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Instructional, Laboratory and Other Physical Facilities

SMU Libraries

Service to Southern Methodist University students, faculty and staff is the primary goal of all libraries at SMU. The libraries of the University contain more than 2.5 million volumes. PONI, an on-line catalog of all holdings, can be accessed from any of the libraries as well as from remote dial-in locations both on and off campus.

SMU Libraries rank first in total volumes held among non-ARL (Association of Research Libraries) universities in the United States. The SMU Libraries, which rank highly within the region, comprise the largest private research library in the Southwest and rank third within the region in total volumes, after the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. SMU Libraries are one of the greatest assets of the University.

The University's library system is divided into a number of different units:

  1. Central University Libraries (reporting to the Office of the Provost)
  2. Underwood Law Library (reporting to the School of Law)
  3. Bridwell Library (reporting to the Perkins School of Theology)
  4. Business Information Center (reporting to the Edwin L. Cox School of Business)

Central University Libraries

The largest of the SMU library units is Central University Libraries (CUL), with holdings of more than 1.8 million volumes. CUL comprises Fondren Library, the Hamon Arts Library, the Science and Engineering Library, the DeGolyer Library and SMU Archives, the ISEM (Institute for the Study of Earth and Man) Reading Room, and the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology.

Fondren Library

Fondren Library, with more than 900,000 volumes of books, government publications, and bound journals, serves students and faculty in the areas of humanities, social sciences, business, and education. Its Electronic Resources Center provides workstations for on-line access to PONI, the Internet, and a campus local area network of CD-ROM subscriptions in many of the SMU Libraries. Fondren Library is a selective depository for government information resources and has a large microforms collection of retrospective periodicals and special collections in the humanities and social sciences.

Strengths of the Fondren Library include, but are not limited to, classical studies, late 18th- and early 19th-century English literature, American history, Texas history, contemporary biography and literature, anthropology, economics, and other social sciences. Fondren Library also provides reading materials placed on reserve by classroom faculty and access to holdings from other libraries nationwide via Interlibrary loan.

Hamon Arts Library

Hamon Arts Library, with holdings of more than 80,000 volumes, serves students and faculty in the areas of music, fine arts, and performing arts. It focuses on the classical traditions of European art with additional resources in the areas of American arts, especially Southwestern arts. The Jerry Bywaters Special Collections wing has as its focus the art and artists of the Southwest; the music life of Dallas; regional theatre history; fashion throughout the ages; and regional architecture. The library contains state-of-the-art technological facilities, including a microcomputer laboratory, multimedia authoring workstations, and video and laser disc information resources.

Science and Engineering Library

Science and Engineering Library contains holdings of more than 700,000 volumes and serves students and faculty in the areas of the sciences and engineering. It, too, contains PONI and CD-ROM networked resources. The Science and Engineering Library is responsible for the University's map collection, which includes more than 213,000 topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs, and the DeGolyer Earth Sciences collection of more than 15,000 geological volumes.

CUL has an Industrial Information Service housed in the Science and Engineering Library that provides a cost-recovery fee-based information service to the business and corporate community outside the University.

DeGolyer Library of Special Collections

DeGolyer Library of Special Collections is a noncirculating special collections branch of CUL that contains more than 90,000 volumes. It includes 4,500 feet of manuscripts and more than 350,000 photographs that do not circulate outside of the building. The DeGolyer Library is open to all students and faculty for research in areas such as the Trans-Mississippi West, particularly the Southwest and Spanish borderlands, and transportation history, especially railroads. It also is strong in Southwestern history and literature. This library, in particular, attracts scholars and researchers from around the country and from the local community to research the Paul Horgan, J. Frank Dobie, and Horton Foote collections, and the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

SMU Archives

SMU Archives, part of the DeGolyer Library, is a noncirculating collection not open to the public. The Archives contain historical records, photographs, documents, and memorabilia concerning the establishment and growth of the University. Administrative personnel of the University, local historians, and media personnel from throughout the city are its principal users.

ISEM Reading Room

ISEM Reading Room, with 10,000 volumes, serves students and faculty of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man. It contains a wealth of information relating to anthropology and geological and geophysical sciences.

The Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology

The Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology is responsible for multimedia resources, production services, instructional development services, and classroom distribution services. It offers classroom and individual viewing of approximately 5,000 documentary and feature film videocassettes, video discs, films, and audio tapes, most of which can be found by using the PONI on-line catalog.

Underwood Law Library

Underwood Law Library, one of the 25 largest law libraries in the country and the largest private law library in the Southwest, serves the faculty and students of the School of Law and as an information resource to the legal profession in the Metroplex. The collection includes state and federal legislative, judicial and administrative materials; non-law treatises and legal periodicals; law treatises; U.S., international and foreign documents; and U.S. government documents relating to the legal profession. Strengths of the collection are in taxation, corporate law, securities, labor law, air and space law, commercial and banking law, constitutional law, and law and medicine. Special collections include the Erin Bain Jones Collection on space and sea law. The Kay and Ray Hutchison Legal Resource Learning Center in the Underwood Law Library is a computer learning lab located on the third floor.

Bridwell Library

The Bridwell Library of Perkins School of Theology, with more than 300,000 volumes and nearly 150,000 microform volumes, is the principal bibliographic resource for the fields of theology and religious studies. Its mission is to acquire, organize, preserve, make accessible, and interpret materials in these and related fields. Among the Library's special collections are distinctive holdings in world and regional Methodism, early and fine printing, early printed Bibles, 15th- and 16th-century theological works, the history of printing, and the art of the book. Its collection is interpreted by bibliographic instruction, reference services, lectures, publications, and exhibitions.

The Business Information Center

The Business Information Center (BIC) serves the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. It includes microcomputer laboratories and serves as an electronic network to business faculty and staff offices, classrooms, and the School's auditorium. The BIC primarily serves students and faculty of the Cox School of Business, with a core collection of reference and periodical titles in print. But its primary resources are CD-ROM and on-line database services in business and economics. Students are taught end-user searching in commercial databases and strategies for keeping current with state-of-the art information technology applications in business. The Hillcrest Foundation International Resource Library in the Business Information Center strengthens the international resources provided to students. For more traditional print resources in business, students and faculty use Fondren Library.

Laboratories and Research Facilities

The University provides many laboratories and much equipment for courses in accounting, anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, languages, geological sciences, communication arts, psychology, physics, health and physical education, dance, music, theatre, statistics, and computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. (Descriptions of the engineering laboratories are carried in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section, and other University facilities are described in sections for the individual schools.)

The teaching laboratories of the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, geo-logical sciences, and physics are housed in the Fondren Science Building. Virtually all teaching laboratories and support facilities in the building have been remodeled and updated.

Students have access to a wide array of specialized instrumentation and laboratory equipment fundamental to studies in the natural sciences, including spectrophotometers, high performance liquid chromatographs, scintillation counters, a DNA synthesizer, X-ray diffractometers, mass spectrometers, and an atomic absorption spectrometer. Advanced undergraduate research is also supported by tissue culture, animal care, and electron microscopy facilities, as well as several departmental computer laboratories.

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory, under the direction of the Department of Biological Sciences, contains facilities available to both faculty and graduate students of the University. This facility provides for the preparation of material to be examined with the electron microscope and for training in the use of the instruments. Currently, this laboratory contains one scanning electron microscope and two transmission electron microscopes used in the teaching and research programs of the laboratory.


Information Technology Services Office of Information Technology

Information Technology Services (ITS), located in the Bradfield Computing Center, 6100 Ownby Drive, provides support for the instructional, research, administrative computing, and communication environment for the University. ITS provides computing services for both administrative and academic functions, the campus e-mail service, and SMU's World Wide Web server.

Administrative computing services are being migrated from an IBM mainframe to a Windows NT and UNIX-based client/server environment. A UNIX environment supports the statistical analysis and academic computing functions for the University.

ITS OIT is also responsible for technical support for the shared microcomputer labs and classrooms such as the ACS labs and the Digital Commons in Fondren Library West. A PC lab is also available for general use in the Bradfield building. ITS electronic communications services include telephone, voice mail, dial-up data communications, e-mail, and connection to the Internet and World Wide Web. All residence halls and fraternity houses have access to these communications services.

The Cox School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) also operate microcomputer and terminal laboratories for student use. Additional information is available from the Help Desk, 214-SMU-HELP (214-768-4357).

ITS has contracted with Hi-Ed to operate the Computer Corner, currently located on the main floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The Computer Corner is a sales outlet for microcomputer hardware and software for student and departmental purchase. Compaq and Apple products, Hewlett-Packard printers, and many popular software products are offered at competitive prices. For additional information, call 214-768-4033.


Southern Methodist University in Taos, For Burgwin

Southern Methodist University in Taos, Fort Burgwin, is located 10 miles south of Taos, New Mexico, at an elevation of 7,500 feet. The facility includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, and a library, as well as living accommodations for students and faculty. Northern New Mexico offers a multiplicity of research opportunities for both natural and social scientists. Pot Creek Pueblo, located on the fort's property, is one of the largest prehistoric archaeological sites in the northern Rio Grande Valley.

N.L. Heroy Science Hall

The N.L. Heroy Science Hall houses the Departments of Anthropology, Geo-logical Sciences, and Statistical Sciences, as well as the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man.

Institute for the Study of Earth and Man

The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man was created in 1966 by a gift from W.B. Heroy Sr. Its purpose is to develop a program of continuing and professional education reflecting the research and scholarly interests of the faculties in Anthropology, Geological Sciences, and Statistical Science. The Department of Geological Sciences operates several unique laboratories, including the following:

Dallas Seismological Observatory

The Dallas Seismological Observatory, established by the Dallas Geophysical Society, is maintained and operated by the University. A three-component, long-period seismograph at the University, along with two remote experimental seismic stations, are in operation. In addition, remote seismic stations in southwest Texas are monitored by the Observatory. Data collected by the Observatory are available to the faculty and advanced students who wish to undertake basic research in seismology or tectonics.

Ellis W. Shuler Museum of Paleontology

The Ellis W. Shuler Museum of Paleontology is a research museum affording opportunities for advanced study of fossil faunas and their climatic and paleoecologic significance. The collection, which specializes in vertebrate paleontology, includes more than 150,000 fossils from the United States, Central America, and northeastern Africa.

Pollen Analysis Laboratory

The Pollen Analysis Laboratory is operated in conjunction with the Shuler Museum of Paleontology. The laboratory is available to those in all areas of the Institute, the University, and the larger research community.

Geothermal Laboratory

The Geothermal Laboratory is the focus of an extensive program of research in the thermal field of the Earth. Geothermal energy resources and the thermal fields of sedimentary basins are special topics of concentration. The research is worldwide in scope. Specialized equipment for the measurement of thermal conductivity of rocks, and for the measurement of accurate, precise temperature logs in deep wells is available for research purposes, and services are provided to other institutions and research centers on a contractual basis.

Electron Microprobe Laboratory

The Electron Microprobe Laboratory contains a fully automated JEOL model 733 electron microprobe with four X-ray spectrometers and associated sample preparation equipment. It is available on a regular basis for various research projects in the Institute, the University, and other research institutions.

Stable Isotope Laboratory

The Stable Isotope Laboratory is a general research facility available to support both academic and student research in the Institute, in the University, and in other research centers. It also provides extensive support for research laboratories in the Southwest, Midwest, and West.


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Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum, founded by the late philanthropist Algur H. Meadows and located in the Owen Arts Center of the Meadows School of the Arts, houses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The permanent collection of 670 objects includes painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present. Artists represented include El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, Picasso, and Miró. The Meadows Museum hosts about four special exhibitions each year in its temporary exhibition galleries and sponsors an active program of public lectures, tours, films, concerts, symposia, a children's summer art program, and family days throughout the year. Museum collections are often utilized by SMU faculty in their courses. The museum membership program includes exhibition previews, tours of private collections, and opportunities for travel. Docent tours of the collection are available to school children, and to university and adult groups.

The present Meadows facility will close November 12, 2000, to prepare for the move into a new, 66,000-square-foot building on the east side of Bishop Boulevard. Meadows Museum will open to the University in its new location on March 26, 2001. Important 20th-century sculptures from the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Garden will be integrated into the new location, including monumental works by Rodin, Maillol, Henry Moore, Lipchitz, and David Smith.

G. William Jones Film/Video Archives

The G. William Jones Film/Video Archives, founded in 1967, is the only moving-image archive in the Southwest and one of the oldest and largest in the United States. The mission of the Archives is to find, preserve, study, and share the world's diverse film heritage for current and future generations and to enhance harmonious relations between individuals, communities, and countries through the use of film and video. It is one of the few archives to actively seek out and preserve independent feature films.

The Archives is housed in the Greer Garson Theatre. Funded by a gift from the actress, the facility provides staff offices, a research library, visiting researcher offices, screening rooms for 35mm and 16mm films and video projection, preservation and restoration workrooms, and a 3,800-square-foot climate-controlled film and video storage vault. The Archives supports the Center for Communication Arts and other departments on campus by providing films and videotapes from the collection, screening and research facilities, and staff curriculum support. The Archives also serves the research purposes of numerous other colleges, universities, museums, and libraries, as well as television and film producers.

The Archives participates in the National Moving Image Data Base (NAMID), one of the primary projects of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation. NAMID's mandate is to serve as a working tool to make informed decisions about the preservation of moving image materials, to facilitate shared cataloging, and to increase access to primary research materials on moving images. The Archives specializes in multicultural films and video productions with about 10,000 films and 1,500 videocassettes. It holds the most extensive collection of African American-produced films in the world and is committed to finding and preserving these materials. The Archives' Tyler, Texas, Black Film Collection contains more than 120 titles, including Blood of Jesus, which was chosen by the Library of Congress as a national film treasure.