Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Another Banner Finals Week at the Libraries

A Banner Time  TWU students and staff members hold up a banner containing hundreds of expressions
of gratitude for the refreshments provided at the Blagg-Huey Library Coffee Breaks during Spring 2016 

finals week. To help students relax and recharge during a stressful time in the semester, coloring, therapy 
dogs, and puzzles were also featured at the Denton location. Photograph by Sean Spear. May 22, 2016.  
TWU students attending Spring '16 Finals Week Coffee Breaks at the libraries in Denton and Dallas and at the Houston ARC were served thousands of cups of coffee and tea along with snacks generously donated by the TWU Division of Student Life offices in Denton and DallasThe coffee breaks and other library-sponsored activities have become a Fall and Spring finals week tradition at the TWU Libraries. Refreshments, therapy dogs, coloring, and puzzles--all were a part of the libraries' Spring efforts to help TWU students relax and recharge during a stressful time in the semester.

Coffee break photos--along with info on other library events, services, and resources--are featured on the libraries' blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

See you next time.  

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bug Off: How to Reduce Insect Bites


ore of us are spending time outdoors as the first day of summer 2016 (Monday, June 20) approaches, and with all that outdoor activity comes an increased risk of insect bites and the diseases they can transmit

TWU Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox reports that to help you and your loved ones protect yourselves, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a guide to reducing insect bites which contains practical advice on choosing an insect repellent; using insect repellents safely and effectively; preventing mosquito and tick bites; and more.

A safe and happy summer to all.

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox   

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Library Hours

Texas Woman's University, including the libraries in Denton and Dallas and the Houston ARC, will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day. Full Memorial Day weekend library hours are:

(Denton) Blagg-Huey Library
Saturday, 5/28  9a-6p (Starbucks open Noon-4p)
Sunday, 5/29  2-10p (Starbucks CLOSED)
Monday, 5/30  CLOSED (Starbucks CLOSED)

Dallas Center Library and Houston ARC
Saturday, 5/28 - Monday, 5/30  CLOSED

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Graduation, Tracy Jolivette

Tracy Jolivette (front row, second from left) with fellow interns at an Hispanic Association of Colleges and
Universities (HACU) event in Washington, D.C. Photograph from the private collection of Tracy Jolivette.
Summer 2015.
Congratulations to all TWU students who graduated in Spring 2016, including the Denton library's own Tracy Jolivette.

Tracy earned a Master of Library Science degree from the TWU School of Library & Information Studies while gaining valuable library experience working with students, staff and faculty members, and the general public as a Graduate Assistant in the Blagg-Huey Library's Reference Department. Tracy provided research and teaching assistance, participated in special events, and supported library patrons and staff members in a variety of other ways. In the process she became a valued member of the team of Graduate and Student Assistants who support the TWU Libraries' customer service and instruction efforts. 
As part of her degree requirements Tracy also spent the summer of 2015 completing a highly competitive internship in Washington, D.C. with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program.

Congratulations on a job well done, Tracy--and thank you.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Our Pleasure: Spring '16 Coffee Breaks

TWU students at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton express their appreciation for the refreshments provided 
at one of the library's Spring 2016 coffee breaks. Photograph by Sean Spear. May 8, 2016. 
They're highlights of finals week every Fall and Spring semester at TWU--coffee breaks hosted by the libraries in Denton and Dallasand in the Houston ARC. At each location we hear it again and again--thank you. To which we say, you're welcome. As always, it's our pleasure to support your academic efforts at TWU.  

See more photos of the Spring '16 finals week breaks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Doggone Cute: Therapy Dogs Come To Denton

Mattie, therapy dog with Paws Across Texas Animal-Assisted Therapy, visits with some of her fans during
Spring 2016 final exams week at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Mattie, along with four 

other therapy dogs and their owners/handlers, provided some much-needed calm and stress relief during 
a very busy week for TWU students. Photograph by Jon Turner. May 8, 2016. 
Everyone knows spending time with friends helps to combat stress--especially when those friends are furry and doggone cute.

The TWU Libraries' furry friends Frannie, Maggie, Mandie, Mattie, and Skylar of Paws Across Texas, Inc. Animal-Assisted Therapy (PAT) did their best to de-stress TWU students when they visited the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library (BHL) with their owners/handlers on the first day of Spring '16 final exams week.

If you were there, we hope you had fun. If you weren't, we'll see you next time. Either way, get a glimpse of Maggie and company in the video below (compiled by BHL staffer Sean Spear) and in pics by Sean and fellow staff member Jon Turner on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Founded in 1986, PAT is a non-profit charitable organization which provides a variety of animal-assisted therapy services, free of charge, by trained volunteer representatives and their dogs. To learn how you can support PAT and its goals, visit the PAT page here.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, May 16, 2016

Starbucks at the BHL: Summer '16 Hours

New library hours for a new semester. If you're a Starbucks fan on the Denton campus, something else to put in your phone for Summer '16 are the hours for the Blagg-Huey Library (BHL) Starbucks.

Starbucks has you covered for the first week of Summer I classes (below). Stay tuned to this space and the TWU Libraries' Facebook and Twitter for more info as it becomes available.

Summer '16 at the Blagg-Huey Library Starbucks

Monday, May 16 - Thursday, May 19
7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, May 20
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

~Sandy Cochran

Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox Honored by Graduate Student Council

TWU Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox (right, with TWU graduate student Renee Underwood) was
presented with the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award by the Graduate Student Council
of TWU. Photograph by Bethany Ross. April 29, 2016.
The TWU Libraries family proudly congratulates one of our own.

Elaine Cox, Health Sciences Librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, has received the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award from the Graduate Student Council of TWU (GSC) for helping to "create the behind-the-scenes foundation of [their] learning community . . . through excellence in job performance; a positive, supportive attitude; and other contributions made to enable TWU to fulfill its educational mission."

A 15-year veteran of the TWU Libraries, Elaine is known for her dedication to TWU students. “Elaine focuses on helping students and goes out of her way to help them be successful in their research efforts,” says Kris Reed, Assistant Dean of TWU Libraries. Elaine's passion for her work is evident when she speaks about the students she mentors. "Graduate students are intellectually curious and driven, like sponges wearing jet packs," she says. "I enjoy mentoring and advising them as they chase down answers to complicated medical research questions, and more specifically watching them go from states of high anxiety to exhilaration as they make breakthrough discoveries." Elaine's impact on her students' lives doesn't end when the research does. "After the discoveries," she says, "I love their celebratory happy dances and high fives because together we have ignited a lifelong passion for research that will positively impact the health and well-being of unknown numbers of people in their futures."

TWU Health Sciences Librarian Elaine Cox with her father
W.C. Snodgrass at the Graduate Student Council's second annual
Pioneering Spirit Award banquet, where Elaine was presented
with the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award.
Photograph by Bethany Ross. April 29, 2016.
On April 29, 2016 Elaine was presented with the Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award at the GSC's second annual Pioneering Spirit Award Banquet. A past recipient of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship, Elaine was honored for her support of graduate-level medical research in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Consumer Health, Dental Hygiene, Evidence-Based Practice, Health Studies, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy. "Working with graduate students in the health sciences is my job," Elaine says, "but it is also definitely an honor. I don’t take it lightly."

From all of us with the TWU Libraries, Elaine, congratulations on this much-deserved honor.

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Welcome to Summer '16

Welcome to Summer 2016 at TWU.

The beginning of the Summer I session (Monday, May 16, 2016) means a shift to summer hours (below) at the TWU Libraries. Full summer calendars for the libraries in  Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, are available here.   

DENTON  940-898-3701
M-Th  7:30a - 10p
F  7:30a - 7p
Sat  9a - 6p
Sun  2-10p

DALLAS  214-689-6580
M-Th  7:30a - 9p
F  7:30a - 5p
Sat  10a - 2p

HOUSTON  713-794-2048
M-F  8a - 5p

Summer sessions move fast. As soon as you find you need information or research assistance, we hope you'll let us know.

A happy and productive summer to all

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Consumer Health Alert: Lysteria

Are you tired of being told to eat your vegetables?  Now there's a reason to approach that produce with caution.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has detected potentially deadly concentrations of Listeria monocytogenes in packaged frozen fruits and vegetables produced in the U.S. and sold under a variety of labels--organic, traditional, and name and store brands. Two people are known to have died as a result of ingesting Lysteria-contaminated frozen produce, and at least seven have become ill.

A list of 358 products affected by the expanded voluntary recall issued by CRF Frozen Foods, retailed under 42 brand names, is available here. Some of the brands included are Bybee, Columbia River, Organic by Nature, Earth’s Pride, Great Value, Kirkland Signature, Parade, Safeway Kitchens, Trader Joe’s, VIP, and Wild Oats. All items were produced at the Pasco, Washington plant of CRF Frozen Foods and have a best by or sell by date range of 26 April 2016 to 26 April 2018.

Stay safe, everyone.

~Marilyn Goff

Monday, May 9, 2016

You're Invited: Amigos Conference at Denton Library May 11-12, 2016

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is hosting online attendance at the 2016 Annual Membership Conference of Amigos Library Services (Amigos). Connections, Collections and Communities, an online conference highlighting some of the work libraries are doing to better connect their collections and communities, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12, 2016. All are invited to attend. Snacks will be provided.

See a full schedule for Connections, including session descriptions, here. All sessions will take place on the first floor of the library according to the schedule below. For assistance, please visit our Information Desk (to the right as you enter the building). We hope you'll join us.

Amigos is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to serving libraries.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Free Comic Book Day Event on Thursday, 5/5!

It's all about comics and graphic novels at the Free Comic Book 
Day event in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence at noon on 
Thursday, May 5, 2016. Engaging Guest Speaker Jonathan Evans and 
free comic books for attendees will be featured. Poster design, featuring 
a representation of Evans from his blog, by Sean Spears. 
If the words free and comics make your heart skip a beat, then put a big red circle around Thursday, May 5, 2016.

In the spirit of Free Comic Book  Day (FCBD), now in its 15th year, all members of the TWU community are invited to an FCBD event at noon on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in room 234 of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence (on the Denton library's second floor). Free comics will be distributed courtesy of Denton's own Madness Comics and Games, and Guest Speaker Jonathan Evans, Professor of English at Collin College, will share his experiences with graphic novels, the works of Scott McCloud, and using avatars in the teaching process. For more information please contact event coordinators Woody Evans (kevans14@twu.edu) and Jason Mims (jmims3@twu.edu).

Contrary to popular belief, not all graphic novels and comic books are about superheroes. The medium spans genres--from biography, fantasy, manga, memoir, and science fiction to horror, history, science, mystery, and adaptations of literature--and is no longer strictly for recreational reading. Faculty members and students at universities across the country are turning to graphic novels for research and scholarship in subject areas including advertising, sociology, popular culture, history, and the arts (the format features popular representations of stereotypes, archetypes, national interests, gender roles, and cultures). Comics are also used by elementary school teachers and parents to engage reluctant readers and promote literacy.

Find graphic novels at the TWU Libraries by searching for graphic novel using TWUniversal. We also carry comic strip books and books about comics (search for comic books). Graphic novels and books on superheroes are also currently available on two displays on the Denton library's first floor, and many are located in the Children’s Collection--but don't let that fool you. Comics aren't just for children any more. Questions? Contact us at reference@twu.edu or 940-898-3702.

We hope to see you on Thursday, May 5, 2016 for this fun and informative event. 

~Sandy Cochran with Woody Evans and Allison Osborn