, 2013

DescriptionEducation Source is an extensive collection of full-text journals, books and conference papers spanning all levels of education from early childhood to higher education. Specific coverage includes subjects such as adult education, continuing education, distance learning, government funding, multicultural/ethnic education, social issues, student counseling and vocational education.

AccessTWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/E/Education Source

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 formA librarian will be happy to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Rare Treat: Van Cliburn Competitor to Play on the Denton Campus

The beautiful Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of Texas Woman's University will be the setting for a faculty piano recital by Dr. Alex McDonald (left), adjunct assistant professor at TWU, in advance of his participation in the prestigious Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

For this special program Dr. McDonald, one of only 30 2013 Cliburn Competition competitors chosen worldwide, will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations and the Dante Sonata by Franz Liszt.

This rare treat, sponsored by the TWU School of the Arts and the TWU Departments of Music and Drama, will take place on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more on the Cliburn Competition visit The Cliburn.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Love Your Library During National Library Week

The Saint Paul Public Library's bookmobile dates back to 1917 (shown.)  Saint Paul Public Library
This week (April 14-20, 2013) is National Library Week, a national observance sponsored each April by the American Library Association (ALA) and involving libraries of all kinds.  It's a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.  American Library Association

National Bookmobile Day, a traditional part of this annual observance, takes place this year on Wednesday, April 17, 2013--an ideal time for a little
bookmobile history

The Digital  Bookmobile--a 74-foot, 18-wheel high-tech tractor-trailer reading rig--is a one-of-a-kind
traveling exhibit which creates an engaging experience with the host school or library's "virtual
branch" website and collection of ebooks, audiobooks and more.  Digital Bookmobile
An ingenious Camel Bookmobile brings books to semi-nomadic people in Northeastern Kenya. 
Whether your favorite library comes with or without wheels--or a hump--National Library Week is a good time to spend some time there and appreciate all that libraries do for us.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Johnathan Wilson Honored for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries

TWU Librarian Johnathan Wilson, recipient
of the
2013 TWU Award for Outstanding
Contribution to the TWU Libraries
April 15, 2013.  Photo by Sean Spear.
The Texas Woman's University Libraries are pleased and proud to announce that TWU Librarian Johnathan Wilson (left) has been named the 2013 recipient of the TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries.  This annual award, sponsored by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Neely and the Office of the Provost, recognizes the collegiality between library personnel and the greater university community.

In addition to serving as a valuable part of the libraries' Reference Department team, Johnathan, now in his fifth year of service at TWU, is the libraries' Subject Librarian for Criminal Justice, Government & Political Science, History, Law, and Literature & Language.  Known for his popular teaching style; technical abilities (he was instrumental in the development of the libraries' mobile app); and easygoing manner, Johnathan is also always eager to participate in university activities apart from his normal duties.  From playing volleyball for a good cause; to teaching classes; to participating in the annual TWU SECC Pie Bake-off (many of us can personally vouch for his made-from-scratch Laura's Sticky Toffee Pudding Apple Pie); to assisting faculty members and students with their research and much more, Johnathan is known for going the extra mile.  "He takes every opportunity to learn new things," says Assistant Dean for Research Connie Maxwell, "and finds ways to use them effectively to support the students and faculty at Texas Woman's University.  He is a pleasure to supervise."

For all of his talents, interests and responsibilities, Johnathan particularly enjoys his interactions with students.  "The best part of my job is working with the students," he says.  "It's a challenge to keep up with the variety of questions that we come across every day and it keeps my mind sharp having to learn about so many different topics."

The entire TWU community is invited to join in the celebration as Dr. Neely presents our colleague and friend Johnathan Wilson with the 2013 TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries
Please mark your calendar for the award presentation and reception on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (Room 101) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU (the lecture hall is the first door on the right as you enter the building.)  Those on the Dallas and Houston campuses can view the proceedings live via video conference (in IHSD 4302 in Dallas; and in IHSH 3322 in Houston.)

From all of us with the TWU Libraries, Johnathan, our heartfelt congratulations to you for this well-deserved honor.

And try that pie, everyone.  You'll thank me later.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, April 15, 2013

20 Days and Counting: Finals Week at the Libraries

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus invites students
to its traditional finals week coffee breaks.  Graphic art by Nadia
Nealy, student assistant at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton
campus of TWU.
20 days and counting. Spring 2013 final exams are just around the corner.

Throughout the year, the TWU Libraries support TWU faculty and students by providing inviting library spaces in which to meet friends, study and learn; and a rich array of information services and resources.  During finals week, however, we really shine.

The libraries on the Denton and Dallas campuses traditionally host finals week coffee breaks, with refreshments generously provided by the Division of Student Life.  During these breaks students are provided a chance to refuel and recharge for their studies.  F
ree coffee, tea, water and healthy snacks are provided. 

On the Dallas campus, Spring 2013 coffee breaks will take place in the Dallas Center Library on Saturday, May 4th (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Monday, May 6th thru Wednesday, May 8th (from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

At the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, Spring 2013 coffee breaks will be held twice each evening (at 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.) from Sunday, May 5th thru Wednesday, May 8th.

In a Spring 2013 pilot program, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus has extended its hours during final exam week, as follows:

Saturday, May 4th:  9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 5th:  Noon to 2 a.m.
Monday, May 6th:  7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Tuesday, May 7th:  7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Inviting spaces.  Information services and resources.  Dedicated staff.  Free refreshments.  Extended hours.  During finals week, the TWU Libraries really shine.

Please let us know how we can help you.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Database: Library & Information Science Source

DatabaseLibrary & Information Science Source from EBSCOhost

Added:  April, 2013

DescriptionLibrary & Information Science Source includes the full text of journals, monographs, research reports and proceedings related to the field of library science.  It also includes specific coverage on library-related subjects such as automation, care and restoration of books, circulation procedures, government aid, internet software, library equipment and supplies, and rare books.

TWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/L/Library & Information Science Source

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 formA librarian will be happy to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Shake, Rattle and Roll Through Final Exams

* Rock Around the Clock     ** Shake, Rattle and Roll
Time seems to pick up speed as the end of the semester approaches.  There are 30 short days until final exams, but never fear.  The TWU Libraries--with their extensive resources, dedicated staff members, extended finals week library hours and traditional free coffee breaks--are here to help you through them.

From your nearest computer, smartphone or TWU library, contact us--and let us know how we can help you shake, rattle and roll through final exams.

~Sandy Cochran