Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Texas Woman's University (including the libraries in Denton and Dallas, as well as the Houston ARC) will be closed Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  

The Blagg-Huey Library in Denton will resume regular Fall semester hours on Saturday, November 29th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.); and the Dallas Center Library and Houston ARC will resume regular hours on Monday, December 1st.

The TWU Libraries family wishes you and yours a holiday filled with peace, joy and gratitude. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

~Sandy Cochran  


Colleague to colleague  Staff members of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU hold up a banner containing expressions of gratitude between library colleagues.  The chance to acknowledge each other in this season of thanks, the brainchild of staff luncheon organizers, afforded library staff members the chance to express appreciation for--and to be appreciated by--the people they spend their days with.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  November 22, 2014.
One of the best things that can happen to us is remembering to be thankful; another is feeling appreciated.  On a recent afternoon the staff of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus was fortunate to experience both of these, as its members got together to enjoy each other's company and express the many ways they are thankful--for each other.   

Taking a break from our full schedules, staff members connected with colleagues over lunch and dessert.  The high point of the luncheon for many was the 
opportunity staff members had to thank our library colleagues, in writing, for all that they do. Despite the filling lunch everyone walked a little lighter that day, knowing that not only do we belong to a great team, but our efforts are appreciated by our colleagues. 

In this season of gratitude, the TWU Libraries family has much to be thankful for. 

For you and yours, we wish the same.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 21, 2014

Coming Soon: Fall 2014 Coffee Breaks

Time and caffeine.  With these two things you can conquer the world—or at least your final exams. 
A time-honored tradition at TWU continues in December with finals-week coffee breaks at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC.  The Denton campus library is also extending its operating hours before and during finals week.  All TWU students are welcome and encouraged to use the libraries’ facilities--and enjoy the free refreshments provided--as you prepare to wrap up the Fall 2014 semester.                               

BLAGG-HUEY LIBRARY (DENTON)                      
Extended library hours as listed.  Coffee breaks, sponsored by the TWU Division of Student Life and the TWU Libraries, feature free coffee, tea, bottled water and healthy snacks in the library’s first-floor lecture hall (room 101).  Giveaways and a photo op.  Student organizations participating on select nights with treats and other giveaways for students. 

Friday, December 5
th   Open 7 a.m.-midnight
Saturday, December 6
th   Open 9 a.m.-midnight ● Coffee breaks at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 7
th   Open 10 a.m.-midnight ● Coffee breaks at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Monday, December 8
th   Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9
th   Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10
th   Open 7:30 a.m.-midnight ● Coffee break at 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 11
th   Open 7:30 a.m.-midnight 

Coffee breaks, sponsored by the TWU Division of Student Life and the TWU Libraries, feature free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bottled water and healthy snacks near the 
library’s front door during regular operating hours  Monday-Thursday, December 8th-11th.  Select snacks also available Saturday, December 6th during regular operating hours.

Free homemade cookies and Cajun coffee with chicory available for all students, faculty and staff during regular operating hours Monday-Thursday, December 8

For more as finals week nears—including details about an exciting new button contest in the works--check this blog; like the TWU Libraries on Facebook; or follow us on Twitter.

~Sandy Cochran; Graphic design by Kristin Wolski

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Denton Campus Library Extends Its Hours for Finals

Sometimes all you need is a good s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

You've worked hard this semester, and the end is in sight.  Finals are almost here, and papers and projects will be due.  For many students this means more hours than ever at the library. 

In response to popular demand, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g its hours for finals week--giving students more time in its beautiful and distraction-free surroundings to work, study and prepare for final exams.

The extended hours at the Denton campus library fall during the following days leading up to and during Fall 2014 Finals Week at TWU.  
Friday, December 5:  7 a.m. to Midnight
Saturday, December 6:  9 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday, December 7:  10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday, December 8:  7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday, December 9:  7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Wednesday, December 10:  7:30 a.m. to Midnight
Thursday, December 11:  7:30 a.m. to Midnight

All of us with the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton; the Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC wish all the best to TWU students as you prepare for final exams.  We encourage you to use our facilities; ask questions when you need to; and above all, dedicate plenty of time for study.  Reserve a study room if you'd like, or take advantage of the Denton campus library's quiet area (its entire third floor.)  However you choose to do it, take the time to study and prepare.  

Because more study time may mean better grades on your final exams--and that's no stretch.  

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cruisin' With The Chancellor

Showing us how it's done, Texas Woman's University Chancellor and President Dr. Carine Feyten checks out the Blagg-Huey Library, the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence and other spots on and near the Denton campus of TWU.

Love the car, Dr. Feyten.

TWU New Music Update from Denise Spranger on Vimeo.

~Sandy Cochran 

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Tribute to the First Americans

Giving Thanks for Native Americans  Native American Heritage Month was established to pay tribute to the contribu-
tions and rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.  Image courtesy of the Native American Heritage Month page of 
the Library of Congress.
In recognition of the first Americans and their significant contributions to the establishment and growth of the United States, November is Native American Heritage Month.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress; the National Archives and Records Administration; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Gallery of Art; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Native American Heritage Month was established to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Annie  Annie "Walk Aslant" Cheyenne maiden. 
Photograph by L.A. Huffman.  Copyright The 
Newberry.  Part of an extensive collection of 
materials on American Indian history and cul-
ture accessible in the database American Indian 
The TWU Libraries are honored to join this monthlong tribute, and recommend to Pioneers a visit to a database of unique materials from one of the finest archival collections available on American Indian history and culture.

American Indian Histories and Cultures, one of over 200 databases made available by the libraries to current TWU students and faculty and staff members, contains materials spanning four centuries of North and Central American Indian history and culture.  This extensive collection includes manuscripts (treaties, speeches, petitions, diaries, travel journals and ledger books); artwork (illustrations, sketches, watercolors, oil paintings and American Indian art); American Indian newspapers from the 1960s to the 1990s; rare printed books; photographs; and maps (navigating through this much material can be overwhelming; look for Not Sure Where to Start? on the homepage for an introduction to the database, complete with guided tour.)  Rare and diverse, the materials contained in American Indian Histories and Cultures provide unique insights into the history and culture of Native Americans for scholars, educators and students.  

Access American Indian Histories and Cultures, with current Pioneer Portal login information, from the TWU Libraries homepage (see Databases A-Z List under the heading Research.)  For assistance please contact us. 

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris

When Quitting Is Cool: The Great American Smokeout

If ever there is a time when it's cool to be a quitter, The Great American Smokeout is it.

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 American deaths--all preventable.  The Great American Smokeout (November 20th, 2014) is a great time for tobacco users in the TWU community and everywhere else to either quit or make a plan to quit, while friends and family members of smokers can learn how to be a good resource for their loved ones.  By quitting--even for one day--smokers take an important step toward a healthier life, one that can lead to a reduced risk of cancer. 

Our friends at Student Health Services (SHS), your campus healthcare provider and resource, will mark The Great American Smokeout on Wednesday, November 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.  All TWU students and staff and faculty members who want information about smoking/tobacco cessation--for themselves or someone else they care about--can get it by visiting the SHS table they will find there.  "Quit kits" will be handed out, and while supplies last tobacco non-users who make a pledge will receive a free t-shirt.  

For more information on being a quitter, like TWU Student Health Services on Facebook and follow @HealthyTWU on Twitter.

Join The Great American Smokeout--when quitting is cool.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 14, 2014

Supporting the Scrubs

The TWU Libraries would like to offer our full support to the TWU faculty members, students and preceptors working on the front lines in hospitals and clinical settings in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  

Events over the past month related to the spread and containment of Ebola virus disease have caused anxiety in some members of the public and the health sciences community.  Knowing the facts and being mindful of new developments can help alleviate some of that anxiety.  

Toward that end, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) website is dedicated to presenting up-to-date research as it becomes available.  Some of the research is available free of charge; full access to the NEJM is available, with Pioneer Portal login information, through the TWU Libraries (from the libraries' homepage, do a catalog search for the journal title.)  A collection of NEJM articles and other resources on the Ebola outbreak is available here.

Another useful resource for valid medical information and research is the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), an online portal created by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center.  Through this initiative, publishers provide open access to full-text articles and books for healthcare workers, clinicians and researchers in places affected by disasters or epidemics.  Activated for a limited time, this service is useful for students and others working in settings with limited-to-no on-site access to medical research.  The Ebola outbreak is an EAI active event; the free access period ends November 14, 2014. 

Sometimes information overload can contribute to anxiety levels.  The TWU Libraries can help with that too.  The libraries in Dallas and Denton feature study rooms and lounge spaces that can serve as “soft places to land,” allowing students to take a break from it all.  Place a reservation for a study room here

Once again, the TWU Libraries salute the efforts of our TWU family of healthcare students and faculty members, as well as the medical community at large.  

Please let us know how we may be of service.

~Kimberly Richardson

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Releases: Nutrition & Public Health E-Books

They may be of significance for research purposes, or matters of personal interest. Whatever your level of interest or expertise, nutrition and public health are subjects that pertain to each of us, every day.  The TWU Libraries are pleased to now provide access, with Pioneer Portal login information, to two important online resources you can turn to--whatever the reason--for current, thorough and authoritative information on nutrition and public health topics.


What It Is   The role of nutrition in combating disease, and otherwise improving quality of life, is undeniable.  This 4-volume revision of an award-winning work reflects scientific advances in the field of human nutrition and presents the latest understanding on a wide range of nutrition-related topics--including food safety, weight management, vitamins, bioengineering of foods, plant-based diet, raw foods, organic food, biofortification, nutritional labeling and the effect of religious customs on diet.  This new edition also features broader cross-referencing of emerging opportunities for the potential prevention and treatment of diseases.

Format   E-Book


What It Is   An authoritative and comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods and approaches of global public health.  Covers all dimensions of the field, from details of specific diseases to the organization of social insurance agencies.  Includes articles on public health aspects of diseases and conditions, aging, diet, injuries, ethics and the law, measurement and modeling, consumerism, anthropology and sociology, economics, public health history and global issues.

Formats  E-Book, Print

~Sandy Cochran with Kris Reed

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You Are Invited to the Dallas Center Library

Nursing Excellence at the Dallas Center  Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU, an exhibit
commemorating a milestone year in the history of the TWU College of Nursing, is currently on display at the
Dallas Center Library on the sixth floor of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
In Dallas, just off of I-35E at Inwood Roadis an eight-story building with TWU in really big letters on its sides.  What is this place, you wonder, as you fly/crawl down the freeway?  We are the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, and we invite you to visit.  

You may have heard of the Dallas Center, but did you know that all TWU students and faculty and staff members have full access to Dallas Center services?  Your parking pass works in our parking garage, and with your current TWU ID you have access to the Dallas Center fitness center, Office of Student Life, computer lab and library.

The Dallas Center Library, on the center's sixth floor, features a physical collection focused on the health sciences.  Dallas Center Library patrons, regardless of TWU campus home or field of study, also enjoy full access to high speed internet, TWU Libraries online resources, Wi-Fi, free printing and the Interlibrary loan services of the TWU Libraries. Whether students attend classes in person or online, they are invited and welcome to make use of the Dallas Center Library's resources.

Welcome  The staff of the Dallas Center Librarylocated on the sixth floor of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Insti-
tute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, has created a warm and inviting space to enrich the library experience 
of all Dallas Center Library patrons.  Here, the front desk of the Dallas Center Library in the Halloween spirit.   
In town?  Stop by and visit.  The Dallas Center Library shines especially bright during the holiday season.  In October, for example, Halloween decorations of all kinds--including a variety of pumpkins, a witch, Frankenstein’s monster and more--filled the library with the Halloween spirit.  Currently, the library is the site of Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU, an exhibit curated by Woman's Collection staff members to commemorate a milestone in the history of the TWU College of Nursing. Containing photographs, historical nursing uniforms and nursing faculty publications, Celebrating 60 Years will be available for viewing through November, 2014.  

The staff of the Dallas Center Library has dedicated itself to creating a space that enriches the library experience of every TWU student and faculty and staff member who visits.  We hope you are one of them.

Happy holidays!

~Ellen Hamlett

Psst!  It is also a "well-guarded" secret that we have chocolate.  ;)