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Envisioning a future with books

By Rita Kirk Director, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility Professor, Division of Communications Studies, Meadows School of the Arts Rita Kirk Occasionally, a new student will walk into my office, scan the shelves of books, both old and new, and ask that awkward question: Have you read all these? The question

In tune with Hamon

Naxos, Variations hit the right notes for music professor Tom Tunks Shortly after Tom Tunks returned to teaching in fall 2011, having completed an extended assignment in SMU administration, he developed a new appreciation for the resources and services available to faculty and students through Central University Libraries. "I've always thought the libraries were good

Renaissance prints

Student Curators "Renaissance Technology in Print," an exhibition in the Hawn Gallery of Hamon Arts Library, August 20-October 14, examined the dissemination of ideas and knowledge through the advancement of print and book production. Art history graduate students Emily Anderson (left) and Sarah Foltz co-curated the exhibition, earning kudos from Sam Ratcliffe, head of the

DeGolyer Rocks

Heavy metal fanfare for photo by Robert Yarnall Richie The rock band Van Halen trained a heavy metal spotlight on DeGolyer Library when it chose a Robert Yarnall Richie photograph for the cover of its comeback album, "A Different Kind of Truth." The dramatic angle on a Henry Dreyfuss-designed New York Central locomotive used for

Go behind the scenes

CUL behind the scenes Meet three staff members creating an exceptional library experience Many Central University Libraries (CUL) staff members perform their tasks in areas rarely visited by the public, providing vital services that have an impact on everyone who relies on the libraries' resources for research and enrichment. Following is an introduction to three

Meet Sam Childers

Sam Childers: Mining the ‘true gems’ of SMU’s libraries Historian Sam Childers specializes in writing micro-histories in which he focuses on “one very special event in a short time-frame.” Capturing these brief moments in time with credible details demands substantial research, and primary research requires outstanding libraries like those of SMU, he says. Childers serves

Welcome New Friends

New members of Friends of the SMU Libraries who have joined as of October 22, 2012: Kelly Baxter Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Boone Ann Carpan Brooke Clement Jawana Coleman Janis Cravens Joanne Early Lee Ford Diana Grumbles Brenda Guyton Michelle Hahn Nicki Nicol Huber Laura Johnston David Martindale Michaux Nash, Jr. Ann Richards Gill

Believe it: Offbeat objects from special collections

Believe it or not, this 32-inch TI-001 Disk “Platter,” ca. 1972 (below), contains only 100 megabytes of storage capacity, meager by today’s standards but among the most robust options of its day. The platter and other components of the then state-of-the-art Texas Instruments Advanced Scientific Computer (ASC) were among the weird and wonderful treasures borrowed