Monday, August 24, 2015

Here We Go: Library 101 for Students & Faculty Members

Welcome to Fall 2015 at TWU.  The beginning of a new semester, and a new academic year, is full of promise and possibilities--and the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston are here to help you make the most of them.

Whether you're a new or returning student or faculty member, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with the libraries' website, and the range of library services available to you.  

Students find our Research page useful, particularly the info on:

 Subject Librarians (librarians who specialize in research in particular fields; these are the experts you'll want to turn to when you need help finding resources for that paper or project)
•  Subject Guides (pages full of info and resources on specific subjects and other topics)
•  Databases (descriptions of, and directions for, the 200+ databases we provide access to.  These virtual treasure troves contain journal articles, newspaper articles, and video and audio recordings on an enormous range of subject matter) 
Add the following, and you'll be creating for yourself a great foundation for the rest of the year:

•  Get a general feel for the libraries' homepage and website; depending on which campus you're on, you'll want to pay particular attention to the Denton, Dallas, or Houston hours of operation.  Remember that many of our resources--including TWUniversal, the catalog, and databases--are available virtually, regardless of when our facilities are open. 
•  Add TWU Libraries Mobile to your phone for anytime, anywhere access to our study room reservation system, hours, and more.  While you're at it, add our contact info--you never know when you'll need it.  
•  Follow the libraries on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog for the latest on library and campus happenings
•  Learn a little something about our Circulation Services 
•  While you're in Blackboard click on the Library tab to review the types of library info at your fingertips there
•  For distance and other students, our Interlibrary Loan service can be a lifesaver when you need materials which the TWU Libraries don't carry.  Create an account now so it's there when you need it.
•  Check out the Writing & Citing page for the types of writing help available to you (make sure to set up a RefWorks account, which can be very useful.  Make the most of your account by viewing our RefWorks video tutorials)
•  Take one or more of our (short) research tutorials 

In addition to library services and resources available to your students (above), you may find useful the
types of research and course support available to you as a faculty member, including the following:

•  The Faculty Information and Research Support Team (F.I.R.S.T.) program is designed to provide custom support for your research, courses, and professional development.  Contact the Subject Librarian in your field for more information.
•  Learn how to place materials on reserve for your students
•  Authorize a proxy to check out library materials for you during the current semester
•  Learn about ordering new library materials, including the name of your department's library liaison

From the entire staff of the TWU Libraries, a rewarding and successful semester to all.

Here we go.

~Sandy Cochran

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