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Comments from
Fondren Library
Center dedication

Friends of the
SMU Libraries
Women composers'

Interview with
Gillian M. McCombs

Librarians married
in the library
Staff Profile:
Beth Walker

Stephen McNally
Collection of
Contemporary Poetry

Memorial Plaza

Chemistry journal
collection's importance
New information
retrieval system

Access to library info
through email


A Message from the President

With the opening of the Fondren Library Center described in this newsletter, SMU begins an exciting new era for its libraries. This is a time to reaffirm the central role of the libraries in the life of the University. For this reason, it is especially fitting that the Fondren Library Center is the first project to result from the Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead.
Today's library is a place of both innovation and inspiration. Advancing information technology continues to broaden access to information in new ways. One of our major priorities is to continue providing the latest technological tools for our libraries. At the same time, the beauty of the Fondren Library Center reminds us that libraries traditionally are places of reflection and serenity.
Comprehensive and well-preserved collections provide the resources for students, faculty, and others to find answers to their research questions. By keeping our collections up to date with new scholarly contributions, we broaden the base of knowledge for future seekers of information. And as we find new ways to use emerging technologies to share this information, we combine the traditional with the new to serve scholars of all ages.
The excellence of the SMU Libraries has been achieved through the dedication and generosity of donors, faculty, and staff since the University's founding. It is most encouraging to know that there are many who will work with us to carry on that legacy with renewed commitment. Thank you.

R. Gerald Turner
SMU President


Fondren Library Center expands
services and capabilities

Students and faculty alike have responded enthusiastically to the benefits of the new Fondren Library Center that opened November 13, 1998. As the first completed construction project resulting from gifts made to the Campaign for SMU, the Fondren Library Center entrance joins and expands SMU's two largest libraries, Fondren Library and the Science and Engineering Library. The 7,100-square foot building features a centralized book check-out and reserve area on the first floor. In the large study area on the second floor, students can plug in their laptops and gather in the study rooms to complete group projects. Movement between the libraries and collections is easier, and the Science and Engineering Library enjoys the same long operating hours as Fondren Library.

President R. Gerald Turner addresses those attending the dedication of the new Fondren Library Center

The building is topped by the Selecman Tower, a cupola providing the entrance with natural light. Engraved below the tower are the words spoken by Charles C. Selecman, the third president of SMU, when the original Fondren Library opened in 1940: "The library is the heart of a university." Selecman's grandson, Charles E. Selecman ('51), echoed his grandfather's sentiments at the November dedication. Sue Trammel Whitfield ('54) also spoke about her family's continuous support for the libraries over three generations. "The relationship between SMU and the Fondren, Trammell, and Whitfield families extends nearly 80 years," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "Today their generosity allows the realization of an idea that has been discussed on campus for 30 years and provides more efficient service to our students and faculty."