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August/September 2007

Central University Libraries, SMU

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Please make a note of and plan to attend LEAD’s September event next week …

Faculty and Student Perceptions of SMU Libraries

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, 2pm, Texana Room, DeGolyer Library


Sponsored by:  Central University Libraries LEAD committee (Library Enrichment and Development)


Format:  A panel discussion, with a semi-structured, three part agenda.


Overview:  Librarians help patrons and study data of what our users have looked at, but sometimes we're not good at actually listening to them.  Here's a chance for our users/patrons/customers to talk to us.


In this panel, two faculty members and two students will help us see the library from their perspective







UPCOMING LEAD EVENT IN OCTOBER: Curators and Archivists Panel!


Hello from the Basement! A report from Clare Lattimore, CIP’s EC representative

CIP is still here and doing pretty darn well considering we have a few gaps in staffing. Gill McCombs is keeping us focused serving as interim director of the division. Curt is helping with questions about money—who better. . I am serving as "point person" attending DPG and EC meetings to represent CIP concerns. Our daily work goes on as usual regardless of staff vacancies. Many staff members are helping by taking on additional duties. Our goal of having backup for every major function is paying off. Our newest staff members Abby Dover and Jack Bullion really arrived at the right time. Jack has proved to be our real Jack of all trades taking on some of the duties in our vacant LSIV position in the acquisitions area and Abby sped through her cataloging training to keep our cataloging production moving.

We are making progress in filling our vacant positions. The LSIV position, chaired by Andy Maupin is very close to making a recommendation. CIP staff members Janet Allmon, Heather Barrett and I are serving on the search committee for the Director of CIP position. The search committee for our Music Cataloger vacancy is set and the job should be posted soon if not already. I serve as chair of the committee with the help of Janet Allmon and Alisa Rata. Despite the vacancies we are VERY pleased that some major projects are either completed or a hair’s breadth away from completion. The almost immortal project to transfer Dewey classification titles from Bridwell to CUL is actually finished. Alleluia! The Reference Z project (move, reclass, withdraw, etc.) is so close as to hardly mention. Items in the G classification project now have the correct location codes and other updates will be done before you can say Gee-whiz. Recently staff members John Milazzo and Katherine Schacht started work on what we are calling the Ephemera project for DeGolyer which is actually a project to catalog items that have been stored as ephemera but which do not meet the definition of ephemera. In addition to taking on extra duties CIP staff members are learning additional skills. Angela Jones, head of technical services at Underwood Law Library, presented a multi-session workshop on LC classification in July and August for example. This was a generous gift of her time and talent. So, in summary, we are pleased to report that we are definitely holding our own and absolutely look forward to filling these vacancies.





A note of farewell


It’s been a pleasure to work with so many service-oriented colleagues. I wish everyone well as you take the library to the another level of excellence with fund raising initiatives, a new strategic plan, and upgraded facilities.


For myself, I will stay in Dallas,  and maintain an association with SMU by continuing to teach in the Master of Liberal Studies program. I also plan on using the library for learning and entertainment. So I hope keep with  up with everyone on my forays into the library.


Again, you have my best wishes for a bright future.  And thanks for all of your support during the past fourteen years.


Marcella Stark

...some more notes...

So Long, Farewell, Aufwiedersehen, Adieu!

We hope you are humming the tune from The Sound of Music. Our music cataloger, Hyeyoon Cho has departed CIP after three years of managing our scores and sound recordings admirably.  During her years at CUL Hyeyoon made magnificent progress in bringing order to the chaos of holdings and labeling for complete works of major composers. She has returned to California to be closer to family and friends and will be seeking a library position there. We wish her a happy and harmonious future!



Do you remember Jeanette Clough, a former reference librararian at Fondren?

Jeanette Clough's collection, Cantatas, appeared in 2002 from Tebot Bach Press. Among the journals publishing her poetry are Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Nimrod, Ohio Review, Atlanta Review, Pool, Runes, and She is an assistant editor for Solo: A Journal of Poetry, and also curates and co-hosts the monthly Poem.X series in Santa Monica. She has been a featured poet at many California festivals and venues, including the Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festivals; Barnsdall Art Park, Pasadena Central Library, and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. Clough was born in Paterson, New Jersey. She received a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and currently works for the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Of her work, Victor D. Infante says, "Her writing is delicate, almost brittle, yet it burns with a power that can only be achieved by one who is speaking the truth." (OC Weekly, March 20-26, 1998, p66). In his introduction to Cantatas, David St. John states, "This is a songbook that maps our hopes and dreams, our accomplishments and out defeats. It is a collection of maturity, beauty, and lasting power".

SMU’s Edwin J. Foscue Map Library Founded 65 Years Ago


Dawn Youngblood, PhD

Curator, Edwin J. Foscue Map Library


This year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The library was founded in 1942.  To celebrate our anniversary, we are pleased to host a visit of the Texas Map Society as well as an exhibit of World War II maps and memorabilia that will remain on display in the Central University Libraries from October through December.  This article explains how and why the library was founded in 1942..........(the article below) Map Society newsletter contribution 2007.doc



On November 17, 1916, during Southern Methodist University's second football season, the Rice Owls beat SMU 146-3, the worst defeat ever in SMU's football history (and one of the worst in collegiate football history).  Coach Ray Morrison was asked for his resignation at the end of the season.

 -  from the archives by Joan Gosnell -


My Sweet Finland was more beautiful than ever, when I visited my family on the occasion of my mother's passing away this past July. Thank you for your many kind prayers and thoughts.

Marja Rom

ps. Some links to Finnish websites:




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

Janet Allmon - September 6th

John Milazzo - September 7th

Amy Turner - September 8th

Terre Heydari - September 15th

Claudia Pulte - September 15th

Chris Leamy - September 23rd

Angela Laack - September 28th

Abby Dover - September 30th







Summer 2007


The Rock Island in Focus : Jules A. Bourquin, Kansas Photographer (1898-1931) June 5, 2007-September 25, 2007.


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



TCAL - Texas Council of Academic Libraries, 2007 Annual Meeting, September 24 & 25 in Austin

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




Introducing Pat Arnold, part-time Reference Librarian:

Professional/Educational background:

I have a MLS from NTSU, now UNT. My BA is in Political Science from UTD. I worked at Frito-Lay for 19 years as Manager of the Research & Development Library until I opted for early retirement.

Hobbies and interests:

My hobbies include reading and continuing home improvement projects at both my house and my daughter's house

Interesting facts about you:

Many years ago, 1978-1982, I was a member of the city council in Carrollton.

Book or website you would like to recommend:

Right now I'm reading, The summer of 1787, about the writers of the constitution.




The following books are recommended by Marna Morland:

Hotel Honolulu: A Novel by Paul Theroux                                                 From Library Journal
A blocked writer seeking clarity and an escape from the life of the mind accepts a job as manager of a low-rent Hawaiian hotel, and his detailing of the denizens within the hotel community illustrate the old adage "Everyone has a story." Readers who know Theroux's fiction (e.g., Kowloon Tong) may not be surprised that many of the tales deal with the mystery and obsession with sex, and the author composes a good number of sad and twisted variations on love and lust, often found fleetingly. Though there is much sordidness here, Theroux skillfully portions out doses of humor, tenderness, and humanity, often with the turn of a phrase, as in the tale of two limping waiters or of a Filipino bride's deliverance to a relatively better position in life. By the time the reader navigates through these 80 snapshots of peoples' lives, a sense of this unnamed writer's shared experience becomes real. A most impressive and compulsively readable novel; highly recommended.


Riding the Iron Rooster: by Train Through China,  Paul Theroux

From Publishers Weekly
Theroux (The Old Patagonian Express, The Great Railway Bazaar) spent a year exploring China by train, and his impressions about what has and has not changed in the country, as gathered in hundreds of conversations with Chinese citizens, make up a large portion of the book. The Cultural Revolution and the vandalism of the Red Guards have left scars on both the land and the people. Mao's death brought a collective sigh of relief from the population; reforms brought about under Deng Xiaoping have generally been welcomed. Still, this is not a political book. Whether describing his dealings with a rock-hard bureaucracy, musing over the Chinese flirtation with capitalism they've "turned the free market into a flea market" or commenting on the process of traveling, Theroux conducts the reader through this enormous country with wisdom, humor and a crusty warmth. Along the way are anecdotes about classic Chinese pornography (forbidden to the citizenry, but all right for "foreign friends"); 35-below-zero weather; the Chinese penchant for restructuring nature; and the omnipresent thermos of hot water for making tea. The last chapter, "The Train to Tibet," deals with the extremes to which the Chinese have gone in their attempts to subjugate the Tibetan people. Theroux develops an understanding of China through his travels, but he falls in love with Tibet. As in his previous works, he gives the reader much to relish and think about.











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