Sunday, June 15, 2014

For the Love of the Game: The 2014 FIFA World Cup

Football, Futbol, Futebol, Fotboll, Fußball, Soccer, Sokker, Sakka--in whatever language, love of the game at the center of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (June 12 to July 13, 2014) is uniting fans all over the planet.

Monday, June 16th, 2014 marks the first appearance of the USA team in the Cup. Whether you want to brush up on soccer basics or otherwise get into the spirit of the world's largest sporting event, the following is presented for your enjoyment.

Watch every game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Underground of the Student Union on the Denton campus of TWU.  For more information call 940-898-3641. 

World Cup Primer from the Boston Globe

~The first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930; 13 countries participated.

~The World Cup was not held in 1942 or 1946 because of World War II.

~The Jules Rimet Trophy for the Champion (or World Cup Trophy) is made of 18 carat gold and weighs 13 pounds.

~Brazilians call soccer the Jogo Bonito (beautiful game.)

~Brazil’s soccer team is the only team that has participated in every World Cup, and has won five: in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

~The youngest player in World Cup history to have scored a goal is Pelé of Brazil when he scored against Wales in 1958. He was 17 years and 239 days old at the time.

~Pelé is the only player to win 3 World Cups.

~The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days when it was stolen prior to the 1966 Cup in England.  A dog named Pickles, being walked by its owner in South London, discovered the trophy wrapped in newspapers at the bottom of some bushes a week after it was taken.  Good job, Pickles.

~For those who believe America isn't big on soccer, it might surprise you to learn that the USA team was a semi-finalist in the very first World Cup in 1930--and the World Cup with the highest attendance in history was in the U.S. in 1994. Over 3,587,000 fans went to the 1994 games (at an average of 68,991 per match.)

~47% of the world watched some of the tournament in South Africa four years ago.  To put this remarkable statistic in perspective, 20% of the world cannot read or write, and about a quarter of the Earth's inhabitants lack basic sanitation.

~Only eight nations have won the World Cup:  Brazil, Italy, West Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Spain and France.   


Select year, issue and title.  Click on "PDF Full Text" to read an article in its entirety. 

Soccer & Society

A Celebration of Football from Emerald Group Publishing

Courtesy of TWU Libraries and Alexander Street Press, The Game of Their Lives is a 2002 documentary film, directed by Daniel Gordon and his executive Nicholas Bonner, about the seven surviving members of the North Korean national football team who participated in the Football World Cup 1966.  Wikipedia

Fahrenheit 100, directed by Craig Tanner, delves into the 2010 World Cup and its impact on host country South Africa.

USA Shocks England 1950: The Miracle on Grass tells the story of the 1950 FIFA World Cup favorite England and their shocking defeat by the USA and their hero goalkeeper.

The Game of Their Lives (also released as The Miracle Match) details the true story of the 1950 underdog U.S. soccer team which, against all odds, beat England 1-0 during the World Cup.

Soccer Politics / The Politics of Football

A History of Kits: The Guardian's Interactive Guide From Every World Cup

~Sandy Cochran with Greg Hardin

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Professor's Corner: Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray (1716-1771).  His Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and Sonnet [on the Death of Mr. Richard 
West] will be the subject of the next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality 
presentations on literary topics.  All are invited to attend the session at the South Branch of the Denton Public 
Library on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for poetry, discussion and refreshments.  Image courtesy of The Poetry 
The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens this Wednesday, June 11, 2014. All are invited to attend.

Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray’s contribution to English letters might be considered inversely proportional to his poetic output. Although the poet published only a handful of poems (13-14) during his lifetime, his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and Sonnet [on the Death of Mr. Richard West] are widely anthologized.  Perhaps more significantly, they offer readers a glimpse of the changing nature of English poetry in the middle of the eighteenth century, serving as a bridge of sorts between the Augustans who preceded him and the Romantics who followed.  In this session of Professor’s Corner, we will examine these two elegies, paying special attention to the function of mourning and melancholy. What do mourning and melancholy in these poems reveal about the state of English poetry?  What do they reveal about our author?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. MapQuest map and directions available here.)

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

This session's presenter is Dr. Ashley Bender of Texas Woman's University.  She earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas. Although she specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, especially drama, her scholarly interests range from Renaissance and early seventeenth-century drama to (some) Romantic poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Dr. Bender has presented at Professor’s Corner previously.


Sonnet [on the Death of Mr Richard West] (Reading before the session is encouraged but not required)
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (Reading before the session is encouraged but not required)
Thomas Gray (The Poetry Foundation)
Thomas Gray (Wikipedia)
This session is part of the free series entitled Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group, the purpose of which is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests. The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list, send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library (; 940-349-8752.)

Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University (; 940-898-2343)

Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.

~Dr. Stephen Souris

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Don't Sing the Summertime Blues: Keeping Scam-Free This Summer

Don't let a scam wipe out your hard-earned cash this 
summer.  See 5 Tips to Keep You Scam-Free This 
Summerfrom the folks at 

Whether it's "school's out" or "back to class" for you this summer, there's enough to think about--between beating the heat, well-deserved vacations and other hot fun in the summertime--without a scam making it a cruel summer.

Don't sing the summertime blues.  See Consumers Beware: 5 Tips to Keep You Scam-Free This Summer from, the U.S. government's official web portal, for advice on navigating the top five consumer challenges you may face in the coming summer nights and days.

A healthy, happy and scam-free summertime to all.

~Elaine Cox

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

From Beyond Library Walls: 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

With the goals of developing their professional expertise in digital collections and institutional repositories, 
TWU Libraries staff members Bethany Ross (L) and Julie Watson-Reed (R) attended the 2014 Texas 
Conference on Digital Libraries in Austin, Texas.
Editor's Note:  In addition to their myriad responsibilities at the libraries in Denton and Dallas, and at the Houston ARCTWU Libraries staff members place a high priority on professional development--including training, conference attendance, and self-directed skills advancement.  Julie Watson-Reed of Library Systems, who with Bethany Ross of the Woman's Collection attended the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, shares the following about that experience.

The 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) took place April 28-29, 2014 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. We were excited to attend and see what our colleagues were up to across Texas, the U.S. and Mexico.

The topic of this year's conference was Engaging Outliers: Context, Collections & Community.  There was a lot on the agenda from which to choose, including more than a dozen full presentations; two panel sessions; 12 24/7 presentations; and 20 Minute Madness posters (
a presentation format in which presenters give a poster content summary in 60 seconds or less.  Attendees are then invited to view the poster and ask questions.)

Keynote Speaker Dan Cohen, of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), provided a year-in-review of the DPLA featuring its inaugural year accomplishments.  In addition to being named one of the 50 Best Websites 2013 by Time Magazine, the DPLA: 
*  Developed APIs (application program interfaces) so that programmers can grab "slices" of data to reuse and repurpose; 
*  Created four main pathways into DPLA collections, each designed to help promote serendipitous searching with a different user preference in mind: geographic, timeline, exhibits, and bookshelf; and
*  In one year tripled the number of service hubs (member institutions that help funnel collection data into the DPLA).
Over the course of the two-day conference, Julie (Watson-Reed) attended presentations related to institutional repositories, and Bethany (Ross) sat in on those focused on digital collections (although there was some crossover). 

Highlights pertaining to institutional repositories included University of North Texas’ value study of its digital repositories, and University of Texas at Austin’s creative inclusion of web archiving using their institutional repository.  Texas A&M provided an in-depth overview of the latest two years of their Early Modern OCR Project (developed to improve OCR searchability of Early English books and Eighteenth Century collections.) 

Conference highlights on digital collections included a presentation about The Texas Runaway Slave Project at Stephen F. Austin State University, with a project overview/timeline and technical aspects, and an overview of the process used by the Digital Projects Lab at the University of North Texas for training students on proper scanning techniques (including the development of a departmental wiki.)

For more on the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, see the 2014 TCDL Program; the 2014 TCDL Workshops, Tours, and Special Events listing; or 2014 TCDL Presentations and Authors for slideshows, slides and PDFs of conference presentations.

~Julie Watson-Reed

Monday, June 2, 2014

Beat the Heat With a Good Book: The Return of "Buy Two Get One Free"

Summer is once again upon us . . . with its barbecues, pool parties, picnics, and a healthy break from classes (unless, of course, you're enrolled in or teaching summer courses.)  Summertime at TWU also means the return of the Friends of the TWU Libraries seasonal book sale.  That’s right, folks--buy 2 get 1 free is back!

If you've never been to the Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) to see what we have for sale, you’re missing out.  The book sale shelves (located on the first floor to your right as you pass the computers) contain everything from cookbooks to craft books; textbooks to novels; and even a few VHS tapes (does anyone still own a VCR?).  A wide selection awaits your perusal.  Need assistance? Ask at the first-floor Information Desk.

Still not convinced you should stop by?  What if we told you that most of the books in the Friends of the TWU Libraries Summer Book Sale are priced under $1?  That's right--most books in the sale will cost you less than a can of Coke.

Sadly, this book sale is temporary (running from June 2nd to August 31st, 2014.)  That’s plenty of time, though, to drop in and browse--so mark your calendar and stop by the Blagg-Huey Library for the Friends of the Libraries Summer Book Sale for a great deal on your next summer read.

Is there really any better way to beat the heat than with a good book?

~Jason Mims