Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Therapy Dogs Are Coming to the Denton Library

The countdown has begun to Fall 2015 final exams at TWU, and to help ease the tension therapy dogs are coming to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Dogs with Paws Across Texas, Inc. will be in the library on Sunday, December 6, 2015 to visit with students. Further details will be publicized on Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

We hope to see you on Sunday, December 6, 2015 because as we all know, finals can be ruff.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Librarian Suzi Townsdin In the Loop With Bike/Walk Denton

In the Library Loop  TWU Librarian Suzi Townsdin (far right) speaks to participants in the Cycle with the
City: Library Loop bike ride at the group's final stop--the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of
TWU. October 19, 2015. 
On Monday, October 19, 2015 TWU Science Librarian Suzi Townsdin participated in a Cycle with the City: Library Loop bike ride organized by Bike/Walk DentonThese periodic bike rides are facilitated by City of Denton Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Julie Anderson.

The ride began at the City of Denton’s Emily Fowler Library where participants learned about services and collections featured at that location. In addition to lending books they now lend bike locks to library users who need one.

After the presentation at the Emily Fowler Library the cyclists cruised their way up Locust Street to the Denton Public Library North Branch at the intersection of Locust and Windsor. A librarian met the group outside and talked about the awesome tech tools available there--including 3D printers, Arduinos, a Raspberry Pi, soldering irons, and more.

Ride participants then used the bike lanes on Windsor to travel to their final destination, our own Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus. Townsdin spoke to the group about the library's history and some of its collections--including the WASP Collection, the University Archives, the Children’s Collection, and the collection of more than 20,000 cookbooks. Townsdin encouraged the group to visit the library to enjoy its colorful artwork and rotating exhibits highlighting current events and TWU history.

The next Bike/Walk Denton bike ride is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 when participants will travel to the Denton recycling facility. For more information and updates follow Bike/Walk Denton on Facebook at City of Denton–Bike/Walk Denton. Maybe you’ll see TWU librarians Suzi Townsdin and Susan Whitmer on the ride!

~Suzi Townsdin

Monday, November 2, 2015

Learning with Video

Faith is the first performance in Seattle choreographer Pat Graney's
Faith Triptych, one of the thousands of videos available through the
TWU Libraries.
Are you a visual or auditory learner? If so, learning with video may be for you. TWU students and faculty and staff members may access videos on nearly any topic via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List. Database descriptions and help guides are also available. Looking for a video on a particular topic? Use the Advanced Search option in TWUniversal (also available from the libraries' homepage). Simply enter your topic, click Search, then find Resource Type in the column on the left. Check the Media/Streaming box to get a list of videos on your topic.

Databases devoted to video content are available via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List, including the following. The VAST: Academic Video Online package from Alexander Street Press contains over 20,000 titles, many with transcripts, covering topics in a wide array of subject areas. Films on Demand  includes thousands of streaming, high-quality educational videos. Special features allow you to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, personalize folders, and manage a collection. Kanopy Videostreaming is an online multidisciplinary video collection covering topics such as the arts, health, science, and education. Documentaries, films, interviews, and a range of short videos are included. OntheBoards.tv features HD-quality contemporary performance films for streaming, downloading, or mobile viewing.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris