Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

From the TWU Libraries family, warm wishes for a happy holiday season and throughout 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Library Hours for Winter Break 2015

In observance of Winter Break, the TWU Libraries will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Inter- session (between semester) hours resume Monday, January 4, 2016. For specifics please refer to the schedules for our libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, TWU (including the TWU Libraries) will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016. Spring 2016 classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

From the TWU Libraries family, our best to you and yours this holiday season. We look forward to serving your information needs in the new year.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, December 18, 2015

Houston ARC Goes to the Dogs

Doggone Cute  Therapy dogs Doodles (left) and Bogie (right), with
Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs of Houston, visited the Houston
ARC on December 1, 2015. Approximately 75 students and faculty
and staff members learned about the dogs and what they do. All
photographs (here and below) by Marilyn Goff, Michelle Rava, Ryan
Slattery and Jinu Philip. December 1, 2015. 
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Bogie (a big Irish Wolfhound) and Doodles (who weighs three pounds), therapy dogs with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs (B&BTD) of Houston, were accompanied by B&BTD's Susan Lipka and Doty Olson for a visit to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. The event, co-hosted by OT faculty member Dr. Gayle Hersch and ARC Librarian Marilyn Goff, was attended by approximately 75 students and faculty and staff members who had the opportunity to learn about therapy dogs and what they do.

B&BTD, a national organization with a chapter in Houston, keeps busy tending to the health care of local patients in the largest Medical Center in the world and in surrounding health care facilities of all types. Friends Goff and Lipka (Lipka is also owner and trainer of champion line Irish Wolfhounds) are longtime volunteers for Houston Westie and Scottie Rescue where Susan first taught Marilyn about therapy dogs. In June 2015 Marilyn began the process to bring therapy dogs to the Houston campus library in conjunction with Dr. Hersch’s Foundations of Occupational Therapy class. 

Students and faculty and staff members from HCA, Nursing, OT, IT, PT, Administration, and the ARC saw demonstrations of therapy dogs at work, and learned about applications in healthcare; how therapy dogs are trained and certified; and how to initiate inquiries into this type of work. Four TWU students are now committed to launching a therapy dog program, and nursing students who had no idea about therapy dogs were educated about the dogs and their value. B&BTD volunteers answered many questions during the event, and attendees heard stories about therapy dogs who sparked Alzheimer and Memory Unit patients to talk after years of silence. Lipka described an encounter between Bogie (her 4-year-old 148-pound Irish Wolfhound) and a female patient who had not spoken for some time. When the woman saw Bogie she immediately started speaking to him. Nurses called the woman's husband, who arrived to hear and talk with his beloved wife for the first time in two years.

Therapy dogs make a difference!

~Marilyn Goff

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Therapy Dogs at the Library on Sunday, 12/6

The library is going to the dogs!

Therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas, Inc. Animal Assisted Therapy will be at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library on Sunday, December 6th from 7 to 8 p.m. (or so). It'll be wall-to-wall dogs in the Children's Collection on the Garden Level.

Join us--because as we all know, final exams are ruff.

~Sandy Cochran