CUL Newsletter

JUNE 2000


6/15-6/17 American Bookbinding Conference & Exhibit, Bridwell Library
6/19-6/24  CUL Web Workshops in FLE 323, 9 am-12 noon M-F. More information below.

CUL Web Workshops
The CUL Web Team is offering a web workshop the week of June 19-23 in rm. 323 of Fondren Library East.  The 5 day workshop (9-12 am only) will focus on html, web editors, scanning, image editing, document conversion, templates, WS-FTP,  submitting your site to search engines, and troubleshooting. (You will notice some subjects are missing (forms, pdf, image and audio, etc).  These subjects will be covered in separate ADVANCED sessions later in the summer and fall.) If you are interested in participating, please contact Beth Walker (  If you have any question, please call me at x83656. Beth will notify the lists when the workshop is full.

Bridwell Library Bookbinding Exhibition & Conference
Bridwell Library announces The Second Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition & Award for American Bookbinding to take place in conjunction with a national conference at Bridwell Library, June 15-17, 2000. The exhibition is a juried show drawn from a competition to design a binding for an important book in Bridwell's collections. The book for the second Triennial competition is the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses--a seminal work, recently named the most significant book of the twentieth century. Each participating binder has submitted one binding as a sample of his/her work, as well as an original design for Joyce's Ulysses. The First Prize, which will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on June 16, 2000, is a $5,000.00 commission to bind the book for Bridwell Library. Other prizes will also be awarded on that evening. The exhibition consists of both the sample bindings and the Ulysses designs from all the binders chosen for inclusion. For more information on the conference go to

Summer Reference Training Workshops
In preparation for the FLC Reference Merger this summer, we are hosting a series of reference training workshops. These workshops were designed with FLC Public Services staff in mind, but anyone may attend.

Giving Good Directions -- Friday June 2, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, FLE 323
     Sandra Setnick and Marcella Stark will present a seminar on reading complicated PONI holdings and directing patrons to special collections and remote locations in Fondren Library Center.

Special Sci-Tech Materials (and How to Find Them!) -- Thursday June 15, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, FLE 323
     Michelle Gonzales will share tips and tricks for locating special science and technology materials, such as conference proceedings, technical reports, bulletins, circulars, patents and standards.

Business Resources and FAQs -- Wednesday June 28, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, FLE 323
     Beth Walker will introduce some of the more commonly used business resources and share strategies for answering frequently asked questions.

Government Information Resources
     Steve Short will cover print and online resources for government information in three short sessions:
    Print Resources & Tour -  Wednesday, July 12, 9:00 - 10:30 AM,  Fondren Gov Docs
    Online Resources - Thursday, July 13, 9:00 - 10:00 AM, FLE Bruton Lab
    Statistical Sources - Friday, July 14, 9:00 - 10:00 AM, FLE Bruton Lab

Science Citation Index Online -- Tuesday, July 18, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, SEL ERC
     Hank Young will introduce techniques for citation searching in SCI on CD-ROM.

Science & Engineering Databases & Indexes -- Monday, July 24, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, FLE 323
     Michelle Gonzales will discuss periodical indexes and databases, including Ei CPX Web, IEEE Xplore, IDEAL, the print alternatives to GEOREF and INSPEC, and more.

Health & Medical Information Sources -- Monday, July 31, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, FLE 323
     Michelle Gonzales will share strategies for finding health & medical information in the reference collection, in databases, and on the Internet.

Additional workshops may be scheduled as needed. Watch for announcements!

Summer Bowling League
Get a group of friends together from your department or if you just like to bowl, you can sign up as an individual.  The dates for the league are Wednesdays from 6-9 PM, starting June 7th and running through August 9th. The league will bowl  at  AMF Richardson (Central Expressway and Campbell). Each player pays $10 per week to bowl plus shoe rental. There will be a Captain’s Meeting and Preseason Bowling Party for all on Wednesday, May 31st from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Please RSVP via e-mail or phone with Armando Wood by May 29th. (Armando Wood, Assistant Director of Recreational Sports, Phone(214)768-3367, Fax(214)768-1422, e-mail

Summer Golf Tournaments
If you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast, there are four golf tournaments scheduled.  The format for the tournaments will be a 4-man scramble.  The dates for the tournaments are all played on Fridays at different courses in the Metroplex. The dates and sites are as follows:

Date Site Start Time Fee
May  26th LB Houston 12:30pm  $35.00
June 9th Tenison Park 11:45 am  $32.00
July 7th Sherrill Park 12:30pm  $44.00
August 11th TBA

To sign up, visit the intramural department at

At the end of each semester, in June, September, and January, the CUL Staff Newsletter will include "Division Reports" which summarize news and events in each area for the entire semester. Here are the Division Reports for Spring 2000.

CUL Office
Since August, 1999 CUL has been developing a new strategic plan to chart our course for the next 5 years.  In January 2000,  staff, students, and faculty were invited to participate in focus groups.  The focus groups' charge was to reflect and comment on the work drafted by the Strategic Planning Committee.  The focus groups' comments  were forwarded to the Strategic Planning Committee and, where there was consensus, the Strategic PlanningCommittee synthesized those comments and changes into the strategic planning documents. We are now in the process of finalizing the strategic plan, with additional focus groups coming up in June.

Fondren Library

Science/Engineering Library Hamon Library Report CIP Report DeGolyer Library Report Friends of the SMU Libraries Report

Grants 2000
The Friends of the SMU grants committee met on May 12, 2000 to review grant proposals submitted by the libraries.  The committee, chaired by Foxie Mason, included Jim Stockert and Frances Ware.  Ex-officio were Judy Searles and Linda Wolf. The following committee recommendations were approved by the Friends board on May 18, 2000:

The first Tables of Contents was held on Saturday, May 6 at The Claridge on Turtle Creek.  This event, an evening of dinner and conversations, featured a leader in the community or expert in a field hosting a table and guiding the conversation.  The table hosts included such notables as bibliophile Decherd Turner, historian Luis Martin, journalist Vivian Castleberry, anthropologist Caroline Brettell, and even SMU athletic director Jim Copeland.  Approximately 90 people attended the fundraiser which netted approximately $4,000 to $5,000.  The event was considered such a rousing success by all in attendance that plans are already underway for Tables of Content II in Spring 2001.

Staff Awards
The 2000 Library Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony took place on May 8.  The following people were honored:
    Employee of the Year - Sandra Hearne – Underwood Law Library
    Outstanding Achievement - Ellen Ko – BIC
    Continuing Excellence - Margaret Dew – CMIT
    Outstanding Student Assistant - Lisa Unterseher – Bridwell Library

New Staff Members
Fondren Library Center has a new, FT stack supervisor, Christopher Allen Leamy. Chris, a Dallas native, received his B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature from UT-Austin. He is currently enrolled in SMU's Dispute Resolution MLA program. Chris plays rugby, travels abroad, and speaks several languages. Most recently, he spent 13 months living and working in Cairo, Egypt, for a US NGO, Amideast. Welcome back to Dallas, Chris!

On June 5, SEL will welcome a new Science Periodicals Librarian, Erika Ripley. Erika comes to us from Oklahoma, where she just received her MLS. She has been working as a technology trainer for the Gates Foundation.

New CUL Staff Directory Online
The new Staff Directory is available online at  The design is still being fine-tuned. Joe Milazzo will be spearheading the Staff Directory effort so if you have ideas, please contact him at x83701. Tammy Sherwood will be maintaining the staff database once it is completed, so if you would like to make corrections or additions to your listing, please contact her at x82401.

Robert Graff -- June 5
Billie Stovall -- June 13
Sonia Graff -- June 14
Ellen Buie Niewyk -- June 21
Lisa Wall -- June 22
Melanie Golder -- June 23

Other News

Michael Garrett, Library Specialist III in CUL's Interlibrary Loan Office, was the recipient of the Friends Library School Scholarship.  This is the second year for the award which we plan to present annually. Congratulations, Michael!

Curt Holleman's son, Josh, married Tammy Pruitt in Austin on May 28.  Josh graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin the week before the wedding.  His degree was with special honors in UT's  Plan II honors program.  The couple will move to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the fall, where Josh will attend Harvard Law School.

Chris Brown (Hamon) has just completed his first semester of Library School. Congratulations!!! He is going to take a digitization course at UNT so he may be getting many calls for assistance.

Barbara Stockton (CIP) was inducted into Beta Phi Mu library science honorary society in April.

Bruce Evans, Kelly Sanderson & Barbara Stockton went to Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop in Houston.

Angela Kull (CIP) presented a technical session on Macro Express at the Chicago Voyager User's Group Meeting in April.  Also attending the VUGM Meeting were Eva Cernosek, Kris Murphy, Chris Milazzo, Mary Queyrouze, Toni Nolen, Steve Short, George Cruz, Lisa Jue, Clyde Putman and Michelle Gonzales.

Michelle Gonzales (SEL) and Elizabeth Walker (Fondren) attended the 28th Annual LOEX Conference in Ypsilanti, MI (near Detroit) on May 19 & 20. The theme of the conference was "First Impressions, Lasting Impact: Introducing First Year Students to the Academic Library."

Bruce Evans (CIP) has been appointed to the Program Committee for the 2001 MOUG (Music OCLC Users Group) convention in New York City. Bruce and his wife are also expecting their second child in January 2001.

Maria Bellavance (CIP) will spend the month of June in her birthplace, Portugal.

Janet Allmon (CIP) and her husband will be touring the Bavarian, Austrian and Swiss Alps accompanied by Ruthann Swanson (SEL) in June.

The Fondren tug-of-war team handily beat the opposition at the staff  picnic on May 24.  Way to go team!

High school graduations:
Nancy Rubenstein's daughter, Kate
Margie Steele-Fuller's son, Brian
Cindy Ruppi's son, Brent

Disneyland: 45 Years of Magic. Fondren Library Center is proud to announce its latest exhibit, "Disneyland: 45 Years of Magic."  The exhibit is an amazing collection of Disneyland memorabilia belonging to Dave Schmidt, member of the Science Periodicals staff. We are taking advantage of the relaxed pace of summer to better acquaint you with some of the library staff.  The exhibit will run through July 15th so stop by and take a walk down memory lane.  Starting July 17th, Troy Sherrod, member of the Fondren Periodicals staff, will have an exhibit on the "History of the Dallas Theaters."

DeGolyer Library Manuscripts. DeGolyer Library is still exhibiting a selection of manuscripts from its permanent collection.  This exhibit draws 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 was mounted to welcome the American Manuscript Society to Texas in May. WHEN: through June.

Charles DeBus: New Work. Through September 4, the Mildred Hawn Gallery in SMU's Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library will be the venue for "Charles DeBus: New Work." Professor DeBus, who has taught in the Division of Art since 1975, describes these twenty-two photographs as follows: "These prints are made with alternative photographic processes using found objects and photographic negatives with the addition of drawing and color. Technically, I am attempting to create new realities.  Sometimes there is an ambiguity of space or perspective but I am always trying to make feathers float or sway, the moon to shine and plants to glow with life.  It is my hope that these images bring to the viewer the myths and folk tales asleep in the hearts of all."

Calvin and Hobbes, on Librarians:

This strip was originally published on December 9, 1987.

Answers to Previous Guessing Games:

From the April 2000 newsletter -- the babies are as follows:
A. Skyler Adelaide Newman
B. James Dean Philip Parnau
C. Benjamin Garrett
D. Cooper Jay Shapiro

Ellen Buie Niewyk was the first to guess the identities correctly.

From the May 2000 newsletter -- the mystery man is none other than Sam Ratcliffe of the Bywaters Special Collection, Hamon Library.


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