Friday, March 27, 2015

Early Childhood Fair on Monday, 3/30

Let's say you'd like to know more about resources and opportunities offered by TWU and the Denton community to families and others interested in early childhood development, but aren't sure where to begin.  You're in luck.  An event taking place just days from now will make gathering that info child's play.     

The TWU Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services Early Childhood Fair is happening on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Denton campus Student Union. 

Be sure to look for the Blagg-Huey Library table.  We'll be there, ready to tell you all about our Children’s Collection and answer questions.

Let's play.

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris

Men: Monday, 3/30 Is For You

It's almost time for another Men’s Health Monday--this time centered on the all-important issue of mental health.

Join TWU Student Health Services at noon on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Fit & Rec Studio 3 for a mental health discussion with Dr. Marshall Bewley of the TWU Counseling Center.  

Do you like free food?  Then don't dawdle--lunch will be served for the first 20 participants.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Miss Representation Streaming Here

You don't want to miss Miss Representation, and now you don't have to.

Miss Representation--a compelling and thought-provoking film written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom--"uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see," exposing "how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America."  Miss Representation Synopsis  Featuring stories, insights and anecdotes from politicians, media stars and entertainers--female and male--mixed with statistics and images (some shocking), this documentary film made its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  

Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be present at a screening of her film on the Denton campus of TWU on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. in CFO 203.  

If you can't make the screening--or want to watch the film at another time--the TWU Libraries can help. We've just purchased the streaming rights to Miss Representation, presented here for your convenience.  You can also access the film by visiting Kanopy Videostreaming (via Databases A-Z List on the TWU Libraries homepage.)

~Sandy Cochran with Christina Cool

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tech Tuesday: Chromebooks Are Here

The Chromebook Experience  Through a new pilot program at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton
campus, library patrons can test drive a new Chromebook and share their impressions.  Chromebooks--which
have advantages over regular laptops, primarily speed--are available at the library's Circulation Desk.  Photo-

graph by Sandy Cochran.  March 18, 2015.      
They're shiny, new--and just waiting to be test-driven.  Chromebooks are now available at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

As part of a new pilot program, library users are encouraged to use a Chromebook (available at the Circulation Desk on the first floor) and share their impressions. Was it easy to use?  Did it have the features you want?  What else should we know about your Chromebook experience?  Your opinions matter to us, so please share them using the suggestion box here or on the TWU Libraries homepage.   

What is a Chromebook?
"Web browsers with attached keyboards" is a good way to think of Chromebooks, a new kind of laptop made to explore the web. With a Chromebook you can try apps from the Chrome Web Store; take silly pictures using the built-in camera; watch a documentary for class; and kick back with YouTube or Netflix.  Everything is backed up as you do it so you don't need to worry about saving your documents or losing your work.

Graphic design by Sean Spear.
Why should I use a Chromebook instead of a regular laptop?
One of the biggest advantages of a Chromebook is speed.  Because they don't run a full Windows or Mac operating system, Chromebooks are very fast.  The lightweight nature of Chrome OS also lets these machines run for 8-11 hours without a charge. Chromebooks also run everything in the Chrome Web Store and some Android apps (including Evernote, Vine by Twitter, Duolingo and the infamous Yo.)  The list of Chromebook-compatible Android apps grows every day.

Can I work with Microsoft Office documents on a Chromebook?
Yes!  With a Chromebook you can open Word, PowerPoint and Excel files.  Simply plug in your flash drive and open the file to make your edits.  Because Chromebooks save changes as you type, there’s no need to worry about losing work due to a crash or other calamity.

How do you sign in to a Chromebook?
There are two ways:  1) with your TWU account (by entering your TWU email and password at the login screen); or 2)  with a personal Google (Gmail) account.

What if I lose the WiFi connection?
If you get out of WiFi range you can still edit your documents.  If they're on a flash drive, the Chromebook will keep saving changes as they happen.  If your documents are on Google Drive, the Chromebook will upload any changes you make the next time it has a network connection.

Chromebooks--laptops that open your files for class; run very quickly; last all day without a charge; run popular apps and games; and help you take full advantage of everything the web has to offer. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Questions?  Bring your Chromebook to the Circulation Desk; a staff member will be happy to help.

~Sean Spear

Monday, March 23, 2015

The 2015 Women In Aviation Conference

The Woman's Collection booth at the 26th annual Women in Aviation Conference held March 5-7, 2015.
The female pilots of Sikorsky, a United Technologies Company, deemed it the best of the conference.  Shown,
Woman's Collection staff members (L-R) Bethany Ross, Digital Curator; Erica Block, Library Assistant; and
Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections.
On March 5-7, 2015, staff members of the Woman's Collection of the Texas Woman's University Libraries represented TWU, the libraries and the collection at the 26th  Annual Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas.  With over 5,000 in attendance, these passionate and dedicated advocates had the opportunity to educate hundreds about the mission of the Woman's Collection to preserve, promote and protect women's history.

Relationships were cultivated and solidified, invitations extended, impressions made. The highlights of the conference were many, including the following.
The female pilots of Sikorsky, a United Technologies Company, deemed the Woman's Collection booth the best of the conference.  Sikorsky, the global leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, is the designer responsible for the Black Hawk helicopter used by the U.S. military.
Invitations were once again extended to the Woman's Collection from the planners of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the largest gathering of pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the United States.  The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) have a 30+ year-old tradition of attending; the WASP Archive is housed in the Woman's Collection on the Denton campus of TWU. 
WAI Conference Fun  The Woman's Collection of the TWU Libraries was well-represented at the 26th
annual Women in Aviation Conference held March 5-7, 2015.  First row (L-R) Erica Block, Library Assistant;
and Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Dawn Seymour, 43-5.  Second row (L-R) Bethany Ross, Digital
Curator; Sherilyn Bird, Dean of TWU Libraries; and Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections.  
Sun ‘n Fun, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of aviation education, also extended an invitation to the Woman’s Collection to present a program about their efforts to preserve, capture and promote the history of women in the aviation industry.  
The Woman’s Collection began discussions several years ago with Steven Moore--longtime president, advocate and dedicated marketer of the National Gay Pilots Association (NPGA)--about that organization's history and its representation of pilots marginalized and made invisible because of their sexual orientation.  Moore died in a plane crash in 2014, but the Woman’s Collection is committed to ensuring that his work goes on.  Conversations at the conference with NPGA members and officers were a continuation of an open dialogue with the NPGA, begun with Moore, about establishing the National Gay Pilot Association Archive at Texas Woman’s University.
Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections, said it best.  "Cultivating these relationships takes time and energy. It is important that we convey to potential donors that their records, materials and stories matter as much to us as they do to them. These groups are entrusting us with their history--and in essence, their lives."

Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.

The Woman's Collection of the Texas Woman's University Libraries is the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women.  

~Sandy Cochran and Kimberly Johnson

Friday, March 20, 2015

Save The Date: TWU Health Fair On Wednesday, March 25th

It's an annual tradition at TWU, for the best cause of all--our health.  

It's fair time--time to mark our calendars for the Well Wednesday Community Health Fair on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hubbard Hall on the Denton campus (Hubbard Hall is number 30 on the Denton campus map here.)  Everyone is welcome, and admission is FREE.   
Giveaways, demonstrations and door prizes will be part of the fun.  Free services will be offered, including blood pressure checks, vision screenings and HIV testing; and $55 lab screenings (a blood profile and an optional profile for men over 50) will be available by appointment (to schedule a lab screening appointment call 940-898-3833).  A wide variety of health-related organizations--including Be the Match Registry, Denton County Friends of the Family, the Denton County Health Department, Paws Across Texas and many more--will distribute freebies and free health information to fair attendees (for a complete list of vendors, see the university's Well Wednesday Health Fair page.)  Look for the library table featuring consumer health resources available in the TWU Libraries collections.  

It's fair to say, health is important to us all.  We hope you will take some time out of your schedule to attend the Well Wednesday Community Health Fair on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Hubbard Hall on the Denton campus.  For more information call 940-898-3833.

~Sandy Cochran with Elaine Cox

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Women's History Month At The Movies

A League of Our Own  See one of The 11 
Month.  Included is Frida (above) starring 
Salma Hayek.  A list of the DVDs available 
through the TWU Libraries, including Frida,
is available at the Circulation Desk of the 
Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  
Image courtesy of
Woman's History Month is in full swing.  We've looked at the origins of Women's History Monthseen a 3D version of Amelia Earhart's flight suitlearned about databases devoted to women and their history; and heard stirring words from some very inspirational women.  Now it's time to switch gears and chill.  We're going to the movies. 

Below, The 11 Best Movies To Celebrate Women's History Month, with related media available through the TWU Libraries.  Any such list, of course, is in the eye of the beholder.  Nonetheless, the titles featured here remind us that all over the world, in all types of circumstances, women are strong, funny, brave, smart, resilient and supremely capable.

To browse the TWU Libraries' DVD collection, ask for the DVD List--an alphabetical listing of the titles we carry--at the Circulation Desk of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (940-898-3719).  You can also search for a specific title in the TWU Libraries catalog.    

However you do it, honoring women and women's achievements is what Women's History Month is all about.  If we can help, please let us know. 





Elizabeth 1998
Elizabeth I 2006 (DVD)


Makers, Volume 2: Women In War, Space, Comedy, Business, Hollywood, Politics 2014 (Video)  Includes an interview with Joan Rivers


CBS Interview with three Woman’s League players from the 1940s at around the time of the release of the movie A League Of Their Own, a fictional dramatization of their story (Video)
Silkwood 1983

Norma Rae 1979




Frida  2002 (DVD); The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo 2005 (DVD)    

Pink Saris 2010 (DVD)
DVD Available April 1, 2015



~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Inspirational Women Speak

No  Civil rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks on
her refusal to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger
in 1955.  Parks was arrested; her appeal of her subsequent
formally challenged the legality of racial segre-
gation and instigated the 
Montgomery Bus Boycott, a semi-
nal event in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.  Booking photo
of Parks taken by Alabama police following her arrest dur-
ing the boycotts.  February 1956. 
Just one quote can represent a life . . . and one life can change the world.

In honor of Women's History Month we bring you 21 Inspirational Sayings By Influential Woman, from International Business Times.

For more on the women behind these quotes and others, use TWUniversal--the one-stop search engine provided by the TWU Libraries for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources.  Use TWUniversal directly from the maroon box in the center of the TWU Libraries homepage.

Questions?  Please ask, using the contact information provided here.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

"There are two kinds of people in the world," the saying goes.  “The Irish and those who wish they were."  On Tuesday, March 17, 2015 this bit o’ blarney wouldn't apply, of course, since everyone's Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

In the spirit of shamrocks, bagpipes and a whole lotta green, a quick search using 
TWUniversal--the one-stop search engine provided by the TWU Libraries for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources--yielded the following pot o' St. Patrick's Day trivia.

Is the shamrock unique to Ireland, as the myth suggests?  No.  In truth you can find it anywhere from Tasmania to North America to the mountains of South Africa (Europe Intelligence Wire, March 17, 2006).

Why is St. Patrick's Day associated with the color green?  According to some accounts blue was actually the first color 
associated with the holiday, but that started to change in the 17th century.  Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history.  Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, so named for its lush green landscape.  Green is also the color of spring and the shamrock (

Why is the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day--and is the dye really green?  It's an annual ritual that dates back over 50 years, and no.  The tradition's origins are of some dispute--depending on the source, either former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, local plumbers ( or leprechauns deserve the credit--but one thing is certain:  it is a revered part of the city's annual St. Patrick's Day festivities enjoyed by thousands.  Surprisingly, the dye itself is orange; combined with water it turns yellow, then a bright emerald color. "This spectacular transformation," notes the committee responsible, "ranks right up there with the parting of the sea by Moses and the Pyramids of Egypt" ( Side note:  This bit of hyperbole is a fine example of the Irish mode of speaking known as "blarney."

Bacon and Cabbage  This St. Patrick’s Day, millions of people will sit down to an authentic Irish meal (or so they think) of corned beef and cabbage.  In fact, only half this meal is Irish.  Cabbage has historically been a staple of the Irish diet--but it was traditionally eaten with Irish bacon, not corned beef.  Irish immigrants in America couldn't afford the bacon, so they substituted corned beef--a cheaper alternative they learned about from immigrants of other national origin (

Pinch By Pinch  If you forget to wear green on St. Paddy’s Day, don’t be surprised if you get pinched.  This is an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s.  St. Patrick’s Day revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns (fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see--that is, anyone not wearing green).  People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would likely sneak up and pinch them (

The First O' Many  New York City hosted the first St. Patrick's Day parade, which featured Irish soldiers in the English military, on March 17, 1762 (PR Newswire, March 6, 2007).

That's A Wee Bit Ironic  Green is often considered unlucky in Ireland (Knight Ridder/Tribune, March 11, 2008).

We're Gonna Need More Green Beer  In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 34.5 million Americans claim Irish ancestry--a number almost nine times the population (at 4.1 million) of Ireland itself (The Wischlist Blog, March 13, 2010).

From the TWU Libraries, a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day to all--and that's no blarney.

~Sandy O'Cochran

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring Break '15 @ The Libraries

Spring Break 2015 at TWU (March 16-20, 2015) is here.  Although classes are not in session this week, the university--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallasand the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in Houston--is OPEN.  


DENTON (Blagg-Huey Library) 
The Children's Collection is closed this week, and the chat service is not available (both will resume normal operations on Monday, March 23, 2015.) Please be aware that all restrooms in the Denton campus library will be closed this week due to maintenance issues; alternative facilities are available in nearby buildings (find details here). UPDATE (3/17/15)  The restrooms are now open; please monitor the TWU Libraries Twitter for further updates.
Saturday, March 14:  CLOSED
Sunday, March 15:  CLOSED
Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 21:  CLOSED
Sunday, March 22:  2 p.m. to Midnight  

DALLAS (TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library)
Saturday, March 14:  CLOSED
Sunday, March 15:  CLOSED
Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20:         
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 21:  CLOSED
Sunday, March 22:  CLOSED  

HOUSTON (Academic Resource Center/ARC)
Saturday, March 14:  CLOSED
Sunday, March 15:  CLOSED
Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20:   
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 21:  CLOSED
Sunday, March 22:  CLOSED  

Whether your Spring Break plans include a trip to the Denton or Dallas libraries; the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in Houston; or your couch to use some of our virtual resources; TWU Libraries staff members are trained to help you make the most of it.  For assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us using the information here.

~Sandy Cochran