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 from the
 DEAN  Spring (and warmer weather!) has
 arrived. I am enjoying the display of
 colorful tulips on campus and I am   Spring 2017 • Volume 29, Issue 2
 looking forward to seeing the students in   Windows is a biannual publication produced by
 the library as they prepare for the final   the Office of Marketing at the Mary Couts Burnett
 weeks of the academic year.   Library.

 I want to update you on a few of our   Editor/Senior Writer/Creative
 special projects we have been working on:   Shelda Dean
 digitizing back issues of The Skiff, the TCU
 student newspaper and digitizing back issues   Administrative Team
 of The Horned Frog, the student yearbook.   Dr. June Koelker, Dean
 Both collections continue to be in Special   Tracy Hull, Associate Dean
 Collections and now are also available from   James Lutz, Admin. Services Director
 Kerry Bouchard, Automated Systems Director
 the library’s website. They offer a wonderful
 opportunity to browse TCU history.  Department Heads
 Cari Alexander, Music/Media
 Planning for the TCU Library of the future   Kisten Barnes, Access Services Librarian
 is one of the projects we are developing   Linda Chenoweth, Reference/Instruction Services
 this spring. We started a multi-month effort   Dennis Gibbons, Collection Development
 to create a new Library Strategic Plan that   Dennis Odom, Technical Services
 will guide future initiatives to understand   Cheryl Sassman, Circulation
 the needs of TCU students and faculty,
 will position the library to integrate new
 technology into its services and will help us   Horned Frogs
 choose carefully among options available
 to us in the future. This is a library that is   STAY CONNECTED WITH US
 well positioned now, but if we sit back and   he Horned Frog (actually a lizard) has been TCU’s mascot longer than TCU has been the university’s name.
 don’t prepare for future changes, we will   Like us on Facebook   Four students helped make the decision in 1897, when AddRan Christian University (renamed TCU in 1902) was
 not be able to be good stewards of these  Tlocated in Waco. Here are some other facts about the horned frog, one of the country’s most distinctive mascots:
 resources. We recently completed a campus   Like us on Twitter
 survey called LibQUAL (   @tculibrary  The scientific name for this Texas reptile is Phrynosoma cornutum; in Greek, phrynos means “a toad” and soma means,
 a survey that gauges user expectations and   Like us on YouTube  “body”; in Latin, cornutus means “horned.”
 perceptions about services, facilities and   TCULibrary101
 collections. Upcoming strategic planning   Like us on Instagram   Their primary diet is red harvester ants; they would eat 80 to 100 a day. Unfortunately, red ants are falling victim to
 activities include focus group conversations   tculibrary
 with students and faculty along with   insecticides and to more aggressive fire ants in much of Texas.
 interviews with key campus administrators.
       The typical Horned Frog is three to five inches long.
 Several exciting events took place in the   Horned Frogs are cold-blooded animals and have an unusual pineal gland, resembling a “third eye” on the top of the head,
 library this Spring: the TCU Debate Team
 took on the Irish Times team in the Gearhart   which zoologists believe is part of their system of thermoregulation.
 Reading Room. Our Faculty Speak event   When angered or frightened, horned frogs can squirt a fine, four-foot stream of blood from their eyes.
 on April 4, featured authors distiller Rob
 Arnold and TCU professor Eric Simanek as   The Horned Frog was named the State Reptile of Texas in 1992.
 they enterained us with insights from their
 book Shots of Knowledge: The Science of   In stories of Native Americans in the Southwest, horned frogs are depicted as ancient, powerful and respected.
       Archaeologists find horned frogs on petroglyphs, pottery and other crafts painted hundreds of years before Columbus set sail
       for America. In some parts of Mexico, folklore persists that these creatures which weep tears of blood are sacred.

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