Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York. 1882.
Courtesy of Wikipedia.
In observance of Labor Day, Texas Woman's University--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the ARC in Houston--will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, 2013.

The libraries will resume regular library hours on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013.

A safe and happy holiday to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fifty Years of the Dream

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. August 28, 1963. Image
courtesy of  The Ruth Ann Overbeck Capital Hill History Project.
Fifty years ago today (on August 28, 1963) the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedominvolving over 200,000 people, moved the United States to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The March is remembered for many reasons, notably the inspirational Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech given at the Lincoln Memorial, the historic site of many public demonstrations concerning civil rights.

Dr. King’s legacy is documented in many TWU Libraries materials noted on our Multiculturalism and Diversity page, and in numerous materials available through TWUniversal and library facilities.

The celebration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included many wonderful speakers. In addition to Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, Whitney Young, John Lewis and others participated.

What about the women? Who and where were they? Women at the event and on the stage included entertainers Odetta, Marian Anderson, Joan Baez, Mahalia Jackson and others. Other women sharing the stage included speaker Daisy Bates, Gloria Richardson (who was allowed to say hello to the crowd before the microphone was taken away), Diane Nash, Rosa Parks and Lena Horne.

Join in the worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom--where you live; at the TWU Libraries; at the Washington Memorial; and most of all, by keeping the dream alive. 

~Marilyn Goff

Denton Sweet Denton

Image courtesy of
New classes, new people, new schedules--there's a lot going on for everyone on the Denton campus of TWU. If you're also new to the area, getting used to a new environment can mean even more excitement--and stress.

To help ease the transition for new Denton Pioneers, some 411 follows--to help you make Denton Sweet Denton your new Home Sweet Home.


Color printing for students is unavailable on the Denton campus--but sometimes a person just needs color. Places near campus that offer reasonably-priced color printing include: Pack 'N' Mail (624 W. University Drive, near El Matador and Kroger; 940-484-0051); FedEx (2430 S. I-35E, near Albertson's and Chili's; 940-898-1034); and Copy Pro Copy Center (1300 W. Hickory St., in the Fry Street area; 940-566-1151.) Free black and white printing is available, with a valid Pioneer Portal username and password, at the Blagg-Huey Library.

Everybody needs to get to class on time, and the DCTA's University Pass Program may be able to get you there.  See the main DCTA site for links to their bus and train transportation services, routes & schedules, fares and more.


For staying fit and active, see Denton Parks and Rec or TWU's Fitness and Recreation page. Those freshman 15 don't stand a chance.

Become a real Dentonite in no time by perusing the Denton WikiCity LifeFood and DrinkEvents--it's all there. The really fun stuff? Everything under Interesting Pages is . . . interesting.


Guard that student i.d.--with it, many freebies and discounts are available to you on the Denton campus. Everything from technology discounts and free athletic events to free golf course fees and discounted personal training is there for the asking with that sweet little card. Make "do you offer a student discount?" your mantra at TWU, and see Denton on a Dime for all sorts of other thrifty living 411.


Students can fax documents (for 54 cents per page; if paying with a card, a minimum $5 charge will apply) by going to the Center for Student Development (located on the first floor of the Student Union.)

The Browsing Collection at the Blagg-Huey Library is the place to stock up for that elusive downtime. Bestsellers, mysteries, the newest from your favorite fiction author--this is where you find them. Whatever your recreational reading likes are, the Browsing Collection is sure to have something to suit them. Just check--and check back often. New books arrive frequently.

Get off to a great start with your studies by getting to know the information hub of the campus, the Blagg-Huey Library. Attend one or more of the library's Fall 2013 Start Smart workshops--and see how much better you'll feel about all those research assignments in your future.  If you just can't make it to a workshop, contact the library with your questions or see the library FAQs.


It always helps to know the lay of the land.  Find a map of the Denton campus here.

Free notary public services are available in the Student Life Office (room 206 of the Student Union.)


The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is the place to be for all kinds of things, including free scanning. There are scanners on the 1st thru 3rd floors (the larger scanners are on 2 and 3.)  Log in with your Pioneer portal username and password, and simple scanning instructions will appear on the screen.  Questions?  That's what we're here for, so please ask at the Information Desk just inside the front entrance.  We can even tell you which scanners are available.


To make the most of your life as a student, you want Student Life.  Athletics, housing, i.d. services--and too much more to list--are available to help you.  A student favorite?  The school motto, song and colors.  Questions? Ask at the Student Life office (on the 2nd floor of the Student Union, or reach them at 940-898-3615.)


Sometimes the best stuff is found in the most unexpected places. The Denton, TX City Guide is a real treat, yours from the folks at Design Sponge (which, by the way--along with Apartment Therapy, Houzz and Pinterest's Home Decor--can provide you with all sorts of inspiration for that dorm room, apartment or house.)

Enjoy--and make it a fantastic year in Denton Sweet Denton.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Staff Picks: On the Road with Marilyn

Staff Picks features books read and recommended by TWU Libraries staff members. Today's edition is from Marilyn Goff, Medical Librarian with the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Texas Woman's University Houston knowledge center.

I recently read a wonderful book.  I actually listened to the 28 DVDs on my daily two-hour Houston to Pearland round trip commute--and it was an eye opener.  

In honor of the 45th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination; the 50th anniversary of his I Have a Dream speech; U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination; and the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination, I read Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann.

This book details newly declassified data uncovering the motivation, planning and execution of these events, along with newly released admissions of guilt from many participants and corroborated testimony with solid evidence from unimpeachable sources. Leonardo DiCaprio is tentatively scheduled to release a movie version of Legacy of Secrecy in November, 2013. 

Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination is a fantastic read both for those who lived through those days wondering what was happening, and for others who feel in any way inspired by any of these three great leaders.

~Marilyn Goff

Monday, August 26, 2013

New Semester, New Beginning: How to Make It a Smart Start

On behalf of the TWU Libraries, welcome to the Fall 2013 semester.  With all the promise that a fresh start brings, the beginning of a new academic year is one of the most exhilarating times at Texas Woman's University.  

The TWU Libraries want to help faculty members and students make the most of the crucial but fleeting first month of school. We are pleased to introduce Start Smart, a series of Information Skills Workshops geared toward helping students become comfortable with a variety of useful library features. 

These September workshops will introduce and re-familiarize new and returning students to archival collections; internet search strategies; literature reviews; the Woman's Collection Vault; the basics of PubMed; virtual and physical library resources; RefWorks; scholarly articles; and the vast resources of the Woman's Collection through the eyes of an archivist. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions, and will leave each of these informative sessions with a clearer understanding of the library and how it and its resources and services can be a valuable part of their academic experience.

We encourage students to attend as many of the Start Smart workshops as possible.  All workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis--so mark your calendar now for the workshops on the attached flyer. Questions? Contact us at or 940-898-3701.

Start the new academic year smart.  You'll be glad you did.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

So Many Books, So Little Time: The Friends of the Libraries Book Sale

Just one of many: Let's Start to Cook: Never-Fail Recipes for
Beginners by the Food Editors of Farm Journal, priced at
just 75 cents, is just one of many books available at the
of the Libraries Book Sale through August 23,
The clock is ticking on one of the best book sales you're likely to find.

It's buy 3 books, get 1 free through Friday, August 23, 2013 only at the Friends of the Libraries Book Sale at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  With individual book prices ranging from a quarter to four bucks, for less than the cost of your daily java you can fill your favorite book bag to the brim.

Located on the library's first floor near the Reference Collection, the sale features titles in a broad range of subject areas.

An extraordinary range of cookbooks is included in the buy 3 books, get 1 free sale--including diet, microwave, grilling, dessert, holiday, gourmet, entertaining, salads, vegetables, candy, stews, bread, poultry, appetizers, barbecue, camping, potluck, international cuisine, vegetarian/vegan, blender and food processor, seasonal, seafood, steak and comfort food cookbooks and many, many more.  If you can eat it, chances are the Friends of the Libraries Book Sale features a book telling you how to cook it--and the sale doesn't stop there.

From biographies and novels to craft, diet, reference, children's, mystery, science, religion, history, travel, feminist, poetry, genealogy, decorating and drama books--and too many more to list--aisles of books are available for browsing and purchase (exact cash, checks and major credit cards accepted.)

Questions?  Ask a friendly library staff member at the Blagg-Huey Library Circulation Desk (940-898-3719) or Information Desk (940-898-3701), both located off the first-floor lobby just inside the 
main entrance. 

Join us at the Friends of the Libraries Book Sale before it's too late--and don't forget that book bag.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Staff Picks: Leah's Top Five

It probably comes as no surprise that library staff members, surrounded as they are by books on a regular basis, tend to be big fans of the written word.  

In this edition of Staff Picks, Librarian Leah Hamrick, part of the Technical Services team at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, shares her fave five reads.

1)  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennett is the most beautifully crafted character in literature.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

      Anne Elliot’s transformation from mouse to monarch butterfly in this novel is breathtaking.

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
I re-read this book every year
 because Jo March is my best friend.

4)  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
Mary Russell is a woman every bit Sherlock Holmes' intellectual equal, yet is both analytical and spiritual.

5)  The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
My daughter is co-named after both Amelia Earhart and Amelia Peabody.  All three spunky, brainy and strong in their own ways!

~Leah Hamrick

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Duuun Dun: Shark Week Is Upon Us

It's the Discovery Channel's Shark Week and the shark-viewing frenzy is on.  To satisfy your appetite between episodes for all things shark, the TWU Libraries present the following.

Duuun dun.

TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT SHARKS  (courtesy of DK Publishing, New York, NY)

1)  There are more than 450 species of sharks that range in size from the dwarf lantern shark (8-1/2 inches) to the whale shark (which can grow to a length of 59 feet.)

2)  Sharks have a sixth sense.  They have tiny jelly-filled canals on their snouts that detect the weak electrical signals emitted by all living things (including you and me.)

3)  Sharks can lose between 8,000 and 20,000 teeth in a lifetime.

4)  Sharks produce their own antibiotic, which protects them against bacterial and fungal infections.

5)  Sharks cannot stop suddenly.  They also cannot swim backwards.

6)  Some deep-sea sharks do not mature until they are at least 40 years old.

7)  Female basking sharks may have pregnancies that last for three years.

8)  The skin of the chain cat shark glows in the dark, but no one has yet been able to discover why.

9)  Bull sharks, one of the most dangerous species to humans, are the only common sharks that migrate from salty oceans to rivers, traveling upstream to find food.

10)  Sharks living in cold water can heat their eyes using a special organ next to a muscle in their eye socket.  This lets them hunt in extreme temperatures.

~Suzanne Sweeney