Friday, February 5, 2016

Zika: What You Need to Know

The Zika virus, carried by a mosquito common in the Americas, has spread to the U.S. Photo credit: Day
. 2016.
The Zika virus is spreading throughout the world and the TWU Libraries want you to have the latest authoritative information--available courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services here--on this developing health threat. On this site you'll find analyses of the virus as well as updated maps of affected areas, information on the progress of treatment options for those infected, and much more. 

Countries and resource centers across the globe are working to understand, manage, and educate the world about the Zika virus. Other reliable sources of information include the U.S. Government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization

The TWU Libraries is an excellent place to begin your research--on the Zika virus or any other topic. We're here to help, so for assistance simply contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff in Denton, Dallas, or Houston.

~Marilyn Goff

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thank You, Sherilyn, And Farewell

Goodbyes happen, and they're never easy--at best they’re bittersweet. It is with sadness, coupled with happiness for her, that the TWU Libraries' staff bids a fond farewell to Dean Sherilyn Bird.

We all call her Sherilyn, and she came to TWU almost a decade ago. With her at the helm the past ten years have been exciting ones filled with innovation, change, service, plenty of hard work--and pride. For the many changes in Denton, Dallas, and Houston that she helped bring about—from the physical ones like the Dallas Center Library, the Pioneer Center For Student Excellence, and Starbucks to technical, operational, service, and resource achievements too numerous to mention here--Sherilyn was there, guiding us through. It is hard to imagine the libraries without her.

January 31, 2016 was Sherilyn's last day as our dean. We will have to get used to working without her physical presence. Her leadership and vision, however, will live on in her many accomplishments and in all of the people she inspired along the way. 

Would you like to pay tribute to Sherilyn? We welcome any stories that you'd like to share. You can respond to this post below or on any of the TWU Libraries' other social media. 

Sherilyn, you will be missed. The TWU Libraries are much better places because of your vision and guidance. We will continue the mission that you instilled in us, and promise to do our best to live up to the example you set for us. 

We wish you all the best. Thank you, and farewell.

~Jason Mims

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Starbucks & Extended Library Hours Have Arrived

Starbucks has opened its doors on the Denton campus of TWU, and the library that houses the popular coffee venue has extended its operating hours.

Located just inside the entrance to the Blagg-Huey Library, the new Starbucks occupies the former site of the computer lab (now located on the library's second floor just outside the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence).  

TWU Starbucks opened on the first day of Spring 2016 classes; extended library hours began the same day. The library's and Starbucks' hours are not identical, but they overlap enough so that students can now purchase, without leaving the building, coffee and food during most of the hours that the library is open.


~Sandy Cochran  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's Time to Get Organized

And we're off!

Spring 2016 at TWU is here. Whether or not you made a resolution to be more organized in 2016, the beginning of a new semester (and year) is an ideal time to up your organizational game. More organization equals less stress and more productivity--a winning equation for every TWU student and faculty and staff member.

Since January is also Get Organized Month, TWU Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris shares with us some helpful videos and websites we can bookmark and view to get Spring 2016 off to a winning start.

Several videos on getting and staying organized are on, a library of online tutorials available free to TWU students and faculty and staff members (account setup with a current TWU email address is required). With a small investment of time you can pick up a new skill (like being organized) or brush up on one you already have. Get training on what you want, when you want, on

Study Skills Fundamentals
Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes 
Whether you want to ace your next test or simply retain information better (at work or at home), good study habits are essential. Paul Nowak offers tips for improving your reading speed and comprehension, creating detailed notes, committing learning to memory, and taking tests. The information in this course is appropriate for all levels of learners, from grade school and grad students to full-time members of the workforce. Start watching now—you'll never approach studying the same way again. Topics include learning to read faster and more thoroughly; improving your note-taking skills; enhancing your memory; memorizing new words and formulas; scoring better on tests; and creating study plans.

Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Need to write a research paper? Learn tips for writing an A+ paper that will wow your professors. In this course author and Kelley School of Business faculty member Judy Steiner-Williams shows you how to prepare for and write polished research papers for high school and college classes. Discover how to brainstorm, select your best ideas, collect and categorize research--and write the paper--while following along with Judy's practical, real-world examples. Topics include understanding the different types of research papers; researching a topic; brainstorming your focus; developing a thesis statement; writing topic sentences; composing a title; using a style guide; and formatting your paper.

Running time: 11 minutes 11 seconds
In this short video author Todd Dewett, Ph.D. shares four time management tips that can help everyone from busy executives to new employees get more out of their work day. Learn how to think differently about time management, embrace the 80% rule, find your "Einstein" window, protect that window, and broadcast your availability to ensure others know when you'll be available.

Running time: 2 hours 43 minutes 
Effective time management is an indispensable skill. In Time Management Fundamentals Dave Crenshaw explains how to sensibly allocate time in order to achieve greater productivity. Dave details a set of principles for staying organized, consolidating the workspace, keeping a clear mind, and developing a time budget. Also covered are techniques for managing a full inbox, processing email, and reserving time for your most important activities.

Running time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Whether you have a private office, home office, or shared office space, there are many ways to organize your work area for maximum efficiency. In this course professional organizer Suzanna Kaye covers different organizational styles and options so you can choose the best setup for your situation. She explains how to maintain proper posture and select the right furniture, technology, and lighting; reviews storage options; and walks through filing concepts to help track paperwork and get more done.

Lots of organizational tips geared to the student life can be found on Pinterest boards and other sites, including the following.

Organized for School on Pinterest
Study Hack: Study Strategies from a Surviving College Student

We hope you've found some information here you can use. Have a suggestion for staying organized that you don't see here? Share it with your fellow Pioneers in the comments below. 

A successful, rewarding--and organized--Spring 2016 to all.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fresh Start: Welcome to Spring '16

Welcome to Spring 2016 at Texas Woman's University. A new year, a blank slate, your newest fresh start--however you look at it, the TWU Libraries can help you make the most of it.

As the centers of intellectual life on campus, the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas--and the Houston ARC--are here to serve the information needs of all TWU students and faculty members. Whether you're new or returning, off campus or on, our friendly and dedicated staff members are trained to help you navigate our abundant resources and services. If it has to do with information, we can help you with it.

Year-round you'll find library info of all kinds in this space--and on FacebookTwitter, and the libraries' website--to help you make the most of each semester. For now, though, we hope you'll put the contact info for your campus' library in your phone. When you need us, we'll be here.

(Denton) Blagg-Huey Library
Text 66746 (twulib followed by a space and your question)

TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library
Text 66746 (twulib followed by a space and your question)

TWU Institute for Health Sciences-Houston ARC
Text 66746 (twulib followed by a space and your question) 

A successful Spring '16 to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, January 15, 2016

MLK Day: Libraries Closed Monday, 1/18

In observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses of TWU--including the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallasand the Houston ARC--will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016Regular TWU Libraries hours in Denton, Dallas, and Houston will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2016--the first day of Spring 2016 classes at TWU.

To learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. King we suggest a visit to 
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Resolve to Visit the Library Before Spring

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to stop procrastinating? Want to get a jump on Spring 2016 reading or research? The TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston can help with that.

All TWU Libraries are open before the Spring 2016 semester begins, according to the schedules below. Spring 2016 schedules for all TWU Libraries, plus directions and maps, are available here
Monday-Friday, 1/4-1/8: 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, 1/9: Closed
Sunday, 1/10: Closed
Monday-Friday, 1/11-1/15: 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, 1/16: Closed
Sunday, 1/17: Closed
Monday, 1/18: Closed (MLK Day University Holiday)
Tuesday, 1/19: Spring hours begin

Monday-Friday, 1/4-1/8: 9am-5pm
Saturday, 1/9: Closed
Sunday, 1/10: Closed
Monday-Friday, 1/11-1/15: 9am-5pm
Saturday, 1/16: Closed
Sunday, 1/17: Closed
Monday, 1/18: Closed (MLK Day University Holiday)
Tuesday, 1/19: Spring hours begin

Houston ARC
Monday-Friday, 1/4-1/8: 8am-1pm
Saturday, 1/9: Closed
Sunday, 1/10: Closed
Monday-Friday, 1/11-1/15: 8am-1pm
Saturday, 1/16: Closed
Sunday, 1/17: Closed
Monday, 1/18: Closed (MLK Day University Holiday)
Tuesday, 1/19: Spring hours begin

~Jimmie Lyn Harris

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

From the TWU Libraries family, warm wishes for a happy holiday season and throughout 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Library Hours for Winter Break 2015

In observance of Winter Break, the TWU Libraries will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Inter- session (between semester) hours resume Monday, January 4, 2016. For specifics please refer to the schedules for our libraries in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, TWU (including the TWU Libraries) will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016. Spring 2016 classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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 18, 2015

Houston ARC Goes to the Dogs

Doggone Cute  Therapy dogs Doodles (left) and Bogie (right), with
Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs of Houston, visited the Houston
ARC on December 1, 2015. Approximately 75 students and faculty
and staff members learned about the dogs and what they do. All
photographs (here and below) by Marilyn Goff, Michelle Rava, Ryan
Slattery and Jinu Philip. December 1, 2015. 
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Bogie (a big Irish Wolfhound) and Doodles (who weighs three pounds), therapy dogs with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs (B&BTD) of Houston, were accompanied by B&BTD's Susan Lipka and Doty Olson for a visit to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center. The event, co-hosted by OT faculty member Dr. Gayle Hersch and ARC Librarian Marilyn Goff, was attended by approximately 75 students and faculty and staff members who had the opportunity to learn about therapy dogs and what they do.

B&BTD, a national organization with a chapter in Houston, keeps busy tending to the health care of local patients in the largest Medical Center in the world and in surrounding health care facilities of all types. Friends Goff and Lipka (Lipka is also owner and trainer of champion line Irish Wolfhounds) are longtime volunteers for Houston Westie and Scottie Rescue where Susan first taught Marilyn about therapy dogs. In June 2015 Marilyn began the process to bring therapy dogs to the Houston campus library in conjunction with Dr. Hersch’s Foundations of Occupational Therapy class. 

Students and faculty and staff members from HCA, Nursing, OT, IT, PT, Administration, and the ARC saw demonstrations of therapy dogs at work, and learned about applications in healthcare; how therapy dogs are trained and certified; and how to initiate inquiries into this type of work. Four TWU students are now committed to launching a therapy dog program, and nursing students who had no idea about therapy dogs were educated about the dogs and their value. B&BTD volunteers answered many questions during the event, and attendees heard stories about therapy dogs who sparked Alzheimer and Memory Unit patients to talk after years of silence. Lipka described an encounter between Bogie (her 4-year-old 148-pound Irish Wolfhound) and a female patient who had not spoken for some time. When the woman saw Bogie she immediately started speaking to him. Nurses called the woman's husband, who arrived to hear and talk with his beloved wife for the first time in two years.

Therapy dogs make a difference!

~Marilyn Goff