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