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