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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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