Monday, September 28, 2015

Because You Can, Read a Banned Book Today

Editor's Note: This post is reprinted from Check It Out: The TWU Libraries Blog. September 23, 2013.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Imagine the world, or any list of classic literature, without these titles. If some had their way these celebrated works of literature and many more would be missing from classroom, bookstore, and library shelves. 

For all sorts of reasons there are many who've attempted to suppress material that conflicts with their beliefs.  The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. However well intentioned, though, censorship is censorship. As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. said in Texas v. Johnson, "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

Fortunately for book lovers everywhere, there are those--including the American Library Association, libraries, librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, educators, and readers of all types--who rally against this kind of suppression. Every year since 1982 these people have banded together during Banned Books Week (this year from September 27th through October 3rd) in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas--even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week celebrates Americans' freedom to read while highlighting the value of free and open access to information. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

Because of Banned Books Week and other rallying cries against censorship, banned and challenged books continue to be available to those who wish to read them. What's black and white and read all over? Banned and challenged books.

To commemorate Banned Books Week, choose a frequently challenged book and use the TWU Libraries catalog or WorldCat to locate a copy; or see displays of banned and challenged books on the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library's ground and second floors. For assistance, ask at the Information Desk or contact us.  

ead a banned or challenged book today.  Because you can.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 25, 2015

Denton Library Computer Lab Closed Sept. 24-29

The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library's Computer Lab is on the move.

The lab--with its computers, printer, and virtual assistant--is moving from the library's first floor to its second floor (just outside the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence).   

To facilitate this transition the computer lab will be closed Thursday, September 24th through Tuesday, September 29th. The lab will be back in business in its new location on Wednesday, September 30th.

Need a computer in the meantime? Computers are located on each of the library's four levels, and Chromebooks and other laptops are available at the first-floor Circulation Desk. For assistance ask at the Information Desk on the first floor.  We are, as always, happy to help.    

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Food for Thought: Is Your Food Safe?

September is National Food Safety Education Month, a good time for each of us to think about a subject we may take for granted--how we buy, prepare, and store food for ourselves and our families.

The websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are good sources of current health information you can use to stay safe. Find out what the CDC has to say about food safety here; and learn about several aspects of food safety from the FDA here.   

Do you know the right way to handle and prepare raw produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices?  Watch the FDA video below to find out.  

Links to more valuable food safety information appear below the video. 

Fruits and veggies are important parts of our diets. Do you know how to prepare and serve them safely? Learn steps you can take to keep your produce safe.

Safe Food Handling: What You Need to Know
Learn four simple steps to safe food handling.

Debunking Myths about Safe Food Refrigeration
To refrigerate or not to refrigerate—that is the question. And how cold is cold enough?

Are You Storing Food Safely?
Easy steps you can take to help store your food safely.

Food Facts for Consumers
Explore a wealth of food safety information from A to Z.

The TWU Libraries' Nutrition & Food Sciences (NFS) Subject Guide contains a wealth of information related to NFS research.  For assistance please contact Nutrition & Food Sciences Subject Librarian Suzi Townsdin at or 940-898-3297.

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How May We Help You?: Services for Faculty Members

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallasand the Houston ARC, are dedicated to providing a wide range of services to TWU faculty members. One of the most popular faculty services we offer is the Faculty Information and Research Support Team (F.I.R.S.T.), a program with the singular goal of supporting faculty members' research, courses, and professional development.

F.I.R.S.T. is comprised of Subject Librarians partnered, based on fields of study, with faculty members who have signed up for the program. Faculty members can sign up by contacting the Subject Librarian who specializes in their subject area.  

Your Subject Librarian is available to provide research expertise and custom research support pertaining to the following.
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Grants
  • Courses (creation and updates)
  • Professional development
  • Database searches
  • Table of contents alerts
  • Keyword/phrase search alerts
  • Access to materials
  • Interlibrary loan order generation
  • Bibliography or reference list checks

To sign up for F.I.R.S.T. simply contact the Subject Librarian in your field of study. 


More information about F.I.R.S.T. is available here, and a comprehensive list of services available to faculty members is available here.

If we can help you, we hope you will let us know.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Registration Deadline for Family Weekend is Friday 9/25

Family Weekend 2015 is right around the corner.  If you haven't yet registered, the time is now.  The deadline to register for this annual fall showcase highlighting all that TWU has to offer is Friday, September 25, 2015.  

Register with your family, register with a friend, or register alone--but register for all the fun, including the 2nd Annual Rubber Duck Station for Children in front of the library featuring duck decorating, rubber duck-themed games and music, and prizes.  

An event schedule is located here, and the Family Weekend 2015 Registration Form is available here

~Sandy Cochran 

Research That Clicks: Subject Guides & Subject Librarians

So much to do, so little time.  

Wouldn't it be great if you could quickly sift through all the information at your disposal, leaving you with resources tailored to the project at hand?  The TWU Libraries have you covered.  

Our Subject Guides, geared toward study, research, and writing in specific subject areas, are 37 handy packages of information (databases for accessing the articles you need, websites, videos, course information, writing tips, and more) gathered by subject area.  Simply go to the guide (or guides) that most closely relates to the topic at hand, and click--you're taken to a compilation of searchable, authoritative information geared to the subject area of your choice.  "Ideally, students should consult the Subject Guides instead of Google at the beginning of the research process to narrow their research topic," says Reference Librarian Elaine Cox, "and again when they are ready to locate full-text articles." 

Subject Guides can be useful to faculty members as well as students, says Cox.  "There are many ways faculty members can use the Subject Guides for their classes.  They can request course-specific guides, link to a specific guide within Blackboard, or work with their Subject Librarian to create a guide focused on a special topic."

Questions?  Contact the Subject Librarian pictured in the upper right corner of the guide you are using.  Research experts in specific fields, the TWU Libraries' experienced Subject Librarians are here to help you with your research questions, large or small.

Recently updated, the Subject Guides now feature a cleaner user interface and increased functionality for a more streamlined user experience.  All are easily accessible from the TWU Libraries homepage > Subject Guides.

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Metroplex Archivists Meeting On 9/25 Open to All

An archivist (AR-kiv-ist) is an information professional who assesses, collects, organizes, preserves, maintains control over, and provides access to records and archives determined to have long-term value.  Wikipedia 

On Friday, September 25, 2015 the annual meeting of the Metroplex Archivists, a group of special collections and archives staff members from across the DFW Metroplex, will be hosted by the TWU Libraries.  This group includes academic, junior, and public library specialists in digital libraries, digital humanities, records management, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.  The meeting's itinerary is available here.  

Interested in the topic of archiving?  All TWU staff members are invited to attend. 

WHAT  Metroplex Archivists Meeting
WHEN  9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015
WHERE  Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (Room 101) (first door to the right as you enter the building)
LUNCH  Please consider joining the group for a Dutch treat lunch after the meeting at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant (just minutes from campus)
DETAILS of the meeting and lunch are available here   
RSVP  Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 23 for the meeting, the lunch, or both to Kimberly Johnson ( or 940-898-3743)

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Library Laugh

Happy Sunday. 

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Men's Health Mondays Kick Off on 9/21

Making the most of life, at TWU and beyond, requires physical and mental fitness.

To help with that goal, our friends with Student Health Services (SHS) are hosting a series of workshops for the men of TWU--students and faculty and staff members--which will focus on important health topics that every man should know something about.

Pump It Up:  Dos and Don'ts at the Gym
12:20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, 9/21
(Denton) Student Recreation Center, Studio 3
First 20 attendees receive free food


12:20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, 10/19
(Denton) Student Recreation Center, Studio 3
First 20 attendees receive free food


12:20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, 11/16
(Denton) Student Recreation Center, Studio 3
First 20 attendees receive free food

~Sandy Cochran

Tick Tock: Buy 2 Books, Get 1 Free Until 9/30

You still have a little time to take advantage of the TWU Libraries' Buy 2 Get 1 Free Summer Book Sale, ending Wednesday, September 30th

The enormous selection of items, located on the first floor of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, includes cookbooks, craft books, novels--and too many more volumes to list.  Most are priced under one dollar.  

The catch?  The sale ends Wednesday, September 30th.  Need help?  Ask a friendly face at the Information Desk (to the right as you enter the building).

Tick, tock.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Book A Study Room

As a matter of fact, you can book a room at the library. 

Study rooms at the Blagg-Huey (Denton) Library (BHL) and the Dallas Center Library (DCL) can be reserved here.  Information on BHL study rooms is available here; find specifics about DCL study rooms here.

Questions?  Call 940-898-3719 (Denton) or 214-689-6580 (Dallas).

~Sandy Cochran

Art Works: Marie Delleney, Texas State College for Women

Untitled Oil by Marie Delleney, former faculty member with Texas State
College for Women (now Texas Woman's University), on display in the Blagg-
Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  Photograph by Erik Martin.
September 18, 2015.
Editor's Note:  Art works to awaken the senses.  It fuels the imagination, encourages creativity, and clears the mind.  It relaxes us.  It can make us laugh; it can bring tears.  It provides a respite, however brief, from the task at hand.  Art works to inspire our inner artists, encouraging the advancement of our own works of art--whatever those may be.  It raises our quality of life.  Art makes us feel good.

Between classes, between projects, between chapters--whenever the impulse strikes--look up and really see some of the creative works around you, including those at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  

Because art works.

Marie Delleney's untitled oil in autumn hues, left, is just one of many pieces on display in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  Delleney was a faculty member of Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University) from 1929 to 1964.  See this work near the Browsing Collection on the library's first floor and enjoy works in a variety of mediums displayed on the library's four levels whenever the building is open (a friendly reminder--a current TWU ID card is required for entrance after 9 p.m.)

For assistance, please visit the Information Desk (on the right as you enter the building).


~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Register Now for Family Weekend (October 2-4)

It's time to mark those calendars and register (by Friday, September 25th). Family Weekend 2015 is almost here.

The traditional fall weekend showcasing the TWU Denton campus and all that it has to offer, Family Weekend (this year on October 2-4) features events, tours, food, and socializing--all to connect TWU students and their families with campus facilities, services, and resources.  

The TWU Libraries will once again play a role in this fun-filled and informative weekend.  Tours of the beautiful Blagg-Huey Library will be available, and the 2nd Annual Rubber Duck Station for Children in front of the library will feature duck decorating and rubber duck-themed games and music.  Guess the number of ducks in the Library Fountain for a chance to win a prize!

Register here by Friday, September 25th for Family Weekend 2015.

Stay tuned here, and on the libraries' Facebook and Twitter, for more information.

~Sandy Cochran

Honoring Hispanic- and Latino-Americans

Works of Latina Authors Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Marjorie Agosin and more are featured in a
display at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Curated by Woman's Collection staff members
in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the display includes a sample of the works by Hispanic and Latino 

authors featured in the collections of the TWU Libraries.  Photograph by Sandy Cochran.  September 17, 
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2015) the TWU LibrariesWoman's Collection has curated two current displays honoring important contributions made by Hispanic- and Latino-Americans.

The first, in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, features a selection of works about Hispanic culture and photographs of prominent Hispanic-Americans such as Cecilia Abbott, the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas.  On the library's second level a second display features works by Latina authors Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Marjorie Agosin and others.  

Questions?  Stop by the Information Desk (to the right as you enter the building) or contact us by text, chat, email, or phone.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gay Rights and the Constitution on Wednesday 9/17

In conjunction with Constitution Day on Thursday, September 17, 2015, the TWU Department of History and Government will present Gay Rights and the Constitution, a panel discussion featuring the department's Dr. Jacob Blosser, Dr. Parker Hevron, and Professor Jeff Robb.  The event will include a review of several key U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including this past summer's Obergefell v. Hodges on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.  Pizza, courtesy of the TWU Division of Student Life, will be served. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Dr. Jonathan Olsen at

Questions about the law or legal research?  Contact the TWU Libraries' Reference Librarian Woody Evans, a research specialist in the fields of law and criminal justice.  Woody is available for research consultations and in-class instruction sessions; reach him at or 940-898-3710.  Learn about legal resources, legal research, and more on the libraries' Law Subject Guide here

WHAT  Panel discussion Gay Rights and the Constitution.  Pizza will be served.
WHEN  11 a.m. to 12:20 pm. on Thursday, September 17, 2015
WHERE  CFO 204 on the Denton Campus

~Sandy Cochran  

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Prerequisite Of Everything: Well Woman's Wednesday Is Here!

That never-ending list of things to do beckons to all of us, but at the top of it should be your well-being.  The prerequisite of everything, as they say, is health.  

Here to help?  Well Woman's Wednesday, sponsored by the Health Promotion folks of TWU's Student Health Services.  A series of sessions on physical and financial wellness, Well Woman's Wednesday begins Wednesday, September 16th with Let's Get Physical: Dos and Don'ts in the Gym from 12:20 to 1 p.m. at Fit & Rec

While you're at it, mark your calendar now for Girl Talk on October 14th, and All About the Benjamins on November 11th.  

See you Wednesday.

And don't dawdle--lunch is free for the first 20 attendees.  

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Be Informed. Be Safe. Be Pioneer Prepared.

Named one of the safest college campuses in the nation, Texas Woman's University--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC--is serious about safety.  Expanded in-house security; electronic access after 9 p.m.; and an on-staff Additional Duty Safety Officer are just a few of the measures in place at the Denton campus library alone--all with the goal of secure, stress-free environments in which TWU students and others can study, teach, work, and relax. 

Toward that end, the TWU Libraries encourage TWU community members in Denton, Dallas, and Houston to become #PioneerPrepared by attending September sessions on Active Shooter Awareness, Severe Weather Awareness, and Communicable Disease Awareness hosted by the TWU Department of Emergency Management.  Session details left, and on the printable flyer here.  Attend 2 of the 3 sessions for a chance to win a disaster kit.  Free pizza while supplies last.

Be informed.  Be safe.  Be #PioneerPrepared.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 11, 2015

Spotlight On: TWUniversal Search

Editor's Note:  They are, in a word, vast--a fitting description of the resources and services offered by the TWU Libraries to the members of the TWU community.  

Our physical and virtual offerings are so extensive, in fact, that they can be a bit overwhelming.  To help you see the trees for the forest, several of the libraries' social media--this blog, Facebook, and Twitter--will, in the weeks and months to come, shine a spotlight on much of what the libraries offer, one tree at a time.  First up? Our powerhouse in-house search engine, TWUniversal Search.

We hope you learn something useful here, and stay tuned for more.


WHAT is TWUniversal Search?
TWUniversal Search is a one-stop solution for finding articles and other database content; books; digital collections; journals; web pages; streaming video; course reserves; and more. 

WHY should I sign in to TWUniversal Search?
When you sign in to TWUniversal Search, you are able to set preferences for your current and future sessions; renew materials; and save your search queries.

HOW do I sign in to TWUniversal Search?
Click on the Sign In link in the top right corner of the TWUniversal Search screen, and sign in with your Pioneer Portal username and password.

WHERE can I find more information on TWUniversal Search?
On the TWUniversal Search page here, or on the TWUniversal FAQ page here.

WHO should I contact if I have questions about TWUniversal Search?
Please contact us however you prefer--via phone, text, chat, or email.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Digital Frontiers 2015 Set For Sept. 17-19

It's a popular annual event happening soon, but there is still time to register.

The Texas Woman’s University Libraries will be partnering on the Digital Frontiers 2015 Conference and THATCamp--an event bringing together the makers and users of digital resources in the humanities--at UT Dallas on September 17-19, 2015.  More information on the Digital Frontiers 2015 Conference and THATCamp is available here.

Registration for the conference is $50 for non-students and $20 for students (including lunch).  THATCamp registration is $20.  Register for either or both here today.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pioneer Center To Host Toastmasters Open House

The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, will be hosting a Toastmasters International Open House on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from noon to 1 p.m.  All students, faculty and staff members, and members of the public are invited to attend.  Admission is free; light refreshments will be available.

For more information contact Anna Ryan at, or visit the group on Facebook.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Library Hours

After the first Labor Day celebration in New York City on September 5, 1882, other localities began to adopt 
the idea of a fall festival of parades and picnics celebrating workers.  Here, the Women's Auxiliary Ty-
pographical Union takes part in a Labor Day parade.  Courtesy of the United States Department of 
Labor.  Date unknown. 
In observance of Labor DayTexas Woman's University--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC--will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015. 

All TWU Libraries will observe normal operating hours on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6 (the Denton campus library will be open from 9a to 6p on Saturday, and from 2p to midnight on Sunday; the Dallas Center Library will be open from 10a to 2p on Saturday, and closed on Sunday; and the Houston ARC will be closed on Saturday and Sunday).  All will be closed on Labor Day, and resume normal Fall semester operating hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. For specifics, please refer to the schedules for the Denton campus library, Dallas Center Library, and Houston ARC.

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Dallas-Sized Welcome to Fall 2015

Showing the rest of us how it's done, the staff of the Dallas Center Library at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute
of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
gets in the spirit as they help welcome new and returning TWU students to the
Fall 2015 semester.  L-R first row, Lorena Nañez-Bonilla and Robbie Jones; second row, Ellen Hamlett, Mandie
Mims, and Kim Richardson; third row, Eula Oliphant and DeeDee McFadden.  Photograph by 
Lorena Nañez-
Bonilla.  August 26, 2015. 
Welcome back, everyone!!

It has been a hectic but fun first week of the Fall 2015 semester here at the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.  It is great to see our previous students returning, and we look forward to getting to know all of our new students.  

Framed  Lorena Nañez-Bonilla, Li-
brary Assistant II at the Dallas Center 
Library, was in the right frame of 
mind to welcome new and returning 
students to the Fall 2015 semester at 
August 26, 2015.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Student Life organized a Welcome Back get together on the third floor, with games and music for the students. SGA, the Counseling Center, Healthcare Christian Fellowship, and FC Dallas Soccer were there with handouts and cool things for the students.  Once again, Dallas Center Library staff members threw our creative hats in the ring and created a selfie photo booth for the students.  We had photo booth party accessories for the students to hold up--including mustaches, purple glasses, smiley faces, and more--along with a selfie stick belonging to the newest member of our group, Deedee McFadden.  Thanks, Deedee, for letting the students borrow it!  Student Life’s Chre Parnell added a TWU Student Life Instagram frame.  

It was great to see the students set down their heavy backpacks and have some fun with their classmates. We also thought the occasion would be a great opportunity for a Dallas Center Library staff photo. Should we make it our official staff photo?  ;)  You be the judge.

Have a great semester, everyone!!

~Ellen Hamlett

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Sample of Our Newest Databases

Image courtesy of SciFinder, one of several research databases recently added 
to the TWU Libraries' inventory of over 200 databases available 24/7 for TWU 
student and faculty member use.   
Searching for the latest articles and research results?  Look no further.

The database inventory of the TWU Libraries is massive, and continually expanding.  The following is a small sample of the latest additions to our collection of 200+ databases covering a wide range of subject areas, all available for your use 24/7 via the TWU Libraries homepage > Research > Databases A-Z List.

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides unlimited access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances, and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.  SciFinder offers a one-stop-shop experience, with flexible search and discover options based on user input and workflow.  Search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references--anytime, anywhere.  Registration and creation of an account is required.

Mergent Archives provides you with access to a vast, indexed collection of corporate- and industry-related documents. Containing more than 180,000 documents covering 100+ countries and industries, Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy-to-navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs.  It also provides instant access to Ford Equity Research Reports; 85 years of annual reports for companies across the globe; and detailed analysis of, and forecasts for, two dozen major global industry sectors.

Accessible Archives is a unique database developed by dedicated instructors and students of American history.  Containing mostly primary sources not offered elsewhere, Accessible Archives includes eyewitness accounts of historical events; vivid descriptions of daily life; editorial observations; commerce as seen through advertisements; and genealogical records--all in a user-friendly online environment.  

Questions?  Just let us know.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran