Sep 30, 2009
Why the change?
We believe this change will enhance the safety and security of students, faculty and staff. After 8:00 pm, we have limited staffing in the library. In Harned Hall, this will enable us to keep Harned 109 open as a computer lab for students late evenings and weekends. Planning for this change began last year, and we consulted with library staff, the Faculty Library Committee, Security, and the former ASSMU president. All supported this change.
What if my card doesn't work?
Security has been updating all active cards, so we expect IDs of most current students, faculty and staff to work. If your card doesn't, please contact Security (OM 251, 438-4555, or firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that for the first few days, the library door on the far left will not be locked so that everyone has a chance to test their card, but still get in if it doesn't work. For Harned, the east door (near the stairs by the cafe area) will be left unlocked for the first few nights.
What if I don't have a card?
You'll need to stop by Security (OM 251) and pick one up. They're open 24/7.
How does this impact community members?
Community members are still welcome to use the library both weekdays and weekends as late as 8:00 pm. Most library use by community members has been before 8:00 pm, so this change should have little practical impact. Both O'Grady Library and Harned Hall will make exceptions to the 8:00 pm limit for special events.
Sep 28, 2009
But faculty have also contributed to the project. Prof. Lee Mohler created a poster about a famous Persian mathematician who gave us the cubic equation.
As you head to the reference desk or the commons area, stop by and take a look at the collages, paintings and multimedia work.
Put on the headphones and listen to samples of Iranian music, learn a little about Persian food, women, religions, sports, architecture, calligraphy, art, legends and ceremonies.
These small projects work like pieces of a puzzle. Placed together, they paint a more complex image of Iranian culture than most of us encounter in our daily lives.
In addition to what you see on the walls, there are three computers in the alcove that are dedicated to this display. Each has several student projects that will rotate throughout the day. Or, if you can't make it to campus, you can view Lucas' project about Iranian music on YouTube.
Sep 4, 2009
Our events include:
Through September - A display on Iran and Persia
The display is set up in the library commons area
Sept 15 - Workshop and Talk on Twitter and Iran
Kathy E. Gill from the University of Washington gives a hands-on workshop on Twitter, followed by a talk on the role of Twitter in the recent street protests in Iran. See slide show here.
Sept 24 - Screening of Persepolis
Persepolis is a film based on a graphic novel by an Iranian writer Marjane Satrapi.
Sept 24-Oct 1 - Student interactive display
SMU student projects about the culture(s) of Iran will be on display in the library alcove