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May 2007

Central University Libraries, SMU

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The SMU Libraries Staff awards were presented in a reception  held on May 1st, in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.  This year's recipients were:
Laura Justiss
, Underwood Law Library,
Outstanding Achievement
Sandra Hearne, Underwood Law Library,  Continuing Excellence Award.
Clare LattimoreCentral University Libraries, CIP, Employee of the Year.
Christopher Garza, CMIT & Underwood Law Library

and Bethany Wildes, Hamon Arts Library,  both received Outstanding Student Assistant 

The CUL Team Recognition Award went to the Library Enrichment And Development, LEAD Team: Anne Brabham, CUL development  office; Hyeyoon Cho, CIP; Joan Gosnell, DeGolyer Library; Beverly Mitchell, Hamon Arts Library; Marja Pietilainen-Rom,  CIP, and Dawn Youngblood, Government  Information Resources & Maps, Science Information Center; EC Advisor for LEAD team is Bill Dworaczyk.

Alisa Rata received the CUL Dean's Eureka! Award for her plan to pilot test and implement the ShelfLister software, designed by the University of
Texas-Arlington. The software provides the ability to scan library stacks for
stack maintenance, collection development and inventory by optimizing mobile
computing via wireless-enabled hand-held devices (PDAs).  
The Eighth annual SMU Faculty Recognition Day honored the Faculty's many achievements, both scholarly and artistic with an exhibit displayed on the first floor of the Fondren Library Center.  Over 200 items from 100 faculty members are on exhibit until the week after graduation.  Congratulations to all faculty members who have participated!



on Thursday, June 14th from 2 – 3 pm in the Taubman Atrium over at the Owens Art Center




Hamon library received a President’s Partners grant of $2500 for the purchase and installation of a data projector and screen in one of the large group study rooms on the 2nd floor. This addition will increase support for Meadows students and faculty needing to create, practice, and deliver presentations as well as students and faculty needing to use online visual resources as a group.



Congratulations Dawn!

Dawn Youngblood was elected Vice-Chair of the American Association of Geographers' Cartography Specialty Group at the annual meeting this year held in San Francisco and will serve as Chair next year (2008-9). More than 6,500 people from around the globe attended the annual meeting.  The next meeting will be held in Boston.

The website of the association is

   ...more congratulations...

Maria Bellavance's daughter Dr. Angela Maria Bellavance and Dr. Andrew Warren Askew were married on May 5th at the White Chapel Estates in North Richland Hills. They both have PhD degrees in Particle (High Energy) Physics from Rice University where they met and they both work at the Fermi National Physics Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. After a short week of vacation driving West to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, etc. they have now returned to their town home in Aurora, Illinois. Angela started a new position at Fermi Lab in January and didn't have enough vacation to enjoy a longer honeymoon at this time. Andrew works under contract for the University of Florida, but does the required research at the Fermi Lab. In the same photo with Maria is Angela's Grandfather Walter Bellavance and a friend, Martha Jacques. The attendants at the wedding are all colleagues at Fermi Laboratory.






Happy Birthday!!!

Greg Dawson - May 6th

Andy Maupin - May 7th

Dave Schmidt - May 15th

Christine Asberry - May 22nd

Katherine Schacht - May 24th




Spring 2007


Marshall Terry & the Art of Fiction: One Writer’s Life
March 30, 2007 - May 19, 2007


The Art of the Caricature:  Prints from Vanity Fair, 1869 – 1900
(Opening - TBA) - April 26, 2007

Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
For more information, call: 214-768-1853



The CUL Exhibits committee is sponsoring a "Mail Art" exhibit that will be installed in
June.  The staff is invited to create a postcard answering the question, "What is your
favorite book?"  In mid-May, Joan Gosnell will be hostessing a lunch gathering to help
people decorate their postcard for inclusion in the exhibit.  If you are interested in
contributing, please contact Joan.


*Clicking Sticks* exhibition date TBA.



Introducing Greg Dawson, Evening and Weekend Circulation Supervisor, Hamon Library:

Professional/Educational background:

I earned a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in May of 2005 with majors in Business Administration and History.  While in school I held many horrible retail sales positions finally escaping in the summer of 2004 to intern at The Red River Historical Museum in Sherman.  Before joining the Hamon Arts Library in February, I had been working as a Music Manager for Barnes & Noble.

Hobbies and interests:

My two main joys in life are reading and playing golf.  Books are much less expensive than green fees, so I end up reading a lot more than playing golf.

Interesting facts about you:

My first job was at a local barbeque restaurant, Baker’s Ribs.  It was one of the best jobs I ever had.  While I was at work, I could eat anything I wanted.  I worked there for over two years and never got tired of barbeque.  Also, I have this weird thing where my belt has to match my shoes. ALWAYS.

Book or website you would like to recommend:

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle - Great light reading about life in southern France through the eyes of a Brit.  This one really got me interested in travel writings and travel in general.  More recently I have picked up Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.  A must read for anyone who makes more than $7 an hour.


Introducing Cindy Gautreaux, Public Services Administrative Assistant:

Professional/Educational background:

BS, Public Administration, University of Texas at Dallas

For the past four years I have worked as co-owner/office manager, etc. for a small, home-based business, Iron Nouveaux.

Prior experience includes insurance, hospital administration and various non-profit organizations.

Hobbies and interests:

My husband and I participate in art shows in Texas and parts of the southeast. We’ve met many interesting artists throughout the years and enjoy offering our home to those who are visiting Dallas. It’s no B & B, but for starving artists, it beats sleeping in the back of a van!

I also enjoy gardening, home improvement projects, and volunteer activities with church and high school theatre.

Interesting facts about you:

My first attempt at parasailing was in a cow pasture in northeast Mississippi. The parasail was my brother’s newest toy and since there was no water around, he decided that an Isuzu sedan would work almost as well as a boat. I survived, somehow, but prefer “sailing” over water.

Book or website you would like to recommend:

Sad, but true: – formerly: – I’m hooked on her “tip” section





Professional reading:

"Where Do the Learners Go" An article by Joan Lippincott, who is going to be the keynote speaker during the Phoenix Consortium Professional Day, May 30th, 2007, at UT Dallas. Link below.

Some other articles by Joan Lippincott can be found through EBSCOhost.


  • The Shadow of the Wind ("La sombra del viento") is a 2001 novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and a worldwide bestseller. The book was translated into English in 2004 by Lucia Graves. Prior to that it had already achieved huge success on mainland Europe, topping the Spanish bestseller lists for weeks.  The narrator, Daniel, is the son of a Barcelona bookseller, and the novel opens with a marvelous invention: the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is this world that Daniel is initiated into in 1945, when he is just ten years old:

    “In this place, books no longer remembered by anyone, books that are lost in time, live forever, waiting for the day when they will reach a new reader's hands.     

    It's a fantastic place, and Ruiz Zafon adds the appropriate twist to get things rolling, as Daniel's father explains to his son:

    "According to tradition, the first time someone visits this place, he must choose a book, whichever he wants, and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive."

    Daniel makes his fatal choice, a book called The Shadow of the Wind by a Julián Carax. As it turns out (and how could it be otherwise?), this is a very special and extremely rare book. As soon as it becomes known that Daniel has a copy he gets several very generous offers for it -- but he knows his duty to the book. But, as someone has been going around for years collecting and destroying all copies of all of Carax's works, being guardian of the book isn't entirely without danger.








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