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