Friday, April 29, 2016

The De-Stress Express Arrives in Dallas on Tuesday, 5/3

The De-Stress Express is arriving soon in Dallas, and it couldn't come at a better time.

To help Dallas Center students handle stress associated with Spring 2016 final exams, de-stressing activities are being offered in various Dallas Center locations--including the Dallas Center Library--May 3-13, 2016.

Therapy dogs, a massage therapist, a game room and ping-pong, a late-night breakfast--and a Coloring Therapy table and complimentary coffee and snacks in the Dallas Center Library--will be available. Details listed left; for more information contact Student Life Dallas at or 214-689-6696.

~Sandy Cochran with Kristin Wolski   

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Denton & Dallas Libraries Closing Early on Tuesday, 4/26 Due to Inclement Weather

Please be advised that due to approaching inclement weather, the TWU Denton and Dallas campuses--including the libraries--will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26th.

Stay safe, everyone.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring 2016 Finals Week Activities at the Denton Library

Walther the library mascot doing his part to help Blagg-Huey Library staff
members prepare for Spring 2016 finals week activities. In addition to coffee
and healthy snacks, look for coloring, jigsaw puzzles, Play-Doh, Legos, and
therapy dogs at the library to help you fuel up and relax for your final exam
studies. Photograph by Jon Turner. April 21, 2016.  
Q. What's black and white and rows all over? 

A. Walther the library mascot, helping Blagg-Huey Library staff members prepare for the ever-popular finals week coffee breaks sponsored by the TWU Libraries.

Coloringjigsaw puzzlesPlay-DohLegos, and therapy dogs will be included in Spring 2016 finals week activities at the library--as well as Starbucks coffee courtesy of the TWU Libraries and healthy snacks courtesy of the TWU Division of Student Life.

Details coming soon, so stay tuned.

~Sandy Cochran  

TWU Libraries' Eula Oliphant & Bethany Uhl Win 2016 Dallas Redbud Awards

2016 Dallas Redbud Award winners Bethany Uhl (L) and Eula Oliphant (R) were presented with their
awards at a ceremony at the Dallas Center. Photograph by Kristin Wolski. April 18, 2016.   
The TWU Libraries are proud to announce that Medical Librarian Eula Oliphant and Student Assistant Bethany Uhl of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library are recipients of 2016 Dallas Redbud Awards. The year's Staff Unsung Hero Award went to Oliphant and Uhl was recognized as an Outstanding Student Campus Leader at the awards presentation ceremony held at the Dallas Center on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Students appreciate Eula's steadfast work ethic and her exemplary dedication on their behalf. 127 Dallas campus students signed the petition nominating Eula for the Staff Unsung Hero Award. In it, Eula's efforts “over and above” her regular duties in the name of service to students were cited. "She comes in early to open the library for us, she will stop what she is doing to help us when we need her, and she is proactive in seeking ways to enrich students’ lives," the nomination read. "Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her 'can do' attitude is refreshing. The below signed attest that she deserves the Redbud Award not only for her service to the students and staff under her tutelage, but also for her commitment to Texas Woman's University.”

The Dallas Center Library is fortunate that Bethany is one of its three supportive Student Assistants. She was also lauded by nominators. “Bethany is the president of our DPT class of 2017," they said. "She is an outstanding representation of our class to the campus, our faculty, and other disciplines on campus. She leads by excellent example, always puts forth whatever effort is required, and is never too busy to help out a fellow student. Our class is consistently more organized, and functions at a higher and more cohesive level, because of Bethany's leadership and contributions.”

The Redbud Awards originated in the 1930s with a Denton movement to plant beautiful Redbud trees throughout the city. Although it has undergone changes since, the original Redbud Festival was developed by TWU in 1939. In the 1980s the festival program was re-imagined, and an awards ceremony initiated, to recognize individuals "for their qualities in leadership, character, and the pursuit to make a difference." Program, 2016 Dallas Redbud Awards  In 2010 the Dallas Center's Student Government Association developed a ceremony focusing recognition on Dallas Center students, faculty and staff members, and organizations; the first Dallas Redbud Awards ceremony was held in 2011.

In the words of the 2016 Dallas Redbud Awards program, we congratulate both Eula and Bethany for their “leadership, character, and pursuit to make a difference.”

~Kristin Wolski

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Join TWU & the Blagg-Huey Library for #EarthDayTWU on Thursday, 4/21

All Earthlings are invited to join TWU and the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library for #EarthDayTWU on the Denton campus. 

The library will be among 30+ departments, organizations, and vendors participating in an Earth Day Information Fair in the Fitness & Recreation gymnasium on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair is part of a full slate of events planned for Earth Day 2016 at TWU. See the short video below for details. 

Since its grass-roots beginnings, Earth Day--now in its 46th year--has helped spur both the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. In the words of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4 Language-Learning Programs to Sample

Would you or your students benefit from access to Spanish-, German-, or Shakespeare-language learning modules? Would your (or your students') professional development be strengthened by learning--or brushing up on--American Sign Language, Mandarin, or Italian? These and dozens of other languages--plus ESL courses for native speakers of a variety of languages--are featured in a group of language-learning software packages available for a limited time with your Pioneer Portal username and password. 

You may have heard of Mango Languages, Pronunciator, Rosetta Stone, and Transparent Language. Now you can try one or all of these products, courtesy of the TWU Libraries, and we hope you will let us know what you think on our Database Trial Form. Considering feedback from users like you is part of the libraries' decision-making process for making database purchases, and we want to hear it all--y0ur take on user interfaces, response times, and language menus; how you think these products compare to each other; and anything else you think we should know. But please hurry--these database trials end soon

Questions? Need assistance? Please let us know.

Takk skal du ha (thank you in Norwegian).


Languages 71 and counting, listed here 
Available on campus until April 30, 2016 with Pioneer Portal login credentials
Please leave your feedback on this page

To log in use login 'txwu' and password 'hola' 
Languages 80, listed here. Click the ESL Courses tab for that information 
Available on campus and off until May 1, 2016 with Pioneer Portal login credentials
Please leave your feedback on this page

Rosetta Stone
Languages 30, listed here. Each language's first level is available with this trial 
Available on campus until May 13, 2016 with Pioneer Portal login credentials
Please leave your feedback on this page

Transparent Language
Languages 142, listed here
Available on campus and off until May 4, 2016 with Pioneer Portal login credentials
Please leave your feedback on this page

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Love Your Local Librarians

As #NationalLibraryWeek 2016 (April 10-16) comes to a close, we join the Twitterverse in applauding #MargaretTheLibrarian (North Carolina librarian Margaret Miles, who recently showed her fellow Jeopardy contestants how it's done). 

Margaret played her way to $40,100 in winnings and a place in viewers' hearts, but it was her description of her profession that made librarians everywhere proud. "Librarians are who we are because we love both answers and questions," Margaret said. "It’s a pleasure to share what we know, and even more fun to get the chance to learn something new while finding an answer to someone’s question. I think it would be especially cool if seeing some buzz about a librarian on Twitter and Facebook reminds people to share some love with their local librarians.” HuffPost Entertainment

We couldn't have said it better, Margaret. This week or any other, love your local librarians and other library workers.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, April 15, 2016

David Schuster Receives TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries

David Schuster, Director of Library Information Technology & Technical Support, has been named the
recipient of the 2016 TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries. An award presentation
and reception to honor David will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. Image courtesy of YouTube.
The TWU Libraries are celebrating one of our own. 

The TWU Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs has announced that David Schuster, Director of Library Information Technology & Technical Support, is the recipient of the 2016 Texas Woman’s University Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries. David is based at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. 

Schuster and his accomplishments will be celebrated by friends and colleagues at an award presentation and reception held in his honor on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 4-5 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (LH101) of the Blagg-Huey Library (on the right as you enter the building). All faculty and staff members are cordially invited to attend. On the Dallas or Houston campus? You can view the presentation via videoconference in Dallas' IHSD 8201 or Houston's IHSH 7305. 

From the TWU Libraries family, David, our warmest congratulations on this much-deserved honor.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Denton & Dallas Libraries Open During Convocation Festivities on Friday, 4/15

The TWU Libraries remind the TWU community that the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library and the Dallas Center Library will remain open during the 2016 Honors Convocation festivities (schedule left) on Friday, April 15, 2016

Questions? Contact the Blagg-Huey Library at 940-898-3701, or the Dallas Center Library at 214-689-6580.

~Sandy Cochran 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dallas Campus Students: New Library Resources to Enhance Your Study Experience

Photograph by Lorena Nañez-Bonilla.
Extend Your Study Space

The Dallas Center Library now has movable tables that can be used as table extensions or laptop desks. Feel free to move them around the library as you wish!

Photograph by Kristin Wolski.
Photograph by Kim Richardson.

HDMI Connections for PC and Mac Laptops for Study Room 6207

The library has added a cable adapter to the Reserve Collection to use in study room 6207. In addition to the HDMI cable for PC laptops, we now have adapters to connect Mac laptops to the TV display with the HDMI cable. Bring your laptops or borrow one from us—just bring your student ID card and you'll be set to display your computer content on the big screen!

~Kristin Wolski and Lorena Nañez-Bonilla

Friday, April 1, 2016

Crying Wolf

Snowflake the white wolf on the trail of a cat in the Blagg-Huey 
Library on the Denton campus. Details available at #AprilFools
Day. April 1, 2016.
As you may be aware, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is experiencing an infestation of wasps. To counteract this problem we introduced a nest of spiders. The spiders took care of most of the wasps but alas, came with their own set of challenges--so of course we did the sensible thing and rounded up a number of feral cats and let them loose in the building. The spiders are nearly gone now, but as luck would have it the cats became a little too territorial of the art section. We felt we had no choice but to introduce a pack of wolves to handle the 'cat situation'. 

This is notice that a pack of wolves is now camped out on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library. We highly recommend for the time being that patrons use extreme caution near shelved books with call numbers beginning with QL.

To make a long story short, our wasp problem is now a #WolfProblem. Our bad. Please plan accordingly. 

~Jason Mims