Tuesday, January 20, 2015

F.I.R.S.T.: Custom Research Support for Faculty Members

To the new and returning faculty members of Texas Woman's University, the TWU Libraries hope you are off to a good start with the Spring 2015 semester. We offer this brief reminder that custom library assistance is available for all your research and class-related needs.

As part of the TWU Libraries' broad array of services, we feature a program known as F.I.R.S.T. (Faculty Information and Research Support Team).  Composed of Reference Department librarians individually assigned to faculty members who request this service, the sole purpose of F.I.R.S.T. is to provide custom information and research support. 

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

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

Get Started With F.I.R.S.T.
We encourage you to begin this semester with F.I.R.S.T. by your side.  To sign up, simply contact the Reference Department at reference@twu.edu; or any one of our team of dedicated Subject Librarians.  Questions, as always, are welcome and encouraged.

A successful and rewarding semester to all.

~Sandy Cochran

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