Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Therapy Dogs Are Coming to the Denton Library

The countdown has begun to Fall 2015 final exams at TWU, and to help ease the tension therapy dogs are coming to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Dogs with Paws Across Texas, Inc. will be in the library on Sunday, December 6, 2015 to visit with students. Further details will be publicized on Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

We hope to see you on Sunday, December 6, 2015 because as we all know, finals can be ruff.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Librarian Suzi Townsdin In the Loop With Bike/Walk Denton

In the Library Loop  TWU Librarian Suzi Townsdin (far right) speaks to participants in the Cycle with the
City: Library Loop bike ride at the group's final stop--the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of
TWU. October 19, 2015. 
On Monday, October 19, 2015 TWU Science Librarian Suzi Townsdin participated in a Cycle with the City: Library Loop bike ride organized by Bike/Walk DentonThese periodic bike rides are facilitated by City of Denton Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Julie Anderson.

The ride began at the City of Denton’s Emily Fowler Library where participants learned about services and collections featured at that location. In addition to lending books they now lend bike locks to library users who need one.

After the presentation at the Emily Fowler Library the cyclists cruised their way up Locust Street to the Denton Public Library North Branch at the intersection of Locust and Windsor. A librarian met the group outside and talked about the awesome tech tools available there--including 3D printers, Arduinos, a Raspberry Pi, soldering irons, and more.

Ride participants then used the bike lanes on Windsor to travel to their final destination, our own Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus. Townsdin spoke to the group about the library's history and some of its collections--including the WASP Collection, the University Archives, the Children’s Collection, and the collection of more than 20,000 cookbooks. Townsdin encouraged the group to visit the library to enjoy its colorful artwork and rotating exhibits highlighting current events and TWU history.

The next Bike/Walk Denton bike ride is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 when participants will travel to the Denton recycling facility. For more information and updates follow Bike/Walk Denton on Facebook at City of Denton–Bike/Walk Denton. Maybe you’ll see TWU librarians Suzi Townsdin and Susan Whitmer on the ride!

~Suzi Townsdin

Monday, November 2, 2015

Learning with Video

Faith is the first performance in Seattle choreographer Pat Graney's
Faith Triptych, one of the thousands of videos available through the
TWU Libraries.
Are you a visual or auditory learner? If so, learning with video may be for you. TWU students and faculty and staff members may access videos on nearly any topic via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List. Database descriptions and help guides are also available. Looking for a video on a particular topic? Use the Advanced Search option in TWUniversal (also available from the libraries' homepage). Simply enter your topic, click Search, then find Resource Type in the column on the left. Check the Media/Streaming box to get a list of videos on your topic.

Databases devoted to video content are available via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List, including the following. The VAST: Academic Video Online package from Alexander Street Press contains over 20,000 titles, many with transcripts, covering topics in a wide array of subject areas. Films on Demand  includes thousands of streaming, high-quality educational videos. Special features allow you to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, personalize folders, and manage a collection. Kanopy Videostreaming is an online multidisciplinary video collection covering topics such as the arts, health, science, and education. Documentaries, films, interviews, and a range of short videos are included. OntheBoards.tv features HD-quality contemporary performance films for streaming, downloading, or mobile viewing.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween from the Denton Campus Library

Super Casual Friday  Blagg-Huey Library staff members dressed for a not-so-typical Friday at work. First
row (L-R) Lynda Stapel, Jessica Randle, and LaMargo Branch. Second row (L-R) Suzi Townsdin, Andy Tucker,
and Johnathan Wilson. Photograph by Sandy Cochran. October 30, 2015.
From a not-so-typical Friday at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Happy Halloween!

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall Back on Sunday, November 1st

On the one hand it will get dark earlier. On the other you'll have an extra hour to study work sleep. However you look at it, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015--so remember to set those clocks back one hour.

The TWU Libraries will observe the following normal operating hours this weekend:

The (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday 10/31, and 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday 11/1.

The Dallas Center Library will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday 10/31, and closed on Sunday 11/1.

The Houston ARC will be closed on Saturday 10/31 and Sunday 11/1.
Enjoy that extra hour.

~Sandy Cochran

Happy Halloween from the Vault

Happy Halloween  A Red Cross doll in the Halloween spirit waves to visi-
tors to the TWU Libraries Vault. Photograph by Ryan Dillman. October 29,
It offers a secure, climate-controlled environment to house rare and valuable library items--but in the imagination of Woman's Collection student assistant Ryan Dillman, the TWU Libraries' Vault on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library was also the perfect setting for this timely, eerie photo.

Happy Halloween.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Buzz On Starbucks

A Venti Big Job  The former site of the Computer Lab on the first
floor of the Blagg-Huey Library is being transformed into a cafe-style
Starbucks, scheduled to open in the Spring 2016 semester. Photo-
graph by Sandy Cochran. October 27, 2015.
The buzz is true--Starbucks is coming to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.   

Right now it may be a Venti mess, but the former site of the Computer Lab on the library's first floor (just inside the building's entrance) will be transformed into a cafe-style Starbucks with seating and food service (the Computer Lab computers have been moved to the library's second floor outside the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence). 

The Starbucks at the Blagg-Huey Library is scheduled to open in the Spring 2016 semester.

~Sandy Cochran

The Kindest of Homecomings for R. Jay Berry

Welcome Home  Author and TWU alumna R. Jay Berry was welcomed by TWU students and staff members
for a book talk and signing in the Catherine Merchant Reading Room on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus, where Berry read passages from her
Sunday Rose trilogy. Photograph by Sean
Spear. October 28, 2015.
The book talk and signing on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library was personal, enjoyable--and a homecoming of sorts for author and TWU alumna R. Jay Berry.

In the intimate surroundings of the library's Catherine Merchant Reading Room, Berry and her husband Bernard greeted everyone individually before Berry, a 1976 graduate of TWU, shared with the audience details of her family life and career and read passages from her Sunday Rose trilogy--The First Sunday, Sunday's Best, and Sunday's Eternal Rose.   

Mr. and Mrs. Berry were overwhelmed by the graciousness and hospitality extended to them. As the couple was leaving, Berry observed that the event was “indeed the kindest of homecomings.”   

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Snapshot Day Update: Minions at Work

Quick! Take a Snapshot!  David Schuster of the Blagg-Huey Library
on the Denton campus getting in the minion spirit. The library is collect-
ing info from library users (on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 10 a.m.
until 6 p.m.) which will be used by the Texas Library Association to ad-
vocate for libraries across the Lone Star State. Photograph by Andy
Tucker. October 27, 2015.
Snapshot Day Update
Tuesday, 10/27/15
1:34 p.m.

We all love libraries, right? With two minutes of your time you can help the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus collect info that will be used to advocate for libraries across the Lone Star State.

Until 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, 10/27/15) we'll be in the first-floor lobby collecting answers to a very short survey (two minutes, tops!), handing out candy, and taking pics in our Minion photo booth for anyone who wants one--so please come by!

~Sandy Cochran

Book Talk & Signing with R. Jay Berry

Please join us on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. as we welcome acclaimed author and TWU Alumna R. Jay Berry for a book talk and signing at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Berry will be reading from her Sunday Rose trilogy in the Catherine Merchant Reading Room on the library's second floor and signing copies of her books. Light refreshments will be served following the program, which is free and open to all.

Questions? Please contact the Woman's Collection of the TWU Libraries at 940-898-3751.

~Sandy Cochran