Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays! TWU Libraries Closed 12/20 to 1/4

In observance of Winter Break, the TWU Libraries will be closed Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, January 4th.  Regular library hours resume Monday, January 5th (the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton and the Dallas Center Library at 9 a.m.; the Houston ARC at 8 a.m.)

For further scheduling details for the TWU Libraries see the hours pages for Denton, Dallas and Houston

Spring 2015 classes begin Monday, January 12th, 2015.

From the TWU Libraries family, our best to you and yours this holiday season.  We look forward to serving your information needs in the new year.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, December 12, 2014

Denton, Dallas Libraries Closed 12/13 & 12/14

The Intersession Shift  The operating hours of the TWU Libraries, including the Blagg-Huey Library on 
the Denton campus, change between semesters.  Pictured here, operating hours for the Blagg-Huey Library 
for December 8-14, 2014.  Graphic design by Kristin Wolski.     
Hours for the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, vary between semesters.  With the Fall 2014 semester coming to an end, some changes to regular library hours can be expected. 

The Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) and the Dallas Center Library will be closed on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014.

The Spring 2015 semester at TWU begins on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Please see the schedules for the Blagg-Huey Library (in Denton); the Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC for operating hours in the meantime.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fall 2014 Coffee Breaks A Big Success

An Attitude of Gratitude  TWU students Jenna Banaag (L), nutrition major and member of Alpha Gamma 
Delta, and Kendra Blacher (R), pursuing masters degrees in dance and education, hold up a portion of  a thank 
you banner signed by hundreds of grateful TWU students in appreciation for free beverages and snacks they 
received during traditional finals week coffee breaks held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  
Signed in multiple languages and measuring 41 feet in length, the complete banner serves as a happy reminder 
of the many students the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Life were privileged to serve during 
the Fall 2014 breaks.  December 11, 2014.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  
Time and fuel.  With these two things students can conquer the world—or at least their final exams. 

That is the theory behind finals week coffee breaks, a growing and eagerly anticipated fall and spring tradition at TWU sponsored by the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Life. Held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (which also extended its operating hours before and during finals week); the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC, these breaks feature free beverages and snacks for students to fuel their end-of-semester studies.

Coffee breaks for the Fall 2014 semester, which wrapped up on December 11, 2014, featured photo ops and giveaways in a festive atmosphere at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton.  Joining in the fun were "guest servers" Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President of TWU, and Dr. Robert Neely, TWU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who helped serve coffee to some of the record 1,800 attendees.  The library was also delighted to welcome the participation of sororities Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Lambda Gamma.  Dispensing treat bags, sweets and hot chocolate to the crowd along with their infectious enthusiasm, these groups were a big hit with students and a welcome addition to the festivities.  Sean Spear and Kristin Wolski, members of the Blagg-Huey Library staff and the TWU Libraries Social Media Team, photographed the Denton event (to see these photos and more, visit the libraries on  flickr  and Instagram.)
Cheers!  Students at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU express their appreciation for 
the free finals week beverages and snacks they enjoyed courtesy of the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division 
of Student Life.  December 7, 2014.  Photograph by Sean Spear.   
The Fall 2014 coffee breaks in Dallas and Houston were equally successful and appreciated.  Over 800 grateful TWU students in Dallas were served free beverages and snacks, and homemade cookies and Cajun coffee were on the menu for TWU students and faculty and staff members in Houston.    

The TWU Libraries consider it an honor and a privilege to play a role in the academic success of TWU students, and look forward to continuing the coffee break tradition at TWU in May 2015 and beyond.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thank You, Ryan Hay

Ryan Hay with his beloved mother, Marilyn.  
It happened one year ago today, on a day like any other.  In an accident on a local street, the TWU Libraries family lost one of its own.

He was just 25, and a part of the libraries' systems team for two years--but what made Ryan Hay special had nothing to do with his job.  Intelligent, kind, funny and well-liked, Ryan had a giving nature and generous spirit that colored his interactions with others.  

Those who attended the packed memorial held in his honor had different memories of Ryan and varied stories to tell, but a common thread stood out--Ryan was a giver.  He volunteered to help, he went out of his way, he went above and beyond.  Ryan was there for family, he was there for friends, he was there for colleagues.  What made Ryan special was that he was, indeed, always there. Always 
ready to lend a hand, or a joke or a smile or a sympathetic ear, Ryan gave the greatest gift anyone could--in this season of giving or any other.  Ryan gave himself.    

We miss you, Ryan, and wish you were with us still.  Thank you for everything you did for all of us, and the ways you enriched our lives.  Thank you for being a good friend, a wonderful colleague, and a great example of how to treat others.  

Thank you, Ryan Hay, for being you.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tech the Halls

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, are equipped with the technology you need to succeed with your research and studies.  

In addition to WiFi, copiers and outlets for charging phones and other devices, our facilities in Denton, Dallas and Houston are furnished with a range of technology geared toward the success and convenience of TWU students.  While this is true year-round, finals on the horizon make this a particularly good time for a roundup of some of the ways the TWU Libraries tech our halls for students at TWU.

B = Blagg-Huey Library (Denton)
D = Dallas Center Library
H = Houston ARC  


B  D  H
The Blagg-Huey Library has computers on every floor, including its ground level.  Using a flashdrive?  Make sure you take it with you--it is very common for these to be left behind.  Computers in the Houston ARC are connected to printer E in the adjacent Mega Computer Lab.

B  D
Available for checkout with a current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) and the front desk (Dallas), a laptop is a good option when you're using a study room or can't locate an available computer.


B  D  H
Free of charge with Pioneer Portal login info, printing is available in black and white.  

B  D
Available for student use free of charge (in Dallas and on floors 1-3 in the Denton library), scanners are a good alternative to copiers--just scan your material and email it to yourself or save it to a flashdrive.  To cut down on wait time, library staff members at the Denton library Information Desk can tell you which scanners are currently available. 

Presentation rooms with HDTV
B  D
Get some practice time in for your upcoming presentation by reserving a presentation room in Denton or Dallas.   

Phone chargers
B  D
Available for checkout with a current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) and the front desk (Dallas), phone chargers are available for both iPhones and Android models.

B  D  H
Listen to videos or other audio without disturbing those around you.  Just present your current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) or at the front desks in Dallas or Houston.

Digital Sign
Enter the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus and it's the first thing you'll see--a bright electronic sign above the Information Desk with the latest news and other library information.  Stay current by checking it often. 

B  H
In a hurry?  Kiosks in the Houston ARC and on floors 1 and 3 of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton allow students to check the catalog, find an article, verify library hours and more--all without logging into a computer.

Website / Mobile / Ask a Librarian / Social Media

B  D  H
Did you know that many library services and resources are at your fingertips 24/7, even away from the library?  The TWU Libraries website and mobile are electronic portals to research and other information for TWU students--and faculty and staff members--near and far.  Questions?  Connect with the libraries and library staff members by text, chat, email or phone. Like to stay informed?  Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our blog--and there's lots to see on Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube

Dedicated library personnel are eager to answer your questions and help you with tech and other library issues--so if you have a question or need other assistance, please let us know.   

~Sandy Cochran with Marilyn Goff, Eula Oliphant and Sean Spear