DEGOLYER LIBRARY CLOSED/August 1st-8th for painting and refurbishing. 
  • DeGolyer Library will be closed to the general public, but open to staff members as a new large collection is being moved into the building and other collections are being shifted.
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES/Wednesday, August 20th.
AUGUST INTERIM/August 1-August 18.
  • Monday        8:30-5:00
  • Tuesday        8:30-5:00
  • Wednesday   8:30-5:00
  • Thursday       8:30-5:00
  • Friday            8:30-5:00
  • Saturday       CLOSED
  • Sunday          CLOSED

Thursday August 21, 2003 - December 12, 2003

  • Monday through Thursday . . . . . 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

  • Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


  • First week of school training
    • Thursday August 21         8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
    • Friday, August 22            8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 23        9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 24          1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Monday, August 25         8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 26         8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 27    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
    • Thursday, August 28        8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Friday, August 29            8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Labor Day 
    • Saturday August 30         9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday August 31           1:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Monday September 1      closed
CUL ANNUAL MEETING/Tuesday, September 30th, 9:30 AM; Huges-Trigg Auditorium. 



This website and newsletter service provides crime alerts for your neighborhood.  For more information, go to .  Thanks to Maria Bellavance for this important information.  University Park has subscribed to this new Web-based crime alert service and invited SMU to use it at no charge.  Members of the SMU community who subscribe to will receive e-mail crime alerts posted by University Park, Highland Park, SMU, or other participating agencies nationwide in up to five cities designated by subscribers. To subscribe, visit and follow the simple instructions. Selecting a five-mile radius will limit alerts to UP, HP, and SMU. For more information, contact SMU Police at 8-1582.



 It's a hot topic in the age of technology--will the library as place survive the digital future? After an Oxford-style debate, the answer, according to the vote taken by over 300 librarians, is a resounding "yes." Of course, what would you expect in a room full of librarians? Regardless, the debate was a tremendously entertaining and informative way of addressing the future of the academic library. Columbia University's James Neal and the University of Alberta's Ernie Ingles argued that the academic library will outgrow its need for space by the year 2020. In opposition Southern Methodist University's Gillian McCombs and St. Mary's University's (Halifax, NS) Madeleine Lefebvre, decked out in robes and powdered wigs, argued for the continued relevance of the library as a place. The debate was moderated in hilarious fashion by retired Dalhousie University librarian (and LJ Contributing Editor) Norman Horrocks.

The debate hit all the high points regarding the changing academic library. Neal and Ingles argued that technology is fomenting constant change in everything from document delivery to scholarly communication, spelling an end to the need for expensive structures to house increasingly less- used books. McCombs and Lefebvre countered that technology will never replace the social interaction necessary to the learning and research process. In the end, however, it was clear that both sides were not far apart on the essential issue--perhaps best characterized by Ingles, who argued that the key to the future was contained not in preserving the four walls of the traditional library, but in the expanding role of the librarian.


Public Services Director, Carol Baker, is pleased to announce that Rebecca Eve Graff will be joining the staff of Central University Libraries as CUL User Education and Outreach Librarian. Rebecca has been Reader Services Librarian and Reference and Instruction Coordinator at the Grinnell College Libraries for the past two years. Prior to that, she was the Reference & Instruction Librarian for four years at Loyola University in Chicago. Please welcome Rebecca when she joins the CUL staff on Tuesday, September 2.


FLC Reference would like to announce the new teams for the 2003/2004 school year:

Fondren Library Center Reference Resources Team

  • Carrie Esch, Coordinator
  • Violet Le
  • Theresa Van Goethem Meyers
  • Amy Turner

Fondren Library Center Reference User Services

  • Sandra Setnick, Coordinator
  • Rebecca Eve Graff
  • Bill Jenkins
  • Melanie Golder

Fondren Library Center Reference Staff Support

  • Toni Nolen, Coordinator
  • Joseph Milazzo
  • Marcella Stark
  • Erika Ripley




2-August Quevedo, Jim FLC IIS
9-August Meyers, Theresa  FLC Ref
11-August Collins, Missy CUL Office
12-August Milazzo, Chris FLC Systems
20-August Nolen, Toni FLC Ref
27-August Milazzo, Joseph FLC Gov.
31-August Johnstone, Gin CIP

Former Employees, Michael and Annette Garrett are pleased to announce the arrival of Alexander Christian.  He was born July 12th at 12:47am, weighing in at 7 lbs 15 oz and measuring 20 inches long.  Mother, Father, Baby and Big Brother Ben are doing just fine. 


Tim Silcox is pleased to announce the arrival of his new grandson Alexander Westmoreland Stephens.  Alexander was born July 9th at 7lbs 3oz and 20 inches long.  Mom Janet, Dad Eric and Baby Alexander are doing just fine.

MORE NEWS FROM THE GARRETTS... (Michael, Annette, Ben and Alexander)

Our son, Benjamin, cut his arm at the end of June by punching a glass pane in a French door and got 14 stitches. It was quite an ordeal - with the emergency room, very painful shots and doctors.  But wait --- there is more!! He also broke his right leg a week after getting the stitches out and will be in a cast till August 1.  He ran into another kid and their shins hit together.  Can you believe this kid? I hope this is not a sign of things to come. Ha! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention his cast is green in honor of the Incredible Hulk. 

Now on to work--- It looks like I will be moving up to being the Systems Librarian for OLLU. The guy who was in that position is leaving so the library director has asked me if I would be interested in taking over his  position. I will be dealing with things like the online catalog, electronic databases, Webpage, working with Vendors, etc...


Congratulations to Claudia Cruz who will marry Greg Pulte on September 6, 2003.  Friends and family will help them celebrate at a small reception where cake and punch will be served.


Dawn Youngblood (Edwin J. Foscue Map Library), recently published a brief article about the BRIT Library in Iridos (vol. 14 no. 2, 2003)

Ethnobotanical Research in the BRIT Library 
Dawn Youngblood
Ph.D (Anthropology) Southern Methodist University

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) Research Library offers a state of the art facility for performance of ethnobotanical investigations.  Ethnobotany explores the people-plant relationship.  The importance of this relationship is more deeply recognized every year thanks to increasing research efforts dedicated to this area of study.  My challenge in the library was first to investigate documented use of edible plants in the upper Karoo of South Africa, then to use library reference materials to confirm species identified in the field.  Since the BRIT library is global in scope, and houses no less than 108 works covering South Africa, including a near complete set of the South African journal Veld and Flora, I was in research heaven.  The materials saved me a great deal of time, as I could perform this research near home rather than spending precious overseas time at the University of Cape Town and Kirtenbosch Gardens.  There, I only had to spend several days each putting the finishing touches on what I had already documented at BRIT and the libraries at Southern Methodist University. 

Librarian Gary Jennings was an excellent resource as well as a gracious host.  The facilities assured the safety of valuable materials, while making the visitor feel welcome and at home. At first, I used the SMU library system to search the BRIT holdings, as much of the collection was derived from SMU when, unfortunately, the botany program at our institution was terminated.  Then, I discovered the Athena research engine open to all patrons on the web.  This search engine allowed me to access records for the entire collection.

As a Fort Worth resident, I am proud to have BRIT in my hometown.  As an ethno-botanical researcher, I am grateful.


This is a new section in which a new CUL staff member will be featured each month.  The purpose is to get to know each other a little better.  Please feel free to send me the profiles of your newest staff members ( so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL.


Music, Theatre, and Dance Librarian
Hamon Arts Library
Southern Methodist University

Alisa completed her undergraduate degree in Viola Performance here at SMU in 1999 and went on to receive master’s degrees in Musicology and Library Science with a specialization in Music Librarianship at Indiana University.  Although she does not consider herself to have hobbies, she does have many interests.  She enjoys the study of musicology, reading, cooking, and playing her viola.  She especially enjoys playing baroque period pieces and is currently on the lookout for opportunities to do so (and is also looking for a period instrument to play on!).  She is currently the Chair for the Research Resources Interest Group of the Society of American Music.  Alisa is also currently beta testing a multiplayer strategy-based computer game, Civilization III Conquests.  Alisa and her boyfriend Jesse are the proud parents of two orange cats named Jack and Jill.  When asked to tell us one or two interesting facts about herself that not many people know, she said that she brews her own beer and is an aspiring belly dancer.  She hopes to one day be listed on the Bellydancing Librarian's Website: When you get a chance, stop by and welcome Alisa to SMU!



In 1898 the Denver and Rio Grande Western narrow gauge Railroad reached Chama New Mexico, providing a link to the recently built Transcontinental Railroad. Today the 64 mile long section between Chama and Antoinito lives on as the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, an operating live steam tourist railroad and a national historic site. For the past 6 summers Clyde Putman has been a volunteer for the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, doing restoration and preservation work. A photographic exhibit showing some of the restoration work, and also historic photographs from the DeGolyer library collection is in Fondren Library until September 4, 2003. 

I have visited the Railroad Yards and it is a fantastic operation. If you are in the Chama area, do not pass by with out a visit and if possible a ride on the train. JFSP, Chair, Exhibit Committee.


Through September 28, in conjunction with the Pollock Gallery, of SMU's Division of Art, the Hawn Gallery will be the venue for “John Himmelfarb: The Card Catalog Drawings.”  This exhibition consists of over one hundred small scale drawings by Harvard alumnus John Himmelfarb and brings together a selection of works the Chicago artist has executed on now obsolete library card catalog cards.  Himmelfarb carries the cards when traveling to allow him the ability to constantly draw as a sort of travelogue of his thoughts as he moves through his world of places and things. Art Critic John Brunetti wrote of Himmelfarb, “Consistently blurring the boundaries between drawing and painting, [he] revels in line’s evocative potential to create a synthesis of graphic sign, text and elusive image that challenges one’s ability to interpret visual language. In the process, he initiates inward journeys whose rewards are not measured by reaching specific destinations, but by the experience of the chosen path.”   Himmelfarb is represented in several major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Museum, the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Mildred Hawn Gallery hours:

May 27-August 20:  Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm (closed July 4th).

August 20-September 28: Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm (closed Labor Day).


According to the 2003 Chase's Calendar of Events August is:


May Reading Be Your Haven Month

National Inventors' Month

National Win With Civility Month

1st-7th Simplify Your Life Week

2nd National Mustard Day

3rd Friendship Day

3rd Sisters' Day

5th National Night Out

8th Admit You're Happy Day

10th-16th National Resurrect Romance Day

10th Spoil Your Dog Day

10th-16th Thanks For All the Gifts Week

16th Watermelon Day

18th Bad Poetry Day

21st National Forgiveness Day

22nd Be an Angel Day

25th Kiss and Make Up Day

25th-31st Be Kind to Humankind Week

28th Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day

  • August Astrological Signs:
    • Leo: July 23-August 22
    • Virgo: August 23-September 22
  • August Birthstones: 
    • Jade
    • Peridot
  • August Flowers:
    • Gladiolus 
    • Poppy
  • August is the eighth month, renamed by the Romans from Sextilis', meaning sixth, to honor their emperor, Augustus. 
  • August is the height of the summer time in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere.  The longest days of the year is passed, but the hot days remain. In the northern regions and mountains, cool nights and early frosts lets one know that the summer is about to come to an end. In the Southern Hemisphere, August means the winter will soon be over. 
  • The birds are already planning to fly south for the winter. The insects are more noisier and numerous than in any other month. This is perhaps the busiest month for businesses, since most people take their vacations in August. 
  • Colorado became the 38th state, August 1, 1876. 
  • Lincoln penny issued August 2, 1909. 
  • Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on his first voyage across the Atlantic, August 3, 1492. 
  • An American bomber dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. 
  • United States troops landed on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in World War II, August 7, 1942. 
  • Richard M. Nixon became the first U.S. President ever to resign from office, August 9, 1974 
  • Missouri became the 24th state, August 10. 1821. 
  • Smithsonian Institution founded, August 10, 1846. 
  • Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, born in West Branch, Iowa, August 10, 1874. 
  • Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, August 12, 1877. 
  • The United States annexed Hawaii, August 12, 1898. 
  • U.S. Social Security Act approved, August 14, 1935. 
  • Panama Canal opened to traffic, August 15, 1914. 
  • United States and Canada arranged for joint defense of North America, August 17, 1940. 
  • Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, born in North Bend, Ohio, August 20, 1833. 
  • Hawaii became the 50th state, August 21, 1959. 
  • First local chapter of the American National Red Cross founded by Clara Barton, August 22, 1881. 
  • British troops captured Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, August 24, 1814. 
  • Amendment 19, giving women in the United States the right to vote, proclaimed, August 26, 1920. 
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States, born near Stonewall, Texas, August 27, 1908. 
  • Spanish explorers landed in Florida where St. Augustine now stands, August 28, 1565.  
  • Great Britain provided for the end of slavery in its colonies, August 28, 1833. 

(Thanks to Linda Sellers and former CUL employee Will Stuivenga for this submission.)


Peep Research: A study of small fluffy creatures and library usage

(A big thanks to Alisa Rata for this submission.)


Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

Page author: Theresa Van Goethem Meyers