Kudos to Melanie Golder and the ILL Team

Kudos to Melanie Golder and the ILL team for filling the first Occam’s reader request as part of the GWLA consortium. The e-book, Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education, was loaned to the University of Missouri. The book was 1,119 pages. How very exciting for CUL to be part of the first loan of an e-book.

 

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Kudos to Sam Ratcliffe

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Kudos to Sam Ratcliffe at the Hamon Arts Library for doing such a superb job as a judge at the Mat Hatter’s tea (style show and luncheon) held last week at the Dallas Arboretum. What great PR for the Hamon Library and Bywaters Special Collections! Way to go, Sam!!!

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Visit the SMU Living Library! Real people. Real conversations. April 15 and 16.

SMU Living Library

What is the Living Library?

Books at the SMU Living Library are real people who have an interesting life story or unique experience to share. This event is designed to challenge prejudices and encourage respect.

When you check out a Book, the Book will share their story with you in a one-on-one situation; there will be time for questions and discussion. Check-out times start on the hour.

The Living Library is occurring in conjunction with National Library Week and the Annual CUL Cookout (free hot dogs, veggie dogs, popcorn and more right across the street!).

When: April 15 – 16, 2014, 10 – 2pm
Where: Dallas Hall Lawn (across from Fondren Library)

More Information

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7th Annual CUL Cookout, April 15 and 16 – Free hot dogs!

7th Annual CUL Cookout

Question: How many librarians does it take to grill a hot dog?
Answer: We’re not sure yet, but we always hit it out of the ballpark.

Join us for the 7th Annual CUL Cookout and learn more about how Central University Libraries can help you with your projects, papers and research. Our friends from the Cox Business Library and SMU’s Office of Information Technology will join us again to share information about their services.

The Cookout will be located in its usual spot on the west side of Fondren Library Center. We’ll have FREE all-beef dogs, veggie dogs, popcorn, cookies, and refreshments while supplies last.

Planned to coincide with National Library Week, this is a great opportunity for CUL to show its appreciation to the SMU community & for students, faculty & staff to learn more about library services.

Other library happenings

Living Library at SMULiving Library: Be sure to look for the Living Library right across from the cookout. The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The Living Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. More information: http://smu.edu/cul/info/livinglibrary/

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Kudos to Evelyn Day!

Kudos to Evelyn Day from Zoltan Szentkiralyi for building inroads to the Simmons School’s expanded research efforts! Her initiative in promoting the Simmons Colloquium Series on Survey Research and Design has resulted in my newly established connection with the statistical and survey research community at SMU.

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Accepting staff award nominations through April 11th!

SMU Libraries Staff Awards

The Committee for the SMU Libraries Staff Recognition Awards is seeking nominations for the 2013/2014 awards.  The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Libraries and/or to the information professions, and service to library users.  There are six awards carrying monetary prizes. General considerations and criteria for these awards can be found here.

Central University Libraries Staff Awards

The CUL Team Award is given to a team that is cross-divisional rather than internal to a specific CUL department, has at least three team members, functions as an on-going permanent team, or just as an ad-hoc team for a specific task.   The Dean’s Eureka! Award will be given to the CUL staff member or staff members who have shown the most creativity, ingenuity and imagination, who took a risk, tried an idea, or bled on the cutting edge to make a difference for CUL and the SMU community.  Nomination forms may be found here.

All nominations are due by close of business, Friday, April 11, 2014

Awards Ceremony

The Awards ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the CUL Staff Auditorium (SIC 364).  All members of the SMU Community are invited to attend.

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Kudos to Rob Walker

Kudos to Rob Walker from Bonnie Bazley in the Provost’s Office “for lending items from your great computer collection for our Data Center Naming of the Supercomputer event. They were the hit of the party!” Great job sharing our resources and touring Bonnie and Sarah around the library!

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DeGolyer Library Exhibit – Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014DeGolyer Library Exhibit

About the exhibit:
One could say that a piece of fiction is always selling something, such as a political idea, a belief of how the world operates or how people (especially men and women) interact, or the promotion of religious or philosophical ideas. So it is not surprising that fiction—simply put, a non-true or non-realistic story—has also been used to sell material goods, whether plows, windows, patent medicines, cereals, the telephone, bicycles, railroad travel, or insurance, to name a few topics found in this exhibit. American companies and their advertisers have long exploited the medium. The golden age of the genre was roughly 1890-1930, but, as our exhibit shows, examples exist to the present day. We think our show breaks new ground (“Father, have you ever tried any other chilled plows besides the Oliver?”) and we encourage you to be the first to see these long-neglected but culturally important pamphlets from the past.

Dates: March 27 – May 23, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Place: DeGolyer Library

Examples from the Exhibit

A Chicken WeddingA Chicken Wedding

Brief tale of Billy Brown Leghorn and Dolly Dominique, two chickens who elope.  After the ceremony, the newlyweds settle down in their own coop, but then Dolly becomes ill.  Fortunately, Dr. Duck (who is a quack!) prescribes Dr. Hess’s Poultry Pan-a-ce-a as well as a can of Instant Louse Killer.

Ashland, Ohio, ca. 1910.  12mo  [8]pp + color pictorial wraps.

chauffeur6 Talks by the Jolly Fat Chauffeur with the Double Chin

The Chauffeur—the “Original Carburetor Kid” as he calls himself—pontificates about Ford motorcars to anyone who will listen.  “’A’ford a Ford?  Why, Goldielocks, take it from Your Uncle Dud, you can’t afford anything else and keep it running.”

Detroit, 1911.  12mo.  40pp.  Color pictorial wrappers.

Oakland Fours, Sixes, and EightsThe Oakland Fours, Sixes, Eights

Attractive little booklet, with the main feature actually being a 12-page story entitled, How Charlie and Mary Decided. That is, how Charlie and Mary Sumners decided to purchase a new Oakland after they had exited the auto show. As Charlie explained to a friend: “Tom, we’ve been studying automobile catalogues for the past week, and Mary and I have wandered through this labyrinth of buzz-wagons till we’re dog tired”.

A Car of Beauty, refined and distinctive, sturdily built insuring comfort and economy and withal. Remarkable in performance and reliability. Pontiac, (1915). 16mo. [20]pp + two foldout illustrated plates + pictorial wrappers. Text vignettes of automotive scenes.

Askansas MuleAn Arkansas Mule

Story about a mule named “Moses” and an Oliver Patent Chilled Plow and how the pair unearthed a pot of gold that had been buried in Madison County, Tennessee during the Civil War. The piece claims to be a true story. Romaine (American Trade Catalogues) cites other catalogues under the product name, Oliver Chilled Plow Works [the Company was also known as the South Bend Chilled Plow Co.].

(South Bend, 1891). 12mo. 14pp. Illus. Pictorial wraps.

Shat-r-proof reporterThat Shat-R-Proof Reporter

Part of the tale is told throughout a sequence of captioned photos of an elderly woman who has a cracked window-shield, and how she is helped by a dapper tie-wearing mechanic who provides her with a new window and the Shat-R-Proof Guarantee.

Detroit, 1963. [12]pp including pictorial wraps.
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DeGolyer exhibit opening March 27: Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Opening Event: Reception and talk by guest curator Marc Selvaggio

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 reception, 6:30 lecture
Place: DeGolyer Library

About the exhibit

One could say that a piece of fiction is always selling something, such as a political idea, a belief of how the world operates or how people (especially men and women) interact, or the promotion of religious or philosophical ideas. So it is not surprising that fiction—simply put, a non-true or non-realistic story—has also been used to sell material goods, whether plows, windows, patent medicines, cereals, the telephone, bicycles, railroad travel, or insurance, to name a few topics found in this exhibit. American companies and their advertisers have long exploited the medium. The golden age of the genre was roughly 1890-1930, but, as our exhibit shows, examples exist to the present day. We think our show breaks new ground (“Father, have you ever tried any other chilled plows besides the Oliver?”) and we encourage you to be the first to see these long-neglected but culturally important pamphlets from the past.

Exhibit dates: March 27 – May 23, 2014
Location: DeGolyer Library (view website)
Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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