SMU Lit Fest : Then & Now – exhibit at Fondren Library Center through June 9

LitFest Then… And Now Exhibit

Lit Fest: Then and Now exhibitMarch 17 – June 9, 2014
Fondren Library Center Lobby

The first SMU Literary Festival was held in 1975 and for many years thereafter it attracted major stars of the literary world to Dallas.  John Updike, Eudora Welty, Kurt Vonnegut, John Cheever, T.C. Boyle, Louise Erdrich, Joseph Heller and Horton Foote were among the writers who filled McFarlin Auditorium at various times between 1975 and the mid-nineties.  This festival is credited with putting SMU on the literary map for many years.

Jack Myers, SMU Professor and one of the original advisors of the Literary Festival , contributed a fascinating essay describing some of the highlights (and low lights) of these early days.  A few excerpts from this essay are included in the exhibit, along with some of the early LitFest posters, signed by the authors.  This essay can be found in Marshall Terry’s history of SMU “From High on the Hilltop” along with many more personal reminiscences by various SMU faculty and staff members about SMU’s early days.

Students in SMU’s English Dept. were in control of the early LitFests.  Eventually Program Council took over.  The festival was held over 10 days each autumn.  There was much drinking and carousing and some hair-raising moments when advertised speakers cancelled at the last minute or showed up just minutes before they were to go on stage.

A few years ago, a group of industrious Creative Writing students from Professor David Haynes’ classes revived the LitFest in a slightly different format.  It is now focused on novelists and poets who, although  relatively early in their careers, are rising stars with recognition of their talents in the form of prizes, awards and fellowships.  This year’s LitFest authors will read and sign books, meet with creative writing students in workshops, and bring a fresh perspective to Professor Haynes’ creative writing classes during the week of March 18-22.  Go here for information on LitFest authors and activities: http://smulitfest2014.wordpress.com/  .  All readings are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

This year, the LitFest has teamed with the Writers Garret to add a Local Small Press Fair to the LitFest lineup.   On March 18th, representatives of several local small presses will participate in a panel discussion about the changing world of publishing.  Following the panel discussion will be a reception and readings by several of the participants.

Examples from the exhibit

SMU Literary Festival 1980SMU Literary Festival 1989Lit Fest 1991SMU Literary Festival 1980, program

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Kudos to Sara Outhier for her promotion to Librarian 1!

Kudos to Sara Outhier at the Hamon Arts Library for being re-classified from a Library Specialist 5 to a Librarian 1.  This re-classification and promotion comes from a growing need to work with Meadows faculty and students to incorporate digital asset management, metadata, rights management and discovery interfaces as demand for born-digital content has grown.  Sarah received her MSLIS from UNT in 2012 and has been active in supporting the Meadows community with their academic needs since she arrived that year.

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Kudos to Michelle Hahn on her promotion to Librarian 3!

Kudos to Michelle Hahn in Technology Services for being promoted to Librarian 3! Michelle has been with us since 2008 as a music catalog librarian and has been actively involved in the Music Library Association, having recently served as co-editor of the Music Reference Services Quarterly.  In addition to her cataloging duties she provides reference service in the Hamon Arts Library supporting Meadows students and faculty (filling in as subject liaison before the arrival of Pam Pagels), and has been very involved in numerous CUL committees. Congrats, Michelle!

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Students: Apply now to be a book at the Living Library!

livingLibrary2014You’re Interesting!
You Should Be a Book-on-Loan!

Apply now!  Visit http://smu.edu/cul/info/livinglibrary/ for details.

What  is  the  role  of  a  “Book  on  Loan”?  
A person serving as a Book will be “borrowed” by a visitor and will get a chance to tell their story and engage in discussion about their unique experiences. Books at Living Library events elsewhere report that they felt like they made a difference and even learned from those who borrowed them.

Training  
Every individual Book must attend training in order to participate in the event. The training will help prepare the Book for the Living Library experience and let them know what to expect during their time at the event.

Please plan to attend one training date:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Women’s Center
OR
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:30pm in the Multicultural Student Affairs Office.

Application  Information  
Applications are due by: March 24, 2014
Hughes Trigg Student Center
Multicultural Student Affairs Office Suite 300 (stevenj@smu.edu)
Women’s Center Suite Suite 313 (kclick@smu.edu)

Questions?  Email  us!  
multicultural@smu.edu
Karen Click at kclick@smu.edu


Apply now!  Visit http://smu.edu/cul/info/livinglibrary/ for details.

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Bestselling Author Ross King lecture and book signing, March 18

Ross King presents “Leonardo and the Last Supper

Leonardo and the Last Supper, by Ross KingPlease join us for a lecture and book signing with New York Times bestselling author Ross King, who will present his book, Leonardo and the Last Supper.

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. An author’s reception will be held at 6:00 pm. ($30, RSVP required; signed book included)

About the book: In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci created the masterpiece that would forever define him —The Last Supper. Leonardo was at a low point: at forty-three, he had failed to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise. His odds of completing it weren’t promising: he hadn’t worked on such a large painting and had no experience in the standard mural medium of fresco. Ross King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting, and overturns many of the myths surrounding it as he presents an original portrait of one of history’s greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work. – See more at: http://www.hpumc.org/event/532661-2014-03-18-ross-king-presents-leonardo-and-the-last-supper/#sthash.Xix6t4X7.dpuf

Brought to you by the Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries, and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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Bestselling author Kelly Corrigan lecture and book signing, March 4

Kelly Corrigan presents “Glitter and Glue

Glitter and GluePlease join us for a lecture and book signing with New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan.  Ms. Corrigan will present her new book, Glitter and Glue.

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. An author’s reception will be held at 6:00 pm. ($30, RSVP required; signed book included)

About the book: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters. When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.”

Brought to you by the Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries, and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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CUL Student Advisory Council meeting, February 24

Student Advisory Council

We are excited to announce the first spring meeting of the Central University Libraries Student Advisory Council (CULSAC).

CULSAC meetings are an opportunity for you to meet with library staff and provide feedback on how we can make improvements. Meetings are also a chance for you to learn about the behind-the-scenes at the libraries.

We will meet Monday, February 24th,  from 1:30-2:30p in the Touch Learning Center (Fondren Library East 105). Our big topic for the day will be the CUL website with some fun usability exercises to help inform its future design. Plus, there will be free food!

We look forward to seeing you there! Bring your ideas and bring a friend!

See past topics and conversations here.

Questions? Contact Hollie at hgardner@smu.edu

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Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd lecture and book signing, February 18

Sue Monk Kidd presents “The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings Please join us for a lecture and book signing with New York Times bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd. Kidd will present her new book, The Invention of Wings.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. An author’s reception will be held at 6:00 pm. ($30, RSVP required; signed book included)

About the book: From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd gives us a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Ms. Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries, and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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Bestselling author Nancy Horan lecture and book signing, February 11

Nancy Horan presents “Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Under the Starry Sky by Nancy HoranPlease join us for a lecture and book signing with New York Times bestselling author Nancy Horan.  Horan will present her new book, Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

The book is the Today Show Book Club’s third pick.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. An author’s reception will be held at 6:00 pm. ($30, RSVP required; signed book included)

About the book: This book offers a fresh twist on the genre of historical fiction and forever changes our view of the author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Horan evocatively re-creates the passionate and powerful love story of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his intrepid American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, who played a key role in his career. Ambitious and breathtaking as only Nancy Horan can create.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries, and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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Get BrowZine! Read, Browse, and Monitor scholarly journals on your tablet.

browsingIpadThe library recently purchased access to BrowZine, a new tablet application that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals all in a format optimized for your iPad or Android tablet. Built to accompany your searching needs, articles found in BrowZine can easily be synced with Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

To learn more, please take a look at this short two minute video: http://vimeo.com/75971786?autoplay=1

To learn more and start using BrowZine today, visit http://smu.edu/cul/apps/ResearchCentral/browzine/ OR link directly to http://thirdiron.com/download/

Getting started is easy! From your tablet, find BrowZine in the Apple App, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When initially launching BrowZine, select Southern Methodist University from the drop down list. Enter your SMU ID and password.

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