About the Friends

About the Friends of the SMU Libraries

About the Friends

The Friends of the SMU Libraries, originally founded in 1970 as Colophon, is an organization dedicated to promoting and enriching the resources, services and operations of the seven SMU Libraries. The Friends also provide opportunities for book lovers to become acquainted with each other and with the many resources of the SMU Libraries through a series of programs each year. These events feature noted authors, historians, artists, publishers and curators of notable collections.

Since its founding in 1970, the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon has been committed to helping the libraries maintain their excellence. In the nearly 50 years since its founding, the Friends have funded over $1,000,000 in materials and library services. In addition to providing funds for reference materials and fine press books, the Friends continue to provide much-needed support for electronic resources and equipment.

Friends Board, 2019-2020

Janis Knott, President
Sam Childers `97, Vice President
Cindy Ruppi `14, Secretary
Donna Cotter `15, Treasurer
Stephanie A. Amsel, Past President


Lou Bauman
Kelly L. Baxter
Karen F. Blumenthal `90

Alan R. Cox

Michelle Staubach Grimes

Michael V. Hazel `70

Jann P. Mackey `90, `03
Kortney Nelson
Paul Santa Cruz `08
Toni Terry `54


Ex Officio

Holly Jeffcoat, Dean of SMU Libraries

Amy Carver `94, Friends Director