During 2013, SMU is commemorating the Year of the Library, a celebration of library firsts and of the continued importance of the libraries to intellectual life on campus. Programs and exhibitions throughout the year have provided opportunities to discover the rich resources and one-of-a-kind collections housed in the nine facilities which constitute the largest private academic library system in the Southwest.
Following the hiring of the university’s first librarian, Dorothy Amann, and the accessioning of the library’s first book, Marcus Aurelius and the Later Stoics by F.W. Bussell, in 1913, SMU was eager to eventually welcome students into the first campus library in Dallas Hall.
A lot has changed since then, and the Year of the Library has provided many opportunities for the growth of SMU’s libraries to take center stage. From the libraries’ collections crossing the 4 million volume mark, to a partnership with the George W. Bush Library and Museum, to a planned renovation of Fondren Library Center, 2013 has been an exciting start to the next 100 years of SMU libraries!
The Fondren Exhibits Committee is charged with providing educational exhibits for the SMU community that showcase special events, academic areas and individuals associated with the SMU campus.