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January/February 2008

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Please mark your calendars for the next LEAD event:

 Rob Walker will give CUL staff a tour and orientation of the

Norwick Center for Digital Services

 Thursday, Feb. 28th at 11 am




In collection development we are enjoying a couple of new developments that have an impact in practically every area of the library.  Until the English department’s new PhD program is fully established, they are sharing some of their endowment funds with the library.  Many of you probably know already that English money helped us buy Evans’ Early American Imprints and Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collection Online.  Along with Early English Books Online, we now have electronic copies of pretty much every book published in English prior to 1800.  What is less well known is that the English department is paying for a huge increase in the number of books in literary criticism, literary history, fiction, and poetry that we purchase.  This has led to an increase in the effort needed to order books in collection development and the CIP.  It has also encouraged us to purchase additional shelving for East Floor 3 and massively shift books there.  The English department’s funds have indeed affected not only collection development, but also circulation, CIP, reference, and information support systems.

As part of the creation of the new School of Education and Human Development, we are receiving additional funds for the support of education materials as well.  Evelyn Day, part of whose responsibilities include collection development for this new school, is working with professors on how to spend these funds.  Evelyn also has begun work with the psychology and sociology departments, and Julia Stewart, our other new reference/bibliographer in the FLC, is making contacts with the political science and economics departments.

Our “big deals” for scholarly periodicals continue.  From Wiley we receive over 530 titles for the price of 45; from Springer, over 1,500 for the price of 80; and from Blackwell, over 750 for the price of 150.  These deals also include price caps, and we believe that we are about to sign a 5-year price cap with Elsevier for 5%/year, far below the nightmare years of double-digit inflation.  All of our big deals came up for renewal this year, and they have consumed an immense amount of Erika Ripley’s time and my own.  The big publishers sadly need our help to determine what they are selling to us.

For the future, we hope to expand our electronic purchases—particularly in reference materials—and we expect to expand our use of reference bibliographers.  You will be hearing more about this soon.

 Curt Holleman




The Hamon Library is excited to announce the arrival of our new Music and Media Librarian,           Jon Haupt. He comes to us from Iowa State University, where he has been the Fine & Performing Arts Librarian since 2004. He completed his MLIS at the University of Washington, and has additional degrees in piano performance and music history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jon began his work at the Hamon on Wednesday, January 9th. Please drop by the Hamon and give him a warm CUL welcome. 

Lisa Wall now occupies a newly created position that continues her major responsibility in the area of evaluating and ordering audio-visual media, but adds the responsibility of processing science-engineering gifts and orders for new materials.  As she has acquired the additional responsibilities in science and engineering, Lisa will no longer work in the Circulation area. Lisa’s new office is in Room 212 of the Science/Engineering Library.  Her e-mail address and phone number remain the same as always. Congratulations to Lisa on her new position.




“This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Library Anymore”

The Friends of the SMU Libraries presented a panel discussion led by Dean McCombs,  on the ever-changing role of libraries in today’s fast-paced technological world.  The panel included Pattie Orr, Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries at Baylor University, Gerald D. Saxon, Dean of Libraries at the University of Texas at Arlington and SMU’s Sandy Miller, Director of the Business Information Center, Cox School of Business.  Dean McCombs began the evening with a discussion and overview of SMU libraries, past and present.  Each panelist discussed today’s technology and the changing roles of today’s libraries.  Questions and answers from the audience completed the evening.







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

Marna Morland - February 5th

Carol Baker - February 7th

Carolyn Keenon - February 16th

Ruthann Swanson - February 20th

Marja Pietilainen-Rom -  February 27th

Sarah Haight - February 28th




If you know that you are not on our birthday list, and want to be included, please send an email to the editor. Also, if you don't want to be included, let us know that too. Thank you and Happy Birthday!!!!!




Spring 2008


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


Through March 16, the Hawn Gallery is the venue for “Leonard Stokes: Collages.”  Born in New York City in 1944, Leonard Stokes earned a BA, BFA and MFA from Yale University. He is currently Professor of Visual Art at Purchase College, State University of New York.  His work was recommended for exhibition in the gallery by Philip van Keuren, Associate Professor of Art at SMU.

Stokes describes his work as follows: I invite viewers to eavesdrop on the conversations between and among the archival digital prints and their paper collage ancestors. Whether composing by hand or,currently, by means of the computer, I regard myself as a chef who cooks with whatever is at hand - left-overs, essentially. This practice has been common throughout the history of music (“sampling” is a recent manifestation), and arose within the plastic arts with the advent of collage during the early years of the last century. I endeavor to bring elements of disparate provenance together so that they interact to form new worlds. Each fragment is an actor who auditions for a role in a play that is being improvised during the tryout. No attempt has been made to disguise my love of the ancient art of Italy - from Magna Graecia to il Quattrocento. Viewers may also notice Asian influences. Ultimately, my concerns are with the poetics of color, form, light and space. Each viewer (myself included) is invited to create a narrative - once the image has been composed and presented to the world...

- Sam Ratcliffe

Gallery Hours:

9 – Midnight- Monday-Thursday

9 – 6-Friday

9 – 5– Saturday

1 – Midnight--Sunday 



Methodism in the American South
Foundation through Reunification
28 January - 11 July 2008





Professional/Educational background:

My background is in library science and music history; I have master’s degrees in both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  My bachelor’s degree—also in music--is from Ohio University.

Hobbies and interests:

Favorite pastimes are birding and nature study; I also enjoy traveling and going to concerts.  

Interesting facts about you:

I’ve been compiling a life list of birds since I was in my twenties; one of my favorite recent acquisitions was a vermillion flycatcher that I watched for quite a while near the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico last fall.    

Book or website you would like to recommend:

 I enjoyed reading Bill Clinton’s Giving over the holidays;  It’s a great antidote to excessive consumption of mainstream “news.” 




Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A New York Times #1 Best Seller

(Now available in paperback)

Nominated for two Quill Awards, 2006

Nominated for Entertainment Weekly’s Best Novel of the Year, 2006

Finalist for The Audie Awards, Best Unabridged Fiction, 2006

Friends of American Literature Most Popular Fiction Award

Winner of an ALA /Alex Award 2007

Winner of the 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Award

Bookbrowse Diamond Award for Most Popular Book

From the book jacket:

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

Library Journal:  “Old-fashioned and endearing, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced story.”

New York Times Book Review:  “An enchanting escapist fairy tale”

Entertainment Weekly:  “Has a ringmaster’s crowd-pleasing pace”

-recommended by Marna Morland

Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved by Gregory Orr

Publisher Comments:

This book-length sequence of ecstatic, visionary lyrics recalls Rumi in its search for the beloved and its passionate belief in the healing qualities of art and beauty.

Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved is an incantatory celebration of the "Book," an imaginary and self-gathering anthology of all the lyrics — both poems and songs — ever written. Each poem highlights a distinct aspect of the human condition, and together the poems explore love, loss, restoration, the beauty of the world, the beauty of the beloved, and the mystery of poetry. The purpose and power of the Book is to help us live by reconnecting us to the world and to our emotional lives.

I put the beloved
In a wooden coffin.
The fire ate his body;
The flames devoured her.

I put the beloved
In a poem or song.
Tucked it between
Two pages of the Book.
How bright the flames.
All of me burning,
All of me on fire
And still whole

There is nothing quite like this book — an "active anthology" in the best sense — where individuals find the poems and songs that will sustain them. Or the poems find them.

-recommended by Marja Rom






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