The lecture is presented as part of the Bridwell Bibliophiles Lecture and Workshop Series.
The Book Road Show
March 14, 7 p.m., Texana Room, DeGolyer Library
Members are invited to bring two or three items for appraisal by local book experts. At the end of the hour, each appraiser will talk about the most interesting and unique items they examined.
Musicology Meets the Concert Hall: The Libraries and Program Notes
March 28, 7 p.m., Texana Room, DeGolyer Library
Laurie Shulman, program annotator for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Change, and the Dallas Chamber Music Society, speaks on how her background in historical musicology and extensive research in the Hamon Arts Library leads to the program notes well known to Dallas concert-goers.
Annual Dinner Meeting, "A Remembrance of Eleanor"
April 18, 6 p.m., Umphrey Lee Ballroom, reservations required
Elizabeth Kelly, granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt, gives a slide presentation, "A Remembrance of Eleanor"
The Friends of the SMU Libraries is dedicated to promoting the resources, services, and operations of the 10 University libraries. Through a series of programs each year, the Friends provides opportunities for book lovers to become acquainted with the resources of the SMU libraries. The organization also has provided more than $300,000 to fund materials, library services, and special projects. Members at the associate ($60 per year) and higher levels receive borrowing privileges at the Central University and Bridwell libraries. For more information or to join the Friends of the SMU Libraries, call 214-768-3225.

Books: 1,028,506
Volumes: 2,445,835
Staff: 77.5
Materials expenditures: $2,316,387
Volumes circulated: 168,645
Fondren Library Center gate count: 453,781
User education classes: 1,879 attended
131 classes

Friends of the SMU Libraries award 1999 grants

The Friends of the SMU Libraries awarded $17,144 in grants to the Central University Libraries in 1999. The funds were used to obtain resources ranging from a gold rush memoir to software for students with learning differences.

  • $2,500 to Fondren Library Reference Services to acquire the prize-winning American National Biography, the first biographical dictionary of this scope to be published in more than 60 years.
  • $2,230 to the Science and Engineering Library to purchase reference materials that support research and study in environmental engineering, geology, and paleontology.
  • $2,000 to Central University Libraries for assistive technology software. As of spring 1998, 250 SMU students were identified with specific learning differences - more than 150 had attention deficit disorders and others had visual, verbal, mobility, and health impairments.
  • $2,000 to Central University Libraries Collection Development for acquisitions to improve the Mexican and Mexican-American history collections.
  • $1,731 to the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology to purchase a computer system with digital video disc drive, which enables students to view materials placed on reserve by faculty.
  • $1,600 to Central University Libraries Collection Development for the historical/critical edition of the complete works of Heinrich Heine, a major presence in world literature.
  • $1,500 to DeGolyer Library to purchase an unpublished account of a maritime gold rush memoir. This memoir by Samuel E. White chronicles his voyage from New York City to San Francisco on the Brooklyn in 1849.
  • $1,200 to Central University Libraries to provide six benches inside Fondren Library Center.
  • $965 to the Center for Information Processing to purchase a digital video disc (DVD) player. The Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology is purchasing more and more materials in DVD format for classroom and reserve use.
  • $935 to Central University Libraries user education program to purchase a computer workstation designed for disabled students in the user education classroom in Fondren Library.
  • $483 to Central University Libraries Collection Development for acquisition of the nine-volume The Trial of Adolf Eichmann: Record of Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem. More than 30 years have passed since German war criminal Adolf Eichmann was put on trial, but only recently it became possible to publish the record of the proceedings in English.

In Memoriam

SMU benefactor Charles E. Selecman ('51) died September 20, 1999. In November 1998 he and his wife, Barbara, funded the cupola topping the Fondren Library Center. The Selecman Tower honors his grandfather, Charles C. Selecman, the third president of SMU, and his father, Frank A. Selecman, a 1922 SMU graduate. "We all considered SMU to be our University," he said at the building dedication.
"With the death of Charles Selecman, the Central University Libraries have lost a true friend," Central University Librarian Gillian McCombs says.

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