At the Hamon Arts Library, we are constantly discovering new treasures. Recently, during our daily adventures we re-discovered something that our patrons may consider very valuable. It is our outside book drop. It is rarely seen and rarely used, but we would like to change that.
The outside book drop is available for those times when you have an item to return and the library is closed. It is located just outside the doors facing Hillcrest Drive on the west side of the Owen Arts Center building.
We have posted a new sign on the door at the library entrance containing a map that gives directions to outside bookdrop, should visit us at a time when we are closed and as an added benefit we have inserted the map into this blog, so that you may view it at anytime.
Our regular hours of operation while classes are in session are Monday through Thursday, 8 am–12 am; Friday, 8 am–6 pm; Saturday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 1 pm–12 am. For exeptions to these hours, please visit http//smu.edu/cul/hamon/.
The inaugural Hamon Book Club event, sponsored by the Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Hamon, will be Thursday, November 10. Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian, will lead a discussion of Umberto Eco’s History of Beauty. And there will be chocolate!
Next semester, we will have a second event, with a music-related book soon to be named. We’re excited about the prospects of our new book club—and we hope you get involved!
Hamon’s annual book sale for fall 2011 will be on Thursday, November 17th from 9 am – 8 pm and Friday, November 18th from 9 am – 5 pm. The Library will offer many music scores, books, numerous opera CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. Subjects will include art, music, theater, dance, film or fiction. Most items will range in price from $1.00 – $10.00. On Friday, from 3 – 5 pm, prices will be 50% off and Friends of SMU Libraries will receive a 10% discount with their card.
Please note the following policies: check or cash only, no sales tax, all sales final, no holds, and no bulk discounts. The Hamon Arts Library is located in the Owen Art Center, 6100 Hillcrest Ave. For further information, please call 214-768-3813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hamon Website, September 2011
Our website has changed again! In order to align more closely with the look of the rest of the website for Central University Libraries at SMU, the Hamon site has been updated. As with any site update, we’re sure people will like and dislike many things about it, but we’re pleased in particular with the increase in images and improved content in some key areas, such as the Audiovisual Center. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Visit the 2nd and 3rd floors this week to try out our new furniture! The semicircular rotunda-like study areas now feature 6 square tables with chairs and 8 comfy lounge chairs with ottomans.
Emily Grubbs, curatorial assistant in Bywaters Special Collections, will give the gallery talk “Adventures in the Archives: Discovering the Gigaku Masks” at the Dallas Museum of Art along with Dr. Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the DMA, on Wednesday May 25 at 12:15.
Photographs by Brad Flowers, Dallas Museum of Art.
Question: What do Queen Noor of Jordan and the catalogue from the 1923 Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Dallas Art Association have in common?
Answer: Queen Noor’s grandparents owned Halaby Galleries, originally located in the Majestic Theatre Building, where the Dallas Art Association’s Fourth Annual Exhibition was held in 1923. Her grandfather, Najeeb Elias Halaby, migrated from Beirut to New York when only 12 years old with his older brother, Habib. Together, the two young men learned how to survive in the city by selling Oriental rugs, damask fabric, copperware, and jewelry from their homeland. Najeeb eventually moved to Texas in search of oil and cotton money and there met and married his future wife, Laura Wilkins, the daughter of a local rancher, in 1914. With her interior decorating skills and his import-export knowledge they established Halaby Galleries in the early 1920s. Due to the success of their business, the Halabys were asked to move their gallery to the top two floors of the newly expanded Neiman Marcus store in downtown Dallas. Unfortunately, Najeeb died soon after opening the gallery in the new location and the business did not continue.
Effective April 1, 2011, Central University Libraries (CUL), which includes the Hamon Arts Library, has updated circulation privileges to better meet the needs of faculty at SMU.
- The faculty loan period for books has been extended to a full 365 days.
- Also, SMU faculty can now renew materials online—indefinitely! Some exceptions apply, and technically there are 99 renewals (but with a 365 day loan period on books…) For more information, please visit the library catalog.
All of the staff at the Hamon is excited about these changes and we hope they are sufficient for your needs.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this or anything else about borrowing, you may contact Hamon Arts Library circulation desk by calling 214-768-3813 or emailing email@example.com.
In recent months, we have had some problems with access to Naxos Music Library, our most popular audio streaming service. We kept running into a limit on the number of users who can use it at the same time. In order to address this problem, we have changed our subscription and made a few tweaks to the system. In addition to doubling the number of seats available for people to use simultaneously, we have also made it easier for the system to time out and log someone off if he or she has stopped using the service. Never fear—if you really are browsing or listening, even if you’re doing something else like looking at a score, you won’t be logged off.
If you haven’t tried Naxos Music Library or got frustrated and stopped using it, I would encourage you to try it (again)! It gives our users access to the entire Naxos label as well as many, many other independent labels, such as Alfred, Albany, Carus-Verlag, Chandos, The Cliburn, Da Capo, Delos, and Loft.
As a reminder, we also have Classical Music Library and DRAM for additional audio streaming services—as well as our Variations system for streaming our own recordings! If you have any questions, contact Jon or Maristella, our new AV Supervisor. All of these services can be accessed directly from the Hamon website.