Friday, June 23, 2017

Dallas Pride: How to Make a Rainbow

As we head into the final week of LGBT Pride Month 2017, the library and Office of Student Life at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Science-Dallas Center recommend a DIY project that can serve as a charming decoration and year-round reminder of the importance of inclusivity.

This week the Dallas Center Library began hosting a table of supplies and directions, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, needed to make rainbow mobiles (left). The last day to participate is Friday, June 23, 2017

Want to make your rainbow at home? Follow the directions (for project #7) here.

~Sandy Cochran with Dianne Smith

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Anatomy as Art

Library Assistant Dianne Smith and former Library Assistant Joshua Flores of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library are the artists behind this spectacularly colorful depiction of the human torso.

Made up of "many, many rolled-up pieces of paper," the piece is inspired by the work of paper sculptor Lisa Nilsson and is on display at the library's Circulation Desk.  

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Audio, Video & Print Diversions for a Summer Day

Conveniently displayed together off the first-floor lobby, the (Denton) 
Blagg-Huey Library's Browsing and Media Collections feature  
audiobooks for adults and children; films (including Hairspray), docu-
mentaries, and educational and children's programming on DVD; CDs; 
and fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and other current releases.
Need an indoor diversion while you try to avoid the Texas heat? The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library has a selection of bestsellers, DVDs, and other media available for checkout with your current TWU ID.

Conveniently displayed together off the first-floor lobby, the library's Browsing and Media Collections feature adult and children's audiobooks; films, documentaries, and educational and children's programming on DVD; CDs; and fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and other current releases. 

Looking for a specific title? Search for it in the TWU Libraries catalog. Lists of DVDs and children's books on CD are available for browsing. Need assistance? Library staff members at the Information and Circulation Desks are happy to help.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Believe This, Not That: Some Real Help for Fake News

Engaged citizens like to keep up with the news of the day, and many of us do that on Facebook and other social media. This is convenient, but is it a reliable way to stay informed? As with most things, it depends on the quality of the information we're taking in.

In the spring, Librarian Abby Morris conducted workshops on identifying fake news. Missed them? Read on for some real help for fake news.

What Fake News Is (And Is Not)
Fake news is not information that you disagree with, but news/websites/images that are designed to mislead and misinform (unsurprisingly, this usually has to do with money; sensational headlines and images draw attention and invite clicks--increasing site visits, shares, and ad revenues).

Believe This, Not That

How can you know fake news when you see it? Three approaches can help. 

  • Check a specific story or fact by consulting a reputable fact-checking site. Examples include SnopesPolitifact, and FactCheck.OrgDon't see what you're looking for? Most invite you to submit your questions.
  • Fact check like a pro with the advice featured on the tip- and link-packed guides from Indiana University East and the Tri-College Libraries. For some good advice on staying informed watch the five-minute How To Choose Your News (below) by Damon Brown.
  • The TWU Libraries staff includes librarians who specialize in doing subject-specific research (and verifying the reliability of what they find). They are available to teach you to do the same. Consult Abby Morris or another TWU Libraries Subject Librarian listed here.

~Sandy Cochran with Abby Morris

Monday, June 12, 2017

What You Should Know About Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that the textbooks you need may not cost you a cent? Many are on reserve at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, the Dallas Center Library, or the Houston ARC.

Reserve items are books and other items, kept at the Circulation Desks at each of the TWU Libraries, for which professors have requested abbreviated, temporary loan periods for the convenience of their students. Bring your current TWU ID to the Circulation Desk at your TWU campus library; a staff member will check if the textbook you need is available.  

Most of them must be used in the library, and the average checkout time for reserve items is four hours. Reserve items cannot be renewed, but can be checked out again--we simply ask that you wait a full checkout period before checking an item out again (for a book with a four-hour checkout period, for example, you would need to wait four hours after returning it before checking it out again.)

No. Although many high-demand textbooks are on reserve, not all textbooks are available. If you think your textbook should be on reserve but isn't, talk to your professor; s/he may send us a copy.

More information about Course Reserves is available here. Need assistance? Please contact the Denton Circulation Department at 940-898-3719. 

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's LGBT Pride Month 2017

Where It Began The window reads “We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village.” Photograph by Diana Davies. Copyright owned by New York Public Library or CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Each June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. According to the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent confrontations in 1969 between police officers and gay rights activists. The riots, sometimes referred to as the Stonewall Uprising, took place outside the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar. At the time it was illegal to be openly gay.

That June, police raided several gay bars; on the 28th officers began arresting Stonewall Inn patrons. Rather than retreat as usual, however, customers in and outside the bar were uncooperative and became violent, tossing objects at patrol vehicles, trapping officers, and “making them feel the same fear and humiliation that was a constant in [the customers'] lives” (Law and the Gay Rights Story by Walter Frank). The protest continued for more than five days as crowds grew to number in the thousands. The Stonewall Riots became the catalyst for a united and organized LGBT community, ultimately leading to the Gay Liberation Movement.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated across the nation and around the world with parties, parades, picnics, concerts, and memorials for members of the LGBT community who lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Its purpose is to commemorate and recognize the impact that the LGBT community has had on America and beyond (Library of Congress).

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month by selecting a book from the following recommended LGBT titles, all available for checkout at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Locate additional titles (electronic and print) via the TWU Libraries homepage > Catalog Search. Need help? Contact a library staff member by phone, text, chat, or email.

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewart
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Heather has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
In our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Valencia by Michelle Tea

~Joslyn Sandlin

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Charge Up at the Denton Library

Charge Up  A courtesy charging station with an assortment of cord types is available for student use on the 
first floor of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library. Photograph by Sandy Cochran. May 31, 2017.
If the bars on your phone are fading fast, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus can help. 

A courtesy charging station with an assortment of cord types (for new iPhones, new and older Android phones, devices like Bluetooth headphones and even some laptops) is located on the library's first floor among the computer carrels.

Need assistance? A staff member at the Information or Circulation desk can help.

~Sandy Cochran 

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Database: Web of Science

The TWU Libraries have added a new research database to our collection.
New Database  Web of Science 
What is Web of Science?  Web of Science is a scientific citation indexing service that allows for a comprehensive citation search of scientific disciplines and their specialized sub-fields.
How do I access Web of Science?  Follow the path TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List > W > Web of Science, then log in with your Pioneer Portal username and password.
Who can answer my questions about Web of Science?  The Web of Science Help page; the TWU Libraries Subject Librarian who specializes in the subject area you are working in; or a library staff member by phone, text, chat, or email
~Sandy Cochran

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Library Hours

Summer '17 is here, and that means a shift to the following hours for the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.

(Denton) Blagg-Huey Library
Mon - Thurs
7:30 am – 10 pm
7:30 am – 7 pm
9 am – 6 pm
2 pm – 10 pm

Dallas Center Library
Mon - Thurs
7:30 am – 9 pm
7:30 am – 5 pm
10 am – 2 pm

Houston ARC
Mon - Sat
8 am – 5 pm

A happy and productive summer to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, May 26, 2017

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 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day. 

(Denton) Blagg-Huey Library
Saturday 5/27  9 am - 6 pm 
Sunday 5/28  2 pm - 10 pm
Monday 5/29  CLOSED 

Dallas Center Library 

Saturday 5/27 - Monday 5/29  CLOSED

Houston ARC
Saturday 5/27  8 am - 5 pm
Sunday 5/28 - Monday 5/29  CLOSED

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paws Across the Library

The Blagg-Huey Library's furry friends Hannah, Maggie, Lulu, and Gracie--therapy dogs with the charitable organization Paws Across Texas, Inc. Animal-Assisted Therapy--visited with TWU students and other library patrons on Sunday, May 7, 2017. 

As a reminder of another great gathering with these very special animals and their handlers, we are fortunate to have these wonderful photos taken by Library Assistant Jon Turner. 

As you can see, it's hard to tell who had the better time--the dogs or the people.

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Children's Collection on the Move

The Children's Collection is on the move.

As part of a space planning project underway at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, the Children’s Collection is being moved from its current location on the library's Garden Level to the first floor near the vending machines. 

While it is not our intention to make unnecessary noise or cause disruptions for library users, there will likely be extra noise and activity in the library during this process. Signage will be used to guide library users during this transition. For further assistance or to report noise or other issues, please feel free to call us at 940-898-3701 or 940-898-3719.    

~Sandy Cochran with Jon Hall

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free Comics! Great Speaker! Boom!

Free Comics and a great speaker! Boom! Pow!

Monday, May 8th, noon-1p, in Room 234 of the Pioneer Center on the Denton library's second floor. Don't forget to bring your lunch.

~Sandy Cochran

Dogs! Massages! Coffee! Popcorn!

Dogs in the House!  Therapy dogs will visit the Blagg-Huey Library on the
Denton campus on Sunday, May 7th from 6-8 p.m. Because finals are ruff.
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 with 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 Sunday, 5/7 through Wednesday, 5/10. 

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pioneer Proud of Our Library Colleagues

Pioneer Proud of Our Colleagues  Blagg-Huey Library staff member honorees, with colleagues, at the 2017 Pioneer Proud Celebration on the Denton 
campus. First row (L-R): Cindy Snider, Honoree Sita Peri, Honoree Vickie Silva, Brittney Washington, LaMargo Branch, Honoree Abby Morris. Second 
row (L-R): Honoree Ryan Becker, Honoree Susan Whitmer, Honoree Pamela Ward, Honoree Shelia Bickle, Honoree Mary Fleming. Library staff member 
honorees not shown: Jimmie Lyn Harris, Kimberly Johnson, Erik Martin, and Andy Tucker. Photograph by Theresa Lindsay. April 26, 2017.
Congratulations from everyone with the TWU Libraries to the following Blagg-Huey Library staff members who were among the honorees at the 2017 Pioneer Proud Celebration on the Denton campus on April 26, 2017. 

Ryan Becker  Acquisitions & Collections Assistant
Shelia Bickle  Records Retention Manager
Mary Fleming  Acquisitions & Serials Assistant
Jimmie Lyn Harris  Librarian
Kimberly Johnson  Director of Special Collections
Erik Martin  Systems Engineer
Abby Morris  Instruction & Services Manager
Sita Peri  Director of Data & Analytics
Vickie Silva  Buyer
Andy Tucker  Librarian
Pamela Ward  Director of Technical Services
Susan Whitmer  Librarian

Pioneer Proud honorees are recognized for going above and beyond their normal duties by helping a student, professor, staff member, or friend of TWU. 

~Sandy Cochran

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