Service to Southern Methodist University students, faculty and staff is the primary goal of all libraries at SMU. The libraries of the University contain more than 2.6 million volumes. PONI, an on-line catalog of all holdings, can be accessed from any of the libraries as well as from remote dial-in locations both on and off campus.
SMU Libraries rank rst in total volumes held among non-ARL (Association of Research Libraries) universities in the United States. The SMU Libraries, which rank highly within the region, comprise the largest private research library in the Southwest and rank third within the region in total volumes, after the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. SMU Libraries are one of the greatest assets of the University.
The University's library system is divided into a number of different units:
The largest of the SMU library units is Central University Libraries (CUL), with holdings of more than 1.9 million volumes. CUL comprises Fondren Library, the Hamon Arts Library, the Science and Engineering Library, the DeGolyer Library and SMU Archives, the ISEM (Institute for the Study of Earth and Man) Reading Room, and the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology.
Fondren Library, with more than one million volumes of books, government publications, and bound journals, serves students and faculty in the areas of humanities, social sciences, business, and education. Its Electronic Resources Center provides workstations for on-line access to PONI, the Internet, and a campus local area network of CD-ROM subscriptions in many of the SMU Libraries. Fondren Library is a selective depository for government information resources and has a large microforms collection of retrospective periodicals and special collections in the humanities and social sciences.
Strengths of the Fondren Library include, but are not limited to, classical studies, late 18th- and early 19th-century English literature, American history, Texas history, contemporary biography and literature, anthropology, economics, and other social sciences. Fondren Library also provides reading materials placed on reserve by classroom faculty and access to holdings from other libraries nationwide via Interlibrary loan.
Hamon Arts Library, with holdings of more than 80,000 volumes, serves students and faculty in the areas of music, ne arts, and performing arts. It focuses on the classical traditions of European art with additional resources in the areas of American arts, especially Southwestern arts. The Jerry Bywaters Special Collections wing has as its focus the art and artists of the Southwest; the music life of Dallas; regional theatre history; fashion throughout the ages; and regional architecture. The library contains state-of-the-art technological facilities, including a microcomputer laboratory, multimedia authoring workstations, and video and laser disc information resources.
The Science and Engineering Library contains holdings of more than 700,000 volumes and serves students and faculty in the areas of the sciences and engineering. It, too, contains PONI and CD-ROM networked resources. The Science and Engineering Library is responsible for the University's map collection, which includes more than 217,000 topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs, and the DeGolyer Earth Sciences collection of more than 15,000 geological volumes.
CUL has an Industrial Information Service housed in the Science and Engineering Library that provides a cost-recovery fee-based information service to the business and corporate community outside the University.
DeGolyer Library of Special Collections is a noncirculating special collections branch of CUL that contains more than 90,000 volumes. It includes 4,500 feet of manuscripts and more than 350,000 photographs that do not circulate outside of the building. The DeGolyer Library is open to all students and faculty for research in areas such as the Trans-Mississippi West, particularly the Southwest and Spanish borderlands, and transportation history, especially railroads. It also is strong in Southwestern history and literature. This library, in particular, attracts scholars and researchers from around the country and from the local community to research the Paul Horgan, J. Frank Dobie, and Horton Foote collections, and the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.
SMU Archives, part of the DeGolyer Library, is a noncirculating collection not open to the public. The Archives contain historical records, photographs, documents, and memorabilia concerning the establishment and growth of the University. Administrative personnel of the University, local historians, and media personnel from throughout the city are its principal users.
The ISEM Reading Room, with 10,000 volumes, serves students and faculty of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man. It contains a wealth of information relating to anthropology and geological and geophysical sciences.
The Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology is responsible for multimedia resources, production services, instructional development services, and classroom distribution services. It offers classroom and individual viewing of over 9,000 documentary and feature lm videocassettes, video discs, films, and audio tapes, most of which can be found by using the PONI on-line catalog.
The Business Information Center (BIC) serves the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. It includes microcomputer laboratories and serves as an electronic network to business faculty and staff ofces, classrooms, and the School's auditorium. The BIC primarily serves students and faculty of the Cox School of Business, with a core collection of reference and periodical titles in print. But its primary resources are CD-ROM and on-line database services in business and economics. Students are taught end-user searching in commercial databases and strategies for keeping current with state-of-the-art information technology applications in business. The Hillcrest Foundation International Resource Library in the Business Information Center strengthens the international resources provided to students. For more traditional print resources in business, students and faculty use Fondren Library.
The Bridwell Library of Perkins School of Theology, with more than 300,000 volumes and over 75,000 microform volumes, is the principal bibliographic resource for the elds of theology and religious studies. Its mission is to acquire, organize, preserve, make accessible, and interpret materials in these and related elds. Among the Library's special collections are distinctive holdings in world and regional Methodism, early and ne printing, early printed Bibles, 15th- and 16th-century theological works, the history of printing, and the art of the book. Its collection is interpreted by bibliographic instruction, reference services, lectures, publications, and exhibitions.
Underwood Law Library, one of the 25 largest law libraries in the country and the largest private law library in the Southwest, serves the faculty and students of the Dedman School of Law and as an information resource to the legal profession in the Metroplex. The collection includes state and federal legislative, judicial and administrative materials; non-law treatises and legal periodicals; law treatises; U.S., international and foreign documents; and U.S. government documents relating to the legal profession. Strengths of the collection are in taxation, corporate law, securities, labor law, air and space law, commercial and banking law, constitutional law, and law and medicine. Special collections include the Erin Bain Jones Collection on space and sea law. The Kay and Ray Hutchison Legal Resource Learning Center in the Underwood Law Library is a computer learning lab located on the third floor.
The University provides many laboratories and much equipment for courses in accounting, anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, languages, geological sciences, communication arts, psychology, physics, health and physical education, dance, music, theatre, statistics, and computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. (Descriptions of the engineering laboratories are carried in the School of Engineering section, and other University facilities are described in sections for the individual schools.)
The teaching laboratories of the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics are housed in the Fondren Science Building. Virtually all teaching laboratories and support facilities in the building have been remodeled and updated.
Students have access to a wide array of specialized instrumentation and laboratory equipment fundamental to studies in the natural sciences, including spectrophotometers, high performance liquid chromatographs, scintillation counters, a DNA synthesizer, X-ray diffractometers, mass spectrometers, and an atomic absorption spectrometer. Advanced undergraduate research is also supported by tissue culture, animal care, and electron microscopy facilities, as well as several departmental computer laboratories.
The Electron Microscopy Laboratory, under the direction of the Department of Biological Sciences, contains facilities available to both faculty and graduate students of the University. This facility provides for the preparation of material to be examined with the electron microscope and for training in the use of the instruments. Currently, this laboratory contains one scanning electron microscope and two transmission electron microscopes used in the teaching and research programs of the laboratory.
Information Technology Services (ITS), located in the Bradfield Computing Center, 6100 Ownby Drive, provides support for the instructional, research, and administrative computing, and communication environment for the University. ITS also provides computing services for the campus e-mail service, SMU's World Wide Web services, other academic and administrative technology services.
ITS delivers administrative and academic applications on a mesh of Windows and Unix-based servers with access through a high speed campus network and multiple Internet connections. While the majority of applications are built on older client/server technology, migration to Web-based computing model is quickly taking place. Delivery of self service applications to students, faculty and staff that began in October 2000 continues to expand in scope and is evidence in the successful deployment of new Web-based applications.
ITS also is responsible for technical support for the shared microcomputer labs and classrooms such as those located in Fondren Library West, Hughes Trigg Student Center and the residence halls. A PC lab is also available for general use in the Bradfield building.
ITS electronic communications services include telephone, voicemail, dial-up data communications, wireless network connectivity in selected locations on campus, and connection to the Internet and World Wide Web. All residence halls and fraternity houses have high-speed access to these communication services.
ITS has contracted with Hi-Ed to operate the Computer Corner located on the main floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The Computer Corner is a sales outlet for microcomputer hardware and software for student and departmental purchase. Compaq and Apple products, H-P printers and many popular software products are offered at competitive prices. Hi-Ed can be contacted on campus by calling 214-768-4033.
ITS publishes a monthly electronic newsletter with brief articles on technology changes, virus information, new product reviews, and technology terms.
Additional information on services provided by ITS can be obtained on the web at www.smu.edu/its or by calling the Help Desk, 214-SMU-HELP (768-4357).
SMU-in-Taos, Fort Burgwin, is located 10 miles south of Taos, New Mexico, at an elevation of 7,500 feet. The facility includes classrooms, laboratories, ofces, and a library, as well as living accommodations for students and faculty. Northern New Mexico offers a multiplicity of research opportunities for both natural and social scientists. Pot Creek Pueblo, located on the fort's property, is one of the largest prehistoric archaeological sites in the northern Rio Grande Valley.
The N.L. Heroy Science Hall houses the Departments of Anthropology, Geological Sciences, and Statistical Sciences, as well as the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man.
The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man was created in 1966 by a gift from W.B. Heroy Sr. Its purpose is to develop a program of continuing and professional education reecting the research and scholarly interests of the faculties in Anthropology, Geological Sciences, and Statistical Science. The Department of Geological Sciences operates several unique laboratories, including the following:
The Dallas Seismological Observatory, established by the Dallas Geophysical Society, is maintained and operated by the University. A three-component, long-period seismograph at the University, along with two remote experimental seismic stations, are in operation. In addition, remote seismic stations in southwest Texas are monitored by the Observatory. Data collected by the Observatory are available to the faculty and advanced students who wish to undertake basic research in seismology or tectonics.
The Ellis W. Shuler Museum of Paleontology is a research museum affording opportunities for advanced study of fossil faunas and their climatic and paleoecologic signicance. The collection, which specializes in vertebrate paleontology, includes more than 150,000 fossils from the United States, Central America, and northeastern Africa.
The Pollen Analysis Laboratory is operated in conjunction with the Shuler Museum of Paleontology. The laboratory is available to those in all areas of the Institute, the University, and the larger research community.
The Geothermal Laboratory is the focus of an extensive program of research in the thermal eld of the Earth. Geothermal energy resources and the thermal elds of sedimentary basins are special topics of concentration. The research is worldwide in scope. Specialized equipment for the measurement of thermal conductivity of rocks, and for the measurement of accurate, precise temperature logs in deep wells is available for research purposes, and services are provided to other institutions and research centers on a contractual basis.
The Electron Microprobe Laboratory contains a fully automated JEOL model 733 electron microprobe with four X-ray spectrometers and associated sample preparation equipment. It is available on a regular basis for various research projects in the Institute, the University, and other research institutions.
The Stable Isotope Laboratory is a general research facility available to support both academic and student research in the Institute, in the University, and in other research centers. It also provides extensive support for research laboratories in the Southwest, Midwest, and West.
The Meadows Museum, founded by the late philanthropist Algur H. Meadows and located at 5900 Bishop Boulevard, houses one of the nest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The permanent collection of 670 objects includes painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present. Artists represented include El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, Picasso, and Miró. The Meadows Museum hosts about three special exhibitions each year in its temporary exhibition galleries and sponsors an active program of public lectures, tours, lms, concerts, and symposia, as well as a children's summer art program and family days throughout the year. Museum collections are often utilized by SMU faculty in their courses. The museum membership program includes exhibition previews, tours of private collections, and opportunities for travel. Docent tours of the collection are available to school, university , and adult groups. The Meadows Museum, in addition to its collection, houses The Gates restaurant, a museum store, and a special event room.
The G. William Jones Film/Video Collection, founded in 1967, is the only moving-image archive in the Southwest and one of the oldest and largest in the United States. The mission of the collection is to find, preserve, study, and share the world's diverse film heritage for current and future generations. It is one of the few archives to actively seek out and preserve independent feature films. The collection is housed in the Greer Garson Theatre. Funded by a gift from the actress, the facility provides research space, screening rooms for 35mm and 16mm films and video projection, preservation and restoration space, and a 3,800-square-foot climate-controlled film and video storage vault. The collection specializes in multicultural films and video productions, and holds 7,000 films and 2,500 video cassettes. It holds the most extensive collection of African American-produced films in the world and is committed to finding and preserving these materials. The Archives' Tyler, Texas, Black Film Collection contains more than 120 titles, including Blood of Jesus, which was chosen by the Library of Congress as a national film treasure.
The Archives supports the University community by providing films and videotapes from the collection, screening and research facilities, and staff curriculum support. The Archives also serves the research purposes of numerous other colleges, universities, museums, and libraries, as well as television and film producers.