Friday, April 24, 2015

Sweet: Enter By 4/26 For A Chance To Win

Sunday, April 26, 2015 will be here before you know it--your last chance to complete the 2015 TWU Libraries survey and enter in a drawing for a chance to win one of three Candy Haven gift baskets.  Your answers will help the TWU Libraries plan for the future, and help us make the types of changes you'd like to see--so help us help you. Fill out the 2015 TWU Libraries survey today.

It takes about five minutes to answer the 24 simple questions on the survey here.  And that optional 25th question?  Tell us your TWU email address and you'll be entered to win a Candy Haven gift basket filled with a variety of sweet treats.

5 minutes + 24 questions = have your say + help the TWU Libraries plan for the future + a chance to win candy.

How sweet is that?

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Navy Seal Parent Karen Vaughn To Speak On Denton Campus

Guest Speaker Karen Vaughn, Navy Seal Gold Star mother, will speak about her son and the importance of patriotism at a talk on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Denton campus' Blagg-Huey Library.  Following the talk, tour the National Archives of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Collection with Associate Professor of History Dr. Kate Landdeck and Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections for the TWU Libraries.  See uniforms, artifacts, photos and memorabilia on display in the Woman’s Collection, and watch We Served Too: The Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, 2014 winner of the coveted Gracies Award for Outstanding Documentary.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The WASP board voted to establish its archive at Texas Woman’s University in 1992.  Since then the WASP Archive has served over 20,000 researchers around the world, supporting their scholarly endeavors and facilitating the advancement of their projects.  Staff have provided reference assistance and research support to students of all ages in addition to filmmakers, documentarians, historians, scholars, journalists, authors, media and broadcast professionals, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, and state legislatures across the country.  The WASP Archive includes more than 600 individual WASP collections of records, papers, photographs, and memorabilia; 700 oral histories; and 1,200 biographical files.  It has supported hundreds of exhibits across the country with artifacts, photographs, uniforms, documents and papers.  The WASP Digital Archive hosts more than 6,000 images and documents, freely accessible through the Gateway to Women’s History.  

The Women's Airforce Service Pilots were a group of more than a thousand women who left homes and jobs between 1942 and 1944, at the height of WWII, to volunteer as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program.  In the process, they became the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military.  

The Women's Collection is the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women.  For more information, please contact the collection via Ask an Archivist or by phone at 940-898-3751.  Regular operating hours for the Women's Collection are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

~Sandy Cochran and Kimberly Johnson

The Bard at 451

He Doesn't Look A Day Over 400  The birth of William Shakespeare is generally celebrated
on April 23rd, which also happens to be the date of his death--and Talk Like Shakespeare Day,
observed to commemorate the Bard's life and works.  Image courtesy of Farago Design.
Alas, 'tis April 23rd.  It must be Talk Like Shakespeare Day!  Doth the means escape thee?  Find an honest-to-goodness English to Shakespearean translator here.

'Twas this day 399 years ago that the world’s most famous playwright died.  While his actual date of birth is unknown, 'tis generally celebrated on April 23rd as well.  I am, of course, talking about William Shakespeare, the man who crafted such timeless classics as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus and near countless others.

'Tis impossible not to see the impact of the Bard on Western culture.  Who hasn’t compared their significant other to Romeo or Juliet?  Or asked to be or not to be, that is the question when faced with a decision to make?  Who doesn’t have a chill runneth down their spine when they read the words, Beware the ides of March?  And who hasn’t used these 45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare?  Yes, Shakespeare’s influence has been great upon most of the world.

The collections of the TWU Libraries are a reflection of this literary figure’s colossal impact.  At the Denton campus library alone, over 1,000 print books written by or about the Bard are available.  Our online resources are also vast.  Searching for a scholarly article on Shakespeare?  The best places to look are the databases Literature Resource Center and MLA International Bibliography (don’t forget--you’ll have to log in with your Pioneer Portal credentials).  For assistance with these online resources, call 940-898-3701 (Denton); 214-689-6580 (Dallas); or 713-794-2048 (Houston).  Thou can also always cometh by to see us!

~Jason Mims

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dallas Center's Kimberly Richardson Wins 2015 TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries

Recognition For A Job Well Done  Kimberly Richardson, Library Assistant III at the TWU T. Boone 
Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library and recipient of the 2015 Texas Woman's Univer-
sity Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries, was presented the award by Dr. Robert 
Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at TWU.  Kimberly, honored for her exemplary service 
to the students and faculty and staff members of TWU, has been a part of the TWU Libraries family since 
1998.  April 20, 2015.  
The Texas Woman's University Libraries are very pleased and proud to announce that Kimberly Richardson, Library Assistant III at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library, has won the 2015 Texas Woman's University Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries.  

Praised for her "patience, persistence and practical solutions," Kimberly began her tenure at TWU over 17 years ago after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health (now Health Studies). In that time she has become known for her commitment to excellence; her "genuine passion for sharing library resources"; her dedication to serving the needs of the Dallas Center community; and the collegial relationships she has built with the students, faculty members, library colleagues and community library patrons she serves.  She is tasked with providing reference and circulation assistance; supporting the research of faculty members; managing the library reserve collection; processing interlibrary loans; and providing library orientations for new students--but as many have attested, Kimberly's efforts go above and beyond her job description.

During the award's nomination process, praise for Kimberly and her work poured in from every corner of the Dallas campus. Extraordinarily busy faculty and staff members took the time to pen heartfelt letters acknowledging Kimberly’s contributions, too numerous to list, to the Dallas Center community on behalf of the TWU Libraries.  She "creates a welcoming library environment that fosters learning and enhances scholarly inquiry and curiosity," read one nomination letter.  "Her patient and compassionate nature, along with her astute ability to balance the needs to serve and to learnhelps students obtain resources and develop the research skills they will need for lifelong learning."  Kimberly "ensures that library resources are current and representative of best practices" read another.  She is "diligent at maintaining an extensive occupational therapy reference collection."  Kimberly's prompt responses to requests for information; her skill and persistence in locating best evidence and historical documents; and her uncommon initiative were mentioned again and again.  She has been credited by grateful faculty and staff members with helping to advance occupational therapy practice; engaging students from varied backgrounds; and contributing to the success of various events, including the renowned Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship. Whether for faculty grant support, student projects, scholarly research, presentations or other projects, Kimberly has established a sterling reputation in the Dallas Center community as a vital member of the library staff with a great willingness to share her time and expertise to help others.  Eula Oliphant, Kimberly's supervisor, said it best.  "Kimberly is a very dedicated employee who strives to build relationships throughout the Dallas campus.  She has an excellent working relationship with faculty, students and staff and goes above and beyond her duties to assist them with library resources and reference questions.  Kimberly has certainly earned the respect of her superiors and her colleagues."  Relationship-building is a central tenet of Kimberly's work philosophy; she cites "the close working relationship between faculty, staff and students" as her favorite part of her work.  "We operate as a family here."
Congratulations, Kimberly!  Colleagues and friends of Kimberly Richardson gathered on Monday, April 
19, 2015 to celebrate as she was presented with the 2015 Texas Woman's University Award for Outstanding 
Contribution to the TWU Libraries.  Joining in the festivities were (L-R) Associate Professor of History Dr. Kate
Landdeck, Chair, 2015 Library Advisory Committee; Professor of Dance Dr. Linda Caldwell, Library Advisory
Committee; Sherilyn Bird, Dean of TWU Libraries; Kimberly Richardson; and 
Dr. Eileen McElrath, Library
Advisory Committee and 
Assistant Professor with the School of Library & Information Studies.  
April 20, 2015.  
When Kimberly learned she had won this year's award, her reaction was typically gracious.  "I was surprised and grateful that several individuals took the time to write supportive letters.  I would especially like to thank Regina Campbell, Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, for initiating the nomination; the Occupational and Physical Therapy faculty members who contributed to the nomination; and all the staff members, past and present, who I have worked with throughout the years.  I thank Eula Oliphant, manager of the Dallas and Houston Center libraries for her continued support.  I would also like to acknowledge past and present Health Science Librarians Shelly Burns, Elaine Cox and Amanda Mims.  It’s been a pleasure to work with them all.  Lastly, I thank Dr. Neely, the Office of the Provost staff, the Library Advisory Committee, Sherilyn Bird,  and Roy Lynn Tardif and Mickey Russell, who arranged the award ceremony." 

The staff of the TWU Libraries and guests gathered on Monday, April 19, 2015 to pay tribute to our colleague and friend Kimberly Richardson at an award ceremony and reception in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Attendees, including colleagues from the Denton and Dallas campuses (and attendees via video conference in Dallas and Houston), filled the room as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Neely presented Kimberly with a certificate commemorating her achievement.  A reception followed, where Kimberly's many colleagues and friends celebrated with her and offered their congratulations.  A reception to be held in Kimberly's honor at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center is in the planning stage.

During the award ceremony, Dean of TWU Libraries Sherilyn Bird quoted an excerpt from one of Kimberly's many letters of nomination.  "Rain or shine, first to arrive and last to leave, on the clock or off, Kimberly Richardson has given freely of her knowledge, skills and time in service to others.  Her work ethic, exemplary servant leadership, collegiality and commitment to excellence make her a worthy recipient of the 2015 TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries."

We couldn't agree more.  

From the entire TWU Libraries family, Kimberly, our warmest congratulations for this well-deserved honor. 

~Sandy Cochran with contributions from many fans of Kimberly Richardson

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Denton Campus Library Closed for Honors Convocation on 4/16/15

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 for the annual TWU Honors Convocation and University Picnic (the library will be open beforehand from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and afterward from 1 p.m. to midnight.)  

The convocation will be held on the Denton campus in the Margo Jones Performance Hall (#5 on the map here) beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by the University Picnic in the Pioneer Circle (in front of Margo Jones Performance Hall).  Classes on the Denton campus will be dismissed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  All members of the TWU communities in Denton, Dallas and Houston are invited and encouraged to attend the festivities.  

For more information on the convocation and picnic, see Chancellor Feyten's message here and a university news release here.  

We hope you will j0in the staff of the library, and the rest of the TWU community, at this celebration of excellence at Texas Woman's University.

~Sandy Cochran 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Don't-Miss For Homecoming-Reunion Weekend '15

Dressed for Company  Photographs, programs, scrapbooks, artifacts, ephemera
and other memorabilia fill exhibits on the first and second floors of the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus of TWU, for the viewing pleasure of our visitors dur-

ing and after 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend (April 16-18, 2015).  Photograph 
by Sandy Cochran.  April 15, 2015.    
The 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend at TWU (April 16-18, 2015) will be bursting at the seams with celebrations and activities.  Not to be missed?  The homecoming and related exhibits available for your viewing enjoyment at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Can't fit homecoming weekend into your schedule?  Visit the following exhibits during regular library hours through May 2015.   

Curated by the dedicated staff of the TWU Libraries' Woman's Collection, the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women, this series of detailed exhibits was designed for your education and entertainment and includes mementos from the University Archives which provide a rare glimpse of TWU campus life--and the fashion, headlines, pop culture and lifestyles--of bygone days.

As you take part in the 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend at TWU, we hope you will stop by.  All exhibits are free and open to the public, and photography is permitted.  Questions are welcome and encouraged at our Information Desk, located to the right as you enter the building.  For more in-depth information, contact the University Archives at 940-898-3751 or  

Photographs and ephemera abound on the walls and in display cabinets as you step into the Blagg-Huey Library's first-floor lobby.  Look carefully as you move through this exhibit; you don't want to miss the vintage photos of TWU students and the Denton campus, and please--sign our guest book.
If It's Homecoming, There Must Be A Dress--Or Two  Dresses from the University Archives are on
display in the rotunda of the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  With con-
nections to TWU history, the dresses represent a small fraction of the items on display at the library repre-
senting TWU campus life of days gone by.  Photograph by Sandy Cochran.  April 15, 2015.      
As you make your way to the rear of the building, you'll pass through the library's beautiful rotunda.  Gaze up--the stained glass windows are full of charm and history--then take a moment to appreciate the pink dresses in front of you.  One of the more eye-catching items on display and a favorite with students, the soft tulle evening gown on the left was donated to the Women's Collection in 2005 by Sue Percifield Ball, TWU alumna (the watermelon pink floor-length gown was purchased at Nieman Marcus in Dallas as a present from her grandparents.)  Ms. Ball, class of 1960, was a participant in the Redbud Festival for two years and represented TWU at Southern Methodist University's Manada, and Rice University's Rondelet.  The dress on the right is another vintage piece from the University Archives.

Just past the dresses, in the wall-mounted display cabinet on the right, are a small portion of the University Archives' photographs depicting the 60-year history of TWU's College of Nursing.  Vintage nursing uniforms, also from the archives, are featured alongside the photographs. 
Hitting The Big 1-0-0  Celebrate the 100th birthday of The Lasso, the student
newspaper at TWU, by perusing the clippings, headlines and memorabilia in 

100 Years of the Lasso: TWU's Student Newspaper on the second floor of the
Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Photograph by Sandy Cochran.
April 15, 2015.   
Make your way to the living room area at the back of the building and sojourn down memory lane as you explore the 100-year history of the TWU Music Department.  Photographs, programs, scrapbooks, artifacts, ephemera and other memorabilia shine a spotlight on a century of faculty, student, musician, performance and special-event musical history.  In the back corner of the library, to the left near quilt of The Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, view a collection of photographs celebrating the legacy of the Hubbard family (L. H. Hubbard was named the fifth President of TWU--then the College of Industrial Arts--in 1926).  Cap off your tour of our first-floor exhibits, and enjoy the spring greenery, by visiting the balcony area at the rear of the building.

As you step off the elevator on the second floor, vintage wedding dresses, programs, photographs and more await you in an exhibit celebrating the 75-year history of every Pioneer's favorite little chapel.  


From the elevators, turn right.  The exhibit on the right, celebrating 100 years of the Lasso, TWU's student newspaper, features clippings, headlines and memorabilia from the paper's century-long history.

After viewing the library's exhibits you may find that you have questions; want to make a donation; or wish to incorporate our resources into your research.  Whatever your level of interest, please do not hesitate to contact the University Archives (at 940-898-3751 or for further information.  As always, it is our pleasure to assist you. 

An enjoyable, rewarding and nostalgic 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy National Library Workers Day

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a holiday established in 2003 for library users, staff, administrators and other library fans to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Get involved in the conversation by using #nlwd15 on Twitter and/or by visiting the ALA-APA National Library Workers Day Facebook page.

NLWD is celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week (this year, April 12-18).  

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Tradition Continues: Finals Week Coffee Breaks & Extended Library Hours Coming Soon

The Tradition Continues  Complementary healthy snacks and 
beverages will be available for all TWU students and faculty and 
staff members during the traditional Spring semester finals week 
coffee breaks at the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and at 
the Houston ARC.  In addition, the Denton library will be open ex-
tended hours during finals week to accommodate the study space 
and information needs of our patrons. Graphic design by Sandy 
Cochran and Sean Spear.    
Time and caffeine.  Two things that can help you conquer the world—or at least your final exams.

A time-honored tradition at TWU continues in May with finals-week coffee breaks at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; and at 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 Spring 2015 semester.

Extended library hours as listed.  Coffee breaks, sponsored by the TWU Division of Student Life and the TWU Libraries, will feature free healthy snacks, coffee, tea and bottled water in the library’s first-floor lecture hall (room 101) and begin at the times listed.

Sunday, 5/3/15  Library open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Monday, 5/4/15  Library open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/5/15  Library open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/6/15  Library open 7:30 a.m. to Midnight ● Coffee break at 7 p.m

Coffee breaks, sponsored by the TWU Division of Student Life and the TWU Libraries, will feature free healthy snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider and bottled water near the library’s front door during regular operating hours Monday through Thursday, 5/4/15 to 5/7/15.  Select snacks will also be available Saturday, 5/2/15 during regular operating hours.

Free cookies, coffee and tea will be available for all students and faculty and staff members during regular operating hours Monday through Friday, 5/4/15 to 5/8/15.

For more as finals week nears—including details about an exciting library visit in the works--check this blog; like the TWU Libraries on Facebook; or follow us on Twitter.

~Sandy Cochran; 
Graphic design by Sandy Cochran and Sean Spear

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How Sweet Is This?

The Countdown Is On  TWU students and faculty 
and staff members are eligible to complete the 2015 
TWU Libraries Survey and provide input on what 
you'd like to see in the TWU Libraries of the future.  
Enter by April 26, 2015 and provide your TWU email
address to be entered in a drawing for one of three 
Candy Haven gift baskets.  Image of a sample gift 
basket courtesy of Candy Haven.    
Only 18 days to go and counting.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 will be here before you know it--the last day to complete the 2015 TWU Libraries survey and enter in a drawing for a chance to win one of three Candy Haven gift baskets.  Your answers will help the TWU Libraries plan for the future and make the types of changes you'd like to see--so help us help you.  Fill out the 2015 TWU Libraries survey today.     

It takes about five minutes to answer the 24 simple questions on the survey here. And that optional 25th question?  Tell us your TWU email address and you'll be entered to win a Candy Haven gift basket filled with a variety of sweet treats.

5 minutes + 24 questions = have your say + help the TWU Libraries plan for the future + a chance to win candy.

How sweet is that?

~Sandy Cochran  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Google Books: Shamed by Snobs, A Resource for the Rest of Us

A chapter by TWU Libraries Reference Librarian 
Susan Whitmer was recently published in The Com-
based at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton cam-
pus, is a research specialist in the fields of Criminal 
and Literature & Language.  Photograph by Sandy 
Cochran.  March 17, 2015.   
Google in Libraries, entitled Google Books: 
Shamed by Snobs, a Resource for the Rest of
Us, is a step-by-step guide to the features of
Google Books.  The chapter was written by
TWU Libraries Reference Librarian Susan
Whitmer; the ebook version of this title is
available through the TWU Libraries here.
A chapter by TWU Libraries Reference Librarian Susan Whitmer was recently published in The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield), Carol Smallwood, editor, 2015.  In Google Books: Shamed by Snobs, a Resource for the Rest of Us, Whitmer provides the reader with a step-by-step guide to accessing the features of Google Books.

Whitmer uses the title The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C. Ross, Jr. to illustrate the chapter.  In great demand at another library (Whitmer's former employer), the copies of this book were frequently checked out or on search. As Whitmer recounts, Google Books provides limited preview access to The Divine Nine--cover, title page, table of contents and first chapter.  As a result, students were able to access the information they needed to complete their assignment.

The ebook version of The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries is available through the TWU Libraries here.

~Susan Whitmer