Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tales of Texas Cooking

Dr. Phyllis Bridges, Cornaro Professor of English at Texas Woman's University, is one of the contributors to the recently published Tales of Texas Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Trans-Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies, edited by Frances Brannen Vick. 

Part recipe collection, part history lesson, Tales of Texas Cooking is a publication of the Texas Folklore Society that blends "stories and more than 120 recipes, from long ago and just yesterday . . ." Organized by the state's 10 vegetation regions, the recipes--including Bridges' King Ranch Chicken--provide the book's framework, while the personal and public culinary lore surrounding the lists of ingredients and cooking instructions connect the food and its cultural and historical background. With this delicious combination of cuisine and context, the contributors to Tales of Texas Cooking collectively give readers a sense of what is special about food in the Lone Star State. 

Members of the TWU community will take particular pride in Bridges' Folklore and Foodlore Treasury: The Culinary Collection of Texas Woman's University, a chapter in which she describes the history of the TWU Cookbook Collection (housed in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus) and some of the unique publications it contains (including its oldest cookbook, published in London in 1661). To schedule a tour of the collection (or to donate cookbooks if you are so inclined) please contact the Woman's Collection at 940-898-3751. The Cookbooks and Culinary History Digital Archive, part of the TWU Libraries' Gateway to Women's History, is available to the general public free of charge. 

Tales of Texas Cooking is available at the Blagg-Huey Library for use on the premises (free scanning is available with Pioneer Portal login credentials; for assistance please visit the Information Desk on the first floor or call 940-898-3701). The book is also available for purchase on the Texas Folklore Society website and through booksellers.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Therapy Dogs to Visit the Denton Library

A new study has found that just a few minutes interacting with therapy dogs can significantly reduce students' stress levels--so you'll want to mark your calendar now. Registered therapy dogs with Paws Across Texas, Inc. Animal-Assisted Therapy will visit the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library on Sunday, May 8, 2016 to spend time with TWU students and staff and faculty members during one of the most stressful times on the academic calendar--final exams week. Further details will be announced as they become available.

Paws Across Texas is a nonprofit 501(c) charitable organization based in Fort Worth, Texas. Its purpose is to provide diversified therapy programs using trained volunteers and their registered, privately-owned therapy dogs.

Help the TWU Libraries help you relieve some finals-related stress. All TWU students and staff and faculty members are invited to join us on Sunday, May 8, 2016 for a tail-wagging, stress-relieving, mood-boosting time.

Because finals can be ruff.

~Sandy Cochran 

Monday, March 28, 2016

TWU on WFAA: Celebrating Women's History Month

Kimberly Johnson (right), Director of Special Collections for the 
TWU Libraries, talks with WFAA's Paige McCoy Smith in the Texas 
Women's Hall of Fame as part of a segment celebrating Women's 
History Month. Good Morning Texas. March 28, 2016.
Icelebration of Women's History MonthABC affiliate for Dallas-Ft. Worth WFAA visited with Kimberly Johnson, Director of Special Collections for the TWU Libraries, to talk about a few of the many special items contained in the Texas Women's Hall of Fame; the Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection; the Cookbook Collection; and the Official Archive of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)--all housed on the Denton campus of Texas Woman's University

View the segment, originally broadcast on the Monday, March 28, 2016 episode of Good Morning Texas, below. 
~Sandy Cochran

Sarah Weddington Exhibit at the Denton Library

An exhibit of memorabilia representing highlights of the illustrious
career of legendary attorney Sarah Weddington (center) is on
display in the lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton
campus. Photograph by Sandy Cochran. March 26, 2016.
In conjunction with the Inaugural Jamison Lecture featuring the renowned Sarah Weddington, the TWU Libraries' Woman's Collection--the largest depository in the Southern U.S. of research material about women--has curated a must-see exhibit of photographs, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia representing highlights of Weddington's illustrious career.

The legendary attorney is thought to be the youngest person (at 26) ever to successfully argue a case before the Supreme Court. The former legislator and Presidential adviser will speak about women's leadership and the future at the lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in the Ballroom of Hubbard Hall (#30 on the map here).

The Sarah Weddington exhibit, located in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library (next to Hubbard Hall; #35 on the map here), is free and open to the public during regular library hours. A TWU ID card is required to gain entry after 9 p.m.

Information on Sarah Weddington and much more is available in the holdings of the TWU Libraries. For help with legal research please contact Law Subject Librarian Woody Evans at For other assistance please contact us here.

~Sandy Cochran

Copyright & Your Rights Workshop on Tuesday 3/29

The Sharing Your Research workshop series for graduate students and early career researchers continues on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall/Room 101 (the first door to the right as you enter the building) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Join TWU Libraries Scholarly Communication Librarian Chealsye Bowley as she presents Copyright & Your Rights. Questions are welcome and encouraged.


All sessions are scheduled for 1-2 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall/Room 101 of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus

Measuring Impact: Impact Factor, H-Index, Altmetrics
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Research Data Management

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Questions? Contact Chealsye Bowley at or 940-898-3747.

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Libraries Closed on Sunday 3/27

Listen hare!

Just a reminder that TWU--including the libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC--will be closed on Sunday, March 27, 2016
All will reopen at their normal times (see library schedules below) on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Hoppy weekend.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, March 25, 2016

TWU Men: The Topic Is Nutrition on 3/28

The final Men's Health Monday of the Spring 2016 semester is scheduled for 12:25 to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016. The topic is nutrition, and folks from the Pioneer Performance Center will be sharing information on dietary supplement safety; the number of calories you need for daily activities; the amount of protein men really need; and more.

Join them in Fit & Rec Studio 1 to learn about this important health topic--and don't be late. A free lunch will be provided to the first 15 participants.

~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Wednesday 3/30

Interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia? Join the TWU Libraries' Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon celebrating Women's History Month, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Edit-a-thons hosted during Women's History Month in March are held to expand content in Wikipedia about women, and increase the number of editors identifying as women (in a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female). 

During this event we’ll conduct Wikipedia editing training and work together to add content about women. Stay for 30 minutes or all four hours! No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary--training and support will be provided for all new editors. Participants of all gender identities are welcome to attend. We will be working in the Reference Training Room (RTR, room 103) of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library (for assistance please ask at the Information Desk). Please bring a laptop and power cord if you have them; computers will be available for those who need one.   

Not able to attend the Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon in person? Check out the resources and tools on its meetup page. Virtual participation is encouraged for TWU students in Dallas and Houston and all TWU distance learners.

Questions? Contact Chealsye Bowley, the TWU Libraries' Scholarly Communication Librarian, at

~Chealsye Bowley

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Libraries Closed Friday 3/25 and Sunday 3/27

All TWU campuses--including the libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC--will be CLOSED on Friday, March 25 and Sunday, March 27, 2016.

All TWU Libraries will observe normal operating hours on Saturday, March 26, 2016:

Denton Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dallas Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Houston Closed

A safe and happy Spring weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Workshop Series: Sharing Your Research Begins 3/22

Sharing Your Research, a series of workshops for graduate students and early career researchers, kicks off on Tuesday, March 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (the first door to the right as you enter the building).

Join TWU Libraries Scholarly Communication Librarian Chealsye Bowley as she presents Intro to Open Access. Questions are welcome and invited.

All scheduled for 1-2 p.m. in the Blagg-Huey Library lecture hall

Copyright & Your Rights
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 

Measuring Impact: Impact Factor, H-Index, Altmetrics

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Research Data Management
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Questions? Contact Chealsye Bowley at or 940-898-3747.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, March 18, 2016

Denton Library Open March 19-20

Spring 2016 classes at TWU resume on Monday, March 21st. Are you ready?

If you could use some library time this weekend, the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library can help. We'll be open Saturday, March 19th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20th from noon to 2 a.m. (the Dallas Center Library and Houston ARC will be closed).  

All TWU Libraries will be back to their normal Spring schedules on Monday, March 21st. Find your campus library's hours below (or with TWU Libraries Mobile at on your mobile browser).

Houston ARC

~Sandy Cochran  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mims’ the Word: Blagg-Huey Library A No-Flyer Zone

To reduce clutter and centralize notices from students, university departments, and the greater TWU comm-
unity, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus has instituted a "no-flyer" policy for most areas of the 
building. Flyers with a Student Life stamp may be posted on this corkboard above the first-floor printers 
near the Information Desk. Photograph by Jason Mims. March 10, 2016. 
Even with the digital domination that is the Internet, old-school flyers are an effective marketing tool--especially on college campuses. On the TWU Denton campus, student, university, and community flyers flutter on corkboards inside classrooms and outside the Student Union, under windshield wipers in the parking lots, and throughout the Blagg-Huey Library (BHL) and other high-traffic spaces. Flyers, posters, and notices were everywhere--until now.

Promotional materials accumulate quickly at the BHL. Because these mountains of paper take up valuable study space and clutter the building, flyers, etc. are no longer allowed on library tables, chairs, or study carrels (several times per week library personnel make a sweep of the building and dispose of any clutter they find). This policy is meant to keep the building tidy, but we want to be reasonable. The BHL is not putting the boot to all flyers.

Is there a campus event you want to advertise? A personal call you'd like to broadcast for a roommate? Anything in between? The library wants to help. We've installed a corkboard for your use on the library's first floor, above the printers near the Information Desk. Once your material is stamped with the Student Life seal of approval it may be displayed in this high-traffic spot, guaranteeing it the widest-possible library audience (flyers are stamped at the Center for Student Development near the bookstore on the Student Union's first floor).

Questions about the no-flyer policy or the corkboard? Please contact our Information Desk at 940-898-3701.

That’s it for now, T-Dub. I hope to see some really creative flyers plastered all over our corkboard soon.

~Jason Mims

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Happy St. Paddy's Day, Y'All

"There are two kinds of people in the world," the saying goes. “The Irish and those who wish they were." On Thursday, March 17, 2016, all of us at TWU (and those who wish they were) will be celebrating the wearing of the green--so Happy St. Paddy's Day, y'all. In the spirit of shamrocks, bagpipes, and a whole lot o' green, a quick search using TWUniversal (the one-stop search engine provided by the TWU Libraries for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources) yielded the following interesting bits o' Paddy's Day trivia.

Why is the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day--and is the dye really green? It's an annual ritual that dates back over 50 years--and no. The tradition's origins are of some dispute (depending on the source, either former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, local plumbers (, or leprechauns deserve the credit) but one thing is certain: it's a revered part of the city's annual St. Patrick's Day festivities. The dye itself is orange; when combined with water it turns yellow and then a bright emerald color. "This spectacular transformation," notes the committee responsible, "ranks right up there with the parting of the sea by Moses and the Pyramids of Egypt" ( Side note: This fine bit o' hyperbole is an example of the Irish mode of speaking known as blarney.

Good to know. Image courtesy of Dublin Airport.
Bacon and Cabbage, Anyone? Millions of people sit down on St. Paddy's Day to an authentic Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage--but only half of this meal is in fact Irish. Cabbage has historically been a staple of the Irish diet--but it was traditionally eaten with Irish bacon, not corned beef. Irish immigrants in America couldn't afford the bacon so they substituted corned beef--a cheaper alternative they learned about from immigrants of other national origin (

The First O' Many New York City hosted the first St. Patrick's Day parade, which featured Irish soldiers in the English military, on March 17, 1762 (PR Newswire, March 6, 2007).

That's A Wee Bit Ironic Green is often considered unlucky in Ireland (Knight Ridder/Tribune, March 11, 2008).

Not This Year. Not Last Year. Not Ever. Saying St. Patty's Day is like nails on a chalkboard to our fine Irish friends--so let's not. The message right is from Dublin Airport, and they should know (@DublinAirport). 

We're Gonna Need More Green Beer In 2006 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 34.5 million Americans claim Irish ancestry--a number almost nine times the population (at 4.1 million) of Ireland itself (The Wischlist Blog, March 13, 2010).

St. Patrick's Day celebrations started last weekend, but for those in the Dallas area the 37th Anniversary Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

The Chicago River is dyed green every year (with ecofriendly vegetable dye). After doing this for more than 50 years, Chicagoans have this process down.

From the TWU Libraries, a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day to all--and that's no blarney.
~Reprinted from Check It Out: The TWU Libraries Blog. Happy St. Patrick's Day by Sandy O'Cochran. March 16, 2015.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fashion Student's Works On Display

Several creations by TWU Fashion Design student Dominique Simmons 
are on display on the first and second floors of the Blagg-Huey Library 
the Denton campus. Photograph by Sandy Cochran. March 13, 2016. 
The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is proud to feature a display of garments created by TWU Fashion Design student Dominique Simmons.

The red and gold creations are featured in the first-floor living room area and across from the library's second-floor elevators, and will be on display through May 2016. Several additions are expected in the coming weeks.

Mr. Simmons plans to continue his education in Florence, Italy after his graduation in May 2016. His dreams include "creating inspiring dresses for women around the globe," and "providing other designers with opportunities to fulfill their dreams."

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi Day: Celebrating the Mystery

Pi Day, in essence a celebration of math and science, takes place around the globe on March 14th (3/14) every year. Fun side note: Albert Einstein's birthday is also 3/14. 

Pi (represented by the Greek letter , pronounced pie) is the mathematical symbol of a constant (the ratio of the circumference of a circle--any circle--to its diameter, approximately 3.14159). Although it is a transcendental entity, as such unknowable, pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. It continues infinitely without repetition or pattern--a true mathematical mystery. Due to its infinite nature, memorizing as many digits of pi as possible remains an enticing challenge for some (the most places memorized is currently 70,000, achieved by Rajveer Meena of India in 2015).

Are you researching pi or another topic in Mathematics? The TWU Libraries employ a team of subject specialists available for research consultations (and class instruction sessions) in a variety of subject areas. Woody Evans is the libraries' Mathematics Subject Librarian; reach him at or 940-898-3710.

~Sandy Cochran   

Friday, March 11, 2016

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, 3/13

Love it or hate it, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins Sunday, March 13th at 2 a.m.--so set your clocks forward one hour. The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library will be open that day from noon to 2 a.m.; the Dallas Center Library and Houston ARC are closed on Sundays.

For some tips on coping with the time change, see Smoothing the Transition to Daylight Saving Time from the U.S. National Library of MedicineMore good news? March 14-20, 2016 is Spring Break at TWU (there are no classes but the university and the TWU Libraries will be open). The bottom line? You may lose an hour of sleep because of DST, but the time change means Spring Break will start one hour sooner.

You're welcome.

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox

Thursday, March 10, 2016

We're Here For You During Spring Break

Spring Break 2016 at TWU (March 14-20) is almost here. Although classes won't be in session, the university--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallasand the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in Houston--will be open during the hours below.

If your Spring Break plans include a trip to one of our locations--or to your couch to use some of our virtual resources--TWU Libraries staff members can help you make the most of it. For assistance please contact us. Note: Our chat service will not be available March 14-18; its normal operating hours will resume on Saturday, March 19.

DENTON (Blagg-Huey Library)
MON 3/14 - FRI 3/18  7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
SAT 3/19  9 a.m.-8 p.m.
SUN 3/20  Noon-2 a.m. 

DALLAS (TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library)
MON 3/14 - FRI 3/18  9 a.m.-5 p.m.
SAT 3/19  Closed
SUN 3/20  Closed

HOUSTON (Academic Resource Center/ARC)
MON 3/14 - FRI 3/18  8 a.m.-1 p.m.
SAT 3/19  Closed
SUN 3/20  Closed

A safe and happy break to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What To Do When Severe Weather Approaches

Severe Weather Threatens. Now What? Springtime in Texas means serious weather conditions can
develop at any time. Preparation is the key to staying safe. Image of storm conditions in Dallas as seen from
the Dallas Center Library. Photograph by Ellen Hamlett. March 8, 2016.     
It's Springtime in Texas, and we all know what that means--serious weather conditions can develop at any time. When they do, being prepared is your best defense. 

If severe weather strikes while you're at the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, or Houstondo you know what to do? Prepare by getting familiar with the guidelines below.

According to TWU's Department of Public Safety (DPS)as soon as you're notified of approaching severe weather you should seek shelter (using an interior room away from doors and windows if possible) and wait for an all clear message (either from DPS via a Pioneer Alert text, email, or phone call, or from another university employee.)

If you're at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton during severe weather conditions:
•  Listen for instructions from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Seek shelter, using an interior room away from doors and windows (the Garden Level hallways, restrooms, and Remote Storage area are good places to go).
•  Wait for an all clear message from DPS or a library staff member. 

If you're at the Dallas Center Library during severe weather conditions:
•  Listen for instructions from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Seek shelter, using an interior room away from doors and windows (the first-floor auditorium is a good place to go).
•  Wait for an all clear message from DPS or a library staff member.

If you're at the Houston ARC during severe weather conditions:
•  Listen for instructions from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Seek shelter, using an interior room away from doors and windows (stairwell B, with its fire doors and windowless, reinforced walls, is a good place to go).
•  Wait for an all clear message from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Off campus? Call the TWU Houston Severe Weather Closure Hotline (713-794-2310) after a weather emergency to see if the campus is open.


Use these tools to prepare for severe weather and other emergency situations at TWU.
•  The TWU Department of Public Safety uses the Pioneer Alert system to alert TWU students and faculty and staff members of on-campus emergencies or campus closings. Sign up here to receive alerts.
•  Keep the DPS emergency number for your campus in your phone (Denton: 940-898-2911; Dallas: 214-689-6666; Houston: 713-794-2222).
•  A printable copy of the DPS flyer Know What To Do (with instructions for handling various types of emergency situationsis available here.
•  Phone numbers and other information related to bad weather closings at TWU can be found on the TWU Bad Weather Info page.
~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Professor's Corner: Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia

Seneca's Octavia will be the subject of the next session of Professor's Corner: A
Literary Discusion Group. Join the group on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 
at the
South Branch of the Denton Public Library 
for Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia
The next session of the 2015-16 season of Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Please join us then for Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia. Admission is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

For series updates and other information please like Professor’s Corner on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@profscorner).  

Seneca holds a very odd place in theatre history. On the one hand, his plays influenced the entire course of Western European playwriting. Shakespeare, Marlow, and Jonson would be impossible without him. On the other, his works may have never been produced in his lifetime. Furthermore, his own avowed philosophy, Stoicism, actively sought to dissuade its followers from engaging in such “flashy” and public demonstrations of character as theatre--let alone the bloody, violent extravaganzas written by Seneca. Yet into this tension arrives Seneca’s Octavia. It’s not quite a fragment of a play, not quite a one-act, not quite a docudrama--and not quite stage worthy. Yet it is all of these things, as well as a fascinating look into the world of Seneca and Nero and an extraordinary lesson in Stoic resolve in the face of a tyrant’s murderous rage.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210. Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. A Google map and directions are available here.)

This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

This session's presenter is Dr. Patrick Bynane, who received his Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from Louisiana State University. His research focused on Irish and Irish-American identity and the ways in which performance shaped and created such identity. He has presented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference on topics as varied as Irish theatre, improvisation, online pedagogy, and Beckett. Dr. Bynane is an Associate Professor of Drama at TWU where he is also the program director for Drama. He is also a professional actor. 

Dr. Patrick Bynane will be the featured speaker
at Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia
Background information on Seneca is available in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and on Wikipedia. Four Tragedies and Octavia is recommended but not required.


The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests. The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Gatherings are usually held on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m., and readings of modest length are usually available in advance. Announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request to Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at


April 13, 2016: Revisionist Myth-making in U.S. Poetry (Dr. Ana Louise Keating)
May 11, 2016: New Formalism in American Poetry (Dr. Kathryn Jacobs)
June 8, 2016: Gender Roles in The Tempest (Dr. Gretchen Busl).

Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library ( or 940-349-8752) 
Dr. Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University ( or 940-898-2343)

Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDsand Cooper’s Copies and Printing for their support. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

~Dr. Stephen Souris