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; or stop by your campus library and ask in person at the Circulation Desk. We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jason Mims

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Think Pink: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are now officially in the second full month of classes and the semester appears to be going well. If you need any assistance, please stop by the Blagg-Huey Library, Dallas Center Library, or Houston ARC for research help or a quiet space to study. Beyond classes and projects, October is more than the second month of class, the first month of fall, or the home of Halloween--October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is a very serious illness, one that will claim the lives of nearly 40,290 women in the United States this year alone. This is the most common form of cancer among American women, second only to the various forms of skin cancer. A staggering 12% of women in the United States will be stricken with invasive breast cancer in their lives.

There is good news, however. Survival rates of this once fatal disease are very high in its early stages. If breast cancer is detected in stage I, there is a 100% survival rate. Even as far down as stage III, 72% of those diagnosed will still be alive five years later. Those are some fantastic odds no matter how you slice it! Breast cancer, in its earlier stages, is no longer a death sentence.

Better medical technology and early detection have led to this increased rate of survival, one of the reasons October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is about taking steps to detect the disease early, and encouraging others to do the same. Breast cancer is something most, if not all, people are aware of. Ensuring that everyone detects the disease in stages I or II, when the chance of survival is the highest, is what Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about.

For more information on breast cancer or anything else health-related, take a look at the Health Studies Subject Guide. The journals and databases listed in the guide should make researching a wide variety of health-related topics much easier. Should you feel like donating to cancer research, the American Cancer Society is a great place to start.

Let’s make this Breast Cancer Awareness Month a successful one, T Dub!

~Jason Mims

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Banned Books Week with Mandie

Editor's Note: Not only is Mandie Mims a valued member of the Dallas Center Library staff (she serves as Subject Librarian for Health Care Administration, Health Literacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Pathology), she has quite the sartorial flair as she demonstrated during Banned Books Week 2015. Here, Mandie shares interesting tidbits and personal reflections about banned and challenged books--all while suitably dressed, of course.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s works have frequently been challenged for reasons such as violence and unsuitability for younger age groups. His book Neverwhere came under attack in New Mexico. According to Gaiman, “The biggest boon that Banned Books Week provides is the discussion that is had with honesty and awareness…you’re a kid in a school district [that banned a book] and there’s not a local Barnes & Noble and you don’t have 20 or 50 bucks in disposable income…That book is gone. It was there and now it’s not. The fact you can buy it on Amazon doesn’t make that any less bad.”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson)
Written in 1865, Alice was challenged in 1900 because of expletives; many parent groups have claimed it also encourages drug use and child abuse (the rumors of drug use began in the 1960s, although many branded those observations overreaching on the part of critics). Carroll said it best when he stated, “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does."

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Both the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Academy Award-winning film have come under fire for their portrayals of the Civil War-era south. Despite frequent challenges (or perhaps because of them) the book is considered by many to be one of the Banned Books that Shaped America. Margaret Mitchell's characters have been some of the most enduring in American literature (who could forget Rhett’s famous last words: “My dear, I don’t give a d***”?).

300 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Comic books and graphic novels are frequently challenged, and no one knows this better than the dynamic duo of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Their Batman story arcs have been targeted for depictions of extreme violence, and both authors have been attacked for their critiques of the government. The art and imagery in 300 is nothing short of breathtaking, and certainly not for kids! Some parents, however, seem to confuse pictures with children’s books. Miller stood his ground for 300, just as all information professionals should stand their ground for controversial books. “Give them nothing, but take from them everything,” he said.

Dangerous Angles: The Weetzie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block
This one holds a special place in my heart! Not only were the Weetzie Bat books some of my favorites growing up, but a parent at my high school challenged and successfully had these books removed from the school library during my senior year (the books are frequently criticized for their heavy subject matter, including same-sex relationships, children born out of wedlock, and the AIDS epidemic). Block’s surrealist style adds an element of fantasy to her topics, while her excellent character development makes her characters' experiences all the more painful. Her characters are both underrepresented in YA and intensely relatable--all the more reason why we need Weetzie Bat! “She knew they were all afraid. But love and disease are both like electricity," Weetzie thought. "They are always there--you can't see or smell or hear, touch or taste them, but you know they are there like a current in the air." "We can choose," Weetzie thought, "we can choose to plug into the love current instead.”

~Mandie Mims