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NEW SECTION: STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Thursday August 21, 2003 - December 12, 2003
Express: An Introduction/Tuesday September 23, 2:15 - 3:15; CMIT RM 100D
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|CUL ANNUAL MEETING/Tuesday, September 30th, 9:30 AM; Huges-Trigg Auditorium.|
FRIENDS OF THE SMU LIBRARIES PROGRAM/ Friday,
September 26, 2003
The first Friends of the SMU Libraries program for the 2003-2004 academic year features one of our own staff members and a CUL collection.
Tinsley Silcox, director of the Hamon Arts Library, talks about "Preservation and Digitization of The Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection." This rare collection of films featuring African American screenwriters, directors, and actors is housed in the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection at the Hamon Arts Library. Produced by independent filmmakers for segregated theaters in the 1930s and ´40s, the films provide a unique perspective on African American life without the "Hollywood" interpretation. Tim will talk about the process of converting the films to DVD format in order to make them available to schools, libraries and museums throughout Texas. A screening of two of the films, "Vanities" and "Broken Earth" follows his talk.
Following the films a reception takes place in the Hamon Arts Library.
It starts at 6 p.m. in the Screening Room at the Greer Garson Theatre - 6100 Hillcrest Ave. It's free and open to the public.
MACRO EXPRESS: AN INTRODUCTION/Tuesday
September 23, 2:15 - 3:15; CMIT RM 100D
Clyde Putman presents an introduction to this powerful and fun tool!
If your work involves a computer, chances are it requires lots of repetitive tasks. How many times do you go to the same window of a program, type the same (or similar) text, click the same button? Macro Express can do many of these tasks for you, speeding up your work, improving accuracy, and most importantly: freeing up your mental energy for the really important decisions of your job. (Actually, Clyde will let Macro Express give most of the presentation)
CIP would like to welcome Negar Fahri who hails from Tehran, Iran. She will work part time, 20 hours per week as a member of the Continuations Team. Negar will also perform check-in of periodicals, generate claim notices, report title, delivery, and record keeping problems and maintain the database in regards to periodicals. Please stop by CIP to welcome her to CUL.
CUL TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
For More information on the Workshops, please visit http://www.smu.edu/cul/ue/workshops.html
Introduction to SMU Libraries
PONI SMU Libraries' Online Catalog
Effective Internet Searching
Art History Research: An Introduction
For more information on the Tours, please visit http://www.smu.edu/cul/ue/tours.html
Brad and Laurie Wehring are happy to announce that Mia Lenore was born at 6:00 A.M. Friday August 8th. She weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and is 20 inches long. Everybody is doing fine.
Brad Wehring will be showing several pieces of art throughout the Metroplex in September and October.
He will have one painting in "Art in the Metroplex" at The University Art Gallery-TCU. The opening is September 6th, 2-8PM and the show runs through September 26th.
One painting in the "25th Anniversary Show" at 500X Gallery. The opening is September 13th, 6-9PM and the show runs through September 28th.
Several works (probably about 12 pieces) in a three person show at 500X Gallery. The opening is October 4th, 6-9PM and the show runs through October 26th.
There is more info (including directions) about 500X gallery at: www.500x.org
This is a new section in which a new CUL staff member will be featured each month. The purpose is to get to know each other a little better. Please feel free to send me the profiles of your newest staff members (email@example.com) so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL.
Chris Edwards is a new Library Specialist in CIP. He has a BA in theater Arts from Texas Tech University (Summa Cum Laude) with a minor in English. Chris worked in the Texas Tech University Main Library through all 5 years of his undergraduate, primarily in Reserves and circulation; before that he worked as a camp counselor, and in fast food. Chris lists his hobbies as: Theater, of course, although he hasn't been able to make time for much of that lately, and might not be for a while because he is pursuing a deeper knowledge of some of his other hobbies including dance, painting, writing the occasional dreadful poem or play, and auto mechanics. Chris loves car shows, and his pride and joy is a 1973 MG Midget, sadly in current residence with his parents in Lubbock.
When asked to tell us a few facts about himself that not many people know, Chris responded: "my foot is almost exactly 12 inches long, making it a useful measuring tool. I am an identical twin, and a Gemini (Scorpio rising, moon in Aquarius)... gummi bears help me think."
Chris is half British. His Mother is an Ex-Patriot of the UK and His Father is retired military. They live in Lubbock with one cat and one dog. Chris' twin brother is his roommate here in Dallas. He also has an older Brother, Sister-in-Law, Niece and Nephew living in North Carolina.
Please join us in Welcoming Chris Edwards to CUL!
EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS
FONDREN LIBRARY CENTER EXHIBIT
Medieval Studies: Twenty-five Years at SMU will run September 10th to October 24th, 2003
HAMON LIBRARY EXHIBIT
Through September 28, in conjunction with the Pollock Gallery, of SMU's Division of Art, the Hawn Gallery will be the venue for “John Himmelfarb: The Card Catalog Drawings.” This exhibition consists of over one hundred small scale drawings by Harvard alumnus John Himmelfarb and brings together a selection of works the Chicago artist has executed on now obsolete library card catalog cards. Himmelfarb carries the cards when traveling to allow him the ability to constantly draw as a sort of travelogue of his thoughts as he moves through his world of places and things. Art Critic John Brunetti wrote of Himmelfarb, “Consistently blurring the boundaries between drawing and painting, [he] revels in line’s evocative potential to create a synthesis of graphic sign, text and elusive image that challenges one’s ability to interpret visual language. In the process, he initiates inward journeys whose rewards are not measured by reaching specific destinations, but by the experience of the chosen path.” Himmelfarb is represented in several major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Museum, the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Mildred Hawn Gallery hours:
May 27-August 20: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm (closed July 4th).
August 20-September 28: Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm (closed Labor Day).
According to the 2003 Chase's Calendar of Events September is:
Baby Safety Month
Fall Hat Month
1st-7th Full Employment Week
International Self Awareness Month
National Biscuit Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month
National Chicken Month
National Coupon Month
National Mushroom Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month
National Sewing Month
1st Pause the World Day
Shameless Promotion Month
3rd Do it Day
7th Neither Rain nor Snow Day
8th National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
9th Wonderful Weirdoes Day
13th Fortune Cookie Day
15th-19th National Love Your Files Week
21st-27th Build a Better Image Week
21st-27th National Dog Week
22nd Dear Diary Day
28th National Good Neighbor Day
DID YOU KNOW?
LAST MONTH'S BLACKOUT
Here is a personal account from the Chief of the Maps Division for NYPL. Submitted by Dawn Youngblood
NYPL is open for business as usual today. Thursday, after the lights, computers and a.c. went out, we all left for various treks home, and one of us did not get home until 10:30, or was that ll:30? Anyway, once we left the Library building, it was a lot like Sept. 11, [and therefore verrrry stressful for some folk] people just calmly, in huge crowds walking north, east, south or west, just to get home, hopefully before dark, and before anything else happened. I made a pit stop at my church at 73d and B'way, 1 1/2 miles from the Library. Met the office manager, and he was headed uptown anyway, so we walked the 1 1/2 miles uptown to 96th and Columbus where we saw an open restaurant, with table service outside. The woman manager, who herself had just walked up from 8th Avenue and 42nd street, [3 miles] was hauling tables out from inside, and would not let us help her.
We plunked down and I had the best tasting grilled salmon ever, while Bruce had two Coronas and some sort of steak. My two Jack Daniels' [no carbs!] helped me forget my aching puppies [shoes off!! It's the Southerner in me].
By now it is 9:30 or so, and pitch black except for car headlights which seem awfully bright, and candles in windows. The lady at the next table to us went across the street to her apartment and brought down her sterling silver candlesticks and Scrabble game, and they were still playing when we gave up and left. There was cheering at some point, and the word floated around that "New Jersey had lights!"
On the way uptown earlier, while it was still daylight, I saw lots of people selling and giving away bottled water. Zabars was not giving anything away, I don't think, but they were on the street, outside their doors, selling milk and bread!! Many stores, because their electricity was out, closed out their cash registers, and were dealing in cash on the sidewalk, and controlling who could get in the store. One place would only let you in to buy if you had a flashlight. We saw icecream bars and cones being given away and sold. Busses were running, and they were free, but can you spell, sardine can? Packed to the gills. So I kept walking. I got a big laugh out of one salon where the Asian ladies were sitting in a semi-circle just inside the doors, trying to keep cool, and they had a mountain of flip-flops on the floor in front of them to sell to the ladies of fashion with their 3" spiked heels who were trudging uptown!! I heard on the news that Modell's Sporting Goods gave away thousands of pairs of sneakers. Great p.r. move! When I stopped to buy water at one deli up on Broadway, the lights were out, the a.c. was out, and the temperature was waaaay up, in the 90s inside and out. One guy wandered in waving a newspaper as a fan, and cried out in the dark, "OOOOO, it's hot in HERE! I sure never wanna go to Hell!!!" We all laughed, it lightened the mood!!
I got home around 10:00, and my friend Bruce gave up and went home. He was not just being friendly, and a gentleman, he was also avoiding as long as possible his 17-flight walk up to get to his apartment!! So now it is back to work. Sigh. All is well again in the Big Apple. But my feet still hurt!
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