About the Friends

About the Friends of the SMU Libraries

About the Friends

The Friends of  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 group also provides 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 SMU Libraries/Colophon has been committed to helping the libraries maintain their excellence and has 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, 2020-2021

Sam Childers '97, President
Kortney Nelson, Vice President
Stephanie Amsel, Secretary
Cindy Ruppi '14, Treasurer



Diana Blackman

Alan R. Cox

Joan Gosnell

Michelle Staubach Grimes

Michael V. Hazel `70

Jann P. Mackey `90, `03
Paul Santa Cruz `08

Melanie Sumrow

Toni Terry `54

Nancy Miller

Sandra Zelley


Ex Officio

Holly Jeffcoat, Dean of SMU Libraries

Amy Carver `94, Friends Director