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 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. 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.)

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 ( or 940-898-3708) with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; Eula Oliphant ( or 214-689-6585) or Shelly Burns ( or 214-689-6586) with the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; or Marilyn Goff ( 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.  Photograph courtesy of
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.
For parking and fairground maps, a diagram of the Cotton Bowl and much more, go to

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) sites, services and all online survey collection requests are unavailable until further notice. Affected sites include all those hosted by 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 and, 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

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