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

~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 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; 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

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

~Abby Morris