Category: News

Meet the Librarians: Hollie Gardner

What do the graduate student lounge, the chairs, and the Fondren library website all have in common? The User Experience (UX) Librarian and Marketing Team Lead Hollie Gardner. Gardner started her journey as a librarian as the morning and, later, the night supervisor in the music library at the University of North Texas where she…Continue Reading Meet the Librarians: Hollie Gardner

Meet the Librarians: Megan Heuer

For Head of Information Literacy and Communication Arts Librarian Megan Heuer, there is no such thing as a typical. She spends her time working with professors and students in the communication arts majors, managing the other librarians in Fondren Library, and working with the guides team.   Heuer got her start as a librarian at…Continue Reading Meet the Librarians: Megan Heuer

Meet the Librarians: Rafia Mirza

In Fondren 104C, Humanities Librarian Rafia Mirza sits surrounded by figurines and posters of Kermit the Frog, Wall-E, Ms. Marvel, and the Powerpuff Girls.   As reflected in her choice of decoration, Mirza is interested in popular culture. In college, she studied pop culture, media, and the public memory at the State University of New…Continue Reading Meet the Librarians: Rafia Mirza

Immerse Yourself in the Digital Humanities!

SMU Libraries premieres the Digital Humanities Research Institute. Join DHRI@SMU, August 19-22, 2019. Apply now, applications are due April 22. Digital humanities (DH) uses computational methods and tools to address humanities questions.What is a good way of getting started in the digital humanities? Bootcamps! DHRI@SMU offers intensive training in digital tools and skills.We will give…Continue Reading Immerse Yourself in the Digital Humanities!

Meet the Librarians: Rebecca Graff

Research Librarian, Rebecca Graff’s tip to undergraduates, “Contact your librarian. Seriously. It starts to sound cliché after a while, but we can help in many ways. We can help you think about the question you’re asking and help you think about it in ways you might not have thought on your own.” Graff understands the…Continue Reading Meet the Librarians: Rebecca Graff

Curatorial discussion #1: Clear, Deep, Dark

This curatorial discussion on the Hawn Gallery exhibition, Clear, Deep, Dark, focuses on its artist, Julie Morel. Every two weeks during the exhibition’s run, Curatorial Fellow, Emily Rueggeberg, will post a new article highlighting one or more of Morel’s pieces from the exhibition to provide insight into the artist’s creative and theoretical processes….Continue Reading Curatorial discussion #1: Clear, Deep, Dark

Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

The news seemed so odd – what relevance does Bob Dylan have now? Is his work literature?  Which work, or works, merit this prize? If the prize is in recognition of a body of work, where is the corpus? The collection? What does Dylan mean to those interested in what was, at least in the past,…Continue Reading Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

GCI online exhibition – Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings

The Bywaters Special Collections staff are happy to announce that SMU’s Central University Libraries is now a part of the Google Cultural Institute. BSC staff, Ellen Buie Niewyk, curated the first GCI exhibition with archivist, Emily George Grubbs. Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 is an exhibition curated from the holdings of photographs and documents of the artist from Bywaters…Continue Reading GCI online exhibition – Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings

Strange inheritance

In the spring of 2009, I received a telephone call from Atlee Phillips, Texas art specialist at Dallas’s Heritage Auction Galleries.  Although I’d never met Atlee, she told me that I’d soon think of her as “my new best friend.”  A few days later, she arrived in my office with numerous photographs of a painting…Continue Reading Strange inheritance

Hamon staff appointment to Dallas Historical Society Board

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Sam Ratcliffe, Head of Bywaters Special Collections, who was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the Dallas Historical Society. A long-standing non-profit organization, since 1922, the Society has, according to its mission, sought to collect, preserve, and exhibit collections relevant to the heritage of the city. Dr….Continue Reading Hamon staff appointment to Dallas Historical Society Board