CUL Newsletter

APRIL 2000


April is National Poetry Month, and April 10-14 is National Library Week!

4/4 - 4/6 SACS Accreditation Review

4/6 - 4/8 CONFERENCE: Voyager Users Group Meeting (Chicago, IL)

4/10 NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK BROWN BAG: "Intellectual Freedom at SMU: Past, Present, Future." Guest speakers Marshall Terry, Curt Holleman, and Tim Silcox will talk about intellectual freedom issues such as censorship, information access, and intellectual property, with a perspective on SMU. Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided. WHEN: Monday April 10, 12-1 pm WHERE: DeGolyer Library Texana Room.

4/10 LECTURE: Bridwell Bibliophile Series: "Book Production in Medieval London." Guest speaker: Pamela Robinson, Lecturer in Paleography at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London WHEN: Monday April 10, 3 pm - 5 pm. WHERE: Bridwell Library. CONTACT: Amber Sturgess - - 768-3483. Cost: free

4/11- 4/14 CONFERENCE: Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2000 (Houston, TX)

4/11 NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK WORKSHOP: "Books on the Web." This hands-on workshop, taught by Michelle Gonzales, will explore the presence of books on the Internet. Topics covered will include e-Books, virtual library collections, online book sellers, book discussion groups, book reviews and best book lists. Please register via email to WHEN: Tuesday April 11, 2:30-4:00 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm. WHERE: Fondren Library East 323 Electronic Classroom. Please register online at

4/11 LECTURE: Stephen Jay Gould. This month the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series features evolutionary biologist and natural historian, Stephen Jay Gould. Gould is a prolific author and essayist and has been awarded both literary and academic honors, including the National Book Award and the MacArthur Prize. WHEN: Tuesday April 11, 8 pm. WHERE: McFarlin Auditorium. Cost: By subscription, $40-$60 if available. Although there are no staff discounts, they may need ushers. CONTACT: Kit Sawers - - 214-768-8283.

4/12 LECTURE: Bridwell Bibliophile Series: "Francisco Ximenez de Cisneros: The Monk beneath the Magnificence." Guest Speaker: William J. Bryan, Director of Intern Program, Perkins School of Theology. WHEN: Wednesday April 12, 3 pm - 5 pm WHERE: Bridwell Library. CONTACT: Amber Sturgess - - 768-3483. Cost: free

4/12 NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK MOVIE: Fahrenheit 451 (Sci-fi, 1966). This film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's famous work on censorship is set in a dystopian future in which it is the fire brigade's job to burn banned books. A group of rebels bands together to "preserve" these books by memorizing the complete texts, becoming the books themselves in the process. WHEN: Wednesday April 12, 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. WHERE: Meadows Building, Greer Garson Theater.

4/13 NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK EVENT: Poetry Picnic. Bring your lunch and participate in an "open mike" for poetry readings to celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week.  Express yourself through an award winning poem or one that you have written.  Readings are limited to 5 minutes. Sign-up available at door. Guest poet: To be announced. WHEN: Thursday April 13, 12:30 - 2:00 pm. WHERE: Meadows Building, Taubman Atrium

4/13 WORKSHOP: Effective Internet Searching. Sharpen your Internet searching skills so you have greater success at finding the information you need. This workshop will provide useful search engine tricks as well as strategies for identifying quality information. WHEN: Thursday April 13, 3-4 pm. WHERE: Fondren Library East rm. 323. Please register online at

4/14 NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK MOVIE: Desk Set (Comedy, 1957). Starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, this film is a classic "library" movie. The mysterious man hanging about at the research library of a big TV network proves to be engineer Richard Sumner, who's been ordered to keep his real mission secret: computerizing the library. Head librarian Bunny Watson, who knows everything, needs no computer to unmask Richard. The resulting battle of wits and witty dialogue pits Bunny's fear of losing her job against her dawning attraction to Richard. WHEN: Friday April 14, 2-4 pm WHERE: CMIT 100D

4/16 LECTURE: Bridwell Judaica Series: " 'Is that a hare in my haroset?' Art and whimsey in haggadah illuminations." Guest speaker Professor David Gilner, Hebrew Union College will discuss illuminated Passover Haggadahs on display in the Bridwell Library from March 1- May 20. WHEN: Sunday April 16, 2 pm. WHERE: Bridwell Library

4/18 Friends of the SMU Libraries Annual Dinner Meeting. Friends of the SMU Libraries Colophon invites you to "An American Celebration" at the Annual Dinner and Meeting. The menu will be "Barbeque Buffet" (Garden Salad, Sliced Smoked Beef and Sausage, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw and Borracho Beans, Make-your-own Sundae Bar). Elections for new officers and board of directors follows dinner.  Guest Speaker Elizabeth Roosevelt Kelly will give a slide presentation about her great grandmother, "Reflections of Eleanor Roosevelt through her 'My Day' Column." WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2000, 6:00 pm. WHERE: Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Reservations are required and must be received by April 13, 2000. Cost is $17 per person. Make checks payable to SMU and send to: Friends of the SMU Libraries, SMU Box 750153, Dallas TX  75275-0153. For additional information, call 214-768-3225.

4/19 Director's Tea. WHEN: Wednesday April 19, 3 pm. WHERE: DeGolyer Library Texana Room

4/21 HOLIDAY: April 21 is Good Friday and a University Holiday. All libraries will be closed Friday, and many have limited hours over Easter weekend. Check your library schedule. Happy Easter!

4/26 Faculty Recognition Reception. The SMU Faculty Senate, Central University Libraries, and the Friends of the SMU Libraries will be co-hosting a special recognition of Faculty Authorship, Editorship, and Artistic Works. President Turner and Provost Murfin will be there to offer remarks and congratulations to the Faculty for its contributions to the University through written and creative works. WHEN: Wednesday, April 26 at 4:00 PM. WHERE: Fondren Library Center. CONTACT:  Judy Searles - - 214-768-3225. Cost: Free

ITS has online tutorials on the web now through a license with CBT.  Everyone (faculty, staff & students) on the SMU network (at work or home) can access these tutorials. (They do not run on a Macintosh computer.) You will find a link for them on the ITS Classes page:  or you can go directly to the tutorials instruction page: The 108 available tutorial courses include:  Office 2000, Access 97, Excel 97, PowerPoint 97, Word 97, FrontPage 98, MS Project 98, Internet Explorer, Windows 98, Outlook, Netscape, Javascript, Visual Basic, Perl, CGI, and UNIX. The current license for online training courses expires in October 2000, and ITS would appreciate your input on whether or not to continue providing the tutorials. Please contact Cynthia Standfield, Training & Documentation, (214) 768-4270,

The Friends of the SMU Libraries are always seeking innovative ways to raise funds for the libraries above and beyond the income we receive from membership dues.  In the past, the Friends have sponsored fine book auctions and, in 1997, a silent auction held at SMU President Turner's home.  We are planning something a little different this year.  We will host Tables of Content, an evening of dinner and conversation, on Saturday, May 6, 2000, at The Claridge on Turtle Creek. Each table of
ten, hosted by a notable expert, will focus on a theme related to literature, music and other humanities, politics, sports or arts topics.  There are eleven table hosts and you will have an opportunity to choose your favorite theme. Tickets are $95 per person or $175 per couple.  If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please contact Judy Searles or Missy Collins in the Library Office.

Fondren and Science/Engineering reference staff are drawing up plans to merge reference services.  A merger of the reference collections is slated to begin this coming summer.

Eileen Lemons reports that we have new study chairs, lounge chairs, sofa and coffee tables on the 4th floor of Fondren Library East.  On the 3rd floor we have some  new study carrels to replace some that were falling apart.

Fondren Government Documents staff have completed a shift of the entire Fondren Texas and U.S. paper and microform collections.  The shift makes room for future growth and organizes shelves in a logical A to Y call number order (previous order had A's next to Y's).  The shift also provides better study space next to the Fondren West windows.  In addition, the United Nations collection is no longer housed in the documents department.  Materials will be integrated into the general Fondren and Science & Engineering collections.

Congratulations to the Recipients of CUL Service Awards
At the Director’s Tea on March 22, eleven CUL staff members received service awards for reaching 3, 5, 15, 25, and 30 year milestones in their jobs at CUL.  The award recipients are as follows:

Eva Cernosek  - 25 years
Judy Abbott - 20 years
Sandra Setnick - 15 years
Nancy Rubenstein - 15 years
Janet Allmon - 5 years
Claudia Cruz - 5 years
Clyde Putman - 5 years
Melanie Golder - 5 years
Maria Bellavance - 3 years
Troy Sherrod - 3 years
Katherine Schacht - 3 years

Congratulations to Theresa Van Goethem (CUL Reference Office) and Ryan Meyers (Peoplesoft office) who were married on March 4 in Del Rio, TX. They spent their honeymoon in Cozumel. Theresa now goes by Theresa Van Goethem Meyers.

Welcome Carolyn Simma, who joined the Fondren Circulation Department as a part time staffer.  She will be working on Wed and Thurs nights and Sundays. Carolyn also works in SMU Development and works closely with President Turner on his capital campaign fund raising.

Welcome Three New People in CIP

Kelly Sanderson
Kelly joined the CIP staff January 5 as a Cataloger. She graduated in December with her MLS from UNT. She has recently completed an internship as a Graduate Library Assistant in the Technical Services Department at UNT. Kelly was also a Teaching Assistant.

Terre Heydari
Terre filled our part-time position on the Continuations Team.  She has experience in retail sales, office work, and accounting.  Terre has also worked as a buyer, office manager, and manager of a bookstore which she and her husband owned.  She will be initially concentrating on periodical check-in for Fondren.

Cindy Ruppi
Cindy is a member of the Continuations Team. She has worked as a Dallas area realtor and a claims manager for a local insurance agency. She has experience with database management, vendor contracts, customer service and claims adjustment.

Welcome Back Joseph Milazzo, who has joined the Government Information and Map Resources staff after a brief departure from CUL.

Lois Nickel (Fondren Gov Docs) -- March 28
Sam Ratcliffe (Bywaters Special Collection, Hamon) -- March 29
Cyndi Ruppi (CIP) -- March 31
Kelly Sanderson (CIP) -- April 2
John Phinney (ISEM) -- April 3
Troy Sherrod (Fondren Periodicals) -- April 27
Amy Collins (CIP) -- April 28

Troy Sherrod (Fondren Periodicals) reports, "I'm currently writing movie and restaurant reviews for a new Dallas magazine called "The Link" (unfortunate name, isn't it?) (on the web at  In the current issue I reviewed Amore Italian Restaurant in Snider Plaza, as well as the movie "Boiler Room."  The magazine is free, but is hard to find -- mostly Lower Greenville Av. businesses -- the publisher is working on getting a stand here at SMU.  Also, my pet part-time project for the last 22 years is almost complete. My book, "Dallas' Palaces: A History of Dallas Theatres" is near completion, and I hope to have a finished copy ready to send to publishers by the end of the year."

Name That Baby!

See if you can match the baby pics with the identity of the baby! Free Great Harvest cookie coupon to the first correct response at

1. James Dean Philip Parnau, grandson of Gillian McCombs, born May 16, 1999.
2. Cooper Jay Shapiro, grandson of Jan Buford, born October 16, 1999
3. Benjamin Garrett, son of Michael and Annette Garrett, born August 26, 1999
4. Skyler Adelaide Newman, granddaughter of Gillian McCombs, born January 22, 2000.

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SMU-IN-TAOS. A display of photographs, papers and Indian pottery highlighting activities and research at the SMU-in-Taos campus. This exhibit is sponsored by John Phinney of the ISEM Library. WHEN: February 17 - April 7. WHERE: Fondren Library Center Lobby

Millenium Book Exhibit. This exhibit in the Fondren Library Center Lobby displays books identified by SMU leaders as having been influential in 20th century thinking or science. Frank White, Student Body President, selected "Origin of the Species," by Charles Darwin (on display March 15 to May 31). Gillian McCombs, CUL Librarian, selected "Hamlet" by Shakespeare (on display March 15 to May 31). Coming soon: selections of the Academic Deans, President and Provost.

Panama Canal Materials. Printed materials and photographs illustrating the building of the Panama Canal are on display in the foyer of DeGolyer Library at SMU through the end of the spring semester.  The exhibit commemorates the transfer of the Canal to the Republic of Panama by the United States on December 31, 1999. Included among the items displayed is the 2-volume  set "The Panama Canal: An engineering treatise" edited by George Goethals, the engineer along with John Stevens, who is credited with the success of the Canal.  It is the main source for the diagrams of the Canal's locks and how they were built.  Also selected from the DeGolyer's collection are photographs, post cards and printed illustrations of the locks, the cuts and construction scenes. WHEN: Spring semester. WHERE: DeGolyer Library foyer.

Stanley Marcus Collection Posters.Twenty vintage posters from the Stanley Marcus Collection are on display in the reading room at DeGolyer Library.  These date back to the 1930s when Mr. Marcus began traveling regularly to Europe and attending exhibitions at art galleries in Paris, London, and elsewhere.  Some of the posters are from the Palace of Versailles, while others are original prints signed by Miro.  They are excellent examples of the art of printed posters and demonstrate what a keen eye Mr. Marcus had for good design. WHEN: March through April. WHERE: DeGolyer Library Reading Room.

DeGolyer Library Manuscripts. On 19 May DeGolyer Library will open an exhibition that highlights the variety of manuscript materials it holds.  This exhibit will draw from the papers of Everette L. DeGolyer, J. Frank Dobie, Elizabeth Ann McMurray, the Vulclain papers, the Stanley Marcus Collection, the Erik Jonsson Collection, and the Horton Foote Archive, among many others.  This exhibition is being mounted to welcome the American Manuscript Society to Texas in May.  Members of the Society will visit DeGolyer Library and then make their way to UT-Arlington, the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor, and libraries and private manuscript collections in Austin and San Antonio on a ten-day tour. WHEN: May 19 - June.

Illuminated Haggadahs. "When Your Children Ask, You Shall Tell Them: The Art of the Passover Haggadah." Bridwell Library is hosting an exhibition on the art of the Passover Haggadah from the treasures of the Klau Library at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. These illuminated Haggadahs date from the 15th c. to the 20th c. WHEN: Wednesday March 1 - Saturday May 20. WHERE: Bridwell Library. EXHIBIT HOURS: 8:00 am - 5:00pm, M-F; 10:00 am - 5:00pm, Sat.

Selections from Pueblo Indian Pottery. Twenty-five lithographs are on display in the Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library. The lithographs are selected from PUEBLO INDIAN POTTERY, a two-volume, limited-edition portfolio, each volume containing fifty color plates, with an introduction and notes by Kenneth M. Chapman (1875-1968). The plates reproduce photographs of Southwestern Native American ceramics, ancient and modern, collected for the Indian Arts Fund and housed at the Museum of New Mexico's Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Susan Bakewell, currently teaching a course in SMU's Southwest Studies program, in collaboration with Ellen Niewyk and Sam Ratcliffe, staff of the Hamon's Bywaters Special Collections.WHEN: now through April 19. WHERE: Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library, 1st fl.  MORE INFO:

(Contributed by Judy Searles)

Second Runner-up: "Machiavelli's The Little Prince"
Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic children's tale as presented by Machiavelli. The whimsy of human nature is embodied in many delightful and intriguing characters, all of whom are executed.

First Runner-Up: "Green Eggs and Hamlet"
Would you kill him in his bed? Thrust a dagger through his head?  I would not, could not, kill the King.  I could not do that evil thing.  I would not wed this girl, you see.  Now get her to a nunnery.

And the Winner:  "Fahrenheit 451 of the Vanities"
An '80s yuppie is denied books.  He does not object, or even notice.

Honorable Mention:  "2001: A Space Iliad"
The Hal 9000 computer wages an insane 10-year war against the Greeks after falling victim to the Y2K bug.


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