December 2001

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University



NOTE:  As you make your holiday plans, remember that Monday, December 31st  is not a University Holiday. 

Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th.  Special Care Massages, sponsored by LEAD.  15 minutes sessions will be held in the basement of the SEL building, just to the right of the end of the staircase. Cost is $10.00 per session.  Contact person: Maria Bellavance x83659. Call or e-mail your choice of session. Deadline for responding is Friday, December 7th

Thursday, December 13th.  President Turner's Christmas party.

Tuesday, December 18th.  LEAD Christmas party at noon in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.  An official invitation is forthcoming, and sign up sheets will be circulating later.



From Bill Dworaczyk and LEAD.  Once again, CUL is sponsoring a charity drive for the holiday season. This year we will be collecting for two agencies. Because food pantries are significantly depleted this year, we will be collecting non-perishable food for the North Texas Food Bank. We are also collecting toys, clothes, and other items for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children for the Parkland Hospital Child Life Program. This program provides services for children in the neonatal intensive care unit, the burn unit, and other children spending some or all of the holidays in the hospital. Boxes for each charity will be placed in the FLC lobby, Hamon, DeGolyer, CMIT foyer, and the staff lounge on Monday, December 3. Gift ideas for Parkland will be placed on or near the boxes.  Collections for our charities will conclude December 18 after the party.



On Monday, November 12th the Central University Libraries hosted a reception and exhibit to celebrate the launch of our new digital library "Historic Government Publications from World War II."  The event exhibit featured a half dozen computers set up to display the more than 200 World War II government documents that have been digitized and are currently available for viewing on the Internet.  For those unfamiliar with the project, coordinated by Steve Short, here is some background information: 

Beginning in the fall of 1998, the Government Documents Department started digitizing those portions of its collection that had been published as part of the war effort in World War II. This ongoing effort has resulted in the creation of a database in which 6,000 pages of vintage material, ranging from simple pamphlets to substantial publications, are now available to the public in their entirety via the Internet. At its conclusion, the project will bring approximately 15,000 to 20,000 pages, representing 500 historic documents, to computer screens everywhere.



Troy Sherrod was invited by SMU's Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to be part of SMU's team at the 4th annual Ethics Bowl. The Ethics Bowl was held on Nov. 17 in San Antonio. The 4-person SMU team competed against 11 other Texas schools in debates over ethical questions. Although SMU's team didn't win, Troy did receive a perfect score from two of the three judges on the question that was put to him. One judge said that was the first time he'd ever given a perfect score in his four years of judging. Troy's question: Was it ethical for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant a terminally-ill 16-year-old's wish to shoot a Kodiak bear in Alaska? Troy has been invited to represent SMU at the Nationals in Cincinnati this February. Congratulations, Troy!

From Gillian:  Congratulations to Steve Short and Dave Schmidt for doing CUL proud in the media. The Dallas Morning News featured Steve and the W.W.II Digital Library. Dave was featured in this month's online issue of the The Forum for his upcoming role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Both are available electronically.

Also from Gillian:  It has been my custom since I arrived at SMU in 1998 to give you my own personal holiday gift by entertaining you with an array of home baked English holiday treats and eggnog. The recent events of 9/11 and their enormous impact on all of our lives have certainly made us all think a little differently about how we celebrate and where we put our charitable contributions and effort. My husband and I have decided that this year we will be redirecting our personal and family gift giving to the various charities involved with helping people recover from the tragedy.

 It is in this spirit that I have decided not to hold my usual holiday get-together on the 3rd floor. Instead, I will be sending - in your name - the money I would be spending to the NY Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, and my time to one of the charities here in Dallas. I look forward to visiting with you at our CUL holiday party on the 18th - and will be sure to bring a batch of mince pies!

 This has indeed been a difficult year for many of us and I know that we look forward to enjoying a couple of hours of conviviality with good friends and co-workers, old and new.  Gillian

December Birthdays:

Saturday, December 1st--Cammie Vitale Shuman, DeGolyer Library

Sunday, December 16th--Jorge Cruz, CUL ISS

Tuesday, December 18th--Jane Elder, Public Services

Wednesday, December 19th--Sandra Setnick, Collection Development

Friday, December 21st--Brandon Pope, Hamon



Recycling program.  Thanks to everyone for your recycling efforts.  Routines for the collection of recycled mixed paper (colored paper, newsprint, magazines, etc) have been established and the bins are well filled at collection times.  However, since SMU is paid for recycled white paper (including envelopes) and cardboard (including brown paper bags), please recycle those materials separately from the "mixed paper" for which we are not paid, but which is hauled away at no charge to the university.  Please excuse the "run-on" sentence above, and thanks again for your recycling efforts.  Sandra.

DeGolyer Exhibit.  The staff at DeGolyer Library invite you to take a break from the end-of-semester and holiday bustle and stroll through the reading room at DeGolyer, where you will find on display a gathering of selected recent acquisitions.  There is no theme to the exhibition, but materials are arranged in chronological order, from a map of New England and New York (1676) to a book of cowboy poetry (1993), and exemplify the range of acquisitions in the past three months--newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, letters, etc. Some highlights include Katherine Anne Porter's first book, an early catalogue from Lincoln Institute, the New Testament in Cherokee, an unrecorded Brownsville imprint, and a long run of the London Chronicle.  Chronology makes for strange bedfellows: a United Daughters of the Confederacy catechism (Galveston, 1904) is juxtaposed against an African-American autobiography (Kansas City, 1909).

Over 75 items are on display, and the exhibit will be up at least until the end of the term, and probably for a few weeks after that.  Not yet on display, but just recently acquired, is the office file of the Argonaut, a San Francisco weekly that ran from 1877 to 1958, or from the days of Bret Harte to the Beats. This run gives SMU researchers a remarkable window on the cultural life of a major western city for over 80 years.


Rockefeller Center, December 2001

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

Page author: Jane Elder