Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

From the TWU Libraries family, warm wishes for a happy holiday season and throughout 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Library Hours for Winter Break 2015

In observance of Winter Break, the TWU Libraries will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Inter- session (between semester) hours resume Monday, January 4, 2016. For specifics please refer to the schedules for our libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, TWU (including the TWU Libraries) will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016. Spring 2016 classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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 18, 2015

Houston ARC Goes to the Dogs

Doggone Cute  Therapy dogs Doodles (left) and Bogie (right), with
Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs of Houston, visited the Houston
ARC on December 1, 2015. Approximately 75 students and faculty
and staff members learned about the dogs and what they do. All
photographs (here and below) by Marilyn Goff, Michelle Rava, Ryan
Slattery and Jinu Philip. December 1, 2015. 
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Bogie (a big Irish Wolfhound) and Doodles (who weighs three pounds), therapy dogs with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs (B&BTD) of Houston, were accompanied by B&BTD's Susan Lipka and Doty Olson for a visit to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. The event, co-hosted by OT faculty member Dr. Gayle Hersch and ARC Librarian Marilyn Goff, was attended by approximately 75 students and faculty and staff members who had the opportunity to learn about therapy dogs and what they do.

B&BTD, a national organization with a chapter in Houston, keeps busy tending to the health care of local patients in the largest Medical Center in the world and in surrounding health care facilities of all types. Friends Goff and Lipka (Lipka is also owner and trainer of champion line Irish Wolfhounds) are longtime volunteers for Houston Westie and Scottie Rescue where Susan first taught Marilyn about therapy dogs. In June 2015 Marilyn began the process to bring therapy dogs to the Houston campus library in conjunction with Dr. Hersch’s Foundations of Occupational Therapy class. 

Students and faculty and staff members from HCA, Nursing, OT, IT, PT, Administration, and the ARC saw demonstrations of therapy dogs at work, and learned about applications in healthcare; how therapy dogs are trained and certified; and how to initiate inquiries into this type of work. Four TWU students are now committed to launching a therapy dog program, and nursing students who had no idea about therapy dogs were educated about the dogs and their value. B&BTD volunteers answered many questions during the event, and attendees heard stories about therapy dogs who sparked Alzheimer and Memory Unit patients to talk after years of silence. Lipka described an encounter between Bogie (her 4-year-old 148-pound Irish Wolfhound) and a female patient who had not spoken for some time. When the woman saw Bogie she immediately started speaking to him. Nurses called the woman's husband, who arrived to hear and talk with his beloved wife for the first time in two years.

Therapy dogs make a difference!

~Marilyn Goff

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Therapy Dogs at the Library on Sunday, 12/6

The library is going to the dogs!

Therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas, Inc. Animal Assisted Therapy will be at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library on Sunday, December 6th from 7 to 8 p.m. (or so). It'll be wall-to-wall dogs in the Children's Collection on the Garden Level.

Join us--because as we all know, final exams are ruff.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Therapy Dogs Are Coming to the Denton Library

The countdown has begun to Fall 2015 final exams at TWU, and to help ease the tension therapy dogs are coming to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Dogs with Paws Across Texas, Inc. will be in the library on Sunday, December 6, 2015 to visit with students. Further details will be publicized on Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

We hope to see you on Sunday, December 6, 2015 because as we all know, finals can be ruff.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Librarian Suzi Townsdin In the Loop With Bike/Walk Denton

In the Library Loop  TWU Librarian Suzi Townsdin (far right) speaks to participants in the Cycle with the
City: Library Loop bike ride at the group's final stop--the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of
TWU. October 19, 2015. 
On Monday, October 19, 2015 TWU Science Librarian Suzi Townsdin participated in a Cycle with the City: Library Loop bike ride organized by Bike/Walk DentonThese periodic bike rides are facilitated by City of Denton Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Julie Anderson.

The ride began at the City of Denton’s Emily Fowler Library where participants learned about services and collections featured at that location. In addition to lending books they now lend bike locks to library users who need one.

After the presentation at the Emily Fowler Library the cyclists cruised their way up Locust Street to the Denton Public Library North Branch at the intersection of Locust and Windsor. A librarian met the group outside and talked about the awesome tech tools available there--including 3D printers, Arduinos, a Raspberry Pi, soldering irons, and more.

Ride participants then used the bike lanes on Windsor to travel to their final destination, our own Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus. Townsdin spoke to the group about the library's history and some of its collections--including the WASP Collection, the University Archives, the Children’s Collection, and the collection of more than 20,000 cookbooks. Townsdin encouraged the group to visit the library to enjoy its colorful artwork and rotating exhibits highlighting current events and TWU history.

The next Bike/Walk Denton bike ride is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 when participants will travel to the Denton recycling facility. For more information and updates follow Bike/Walk Denton on Facebook at City of Denton–Bike/Walk Denton. Maybe you’ll see TWU librarians Suzi Townsdin and Susan Whitmer on the ride!

~Suzi Townsdin

Monday, November 2, 2015

Learning with Video

Faith is the first performance in Seattle choreographer Pat Graney's
Faith Triptych, one of the thousands of videos available through the
TWU Libraries.
Are you a visual or auditory learner? If so, learning with video may be for you. TWU students and faculty and staff members may access videos on nearly any topic via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List. Database descriptions and help guides are also available. Looking for a video on a particular topic? Use the Advanced Search option in TWUniversal (also available from the libraries' homepage). Simply enter your topic, click Search, then find Resource Type in the column on the left. Check the Media/Streaming box to get a list of videos on your topic.

Databases devoted to video content are available via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List, including the following. The VAST: Academic Video Online package from Alexander Street Press contains over 20,000 titles, many with transcripts, covering topics in a wide array of subject areas. Films on Demand  includes thousands of streaming, high-quality educational videos. Special features allow you to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, personalize folders, and manage a collection. Kanopy Videostreaming is an online multidisciplinary video collection covering topics such as the arts, health, science, and education. Documentaries, films, interviews, and a range of short videos are included. OntheBoards.tv features HD-quality contemporary performance films for streaming, downloading, or mobile viewing.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween from the Denton Campus Library

Super Casual Friday  Blagg-Huey Library staff members dressed for a not-so-typical Friday at work. First
row (L-R) Lynda Stapel, Jessica Randle, and LaMargo Branch. Second row (L-R) Suzi Townsdin, Andy Tucker,
and Johnathan Wilson. Photograph by Sandy Cochran. October 30, 2015.
From a not-so-typical Friday at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Happy Halloween!

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween from the Vault

Happy Halloween  A Red Cross doll in the Halloween spirit waves to visi-
tors to the TWU Libraries Vault. Photograph by Ryan Dillman. October 29,
It offers a secure, climate-controlled environment to house rare and valuable library items--but in the imagination of Woman's Collection student assistant Ryan Dillman, the TWU Libraries' Vault on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library was also the perfect setting for this timely, eerie photo.

Happy Halloween.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Buzz On Starbucks

A Venti Big Job  The former site of the Computer Lab on the first
floor of the Blagg-Huey Library is being transformed into a cafe-style
Starbucks, scheduled to open in the Spring 2016 semester. Photo-
graph by Sandy Cochran. October 27, 2015.
The buzz is true--Starbucks is coming to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.   

Right now it may be a Venti mess, but the former site of the Computer Lab on the library's first floor (just inside the building's entrance) will be transformed into a cafe-style Starbucks with seating and food service (the Computer Lab computers have been moved to the library's second floor outside the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence). 

The Starbucks at the Blagg-Huey Library is scheduled to open in the Spring 2016 semester.

~Sandy Cochran

The Kindest of Homecomings for R. Jay Berry

Welcome Home  Author and TWU alumna R. Jay Berry was welcomed by TWU students and staff members
for a book talk and signing in the Catherine Merchant Reading Room on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus, where Berry read passages from her
Sunday Rose trilogy. Photograph by Sean
Spear. October 28, 2015.
The book talk and signing on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library was personal, enjoyable--and a homecoming of sorts for author and TWU alumna R. Jay Berry.

In the intimate surroundings of the library's Catherine Merchant Reading Room, Berry and her husband Bernard greeted everyone individually before Berry, a 1976 graduate of TWU, shared with the audience details of her family life and career and read passages from her Sunday Rose trilogy--The First Sunday, Sunday's Best, and Sunday's Eternal Rose.   

Mr. and Mrs. Berry were overwhelmed by the graciousness and hospitality extended to them. As the couple was leaving, Berry observed that the event was “indeed the kindest of homecomings.”   

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Snapshot Day Update: Minions at Work

Quick! Take a Snapshot!  David Schuster of the Blagg-Huey Library
on the Denton campus getting in the minion spirit. The library is collect-
ing info from library users (on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 10 a.m.
until 6 p.m.) which will be used by the Texas Library Association to ad-
vocate for libraries across the Lone Star State. Photograph by Andy
Tucker. October 27, 2015.
Snapshot Day Update
Tuesday, 10/27/15
1:34 p.m.

We all love libraries, right? With two minutes of your time you can help the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus collect info that will be used to advocate for libraries across the Lone Star State.

Until 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, 10/27/15) we'll be in the first-floor lobby collecting answers to a very short survey (two minutes, tops!), handing out candy, and taking pics in our Minion photo booth for anyone who wants one--so please come by!

~Sandy Cochran

Book Talk & Signing with R. Jay Berry

Please join us on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. as we welcome acclaimed author and TWU Alumna R. Jay Berry for a book talk and signing at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Berry will be reading from her Sunday Rose trilogy in the Catherine Merchant Reading Room on the library's second floor and signing copies of her books. Light refreshments will be served following the program, which is free and open to all.

Questions? Please contact the Woman's Collection of the TWU Libraries at 940-898-3751.

~Sandy Cochran  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Say Cheese! We're Taking a Snapshot!

Candy, minions, and selfies--all part of Snapshot Day at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 please stop by the Snapshot Day table 
in our first-floor lobby (look for the blue and yellow balloons) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Answer a few simple questions, grab some free candy, and take a picture or two--all for a really good cause (the information you provide about your use of the library will be used to advocate for libraries across the Lone Star State). 

Say cheese!

~Sandy Cochran 

Tales From the Clipped: The X Files

Without A Trace  On June 1, 1948, Virginia 
Carpenter (center) took a cab to the Denton campus 
of Texas State College for Women (now Texas 
Woman's University), got out of the cab near her 
dorm--and vanished without a trace. Although 
Virginia's disappearance was heavily investigated, 
and various sightings of her have been reported 
over the years, the case was never solved. Virginia's 
story is prominently featured in the Files, a collec-
tion of newspaper clippings and notes about some 
of the chilling tales from TWU history. Daedalian, 
1946. Texas State College for Women. Digital modi-
fication by Matthew Miller.
Editor's Note: This post is reprinted from Check It Out: The TWU Libraries Blog. October 31, 2014. Happy Halloween.
On the Denton campus of TWU three unassuming file folders rest on a shelf in the Woman's Collection Vault at the Blagg-Huey Library. At first glance you might assume they were left there accidentally; from a distance there is no clue that the files contain anything out of the ordinary, and certainly nothing requiring the Vault's secure, climate-controlled environment. The contents appear to be reports, letters--perhaps photographs? 

A closer inspection reveals the eerie truth. Campus Mysteries/Ghost Stories reads one label. Campus Mysteries/Missing Student reads another. Campus Mysteries/X Files reads the third. These are the X Files, a collection of newspaper clippings and notes about some of the tales--some mysterious, some tragic, all chilling--that are part of TWU history. 

One of the files' more enduring tales is the story of Virginia Carpenter, a student who arrived by cab on the Denton campus of Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University) in the summer of 1948, got out of the cab near her dorm--and vanished without a trace. In 
The Case of The Missing Co-Ed author Shelly Tucker sums up the case.

"She stepped off the train in Denton, Texas on Tuesday, June 1, 1948, after a six-hour trip from her home in Texarkana, wearing a striped chambray dress, red platform shoes (with a matching red bag), and a white hat perched on her head. Virginia Carpenter was twenty-one years old. The 5’3" young lady had long brown hair, brown eyes, and a lovely smile. She took a cab from the train station to Brackenridge Hall, which would be her dormitory, at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University). She planned to take summer classes for her future career as either a nurse or a lab technician. She didn’t get a chance to be either. Virginia disappeared that night without a trace."

Learn the lengths some went to in the search for Virginia, and about other tales of mystery and mayhem from TWU history, in the pages of the X Files (request them in the Woman's Collection Information Office on the library's second floor). The files, very popular with students, must remain on the premises but patrons may use the library's beautiful Reading Room to peruse them to their hearts' content. 

Skip the haunted houses, ask for the X Files, and learn about some of the chilling episodes from our university's past.

If you dare.

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pioneer Your Pathway: Academic Life at TWU

Enhance your TWU student experience with information from all over campus, gathered in one convenient place. During Pioneer Your Pathway: Academic Life at TWU on Tuesday, October 27th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall Oval information will be available on many of the resources and services that TWU students can use to enhance their academic careers.

Questions? Contact the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence at 940-898-3755, or visit them on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, October 23, 2015

Open Sourcerers Made Us Proud

The Open Sourcerers represented the Blagg-Huey Library at the 2015 SECC Charity Ball. Seated, Megan
Haase. Kneeling (L-R) Ryan Becker and Winter Royea. Standing (L-R) Vickie Silva, Erik Martin, Suzi
Townsdin, and Jason Mims. Photograph by Sean Spear. October 22, 2015. 
The Open Sourcerers, the volleyball team that represented the Blagg-Huey Library at the university's 2015 SECC Charity Ball, made us proud as team members volleyed, dug, spiked, and served for a good cause.

Team members Ryan Becker, Megan Haase, Erik Martin, Jason Mims, Winter Royea, Vickie Silva, and Suzi Townsdin squeezed practice sessions into their busy workdays and emerged victorious in the first three games they played, but lost the fourth. It was all in good fun, though, and for a very good cause. 

The Charity Ball is part of the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), an annual workplace giving campaign that also includes a basket auction, chancellor's luncheon, pie contest, and other events. Through the SECC thousands of dollars are raised at TWU every year for a wide variety of local, national, and global health and human services--an effort the TWU Libraries are very proud to play a part in. 

~Sandy Cochran

Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton Reads From Her Work

If you were fortunate enough to be in the audience at the poetry reading and book signing on Thursday, October 22, 2015 with Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, you know everyone in the packed lecture hall of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus enjoyed themselves despite the rainy weather. As Morton read selections from her Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and ImageHometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots; and Constant State of Leaping, audience members sighed in recognition as her words evoked wonder, sadness, nostalgia and other familiar emotions.  

Weren't there, or want more? The TWU Libraries carry the following works by Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton. Enjoy. All photos by Sean Spear, staff member of the Blagg-Huey Library.

Becoming Superman (2009)

Redefining Beauty: Poems (2009)
Names We've Never Known (2010)
New and Selected Poems (2010)
Stirring Goldfish (2010)
No End of Vision: Texas as Seen by Two Laureates (2011)
Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image (2012)
Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots (2013)
Constant State of Leaping (2014)

 ~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Show Your Library Love on Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Between 
10 a.m. and 6 p.m. l
ibrary patrons are invited to share information about their library experience that day--
data which will be used to promote libraries across the Lone Star State. Photograph by Sean Spear. October 21,
Can you spare a few minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th? Then stop by the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus for free candy and a chance to help libraries across the Lone Star State.

What does a day at the library look like? Every October, libraries across Texas send information and images to the Texas Library Association (TLA) to answer that question. These "snapshots" are then used to promote all Texas libraries. 

Snapshot Day at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library is Tuesday, October 27, 2015. For your answers to a brief survey about your library experience, there will be free candy, "Minion" photo ops--and a chance to show the love we all have for the libraries in our state.

Please join us for a few minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th just inside the library's entrance

We'll be the ones with the minions.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Library Black Box Located

Do you need to return library materials to the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, but don't have time to go in? 
Return them at the library's new book return located to the right of the building's entrance. Photograph by 
Sean Spear. October 21, 2015. 
In anticipation of construction on a new Starbucks at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, we've moved our book drop. Patrons can now return library materials to our new black (o.k., dark grey) box to the right of the building's entrance.

~Sandy Cochran  

A World of Clinical Research Evidence from Trip

The TWU Libraries now provide access to Trip, a database tool with an unrivaled collection of high-quality secondary evidence ranging from systematic reviews and clinical guidelines to evidence-based synopses and clinical Q&As--all supplemented with a substantial collection of high-quality, health-related, grey literature and other great content to support clinical decision making. Trip

To Use Trip
1)  Access Trip via the TWU Libraries homepage/Databases A-Z List/T/Trip. Sign in with your Pioneer Portal username and password.
2)  You'll be directed to a page to create an account. Choose Texas Woman's University under Your institutions.
3)  You're ready to search! 

Please contact us. We are, as always, happy to help you.

~Sandy Cochran

Poetry Reading: 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton

All are invited to attend a poetry reading and book signing with 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (room 101) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. The lecture hall is on the right as you enter the building. Light refreshments to follow.

For assistance please visit our first-floor Information Desk.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Dallas Campus Celebrates PT Month!

Did you know that October is Physical Therapy Month? The Dallas Center Library celebrated by building a display dedicated to the history of The School of Physical Therapy. The first class started in 1965 with 7 students (each current cohort has approximately 50 students!). The display includes historic texts, pictures from the archives, and select pictures of past students. 

Stop by to see the display in person and grab some Halloween candy!

~Kim Richardson, Ellen Hamlett, and Mandie Mims

Boo at the U on 10/22

Event Update 10/21/15: Due to anticipated rain, this event is shifting indoors (to the Student Union and its outdoor covered walkways).

 TWU’s annual Boo at the U is scheduled for this Thursday, October 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each year, the event brings in approximately 3,000 participants from the Denton Community and provides the Denton campus with the opportunity to showcase our beautiful grounds.  This year’s activities include a Haunted House, Train & Carriage rides, Inflatables, Carnival Games, and the ever-popular Trunk-or-Treating! 

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring one canned good per person to support the good work being done by the TWU Food Pantry.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, October 19, 2015

Open Access Explained in 8-1/2 Minutes

Today begins International Open Access Week 2015 (October 19-25, 2015). Open access is an important topic in today's academia, but not everyone in academia knows what open access involves, or has the time to learn.

Enter Open Access Explained!, a YouTube video featuring Jonathan Eisen and Nick Shockey, Director of Programs and Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. The video takes you in plain English through the world of open access publishing. Even better? It does it in under 8-1/2 minutes.

See Open Access Explained! below, or from the TWU Libraries' Open Access Subject Guide.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Spotlight On: Placing Library Items on Hold

Have you ever needed access to an item that was located on another TWU campus? How about an item that was checked out? The TWU Libraries has one simple solution for these situations--hold requests.

Hold requests are a simple way to get materials that for whatever reason are not currently available. For example, if you need an item that the catalog indicates is checked out--place a hold request on it. As soon as the item is returned, you will be granted access. The same is true if you need something from another campus. If you are at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences in Dallas and need an item that is kept at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, place a hold request on the item and it will be sent to your campus for pickup. 

If you're unable to find an item in its proper location, fill out an Item Search Form at the Circulation Desk. Once the item is located it will be placed on hold for you. If it's not found, you will be directed to request it through our Interlibrary Loan service.

The best part of placing hold requests is how simple it is:

1.  Go into the TWU Libraries Catalog and search for an item.
2.  After you've located the item in the catalog, click the Sign In link in the upper right corner of the screen.
3.  Sign in with your Pioneer Portal username and password.
4.  Click the Get It tab beneath the item title.
5.  Click the Request link and enter the requested information; click Request. You've now successfully placed the item on hold!

There are two types of items that cannot be placed on hold--Reserve items, and items that are housed on your home campus (if you are a student on the Houston campus, for example, you cannot place a Houston item on hold unless it is currently checked out. If it is on the shelf, the only pick up location options listed on the online form will be the two campuses that you are not on--Denton and Dallas. Should you try to place the item on hold, it will be sent to whichever campus you have designated as the pick up location).

Questions about hold request procedures? Please see our Hold Requests page; email us at circ@twu.edu; or stop by your campus library and ask in person at the Circulation Desk. We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jason Mims