Thursday, June 30, 2016

Every 60 Seconds This Happens Online

Every day is essentially Social Media Day, but Mashable made it official in 2010--and today's the day. This great graphic puts some of this online activity in perspective. 

The TWU Libraries' teeny, tiny sliver of a slice of the pie? Our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blog, and Pinterest.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thanks From All of Us, Rob Placido

After six months as Interim Dean of the TWU Libraries, Dr. Rob Placido, Associate Provost for Technology and Chief Information Officer at TWU, is stepping aside. 

Placido's time with the libraries was brief but rewarding for all. "I have always loved libraries," he said recently to the libraries' staff, "but I now have a much deeper appreciation for what you all do to serve us." Library staff members returned the sentiment, thanking Rob for his "willingness to step in as our Interim Dean of Libraries" and praising him for his "calm, confident, and caring leadership" as well as his "support and encouragement to keep moving forward."

It's been a pleasure, Rob; we appreciate everything you've done on our behalf. Thank you--and we'll be seeing you around campus.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Clubhouse Comes to the Denton Library

Look What I Made  A child enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educa-
tional enrichment program for the children of TWU students, shows
off the Minion he made during a visit to the Blagg-Huey Library's
Children's Collection. Photograph by Jimmie Lyn Harris. June 20,
Children enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educational enrichment program for the children of TWU students and sponsored by the TWU Department of University Housing and Residence Lifehave been regular guests this summer of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library Children's Collection.

During their weekly visits the Clubhouse kids, ranging in age from 5 to 12, complete arts and crafts projects after story time with a TWU librarian. Staff members then help each child choose a children's book, which they check out for a week using personalized library cards designed by staff members in the library's Circulation Department. In sessions coordinated by Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris, library staff members--including Christina Cool, Annita Owens, Woody Evans, Abby Morris, Stephany Compton, and Susan Whitmer--lead the group of energetic early readers through the morning's fun. It's hard to say who has a better time--the children or the staff. "These are exceptional kids," says Harris.

When they're not at the library the Clubhouse kids enjoy a full slate of other activities including cooking, gardening, science activities, field trips, reading, arts and crafts, and more. For program details visit The Clubhouse page.

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris
How Do You Pronounce This?  In the Blagg-Huey Library Children's Collection, Librarian Woody Evans
spends one-on-one time with a child enrolled in The Clubhouse while others investigate the books they have
chosen to check out for the coming week. Photograph by Jimmie Lyn Harris. June 20, 2016.

Those Crafty Clubhouse Kids  Children enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educational enrichment program
for the children of TWU students, are assisted by staff members as they work on the week's library craft
project--Minions made out of recycled toilet paper tubes. Photograph by Jimmie Lyn Harris. June 20, 2016.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Movable Whiteboards Now at the Denton Library

Movable whiteboards are now available in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Photograph
by Sandy Cochran. June 17, 2016.
Moveable, double-sided whiteboards are now available for student use at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library.

The three boards--ideal for individual or group calculations, notes, illustrations, outlining, presentation planning, and study sessions--can be found in the first-floor living room area, on the second floor near the Woman's Collection Information Office, and in the Garden-Level Children's Collection.

Dry erase markers and erasers are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

~Sandy Cochran 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 Branding Iron Award Presented to TWU Libraries

A 2016 Branding Iron Award  has been presented to the TWU Libraries by the Texas Library
Association for a collection of promotional materials reflecting the creative work of several members of the
(Denton) Blagg-Huey Library staff. Pictured with the award are staff members (L-R) Bethany Ross, Sean
Spear, and Christina Cool. Photograph by Vickie Silva. June 7, 2016. 
The Texas Library Association (TLA) has awarded a 2016 Branding Iron Award to the TWU Libraries. 

The libraries' entry in the Collateral Materials category was comprised of promotional materials reflecting the creative input of several members of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library staff. Included were copies of the libraries' 2014-15 Annual Report, promotional brochure, and Strategic Plan, as well as a drink coaster and key chain fob, pins, and a photo of TWU Libraries shirts designed for library staff members.

The Branding Iron Awards, presented every year in ten public relations categories, are announced at the TLA Annual Conference. 

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, June 20, 2016

Your Hamilton Fix

Do you have Hamilton fever? The TWU Libraries can help with that.

The critical and popular hip-hop sensation has garnered 11 Tony Awards, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama--and a cult-like following. With fierce competition for tickets and the national tour headed to Chicago for an undetermined run, TWU students and faculty and staff members in Denton, Dallas, and Houston may want to consider non-theater ways to get their Hamilton fixes for the time being.

Ron Chernow's bestselling book Alexander Hamilton, the basis for the Broadway hit, and Hamilton: The Revolution, a gorgeous volume by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter about the musical's creation, are in the General Collection of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library. If they're checked out, check WorldCat to see if your local public library has a copy; submit a hold requestor request the book through our Interlibrary Loan service. TWU students and faculty and staff members can also request a TexShare card, which allows them to borrow items from numerous Texas libraries.

The Media Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library contains Hamilton: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. All the options above for locating a copy apply (except for Interlibrary Loan requests, which cannot be processed for media items).

A PBS documentary about Hamilton (not just the performance itself) will be broadcast on October 17, 2016. 

For your classwork and research in drama & theatermusicdance and other fields, the TWU Libraries' Subject Guides are packed with subject-specific resources, research tips, librarian info, and more. Find them here.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Father's Day

If your plans for Father's Day (Sunday, June 19) include a trip to the library, remember that the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library will be open from 2-10 p.m. (the Dallas Center Library and Houston ARC are closed on Sundays).

More information on the schedules of the three TWU campus libraries is available here.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Listen Up, Guys: Do These 3 Things for a Healthy Life

Health is everything--and men's health is important to all of us, whether you're a man or have one in your life. 

June is Men's Health Month (and June 13-19 is National Men's Health Week)--making this an ideal time for you and the men you know (whether a father, partner, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, friend, or someone else) to make a new or renewed commitment to healthy living.

Presented here, courtesy of our friends at TWU Student Health Services, is a handy reminder of the three important steps to healthy living that every man (and woman) should be taking. Eat healthy. Get moving. Make prevention a priority. Small steps become habits, and habits lead to results. 

Wear blue on Friday, June 17, 2016 to support Men's Health Week, and find more men's health awareness links and info on Facebook (TWU Student Health Services), Twitter (@healthytwu), and Instagram (healthytwu). #MensHealthWeek #HealthIsNumberOne #ShowUsYourBlue 

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Dean of TWU Libraries Suzanne Sears Joins Us July 1st

New Dean of TWU Libraries Suzanne Sears begins her tenure at TWU on July 1, 2016. Photograph by 
Michael Modecki.
The staffs of the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston look forward to welcoming new Dean of TWU Libraries Suzanne Sears when she begins her tenure at TWU on July 1, 2016.

Learn more about Suzanne and the experience she brings to her new position in New Leader to Take Helm of University's Historic Libraries from the TWU Office of Marketing & Communication.   

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Your Next Great Read: The Denton Library's Browsing Collection

Your Next Great Read Awaits  Blagg-Huey Library staff member Ginger Bartush looks for her next great
read in the library's Browsing Collection. The collection is stocked with current bestsellers and other popular 
books to support the recreational reading of TWU students and faculty and staff members. Photograph by Jon 
Turner. June 8, 2016. 
Your next great read may be as close as the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

You wrote it down so you wouldn't forget it--the name of that book you've been meaning to read . . . for a while now. Look for it in the TWU Libraries catalog, which contains best sellers like The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton (the basis for Hamilton, the Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hop musical); and The Wright Brothers by David G. McCullough.

Prefer to browse? Fiction and nonfiction titles fill the library's first-floor Browsing Collectionyou never know what you'll find on its shelves. There are New York Times best sellers (including I Am Malala, Go Set A Watchman, and Wolf Hall); PBS Masterpiece tie-ins (like the Grantchester mystery series by James Runcie); the inspiration behind movie blockbusters (A Game of Thrones, anyone?); and other well-known titles--all available for checkout with a current TWU ID. Browse recent additions virtually with our Browsing Collection widget (see it front and center, for a limited time, on the library's homepage). However you check for your next great read, do it often--new books arrive on a regular basis. Need assistance? The Information Desk is just across the lobby from the Browsing Collection; reach it at 940-898-3701.

Are you a TWU student or staff or faculty member? Then find your next great read at the Blagg-Huey Library. Fill your water bottle at one of our filtered-water fountains, stop by Starbucks, or get a cold drink from a vending machine. Appreciate the space's art and exhibits while you choose just the right chair, in just the right spot, in one of the most beautiful buildings on campus. 

Sit in air-conditioned comfort, crack open your newly-found book, and . . . breathe.

~Sandy Cochran with Susan Martin 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Celebrate LGBT Pride With These 5 Streaming Videos

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Pride Month is celebrated every June in part to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. Now a nationwide series of events--parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, concerts, and more--that attracts millions, LGBT Month evolved from Gay Pride Day and features memorials for LGBT souls lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Wikipedia

The TWU Libraries present 5 videos from Celebrate LGBT Pride, a special collection of Kanopy Videostreamingan online video collection of films, educational documentaries, interviews, and short video series accessible via the libraries' Databases A-Z List with your Portal username and password. Need help? Please ask.

BEAR NATION (2014, 78 min)
While the LGBT community has long struggled with stereotyping by outsiders, gay men also have to deal with widely-held beliefs of their peers that they're supposed to fit a certain image--stylish, carefully groomed, trim, and to a certain degree effeminate. But not all gay men fit this profile, which has led in part to the rise of Bears--gay men who are stocky, hirsute, outwardly masculine and proud of it. As gay culture has become more mainstream, Bears have come out of the closet (or the woods) and are now one of the more visible and active subcultures within the LGBT community. In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Malcolm Ingram takes you on a fascinating journey inside this fast-growing segment of the gay community helping to redefine what it looks like to be gay. Kanopy Videostreaming      

BUBBEH LEE & ME (2014, 35 min)
This Emmy-nominated documentary is a hilarious portrait of an extraordinary, ordinary grandmother, and a touching account of her grandson's search for his place in the world. Whether taking daily excursions to the grocery store to return under-ripe produce or sharing hard-won wisdom over blintzes on Rosh Hashanah, Lee Abrahams is a woman who lives life on her own terms. For her grandson, a young gay man born to a Jewish mother and a Protestant father, 87-year old Bubbeh Lee is a vital link to self and cultural identity, and to unconditional love and acceptance. As the two relate feelings of love lost and hidden; kibbitz about strategies for shopping; and avoid meddling matchmakers, the strength of their bond emerges. A spirited reflection on aging, identity, alienation, and acceptance, this already-classic film examines the legacies passed through generations, and shows that the journey of self-discovery can begin at any age. Kanopy Videostreaming

DADDY & PAPA (2015, 58 min)
Daddy & Papa is a one-hour documentary video that opens a candid window on the personal, cultural, and political implications of gay fatherhood. From surrogacy, foster care, and interracial adoption to the complexities of gay divorce and the legal battles surrounding gay parenting, Daddy & Papa presents a revealing look at some of the gay fathers who are breaking new ground in the ever-changing landscape of the American family. This film utilizes an accessible, first-person narrative to create an intimate portrayal of gay dads, following the filmmaker and his partner on their rocky and sometimes amusing journey to parenthood. Along the way, we meet other gay dads: a single father confronting the isolation of raising at-risk kids in a gay and largely childless neighborhood; a healthcare worker battling Florida state law to adopt the child who for five years has called him Dad; and a couple and their nine-year-old daughter, whose biggest problem is not that her parents are gay but that they are divorced. Daddy & Papa takes an unflinching look . . . at the effect of sexual orientation on children; the challenge of white gay men raising African-American kids; the changing relationship of gay fathers to the gay community; and the real impact on children of being raised without a mother. In the process, it reveals a new picture of what it means to be a family. Kanopy Videostreaming

IN OTHER WORDS (2014, 27 min)
Name calling and cruel language hurt, say the teens who speak in this documentary video. Homophobic language is a common verbal putdown among young people, but many adults feel uncomfortable responding. In Other Words speaks directly to teens and offers a valuable tool to teachers, counselors, and community youth leaders who want to explore the homophobic language heard in schools and other youth hangouts--the words themselves, their origins, how young people feel about them, and how to overcome the hurt and anger they cause. Moving interviews with gay, lesbian, and transgender teens provide firsthand accounts. Weaving together slang, music, media, images, and dictionary definitions, the film examines how language shapes attitude. The video is designed to foster change and to ensure that schools are safe places where youth can learn in a climate of respect. Kanopy Videostreaming

Visible Silence is a rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees, and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity, and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. The film highlights the experience of masculine women (toms) who visibly transgress gender norms, yet are bound to remain silent about who they really are. Visible Silence gives voice to their unspoken truths. Kanopy Videostreaming

~Jimmy Lyn Harris

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Digital Signs of the Times

Tradition Meets Technology  Digital signs installed on the first, second, and third floors of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library are good places for library patrons
to check for information on special events, building hours and closings, resources and services, and other library news. The signs, located near the first-floor Informa-
tion Desk and the second- and third-floor elevators, are one of the many ways the library has incorporated current technology into its traditional surroundings for the 
benefit of students, faculty and staff members, and other library visitors. Photograph by Jessica Randle. June 4, 2016.  

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, June 6, 2016

Where Can Language Training Take You?

Learning another language can support coursework and research; it can also improve your job prospects and help smooth the way as you travel the globe. Being bilingual can also lead to improved cognitive processing and a dementia-free old age

To give you an idea where foreign language training might take you, the TWU Libraries are offering all TWU students and faculty and staff members free access to two well-known language learning programs--Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone--until June 30, 2016.

With your Pioneer Portal login credentials, access  Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone from our Databases A-Z List (under New/Trial Databases; look for the orange Trial icons). Please be aware that Rosetta Stone is accessible from on campus only, and that you'll be prompted to create a username and password to access the first level of its courses (this trial opportunity does not include higher levels of Rosetta Stone courses).

Your feedback is important to us. After you've sampled one or both of these programs, please share your thoughts on our Database Trial form

Questions? Please contact us.

~Sandy Cochran