Sunday, August 31, 2014

Making a Splash for the Fight Against ALS

On the beautiful campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, members of library administration, on behalf of the TWU Libraries family, accepted the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge extended by the Residence Hall Association of TWU.  Accepting the challenge were (L-R) Connie Maxwell, Assistant Dean of Libraries; Kris Reed, Assistant Dean of Libraries; Sherilyn Bird, Dean of Libraries; and Mickey Dudley-Russell, Library Administrative Manager.

See the video, screams and all, here.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Hours

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 1, 2014.  

Per regular fall semester hours, the Denton campus library will be open 9a to 6p on Saturday, 8/30 and 2p to midnight on Sunday, 8/31; the Dallas Center Library will be open 10a to 2p on Saturday, 8/30 and closed on Sunday, 8/31; and the Houston ARC will be closed on both Saturday, 8/30 and Sunday, 8/31.

The libraries and ARC will resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mims' The Word: Placing Items on Reserve, Step By Step

Student Assistants Patrick Alessandra and Devon Burrell assist a library patron at the Circulation Desk of the 
Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  A lot happens in the Circulation Department--its staff 
members are responsible for checking out items, maintaining the stacks, keeping track of Lost and Found, offering 
reserve items, and more as described on the Services page of the TWU Libraries website.  August 25, 2014.  
Photograph by Sandy Cochran.
Editor's Note:  Mims' The Word is a series from Jason Mims, Stacks Manager with the Texas Woman's University Libraries.  A member of the TWU Libraries Circulation Department for two and a half years, Jason knows his stuff—about the department, what it does, and how it all pertains to the students, faculty and staff of TWU.  A TWU graduate, Jason is an unabashed bibliophile who loves his job and is excited to be working on the TWU Libraries blog. When not at the Circulation Desk he can usually be found somewhere in the stacks.

The start of a semester can be quite hectic, full of frenetic (and at times anxious) energy.  The hustle and bustle of new classes should be exciting, though, not cripplingly stressful, especially for professors and their departments.  So this one goes out to the faculty.  Let’s talk course reserves.

We’re going to discuss at a later date what course reserves are.  Today we’re just going to touch on how faculty members can put items on reserve (whether those items are personal/departmental or library-owned.)  In either case, the system in place to put items on reserve is user-friendly and quite simple.

Before we go any further, I want to direct your attention here.  All the information needed to place items on reserve is right there, on a page cleverly titled Information for Faculty.  This page is not hidden, but it does take a few clicks to reach (go to the libraries’ homepage on the TWU website; click the Services tab on the left; then under Reserve Materials on the right click the Information for Faculty link.)

There are two forms on this page.  One form is for putting a personal or departmental book on reserve.  Once you fill it out simply bring it to the Circulation Desk with the item (or you can fill it out at the desk itself; we like to keep a few copies of this form on hand.)  The other form on the Information for Faculty page is for library-owned materials; it is online only. Fill out the form, bring it in or email it and we will pull the item and place it on reserve.  If the item is currently checked out, we will recall it so it can be put on reserve.

Jason Mims, Stacks Manager with the TWU Libraries.  July 22, 2014.  
Photograph by Kristin Wolski.
The process sounds easy enough, yeah?  Just fill out some forms and bring us the books.  The library handles the rest.

There are some other things to keep in mind.  First and foremost, the library does not purchase textbooks.  If you need a book placed on reserve--and neither you, your department, or the library owns it--you are responsible for the purchase of that material.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but policy prohibits the purchase of textbooks.  If there is textbook supplemental material that you need, talk to your library liaison (a list of library liaisons is located here).  The library may be able to purchase supplemental material--just not the textbook itself.

Questions about reserves?  Please ask.  Call us in Circulation (940-898-3719), send us an email (, or walk right up to the desk (on the left as you enter the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.)  The best source of information on reserves is going to be our resident reserves rockstar, Reserves Supervisor Lisa Galletta.  Reach Lisa at 940-898-3342 or

Alright, ladies and gentleman, that’s it for this one.  Until next time.

~Jason Mims

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Save the Dates: Digital Frontiers 2014 and THATCamp 2014, Coming in September

A two-part conference for the makers and users of digital resources in the humanities, to include 1) the Digital Frontiers 2014 conference, during which educators, scholars and librarians will explore innovation in digital resources for research, teaching and learning in the humanities; and 2) THAT(The Humanities and Technology)Camp 2014--open to undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, librarians, archivists, developers and programmers, administrators and any other interested parties--during which participants will work on projects, solve problems, and share ideas in a day-long learning laboratory.

Digital Frontiers 2014: Thursday, 9/18/14 & Friday, 9/19/14
THATCamp 2014: Saturday, 9/20/14

Digital Frontiers 2014: Hubbard Hall, TWU Denton campus (#30 on the TWU Denton campus map)
THATCamp 2014: Blagg-Huey Library, TWU Denton campus (#35 on the TWU Denton campus map)

Miriam Posner, coordinator and core faculty member of the Digital Humanities Program at UCLA; and Dorothea Salo, faculty associate of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Library and Information Studies

The Digital Frontiers 2014 conference is FREE for full-time undergraduate and graduate students (advance registration is required.)  Fees for other attendees range from $40 to $125; tiered registration options include varied levels of perks as detailed here.  The fee for THATCamp 2014 is $20 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.  Note:  conference registration is NOT required to attend THATCamp 2014.

Register here for the Digital Frontiers 2014 conference and/or THATCamp 2014.  The registration deadline for both is Friday, September 12, 2014.


Questions?  Contact Spencer Keralis, research associate professor with the UNT Libraries, at 940-369- 6884.

~Sandy Cochran

Information Where It's Needed: Supporting Those Fighting the Ebola Virus--and You

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the Federal Library & Information Network (FEDLINK) which serves the information needs of the American public, has activated the NLM Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in support of public health professionals worldwide who are working to battle West Africa’s Ebola health emergency.  Providing temporary free access to full-text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the affected public, the EAI activation puts a spotlight on the crucial roles medical librarians and information play in healthcare around the globe.

According to the NLM, free access to online resources--including 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference sources--will be provided to supplement and/or temporarily replace information sources needed for research and care by medical staff and their support teams serving affected areas.  Previous disasters also triggered EAI activations, including the massive flooding in Pakistan which began in 2010; the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in 2011; and the earthquake and ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti. 

Just as the NLM is helping others, the information professionals who staff the TWU Libraries are available to help you access information pertaining to your research topics, coursework and other topics of interest.  Subject Librarians who specialize in a variety of subject areas are available to guide you in locating cutting-edge research and other up-to-date information.  Conveniently located on the TWU campuses in Denton and Dallas, and in the Houston ARC, these information professionals stand at the ready year-round to help the TWU community locate, evaluate, organize and use online, print and other information.

Information you can understand and use to help you excel.  Whether online or in person, we can help you locate it.  Ask us to show you how!

~Marilyn Goff

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mims' The Word: Shift Happens

We Got This  A "human chain" of students was organized to transfer the books from the library on the third
floor of Davidson to the recently completed Mosher Library.  December 1959.  Image courtesy of Dallas
Theological Seminary Mosher and Turpin Libraries
Editor's Note: Today’s post is the first in a series from Jason Mims, Stacks Manager with the Texas Woman's University Libraries.  A member of the TWU Libraries Circulation Department for two and a half years, Jason knows his stuff—about the department, what it does, and how it all pertains to the students, faculty and staff of TWU. Here, he will bring you the word on Circulation Department happenings and news you can use in, as Jason so humbly puts it, the greatest Circulation blog you’ve probably never read.  A TWU graduate, Jason is an unabashed bibliophile who loves his job and is excited to be working on the TWU Libraries blog. When not at the Circulation Desk he can usually be found somewhere in the stacks.  

Ladies and gentlemen . . . Mims’ The Word.

It’s that time again, the start of a brand-new school year.  On behalf of the TWU Libraries I want to welcome all new students--and welcome back all returning students.  Here’s to a successful 2014-2015!

Jason Mims, Stacks Manager with the TWU Libraries.  July 22, 2014.  
Photograph by Kristin Wolski. 
Jumping right into it then, I want to tell you about  something that is happening on the third floor of the library.  If you have been in the Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) at all in the last few weeks, you may have noticed some movement taking place on that floor—movement we call shiftingShifting is complicated library jargon for moving books from one spot to another (aren’t you glad I cleared that up for you?).  We’re shifting books on the third floor so we'll have a little more shelf space up there.

Why am I telling you this?  How does a little library maintenance affect you?  Well, this move means that the cards on the end of the ranges (explaining which call numbers are shelved where) are now incorrect.  If you are on the third floor searching diligently for an item, then, you may have to Sherlock a bit more meticulously than usual to find what you're looking for, or . . . you can come down (to the Circulation Desk on the first floor) and ask us to help you locate what you’re hunting.  We’re really good at finding items.

I don’t want anybody to panic about this shift or about looking for the books they need.  You will still be able to find anything you need—and if you can’t, we’re here to help.  

As soon as the third floor has been completely shifted, new call number cards will be placed at the end of the ranges, making looking for books as easy as it has always been.  This project shouldn’t take forever, either.  I will keep you posted on its progress.  

Questions?  Give the Circulation Department a call at 940-898-3719 or email us at  You can also visit us in person (we’re on the left as you enter the building, across from the Information Desk.)  Whatever floats your boat.

Alright, T Dub community, that’s it for this one.  Until next time.

~Jason Mims

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome! How May We Help You?

Although you wouldn't know it by the weather, Fall 2014 is now underway. From the staffs of the libraries on the Dallas and Denton campuses of TWU--and the Houston ARC--WELCOME!

If you've used the libraries before, welcome back.  New to TWU?  A quick stop by the libraries' homepage will fill you in on the research tools and services we offer, including services for students and faculty members; guest services for visitors and other friends of the libraries; research resources; training and tutorialscollections and more.

The offerings of the TWU Libraries are extensive and can be a bit overwhelming.  For personal and custom assistance with your library or research needs, just contact us however you wish--via chat, e-mail, phone or text, or in person.

Whether you're a new or returning faculty member, distance education student, student on one of the TWU campuses, staff member, guest or other friend of the libraries--welcome.  As the hub of intellectual life at TWU, the TWU Libraries stand at the ready to serve your information needs.

From everyone with the TWU Libraries, our best wishes for a successful and rewarding Fall 2014.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Library Borrowing Privileges Expanded

To better serve the TWU community, the TWU Libraries have expanded the borrowing privileges extended to our patrons.

All patrons affiliated with TWU can now check out the same maximum number of items (100!) for the same checkout period (the entire term!)  Patrons not affiliated with TWU (Courtesy Card patrons) are now permitted to check out up to 25 items for a period of three weeks (with the exception of faculty and staff members from other universities, who can now enjoy borrowing privileges similar to those of TWU faculty and staff members.) Current borrowing privileges for TWU Libraries patrons are summarized below.  

These new borrowing privileges apply only to regularly circulating library items.  What are those?  Regularly circulating library items are books, specifically those in the General/Main or Woman’s Collections (for items checked out from our Browsing Collection, for example, a three-week checkout period still applies.)  The number of remote renewals permitted also remains the same: two for patrons affiliated with TWU, and one for patrons who are not.  Remember remote renewals?  Since borrowing time has increased, renewals (remote or otherwise), go a longer way for our patrons than before.

Do the changes in our borrowing privileges mean that late fees no longer exist?  The answer is no--the late fee policy remains the same.  Late fees accrue at the same rate as always ($0.35 per day for regularly circulating items).  Using the remote renewals available to you will help you to avoid late fees.  In addition, a weekly email reminder is sent to borrowers listing borrowed items with their respective due dates.

If any of this seems confusing, all of this information is located here.  For personal assistance, the Circulation Department encourages you to contact us with your questions in person or by phone (940-898-3719.)

The information professionals with the TWU Libraries are, as always, eager to assist you.

~Jason Mims

Monday, August 18, 2014

F.I.R.S.T. Things First: Custom Research Assistance for Faculty Members

To the faculty of Texas Woman's University, welcome to 2014-15 at TWU.

There is nothing quite like a new academic year, full of plans and promise.  Changes are all around us, and from all indications 2014-15 promises to be a particularly busy--and pivotal--year.

Those in attendance at the Fall Assembly on August 18, 2014 heard Drs. Feyten and Neely stress the importance of, among other things, raising the research profile of Texas Woman's University.  It is in the context of research that TWU Libraries offer their support to all new and returning faculty members.

As part of their broad array of services, TWU Libraries offer a program with the singular goal of supporting the research initiatives of the TWU faculty.  Known as F.I.R.S.T. (Faculty Information and Research Support Team), it is composed of TWU Libraries Reference Department librarians individually assigned to any faculty member who requests this service.

What F.I.R.S.T. Can Do For You

Your personal librarian, once assigned, is available to assist with your custom requests for information--for publications, presentations, grants, course creation, course updates, professional development and more.  Personal librarians also handle, for your convenience, database searches, Table of Contents (TOC) alerts, keyword/phrase search alerts, generating interlibrary loan orders, and checking bibliographies or reference lists.  They can arrange document deliveries (emailed PDF copies, or paper photocopies or books via campus mail, for any resources needed by a faculty member and owned by the TWU Libraries or acquired through our licensed databases or Interlibrary Loan service.)  They can ensure you receive daily deliveries via email of summary contents for the current issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and delivery via email of the full text of any article you choose.  In short, the F.I.R.S.T. program exists to support the research, and curriculum and professional development, of all TWU faculty members.

F.I.R.S.T. Things First
Begin the new academic year with F.I.R.S.T. by your side.  To sign up, simply contact Reference Librarian Greg Hardin at; the Reference Department at; or any one of our team of dedicated Subject Librarians. Questions, as always, are welcome.

From all of us with the TWU Libraries family, our wish to all for a rewarding and successful 2014-15.

~Greg Hardin and Sandy Cochran

Friday, August 15, 2014

Learn More About POAR: The Pioneer Open Access Repository

The Pioneer Open Access Repository (POAR) is 
virtual storehouse of items contributed by the 
TWU community, all members of which are in-
vited to learn more about POAR by visiting the 
TWU Libraries' POAR Subject Guide.
During the recent 2014 Annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium, poster session presenters were given the opportunity to facilitate the continued sharing of their work by submitting it for inclusion in the Pioneer Open Access Repository (POAR).

Hosted by TWU Libraries with the goal of showcasing TWU's research and creative achievements, the Pioneer Open Access Repository is a virtual storehouse of items contributed by the TWU community.  POAR serves as a virtual collection point for articles, papers, presentations, research data, posters, artwork and other scholarly and creative works, making each of them readily accessible on a long-term basis to a worldwide audience.  Items are indexed and searchable in Google via key words provided with the submission, and stored by the University for archival purposes using a static url--assuring long-term access to, and preservation of, scholarly work produced by the TWU community.

Symposium posters submitted to POAR by TWU students in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry; History & Government; School of the Arts/Dance; Kinesiology; and Nutrition & Food Sciences include Effects of Different Exercise Environments on Perceived Exercise Affect for an Adult with Cerebral Palsy (submitted by Cheng-Chen Pan and Ron Davis); Alternative Periodic Tables (submitted by Emily Peng); and The Importance of M140 and M141 Protein Complex in Mouse Cytomegalovirus (submitted by Carla Madrid, Lisa Bolin and Laura Hanson).

There is no expiration date for submitting posters and other items to POAR.  TWU Pioneer Portal login information is required for access.

To learn more about POAR and Open Access--including who can submit items to POAR; the benefits of POAR use; and Poster Presentation Submission Instructions--the TWU Libraries invite you to visit the libraries' POAR Subject Guide.

As always, we welcome and encourage your comments and questions.  Please submit them to Julie Watson-Reed at or 940-898-3720.

~David Schuster and Julie Watson-Reed

TWU Faculty Invited to 2014-15 Ice Cream Social

Not a Bad Way to Start a Semester  TWU faculty members 
enjoy ice cream and each other's company at the 2011-12 Ice
Social.  All TWU faculty members are invited to this
event on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Blagg-Huey
on the Denton campus.  August 22, 2011.  Photograph by 
Sandy Cochran.
All faculty members at Texas Woman's University are invited to mark their calendars for the 2014-15 Ice Cream Social sponsored by the TWU Faculty Senate. 

Held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus and featuring an assortment of ice cream and toppings from Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Fountain, the social has become a charming TWU tradition intended as a casual welcome for faculty members as they begin a new academic year.

All TWU faculty members--returning and new--are invited to join your colleagues for ice cream and socializing beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, August 18th in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library.  New to campus?  Library staff members at the Information Desk, located to the right as you enter the building, will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

We hope to see you there--and welcome to 2014-15 at TWU.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stay Cool

Mental note--refill ice bin before the humans get home.
Photo courtesy of

I don't know what this stuff is, but it is AWESOME!
Cooling Off by Randy Sprout. Photo courtesy of

Heat wave? What heat wave?
A man cools off in the Berounka River in the village of Dobrichovice
near Prague as temperatures hovered over 34 degrees Celsius.
July 12, 2010. Photo courtesy of

Yeah, baby!
Photo courtesy of

Cooling off the fifties way.
Life Magazine, 1953. Photo courtesy of

A fireman's gotta do what a fireman's gotta do.
Fireman Tony Reiter fills his helmet with water and dumps it on his head
to take a break in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo courtesy of

Can't a bear get some privacy around here?
Photo courtesy of Calgary Nature on

I wish summer would last FOREVER!
Photo courtesy of
Cooling off . . . Detroit RiverWalk
by NoneOther... {Captured In Lights}...

I am a multitasking king.
A man reads the newspaper while swimming in Russia's Tus Lake.
Photo courtesy of

I can only see half of everything, but it's SO worth it.
The Basset Hound and the Breeze. Photo courtesy of

Cooling off is even better with a friend.
Photo courtesy of

Chillin' at one of the TWU Libraries.
They have lots of cool stuff here--computers, printers and scanners;
lots of cushy chairs and floor space; tables and rooms where
I can spread out my stuff and work--or not; plenty of books,
popular magazines and other materials to read--and air conditioning!
I can't think of a reason NOT to come here. Photograph by Sandy Cochran.

However you do it--stay cool.

~Sandy Cochran