Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW! Labor Day Weekend Library Hours

After the first Labor Day celebration in New York City on September 5, 1882, other localities began to adopt 
the idea of a fall festival of parades and picnics celebrating workers.  Here, the Women's Auxiliary Ty-
pographical Union takes part in a Labor Day parade.  Courtesy of the United States Department of 
Labor.  Date unknown. 
In observance of Labor DayTexas Woman's University--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC--will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015. 

All TWU Libraries will observe normal operating hours on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6 (the Denton campus library will be open from 9a to 6p on Saturday, and from 2p to midnight on Sunday; the Dallas Center Library will be open from 10a to 2p on Saturday, and closed on Sunday; and the Houston ARC will be closed on Saturday and Sunday).  All will resume normal Fall semester operating hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. For specifics, please refer to the schedules for the Denton campus library, Dallas Center Library, and Houston ARC.

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW! A Dallas-Sized Welcome to Fall 2015

Showing the rest of us how it's done, the staff of the Dallas Center Library at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute
of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
 
gets in the spirit as they help welcome new and returning TWU students to the
Fall 2015 semester.  L-R first row, Lorena Nañez-Bonilla and Robbie Jones; second row, Ellen Hamlett, Mandie
Mims, and Kim Richardson; third row, Eula Oliphant and DeeDee McFadden.  Photograph by 
Lorena Nañez-
Bonilla.  August 26, 2015. 
Welcome back, everyone!!

It has been a hectic but fun first week of the Fall 2015 semester here at the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.  It is great to see our previous students returning, and we look forward to getting to know all of our new students.  

Framed  Lorena Nañez-Bonilla, Li-
brary Assistant II at the Dallas Center 
Library, was in the right frame of 
mind to welcome new and returning 
students to the Fall 2015 semester at 
August 26, 2015.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Student Life organized a Welcome Back get together on the third floor, with games and music for the students. SGA, the Counseling Center, Healthcare Christian Fellowship, and FC Dallas Soccer were there with handouts and cool things for the students.  Once again, Dallas Center Library staff members threw our creative hats in the ring and created a selfie photo booth for the students.  We had photo booth party accessories for the students to hold up--including mustaches, purple glasses, smiley faces, and more--along with a selfie stick belonging to the newest member of our group, Deedee McFadden.  Thanks, Deedee, for letting the students borrow it!  Student Life’s Chre Parnell added a TWU Student Life Instagram frame.  

It was great to see the students set down their heavy backpacks and have some fun with their classmates. We also thought the occasion would be a great opportunity for a Dallas Center Library staff photo. Should we make it our official staff photo?  ;)  You be the judge.

Have a great semester, everyone!!

~Ellen Hamlett

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW! A Sample of Our Newest Databases

Image courtesy of SciFinder, one of several research databases recently added 
to the TWU Libraries' inventory of over 200 databases available 24/7 for TWU 
student and faculty member use.   
Searching for the latest articles and research results?  Look no further.

The database inventory of the TWU Libraries is massive, and continually expanding.  The following is a small sample of the latest additions to our collection of 200+ databases covering a wide range of subject areas, all available for your use 24/7 via the TWU Libraries homepage > Research > Databases A-Z List.

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides unlimited access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances, and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.  SciFinder offers a one-stop-shop experience, with flexible search and discover options based on user input and workflow.  Search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references--anytime, anywhere.  Registration and creation of an account is required.

Mergent Archives provides you with access to a vast, indexed collection of corporate- and industry-related documents. Containing more than 180,000 documents covering 100+ countries and industries, Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy-to-navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs.  It also provides instant access to Ford Equity Research Reports; 85 years of annual reports for companies across the globe; and detailed analysis of, and forecasts for, two dozen major global industry sectors.

Accessible Archives is a unique database developed by dedicated instructors and students of American history.  Containing mostly primary sources not offered elsewhere, Accessible Archives includes eyewitness accounts of historical events; vivid descriptions of daily life; editorial observations; commerce as seen through advertisements; and genealogical records--all in a user-friendly online environment.  

Questions?  Just let us know.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran

Monday, August 31, 2015

Your Opinion Matters: Please Try E-Anatomy By 9/15

The human cardiovascular system, as illustrated in the database E-Anatomy.  Available to all TWU 
students and faculty members on a trial basis until September 15, 2015, E-Anatomy contains 40 modules 
which together cover the entire human body.  Image courtesy of E-Anatomy.  
TWU students and faculty members on the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses are encouraged to try out the comprehensive interactive atlas of human anatomy, E-Anatomy, available through the TWU Libraries on a limited trial basis until Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

E-Anatomy contains modules on the head and neck; the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis; the limbs; the spine; and more--a total of 40 modules covering the entire human body.


Access E-Anatomy directly here; or from the TWU Libraries Database Trials page here.  After you have put this database to the test, we would love to hear your opinions; please take a moment to share your thoughts using our Database Trials Form here.  

What you think is important to the TWU Libraries.  The opinions of users such as yourself are extremely valuable to us as we make decisions about possible acquisitions.  But please hurry--this trial opportunity ends on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Thank you.

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Military & Veteran Student Center Open House on Sept. 1-2

Are you a veteran of the U.S. military, or a military dependent?  Do you know someone who is?

As a veteran- and military-friendly university community, TWU and the TWU Libraries care about veterans and their dependents and place a high priority on helping them transition to college life.  To introduce the TWU community to the Veteran & Military Student Center, a dedicated space for the study and relaxation needs of student veterans and other military-affiliated TWU students, the center will be hosting an Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1-2, 2015.  Refreshments will be provided. Tour the facilities, grab some coffee, and meet former U.S. Army Communications Specialist Susan Whitmer, currently a librarian at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus who assists military-affiliated students with their research as her way of "giving back" for the military benefits she has reaped. 

Former U.S. Army Communications Specialist Susan
Whitmer
, currently a librarian at the Blagg-Huey Li-
brary
 on the Denton campus, is available to help stu-
dent veterans and other military-affiliated students
with research and other library information needs.
During the Fall 2015 semester she will be at the Veteran
& Military Student Center Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
and otherwise at the Blagg-Huey Library from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. during the week.  Come by, or contact her at
swhitmer@twu.edu.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
THE CENTER
The Veteran & Military Student Center, located in rooms 106 and 107 on the first floor of Jones Hall (39 on the Denton campus map here), offers a serene and comfortable environment in which military-affiliated students can connect with each other, listen to guest speakers, study, work, and relax.  Room 106 contains computers, a printer, a work table, and information on Veterans & Military Resources at TWU; room 107 is a lounge featuring comfortable seating, a microwave, a refrigerator, coffee, and snacks.  The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

THE LIBRARIAN
During the Fall 2015 semester, Whitmer will be available in room 106 on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist students with their research and other library information needs. Outside these hours she is available Monday through Friday in the Blagg-Huey Library (35 on the map here).  Come by the library, or contact her at swhitmer@twu.edu.

BASIC TWU TRAINING    
The TWU Student Veterans Subject Guide is a convenient package of academic and military sources put together by Whitmer for students with a military background--"basic training" you will find useful before and during your educational career at TWU.  

Questions?  Contact Susan Whitmer at swhitmer@twu.edu.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, August 28, 2015

Free Chronicle of Higher Education Now Available to All Pioneers

The Texas Woman's University Libraries are pleased and proud to announce that FREE anytime, anywhere full-text access to The Chronicle of Higher Education--the renowned source for academe news, advice, and job listings--is now available to all TWU faculty members, administrators, staff members, and students.  

You are cordially invited to test drive this valuable new resource from the TWU Libraries.  On campus or off, use your computer, iPad or other tablet, or smartphone--and the simple directions available here--to access new and archived Chronicle articles.


Questions or comments?  Please let us know at reference@twu.edu or 940-898-3702.


Enjoy.


~Sandy Cochran 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#TechTuesday: Digital Frontiers Registration Now Open

We are excited to announce that the Texas Woman’s University Libraries will be partnering on the Digital Frontiers 2015 Conference and THATCamp--an event bringing together the makers and users of digital resources in the humanities--to be hosted at UT Dallas September 17-19, 2015.  Registration for both is now open here.

An opportunity for humanists to collaborate and create across disciplines, Digital Frontiers is a project of the North Texas Digital Humanities Consortium focused on the development and use of digital resources for humanities research, teaching, and learning. Established in 2012 to respond to the need for an affordable, high-quality conference addressing the emerging field of digital humanities, Digital Frontiers is a truly interdisciplinary experience. The conference brings together faculty members, students, librarians, archivists, and public historians to share their experiences using digital resources in the humanities.  The 4th annual conference will feature keynote speakers Carolyn Guertin, Professor of Digital Technologies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology; and Michael Edson, Digital Strategist with the Smithsonian Institution. These distinguished keynotes will be joined by 37 other presenters from 20 institutions in 8 U.S. states and 3 countries. THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is the interactive, "unconference" portion of Digital Frontiers in which the community determines the content for a fun, informative, and collaborative experience.

The Digital Frontiers 2015 Conference itinerary is available here.  The sessions on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18 will take place in the Alexander Clark Center (CN) on the UT Dallas campus; and Thursday's reception and THATCamp on Saturday, September 19 will take place in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building (ATC).  Find both on the interactive UT Dallas campus map here.

Registration for the conference is $50 for non-students and $20 for students (including lunch).  THATCamp registration is $20.  Register for either or both here.  

Questions?  Please direct them to digitalfrontiers@unt.edu.  Join the conversation about #DF15UTD on Twitter @DigiFront and @TWULibrary.

~Sherilyn Bird with Sandy Cochran

Monday, August 24, 2015

Here We Go: Library 101 for Students & Faculty Members

Welcome to Fall 2015 at TWU.  The beginning of a new semester, and a new academic year, is full of promise and possibilities--and the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston are here to help you make the most of them.

Whether you're a new or returning student or faculty member, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with the libraries' website, and the range of library services available to you.  

LIBRARY 101 FOR STUDENTS
Students find our Research page useful, particularly the info on:

 Subject Librarians (librarians who specialize in research in particular fields; these are the experts you'll want to turn to when you need help finding resources for that paper or project)
•  Subject Guides (pages full of info and resources on specific subjects and other topics)
•  Databases (descriptions of, and directions for, the 200+ databases we provide access to.  These virtual treasure troves contain journal articles, newspaper articles, and video and audio recordings on an enormous range of subject matter) 
 
Add the following, and you'll be creating for yourself a great foundation for the rest of the year:


•  Get a general feel for the libraries' homepage and website; depending on which campus you're on, you'll want to pay particular attention to the Denton, Dallas, or Houston hours of operation.  Remember that many of our resources--including TWUniversal, the catalog, and databases--are available virtually, regardless of when our facilities are open. 
•  Add TWU Libraries Mobile to your phone for anytime, anywhere access to our study room reservation system, hours, and more.  While you're at it, add our contact info--you never know when you'll need it.  
•  Follow the libraries on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog for the latest on library and campus happenings
•  Learn a little something about our Circulation Services 
•  While you're in Blackboard click on the Library tab to review the types of library info at your fingertips there
•  For distance and other students, our Interlibrary Loan service can be a lifesaver when you need materials which the TWU Libraries don't carry.  Create an account now so it's there when you need it.
•  Check out the Writing & Citing page for the types of writing help available to you (make sure to set up a RefWorks account, which can be very useful.  Make the most of your account by viewing our RefWorks video tutorials)
•  Take one or more of our (short) research tutorials 

LIBRARY 101 FOR FACULTY MEMBERS
In addition to library services and resources available to your students (above), you may find useful the
types of research and course support available to you as a faculty member, including the following:


•  The Faculty Information and Research Support Team (F.I.R.S.T.) program is designed to provide custom support for your research, courses, and professional development.  Contact the Subject Librarian in your field for more information.
•  Learn how to place materials on reserve for your students
•  Authorize a proxy to check out library materials for you during the current semester
•  Learn about ordering new library materials, including the name of your department's library liaison

From the entire staff of the TWU Libraries, a rewarding and successful semester to all.

Here we go.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, August 21, 2015

Welcome to #TWU and #TWULibraries

Sweet  Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris (L) and Library Assistant Jeremy Kincaid (R), of the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus, hand out frozen treats, pencils, and bookmarks to new and returning
students as they gear up for a new semester at TWU.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  August 20, 2015.
For two days this week the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus welcomed hundreds of new and returning students to TWU with pencils, bookmarks, and frozen treats to help them cope with the Texas heat.  

To all Pioneers--welcome to the Fall 2015 semester. The staff of the TWU Libraries hopes the first day of classes--Monday, August 24, 2015--is the start of something sweet for you at TWU.


For help with your research and other information needs, simply contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you. 

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, August 20, 2015

As The Fall Semester Begins, Remember This

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall, said Jordan in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.  While August weather in Texas is anything but crisp, the dedicated staff members of the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston are busy preparing for the start of the Fall 2015 semester and a new academic year at TWU.

As a new or returning student or faculty member, you will have questions, now and as the year progresses.  Who can help me (or my students) with research?  How do I put materials on reserve?  How do I find the journal article I'm looking for?  There are so many databases available--which is the best for my purposes?  


The one thing to remember?  If it's information- or research-related, the information professionals of the TWU Libraries can help.  Simply contact us how you prefer to get started (see the options here).

As a reminder, the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston will be closed on Saturday, August 22nd.  The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library will be open on Sunday, August 23rd from 2 p.m. to midnight.  Fall hours for all TWU Libraries begin on Monday, August 24th.  For your convenience, the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library hours are listed here; the Dallas Center Library hours here; and the Houston ARC hours here


From the staff of the TWU Libraries, our best for a successful and rewarding 2015-16.  Please let us know how we can help.


~Sandy Cochran