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

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