Friday, February 27, 2015

The Other Dress

The Other Dress  A fantastic paper dress, designed by two TWU students as part of a senior collection, is 
constructed almost entirely out of book pages.  A marvel of creative engineering and design, the dress is on 
display in the first-floor living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  Image 
courtesy of Brandi Thompson Photography.
You could call it hyper-viral.  A flash fire of a story about a dress has taken the internet by storm, dividing those who see the garment into two teams--White and Gold, and Black and Blue.  It's a fascinating tale of perception that calls to mind an intriguing creation much closer to home--the Other Dress, if you will.

The Other Dress, created by two TWU students, is a fashion feat constructed almost entirely out of book pages.  While its color has not been the subject of a viral debate (it "reads" a combination of neutral hues), the Other Dress is a marvel of creative engineering and design--and cute to boot. 

See the Other Dress on display in the first-floor living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU--but please, no flash fires.  #TeamPaperDress

~Sandy Cochran   

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fair Use: An Important Right for Everyone, Everywhere

An Important Right for Everyone, Everywhere  February 23-27, 2015 is Fair Use Week, an annual cele-
bration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing.  Coordinated by the Association of Research 
Libraries, Fair Use Week celebrates the most flexible, powerful and universal user's right articulated in copy-
right law.  FairUseWeek.Org.
Fair Use Week (February 23-27, 2015) is an annual celebration, coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, of the doctrines of fair use and fair dealing.  It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing; celebrate successful stories; and explain these doctrines.

What is fair use, and how does it apply to you?  Far from obscure legalese, fair use is an important right for everyone, everywhere.  Click here for an engaging, colorful infographic, in plain English, depicting fundamental aspects of fair use.

All's Fair in Folsom v. Marsh  Judge Joseph Story, 
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1811 
to 1845, wrote the opinion in Folsom v. Marsh, a U.S. 
copyright case widely regarded as this country's first 
fair use case.  In that opinion, Story set forth four factors 
(listed above) to be considered in fair use disputes; they 
are still in use today.  Image courtesy of Celebrate Fair 
Use Week 2015 by Greg R. Fishbone.
●  Fair use is a right.  

●  Fair use is vitally important

●  Fair use is for everyone

●  Fair uses are everywhere.   

To learn more about the doctrine of fair use, consider the following.

Fair Use Week

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lost and Found: A Sherlock Holmes Whodunit

Lost and Found  A historian has discovered a lost Sherlock Holmes 
story in the attic of his Selkirk, Scotland home.  Image courtesy of 
Ricky Leaver/Loop images/Corbis via
Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous detective, is at the center of a new double whodunit.

A historian from the Scottish burgh of Selkirk ("best known for bannock, a dried fruitcake" in case you were wondering) has uncovered a lost Sherlock Holmes story in his attic.  After the town's bridge was swept away in a flood, Arthur Conan Doyle (purportedly) penned the tale to raise money for a new one.

The story, lavishly titled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar, is a brief imaginary interview with Sherlock Holmes and his trusty Watson, who has the audacity to turn down a trip to Scotland with Holmes.

The mystery-within-a-mystery:  did Doyle really write it?  Although doubts regarding the story's authorship were quick to surface, the Sherlock lovers among us may still find the prospect of a "new" Holmes-Watson interaction, however brief, intriguing.  The discovery also begs the question--what's afoot in your attic?

Read Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar in its entirety here.  Discover electronic and print versions of some of Doyle's other work--as well as materials about the author--in the collections of the TWU Libraries.  Simply search for Arthur Conan Doyle using the TWUniversal Search box on the libraries' homepage.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day Fun

Today is the second day in a row that TWU has been closed for Winter Storm 2015 (sounds better in capital letters, right?). While everybody loves a snow day, by day two you're sitting at home in your sweats, wondering if pizza delivery guys take snow days (please, NO!) and . . . now what?  Well, the TWU Libraries can help.  We're not in the pizza business (sorry), but we do deliver (insert groan here).  Whether you're looking for amusement or ways to stay productive despite the ice, we have a few suggestions you can use . . . all from the comfort of your own igloo abode.

To get started, navigate to the TWU Libraries homepage (go ahead . . . I'll wait.) 


In the upper righthand corner of the homepage find links to the libraries' Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, Pinterest and Flickr pages.  It's not easy keeping up with everything the libraries are up to, but connecting with us on social media is a great way to start.  


. . . and not the pizza kind.  Stretch your creative muscles by entering The Pioneer Woman Goes Red, a fashion design contest open to all TWU students and faculty and staff members.  Everything you need to know, including how much you could win, is here.  Don't have an entry form?  No problem. Plan your design now, then pick up a form when Winter Storm 2015 releases its grip on the Denton campus.  The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Thursday, 2/26/15 . . . so no dawdling.


Use the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the homepage; choose Advanced Search.  In one or more of the search boxes enter any terms you like; the first dropdown box lets you limit your results by title, author, subject and more.  Then here's the key:  See the dropdown box labeled Resource Type?  Choose Electronic Books, then click Search.  Tip: Entering the term Encyclopedias gives you a list of all the electronic encyclopedias we offer.  Learn about 9/11, antiques, philosophy and more, right there in your pjs.


No matter your research topic or field of interest, there is likely some video to augment your work.  Again from the homepage, find the TWUniversal Search box at the top of the page; use the process above for ebooks, with one difference.  In the dropdown box labeled Resource Type, choose Media/Streaming.  

Our databases are also a good place to look for video content (some are strictly devoted to videos, while some contain videos as well as other types of content.)  Navigate to them from the homepage, under Research.  Click on Databases A-Z List to find any of the following (descriptions and help guides are available using the links at the top of the page.)

Academic Video Online (aka VAST: Academic Video Online)
American History in Video
Area Studies Video Online
Art and Architecture in Video Online
Business and Economics Video Online
Counseling and Therapy in Video
Criminal Justice and Law in Video
Dance in Video
Education in Video
Ethnic Studies Video Online
Ethnographic Video Online
Films On Demand
Health and Society in Video
Humanities Video Online 
Issues & Controversies
Kanopy Videostreaming
Nursing Digital Library
Nursing Education in Video
Opera in Video
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Philosophy and Religious Studies in Video
Politics and Current Affairs Video Online
Psychology Video Online
Science Video Online
Theatre in Video 
VAST: Academic Video Online
World History in Video


Our Subject Guides are convenient collections of resources and information (databases, ebooks, websites and more) on specific topics.  Navigate to a list of Subject Guide topics available from the homepage, under Research.  Click on Subject Guides.  Tip: Even if you don't have a research project at the moment, take a few minutes to explore the Subject Guide for your major or a field of interest.  You may be surprised what you find.  


We can all be better writers.  On the homepage, under Research, click on Writing & Citing/RefWorks.  Writing resources abound--including ways to get help when you need it.

While not a library resource, is a valuable learning tool available to all current TWU students and faculty and staff members.  Offering beginner to advanced courses in a wide variety of subject areas, offers free training 24/7. Create an account and get started here

Stay warm.  Stay safe.  Have fun--and save me a slice.

~Sandy Cochran 

Tech Tuesday: Let's Chat

There are many ways to connect with the TWU Libraries; the choice is yours.  Whether you prefer to text, phone, chat, email, talk to someone in person, or connect via social media--we're here to help.  Find the details you need to get started here.

The libraries' chat service combines the best of technology and personal service.  With it, users can reach out to library staff members online. Available Mondays thru Thursdays from 1 to 9 p.m. when the libraries are open, this service allows you to interact at your convenience with a helpful staff member, one-on-one.  Get research help, pose questions, get information--all at the press of a button.

Start from the libraries' homepage and click on the chat button (left) in the righthand column.  Answer a few simple questions and you'll be connected to someone who can help you--just like that.

Let's chat.

~Sandy Cochran     

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tick Tock: "The Pioneer Woman Goes Red" Ends 2/26/15

The supply of entry forms is dwindling, entries are coming in, and the deadline is less than one week away.  If you haven't entered The Pioneer Woman Goes Red, a fashion design contest open to all TWU students and faculty and staff members, there are hundreds of reasons to get your entry in by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Generous cash prizes, donated by Gail Cope, will be awarded to 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place winners.  Awards will go to the most creative entries.

The contest deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015--giving you a little more time to prepare that winning entry. Full contest details are available here.

Good luck.  Go Red!

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Denton Campus Library Closing Early on Sunday, 2/22

Due to inclement weather in the area, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

For information on bad weather as it affects TWU--including campus closings--see the university's bad weather information page here.

To receive emergency notifications via the TWU Department of Public Safety's Pioneer Alert system--including information on campus closings due to inclement weather--TWU students and faculty and staff members can register here.

Stay warm.  Stay dry.  Stay safe.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, February 20, 2015

Loud and Clear: The ELUNA Primo Summit

At The Summit  Attendees of the ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) Primo Summit in St. Louis, 
Missouri.  Attendees from across the U.S. and Canada were invited to convene to discuss issues and solutions 
related to Primo, the TWU Libraries' discovery and delivery tool for local and remote resources such as 
books, journal articles and digital objects.  Representing TWU was David Schuster, Director of Library 
Information Technology and Technical Support (third row, third from the left).  December 19, 2014.
Editor's Note:  It takes a village.  To the casual observer, the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the ARC in Houston, are smoothly running operations in peaceful, organized surroundings. Behind the scenes, though, lies much more--a group of dedicated professionals who, day after day, handle the myriad details involved in serving the information needs of the TWU communities in Denton, Dallas and Houston.

One of those hardworking professionals is David Schuster, Director of Library Information Technology and Technical Support, who recently attended a summit in St. Louis for users of Primo, the libraries' discovery and delivery tool for local and remote resources (such as books, journal articles and digital objects). Primo is a product of Ex Libris, a provider of library automation solutions.   

David describes his experience for us.

What was the summit you attended, and its purpose?
I attended the ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) Primo Summit.  All the attendees invited participated in small and large group discussions, outlining issues and proposing solutions which the Product Working Group (PWG) would gather to produce a final report.  The Primo PWG was charged with developing a brief report/position paper based on the issues and solutions discussed at the summit.  This report was to consist of a clear description of the issue(s), the current impact on the community, and suggested changes or solutions.

The overall goals of the summit were to focus on key problem areas, not every issue, and to draft proposals that the Steering Committee could take to Ex Libris and the International Group of Ex Libris Users (IGeLU) for discussion and integration into the development cycle.  
Who attended?
There were about 30 individuals from across the United States and Canada.  I'm David Schuster from TWU; there were also individuals from Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Emory University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Montana, Brigham Young University, and the Université du Québec à Montréal--to name a few.

I understand that it was an honor to be invited.  What can you tell us about that? 
Texas Woman’s University was one of 30 organizations represented.  We have a small library technology staff, yet we were able to discuss issues with individuals whose sole jobs are to manage Primo.  This was quite an honor.  In that setting our voice was as loud as those of larger universities, allowing our users' concerns to be heard.  It was an honor to be selected out of 1,900+ Primo customers worldwide based on our size, expertise and use of the system.

What were some of the highlights of the summit for you?
Seeing concerns of the many being voiced, and having the opportunity to work as a collective group and prioritize those concerns.  Those issues and discussions will go to the Ex Libris corporation, and we hope they will be addressed.  Ex Libris as a company was intentionally not represented at the summit, as we wanted our discussions to be wide open as we addressed the various libraries' concerns.  This encouraged us to be creative as we sought possible solutions.

What were some the biggest takeaways of the summit for you?
I have a better understanding of the complexity of a system in which universities can host themselves, or have the company host. Also of how different organizations are actually using the system, which may not be at all related to standard library resources such as books.  An example is the LDS Church History Library.  They have many electronic documents and print items that are cataloged, but not in a standard library way.  Then there are institutions using Primo to aggregate content from different systems, allowing users to search and gather information in one spot.  An example is the Mountain West Digital Library, where data is harvested from different systems--allowing users to do one search and retrieve the resulting images and items from different organizations.  It’s not about exposing some data, but as much as you have--then letting users evaluate and decide what has value to them.

What else about the summit and your experience there do you think would be of interest to our readers?
The TWU Libraries are progressive.  We are being recognized for our innovation and the way we approach access.  We listen to our users, and because of that we are being recognized in the library community as a change leader and influencer.  As a result, the vendors we work with are listening to us--which ultimately means our users' voice is heard, loud and clear.

~David Schuster with Sandy Cochran

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection

A Picture of Nursing  A reproduction of an Army Air Corps 
recruitment poster for WWII, part of the extensive digital gallery
Large-scale banners depicting the parts of this exhibition are 
available for viewing in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey 
Library on the Denton campus of TWU through Sunday, March 1, 
The postcard is a fleeting and widespread art form influenced by popular ideas about social and cultural life . . .  Nurses and nursing have been the frequent subjects of postcards for over 100 years.  In fact, no other art form has illustrated the nursing profession so profusely . . . Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection investigates the hold these images exert on the public imagination--then and now.  Introduction, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection

What is the Zwerdling postcard collection?

Images of nurses and nursing are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and by attitudes toward class, race, and national differences.  By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection reveals how nursing was seen during that time.  Introduction, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection  This exhibition provides a view of the nursing profession from various perspectives, including Picturing a Woman's Mission: Service to Humanity; Picturing Nursing as a Career; Picturing the Gender of Nursing; Nursing and Respectability; and The Art of Nursing.   

Who is Michael Zwerdling?
Michael Zwerdling, RN was an American nurse and collector who donated an archive of 2,588 postcards to the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Prior to becoming a registered nurse, Zwerdling took an interest in postcard collecting.  (This interest began) when he came upon a postcard collector at an antique show and learned that he could pay just 20 cents for a lithograph of an angel, gargoyles, mermaids and more.  Soon he was an international postcard dealer with contacts in Japan, the United States and Europe—particularly France, which is still considered the postcard capital of the world.  When he decided to take his medical knowledge as a psychotherapist a step further by becoming a nurse, he sold many of the postcards he had collected, choosing instead to focus his collection on nursing-related material only. 

Where can I view the exhibition?

The exhibition itself is available for exploration on the NLM website.  Included are resources for educators and a digital gallery.

On loan to Texas Woman's University Libraries from the National Library of Medicine are six large-scale banners depicting introductions to the exhibition and its five parts, providing an entertaining overview of Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection.  The banners are available for viewing in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU through Sunday, March 1, 2015. 

~Sandy Cochran 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Successful Sleep Strategies

It's hard to study or get to class on time if you haven't gotten your Zs.  To help, our friends with TWU Student Health Services (SHS) have strategies you can use for a better snooze night after restful night.

Successful Sleep Strategies, part of the 2014-15 Stress Less series sponsored by SHS, will take place on Wednesday, February 18th from 12:25 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 133 of the Student Union on the Denton campus

Still to come in the 2014-15 Stress Less series:  Imagery in Stress Reduction on March 11, 2015 and Proven Stress Reducers on April 15, 2015.   

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tech Tuesday: Headphones with Mics Now Available

Headphone Happy  Happy the penguin, a friend of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton 
campus, Skypes a pal using headphones with a mic he checked out at the library's Circulation Desk 
(where Happy keeps his ID is currently unknown).  Headphones with mics are available for four-
hour checkout windows at the Denton campus library with a current TWU ID.  Photograph by 
Kristin Wolski.  January 30, 2015.
Headphones with mics are now available at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Visit the Circulation Desk, present your current TWU ID, and enjoy the free use of a pair of headphones, with mic, for four hours.  Questions? Contact our Circulation Desk at 940-898-3719 or 

Regular headphones are available at all TWU Libraries--the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU; the Dallas Center Library at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center; and the Academic Resource Center (ARC) of the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center--for four-hour checkout periods with a current TWU ID. 

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, February 16, 2015

I Spy A Library Button

Game On  Join the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus for I Spythe 
library version.  Spot a library button--like one of those pictured here--snap 
a pic, and claim your candy prize at the library's first-floor Circulation Desk.  
Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  February 12, 2015.   
We all know Spy--the kids' game in which the goal is finding an object "spied" by someone else.

We may not be kids any more, but the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus knows you're never too old for games--or candy. In the name of fun--and sugar--we invite the TWU community to join us for I Spy, the library version

It's simple to play:

 Spot a library button (examples pictured left)  

 Snap a pic on your phone

 Show your pic at the Circulation Desk (on the first floor of the library) to claim a candy prize.  

That's it . . . so let's play.

I spy a library button.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, February 13, 2015

Dallas' Welcome Back Bash

Fish for Knowledge and Feed Your Brain @ 
the Library was the theme of the Dallas Center 
Library table at the Welcome Back Bash at the TWU 
T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas 
Center.  Decorations included goldfish and a mean-
dering river rock stream and blue glass pond.
January 21, 2015. 
The TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library rang in a new year and a new semester by participating in the Welcome Back Bash organized by the Division of Student Life for students returning to the Dallas Center for the Spring 2015 semester.

The festivities featured two caricature artists, cookie decorating, the pinning classes of 2015 and 2016, SGA, Chi Epsilon Sigma, and Bobaddiction.  Over 200 students participated!

Ellen Hamlett, Library Assistant 
with the Dallas Center Library, was 
the subject of this caricature created 
come Back Bash.  January 21, 2015.
The theme of the Dallas Center Library table was Fish for Knowledge and Feed Your Brain @ the Library, and it featured a bowl of multicolored goldfish and Hershey’s Striped Kisses sprinkled around a meandering river rock stream and blue glass pond.  The library promoted some of its health science databases; displayed pictorial differences between past and present methods of accessing knowledge; and displayed a sign featuring equipment available for checkout at the library (including headphones, laptops and phone chargers.)

Students came and went when they had time.  It was great to see them all again.

Have a great semester everyone!

~Ellen Hamlett

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Celebrating Black History Month

LaMargo Branch, Interlibrary Loan Specialist with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, 
dressed in finery from her extensive African artifact collection.  Dresses like the one LaMargo is wearing, 
called boubou, are some of the pieces LaMargo generously shares with library patrons every year during 
Black History Month.  Next to LaMargo is more of the collection amassed over two  decades.  Photograph by 
Sean Spear.  February 9, 2015.
Editor's Note:  February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history (  The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is honored to join this celebration, most notably in the form of an exhibit of African artifacts from the extensive personal collection of Interlibrary Loan Specialist LaMargo Branch.  

This exhibit has become something of an annual tradition in its own right--LaMargo has generously shared pieces from her collection with library patrons every year since 2004.  Dozens of them, including several colorful African dresses, are currently on display in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library.  This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours through the end of February.

LaMargo, recipient of the 2014 Pioneer for Diversity staff award in recognition of her passion for diversity and her mission to promote cultural awareness, talked with me at the time about the award, her amazing collection--and the reason she hasn't been to Africa.  That interview is reprinted below.  Pioneer for Diversity Staff Award Goes To LaMargo Branch of the Denton Campus Library.  May 14, 2014.

Check It Out, The TWU Libraries Blog (CIO)  First of all, congratulations on receiving this award.
LaMargo Branch (LB)  Thank you.

CIO  How long have you been working at TWU?
LB  Since August 25th, 2003.

CIO  Every year you share a portion of your personal African artifact collection with the patrons of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Are there other places where you do this?
LB  Yes.  I do it for my church, Friendship Baptist Church of the Colony, and for the Office of Intercultural Services here at TWU.

An intricately carved Djembes, a rare drum from Madagascar, is one 
of the many African artifacts now on display at the Blagg-Huey Library on 
the Denton campus of TWU.  The pieces are from the personal collection of 
library staff member LaMargo Branch, who has put together colorful 
exhibit for the enjoyment of library patrons during Black History Month
--something she has done every year for over a decade.  Photograph by 
Sean Spear.  February 9, 2015.
CIO  How did your collection begin?
LB  I started it in the nineties in Champaign, Illinois while I was working for the Douglass Branch of the Champaign Public Library.  Kids would come to the library and want to know about their culture.  At first I was pulling out books for them.  Later I started collecting pieces here and there, and would bring them to the library for displays.  One piece was a large wooden Ashanti stool with an elephant on it, which I still have.  Kids need to see things and feel them—it helps them learn, helps them with comprehension.  That’s how I look at it.

CIO  How did you start bringing pieces of your collection to TWU? 
LB  Well, February is Black History Month, and I’ve always worn an African dress for that.  A librarian here asked what I was wearing, and started talking with me about it.  Dawn Letson, former head librarian in the Woman’s Collection, asked if I had enough materials to do a display for Black History Month.  She chuckles.  I said I did.  That weekend I did a display at the library--I think it was featured in the LassoThat was in 2004, and I’ve been doing it every year since.

CIO  Do you have a favorite piece?
LB  Oh, gosh.  I have pieces that are favorites.  There’s a Massai warrior, a wooden sculpture about a foot high.  Also a multicolored Massai headdress, or gelee.  Oh!  My drum from Ghana—it has faces carved into it.  These pieces are unique.  The drum is made of wood that can’t be cut any more.  You’ll never find another drum like that one.

CIO  The dresses are stunning.  What are they called?
LB  They’re called bouba or boubou—it depends where they’re from. The fabrics are all different, and some are one-piece dresses, where others are two pieces—a top and skirt—or even three.  Some have headpieces.  Original pieces are very expensive.  Sometimes I bought African fabrics in Illinois and had dresses made for me.  You can tell the difference between what you buy, and what is original.  The fabrics are different, the designs are different.

CIO  Where did you get your bouba and boubou?
LB  My sister traveled, and she bought my first dress in Nigeria.  I’ve had students give me dresses.  A mother of a student once gave me three from Tanzania. 

CIO  You’ve been to a few Pioneers of Diversity luncheons, isn’t that right?
LB  Annita (Owens, a librarian with the Blagg-Huey Library) took me to my first one in 2004.  Three or four years ago Michelle Prudhomme-Coleman saw a display I did for the library, and asked me to do one for them.

CIO  What was your reaction, and your family’s, when you first learned you were receiving a Pioneer of Diversity award?
LB  When I received the luncheon invitation from the Office of Intercultural Services, I thought I was going to be mentioned, or maybe given a gift.  When the ceremony got started, I thought, “Oh, wow.”  When I realized that only one recipient was named from each category—organization, student, staff, and faculty—I thought, “Surely not.”  First they announced the organization winner, then the student winner, then me.  I was in shock.  I really was not expecting that.  My husband and daughter were very proud.

CIO  What about your collection is most meaningful to you?
LB  Oh, the whole collection—and that it took me over 20 years to collect everything.

CIO  Are you still adding to it?
LB  I’m always interested in new pieces, and what they mean to the African culture.  These things should be expressed and displayed.

CIO  Cultural heritage is obviously very important to you.  What would you like to tell our readers about that?
LB  I don’t even know how to put this.  We may be different colors, but we all share a history.  We do.  You have a history, I have a history, we all have a history.  We’re all looking for the same thing.  We all want to know our past.

CIO  How does it feel to be recognized as a Pioneer for Diversity?
LB  Awesome—in capital letters.  Awesome.  I still can’t believe it.  To be recognized like that—it’s an awesome feeling.  You never know how what you do affects other people.  I think it’s the same with whatever you do.

CIO  Have you ever been to Africa, or would you like to go?
LB  Not really.  I’m afraid of bugs.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cash Prizes Announced for The Pioneer Woman Goes Red

If you haven't entered The Pioneer Woman Goes Red, a fashion design contest open to all TWU students and faculty and staff members, you now have hundreds more reasons to get your entry in before the deadline.

Generous cash prizes, donated by Gail Cope, will be awarded to 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place winners.  Awards will go to the most creative entries.

The contest deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015--giving you a little more time to prepare that winning entry.


  Come to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus
  Pick up an entry form (available just inside the front doors, and near the elevators on the library’s other levels)
  Dress the Pioneer Woman in an original red design.  Materials are limited only by your imagination.  Creativity counts!
  Put your name and email address on the back of the form
  Deposit the completed entry at the library’s Information Desk by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  Winners will be notified by email.

The Pioneer Woman Goes Red is being held in conjunction with American Heart Month and Go Red for Women, two national initiatives geared toward promoting heart health in women.

Ready, Set, Go Red!

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tech Tuesday: Google Mail & More

To Gmail and Beyond  Through and the TWU Office of Technology, TWU students and faculty
and staff members have access to a wide range of information about, and free training options for, 

and a host of other Google products.  Image courtesy of Daily Genious
The Google has landed.  All TWU students (and many faculty and staff members) now use Gmail--and many use Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Sheets and more. Whether you're a beginner with these products, an experienced user--or somewhere in between--free training is available to help you get the goods on Google.  Where to begin?  With the essentials.

If you have a current Pioneer Portal username and password, then TWU has partnered with to bring you free 24/7 online training.  Get started on the TWU page.  A huge selection of training videos awaits you, including the following essentials recommended for all Google users--beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Learn at your pace and at your convenience with  

Gmail Essential Training teaches you the basics of composing, sending and replying to Gmail messages.  Also learn to organize and search messages and use Gmail shortcuts with this essential training module.

With Google Drive Essential Training you'll learn the essentials of creating, formatting and sharing Google Drive documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms. 

Google Sheets Essential Training is a great introduction to Google Sheets--a feature-rich, cloud-based spreadsheet application that allows you to format and analyze all kinds of data. 

Google Calendar Essential Training teaches you to manage your personal and professional schedules using Google Calendar. Start scheduling events, tracking your to-dos, accessing your schedule on the go--and more--with this essential Google learning tool. 

Search for Google on for a complete list of Google training options.

For Google Best Practices, Google FAQ, directions for setting up Gmail on a mobile device--and more--visit the Office of Technology Google page here.

~Sandy Cochran with David Schuster