Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays! TWU Libraries Closed 12/20 to 1/4

In observance of Winter Break, the TWU Libraries will be closed Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, January 4th.  Regular library hours resume Monday, January 5th (the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton and the Dallas Center Library at 9 a.m.; the Houston ARC at 8 a.m.)

For further scheduling details for the TWU Libraries see the hours pages for Denton, Dallas and Houston

Spring 2015 classes begin Monday, January 12th, 2015.

From the TWU Libraries family, our best to you and yours this holiday season.  We look forward to serving your information needs in the new year.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, December 12, 2014

Denton, Dallas Libraries Closed 12/13 & 12/14

The Intersession Shift  The operating hours of the TWU Libraries, including the Blagg-Huey Library on 
the Denton campus, change between semesters.  Pictured here, operating hours for the Blagg-Huey Library 
for December 8-14, 2014.  Graphic design by Kristin Wolski.     
Hours for the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, vary between semesters.  With the Fall 2014 semester coming to an end, some changes to regular library hours can be expected. 

The Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) and the Dallas Center Library will be closed on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014.

The Spring 2015 semester at TWU begins on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Please see the schedules for the Blagg-Huey Library (in Denton); the Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC for operating hours in the meantime.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fall 2014 Coffee Breaks A Big Success

An Attitude of Gratitude  TWU students Jenna Banaag (L), nutrition major and member of Alpha Gamma 
Delta, and Kendra Blacher (R), pursuing masters degrees in dance and education, hold up a portion of  a thank 
you banner signed by hundreds of grateful TWU students in appreciation for free beverages and snacks they 
received during traditional finals week coffee breaks held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  
Signed in multiple languages and measuring 41 feet in length, the complete banner serves as a happy reminder 
of the many students the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Life were privileged to serve during 
the Fall 2014 breaks.  December 11, 2014.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  
Time and fuel.  With these two things students can conquer the world—or at least their final exams. 

That is the theory behind finals week coffee breaks, a growing and eagerly anticipated fall and spring tradition at TWU sponsored by the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Life. Held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (which also extended its operating hours before and during finals week); the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC, these breaks feature free beverages and snacks for students to fuel their end-of-semester studies.

Coffee breaks for the Fall 2014 semester, which wrapped up on December 11, 2014, featured photo ops and giveaways in a festive atmosphere at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton.  Joining in the fun were "guest servers" Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President of TWU, and Dr. Robert Neely, TWU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who helped serve coffee to some of the record 1,800 attendees.  The library was also delighted to welcome the participation of sororities Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Lambda Gamma.  Dispensing treat bags, sweets and hot chocolate to the crowd along with their infectious enthusiasm, these groups were a big hit with students and a welcome addition to the festivities.  Sean Spear and Kristin Wolski, members of the Blagg-Huey Library staff and the TWU Libraries Social Media Team, photographed the Denton event (to see these photos and more, visit the libraries on  flickr  and Instagram.)
Cheers!  Students at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU express their appreciation for 
the free finals week beverages and snacks they enjoyed courtesy of the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division 
of Student Life.  December 7, 2014.  Photograph by Sean Spear.   
The Fall 2014 coffee breaks in Dallas and Houston were equally successful and appreciated.  Over 800 grateful TWU students in Dallas were served free beverages and snacks, and homemade cookies and Cajun coffee were on the menu for TWU students and faculty and staff members in Houston.    

The TWU Libraries consider it an honor and a privilege to play a role in the academic success of TWU students, and look forward to continuing the coffee break tradition at TWU in May 2015 and beyond.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, December 4, 2014

You Got This: Your Finals Survival Kit

Finals are almost here, and sometimes it takes a village.  The TWU Libraries want to do our part, so we've come up with some ideas to help TWU students face their exams and come out the other side, happy with the results.  A Finals Survival Kit, if you will.  

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, are the perfect places to escape from noisy roommates and get stuff DONE.  Find final exam week hours for the Dallas Center Library here; and for the Houston ARC here.  The Blagg-Huey Library (Denton) will extend its finals week hours as follows.  You're welcome. 

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

You need fuel to function.  Get FREE finals week beverages and snacks--including coffee, tea, energy bars and fruit--at the libraries in Denton and Dallas and at the Houston ARC.  Dates, times and other details of this Fall and Spring tradition are available here.

Sometimes you need more than the usual space and privacy to really dig in without interruption.  Reserve a study room here--but hurry.  Finals week reservations for these prime study spots go fast.


No matter the library space you choose for final exam prep, extending courtesy to your fellow library patrons goes a long way toward ensuring a peaceful, productive atmosphere for all.  Text instead of talking when you can, and please be aware of the noise you are making as you go about your business.  On the Denton campus?  The Blagg-Huey Library has an entire floor (the 3rd) dedicated to quiet study (no cell phones or talking allowed, so please use another floor for these.)     

Listen to videos or other audio without disturbing your library neighbors.  We carry headphones for the asking with a TWU ID.  Phone dead, or getting there?  We can help with that too.  Chargers for iPhones and Androids are available at the libraries in Denton and Dallas.  Find a list here of other ways we've teched our halls for your convenience.

It's normal to feel stress at times; the key is what you do next.  Because we're not machines, it pays to have some de-stressers in mind for fending off--and dealing with--this very human emotion.

●  Google baby animals images.  Just do it.  Same with puppies underwater (this is funny, not cruel) and grumpy cat.  A veritable menagerie of stress relief awaits.  For stress relief of the human variety, Google faith in humanity restored and read several results.  A few minutes of this is like a good spring cleaning for your soul.    

●  20 Scientifically-Backed Ways to De-Stress Right Now contains several good tips.  Others swear by peppermint, green apple, lavender or lemon scents.  "While the greatest effect from peppermint comes through inhaling the scent, peppermint gum, mints and flavored water have been found to produce similar effects" says Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.

●  Variations of white noise are available for your listening and chilling pleasure at  Distractions?  What distractions? 

●  Natural, Adjustable Rain Noise Generator  No synthetic stuff here.  Listen to natural white noise (or pink, brown or grey-like noise, depending how zen you want to get) to optimize your study time.  A pet project of Stephane Pigeon, self-described "signal processing Ph.D. engineer with a strong passion for sounds," this cool toy includes a multitude of variations on a theme including Fairy Rain, Getting Wet and a personal favorite, Distant Storm.  Need some break time filler?  Even the FAQs are interesting.  This one's a keeper.

Sometimes the smartest way to cope is to reach out for help.

●  Our friends at Student Health Services (SHS) have put together a "how to live through finals" kit containing information from the TWU Counseling Center on Preparing for Exams; Reading and Study Time; Reducing or Controlling Text Anxiety; and a Ten Point Plan on How to Live Through Finals.  For other stress- or health-related issues, SHS can be reached at 940-898-3826.  The Counseling Center serves the TWU student community in Denton, Dallas and Houston and can be reached at 940-898-3801. 

●  The Mathematics & Technology Success Center page on Test Anxiety/Study Skills/Time Management has a lot of information on . . . text anxiety, study skills and time management.  Good stuff.  

●  Help with library resources and services is available for the asking.  Just contact us by email, chat, phone or text--or in person--and a library staff member, as always, will be happy to assist you.

You got this.

~Sandy Cochran  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thank You, Ryan Hay

Ryan Hay with his beloved mother, Marilyn.  
It happened one year ago today, on a day like any other.  In an accident on a local street, the TWU Libraries family lost one of its own.

He was just 25, and a part of the libraries' systems team for two years--but what made Ryan Hay special had nothing to do with his job.  Intelligent, kind, funny and well-liked, Ryan had a giving nature and generous spirit that colored his interactions with others.  

Those who attended the packed memorial held in his honor had different memories of Ryan and varied stories to tell, but a common thread stood out--Ryan was a giver.  He volunteered to help, he went out of his way, he went above and beyond.  Ryan was there for family, he was there for friends, he was there for colleagues.  What made Ryan special was that he was, indeed, always there. Always 
ready to lend a hand, or a joke or a smile or a sympathetic ear, Ryan gave the greatest gift anyone could--in this season of giving or any other.  Ryan gave himself.    

We miss you, Ryan, and wish you were with us still.  Thank you for everything you did for all of us, and the ways you enriched our lives.  Thank you for being a good friend, a wonderful colleague, and a great example of how to treat others.  

Thank you, Ryan Hay, for being you.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tech the Halls

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, are equipped with the technology you need to succeed with your research and studies.  

In addition to WiFi, copiers and outlets for charging phones and other devices, our facilities in Denton, Dallas and Houston are furnished with a range of technology geared toward the success and convenience of TWU students.  While this is true year-round, finals on the horizon make this a particularly good time for a roundup of some of the ways the TWU Libraries tech our halls for students at TWU.

B = Blagg-Huey Library (Denton)
D = Dallas Center Library
H = Houston ARC  


B  D  H
The Blagg-Huey Library has computers on every floor, including its ground level.  Using a flashdrive?  Make sure you take it with you--it is very common for these to be left behind.  Computers in the Houston ARC are connected to printer E in the adjacent Mega Computer Lab.

B  D
Available for checkout with a current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) and the front desk (Dallas), a laptop is a good option when you're using a study room or can't locate an available computer.


B  D  H
Free of charge with Pioneer Portal login info, printing is available in black and white.  

B  D
Available for student use free of charge (in Dallas and on floors 1-3 in the Denton library), scanners are a good alternative to copiers--just scan your material and email it to yourself or save it to a flashdrive.  To cut down on wait time, library staff members at the Denton library Information Desk can tell you which scanners are currently available. 

Presentation rooms with HDTV
B  D
Get some practice time in for your upcoming presentation by reserving a presentation room in Denton or Dallas.   

Phone chargers
B  D
Available for checkout with a current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) and the front desk (Dallas), phone chargers are available for both iPhones and Android models.

B  D  H
Listen to videos or other audio without disturbing those around you.  Just present your current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) or at the front desks in Dallas or Houston.

Digital Sign
Enter the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus and it's the first thing you'll see--a bright electronic sign above the Information Desk with the latest news and other library information.  Stay current by checking it often. 

B  H
In a hurry?  Kiosks in the Houston ARC and on floors 1 and 3 of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton allow students to check the catalog, find an article, verify library hours and more--all without logging into a computer.

Website / Mobile / Ask a Librarian / Social Media

B  D  H
Did you know that many library services and resources are at your fingertips 24/7, even away from the library?  The TWU Libraries website and mobile are electronic portals to research and other information for TWU students--and faculty and staff members--near and far.  Questions?  Connect with the libraries and library staff members by text, chat, email or phone. Like to stay informed?  Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our blog--and there's lots to see on Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube

Dedicated library personnel are eager to answer your questions and help you with tech and other library issues--so if you have a question or need other assistance, please let us know.   

~Sandy Cochran with Marilyn Goff, Eula Oliphant and Sean Spear

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let's Do This: The Fall 2014 Finish Line

The Fall 2014 finish line is in sight, and as a TWU student you're no doubt in full prep mode for final exams.  Remember--the TWU Libraries will be right there with you to help.

In other words, more library time to study plus free coffee and snacks to help TWU students power through the final stretch of the Fall 2014 semester (extended hours info is available here; coffee break info is available here.)  

You're welcome.  

Let's do this.

~Sandy Cochran 

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