Marshall Terry to receive 2012 SMU Literati Award

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Marshall Terry to receive 2012 SMU Literati Award

Author and SMU Professor Emeritus Marshall TerryMarshall Terry, the emeritus professor and alumnus affectionately known as “Mr. SMU,” will be honored with the Friends of the SMU Libraries Literati Award at the 2012 Tables of Content dinner Saturday, March 31.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. at the James M. Collins Executive Education Center with a cocktail reception honoring Top Ten Haute Young Authors, and featuring entertainment by magician and SMU President’s Scholar Trigg Watson. The honorees include Matt Bondurant, Christopher Heaney, P.J. Hoover, Paul Otremba, Dominic Smith, Michael Anthony Steele, Becky Wade, Christine Warren, Jo Whittemore and JoaquÍn Zihuatanejo.

The presentation of Terry’s award and Tables of Content dinner will follow at 7:15 p.m., with SMU faculty members (and other interesting members of the Dallas community) serving as table hosts.

Michael H. Collins and Melissa A. Collins ’10 are honorary chairs for the event.

“As SMU commemorates its centennial, we decided there was no one more fitting to honor than ‘Mr. SMU,’ Marshall Terry,” says Amy Carver, director of Friends of the SMU Libraries. “His legacy as a writer, teacher and mentor to generations of writers is just one of the many reasons we chose to honor him with the Literati Award this year.”

Terry, E.A. Lilly Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, helped President Willis M. Tate write SMU’s 1963 Master Plan, which laid the foundation for the Strategic Plan guiding the University today.

Terry earned Bachelor’s (’53) and Master’s degrees (’54) from SMU. He introduced the creative writing specialty into the English major, served twice as chair of the English Department, founded the nationally recognized SMU Litfest and has directed SMU programs in Madrid, Oxford and Taos. He also served as Faculty Senate president and associate provost for undergraduate education.

His latest book, Loving U: The Story of a Love Affair (And Some Lover’s Quarrels), is an affectionate narrative of Terry’s involvement with SMU over six decades, told with characteristic wit and wisdom. “His life’s work is inextricably bound up in the history of SMU, and his memoir provides us with a valuable perspective on SMU’s past,” said Russell L. Martin III, director of SMU’s DeGolyer Library, which published the book in late 2011.

The Literati Award was created by the Friends of the SMU Libraries in 2010 to honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization, to celebrate the power of the written word and to recognize significant achievements in creativity. The Friends of the SMU Libraries is an organization dedicated to promoting and enriching the resources, services and operations of the eleven SMU libraries. In 40 years, the Friends have funded more than $750,000 in library materials and services.

Past Literati Award winners include former First Lady Laura Bush ’68 (2011) and noted screenwriter and author James V. Hart ’69 (2010).

Tickets are $150 and are available for online purchase. Table sponsorships are also available. All reservations must be received by Monday, March 26. Black tie is optional, and valet parking will be available. For more information, contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-3225.

Written by Nancy George

> Visit Friends of the SMU Libraries online at smu.edu/friends

Discover-ing SMU Libraries’ revolutionary search engine

Librarian in the stacksSMU Libraries are pioneering a revolutionary service that allows students and faculty to search the library the same way they search the Internet.

The Discover SMU Libraries service, found on the SMU Libraries’ homepage in the Quick Search box, lets users search thousands of the libraries’ resources – books, articles, newspapers, databases and more – from a single search box. The SMU Libraries are one of a handful of university library systems around the world who are pioneering this simple, instant search of library collections.

Studies show that students and faculty prefer the quality of information found in libraries, but find web-style searching simpler and more straightforward. The Discover SMU Libraries service is designed to mimic open web search methods, delivering the kind of content that only the library holds.

“Offering this revolutionary service to our community [was] a culmination of several months of investigation, evaluation and planning by SMU Libraries and Office of Information Technology staff,” said Toni Nolen, IT Services Librarian at Fondren Library Center, who led the implementation effort. “We are excited to introduce this user-friendly service that will help researchers find the best information provided by the SMU Libraries for their needs.”

The Discover SMU Libraries service was created by Serials Solutions, a Seattle-based company that specializes in developing technology that enables university libraries to more easily manage their electronic content collections. The company developed the service in conjunction with universities on three continents and also works with thousands of publishers to pre-load content into a single repository of information – much like the web, but specific to each library’s holdings. The service’s technology allows searching to be precise and fast so that students and faculty spend less time hunting for the right information.

The Discover SMU Libraries search includes records from the SMU Libraries catalog, SMU Libraries Digital Collections, Central University Libraries research guides, and may index some or all of the libraries’ databases and journals.

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> Enter a DIscover library search term with SMU Libraries’ Quick Search box

August 24, 2011|News|

Outstanding library staff members receive service awards

Five exemplary librarians and library staff members have received the 2009 SMU Libraries Staff Service Awards. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Libraries and to the information professions, as well as service to library users.

Jim Quevedo, Central University Libraries, was named Employee of the Year, awarded to a library staff member who has demonstrated exemplary service and successful management of one or more major projects or innovations that enhance service or improve operations and reflect positively on the University.

John Milazzo, Central University Libraries, received the Continuing Excellence Award. The honor recognizes a staff member who has “set an example of knowledge, expertise, dedication and enthusiasm” and “the highest level of commitment to service to library users and SMU faculty and staff” for a minimum of three years.

Yan (Patricia) Silong, Cox Business Information Center, was named Outstanding Student Assistant. The prize goes to a student employee who has demonstrated exemplary continuing performance during a minimum of two full semesters of employment. The selection committee considers work habits, knowledge of work, quality and quantity of work, judgment, initiative, adaptability and reliability.

Christine Asberry Milazzo, Central University Libraries, received the award for Effective Use of Technology. The honor is given to a library staff member who has developed and/or implemented an effective use of information technology that enhances library services and operations.

Jon Speck, Bridwell Library, received the Outstanding Achievement Award, given to a librarian or professional library staff member who has contributed significantly to the SMU community or to the information professions through personal service, leadership, scholarship or involvement in professional associations. The winner must maintain a record of exemplary work for a period of 3-5 years.

In addition, the following personnel received Central University Libraries (CUL) awards:

Cindy Gautreaux and Tyeson Seale received the CUL Dean’s Eureka! Award, presented to CUL staff members who showed the most creativity, ingenuity and imagination.

The CUL Cookout Committee – Carol Baker, Cindy Gautreaux, Michelle Hahn, Terre Heydari, Christine Milazzo and John Milazzo – received the CUL Team Award for organizing and serving an outdoor cookout for SMU students, faculty and staff during National Library Week.

May 14, 2009|News|

SMU Libraries announce 2008 Staff Award winners

The SMU Libraries honored some of its indispensable associates, as nominated by the SMU community, at its 2008 Libraries Staff Awards ceremony May 9 in DeGolyer Library. Staff members from Central University Libraries, Bridwell Library, Underwood Law Library and the Business Information Center were eligible to be nominated for the awards, which carry a cash prize of $500 each.

This year’s recipients:

• Employee of the Year – Cindy Gautreaux, Central University Libraries

• Outstanding Achievement – Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie Niewyk, Central University Libraries

• Continuing Excellence – Maria Isabel Lopes Garcia, Central University Libraries

• Effective Use of Information Technology – Robert Walker, Central University Libraries

• Outstanding Student Assistants – Thien Ho, Business Information Center, and Valencia Pan, Underwood Law Library

In addition, the following staffers received Central University Libraries Awards:

• Dean’s Eureka Award – Cindy Gautreaux

• CUL Team Award – The Digitization Advisory Group: Stacey Beach, Jorge Cruz, Michael Seifi, Robert Walker and Brad Wehring

May 23, 2008|News|

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Countdown, May 1, 2008

Commencement Countdown 2008Celebrating excellence: SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences honors outstanding achievers – including 2008 Distinguished Graduate Robert W. Haley, M.D. at the annual Dedman Celebration 7-9 p.m. May 7 in Dallas Hall.

Libraries’ leading lights: The SMU Libraries honor indispensable associates as nominated by the SMU community at the 2008 Outstanding Library Staff Awards ceremony and reception, 1:30 p.m. May 9 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. All SMU community members are invited to attend.

Commencement Countdown 2008:

  • May 16: Baccalaureate
  • May 17: Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
  • May 17: Commencement
  • May 17: School and departmental diploma ceremonies
May 1, 2008|Calendar Highlights|
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