Elizabeth Gilbert Lecture and Book Signing, November 4

Elizabeth Gilbert presents “The Signature of All Things”

The Signature of all ThingsPlease join us for a lecture and book signing with author Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, LoveGilbert will present her new book, The Signature of All Things.

Date: November 4, 2013
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: Gilbert’s sweeping saga of Henry Whittaker and his daughter, Alma, offers an allegory for the great, rampant heart of the 19th century. Multiple narrative threads weave seamlessly into a saga with long-remembered characters equal to any in American literature. This is a brilliant exercise of intellect and imagination.

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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Animated Fun with William Joyce, October 25

Read books, eat cookies, watch movies with Oscar-winner William Joyce

Fantastic Flying BooksFriends of the SMU Libraries President Samuel H. Childers, Jr. ’97 and Centennial Special Events Chair Linda Pitts Custard ’60, ’99 invite you to a Year of the Library special event: Animated Fun with William Joyce

There will be a discussion of Joyce’s works led by Film Professor Sean Griffin and a screening of the short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” followed by a milk-and-cookies reception, book signing and children’s activities.

Time: Friday, October 25, 2013
Date: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, Hughes-Trigg Student Center

About the event:

William JoyceAs part of The Second Century Celebration, SMU is commemorating the Year of the Library, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University’s first library in 1913. Join William Joyce ’81, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and grand marshal of our Homecoming Parade, for a discussion of his works and a special screening of his Oscar-winning short film, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”

Books by William Joyce including his newest book,
The Mischievians, will be available for purchase.

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Year of the Library at SMUSMU is commemorating the Year of the Library, the 100th anniversary of the 1913 creation of University’s first library, the hiring of the first librarian and the acquisition of its first book.

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Try BrowZine, a new tablet application for scholarly journals

The library now subscribes to BrowZine, a new tablet application  that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s  scholarly journals on your iPad or Android tablet.  Items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox, and several other services to help you keep all of your information together in one place.  Please contact your liaison librarian with your feedback about BrowZine.

browsingIpadTo learn more, please take a look at this short two minute video: http://thirdiron.com/browzine-ipad-app/video/

To access BrowZine for the first time, please do the following:

  • Download the BrowZine app from your App Store, Google Play, or Kindle/Amazon stores depending on which tablet you use (iOS or Android).
    • Please note that we support the following Android tablets: Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Kindle Fire HD.
  • Install the BrowZine app (make sure you have the most up-to-date version).
  • Open BrowZine and go to “Choose Library”. Search for Southern Methodist University and tap to choose.
    • NOTE: if you’re using iOS 7, please scroll down & select Southern Methodist University from the list; there is a bug Apple is fixing, which doesn’t allow you to search and choose an institution that should be fixed in the next couple of days that occurred with this release.
  • Enter your campus credentials, these will be the same ones you use for off-campus access to library resources.
  • Go to “Subjects” and select subject area.
  • Start browsing!

Watch an introduction

 

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SMU Family Weekend Libraries Open House, October 4

Dean McCombsOn Friday, October 4 from 2:00-4:00 pm SMU’s libraries will be open to all Family Weekend visitors in celebration of The Year of the Library. One hundred years after the hiring of the first librarian in 1913, this year marks a milestone for SMU that has ushered in a time for reflection, repositioning, and renovation. The new technologies and the shift to active learning methods have given rise to the libraries taking center stage within higher education. The libraries will put their services and collections on display.

At 2pm in Fondren Library Center, Dean McCombs will be discussing the 21st century library, the possibilities it holds, and what to expect as SMU looks ahead to the next century of campus libraries.


Year of the Library at SMUSMU is commemorating the Year of the Library, the 100th anniversary of the 1913 creation of University’s first library, the hiring of the first librarian and the acquisition of its first book.

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Join the CUL Student Advisory Council

We are excited to announce the upcoming fall meetings of the Central University Libraries Student Advisory Council (CULSAC).

As a member of CULSAC, you will learn about the fascinating things taking place in the Libraries while participating in conversations that will help shape the future of your library. This will be a fun opportunity to get involved while making connections and networking with your fellow students from different majors.

Meetings take place once a month on the dates below in the Fondren Library Center Auditorium and light refreshments will be provided. The big topic of our first meeting will be the Fondren Library Center renovation plans. We encourage you to fill out the interest form, but you are more than welcome to just drop in. We look forward to seeing you there! Bring your ideas and bring a friend!

See past topics and conversations here.

Student Advisory CouncilDates

September 30, 2013
October 28, 2013 (Instagram scavenger hunt)
November 18, 2013

Time:  3:00 – 4:00 PM

Location:  Fondren Library Center Auditorium, SIC 364

Questions? Contact Hollie at hgardner@smu.edu

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Lecture and Book Signing with Bestselling Author Jamie Ford, September 19

Jamie Ford Presents “Songs of Willow Frost”

Songs of Willow FrostDate: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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

About the book: From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestseller author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweetcomes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

More information: http://smu.edu/libraries/friends/events/

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Highland Park Library,  Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

 

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Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief Lecture, September 12

Abraham Lincoln lecture at SMUYou are cordially invited to attend a lecture by Frank J. Williams.

Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief

Date: September 12, 2013, 6:00 pm
Location: SMU, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium

During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln refused to maintain a static perspective on the issues facing him and the nation. Instead, he regularly reassessed matters in order to accomplish what he believed was best for the country. As commander in chief during the Civil War, he faced almost insurmountable problems. But his willingness to reconsider and change is part of what made Lincoln controversial, admirable, and ultimately successful.

We welcome for this lecture Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Williams is widely known for his knowledge of Lincoln. A prolific author and speaker, he and his wife have created the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, one of the largest such collections in the country, dedicated to preserving materials related to Lincoln and his presidency and promoting a greater public awareness of his legacy.

Jointly sponsored by the Center for Presidential History, the Friends of the SMU Libraries, and the DeGolyer Library, in conjunction with the fall exhibit, “Hail to the Chief: Presidential History in Word and Image,” at the DeGolyer Library through October 4, 2013.

Update 9/5/2013: Due to an overwhelming response, we have reached the capacity of the McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall for Frank J. Williams lecture Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief and can no longer accept reservations for this event.”

Image: President-Elect Abraham Lincoln, by Alexander Gardner, February 24, 1861, DeGolyer Library, Ag2005.0004

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Open House at Fondren Library Center, September 10

Open House at Fondren Library


Join us to learn how the library can help you!

Drop-in tours will be on the half hour from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Go on a tour to enter a drawing for fabulous door prizes, including a Kindle Fire!

See the best places to study in Fondren and get a behind-the-scenes look at library digitization.  We’ll have free refreshments and entertainment.

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James Reston Jr. Lecture & Book Signing, September 10

Accidental VictimThe Friends of the SMU Libraries invite you to a lecture and book signing with James Reston Jr., author of The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 6 pm – Reception 6:30 pm
Location: Hughes-Trigg Ballroom, 3140 Dyer St. SMU Campus

James Reston Jr. is the author of 15 books, three plays, and numerous articles in national magazines. In 1976-­‐77, he was David Frost’s Watergate adviser for the famous Frost/Nixon interviews. His shocking new book The Accidental Victim puts forth controversial theory that Texas Governor John Connally was the intended target of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Watch him on the Today Show, Sept. 12th.

Books will be available for purchase at event.  This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP at www.smu.edu/friends or call 214-768-3225.

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Fondren Library Welcome Tent: August 26 – 27

Fondren Library CenterSMU’s Central University Libraries will greet new and returning students with much needed cold water and campus maps, 10am-2pm, during the first two days of school.  Stop by our tent in front of Fondren Library and let us introduce you to the subject specialist librarian for your major (or to ALL the librarians for those who have yet to choose a major!). Remember that Fondren Library has been voted Best Place to Study on Campus for the last several years!

Where: Fondren Library
When: Monday, August 26th and Tuesday, August 27th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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