September, 2002

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University




Mon 10-14                        Columbus Day
Mon 10-14 & Tue 10-15  Fall Break / Student Holidays
Mon 10-14 & Tue 10-15  Project Clean Sweep, All CUL Library Buildings, All Day
Thur 10-17                        Silent Film Festival, Dallas Hall/McCord Auditorium, 6:30pm-10:00pm                     
Sat 10-19                          Silent Film Festival, Dallas Hall/McCord Auditorium, 10:00am-4:00pm
Mon 10-21                        LEAD Program: Managing Your Computer, FLE 323, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Wed 10-23                        Baby Shower for Beth Walker, CIP Conference Room, 2:00pm-4:00pm                
Fri 10-25                           LEAD Program: Managing Your Computer, FLE 323, 10:00am-11:00am
Sun 10-27                         Daylight Savings Time Ends
Thur 10-31                       Halloween



Mark your calendars for a rip roarin' good time when the Friends of the SMU Libraries and DeGolyer Library co-sponsor a special exhibit opening on Thursday, November 21 at the DeGolyer Library.  The exhibit, "Owen Wister's The Virginian:  The Writer and His Work at 100," features hundreds of editions, impressions, posters and photographs of The Virginian.  The opening begins with a western-style reception at 6:00 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m., Darwin Payne and Marshall Terry present talks on "Wister the Man" and "Teaching The Viriginan." The evening concludes with the actual screening of the movie "The Virginian", which starts at 8:00 p.m. in the McCord Theater.  The event is free and all CUL staff are welcome to attend. Contact Judy Searles for more information.


Managing Your Computer / October 21 from 2:00-3:00pm and October 25 from 10:00am-11:00am, FLE 323

  • Presented by SMU Libraries Systems Staff

Public Speaking Seminar / November 13 from 2:00-3:30pm, Texana Room

  • Presented by Professor Bob Raspberry, Cox School of Business

Massages by AquaSpa / December 11 and 12 from 10:00am-1:00pm, FLE 402

  • Price TBA

Holiday Party / December 17 from 11:00am-2:00pm, Texana Room

  • Will include an ornament exchange and door prize

Professional Development Day / January 8, University of Texas at Arlington

  • See future issues for further details

Professional Video Brown Bag Presentation/ January 16 and 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm, CMIT 100D

  • January 16 / The Cataloguer, the Public Services Librarian and Metadata: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
  • January 30 / Taming the Paper Tiger: Paper Management Tips for Librarians

The Norwick Center for Media & Instructional Technology and the Meadows School of the Arts Cinema-Television Division are co-sponsoring a Silent Film Festival. Everyone is invited and its FREE. Please come and enjoy some of the rare films housed in the CMIT collection.

The Festival will be held Oct 17th and 19th in 306 Dallas Hall / McCord Auditorium and refreshments will be provided.

Please see the two-day schedule below. To see a description of the films being show, please visit the following website: If you have further questions, please contact Lisa Wall at x4397.

Thursday, October 17th from 7:00pm-10:00pm

Seating begins at 6:30pm

*7:00pm - 7:10pm -Sean Griffin, Speaker

           Films by Winsor McCay

*7:10pm - 7:20pm - Gertie the Dinosaur

*7:20pm - 7:30pm - The Sinking of the Lusitania

          Out of the Inkwell Cartoon

*7:30pm - 7:45pm - Koko's Earth Control

         Otto Messmer's Felix the Cat

*7:45pm - 7:51pm - Felix Woos Whoopee

*7:51pm - 8:00pm - Felix in Hollywood

*8:00pm - 8:10 - Break

*8:10pm - 8:20pm - Sean Griffin, Speaker

         Charlie Chaplin Films

*8:20pm - 8:50pm - One AM

*8:50pm - 9:20pm - The Immigrant

         Buster Keaton Films

*9:20pm - 9:40pm - Cops

*9:40pm - 10:00pm - Playhouse

Saturday, October 19th from 10:00am-4:00pm

Seating begins at 9:30pm

*9:45am - 10:00am - Greeting Guests

*10:00am - 10:15am - Kevin Heffernan, Speaker

*10:15am - 11:30am - The Man With the Camera

*11:30am - 11:40am - Fall of the House of Usher

*11:40am - 12:00pm - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Thanhouser Film Company)

*12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break

*1:00pm - 1:15pm -Rick Worland, Speaker

*1:15pm - 2:35pm - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Famous Lasky Players)

*2:35pm - 4:00pm - The Golem





In March of 2002, the Government Information Resources (GIR) Department finalized an agreement with Mr. Melvin Shaffer, a former United States Army photographer who served with the Museum and Medical Arts Service during the Second World War, to take possession of approximately 340 personal photographs depicting the local conditions of North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and Germany from the years 1943 to 1945. Upon accession, these photographs -- negatives, prints, and digitized images created by the photographer himself from these original source materials -- became a component of CUL's pilot digital library project, "Historic Government Publications from the Second World War (1939 - 1945)". The entire collection, annotated by Mr. Shaffer himself, has now been made accessible via the World Wide Web at:


Reproductions from the collection are available by request for a nominal fee.

  • The Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest is loaning several items to the Dallas Museum of Art for its upcoming exhibition, The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Nov. 2, 2002-Jan. 12, 2003).  These items document art instruction in Dallas in the decades immediately prior to and following the turn of the twentieth century.  They include two photographs of students sketching in the Vivian Aunspaugh art school, one of Dallas' first organized venues for art instruction.  Another of Dallas' earliest art teachers, E.G. Eisenlohr, is represented by two medals that he won in Texas State Fair art competitions in the 1890s; one of the medals is inscribed "Eisenlohr, 1891."  The fifth item being loaned is a catalog of the classes given by the Dallas School of Fine Arts, 1899-1900, which was operated by Frank Reaugh from his Oak Cliff home.  Reaugh taught in Dallas for several decades and his students included such notable Dallas artists as Reveau Bassett, John Douglas, Otis Dozier, Lloyd Goff, Alexandre Hogue, and Florence McClung.
  • Ellen Buie-Niewyk (Hamon Arts Library) and Barbara Stockton (CIP) just completed a preservation effort on some booklet catalogs for the Dallas Museum of Art to use for exhibition purposes. Joel Eatmon (FLC Collection Development) and Cammie Vitale-Shuman (DeGolyer) instructed Ellen and Barbara in the basic steps of preservation for the booklets. Metal staples, which had rusted and were eating through the paper, were removed first. The booklet pages were then deacidified in order to minimize the deterioration, and torn and ragged edges were mended. Finally, the booklets were reassembled by being sewn together using linen thread. Booklets with metal spiral bindings required additional care, and Sally Key (Bridwell) provided in-depth training for those. In addition to deacidifying and mending the paper, Ellen and Barbara created folders to support and protect the booklets.

Over Fall Break (Monday, October 14, and Tuesday, October 15), plan to join your CUL colleagues as we clean out Fondren Library Center, Hamon, DeGolyer, and CMIT Libraries. Our goal is to identify and clear out all broken, obsolete, and just plain ugly equipment, furniture, and supplies - and have fun while we are doing it!

Please e-mail Carol Baker or Shannon Cain the area you would like to focus on in this project. Particular areas that are being targeting include, but are not limited, to:

  • Science basement
  • Third floor Fondren storage
  • Fourth floor Fondren storage closet
  • Vacated offices and service areas

Staff should concentrate on identifying items for discard ("items", NOT coworkers or supervisors!), which will be carried away by SMU movers. TIDY janitorial staff will be on hand to do heavy cleaning as storage/work areas are cleared.

For Fondren Library Center, this cleaning and clearing effort will be the initial kickoff to a space study that will lead to a full building renovation

Dress will be "Clean Chic" - grubby jeans, comfortable (and safe) shoes. All participants in Project Clean Sweep will receive a complimentary CUL polo shirt and a free lunch. Non-participants will have the opportunity to purchase a shirt.

Since we will be open both these two days to provide basic services, staff covering service desks while others clean and clear will be eligible for polo shirts and food.



Monday, October 7--Judy Searles, CUL Friends

Friday, October 18--Gillian McCombs, CUL Director

Sunday, October 20--Bill Dworaczyk, CMIT


Toni Nolen (FLC Reference) and her husband, Mike, welcomed their new family member on September 11 at 3:11am. Michael Wayne Nolen, Jr. weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. at birth and measured 21 inches long.  (Picture)


Troy Sherrod's (FLC Periodicals) short story, "Divinity When it Rains" was published in the most recent issue of the journal, Primavera, which focuses on women's fiction and poetry.

After two years as Administrative Assistant to the Hamon Arts Library, Hillary Campbell has accepted a position as Reference/Liaison Librarian at the University of Texas at Dallas.



Peter Ligon: The New York Drypoints, August 19 through December 15, 2002, Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library

The Pollock Gallery, Division of Art, in conjunction with the Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library presents over twenty drypoint etchings by Southern Methodist University alumnus Peter Ligon. The show brings together, for the first time, works the artist has executed during regular yearly sojourns to New York City over the last eight years. The drypoint process has allowed Ligon to intimately record on copper plates his personal and keenly felt observations of both the built and natural landscape of New York City. The exhibition is curated by Shannon Phillips, Assistant to the Director at the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art (Ms. Phillips served as the Pollock Curatorial Intern for 2001-2002) and Philip Van Keuren, Director of the Pollock Gallery and Assistant Professor of Art and Curatorial Studies, Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts.

The Mildred Hawn Gallery, located inside the Hamon Arts Library, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, please contact Sam Ratcliffe (x82303).


You are Invited to a

Baby Shower

for Beth Walker

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: CIP Conference Room

RSVP by Friday, October 18 to Theresa Van Goethem Meyers


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