Joe Coomer: A Life in Letters
Exhibition at DeGolyer Library
The Decatur Road,
Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Available April 18th
Acclaimed author Joe Coomer ’81 recently donated his literary archive — more than 20 boxes of materials – to the DeGolyer Library. The current exhibit draws on this wealth of material, from Coomer’s earliest undergraduate essays and exams to manuscripts of his most recent novels. Known for his graceful prose and memorable characters, Coomer has published 11 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. “A Life in Letters” explores Coomer’s creative process through handwritten manuscripts, typed drafts, galley proofs, first editions, and translations. In conjunction with the exhibit, DeGolyer Library is republishing Coomer’s first novel, The Decatur Road, in a limited “thirtieth anniversary edition,” available April 18.
Location: DeGolyer Library
Dates: March 21 – May 24, 2013
Time: 8:30 – 5:00 pm, M – F
This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pamalla Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-768-3231.
Also by Joe Coomer
Kudos to Michelle Johnson and John Milazzo for their quick and professional actions and reactions in response to the notice of the University lockdown.
The Friends of the SMU Libraries are pleased to announce the 2013 grant recipients. Grants benefit all of the SMU Libraries. A complete list of grants can be found at http://smu.edu/libraries/friends/grants.asp.
Need a boost while studying for finals?
Come grab a free cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate at the Fondren Library Center.
Where: Fondren Lobby
When: Every night from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am while supplies last, Tuesday May 7 through Thursday May 9
See you there!
Kudos to Evelyn Day and Porcia Vaughn along with their partners in Student Affairs and the Women’s Center for making the inaugural Living Library event an overwhelming success! Dr. Lori White, Vice President for Student Affairs, said, “I enjoyed being a living book and having people ‘check me out.’ What a wonderful collaborative effort and I hope this will become an annual program.”
John Maley, An Account of Four Years Travels; April 23-May 24
John Maley, An Account of Four Years Travels, a previously unknown manuscript account of the Mississippi Valley, 1808-1812, will be on display April 23-May 24, in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. A free souvenir keepsake, describing the manuscript and its significance, is available as part of the exhibit. The Maley manuscript was acquired by the SMU Centennial Host Committee as the 4 millionth volume in SMU Libraries and as a gift in honor of George W. Bush and Laura Welch Bush (SMU ’68) and the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
A link to the entire manuscript will soon be available on the DeGolyer Library website.
Kudos to Porcia Vaughn and Evelyn Day from Mary Hollerich for authoring a great supplement to this year’s CUL Cookout! Their Living Library was a huge success, so much so that some of the “books” are already asking to participate again next year, and new acquisitions are waiting to be added to the collection. I thoroughly enjoyed my book, “Not My Miracle”. Great job, ladies!
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.
More information available: smu.edu/cul/info/livinglibrary/
Also happening on April 16th and 17th:
6th Annual CUL Cookout – free hot dogs and more!
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 6th Annual CUL Cookout and learn more about how Central University Libraries can help you with your projects, papers and research. We’re proud that our friends at 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: 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/
The Year of the Library: In 2013, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is commemorating The Year of the Library, the 100th anniversary of the founding of SMU’s first library, which began in Dallas Hall in 1913. In addition to marking historic milestones, the commemoration will recognize plans to update and expand the campus libraries and open more of their priceless collections to the world. More information: http://www.smu.edu/100/YearOfTheLibrary
Check out what we’ve been up to: http://statigr.am/tag/yearofthelibrary/
SMU Libraries Staff Awards
The Committee for the SMU Libraries Staff Recognition Awards is seeking nominations for the 2012/2013 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.
Nominations must be received by Friday, April 15th at 12:00 noon.
The Awards ceremony and reception will be held on Monday, May 6, at 3:00 pm in the CUL Staff Auditorium (SIC 364). All members of the SMU Community are invited to attend.