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October 2007

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember...

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Please make a note of and plan to attend LEAD’s October event …

Curators and Archivists panel, Texana room

October 30th, 2 p.m.


Panelists Dawn Youngblood, Joan Gosnell, Anne Peterson, Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie- Niewyk, Beverly Mitchell, moderator.








In order to accommodate our speakers, LEAD's next upcoming event will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 11 a.m., Texana room.


Guest speakers from the Library Executive Board Mark Nerio and Friends of the Library former board member Pam Lange.




Some responses from previous LEAD event Faculty and Student Perceptions of SMU Libraries in September.


Panelists included: a history professor, an English professor, a senior music and history major, and a graduate music major.



Overall questions

o       Is the library a place or is the library a set of services?

The consensus of the panel was that the library is both, and that both aspects of it were important. 

The English professor thought of the library as the Internet, which is available 24/7.  She thought that since most students are on their iPhones and computers, they do not think of the library as a physical space.  She sees the future of research as being online even more and in front of the computer...

... (read the rest of the panelists responses by clicking this link)




Not much changes at the DeGolyer (we continue to collect, organize, catalog, preserve, interpret, and promote the use of primary materials) and at the same time, there’s something new and different every day.

We’ve recently acquired the only recorded copy of The Home Cook Book. Compiled under the Auspices of the Missionary Society of the M.E. Church, South (Ennis, Texas: Ennis Printing & Publishing Co., 1915), truly a treasure! San Francisco bookseller John Crichton has given us a nice collection of what we’re calling railroad fiction, i.e. stories and novels in which railroad characters or settings figure prominently (and not be confused with the “railway fiction” produced by publishers, especially in the 19th century, to be sold at train stations and read by passengers). There are some gems in the Crichton collection, such as Overheard on the Train [cover title].  (Boston): (Burdett College, n.d.), an advertising pamphlet using the conceit of an “actual” dialogue, wherein one man tells another of his financial success with the “Burdett College of Actual Business from the Start.”  Also included is The Little Pilgrim; or, Jesus Paid the Fare [cover title] (New York: J. E. Jewett, Publisher, 77 Bible House), [1870-1899?], an allegorical poem describing the train one takes to Heaven.  Jesus, naturally, pays the fare. Over 75 others of a similar nature are also included. All can be found on PONI (thanks to CIP and John Milazzo) by doing a keyword search for “John Crichton gift 2007”.

Cynthia Franco has almost finished cataloging the James Phillips Memorial Collection, a truly splendid grouping of over 600 imprints, most from the 18th century, most printed in Dublin. Phillips took his BA from SMU in 1937, his library degree from Columbia, and his PhD from Trinity College, Dublin (hence his interest in the Dublin book trade, the subject of his dissertation). In 1959, Phillips was the first cataloger hired by the DeGolyer Foundation, and he continued to work at the DeGolyer Library for the rest of his life. His book collection contains some extraordinary materials, many of great rarity, and it is especially strong in Irish editions of English plays, such as Thomas Betterton, The Amorous Widow, or, The Wanton Wife: A Comedy (Dublin, 1725). Marna Morland has all but finished the oddities from the Stanley Marcus collection and has recently cataloged the Carter Taylor Collection and is at work currently on the Whitney and Vaida Montgomery Collection, an exceptional group of 20th century regional poetry. The Montgomerys operated the Kaleidograph Press in Dallas for decades. Nancy Rubenstein continues to create authority records and add subject and genre terms to the PONI records for archival collections. She’s also begun the creation of PONI records for the “Museum Collection” as well as, with Cynthia Franco, the reorganization of the map department. The DeGolyer Working Group has begun to migrate the “ephemera” collection to PONI, starting with books and pamphlets that Betty Friedrich sends their way, after she deletes records in our old Filemaker database. Numerous finding aids have appeared recently on TARO [“Texas Archival Resources Online”], with links from the DeGolyer web page and from the individual records in PONI. For a sample, see

And click on “Blackie Sherrod Papers.” Special thanks to Lara Corazalla, Joan Gosnell, Nancy Rubenstein, Anne Peterson, Cynthia Franco, Susan Schmidt, Paul Santa Cruz, Dale Topham, and others who’ve worked on these electronic documents over the past 2-3 years.

            On the exhibition front, we’ve been especially busy. Anne Peterson has curated (with Bill Plaisance from Neiman Marcus) the retrospective exhibit at the Hall of State in Fair Park: “Neiman Marcus Fortnight: Travel the World,” which features drawings and photographs from the Stanley Marcus Collection and the Alvin Colt Collection. Colt was the Broadway designer Mr. Stanley hired to create the lavish Fortnight displays in the downtown store. To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Neiman Marcus and the 50th anniversary of Fortnight, the exhibit helps to convey some of the excitement that was generated by these cultural events. Back at the DeGolyer, we’ve continued the theme with a somewhat related exhibit, “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs.” DeGolyer Library has a strong (and still growing) collection of about 5,000 trade catalogs. These are useful in a variety of fields—business history and economic history, primarily, but also cultural history more broadly. Our current exhibit presents several hundred examples, most from the period 1865-1965, arranged by general subject, such as agriculture [see the Lomo Alto Stock Farm!], machinery [see the Texas Steam Foundery!], kitchen appliances [see “The Eden” washing machine!], fashion [see Fredericks of Hollywood!], gardening [see the Peter Henderson catalog!], transportation [see the 1949 Chryslers!], bookselling [see the Scribners list for 1902!], and medicine [“Are you bald?”]. Highlighted as well are catalogs from JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, and The Horchow Collection.

Kathy Rome supervises a steady stream of readers in the reading room as well as maintaining good order in the stacks. Betty Friedrich makes sure all bills are paid, letters are written and mailed, caterers organized, phone calls answered, students are paid, visitors are welcomed, acquisitions are present and accounted for, papers are filed, and books are published [call Betty to purchase your very own copy of Herb Robertson’s The ABCs of De: A Primer on Everette Lee DeGolyer, 1886-1956 (Dallas: DeGolyer Library, 2007). She’ll even gift wrap.


Russell L. Martin III



Friends of the SMU Libraries present:
author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter,
talks about her latest story collection,
The Secrets of a Fire King, and life as a best-selling author.
  Thursday, October 25
Umphrey Lee Ballroom, 3300 Dyer
11:30 am, reception
12:00 noon, Lecture, book signing to follow




Please welcome the latest addition to the CUL team, Tyeson Seale.  Tyeson will be working with Rob Walker in the new student digital center.  Tyeson is a graduate of SMU, class of 2005, with a degree in Cinema/Television . Tyeson previously worked at RushWorks Media and UEdit Video. He will be temporarily housed into room G4 FLW until such time as the new digital center is operational.


Colleagues lets welcome Evelyn Day to the CUL family.  Evelyn will be joining us as Social Sciences Reference Librarian; she will office in FLE 104C.  Evelyn holds a B.A. in Organizational/Industrial Psychology from Purdue University, and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.  Most recently, Evelyn has been working as a reference librarian for the Collin County Community College District at the Spring Creek campus.


We also welcome Julia Stewart to the CUL family.  Julia is joining us as Reference Librarian for Social Sciences/Government Information, and will have collection development responsibilities for political science, business, and economics.  Julia comes to SMU from her previous position as Business Reference Librarian at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and is a former high school English teacher.  Please drop by Julia’s office in GIR and welcome her to CUL.

LaGail Davis will start Monday, Oct. 15. in the Library Specialist position in CIP.

LaGail has worked for both the Coppell and Irving Public Libraries accumulating over 8 years of library experience. She has worked in public services, has experience with automated systems, and has additional office and retail experience. Please welcome her to CUL and especially to CIP!





In 1951, the first black students enroll in Perkins School of Theology, bringing desegregation to Southern Methodist University. Black students audited classes at Perkins in the 1940s, but they were never formally enrolled. The first black students to enroll as undergraduates did so in 1962.

 -  from the archives by Joan Gosnell -


J. Foscue Map Library News:

Dawn Youngblood, Curator of the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, has been very busy this month reaching out across the campus and the community to spread the word about our great map collections and the importance of geography in our world.  On September 27th, she gave a fun and eye-popping presentation to the Faculty Club entitled “Terra Cognita: Living in a Google Earth World.”  Dawn talked about how maps in the 1500s said “Terra Incognita” meaning unknown lands, and some even said “there be dragons” or “monsters” beyond a certain point.  Now, we can get on Google Earth and other servers and zoom in on any part of the globe with incredible ease and accuracy.  That is, now we live in Terra Cognita – known lands.  This even applies to the universe with Google Sky.  Dawn explained the difference between GIS (Geographic Information Systems – the software) and GPS (Global Positioning Systems – the satellites).

Dawn passed out Google Earth “cheat sheets” beautifully laminated by Meg Ruckman to all who attended.  The “cheat sheet” is available to any staff member who e-mails a request to Dawn.  On October 1st, Dawn lead a “sold out” Geographic Information Systems workshop in the newly outfitted Academic Computing labs.  Her class was the first one to be offered in the new facilities, and every seat was taken.  Additional workshops will be offered in the future, so just let Dawn or Shirlene Pearson in Academic Computing know if you are interested in participating. On October 5th, a meeting of the Texas Map Society is scheduled to meet here and Dawn will lead a tour of the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, present an exhibit and offer an address entitled “A Brief Overview of World War II Era Advances in Cartography.”  A sneak peak for library staff is planned before the event. More brown bag presentations and exhibits are planned by Dawn in order to continue to promote the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library in the near future.





Happy Birthday!!!...& many more...

Janet Allmon -October 11th

Lara Corazalla - October 12th

Gillian McCombs  - October 18th

Bill Dworaczyk - October 20th







Autumn 2007


Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs
October 9-February 15, 2007

Neiman Marcus Fortnight: Travel the World
September 28-October 21, 2007, Hall of State, Fair Park


Susan Barnett: Thought Patterns - July 7th - September 16, 2007

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


Christian Writers and Their Readers

from Bridwell Library Special Collections

6 September through 14 December 2007



EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference, October 23-26, Seattle, Washington




Introducing Julia Stewart, the reference Librarian for Social Sciences/Government information:

Professional/Educational background:

I graduated from Texas Christian University in 1990, earning a BA in English and Journalism. While there, I also earned a Texas Teaching Certificate.  Later I went to the University of North Texas for my MLIS and finished that up in 2001.

My professional career spans about 20 years.  I worked in educational publishing before the ‘demise’ of the college textbook at Harcourt Brace College Publishers. Also, I taught a variety of English Language Arts subjects at RL Paschal High School in Fort Worth.  My first academic librarian position was at Texas A&M University-Commerce as a Business Reference Librarian.   

Hobbies and interests:

I enjoy reading and discussing books - popular fiction mostly, but I’m open to anything.  I also enjoy road biking and yoga.  And I love to travel – if I’m not on a trip, I’m planning my next one! 

Interesting facts about you:

I met Justin Willis, the SMU Quarterback, in the Government Documents area on my second day of work!  I was thrilled!

Book or website you would like to recommend:






The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl – available in paperback

Summary by the publisher:

The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, even Poe's own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. But none of this deters a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark.

Quentin, an ardent admirer, discovers that Poe's last days are riddled with vital unanswered questions  - that the police may be covering up. Just when Poe's death seems destined to remain a mystery, inspiration strikes - in the form of Poe's own stories. Quentin realizes he must find the one person who can solve the strange case of Poe's death: the real-life model for Poe's brilliant fictional detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, the hero of Poe's tales of crime and detection.

In short order, Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving international political agents, a female assassin, the corrupt Baltimore slave trade and the lost secrets of Poe's final hours. With his own future hanging in the balance, Quentin Clark must turn master investigator himself to unchain his now imperiled fate from that of Poe.

Following his phenomenal New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl has once again crossed pitch-perfect literary history with innovative mystery to create a beautifully detailed, ingeniously plotted tale of suspense that The Globe and Mail calls "a masterpiece," with which New York Times literary critic Janet Maslin says Pearl "has now created a two-book franchise on the cusp of mystery, literature and historical fiction." The Poe Shadow's groundbreaking research opens a new window on the truth behind Poe's demise, literary history's most persistent enigma, with documented material never published before. The resulting novel is a publishing event that "would make Poe himself proud" (Bookpage).

The mystery begins.                      (recommended by Marna Morland)









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