APRIL 2004








  • Monday through Thursday . . . . . 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

  • Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

APRIL LEAD PRESENTATION: Wednesday April 21st, 100D CMIT Screening Room 10:30am

The interconnected world of Internet basics [videorecording] / Cerebellum Corporation; The Standard
Deviants; directed by Joseph Doria; produced by Beth Bickford; script by Dave Sturdevant.--
60 minute VHS presentation about modems, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), email, discussion groups, search engines,
and online security. 

DIRECTOR'S TEA: Tuesday May 4th, 3:00pm, Texana room

SMU Libraries Staff Recognition Awards will be presented.

The Committee for the SMU Libraries Staff Recognition Awards is seeking nominations for the 2003/2004 awards. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Libraries, service to library users, and/or to the library profession. This year there are four awards carrying a monetary prize of $500 each. General considerations and criteria for these awards are given below.

All members of the SMU library staff (except the Council of Library Directors and those who have won the award within the previous two years) are eligible for the awards as defined in the criteria. The Awards Committee encourages any member of the SMU Community to submit nominations.

The Awards Committee will maintain confidentiality with regard to all nominations and will vote by secret ballot. The Committee will make recommendations for recipients of the awards to the Council of Library Directors, who will make the final decisions.

Nominations are due by 5:00 pm, Monday, April 19, 2004. Please submit nominations using the electronic form at or pick up a paper form from any campus library and deliver it to Room 300, Fondren Library East (Attn: Mary Ann Herbel) or send it to the following address:

Awards Committee
Attn: Mary Ann Herbel
PO Box 0135
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0135

For more information on the criteria for the awards, please click on the above link.

  • Thursday, April 8th        8:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday, April 9th            CLOSED
  • Saturday, April 10th       9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, April 11th         1:00pm-2:00am

For a complete listing of library hours go to: 

DON'T FORGET TO SPRING FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sunday, April 4th 2:00am.

Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.   

In fact, 70 countries worldwide have some sort Daylight Savings time.  Click here to find out more about it: 



The time to begin annual performance evaluations is approaching. You will be contacted by your supervisor to schedule an appointment for the evaluation. All evaluations must be turned in to the CUL Office by Friday, April 16; these will be turned in by your supervisor. You may access the forms and the guidelines from the V:drive - under ShareSpace and the folder is Performance Evaluation Forms.

Remember that you will need to save the file to your computer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your supervisor or Bill Dworaczyk

DIRECTOR'S TEAS: (these dates are tentative; location and times will be announced later; watch your e-mail for more information)
  • May 4th,  3pm in the Texana Room for the SMU staff recognition awards

Each year, the Friends of the SMU Libraries awards a $500 scholarship to a full-time member of the Central University Libraries staff who is pursuing a masters degree in library science. If you would like an application, or more information please contact Judy Searles. The deadline for submitting entries is APRIL 19, 2004.


Once again, it's time to submit grant requests to the Friends of the SMU Libraries. It's your opportunity to get funding for a special library project or acquisition. 

The Grants Committee of the Friends will meet at the end of April  to discuss distribution of funds to the SMU libraries.  They will present their recommendations to the Friends board at the May board meeting.  

Traditionally, grants are awarded to purchase materials and/or to fund services or projects that are not within the usual library operating budgets.  Because of the successful fundraising associated with Tables of Content, we are able to offer $25,000 for grants this year.  Please note that we usually receive requests that total more than the funds we have available.  Therefore, it is possible that some requests may not be granted or that some may be partially funded. 

 After discussions with your staffs and supervisor, please submit your requests to Judy Searles by Monday, April 19, 2004.  Indicate the dollar amount of your proposal and submit the written requests through the Friends Office, Room 300, Fondren Library East or email  requests to  

If you  have any questions, call Judy Searles at ext. 83225.



We are happy to announce that we have filled the new Digital Content Manager position.  Dennis Moser has accepted our offer and began his new position here on March 22. 

 This position is funded from SMU UCIT Technology staffing funds to provide a new position to develop and manage digital library projects in collaboration with special collections staff, ITS, CUL Systems, the Digitization Committee, faculty, library Web writers, and others.  Key responsibilities to assure initial success include pulling together and making accessible all information on current projects (exhibit level pages and Web pages with digital content), creation of standards and templates to put regular exhibits online and to plan for new projects, development of a prioritized list of projects to submit to the CUL Executive Committee and other appropriate SMU Libraries management for approval to assure that all digitization projects are included in management review, follow established standards, and are made accessible to our users (faculty, staff, and students).


Dennis Moser received his MILS in 1993 from the University of Michigan and completed the coursework for a graduate certificate Museum Practices Program in 1994.  At the University of Michigan, he was the president and co-founder of the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists.  He completed a Mellon Internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D. C., on book conservation and hand-bookbinding studies in 1988.  Since that time he has attended a number of workshops related to digitization, including Encoded Archival Description, style sheets for EAD for delivering finding aids on the Web, and electronic texts in XML.  He has a background in the areas of archives, rare book conservation, and preservation.  He has been a senior staff analyst with experience as a technical librarian, Web site developer, technical writer, network analyst, instructor, project photo-archivist, research assistant, and desktop publishing coordinator.  His skills in conservation and archives include photographic archives processing, special collections housing and treatments, information technology applications, disaster response, treatment documentation, and training.  He is currently employed as an Archivist II in Archives at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.  He was Project Director/Digital Imaging Faculty on an IMLS National Leadership Grant: "From Local to Global" at Lee College, Sterling Municipal Public Library and the Baytown Historical Museum from 2001 - 2003.  Other prior positions include Web Librarian at the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center at the Houston Academy of Medicine -- Texas Medical Center Library, project photo-archivist at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan and others.  He has made a number of presentations at national and international conferences and has numerous publications.  




SMU Campus Planning and Plant Operations will begin to change out light switches in offices that will accommodate motion sensitive light switches. This is an energy conservation effort across campus. For every single occupant office where the light switch is in clear line of sight of the desk or work area, the switch will be replaced with the motion detector type that is presently in the public restroom in Fondren Library East.

The timers will be set at 15 minutes (no motion within 15 minutes, the light automatically goes out) but CPPO reports that they are very sensitive to movement, even as slight as blinking. Public Services staff have observed users confused as to whether the restroom lights will come on automatically, but this confusion is probably because if they are turned off or on manually the switches remain in manual mode.

The change-out of office switches within CUL will probably begin the end of next week. It will include FLE, FLW, SIC, Hamon, DeGolyer, CMIT and ISEM. These changes will only occur in personal, private offices - not CIP, stack areas, computer labs, workrooms or public areas.

We are asked to cooperate with this effort for the sake of conservation, energy efficiency and savings. However, CPPO has made assurances that no one will be made to be miserable. Our contact at CPPO for this project is Tejas Pevekar at 214-683-5353 (cell phone).




3-Apr Phinney, John ISEM
28-Apr Collins, Amy CIP

Carol Baker and Nancy Rubenstein recently enjoyed a day of renewing old friendships while participating in the 75th anniversary celebration of their Dallas alma mater, Woodrow Wilson, on March 6. After a parade from Lakewood Shopping Center to the school, graduates and friends of the school participated in the Hall of Fame ceremony and mini-class reunions.

Constructed in 1928 this school is significant as an excellent example of the Jacobean Revival Architectural Style. This high school boasts nearly 24,000 graduates who include seven Dallas area mayors, two Heisman Trophy winners, and numerous other political and commercial leaders in the City of Dallas

Woodrow Wilson High School


Sherilyn Bird's Daughter, Stacy, recently married Kevin Brown.  Here are some pictures of one of their wedding cakes:




This is a new section in which a 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 ( so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL. If you have a staff member in your area that you would like to nominate (new or old) please contact me.  (You can even volunteer yourself :) )




Stanley Marcus Mineral Collection: a View From Geology, March 9, 2004- April 23, 2004

Faculty Recognition Exhibit, April 27, 2004- May 15, 2004


April is:


Alcohol Awareness Month 

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Web Site: 

Anxiety Month (National)

Autism Awareness Month (National)

Child Abuse Prevention Month (National)

Counseling Awareness Month

Foot Health Awareness Month 

Frog Month (National) 

Garden Month (National) 

Guitar Month (International)

Holocaust Remembrance Month

Humor Month (National) 
Keep America Beautiful Month

Mathematics Education Month (National)

Poetry Month (National) 

Occupational Therapy Month
Stress Awareness Month

Welding Month (National)

1st International Tatting Day 

4th World Youth Day 

15th Income Taxes are Due

April 16th National Eggs Benedict Day Source  

21st Administrative Professionals' Day 

22nd Take your Daughter to Work Day 

30th Arbor Day 

National Library Week April 18-24, 2004  Source: American Library Association: 


For more Bizarre American Holidays visit 

  • Oliver Pollack invents the dollar sign $ (1778)
  • Daytime soap opera General Hospital first airs on ABC (1963) 
  • Congress passes the Coinage Act and the U.S. Mint is born. (1792) 
  • The Pony Express begins delivering the mail. (1860) 
  • Susanna Medora Salter is the first woman to be elected mayor in the nation in Argonia, Kansas. (1887) 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. (1968) 
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is signed. (1949) 
  • The first modern Olympic games opens in Athens, Greece (1896) 
  • Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 714 home run record. (1974) 
  • French explorer LaSalle reaches the Mississippi river (1691) 
  • By an Act of Congress, Puerto Rico becomes a US, territory. (1900) 
  • President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day. (1865) 
  • The Titanic hits an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic ocean as sinks. (1912) 
  • The Great San Francisco earthquake hits, killing 700 people. (1906) 
  • The Revolutionary War begins. (1775) 
  • After a 51 day siege in Waco, Texas, the Branch Davidian compound goes up in flames, killing the cult members (1993) 
  • Two teenage boys go on a shooting rampage in Columbine High school in Littleton, Colorado. One teacher and 12 students are killed. (1999) 
  • Delegates from 45 countries meet in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. (1945) 
  • Senior citizens take note, the first Social Security checks were distributed on this day in 1937.
  • Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J. patents the zipper. (1913) 


  • There is a famous Easter game called the Easter Egg Hunt. Early morning kids go outside to find the many colored Easter eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden the night before. 
  • The Easter Egg Hunt was the first game ever invented. It is said that the reason this tradition started was because of the Easter Bunny dropped the eggs on the way to deliver them and they hide themselves. That is how the Easter Egg Hunt was supposedly invented. 
  • Most of us will celebrate both parts of this spring holiday. Upon awakening Easter Sunday morning, the children will hunt for the Easter basket left by the Easter Bunny.
  • How Easter Works.
  • The story of the Easter Lily.
  •  The Origins of Easter.
  • Click here if you ever wanted to know how the date of Easter is determined. (It's kind of fascinating)

Shaw-Kemp Ranch open house

Great for photo ops in blue bonnets and viewing historic log cabins and other buildings they have put out there.

The 24th annual open house will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17. Admission is free.

The ranch is halfway between Weatherford and Granbury. Take Farm Road 51 south from Weatherford or north from Granbury. Turn east at Kemp Road and look for the ranch's welcome signs. At the gate, greeters will direct you to one of three parking areas.

Dallas Blooms 

Junior League Spring Market 

State Streets Spirits Wine Tastings 

Paciugo Meets Aveda 

Great North Texas Kite Festival 

Easter Eggstravaganza 

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival 

The Bluebonnet Festival 

Scarborough Faire 

Arbor Daze 


This is a new section where staff can list things that they are selling or giving away.  Send items to ( well, not the actual item just a picture or brief description) 


Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

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