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Hamon Arts Library

Library Staff

Library information: 214-768-3813
Fax: 214-768-1800

Jolene de Verges, Director and Head of Research Services at the  Fondren Library, ad interim; Film and Media Arts Librarian; Digital Repository Librarian, ad interim

Jolene provides leadership for the collections, services and technology, including the Bywaters Special Collections and G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. She also works collegially with the staff and faculty of the Meadows School to address their information needs and to promote the resources and services of the libraries. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Oregon and an MA in Art History from the University of Oklahoma. She received her MLS from Simmons College.

214-768-1855 | jdeverges@smu.edu

Beverly Mitchell, Director, ad interim and Art and Dance Librarian

In this position, Beverly oversees new and existing initiatives in Hamon, which includes overseeing the Hawn Gallery exhibition program and curatorial fellow, space planning and renovation, and managing the editorial team of the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library. As Art and Dance Librarian, Beverly works with the art, art history, and dance departments, providing reference, instruction, and collection development and management for these programs. She earned her MA in English in 1995 and MLS in 2003 from the University of North Texas. Her areas of interest include professional and grant writing, for which she teaches workshops.

214-768-2796 | bmitchel@smu.edu

Megan Heuer, Head of Information Literacy, Fondren Library and Communication Arts Librarian

Megan works with Advertising, Arts Administration and Arts Entrepreneurship (AMAE), Communication Studies, and Journalism, providing reference, information literacy instruction, and collection development for those programs. Before coming to SMU, Megan worked as the head librarian at The Art Institute of Fort Worth, a commercial arts college. She also did work for the Norwick Center for Digital Services at SMU as well as for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth library. She has an MLIS from the University of North Texas (2013) and an MM from Yale University (2002). Her areas of professional interest include instructional design and library marketing and outreach.

214-768-1856 | mheuer@smu.edu

Pamela E. Pagels, Music and Theatre Librarian

Pamela joined the Hamon Arts Library in October 2012. Her duties include collection development, reference, and bibliographic instruction in addition to liaison work with the music faculty in the Meadows School of the Arts. Prior to coming to SMU, she worked as the Jazz Studies Librarian and taught the graduate course, Intro to Music Bibliography in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. Pamela earned a MM in Performance (Double Bass) from Northwestern University and the dual degree MA in Musicology/ MLS (Music Librarianship Specialization) from Indiana University. Her librarianship interests include areas of digitization and access--especially for special collections-- and digital humanities. Musical research interests include fourteenth-century polyphony, particularly in the music of Guillaume de Machaut.

214-768-1857 | ppagels@smu.edu

LaGail Davis, General Operations Manager

LaGail joined the Hamon staff in December of 2008. She manages the Access Services desk, building maintenance and security as well as marketing projects. LaGail received her BFA in Advertising Design with a minor in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and a Masters of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Arts and Cultural Traditions from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She has more than 20 years of experience working in libraries. 

214-768-4437 | lagail@smu.edu

Chris Rincon, Stacks Maintenance Manager

Chris joined the Hamon staff in March 2017. He has almost 20 years of experience working in local colleges and universities such as Texas Tech, University of Texas at Arlington and the Dallas County Community College District. He holds a BA degree in Communications and Advertising from University of Texas at Arlington and earned a Skills Achievement Award for IT Security from Brookhaven College.

214-768-1858 | cprincon@smu.edu

Ellen Buie Niewyk, Curator of Bywaters Special Collections

Ellen received her BFA from the University of North Texas in 1976 and her MFA from Southern Methodist University in 1978. She recently published Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker, a book based on the Bywaters's prints housed in the collection. In addition to her work at SMU, she is also interested in jewelry design and ancient techniques of metalsmithing.

214-768-1859 | eniewyk@smu.edu

Emily George Grubbs, Archivist

Emily received her BA from Southern Methodist University and her MLS from University of North Texas. She is responsible for processing collections, assisting researchers, digitization and social media.

214-768-1860 | egrubbs@smu.edu

Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator

Jeremy began working in the Hamon Arts Library in 2011 and has worked exclusively with the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection.  In addition to his work at SMU, he also works for the USA, Telluride and Traverse City Film Festivals.  He earned BA degrees in both HIstory and Philosophy at UT Arlington as well as an MA in History in 2015.  His work in the archive is currently focused on the digitizing and cataloging of the WFAA Newsfilm Collection, a collection of almost 3,000 16mm film rolls from the Dallas ABC TV affiliate TV station.

214-768- 4637 | jspracklen@smu.edu

Emily Rueggeberg, Hawn Gallery Curatorial Fellow


As the 2017/18 Curatorial Fellow for the Hawn Gallery, Emily will curate three exhibitions during the academic year that represent various contemporary art practices of artists in Texas and abroad. She will also organize workshops between students and artists, archive exhibitions and produce content for the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library. Emily has a strong background curating exhibitions both in the U.S. and Scotland where she has lived for the past two years. In 2016, with the help of the organization ATLAS ARTS, Emily co-curated public programing for the group exhibition NEO/NEO Extreme Past on the grounds of the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. She holds a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, Criticism from the Edinburgh College of Art (with merit) and a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College.

214-768-2779 erueggeberg@smu.edu