CUL NEWSLETTER

MAY/JUNE 2006

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

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CALENDAR

LIBRARY HOURS

Interim: May 13th - 31st

1st Summer Session: June 1st - June 30th

FONDREN

Interim hours

  • Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday-Sunday - closed

1st Summer Session

  • Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

HAMON

Interim

  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday closed

1st Summer Session

  • Monday - Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday closed

CMIT

Interim and both Summer Sessions

  • Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday Closed

University holiday - All Central University Libraries will be closed: Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th

For other library hours see web page at http://calendar.smu.edu/libraryhours.asp 

OPPORTUNITIES

LEAD PRESENTATION

LEAD EVENT:

Participants at last month's EndUser conference will be presenting information at a Brown Bag on Wednesday, May 25th, noon-1:00pm, in the CIP Conference Room. Bring your lunch.  Drinks and Dessert will be provided.

 

FUTURE LEAD PRESENTATIONS

Watch your e-mail for details!
June 14th 2:00pm-Ice Cream Social
July-ALA Brown Bag

AWARDS AND GRANT NEWS

At the SMU Libraries Staff Recognition event this year on May 3rd, Gillian presented awards to several of the libraries' staff members.  Congratulations to all of the following award winners for 2005-2006!

Outstanding Achievement  - Amy Turner - CUL

Employee of the Year  - Kurt Adamson - Underwood Law Library

Continuing Excellence  - Lisa Wall - CUL/CMIT 

Outstanding Student Assistant  - Brian P. Coleman and Octaviano Rangel - both CUL 

The Dean's Eureka! Award - Robert Walker, CMIT - Robert's Eureka idea was to use a new streaming technology, called a sling box, to deliver the content of DVDs across the network to classrooms.  His solution provided a very inexpensive method for CUL to deliver content without the need for someone to deliver to and retrieve a DVD from a classroom.

The CUL Team Recognition Award - The Electronic Resources Team: Heather Barrett, Violet Le, Toni Nolen, Erika Ripley and Shoko Tokoro - This team evaluated the link resolver software and electronic management software, and from their findings, they recommended and implemented Serials Solutions ArticleLinker.  This solution improved functionality and access to the full-text materials for CUL users. 

 

2006 Colophon Grants from Friends of the SMU Libraries

The Friends of the SMU Libraries Grants Committee met on April 13, 2006 to review grant proposals submitted by the libraries.  The committee was chaired by Janis Knott and included Missy Collins and Pam Lange.  Amy Carver was ex-officio.  The Friends approved the following grants at the Annual Meeting on May 1, 2006:

$4,765 to CUL Collection Development to purchase The Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, Second Edition, which is the definitive resource for information on inorganic chemistry. This is a ten-volume set, published by Wiley.

$4,000 to the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology to fund the move of existing media library compact shelving to a new facility near the existing FLC circulation desk. This initiative is being done in an effort to provide greater access to media library materials for faculty and students and to gain staffing efficiency by having all items circulate from one location. The move will also allow CMIT to provide space for a new initiative – a digital production center to support students needing assistance with digital video editing, PowerPoint presentations and related class assignments and a collaborative study space with technology for students who need a facility to practice class presentations.

$3,995 to CUL Collection Development to purchase The Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences (ESS), which represents the most complete coverage of statistics available in a single reference. New methodologies, written by the world’s leaders in statistics, are introduced in an easy-to-read format.  There is a strong SMU influence in this definitive statistical reference work, led by Professor Emeritus Campbell Read, who is one of the four chief editors of the title. The Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences is a 16-volume set.

$3,673.27 to the Hamon Arts Library to purchase the Grande dizionario della lingua italiana, a 21-volume dictionary set of the Italian language. This dictionary supersedes the 19th-century reference work Dizionario della lingua italiana as the standard dictionary on the Italian language. The art history curriculum at the Meadows School of the Arts strongly supports the study of Italian Renaissance art, and this resource will aid students’ understanding of terms from this period of art history.

$3,154.95 to Bridwell Library Public Services for the purchase of software, a scanner and a computer for a second assistive technology station (ATS). The library currently has only one ATS which does not meet the needs of learning-different students in Perkins due to an increase in the number currently enrolled. The second ATS will provide the learning-different students with the tools they need to complete their work at their own pace and at times that are convenient to them. It will also enable them to make fuller use of the materials that cannot leave the library.

$2,500 to CUL Marketing/External Relations for the purchase of a podium and seal with the CUL logo for use at library events.

$2,500 to the DeGolyer Library to purchase fiction and poetry for the Colophon Collection of Moderns.

$1,600 to Bridwell Library Special Collections for the purchase of a Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED slide scanner with a Slide Feeder SF210. This equipment will be used to convert Bridwell’s existing 35mm slides documenting its Special Collections holdings into digital format to make the collection accessible for education and classroom use, research, use as illustrations in publications, and SMU publicity.

$1,500 to CUL Marketing/External Relations for the purchase of a digital camera. The camera will be used for informal photography at CUL and Friends events for website and event promotion. 

$275 to the ISEM Library to purchase The Carnegie Maya:  The Carnegie Institution of Washington Maya Research Program, 1913-1957, edited by John M. Weeks and Jane Hill. The book contains 784 pages with 7 maps, 44 tables and 18 black-and-white illustrations. The book will support the archeology work of Dr. David Freidel and his graduate students.

$210 to the ISEM Library to purchase volumes 33-38 of the Pacific Coastal Archaeological Society Quarterly journal. These volumes will support Dr. Torbin Rick’s work in Coastal Archaeological Research.

Amount of grants:  $28,173.22

Grants approved for yearly distribution:

$3,000 to CUL to assist in funding the production of the CUL annual report publication.

$1,000 to support the Library School Scholarship Award.  This year’s recipient is Sola Babatunde from the Central University Libraries.

TOTAL of all 2006 grants:  $32,173.22

Amy Carver

 

DIVISION NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHERILYN BIRD

Sherilyn will be leaving her position as Director of Bibliographic Control in CIP to accept a new position as Director of Libraries at Texas Women's University in Denton.  Sherilyn has been at SMU for 26 years, and her many professional and personal contributions to SMU libraries will be missed.  She begins her new position on July 10th.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING LIBRARIANS WHO HAVE BEEN PROMOTED FROM LIBRARIAN I TO LIBRARIAN II

Joel Eatmon, Collection Development Librarian, Fondren Library
Violet Le, Electronic Periodicals Librarian, Fondren Library
Joe Milazzo, Government Information and Map Resources Librarian, Fondren Library
Alisa Rata, Music, Theater and Dance Librarian, Hamon Arts Library
Katherine Schacht, Cataloging Librarian, Center for Information Processing

OTHER DEPARTURES AND A NEW STAFF MEMBER

Best of Luck!

Joseph Milazzo is leaving his position as Government Information Resources and Map Librarian for new opportunities.  His last day will be July 17th.  He had been at SMU libraries and in Development in various positions since 1990 and has made many valuable contributions to CUL during his time here.

John Harvey, who has done an excellent job as Course Reserve Coordinator at Fondren Library, left as of May 18th to spend more time with his family and complete his MLS degree.   

As of May 19th, Violet Le also left her position as Electronic Periodicals Librarian to join her husband in San Diego.  Violet and her professionalism will be missed by CUL staff members many of whom said goodbye with best wishes on Thursday, May 18th in the Ornish room at Fondren.  See images below in the Staff news section.

Welcome!

CIP has a new member on its Requisitions Team.  Marja Pietilainen-Rom began on April 17th.  Prior to her position at SMU, she worked at the University of Helsinki in cataloguing.  She has several years of experience working with Voyager, OCLC and other computer programs.  She also has a background in music, is fluent in Swedish, Finnish and English, and she is also featured in this newsletter's Staff Spotlight.

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Dawn Youngblood published two map-related articles in the following peer reviewed journal:

2006     The Evolution of Map Societies: A Global Phenomenon.  Journal of Map and Geography Libraries 3 (6): in press.

2006     Map Use across the Disciplines. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries 2 (2): 33-66.

 

EXHIBITION NEWS

Brad Wehring's work was recently featured in a DMA charity auction entitled All about Art.  (See entry 107).  It was part of the annual Art Ball Auction:

NEWS FROM FORT BURGWIN LIBRARY

John Phinney reported from Taos that Linda Sellers has done another terrific job of getting the Fort Burgwin Library up and running for the SMU-in-Taos summer classes this year.  Thank you, Linda!


 

  STAFF NEWS

 

BABY MEYERS IS HERE!

Congratulations to Theresa and Ryan Meyers, proud parents who welcomed the arrival of Sofia Isabelle at about 1:10 pm on Friday, May 19, 2006.  She weighed in at 6 lbs., 14 ozs.

MAY & JUNE BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy Maupin - May 7th

Chris Edwards - June 3rd

Shoko Tokoro - June 5th

Sonia Graff - June 14th

Ellen Buie Niewyk - June 21st

CONGRATS!

Mary Querouze's daughter, Heather graduated from SMU with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema-TV from the Meadows School of the Arts.  On SMU Honors Day, she received the Bill Parsley Award for Creative Achievement in Cinema-TV from the Meadows School.

GOODBYE AND BEST WISHES, VIOLET!

 

 
Dawn Youngblood went to San Juan, Puerto Rico to present her paper to the Society of American Archaeologists. 

Balcony View, Condado Lagoon , San Juan

Beach Caribe, Hilton

Pool and Water Slide, Condado Plaza - big fun!

Fish from Pier Caribe Hilton

Dawn giving her paper to the Society of American Archaeologists.

Playa Flamenco - Culebra Isle

Fish - Culebra Isle

Private "Key" - the Privileged enjoying their privileges (successful librarians, no doubt!)

A "Key" on route from San Juan to Culebra.

El Morro Fortress - 1537

Typical 1757 house - San Juan

Sunset - Old San Juan

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Marja Pietilainen-Rom

Professional/Educational background: I graduated from the Helsinki Conservatory as a Voice teacher. I also studied many years at the medical faculty of the University of Helsinki as health care administration major. During more than 10 years I worked at our university library, first at the Undergraduate library and later at the Behavioral Sciences faculty library. I also was working as a Voice teacher for several choruses and sang with the Finnish National Opera chorus.

Hobbies and interests: I am continuously interested in music and voice and opera especially. Since I come from Finland, I value nature and environmental issues very much. I love to do all kinds of arts and crafts.

Interesting facts about you: I have a twin brother in Finland, but we don’t look alike!

Family: My husband Alexander and I am very proud of his work as a Chorus Master for the Dallas Opera!

Book or website you would like to recommend: When I left Finland, my colleague advised me to read Kinky Friedman’s book “Armadillos & old lace”, since I was moving to Texas. Well, I did read it (there is even a Finnish translation!) and got many good laughs. The website www.helsinki.fi. If you prefer English instead of Finnish, click from upper corner. The website connects you to the city of Helsinki as well as the university.

 

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 (bmitchel@smu.edu) 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

 EXHIBITS

Summer 2006

HAMON ARTS LIBRARY - HAWN GALLERY

Nancy Brown: Mixed Media Works on Paper - June 5 - August 11, 2006 http://www.smu.edu/cul/hamon/gallery/Brown/index.htm

 

DEGOLYER LIBRARY

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS: Business in the Borderlands: From Cibola to Semiconductors. April 1-June 30, 2006.

The New Woman: The Emergence of Modern Womanhood in the United States, 1890-1930. May 1-July 30, 2006. Curated by SMU students working under Professor Crista DeLuzio.

BRIDWELL LIBRARY

The Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition and Award for American Bookbinding - June 2nd - August 1st, 2006 http://www.smu.edu/bridwell/events/degolyer.html
 

CLASSIFIEDS

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) bmitchel@smu.edu

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