CUL NEWSLETTER

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

January 2003

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

CALENDAR | OPPORTUNITIES | DIVISION NEWS | STAFF NEWS

EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS | LIGHTER SIDE


CALENDAR

Winter Interim 2002/ December 14 - January 12
  • 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
First Day of Class/ Monday, January 13

Professional Video Brown Bag Presentation/ January 16 and 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm, CMIT 100D

  • January 16 / The Cataloguer, the Public Services Librarian and Metadata: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
  • January 30 / Taming the Paper Tiger: Paper Management Tips for Librarians
Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ Monday, January 20

In order to better serve our library users during the spring semester, Fondren Library Center will be open Monday, January 20 (MLK Holiday) from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. The FLC Circulation desk and Reference desks will be staffed. It is the plan of the University to begin spring semester classes after the MLK holiday in the future.

ALA Midwinter Conference/ January 24-27, Philadelphia, PA

OPPORTUNITIES

SAVE THESE LEAD DATES!

DeGolyer Cookbook Collection Presentation/ February (time and date TBA),  Texana Room

TAX NOTICES: For complete details, please see the handouts being distributed by Mary Ann Herbel
  • Now is the time to take a moment and review your W-4 marital status and allowances.
  • If you are presently claiming "Exempt" on your W-4 you will need to submit an new form for 2003.  If you do not submit a new form, your "Exempt" status will be stopped by February 15, 2003.
  • If you are eligible for the Earned Income Credit (EIC), you may also be able to receive advance EIC payments by completing the W-5 form.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Are you looking for a way to share your knowledge and expertise about the SMU Libraries? Students are waiting to hear from you. Opportunities are available in the following categories: Library Tours, PONI Workshops, and Introduction to SMU Libraries. Library Tours have cards available, PONI has a script and Intro to SMU has a PowerPoint all ready for you. Of course you can use your imagination, too!! Anyone in CUL can share there knowledge on the following days:

Library Tours

  • Friday Jan 10, 10:30
  • Friday Jan 10, 11:00
  • Thursday Jan 30, 5:00
  • Wednesday March 19, 9:00
  • Wednesday April 9, 2:30

PONI Workshops

  • Tuesday Jan. 28, 10:00
  • Wednesday March 5, 4:00

Introduction to SMU Libraries

  • Wednesday Jan 29, 10:00
  • Tuesday Feb. 4, 9:30

To volunteer contact Carrie Esch  8-2942.

Back by popular demand… The Book Roadshow

The Friends of the SMU Libraries

cordially invites members to

The Book “Roadshow”

Sunday, February 2, 2003

3:00 p.m.

DeGolyer Library

Free, but reservations are necessary.

Call 214-768-3225 or

e-mail jsearles@mail.smu.edu 

Join fellow members for afternoon tea, scones and conversation on a winter’s day. You may bring up to three books for quick appraisals by local area book experts. The afternoon concludes with a discussion of the most unique ‘finds’ of the day. If you wish to attend, you MUST make reservations as this is a MEMBERS ONLY event.

Save the Date for Tables of Content

Saturday, April 5, 2003

Invitational brochures will be sent in March.

Table Hosts for 2003 are:

Anne and Alan Bromberg

Lee Cullum

Ron Davis

John Gage

Richard Haddaway

Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey

Bonnie and Lou Jacobs

Cal Jillson

Dian Malouf

Judy Mohraz

Jasper Neel

Douglas Newby

Rose Mary Rumbley

Laurie Shulman

mark your calendars

The Friends of the SMU Libraries is joining with the Meadows Museum to co-sponsor a book club that will explore literary works connected to the museum’s renowned collection of Spanish art. The group will meet once a month on a Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Dates:

  • Feb. 20 (Book: Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto)
  • Mar. 20 (Book: Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca)
  • Apr. 24 (Book: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino)
  • May 8 (Book: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges)

Where: Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus

Cost: $5 per book club meeting; $2.50 each for Friends and museum members

Info: Call Judy at 214-768-3225 or Lisa at 214-768-2516.

DIVISION NEWS

New Information Facility at SMU-in-Taos

 On December 30, 2002, SMU issued a press release announcing $2 million dollars in gifts to build an information commons building and provide wireless connections on the SMU-in-Taos campus.  Although some preliminary work has been done, construction on the 5,000-square-foot building, which will house the library collection and computing laboratory, is set to begin in the spring. Equipping the campus for wireless technology will be the second phase of the project.

 One of the principal donors is Former Texas Governor William P. Clements, who has contributed more than $17.3 million for SMU’s academic programs and facilities, including $3.5 million in support of SMU-in-Taos.  A second donor wishes to remain anonymous.

 SMU archaeology students excavated the site of the building in the summers of 2001 and 2002.  They mapped and documented the area and concluded that the original structures on the site probably were hastily constructed storage facilities, built late in the Fort’s history.   The garrison, called Cantonment Burgwin, was established in September 1852 and abandoned in May 1860.  It was a small post, designed for about one hundred soldiers, but its population often doubled as troops heading west stopped there temporarily. 

 Linda Sellers continues to be actively involved with SMU-in-Taos administrators in the planning of the new facility and selection of shelving and furniture.

Interlibrary Loan

CUL Interlibrary Loan is now offering another improvement in user services. Thanks to a new scanner with a speedy automatic document feeder, we can offer electronic delivery for all articles requested on interlibrary loan--even those that libraries send to us as photocopies. No more explaining to users why some articles are delivered electronically and some aren't!

STAFF NEWS

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Saturday, January 4th, Beth Farmer CIP

Friday, January 10th, Mary Queyrouze CUL ISS

Wednesday, January 22nd, Curt Holleman Collection Development

 

NEW ARRIVALS

Beth and Todd Walker are happy to announce the arrival of Ethan Nicholas Walker.  Ethan was born December 2nd at 3:21 PM.  He is 9 pounds 4 ounces, 19 3/4 inches long and certainly has healthy lungs.  Mom and baby are resting and doing well. 

                      

 

Skye Marie Leamy was born early Sunday morning, December 1st, weighing in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces.  Mom and Skye  are doing fine.  Papa Chris is doing great, too! (Photo forthcoming) 

 

Senta McClafferty is happy to announce the arrival of her new grandson Aaron Joseph, born 11/15/02 in California. He weighed 9 pounds and 6 ounces.

 

Jan Buford has a new grandson born 10/10/02.  Welcome, Landon Miles Buford.

ADOPTIONS

Tim Silcox is the proud "papa" of Molly, a 2 year old huskie/chow mix.  He adopted her the day after Christmas from the SPCA.

WELCOME BACK!

We are very glad to welcome Toni Nolen and Amy Carver back to work!!   

Here are some recent pictures of the 2002 CUL  babies:

 

LIAM THOMAS SANDERSON b. 3/23/02

GRANT CARVER  b. 10/30/02

 

MICHAEL WAYNE NOLEN JR. b. 9/19/02

 

CONGRATS! (AND A SAD FAREWELL)

Michael Garrett, Library Specialist III in charge of Interlibrary Loan Lending, received his MLIS degree from UNT in December, 2002, and has accepted a position as Access Services and Web Librarian at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. The rest of the Interlibrary Loan staff is thrilled about Michael's exciting opportunity and his new office with windows (!) overlooking the main quad of OLOL University. But we will really really miss him. Congratulations and good luck, Michael!

EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS

FLC EXHIBIT

An exhibit for the Shuler Museum will be put up in the display cases in the Fondren Library Center Lobby, in late January. It will highlight the fine Paleontology program we have at SMU.  Included in the display will be information on the development of the paleontology program, and current research and information on the scholars and graduate students associated with the program.

LIGHTER SIDE

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

  • Book Blitz Month

  • 1st-7th Diet Resolution Week

  • 1st Get a Life Day

  • International Creativity Month

  • National Clean Up Your Computers Month

  • Oatmeal Month

  • 11th-18th International Thank You Days

  • 16th National Nothing Day

  • 19th-25th National Creative Frugality Week

  • 19th Penguin Awareness Day

  • 21st National Hugging Day

  • 27th Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

  • 31st Fun at Work Day

Who Reads What Newspapers?

(Thanks to Troy Sherrod for this )

  • The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

  • The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

  • The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country.

  • USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie chart format.

  • The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn't have to leave LA to do it.

  • The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and they did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

  • The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country, and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

  • The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

  • The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country or that anyone is running it; but whoever it is, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are minority feminist atheist dwarfs.

  • The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

  • The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

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