Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pardon Our Progress

Beginning Monday, November 28, 2016, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus will be the site of some much-needed construction. As the roof replacement project proceeds, patrons will notice safety precautions (including fencing and overhead protection) in place for their benefit.

The library building (including Starbucks and the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence) will be open and fully operational during this project, which is scheduled for completion by early Summer 2017.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Portrait of Florence Nightingale

The TWU Libraries invite you to join us on Thursday, November 3, 2016 for the grand opening of A Life Unveiled: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale. A Life Unveiled is a significant collection, 35 years in the making, of Nightingale artifacts, original documents, and memorabilia.

Following light refreshments, collection curator and TWU alumnae Tony Paterniti, Ph.D, R.N. will share details of Nightingale's story--including the impact her work has had on nursing, statistics, sanitation reform, advocacy for the sick, hospital design, and more. Guided tours of A Life Unveiled will follow.

The TWU community and the general public are invited to join us at 2 p.m. in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus as we pay tribute to Florence Nightingale and her life of service to the sick and dying.

~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Frito Pie Connection

Everybody loves frito pie, TWU, and the TWU Libraries Cookbook Collection. Discover the connection between three of your favorite things in this article from TWU News.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson 

Halloween Face Painting on Streaming Video

Looking for inspiration for your Halloween makeup? Check out the following streaming videos available through the TWU Libraries with your Portal username and password. Access them via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List > K > Kanopy Videostreaming, then type the title in the search box at the top of the page.

Create Faces Face Painting: Halloween Horror  1 hr., 52 mins.
A professional clown and face painter demonstrates how to paint eight different full-face designs: Frankenstein, Living Dead/Zombie (2 variations), Mummy, Skull, Vampire, Half-skull, and Werewolf. She also discusses supplies, basic brush strokes, cleanup, and--for professionals working at fairs and birthday parties--marketing and working with children.

Monster Make-Up  37 minutes
Dick Smith, creator of special makeup effects for the films Altered States, The Exorcist, The Hunger, and Amadeus, shows you how it's done using easily available materials. Make your own blood, fake teeth, and fangs, and learn various shadowing and other techniques as you watch Smith transform an 18-year-old into a ghoulish zombie.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A New Warning for Vapers


Are you a vaper, or do you know someone who is? A recent letter in the New England Journal of Medicine contains a warning that may save you or your friend a trip to the local burn unit.

According to the letter, e-cigarette devices are randomly and unexpectedly exploding, burning and maiming people--both e-cigarette users and those nearby. According to Dr. Elisha Brownson, the letter's lead author, these explosions are caused by the powerful lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigs. Batteries in some of the devices are overheating, causing a fire or an explosion, she said. Exploding E-Cigarettes Sending Vapers to Burn Centers

For guidance on finding articles, books, videos and more on e-cigarettes and other health-related issues--including STDs, HIV, sickle cell anemia, cancer, obesity, diabetes and many more--visit the TWU Libraries Health Studies Subject Guide. For a one-on-one research consultation on your health-related research, Librarians Elaine Cox (Denton), Eula Oliphant and Mandie Mims (Dallas), or Marilyn Goff (Houston) are available. 

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Unprecedented Life of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has been creating musical masterpieces for decades--and a selection of them can be heard and seen performed on two DVDs available for checkout at the Circulation Desk of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library.

See ". . . an electrifying account of (Dylan's) unprecedented life" (David Fricke, Rolling Stone) in the Martin Scorsese film No Direction Home, a 2-disc set featuring interviews and rare footage of Dylan concert performances.

Based on Howard Zinn's bestselling A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States (both available from the TWU Libraries), The People Speak features Dylan's Do Re Mi and "the words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) of (other) rebels, dissenters, and visionaries . . . including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali . . . and many others never featured in high school textbooks." Cover, The People Speak

~Sandy Cochran 

Reserve a Study Room in Denton, Dallas, or Houston

Are you in dire need of some peace and quiet because you’re working on a huge assignment that’s due next week? Do you need some space so you can finish up a group project with your classmates, but you’re not sure where you can go? Reserve one of the TWU Libraries study rooms!

Our libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, feature study rooms that you can reserve via our Study and Conference Rooms page, or by asking for assistance from a Circulation staff member. The Denton library also features reservable conference spaces.

Each study room is different. Some have a computer, audiovisual equipment, or a whiteboard--others do not. Some have carrels, a table, or upholstered seating. To choose the room right for you or your group, peruse the room photos on the Study and Conference Rooms page under the appropriate campus tab. Each campus has its own policy on study room reservations (time limits, etc.), so make sure to check out that information as well.

Questions? Please ask a staff member or contact us another way. We’re always happy to help.

~Ryan Slattery

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

For A Worthy Cause: Bid on a Library Basket

When in Doubt Go To the TWU Libraries  When you need to get things done, head to the TWU Librar-
ies--online, or on any TWU campus. This incredible basket features cookies, tea, books, a flashlight, mugs, and 
cool TWU Libraries swag including a stylus pen, comfy tee-shirt, and an awesome TWU Libraries tote bag!
The Chili Cook-Off, Pie Bake-Off & Basket Auction, highlights of the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) at TWU, will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the South Foyer and Southwest Dining Room of Hubbard Hall.   

Fall Into A Good Book  It’s that time of year when the temperature is dropping and
days are getting shorter. What better way to end the day than with a good book? Get
cozy with some good books, a comfy throw, a hot drink, mugs, snacks, and a pretty
autumn-inspired dish.
While you’re there, put a bid in for one of the three fabulous baskets (leftthe TWU Libraries will have up for auction to benefit this very worthy cause.
Proceeds from the Pie Bake-Off, Basket Auction, Volleyball Game, Chancellor's Lunch and other SECC events help TWU raise tens of thousands of dollars annually for a wide variety of local, national and global health and human services.

~Sandy Cochran with Bethany Ross 

Pokémon  Join in the fun with this fantastic Pokémon basket. Enjoy toys, books, plushies and more!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Faculty Workshop: Blackboard, Copyright & You

Are you confident in your ability to avoid copyright issues in your courses and on Blackboard? What is fair use, and how can a Creative Commons license help you safely use copyrighted information with your students?

Utilize Copyrighted Information with Confidence!--a one-hour workshop for TWU Denton, Dallas, and Houston faculty members, adjunct instructors, and others who teach and/or upload course materials to Blackboard--will address these topics and more.

Workshop  Utilize Copyrighted Information with Confidence!
Date & Time  October 21, 2016; 10-11 a.m.

In Denton  Blagg-Huey Library, Room 101 
In Dallas  IHSD 8720
In Houston  IHSH 6305

Presenter  Kris Helge, J.D., Ph.D., Director of Library Services, Tarrant County College 
Topics include 
~Copyright basics and avoiding copyright pitfalls
~Guidelines for uploading items to Blackboard and other digital course tools
~Fair use
~Locating and safely using copyrighted information via a Creative Commons license
~Judicial and legislative updates on academia and copyright
No RSVP required

Utilize Copyrighted Information with Confidence! is sponsored by the TWU Libraries and the TWU Center for Faculty Excellence.

Questions? Please let us know.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Do You Believe in the Freedom to Read?

A Banned Books Week display featuring once-challenged books
available for checkout will be featured in the TWU Libraries Child-
ren's Collection through October 1, 2016. Photograph by Sandy
Cochran. September 24, 2016.
Do you believe in free and open access to information (even--or especially--if that information is unorthodox or unpopular)? Do you believe that censorship is harmful? How about the freedom to read--do you believe you should be able to read what you want? If you answered yes to any of the above, Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is celebrated every year by people just like you.

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read, bringing together the entire book community--librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types--in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Curious about the books that have been challenged on various grounds? The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom maintains lists of challenged books as reported in the media and as submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

A display and web page celebrating our freedom to read are now featured in the TWU Libraries Children’s Collection on the Ground Level of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey LibraryA display curated by Woman's Collection staff members featuring a selection of banned/challenged titles is located on the library's second floor (to the right as you exit the elevators).

~Jimmie Harris with Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 26, 2016

Research Help for Vets from One of Your Own

At Your Service Veteran and TWU Libraries Librarian Susan 
Whitmer is embedded at the TWU Veteran & Military Student 
Center on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Photograph by Jon Turner. 
September 21, 2016.
A TWU Libraries librarian has made it her mission to assist TWU student veterans and military-affiliated students who may be experiencing the disorienting effects of moving from a structured military environment to college life. She can relate--because she's been there.

TWU Libraries Reference Librarian and former Army Communications Specialist Susan Whitmer, based on the Denton campus, is embedded at the TWU Veteran & Military Student Center (Denton campus, Jones Hall, rooms 106-107) on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Whitmer—who started college within weeks of ending her time in service--appreciates the chance to be of help (from locating course assignment sources to navigating the transition from military to campus life) to this group with which she shares a very special bond.

The TWU Veteran & Military Student Centerestablished in 2014 with a donation from a local business, is housed in a quiet and comfortable two-room suite. TWU student veterans and military-affiliated students are welcome to relax in the lounge or work on their coursework in the study room equipped with computers and a printer. 

The TWU Veteran & Military Student Center is open M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Away from the center, Susan can be reached at 940-898-3739 or swhitmer@twu.edu.

~Susan Whitmer

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Search Strategies for Teaching & Graduate Assistants

Search.jpgMark your calendar. The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library is offering a workshop on the following dates geared toward the teaching and research needs of graduate and teaching assistants. All workshops will take place in the library’s first-floor Reference Training Room.

Monday, September 26 at 5 pm
Tuesday, September 27 at Noon
Thursday, September 29 at Noon

With the goal of teaching users to efficiently locate research and teaching materials, these workshops cover search strategies and tips for TWUniversal, a selection of databases, and RefWorks. We will also discuss how to evaluate internet resources for quality.

All TWU teaching assistants, graduate assistants, graduate students, and faculty members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to JHarris@twu.edu by 5 pm on Friday, September 22, 2016 with your name, department, and session you will be attending. Can’t make it? Contact Jimmie Lyn Harris at the same address for a personal appointment.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Last Look: Pokemon Go Contest Winners

We couldn’t be prouder of our Pokemon Go contest winners, so here’s one last look at all five from the Denton campus with their entries and prizes. Houston campus winner Cara Loveland isn’t pictured, but that’s her winning entry at the end.

Thanks to all who played, and we’ll see you next time.
~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Power Up with Tech Info & A Free Icy Pop on 9/15

On Thursday, September 15, 2016 celebrate Power Up at Your Library Day at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library with tech info and a free icy pop

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016, TWU Libraries staff members will join libraries across the state as they showcase today's libraries in part as the forward-thinking, technology-driven institutions they are. 

Pick up info on library technology available to all TWU students and faculty and staff members, and choose from a selection of icy pops to help you power through the (still) warm Texas weather. You can't miss us--just look for the giant tent

The Power Up at Your Library Day campaign was established in 2016 by the Texas Library Association to showcase the innovation, leadership, and technology-centered work being generated in today’s libraries. September 15, 2016 was declared Power Up at Your Library Day by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

~Sandy Cochran   

Friday, September 9, 2016

Link Update: Study Room Reservation System

The study room reservation system used by TWU students and faculty and staff members to reserve study rooms at the Denton and Dallas libraries has been upgraded. Bookmark a link to the new system with libguides.twu.edu/studyrooms; access it on TWU Libraries Mobile; or reserve a room on a kiosk at either location.

The system's new interface includes links for booking rooms, Denton and Dallas study room maps, and reservation system policies. Questions? Contact the Denton (940-898-3719) or Dallas (214-689-6580) Circulation Desks.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Color To Your Heart's Content

They're not fat, they're just jumbo-boned! All 
TWU students and faculty and staff members are
welcome to color to their heart's content on any floor
of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library. Photograph by
Joslyn Sandlin. September 2, 2016. 
If you could take a well-deserved break within walking distance of your office or next class--one that research suggests can reduce college students' stress and ultimately help to improve their GPAs--would you be interested?

Coloring, deemed therapeutic for adults by the likes of Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic, is now a Fall and Spring fixture at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton. Colored pencils, crayons, markers--they're all waiting for you, with something to color, on each of the library's four floors.

Research, study, collaborate and socialize at the Denton campus library--and now, color to your heart's content.


~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Start Your Research With Credo

Mind-mapping Thomas Jefferson An example of the mind maps available through Credo Reference. Insert a topic
and Credo provides you with a collection of related, clickable topics in graphical format to help you brainstorm directions
for your research. 
There's so much information out there--through the TWU Libraries and otherwise--that knowing where to start your research can be a bit . . . overwhelming. A good place to begin? Credo Reference (or Credo).

Credo features topic pages over 10,000 handy topic-specific collections of basic facts and overview articles); mind maps (as awesome as they sound, these collections of related, clickable topics in graphical format help you brainstorm directions for your research); millions of full-text entries; videos; images; direct links to the TWU Libraries' homepage, catalog, databases, and multifaceted Ask a Librarian service; and tools to help you find definitions, persons, pronunciations, translations, text-to-speech and more.

Credo has undergone some interface changes, making this an ideal time to get reacquainted with this powerful tool for locating background information on thousands of topics. If you've never used Credo, you're in for a treat. "It's like a scholarly encyclopedia," says Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris.

Get started with Credo today via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List > C > Credo Reference. Sign in with your Portal username and password, insert a topic into the search bar, and you're off.

Questions? Just let us know.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Our Virtual Doors Are Always Open

All TWU Libraries are closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2016) but remember--our virtual doors are always open.

Research, read ebooks, connect via social media, watch videos, and learn with our suite of tutorialsWriting & Citing Help, and info on library services--do all this and more anytime, anywhere from the TWU Libraries homepage.

Questions? Just ask.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tick Tock Goes the Pokemon Go Clock

Tick tock. 

The clock on the Pokemon Go contest at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library and Houston ARC runs out at the close of business on Friday, September 2nd

There are (super cute) prizes still to be awarded, so if you haven't entered, the time is now. 

~Sandy Cochran

Labor Day Weekend '16 @ the Libraries

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 5, 2016. 

All three locations will observe regular Fall semester operating hours on Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4, 2016. The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library will be open from 9a to 8p on Saturday, and from noon to 2 a.m. 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 both Saturday and Sunday. All three TWU Libraries locations will be closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 5) and resume regular Fall semester operating hours on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Visit the Library Calendars page for more specifics on the operating schedules for the three TWU Libraries locations.

Labor Day . . . is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers . . . (and) the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. United States Department of Labor

A safe, happy, and well-deserved holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Block Party 9/1 for #BlackStudentWeekend2016



Block Party is today @ 7:30pm outside Fit and Rec (Rain location Student Union)

~Kenya Frilot

New Tutorial Series Now Available

The TWU Libraries are pleased to announce the release of a series of eight library tutorials replacing the libraries' former tutorial options.

This new series is accessible from our homepage; with direct URLs (which are listed on our Library Tutorials Subject Guide); or in Blackboard Organizations (through the Library Tutorials organization). The Blackboard option allows students to view the tutorials, take brief (five-question) quizzes, and receive certificates of completion (for four or more correct answers). Once earned, certificates are conveniently stored in Blackboard Achievements for future access by the student if needed for another course.

Tutorials will be added to this series throughout the academic year, but the following eight brief, modular learning experiences--viewable on most computers and devices--are available now. Complete information is available at twu.edu/tutorials.

Questions? Need assistance? Please contact Abby Morris, Coordinator of Library Instruction, at amorris8@twu.edu or 940-898-3758.

~Abby Morris

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Student Health Services Open House on Wednesday, 8/31

Our friends with Student Health Services (SHS) invite all TWU students, faculty and staff to visit them during the SHS Open House on Wednesday, August 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for some healthy snacks and TWU swag--not to mention valuable information that may impact your health.

You are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to meet the SHS staff and learn about SHS services, programs and resources. 

SHS is located next to the Department of Public Safety in Hubbard Hall. For more information on SHS or the SHS Open House, call 940-898-3833.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to the Dallas Center Library

Welcome to Fall 2016 at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. The Dallas Center Library offers the following to help you as you begin this important next step in your academic career. 

The Dallas Center Library offers . . . 
Laptops, Chromebooks, phone chargers, and headphones--all with 4-hour checkout periods. We also offer graphing calculators that can be checked out for 8 hours.

A quiet area and reservable study rooms that seat 2-8 people.

Computers in all parts of the library (including the quiet section, the library's main section, and the lounge area which remains open until the building closes. Printing is not available after the library closes).

A printer in the library. Students, faculty, and staff can print from any library computer but not from personal laptops.

Do you carry the textbooks for my classes?
We don’t carry all textbooks for all courses, but we do carry core books for many of the disciplines. Stop by the Information Desk or search the library catalog to see if your textbook is available.  

How do I check out books?
You must have a student, faculty, or staff ID card to check out library material. 

How long can I keep a book? 
Please visit our Borrowing Materials page for information on checkout periods.

What is the checkout period for a reserve item? 
The lending time for Reserve items varies. Generally, Reserve items can be checked out for two or four hours--but some items have shorter or longer checkout periods. At the time of checkout a library staff member will tell you when your item is due. You can call 214-689-6580 before you come to the library to verify the checkout period for a particular Reserve item.

How do I reserve a study room?
Standard study rooms must be reserved online and are available to current TWU students, faculty, and staff. Users reserve study rooms by logging in with their Portal account. The presentation room must be reserved in person.

How much does it cost to print?
For students, the cost of printing is a part of student fees. You will not need to pay anything at the library to print.

Can we print in color at the library?
Color printing is not available in the library, but the Office of Student Life on the 3rd floor offers color printing at 25 cents per page.

To learn more about the Dallas Center Library, please visit the Dallas Center Library FAQ page.

~Lorena Nañez-Bonilla