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July 2007

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EVENTS:

LEAD:

Please make a note of and plan to attend LEAD’s July event this week …

 

ALA Conference Brown Bag

 

Staff who attended the national ALA conference in Washington D. C., June 21 – 27, will share with CUL staff information about the conference. 

 

 

Thursday, July 12th from noon – 1 pm

CIP Conference Room, FLC

 

ALA Conference site: http://www.ala.org/annual/


Below is a summary of significant results from the LEAD survey.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to it. LEAD will take the responses from the survey in consideration for planning this coming year's programs and newsletters.

What LEAD programs have you liked most?

Brown Bags

Professional reading discussion

    20%

Panel discussions

    33%

Presentations by either CUL staff or SMU staff

    60%

End User conference discussion

    23%

ALA conference discussion

    23%

Holiday party

    57%

Ice Cream Social

    43%

Du Page videos on library topics

    13%

Tours

    57%

Other, please specify
(Response: other people outside of campus)

     3%

Are refreshments important to your attending a LEAD program?

 

Very

10%

Somewhat

60%

Not at all

30%

What do you think the CUL newsletter should cover? (Check all that are relevant)

Professional news within CUL

13%

Social news within CUL

10%

Both professional and social news within CUL

90%

Professional news outside of CUL

27%

Other, please specify

0%

What sections do you find the most valuable in the CUL newsletter? (Check all that are relevant)

Events

83%

Staff news

93%

Division news

76%

Exhibits & programs

62%

Staff spotlight

55%

Staff recommends

52%

Library hours

14%

Classified

10%

What other programs or events would you like to see LEAD have next year? (open-ended question)

There were a number of very good suggestions for this question.  Some responses were in support of continuing the same programs, such as the End-User Brown Bag or events such as the reading and discussion on presidential libraries.  Suggestions for new programs included outside lecturers and on-campus lecturers outside of CUL, tours of off-campus library collections, a presentation on the Library Executive Board, and presentations by CUL staff to share their knowledge and experience in their fields. More speakers and tours was a frequent suggestion.

What other news items or sections would you like to have in the CUL newsletter?

More good suggestions included more information about professional development opportunities, news from SMU library directors or EC members, academic article and book reviews, updates from CUL divisions or committees, more news about CUL staff, and some library humor. 

DIVISION NEWS

 

STAFF NEWS 

Congratulations Kris & Farewell, Good Luck!

As you all know, after being 21 years a part of SMU community Kris Reed has accepted a position at Texas Women's University. Her new job will be Assistant Director for Collections and Technical Services, where she will be working with faculty and staff both.

Some Pictures from Kris Reed's farewell party:

 

 

 


...more farewells...

Congratulations and best wishes to Cina!

Cina Quezada, CIP, resigned to pursue her career and professional goals geared to her degree in Chemistry. Cina’s last day in CIP was July 6. We will miss her smiling face among us.

 


A TOUR TO THE BRITISH ISLES

Mary Queyrouze and Janet Allmon enjoyed several literary experiences during their recent tour of the British Isles.

After viewing a special exhibit at the British Library in London, they walked a block up to King's Cross Station of Harry Potter fame to pose with traveling companions (including Mary’s husband, Bob, to her right) at Platform 9 3/4. Rather than being whisked away to Hogwarts Academy, though, they continued their adventures into Ireland, where you see them in the Long Room of the Trinity College Library in Dublin. Having also admired Wordsworth’s charming Dove Cottage in the Lake District of England, nestled among the sheep-blanketed hillsides of Beatrix Potter land, they felt the urge to give Shakespeare equal time and thus paid a visit to his half-timbered museum home in Stratford-upon-Avon which is landscaped with a quintessential English garden.

Yes, Janet Allmon and Mary Queyrouze did visit the very famous Trinity College Library in Dublin! The library is used in the Harry Potter films.

...and this is The Famous Platform 9 3/4 again from the Harry Potter films. Mary and her husband Bob in the front, Janet in the back.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!...& many more...

Lacey DeMara - July 1st

Dev Bickston - July 3nd

Meg Ruckman - July 3rd

Cindy Olson - July 6th

James Horne - July 17th

Steve Barnett - July 20th

Maria Bellavance - July 24th

Tim Silcox - July 26th

Dawn Youngblood - July 26th

 

 

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EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS

Summer 2007

DEGOLYER LIBRARY

The Rock Island in Focus : Jules A. Bourquin, Kansas Photographer (1898-1931) June 5, 2007-August 2007

 

http://www.smu.edu/cul/degolyer/exhibits.htm


HAMON ARTS LIBRARY - HAWN GALLERY

Susan Barnett: Thought Patterns - July 7th - September 16, 2007

Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
For more information, call: 214-768-1853

http://www.smu.edu/cul/hamon/gallery/


BRIDWELL LIBRARY

Guild of Bookworkers' 100th Anniversary Exhibition

June 8th - July 27

http://www.smu.edu/bridwell/exhibits/bookworkerscentennial.htm

 


 

"Mail Art : What is your favorite book?"

 June 13th and August 16th in Fondren Library link

 


*Clicking Sticks*

Congratulations, ladies! Several people have been spotted standing around the exhibit works and writing down the details of your woolen art. The exhibition is a success!


CONFERENCE NEWS

Conference Spotlight by Dawn Youngblood

Based on feedback from our LEAD survey, and initiatives to improve our CUL / LEAD newsletter, I was asked by LEAD colleagues to kick off a new column in which academic and professional library staff report on conferences they have attended.  Last April, I attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco.  At this meeting, I learned much about the future direction of maps and geographic information systems (GIS).  The AAG conference was large with some 6,500 participants.  Concurrent sessions ranged from 12 to 62 per timed session offering many choices – in some cases too many.  To write up all of the specific benefits would create quite a tome so I have offered but a few examples that hint at the larger picture.

As with any conference, it is not just the informational talks that are important, as much information can be gleaned from other sources as well.  It is learning who the “go to” resources and people are when you have a problem or question, and learning what other universities are doing in areas related to your responsibilities. A number of such “go to” persons are involved in large-scale grants at other universities associated with maps and GIS.  Some examples include John Wilson of USC and Michael Goodchild of UC Santa Barbara, who are spearheading a national effort to organize disaster relief using GIS and paper maps and Bob McMaster of the University of Minnesota who with John Adams, and Mark Lindberg received a 5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to build the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS).

When I returned, I was immediately able to apply some of the things I had learned, while other enlightenments are more likely to impact planning for the long term. An example of immediate application involves the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS). This project is building a comprehensive census database back to 1910 for some cities and some counties back to the late 18th century. When complete, these Web-delivered geospatial datasets will allow researchers to tackle spatio-temporal research questions with an ease that had not previously been possible. Immediately upon my return I was faced with the challenge of helping Andrew Needham, a Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.  Andrew needed to show spatial relationships of black and Spanish populations in 1960 Phoenix for his project and the NHGIS I had just learned about provided the historical data not usually available from other sources.

The conference did an excellent job of keeping me informed on many of the latest developments in mapping and GIS.  A point of interest is that paper maps rather than sophisticated electronic gadgetry are what emergency responders wanted most often in a disaster situation.  I definitely expanded my network of persons I can turn to when I have a question.  For example, if someone says they want to project how global warming will impact the volatile political situation in the Middle East, I can tell them that Bill Dando of Indiana State University has created a series of conjectured maps for the year 2100.  Based on maps he generated as part of his research, Dando suggests the Mideast political crisis is likely to become worse in the next 100 years as climatic conditions deteriorate and the Middle East becomes increasingly dry. In sum, I found the conference extremely useful, and I will be very involved in the programming of the next conference, which will be held in Boston.


CONFERENCES:

Texas Library Association's Annual Assembly July 9-12 in Austin.

http://www.txla.org/

 


STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Introducing Abby Dover, Librarian 1 (Cataloger), CIP :

Professional/Educational background:

My background is in teaching, specifically ESL. After receiving my BA in English and Japanese from the University of Texas at Austin, I taught English to middle school students in Sendai, Japan for 3 years.  After returning I taught ESL to adults at Richland College for a while, but realized that it wasn’t really the career I wanted, fun though it was (OK I admit it: I hate grading papers!). After a bit of soul-searching I decided that libraries would be a good fit, so I got my MLS at North Texas, and viola! find myself here at SMU. J

Hobbies and interests:

Beyond the requisite book habit (I particularly enjoy speculative fiction of all kinds: fantasy, sf, horrror, magical realism, mythology…), I’m a big movie buff, and enjoy bowling, archery (though it’s been a long time), playing video games (hey, with the new Wii, that almost counts as a sport!) and geocaching (which is basically hiking + treasure hunting through the magic of GPS – really fun!). I also like translation and usually have a JapaneseàEnglish project going so I don’t become too rusty. Let’s see, what else – I love traveling and trying out new restaurants, particulary ones with ethnic/unusual cuisines. There’s also a huge list of hobbies that I want to pick up that I won’t bore ya’ll with; I love learning new things!

As for interests, they include (but are certainly not limited to!): children’s illustrators (Dulac, Neilsen, KY Craft, Trina Hyman, etc), the Titanic (from way before that movie came out!), electronic music, horror movies/games, animation, cats, world mythology, Angkor Wat, ancient history, the current copyright/DRM controversy… and if you can figure out any sort of unifying trend to all that (beyond “geek!”), then I tip my fedora to you.

Interesting facts about you:

I’ve won a kite-flying contest, got caught in a typhoon near the top of Mt. Fuji, and have an inexplicable fondness for 50s-era game shows.

Book or website you would like to recommend:

Book: English As She Is Spoke, by Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino. From Amazon’s description: “In 1855, when Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino wrote an English phrasebook for Portuguese students, they faced just one problem: they didn't know any English. Even worse, they didn't own an English-to-Portuguese dictionary. What they did have, though, was a Portuguese-to-French dictionary, and a French-to-English dictionary. The linguistic train wreck that ensued is a classic of unintentional humor… Armed with Fonseca and Carolino's guide, a Portuguese traveler can insult a barber ("What news tell me? All hairs dresser are newsmonger"), complain about the orchestra ("It is a noise

which to cleve the head"), go hunting ("let aim it! let make fire him"), and consult a handy selection of truly mystifying ‘Idiotisms and Proverbs.’”  

I love translation-based humor J

Website: BoingBoing, a Directory of Wonderful Things: http://www.boingboing.net/.  Some of you probably know about this place already, but if you don’t, it’s a great, tech-savvy blog with an eye for the truly, wonderfully bizarre. Topics range from debates on the role of the internet to German smell museums and instructions on how to make an egg canon. In case, you know, you need to shoot something with an egg.

 

 

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CONTACT NEWSLETTER EDITOR

If you have comments, suggestions, or requests about the content of the newsletter, please contact Marja Pietilainen-Rom at x83700 or mprom@mail.smu.edu

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