Friday, April 21, 2017

From Our Sparkly Collection

From our Sparkly Collection, a little light reading to go with your Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino. 

You're welcome.

~Sandy Cochran

You're Invited: Free Comic Book Day 2017

Do the words free comics make your heart skip a beat? Then mark your calendar for Monday, May 8, 2017.  

All members of the TWU community are invited to attend a Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) event on Monday, May 8, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, Room 234 (on the second floor of the [Denton] Blagg-Huey Library). Returning FCBD speaker Dr. Jonathan Evans will talk about engaging students on a visual level in Visual Comprehension: How Comic Book Narrative Structure Can Aid in the Composition and Literature Classrooms. Free comic books will be distributed courtesy of Twenty Eleven Comics of Flower Mound.

We hope to see you on Monday, May 8, 2017 for this fun and informative event. Questions? Contact event coordinator Sandy Cochran (

The holdings of TWU Libraries include graphic novels, comic strip books, and books about comics; find them by using TWUniversal to search for graphic novel or comic book. As always, library staff members are happy to help.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Librarian Mandie Mims a Winner in TWU Book-in-Common Essay Contest

Librarian Mandie Mims won the TWU Spring 2017 Book-in-
Common Essay Contest in the Staff category for her essay The 
Amazing Mutant Shark Girl.
TWU Librarian Mandie Mims has won the TWU Book-in-Common Spring 2017 Essay Contest in the Staff category for her autobiographical essay The Amazing Mutant Shark Girl.

Awards were presented to contest winners in four categories--Undergraduate, Graduate, Faculty, and Staff--at the TWU Book-in-Common Essay Award Ceremony and Reception held on April 14, 2017 in the Pioneer Center for Excellence.

Mims is a Health Sciences Librarian based at the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library. Read her touching essay here.

Congratulations, Mandie!

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Homecoming Weekend at the Blagg-Huey Library

TWU Alumnus Tony Paterniti, Ph.D. shares memorabilia and artifacts related to the life and legacy of the 
founder of modern nursing in A Life Unveiled: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale, on display on the first 
floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Photograph by Jon Turner. April 18, 2017.
The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is hosting a series of events as Texas Woman’s University celebrates the history and excellence of our tradition-rich university during Homecoming Week 2017 (April 17-22). The following activities are open to all library visitors.

TWU Archives on Display  1st & 2nd floors
Thursday, 4/20 & Friday, 4/21 (9 am-4 pm)
Saturday, 4/22 (9:30 am-4:30 pm)
Celebrating the Golden Girls, Class of 1967, University Archives, Woman’s Collection, Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, Cookbook Collection, Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP)

Florence Nightingale Exhibit & Presentation  1st floor
A Life Unveiled: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale
Letters, documents, books, memorabilia, and artifacts related to the life and legacy of the founder of modern nursing. From the private collection of TWU Alumnus Tony Paterniti, Ph.D. Dr. Paterniti will share with donors and alumni an encore presentation of his captivating history on Florence Nightingale at 2 pm on Friday, 4/21 in the library's living room area.

Share Your Favorite TWU Memory  1st floor (Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall, Room 101)
Saturday, 4/22 (10 am-4:30 pm)
Alumnae are invited to share a favorite memory of their time at TWU. There are two ways to participate--either videotape or write your memory for the archive.

Find Yourself in the Archives  2nd floor (Catherine Merchant Reading Room)
Friday, 4/21 (9 am-5 pm)
Saturday, 4/22 (10 am-4:30 pm)

Alumnae can spend some leisurely time in the University Archives strolling down memory lane viewing yearbooks, literary magazines, scrapbooks, and issues of The Lasso, our student-led campus newspaper. Staff members will be available both days to accept donations from alumnae who have any memorabilia they want to donate to the University Archives. 

For assistance, please visit the library's Information Desk (the first desk to the right as you enter the building).


~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson

Monday, April 17, 2017

Coffee, Popcorn, Massages & Dogs Coming Soon to Denton

Mark that calendar. Spring 2017 finals week at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library will include free coffee, popcorn, and massages for TWU students--along with a chance to visit some super-cute therapy dogs! 

Get free coffee and popcorn in the first-floor lecture hall (room 101) on Sunday, 5/7 at 7p and 10p; on Monday, 5/8 and Tuesday, 5/9 at 3p and 8p; and on Wednesday, 5/10 at 3p. 

Therapy dogs will be in the building on Sunday, 5/7 from 6-8p, and to help ease that finals stress, free massages will be given at the library from 8-10p on Sunday, 5/7 through Wednesday, 5/10. 

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Let a Library Transform You Today

Think of a library, and chances are you'll think of books--row upon row, shelf after shelf, each volume unique. Yet as important as books are, they do not define libraries--or come close to fully demonstrating their value. 

Libraries are manifestations of the importance of information and knowledge, of teaching and learning. They are physical entities whose value far exceeds the cost of the materials they are made of. Libraries are buildings, yes, but they are also trained and dedicated people, and widely varied resources--and most importantly, the magic that can happen when the two combine. 

Libraries engage. They teach, they serve, they inform. Libraries shelter and entertain and inspire. They soothe and support. They give hope. They nourish creativity, and independence, and adventure. They transform lives--and in some cases, save them.

April 9-15, 2017 is National Library Week. Celebrate the transformative power of the libraries in our lives by visiting, in person or virtually, your favorite library today.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, April 14, 2017

Librarian Suzi Townsdin Honored for Outstanding Contribution to TWU Libraries

TWU Librarian Suzi Townsdin has been named the 2017 recipient of the Texas
Woman's University Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries.
An avid bicyclist, Suzi can often be seen riding on the Denton campus. Photograph 

by Sandy Cochran. April 12, 2017.
The Texas Woman's University Libraries are pleased and proud to announce that TWU Librarian Suzi Townsdin has been named the 2017 recipient of the Texas Woman's University Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU LibrariesThis annual accolade, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairsrecognizes the collegiality between library personnel and the greater university community.

In addition to serving as a valuable part of the libraries' Reference Department and its Research and User Experience unit, Suzi, now in her third year of librarianship at TWU, is the libraries' Subject Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Foreign Language, Nutrition & Food Sciences, Physics, and Zoology and works closely with students and faculty members in those departments. She is known for her technical abilities and attention to detail (she is an administrator for the libraries' popular online Subject Guides and helped lead the libraries' transition between versions; was recognized for a nine-session seminar she led on the guides; and is an editor for the technology column of Public Services Quarterly). Suzi is also valued for her particularly helpful manner with students, faculty members, and colleagues. "Suzi is always willing to share what she knows to help others," says Librarian Stephany Compton. "She has really made a difference for me personally." An avid bicyclist, Suzi can often be seen riding on the Denton campus and in the local community.

For all of her responsibilities and talents, Suzi especially enjoys making a difference to members of the TWU community. "The best part of my job is helping people," she says. "I enjoy helping students and faculty find and access the information they need. It is very gratifying work to help make someone’s life a little easier, whether it’s by saving them time, being a guide, calming frustrations, or just by being a support to help them be more successful." All in all, Suzi says, "the students, faculty, and staff at TWU have been a joy to work with."

The entire TWU community is invited to join in the celebration as our colleague and friend Suzi Townsdin is presented with the 2017 Texas Woman's University Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries. Please mark your calendar for the award presentation and reception to be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (Room 101) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus (the lecture hall is the first door on the right as you enter the building.) The proceedings will be broadcast live via video conference on the TWU Dallas campus (IHSD 8201) and the TWU Houston campus (IHSH 5305).

From all of us with the TWU Libraries, Suzi, our warmest and wholehearted congratulations to you for this well-deserved honor.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

You're Invited: The Truth About Fake News

What is fake news, really? Do you know it when you see it? How is fake news different from the genuine article? Librarian Abby Morris will be hosting a short workshop to answer these questions--and help you separate fake from fact.

WHAT   Fake News Workshop

WHO   Librarian Abby Morris (

WHEN   Monday, 4/17 (11 am-Noon)
Tuesday, 4/18 (5-6 pm)

WHERE   (TWU Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (Room 101)  Get a link to connect virtually by contacting Abby at

~Sandy Cochran 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Modified Library Hours April 14-16

The TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston will be observing the following hours the weekend of April 14-16, 2017.

Fri, 4/14/17:  CLOSED (Administrative Closure)
Sat, 4/15/17:  9 am - 8 pm
Sun, 4/16/17: CLOSED (Administrative Closure)

Fri, 4/14/17:  CLOSED (Administrative Closure)
Sat, 4/15/17:  10 am - 2 pm
Sun, 4/16/17: CLOSED 

Fri, 4/14/17:  CLOSED (Administrative Closure)
Sat, 4/15/17:  CLOSED
Sun, 4/16/17: CLOSED

All TWU Libraries will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 17th.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It Could Be Verse: Celebrating Poetry Month

A Poem By Any Other Name  Works of and about poetry from the collections of the TWU Libraries are on
display near the Information Desk of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library. Photograph by Jon Turner.
April 4, 2017.
APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

From The Waste Land by T.S. Elliott

April, in addition to being "the cruellest month," features the celebration of National Poetry Month--the largest and most poetic event of its kind.

Organized in 1996 by The Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the U.S., National Poetry Month sees tens of millions of people annually--from teachers to poets, bloggers to librarians, publishers to curators--commemorating the important role poetry plays in our lives and culture.

Searching for poems in the TWU Libraries catalog yields thousands of results from our physical and electronic collections--making it easy to get wrapped up in your favorite works of poetry on your screen, in the library, or bundled up indoors enjoying the spring rain. 

~Joslyn Sandlin

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Take a Break with Our Library Crossword

Last week the world quietly celebrated the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The oldest and largest such tournament in the U.S., it was founded in 1978 by Will Shortz, the famous editor of the New York Times Crossword and still the tournament's director.

The Times Crossword was first published in 1942 to entertain readers during city blackouts. It was met with backlash at the time; many at the publication viewed crossword puzzles as frivolous games. It wasn’t until 1950 that the puzzle became a daily, and extremely popular, part of the newspaper.

To commemorate the 2017 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament we made our very own TWU Libraries-themed crossword puzzle for you to enjoy (printable version here). Answers can be found here.

See how well you can do--without peeking!

~Joslyn Sandlin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Noise Frustration? We're Here to Help

The Blagg-Huey Library (in Denton) is concerned about providing spaces that will accommodate both collaborative and individual study. We are currently planning some renovations that will help us provide “zones” within the library: collaborative, quiet, and silent study spaces. 

We realize that noise can create frustration for some of our students so we do want to address it whenever we can. Until we have our space changes in place, please feel free to contact any library staff member or security guard if you are bothered by noise. We are happy to do whatever we can to make all of our students comfortable in the library.

If you want to call us, feel free to call 940-898-3701 or 940-898-3719 and we will address the issue. 

~Kris Reed

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Microwave Your Lunch, Make Coffee at the Denton Library

Yum  A TWU student uses the microwave which was recently
installed at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library. The microwave 
and a Keurig coffee maker are available for student use in the 
Photocopy/Snack Room on the library's first floor. Photo-
graph by Sandy Cochran. March 28, 2017.
Visitors to the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library can now heat up food or make coffee without leaving the premises. 

A microwave and Keurig coffee maker have been installed in the Photocopy/Snack Room on the library's first floor (room 108 off the living room area, in the far left corner as you enter the building). Coffee pods are not provided (coffee maker uses K cups only).

~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

We Heart Student Commuters

Welcome to Commuter Appreciation Week, designed to showcase some of the many resources and services available to TWU students who travel to one of our campuses to take classes.

The TWU Libraries offer a variety of virtual and physical amenities to make your life easier as you work toward your degree. From research databasesSubject Guides (subject-specific collections of research help); and other website contents, to our library hours; TWU Libraries Mobile; and building amenities (including a Starbucks, microwave, and coffee maker in Denton; comfortable furniture in Denton, Dallas, and Houston; and reservable nap pods--yes, nap pods--in Dallas and Houston), the TWU Libraries operate with your comfort and convenience in mind.

The Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, the Dallas Center Library, the Houston ARC--all are known for their knowledgeable and dedicated staff members. Need research or other library assistance--from home, on the go, or in one of our buildings? Our caring, talented library staff is just a chat, text, email, or call away.

Staying connected may be one of the biggest challenges that come with living off campus. The TWU Libraries invite you to develop your connection to us and everything we offer. Our website is a great place to find research help, writing guidance, citation information, student and faculty services, information for library visitors, library announcements, and so much more. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, read the library blog, take a break with our Instagram and Pinterest. Make a habit of scanning the e-signs and other signage around you. Not sure where to start? Contact us with your questions. Have feedback or suggestions? Use our suggestion box, conveniently open 24/7.

However you get to campus, we're glad you're here--and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

You're Invited: Tolkien Reading Day Event 3/27

Are you a full-fledged Tolkienite, or just in the hobbit of seeing the movies based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien? Either way, we're Tolkien to you! Mark your calendar for Monday, March 27th for an all-day Tolkien Reading Day event at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the library's Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall (room 101, the first door to the right as you enter the building), student and staff volunteers will be reading passages from The Hobbit and other Tolkien works. Want to participate? Just sign up at the Circulation Desk (on the first floor) and pick a time slot or two. We'll supply the books. Feel like listening? Just show up and find a seat. Questions? Contact Joslyn Sandlin (

Tolkien Reading Day, an annual March event, was organized in 2003 by The Tolkien Society to encourage the author's fans to celebrate and promote Tolkien's life and works by gathering to read passages from his books.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's Power Nap Time in Dallas & Houston

Off to Dreamland  Student Assistant Kristen McManus is one of the first to try out the new nap pod in the
Houston ARC at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. A nap pod is also available in the
Dallas Center Library at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. Photograph by Ryan Slattery.
March 15, 2017.
They look like something out of Star Wars or The Jetsons, but they can help with a very 21st-century problem--sleepiness.

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Student Union, Fitness & Recreation, and Student Health Services at Texas Woman’s University, nap pods have arrived at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center and the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. The pods, located in the Dallas Center Library and the Houston ARC, allow students to take a 20-minute snooze and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle an exam or coursework. A nap can be more refreshing than a cup of coffee or a can of Red Bull. Just sit back, close your eyes, and relax.

Each nap pod features a swiveling overhead cover for privacy and a dark, quiet atmosphere. Several audio options are also available. Play music from your audio player, have the nap pod “talk to you” via a meditation routine, or use the white noise setting. You can also set the chair to gently vibrate. The pod will even wake you--with gradually brightening lights and a subtle vibration to minimize grogginess--when your 20-minute nap is over. Sign. Me. Up.

The Dallas nap pod is located near the back entrance to the Dallas Center Library; find the Houston nap pod behind the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy collection in the Academic Resource Center (near the copy room). The pods are typically available on a first-come, first-served basis, but can also be reserved using the libraries’ study room reservation system.

Questions? Need assistance? Library staff members are always happy to help.


~Ryan Slattery

Monday, March 20, 2017

Presentation Workshop at the PCSE on 3/20

The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence (PCSE), on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, continues its series of free Spring 2017 workshops with Presentation Options beginning at noon on Monday, March 20th in PCSE room 234. This and the remaining workshops in the series are also broadcast via Blackboard Collaborate (in order to participate on Collaborate, simply join the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence Blackboard Student Organization).

Remaining PCSE workshops this semester include Make Studying Count at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 27th and Time Management at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20th.

Questions? Contact Theresa Lindsay at 940-898-4113 or

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, March 17, 2017

Denton Library Construction Update

Scaffolding? What Scaffolding?  The roof-replacement project at
the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is almost complete.
Photograph by Sandy Cochran. March 17, 2017.
Welcome back!

Students returning to the Denton campus after Spring Break will notice a big change to the Blagg-Huey Library--no more scaffolding in front of the building! The library's roof-replacement project is almost complete.  

We want to thank everyone for their patience during this project, and look forward to serving you in our new and improved surroundings.

A happy and productive spring to all.

~Sandy Cochran