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Spring 2005 Regular Hours (January 12, 2005 - May 7, 2005)
For other library hours see web page at www.smu.edu/libraries/hours
Central University Librariesí Hours
MAY INTERIM 2005
May 8 - May 25
Fondren Library Center (FLC)
SUMMER SESSIONS 2005
May 26 Ė July 28
Fondren Library Center (FLC)
Please return completed evaluations to the office by May 11th to meet the payroll deadline to implement pay increases for June 1st. You can send over forms as you complete them rather than save them until all are complete for your department. That will help me to get them processed on time.
The 2004-2005 SMU Libraries Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony is Tuesday May 3 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Texana Room of the DeGolyer Library.
Please join your SMU Libraries colleagues as we honor those that were selected to receive this year's Library Staff Recognition Awards.
There will also be great refreshments!
Thank you to Maria Bellavance for the new placemats she made for the FLC Staff lounge.
Participants at last month's EndUser conference will be presenting information at a Brown Bag on Wednesday, May 11th 11:00am-1:00pm in room 100D. (CMIT Screening Room). Bring your lunch. Drinks and Dessert will be provided.
NOTES FROM ACRL
ACRL 12th National Conference, "Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of ChangeĒ Rebecca Graff, Selected Session Summaries
Opening Keynote Session
William Mitchell, professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, academic head of Media Arts and Sciences and former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT
"Libraries, Cities, & Networks"
It used to be that space determined activities. For example, towns were formed around wells so that drinking water would be easy to access. Then pipes made it possible to bring water into the home. Similarly, until recently, there were specific, designated spaces for watching TV, listening to music, eating, working, etc. Now, primarily because of technological advances, there is a co-location of activities that are no longer bound by type of space. Thus, we should now think of intellectual adjacencies for activities rather than just physical space needs.
The decentralization of information will continue to have a big impact of teaching and learning.
Beverly Lynch, UCLA; Catherine Murry-Rust, Colorado State University; Susan Parker, UCLA; Deborah Turner, University of Washington; Diane Walker, University of Virginia; Frances (Fran) Wilkinson, University of New Mexico; Julia Zimmerman, Ohio University
"The Centrality of the Library: Views of Presidents and Provosts"
This documented the preliminary results of a six-university study conducted in 2003/4 by fellows in the UCLA Senior Fellows Program as a follow-up to Deborah Grimes' Academic Library Centrality : User Success Through Service, Access, And Tradition [owned by FLC]. In particular I found their discussion of who and what influences decisions about the library to be interesting. Campus decisions seemed to be influences by constituents' input, quantitative assessment, anecdotes, and library marketing.
Tracy Gabridge, Nicole Hennig, Rebecca Lubas, & Sarah Wenzel Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"When a Librarianís Not There to Ask: Creating an Information Resource Advisory Tool"
Alan Guskin, Director & Senior Scholar Project on the Future of Higher Education [www.pfhe.org/institute/guskin/]
"Strategic Directions: More than Muddling Through"
Some assumptions for universities:
Because librarians often are not faculty, it is easier for provosts to cut library budget rather than academic department funding
The "business of higher education" will become more focused on student learning rather faculty productivity, even at research universities
Organizational systems are usually designed to maintain the status quo; educational communities need to build coalitions and create culture.
Katy Farrell & Marlo Young, UCSD
"Connecting with the Net Generation: Learning Styles and Technology"
This excellent workshop covered: general demographic and specific cognitive characteristics of the "Net Generation" (Gen Y, Millennials); principles of learning and implications of teaching; and how to use technology to aid in this generation's learning process.
Get Started [tutorial based on extensive user testing): libraries.ucsd.edu/services/getstarted
Adam Smith, Google product manager & John Price Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology and Technical and Access Services at the University of Michigan
"Google Print & Google Scholar"
Google's Mission: "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful"
To this end, Google is trying to create access to offline content through digitization. They hope that they will not be the only ones engaging in this pursuit.
For Google Print, there will be 3 types of user experiences:
Closing Keynote Address
Sylvia Hurtado, Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences
"Education Post 9/11"
Ellen Langer's research shows that most people tend to be "cognitive misers" tending toward mindlessness, familiarity, and routine. Hurtado implores that we must disrupt familiarity.
15% of students claim to sleep in class "frequently"
"Disequilibrium" occurs when one encounters new, unfamiliar situations (Piaget)
The more that students are engaged, the more they are likely to produce a full range of cognitive, civic & long term activities
Openness to diverse interactions increases a willingness to engage in civic & social interactions
Employers' Key Outcomes from Education:
Universities need to provide tools for understanding diversity
UCLA Higher Education Research Institute - www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/heri.html
Higher education must take responsibility for learning outcomes and the social good. We must ask "what would be in the public interest?".
Students take classes that are comfortable and which reinforce strengths and skills; they stick with what's familiar. General education curricula should be designed to overcome this. [If too many options are offered, does it negatively impact the goal of well-roundedness?]
Higher education must help students understand that the purpose of education is not to gain knowledge - "fill the empty vessel" - but rather to learn how to address learning and ideas.
STAFF IN PRINT
CIP's own Stacey Beach worked on the Irma Herron Collection. Here is an article with the details:
SMU Heritage in DeGolyer's Herron Collection
Cataloging of the DeGolyer's Ima Honaker Herron gift was completed in the summer of 2004. The completion of the project marked a point in an ongoing SMU timeline. Ima Honaker Herron was a professor of English literature at SMU and a scholar specializing in the study of small town America. Professor Herron's gift provides not only a significant range of literature that portrays life in small town America but also illustrates her life as an educator at SMU. Many books contain her teaching notes for the courses she led during her tenure. Additionally her collection contains gifts to her from former students and faculty of SMU including Lawrence Perrine and Marshall Terry. Many inscriptions note the impact she had on the life of her students.
The SMU connection continues. The Center for Information Processing was able to complete the project with the help of Stacey McGee. Stacey McGee came to us as an intern in part of her MLS degree program at the University of North Texasóbut her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude with Honors is from SMU. While she worked on her graduate degree she also worked at SMU's bookstore, serving as a Department Manager. Now, Stacey McGee Beach, having graduated from UNT, has joined the staff of CIP as one of our newest catalogers.
In the midst of the huge metropolitan area of Dallas we have our own 'small town' SMU community.
In the Fall 2004 issue of Legacies, there are
articles by Sam Rattcliffe; Ellen Buie Niewyk and former CUL employee Troy
Buie Niewyk, Ellen. "A Lady Blacksmith: The Jewelry and Metalwork of Velma Dozier." Legacies Fall (2004): 24-36.
Ratcliffe, Sam. "Otis Dozier: A Centennial Celebration. Legacies Fall (2004): 37-38.
Sherrod, Troy. "Oak Cliff Theaters." Legacies Fall (2004): 48-54.
This is a new section in which a 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL. If you have a staff member in your area that you would like to nominate (new or old) please contact me. (You can even volunteer yourself :) )
EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH IN HISTORY:
1 England releases the first 1st adhesive postage stamp(1840)
1 The first wagon train 1841 1st wagon train leaves Independence, Mo for California (1841)
1 "Buffalo Bill" Cody's first Wild West Show (1883)
1 The Empire State Building was dedicated. (1931)
1 Cereal food "Cheerios" hits store shelves. (1941)
1 Slugger Mickey Mantle hits his first home run (1951)
1 Mr. Potato Head is introduced. (1952)
2 Good Housekeeping Magazine first hits the newsstands. (1885)
2 Lou Gehrig plays in his 2,130th game, a baseball record that will last for 57 years until Cal Ripken come along. (1939)
3 Christopher Columbus discovers "St Iago". It is later renamed Jamaica. (1494)
3 Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut with 3 hits for the NY Yankees. (1936)
3 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his "I Have a Dream" speech. (1963)
3 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer prize for "Gone With the Wind. (1937)
4 Manhattan Island is sold! Indians agree to the deal in exchange for $24 in cloth & buttons (1626)
4 Phonograph is played for the first time at the Grand Opera House. (1878)
4 Academy of Motion Pictures is founded. (1934)
4 Atlanta Penitentiary has a new resident after Al Capone is convict of income tax evasion. (1932)
4 Soap operas "Another World" and "As the World Turns" premiere. (1964)
5 Mexican forces under Benito Juarez defeated French troops in the Battle of Puebla. Today this battle is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo. (1862)
5 North Bend, Ohio gets on the map. It's the site of the fist US train robbery (1865)
5 The New York Stock Exchange crashes, causing the "Great Panic of 1893". (1893)
5 Alan Shepard rides "Freedom 7" to becomes 1st American in space. (1961)
6 John Deere produces the first steel plow. (1833)
6 The Yale lock is patented. (1851)
6 The Paris Exposition opens with the just completed Eiffel Tower as it's centerpiece. (1889)
6 The Dirigible Hindenburg explodes into flames at Lakehurst, NJ. (1937)
6 Chunnel linking England & France officially opens. (1994)
7 The first inaugural ball is held in honor of George Washington and his wife . (1789)
7 George Eastman patents the Box Camera. (1888)
7 The World's largest pearl (6.4kg.) was discovered in the Philippines. (1934)
7 Big band leader Glenn Miller records the "Chattanooga Choo Choo". (1941)
7 Germany signs an unconditional surrender at Rhims, France, ending WWII in Europe. (1945)
7 The Beatles last album is released- "Long and Winding Road". (1970)
8 The U.S. Post Office is established. (1794)
8 V-E Day, Germany signs unconditional surrender. (1945)
8 Mad Magazine hits the newsstands. (1952)
8 The World Health Organization announces that Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. (1980)
9 The syrup for Coca Cola is invented by Atlanta Pharmacist John Styth Permerton. (1886)
9 The lawnmower is patented. (1899)
9 Americans Richard Boyd and Floyd Bennett become the first to fly over the North Pole. (1926)
9 The Birth control pill is approved by the FDA. (1960)
10 The first color pictures of Earth from space are sent back from Apollo 10. (1969)
10 Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa's first black president. (1994)
11 Einstein's presents his Theory of General Relativity. (1916)
11 BF Goodrich manufactures the first tubeless tire. (1947)
11 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory. (1951)
12 The flush toilet is patented. (1792)
13 The Rolling Stones record the now infamous song "Satisfaction". (1965)
13 The Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres. (1970)
13 "Mr. October", Reggie Jackson becomes the first major league ballplayer to strike out 2,000 times. (1983)
14 A party of settlers led by John Smith establish the first permanent English settlement in New World at Jamestown Va. (1607)
14 Vaseline petroleum jelly slides onto store shelves for the first time. (1878)
14 The first U.S. space station, "Skylab" is launched. (1973)
14 The last episode of Seinfeld is aired. It's a sad day in May for millions of Seinfeld followers. (1998)
15 Regular airmail service inaugurated (between New York, Philadelphia & Washington DC) . (1918)
15 Nylon stockings hit the market for first time (1940)
15 "If I had a Hammer" by Peter, Paul, and Mary wins a Grammy (1963)
16 Charles Hires invents Root Beer. (1866)
17 "And They're Off!" as the first Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs. (1875)
18 Napoleon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of France (1804)
19 Ringling Brothers circus premieres. (1884)
20 Hubble Space Telescope transmits photograph's from space (1990)
21 The American Red Cross was formed. (1881)
22 Former Vice President Aaron Burr is tried and acquitted for treason. (1807)
22 The Great Train Robbery. (1868)
22 First reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster. (1933)
22 The debut of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". (1967)
23 Legendary bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde Barrow are shot to death in a police ambush in Louisiana. (1934)
24 Nursery Rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was written by Mary Hale of Boston. (1830)
25 Ford ceases production of the Model "T". (1927)
25 The movie blockbuster "Star Wars" is released. (1978)
26 Michael Jackson marries Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley. (1994)
27 Achsah Young is the first woman to be executed as a witch in Massachusetts. (1647)
27 The pop-up toaster is patented. (1919)
27 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British navy. (1941)
28 President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushes a button that opens San Fransisco's Golden Gate Bridge. (1937)
29 Famous Abraham Lincoln quote: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, & of people some of time, but you can't fool all of the people all of time". (1849)
29 Sir Edmund Hillary is on top of the world. He is the first person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. (1953)
29 Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" into the record books as the biggest selling record. (1942)
30 The brassiere is invented. As we understand, it received a lot of support. (1889)
31 The trans-Alaska pipeline is completed. (1977)
Date Your Mate Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Hamburger Month
National Photograph Month
National Recommitment Month
National Salad Month
Older Americans Month
1st Save the Rhino Day
3rd Lumpy Rug Day
6th Beverage Day
8th No Socks Day
10th Clean up Your Room Day
15th Hug Your Cat Day
18th No Dirty Dishes Day
19th National Bike to Work Day
23rd Penny Day
24th National Escargot Day
25th Tap Dance Day
27th Sun Screen Day
30th Water a Flower Day
31st National Macaroon Day
Observation on the school of hard knocks:
I don't mind learning from my mistakes. I just don't want to earn a PhD.
Johnson's Reflection on Library Quality: The quality of the library is never greater than the quality of the librarians.
Johnsonís First Law of Effective Supervision: Hire people who donít need to be supervised.
Johnson's Observation of Policy Making: Rules only work with the rational.
Johnson's Law of Assessment: You'll only get what you want if you can describe what you want.
Johnson's First Law of Presentations: Show your audience pictures of happy, productive children and they will believe anything you tell them.
Johnson's Second Law of Presentations: Audiences would rather see your face than your backside.
Johnson's Third Law of Presentations: A misspelling in 48 point type is more noticeable than a misspelling in 12 point type.
Johnson's Observation on Multimedia Content: You can put all the pretty clothes on your dog you want, but he's still a dog.
Johnsonís Law of Network Capacity: You canít be too thin, too rich or have too much bandwidth.
Johnsonís Rule of Technology Implementation: What technology first makes possible, it soon makes imperative.
Johnson's Rule of Technology Neutrality: Technology is neither good nor bad. The same hammer can both break windows and build cathedrals.
Johnson's Update of Aesop: The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on learning.
Johnson's Homily on Beta Testing: The early worm gets eaten by the bird.
Johnson's Technology Planning Rule: The stuff is not enough.
This is a new section where staff can list things that they are selling or giving away. Send items to ( well, not the actual item just a picture or brief description) email@example.com
CATS TO A GOOD HOME!
Sam Ratcliffe is trying to find homes for six cats that his parents can no longer care for (they live about 15 minutes from SMU). Phone: 82303/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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