January through March 2002

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University



Sat 3-8 through Sun 3-16 : Spring Break

Fri 3-8       LEAD Program: World War II Project Presentation, 12:00 noon, CIP Conference Room

Fri 3-22     LEAD Program : Henry Potter Presentation and Gallery Tour, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Hawn Conference Room

Thur 3-28  CMIT Documentary Showcase: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians: Pt. I , 1:00 pm, CMIT

Fri 3-29     CMIT Documentary Showcase: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians: Pt. I , 12:00 noon , CMIT



TABLES OF CONTENT : An evening of dinner conversations in support of the SMU Libraries

WHAT: An evening of dinner and conversation called Tables of Content, held at the Meadows Museum. There will be thirteen tables hosted by notable Dallas and SMU leaders facilitating the dinner discussions at each. Each table will focus on a theme related to such topics as literature, journalism, history, or the arts. Among the table hosts will be authors Prudence McIntosh and C. W. Smith, columnist Maryln Schwartz, radio host Glenn Mitchell, musician Simon Sargon, art historian Mary Vernon, book collector Decherd Turner, and SMUís Provost, Ross Murfin. Guests indicate at whose table they wish to sit when they make their reservations.

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2002. Social hour at 6:00 pm; dinner to begin at 7:00 pm.

PURPOSE: The Tables of Content dinner is being held to raise funds for all the libraries at Southern Methodist University through the sponsorship of the Friends of the SMU Libraries /Colophon. Participants will pay $125 per person, as a donation to the Friends to attend the dinner. Proceeds from the event will support the SMU libraries through the Friends annual grant program.

COMMITTEE: Honorary chairpersons are Michael M. and Marla Boone. Michael is a member of the SMU board of trustees. A subcommittee of the Friends coordinates the event. Missy Collins, vice president of the Friends, chairs the committee; Pamela S. Lange is the vice-chair.

If you would like to receive an invitation, please call the Friends office at ext. 83225 or email

LEAD Presentation -World War II Project Presentation-Friday, March 8 at 12:00 noon in the CIP Conference Room

Beginning in 1998, the Government Documents Department began digitizing those portions of its collection that had been published as part of the war effort in World War II. This project, utilizing limited staff and resources, has resulted in a nationally recognized digital library. This presentation will cover the project's background, it's cross-departmental staffing within CUL, equipment used, the digitization of materials, cataloging, and Internet delivery.

CMIT Documentary Showcase Schedule:

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians: Part I on Thursday, March 28th at 1 pm and Friday, March 29th at 12:00 noon

Year-round Lawn Care on Thursday, April 25th at 1:00 pm and Friday, April 26th at 12:00 noon

The Revolt of Mother (featuring CMIT's own Robert Walker) on Thursday, May 23rd at 1:00 pm and Friday, May 24th at 12:00 noon

For additional information and a synopsis of the films, please visit

LEAD Presentation - Henry Potter Presentation and Gallery Tour on March 22 at 10:00 in the Hawn Conference Room, Hamon Arts Library

Sam Ratcliffe, Head of Bywaters Special Collections and Ellen Niewyk, Curator of Bywaters Special Collections, will show slides from the current exhibition in the Hawn Gallery, entitled Andirons to Weathervanes: Drawings from the Potter Art Metal Studio Collection. The presentation will also include examples of Potter Studio's pieces in residences and institutions around Dallas. Afterward, a gallery tour will be held to discuss exhibition preparation, specifically the conservation and selection of the drawings. 



The Hamon Arts Library is thrilled to announce the receipt of a valuable collection from the Media Department of The Metropolitan Opera. The gift, awarded to only four other institutions, consists of the complete radio broadcast and complete PBS telecast recordings of The Metropolitan Opera, fully remastered to CD and DVD format. The Hamon Library was the only academic institution to receive this gift. 
CUL is proud to present a pilot digital reference service. "Chat with a Librarian" will enable our patrons to "chat" with reference staff from their home, office, or anywhere they can log on to the internet. Patrons can ask for assistance with their research and receive real-time help online. The service will allow them to ask questions about a particular database without having to disconnect their modems to call the library. Reference staff can respond to question, "push" patrons into appropriate resources, or send a URL. The pilot service will be available Monday-Thursday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (Central Time) through the end of the spring semester. The service can be accessed from or from



Congratulations to Ankur Mehta and Wilfred Job, two CUL student employees who were recently elected to Student Senate positions! Ankur, elected to Engineering Senator, works in CIP, and Wilfred, elected to International Senator, works in Circulations. 
After ten months living away from her house, and much worse, hassling with insurance adjustors, Dawn Youngblood -- our Map Library Specialist -- should be back at home in March. A tornado hit her house last June on Eagle Mountain Lake, northwest of Fort Worth. Her husband, attorney Edwin Youngblood and sixteen-year-old daughter, Eden, were in the house when the tornado hit. Dawn was right here in the library, cleaning up flooding in the basement!
John F. S. Phinney had a book review published in the December, 2001 issue of American Anthropologist 103(4):1217-1218. The book reviewed is entitled Trails to Tiburon: The 1894 and 1895 Field Diaries of W.J. McGee by H. Fontana and B. Fontana.
Beth Farmer reports that Kelly Sanderson is "infanticipating" as reported earlier. In fact, her baby is due on March 21st. The folks in CIP are keeping watchful eyes on her!
Bruce Evans attended the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) and the Music Library Association annual meetings in Las Vegas from February 17 through February 22. At the MOUG meeting, he attended a video cataloging workshop, a session from OCLC's future interface, and the new CatMe. During the MLA meeting, he attended multiple sessions on music cataloging issues, a plenary session on the Las Vegas music scene, facilitated the Texas Chapter MLA meeting as TMLA chair, went to the Voyager Music Users Group meeting, and participated in a skit at the MLA business meeting to invite people to next year's MLA meeting, which will be held in Austin. Bruce reports that he had a great time!

January Birthdays

Friday, January 4--Beth Farmer, CIP

Thursday, January 10--Mary Queyrouze, FLC Systems

Tuesday, January 22--Curt Holleman, FLC Collection Development

February Birthdays

Thursday, February 7--Carol Baker, FLC Public Services

Friday, February 8--Kris Murphy,CIP and Elizabeth Walker, FLC User Education

Wednesday, February 20--Ruthann Swanson, CIP

March Birthdays

Saturday, March 9--Sherilyn Bird, CIP

Sunday, March 10--Sola Babatunde, CIP

Thursday, March 14--Barbara Stockton, CIP

Monday, March 25--Betty Friedrich, DeGolyer

Thursday, March 28--Lois Nickel, GIRM

Friday, March 29--Sam Ratcliffe, Hamon

Sunday, March 31--Cindi Ruppi, CIP



The current exhibition in the Hawn Exhibition Gallery, "Andirons to Weathervanes: Drawings from the Potter Art Metal Studio Collection," runs through April 30. The collection was donated to the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing of the Hamon Arts Library in 1992 by SMU alumna Eva Morgan, daughter of Henry Potter, founder of Potter Art Metal Studio. It consists of 1,710 shop drawings and layouts with accompanying invoices for the work from the 1920s to the 1960s. This collection is one of the few remaining that documents the importance of the blacksmith as a worker in metal, producing decorative architectural pieces, primarily with the forge, anvil and hammer.
John Phinney reports that the current exhibit on John Steinbeck in the Fondren Library Center cases is receiving a good number of favorable comments from the provost on down the system. We all need to thank Joel Eatmon and Ellen Buie-Niewyk of the exhibit committee for the fine job they did. 

There is a new exhibit up in the exhibit case leading into the Science Library section of CUL.  SMU's first elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Fred Wendorf of the Anthropology Department is the subject of the exhibit.



Happy Easter in Many Languages!




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History of the Easter Egg



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