Friends of ACU Library Newsletter, 2001

Elizabeth Nelson

By Erma Jean Loveland ('58)
Editor of Friends Newsletter

Endowment to Honor Librarian Elizabeth Nelson

Mrs. Pauline Chapple Nelson of Abilene and her children, Karen Nelson Hendrick, ACU Public Services Librarian, and Don Nelson, Houston attorney, recently established an endowment fund of $25,000 which was matched with $15,000 by Exxon Mobile Foundation Educational Matching Gift Programs in honor of Elizabeth Nelson, an ACC faculty member for 23 years. Miss Nelson was the aunt of J. Don Nelson Jr., deceased husband of Pauline and a long time attorney for Exxon.

Hendrick said the family wanted to recognize "Auntie" Elizabeth's love and devotion to ACU. "She always encouraged the family in our faith and scholarship as she did students, faculty, and staff at ACC."

Elizabeth Nelson, a daughter of John Calvin Nelson (1849-1933) and Lydia Elizabeth Nelson (1859-1942) was born and reared at Mount Calm in Hill County, Texas with her brothers William, James, Clarence, Andrew, Jesse, Dan, and sister Ella who drowned when she was 4.

A 1916 graduate of Baylor University, Miss Nelson taught a year at Bonham High School while working with the Baylor Athletic program. In 1918, she became a math instructor in the Abilene Christian College academy and the next year she was the principal of the school.

When Daisy and Jesse P. Sewell resigned in 1923, Nelson was given Mrs. Sewell's position as dean of women. One of her duties was to march the academy girls in uniform two by two along North First Street to downtown Abilene for their shopping needs.

The Optimist revealed some of the other duties of the dean of women. The girls had to have the dean's permission to leave campus. The young men were quoted as saying, "We must ask Miss Nelson first when we want a date." Before the girls could go out, they were inspected by Nelson. Their dresses had to be at least 3 inches below the knee, and the Dean's measuring stick had to agree.

One of her "girls," Lucile Adrain Wilks recalled, "Miss Nelson didn't think it was fair for the girls who lived out in town to have dates on Sunday night when the girls in the dorm were not allowed to do so. She changed the rule so that those in the dorm could have a Sunday evening church date too.

Lucile also remembered how Nelson encouraged the girls to be good housekeepers; she would stand up in chapel and invite certain tall young men to come with her immediately to inspect the girls' rooms. Students like Lewis Norman and Willie Treat would reach up over the door facings, get dust on their fingers, and say, "well, look at this dirt!"

The Optimist carried articles about Elizabeth taking students with her when she made an "overland" trip in her new Ford car and about her custom of giving Sunday night suppers of coffee and salad for invited guests. The entertainment for these occasions might be listening to a "delightful" radio program.

When the Dean took a leave of absence to do graduate work at Baylor University, the Optimist reported, "Her unyielding fairness and generosity and her blameless Christian life made her a big favorite with the students." She received a MA from Baylor in 1927.

As the dorm director in 1929, Miss Nelson called the Abilene Fire Department to report the North First Street Administration Building fire. Later, President Batsell Baxter told the Optimist reporter that about half of the library books were carried to safety by the dormitory students.

In 1930, during the Silver Anniversary of Abilene Christian College, Miss Margaret Bishop, library director during 1928-1934, reported that the library was making a good recovery after the fire. Holdings now included 10,000 books and
Karen Hendrick and Pauline Nelson

pamphlets, half of which were new, 5 daily newspapers and 87 periodicals. Batsell Baxter was President, James F. Cox, Dean; and E. W. McMillan was the college church minister.

Soon after the death of Elizabeth's father in 1933, her mother came to live in Abilene. Shortly thereafter Nelson became the library director. In 1936, she took a leave of absence to obtain her library science degree at the prestige Columbia University in New York City.

As the new library director, Miss Nelson carefully explained, in her firm but fair fashion, the library hours, stack privileges, reserves and fines, and check out privileges for the Ad Building library. And then during the following July, she directed the transfer of the books to the main floor of Chambers Hall, which provided more shelving and study space.

In an oral history interview, Marguerite Anderson, a former ACU Librarian, told Lawrence Smith, "We had a chute carrying the books over to the other building [Chambers]. The chief problem in logistics was we had to take the books off those metal stacks on the third floor of the Administration Building, move the stacks over to Chambers Hall, and put the books back on those same stacks over there." The library was now housed on the middle floor of Chambers Hall with the cafeteria and kitchen below it and men's rooms on the third floor above it.

In November 1939, Miss Nelson was asked by an Optimist reporter about the changes she had seen in her tenure at ACC. "Methods of study and of teaching are the main changes I see. Then all of the teaching was by textbooks and now we can't meet the demand for research books and periodicals for outside study."

During the summer session of 1942, Miss Nelson took a medical leave to recuperate from a broken hip. Elizabeth and her mother, Lydia, went to Lora Nelson's Dallas home for treatment and rest. Lora was Lydia's granddaughter. Elizabeth's health declined rapidly during the next three months. She died September 23, 1942.

Her dear friend, Rhetta Scott Garrett penned these words about Elizabeth:
Your purple royalty, your frankness, your kindness
Subdue us who linger, walking through gardens of time.
Now we reach our hands to touch your spirit.
Lead us to where you go.

President Don H. Morris wrote his thoughts this way:
"Miss Nelson served Abilene Christian College faithfully for 23 years and as librarian was one of the most efficient members of the ACC faculty. She was cooperative with all of those in our organization with whom she worked. Her genial personality, her personal interest in every student, and her pure Christian character made her one of the most beloved personages ever to serve the students of Abilene Christian College."

The ACU Library welcomes this library endowment to honor Miss Elizabeth Nelson and her life of service to Christian Education.

Brown Library Endowment Donors:

Mr. W. Earl Brown
Friends of ACU Library
Mrs. Loreta Kelley
Dr. and Mrs. Abe Malherbe
Dr. Callie Faye Milliken
Mr. and Mrs. Byron Stewart
Mrs. Pauline Nelson
Dr. Jesse P. Sewell
ACU Students Association
Mrs. Opal Walls
Mrs. Willa B. Patterson
Carl and Mildred Spain
Ms. Maurine D. Watkins
Miss Jewel Watson
Mr. Harry W. Williamson

By Dr. David Hendricks ('87)
FACUL President


Endowments Keep Giving

The ACU Library has been blessed through the years with many friends and benefactors. All gifts to the library are needed and appreciated and every gift of prayer, time, and money contributes to the excellence and growth of the library. This year at Homecoming the Friends of ACU Library will be honoring those who have established endowments for the library. This recognition is long overdue, as endowments are important to the continued growth and stability of the library.

Currently, the ACU Library has 13 endowments. These endowments are for materials in areas such as Bible, English, sciences, and special collections. Some endowments are not for specific subject areas but are for general collection development. All of these endowments, whether subject
specific or not, whether large or small, are important and needed to continue to serve the ACU community and beyond.

The library uses the earnings from the endowments to enhance and develop its collections. The library must continue to increase its endowments if it wants to keep up with new books and materials which are being published daily and with the new information that is being published digitally. To continue to meet its mission, the library must not only continue to increase its holdings, but it must also increase the rate at which it increases its holdings. That is, during a year the library must add more books and materials than it did during the previous year. Without endowments this type of growth would not even be imaginable much less possible.

An endowment is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Each and every year the library is able to purchase materials from endowment earnings. This permanent funding provides for financial stability and strength to the library. I encourage you to come join us at Homecoming as we honor the individuals and families that have established endowments for the ACU Library. And maybe you too will want to be among these who have provided for the long-term growth of the library.

By Marsha Harper ('59)
Library Director

Technology, Other Changes Fuel Improvements

Harper Change equals challenge, none can deny, but some challenges are easier to meet than others because of their benefits. Among the changes for the better we have happily grappled with this year are a new automation system for Abilene Library Consortium, new technology for Brown Library, new status for five librarians, and "new money" added to the materials budget.

A Major Move - Abilene Library Consortium spent most of 2001-02 on the quest for a new software system for all library functions including ALCON, the online catalog. We selected RMG Consultants Inc., an automation consulting firm, to help us evaluate our options and then to negotiate a contract with the new vendor, the SIRSI corporation. SIRSI's Unicorn product was installed in June. Conversion of our catalog records began at the same time. Other migration activities followed and are continuing but most functions are up and running. Staff in every library department are working to learn how to do everything a different way in the new system. Since the whole campus is getting adjusted to a new software system (Banner) for all business and personnel transactions, it feels like a double whammy. However, patrons are finding the catalog easy to search. They enjoy such enhancements as summaries, reviews, table of contents, and book cover art. System employees are helping customize the interface to suit the particular needs of each library.

Going Wireless - This spring Brown Library became the first building on campus to be wireless throughout. As of this fall students can bring in a laptop computer or check one out at the circulation desk and use it anywhere in the library to search library resources or the Internet or for word processing, etc. The wireless network and 16 laptops were acquired with a grant from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund.

The Better to Read With - Another leading edge technology allows blind or partially-sighted people to read or listen to our online catalog (among other things) and to print in either large type or Braille. The Ed Rachal Foundation of Corpus Christi funded this welcome enhancement to Public Services.

T & P - ACU librarians have take strides toward achieving parity with classroom faculty for tenure and promotion. Our departmental criteria have been approved and this fall two librarians will be applying: Mark McCallon and Craig Churchill. Because of a previous lack of uniformity in campus policies, five librarians who could now be hired as Assistant Professors were still working as Instructors. Their deserved status as Assistant Professors and their time in rank were recognized in May of '02 in a letter from President Money. The five are: Gary Oliver, Laura Baker, Jana Davis, Virginia Bailey, and Melissa Johnson.

More Books, More Everything - A $30,000 enhancement to the materials budget for inflationary increases was granted in '02. Since price increases for periodicals are always steep, much of the money will go in that direction. In addition, the library received last year $185,626 from the university "To Lead and To Serve" campaign, earmarked for acquisitions in the arts and sciences. One-third of the money was spent last year. This year we are spending another one-third of the total to fund reference books, general interest and interdisciplinary titles, periodicals, bookbinding, videos, and special needs. Also, we were able to give increased allocations to each department this year.

Technical Services Shines - Despite losing one half-time staff person and having to train a new regular staff member to assume some cataloging duties of Amy Stults, one of our former catalogers, the Technical Services staff reports:
bullet.gif Retrocon (converting old card catalog records into electronic records for the online catalog) is now 99% complete.
bullet.gif Bonnie Walker completed retrocon or original cataloging on a large set of microforms called PCMI just before she retired. They contain mostly out-of-print titles in the social sciences.
bullet.gif Marcive catalog records are being received and processed by ACU and the two other ALC depository libraries using a manual written by Laura Baker.
bullet.gif Deep inroads have been made on uncataloged backlogs in Audio-Visuals and Special Collections. Gary Oliver and Bonnie Walker have worked on the Special Collection items; Jana Davis worked with John Anderson, a part-time professional from Abilene Public Library, to catalog the Audio-Visuals and made great progress. We regretted seeing John move away.
bullet.gif Corrections of cataloging errors (e.g. of the scores) and enhancements (adding contents notes) have been done without creating any new backlogs.

RSI set on a new Platform - The Restoration Serials Index is now operating on a new software platform that can be searched on the WorldWideWeb. It also enables indexers to submit entries on the Web. Once entries are approved by an editor, they are added to the online index database. This means index users can gain access to more recent articles than has ever been possible. Indexers and editors are rejoicing over this upgrade in service; we are also happy that the Web product greatly streamlines our work. The new software was authored by Cory Friend, an ACU alumnus in Computer Science, and was funded by the Christian College Librarians.

Other Improvements made during the year:
bullet.gif Signage for the building was designed and installed.
bullet.gif Weeding of worn-out, redundant copies, and out-of-date titles was stepped up. This is a task that is easy to put off. We had extra motivation to weed this spring as we could save money on our conversion costs paid to SIRSI for each bibliographic record we withdrew ahead of time. As always, we consulted with the faculty before withdrawing the last copy of any title. All librarians helped with weeding.
bullet.gif Book sale methodology was improved by being more selective in the titles we put in the annual Used Book sale. We were rewarded by higher receipts (over $1,600). FACUL volunteers are very helpful during our sales. Howard Hodgson was chair of the sale last April; Tim Tutor chaired the Used Religious Book Sale in February. Other FACUL members help by presiding during sale hours.
bullet.gif Another book sale strategy was suggested then implemented by Melissa Johnson. She advertises on e-Bay some of the unusual books we own but do not need in the library. High bidders who use Pay-Pal are preferred. Then we use Pay-Pal funds to purchase from ABE or Alibris out-of-print titles we want. Our profits on e-Bay from sales January 1 - July 11 totaled $789.98. Purchases made using Pay-Pal totaled 18 volumes for $191.27. Melissa's strategy works well for us, both selling and buying.

Like bringing order out of chaos, Brown Library is incorporating changes and thriving in the midst of them. We thank God for our blessings (sometimes disguised as challenges) - and we thank our Friends for their solid support.

A Personal Announcement

Mid-August of 2001 marked my 15th anniversary as Library Director and my 30th year of full-time service to ACU as a professional librarian. They have been wonderful years, full of growth and improvement (for the library and for me as well) and I have loved my jobs--from Media Services Librarian to Public Services Librarian to Library Director.

But even wonderful years pile up into a heavy load and "one day has to be the last day." I am retiring as of the end of FY
'03, while I can still carry the load (well, most of the time) and while I still love my work.

Knowing the dedication and capabilities of the library team, I am convinced that Brown library has a great future in store. No doubt an out- standing leader will be found as the new director.
My best thanks go out to all the Friends of ACU Library for your support and encouragement through the years. I plan to remain an active member and hope to enjoy many more years of working with you.

By Mark McCallon
Assistant Library Director

Wireless Network In the Library

The library has recently installed a wireless network that will allow students to use their laptop computers to access the university's computer network from anywhere in the library without the use of cables or plugs. Students can now surf the web or grab e-mail while walking about the library or eating lunch in the library atrium. Also, students can access the library's online catalog or electronic databases from the library book stacks or any of the study rooms. More information about accessing the library's wireless network using your personal laptop can be found at ACU's student computing page:

The technology for the wireless network was paid for through a grant from the Texas Infrastructure Fund (TIF). The Texas Infrastructure Fund provides funding to libraries, public schools, higher education, and health care facilities for computer networks, distance education, video conferencing, and the TEXSHARE databases. To date, the library has received over $200,000 in grants from TIF.

In addition to the wireless network, the library also received fifteen laptop computers for students and patrons to check out to use in the library building. The computers are "wireless-ready" with Internet access, e-mail, and word processing capabilities. The computers can be checked out at the library's circulation desk.

By Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith ('58)
FACUL Vice-President for Resources

Floods and Fires

The summer of 2002 reminds many of us about the floods of Texas and the fires of the Northwestern and Western parts of the United States. Perhaps you have read about or experienced both natural phenomena.

In our case, Nancy and I experienced the devastation of flood waters first. Two rivers in the area around Kerrville, Texas, ran out of their banks and rose to flood levels. People surrounding two dams were evacuated. It was feared one dam would break and the other had water going over the spillway with such force as to cause unprecedented flooding. The dam did not break but water rose above flood stage. In the rivers' wakes houses were destroyed and land submerged. In the city of Kerrville two creeks quickly turned into roaring rivers when their banks could no longer hold the seven to eight inches of rain in just a few hours. Again, houses were destroyed and land submerged.
Later that week we drove out of town in a blinding rainstorm and twenty-four hours later we were in New Mexico where fire had taken its toll on the land. We rode up into a canyon on Philmont Scout Ranch and were awed at the result of a forest fire's ravage of 28,000 acres of the ranch. Tops of trees were green while from ground up you saw only burned trunks. The Ponil River had turned black from ash and soot. In this case the ranch's land was part of a 92,000 acre burn. Five lightening strikes had hit on various points of the property.

In the cases of both flood and fires we are first concerned and prayerful, then involved. Our involvement may be through cooking food, moving furniture, mopping mud and silt, etc. Or, it may be through our contributions and prayers. In some cases all three are parts of our lives.

Prayers, service, and giving. Life's spiritual basics are not far from us in everything we do. That includes how we serve, work, play, - and educate. God's blessings on us all!

Through the Year With FACUL

2001 FACUL Officers

2002-2003 FACUL Calendar

bullet.gif Judy Thomas ('61) was honored at the Friends Homecoming reception Friday, October 19, 2001 in the Library Atrium. Thomas was recognized for her gifts of service, materials, and money.
bullet.gif Stay-at-Home-and-Read-a-Book-Ball invitations netted $1,425 for the Friends' account. Each donor giving more than $50 received the third in a series of paper Christmas ornaments featuring the ACU Libraries.
bullet.gif Jane Varner Beard, LLD ('74), an Abilene attorney and Secretary for the ACU Board of Trustees, spoke on "Biblioholism: Diagnosis and Treatment" at the annual Friends Lectureship dinner in the Hilton Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center.
Reading offers us, as children, our first independence, allowing us to travel far beyond the confines of our immediate world. Books introduce us to great figures in history, narratives that stir our spirit, fictions that tug us out of ourselves and into the lives of a thousand others and visions of every era through which human beings have lived... In a community of readers, we instantly become linked to those who share our love, even across generations.
-- Jane Varner Beard
Hendricks, Money, Beard, Harper
bullet.gif Pauline Nelson ('33) was recognized at the Lectureship dinner for her gift of $25,000 to create the Elizabeth Nelson Endowment. $15,000 of this gift was matched by an Exxon Mobile Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program to make a total of $40,000 in the endowment. Miss Nelson (1891-1942) was the ACU Library Director from 1934-1942.
bullet.gif The Sponsor-a-Student campaign brought in 18 student memberships plus meals. The first year of this project was in 1999 with 9 students participating.
bullet.gif Lawrence Ray Smith ('58), Marsha Harper ('59), David Hendricks ('87), and Erma Jean Loveland('58) worked as a committee to rewrite the FACUL Constitution. Each Friends member was sent a copy of the proposed changes via surface mail. The vote was unanimous to accept the proposed changes. Click here to see a copy of the Friends Constitution.

bullet.gif Chad Longley ('04), Special Services Administrative Assistant, published an online edition of the 2001 Friends Newsletter, complete with colored photographs. Chad also created a Friends distribution list using email addresses Friends' members had sent in to the Library.
bullet.gif Friends officers for 2002-2003 are: Dr. David Hendricks ('87), President; Howard Hodgson ('61), VP for Membership; Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith('58), VP for Resources; Scott Ferguson('93), VP for Programs, Melissa Fry('01), VP for Publicity; Tracy Shilcutt ('80), Secretary.
bullet.gif New and returning FACUL Board Members are: Cecile McDonald ('40), Shirley Smith('52), Wendell Willis('67), Leslie Palmer and Joyce Cornette Palmer.

Clark plays Freud

bullet.gif Truman Clark ('58), Class of 1958, performed "Freud," a one-man Friends program on March 21 in Cullen Auditorium. Degge
bullet.gif Peggy Degge, circulation supervisor, received the FACUL annual grant to attend the 100th Anniversary of the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas.

~~ In Memoriam ~~

Iyadunni Bakare (1983-2002)
Buran Carr (1915-2002)
Cora Carr (1914-2002)
Frances "Doc" Churchill (1918-2002)
Marvin M. Crowe (1914-2002)
Homer Gainer (1922-2002)
Ray Inzer (1918-2001)
Rebecca Morris (1904-2001)
Polly Orr (1928-2001)
Glenn Owen (1936-2001)
Audrey Potts (1932-2002)
Geneva Robinson (1914-2002)
Nannie Lois Smith (1907-2002)
Margaret Southern (1909-2002)
Mildred Ione Spain (1919-2002)
Tom Tarbet (1914-2002)
Lucille Wilks (1910-2002)
Elizabeth Zeigler (1932-2002)

By Marsha Harper ('59)
Library Director

Three Friendly Faces: Library Personalities (6)

Ruby Guy Ruby Guy came to the library from the university's registrar's office in 1986 and soon learned the ropes in Technical Services, where she works at a variety of tasks. Despite working in the "back room" Ruby maintains a lively interest in the students. Sports are another strong interest; as a major fan of ACU sports teams, she seldom misses a game.

- And the students love her back. In 1994, she was chosen Grand Marshall of the Homecoming Parade. More recently a campus award, the "Unsung Servant Award," was established by a former student in honor of Ruby and her business office friend, Sammy Lale.

She was a devoted wife to Leroy Guy, a disabled veteran who was hospitalized for 35 of their 50-years of marriage. She raised 4 children and rejoices in 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Through all her years of ups and downs caring for her husband and children, Ruby has maintained a radiant faith in God and a habit of ministry to everyone around her. One of her ministries is prayer; nothing is too large or small for her to lay before the Father. Another is encouragement. She constantly affirms people in word and in hug. One of our favorite parts of the day is when Ruby comes through the door saying, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

It has been four years since Virginia Bailey joined the library faculty as Reference Librarian but most of us feel we have known her much longer. She has a way of reaching out to people - all people - that cuts through the tension often found near a busy reference desk.

Virginia came to librarianship only after her four children were grown. She went to college in Oregon, then received her MLS from Louisiana State University, with special emphasis on services to patrons with disabilities. She has made use of her training here, campaigning for the acquisition of special equipment to serve the visually handicapped. Information she provided to grant writer Ann Hulett resulted in funding from the Ed Rachal Foundation for the hardware and software to enable blind and partially-sighted patrons to read (among other things) our online catalog and to print copies in large print or in Braille.

With her mother in Arkansas and her children (not to mention 9 grandchildren) in Washington and Oregon, Virginia is constantly on the road or up in the air. When at home she enjoys reading. One might say she has another "hobby": befriending students
who need financial or other assistance. There is always someone living with her or staying with her - or both. She has an especially tender heart for minorities and international students.

Her combination of library skills and down-home kindness make Virginia Bailey an effective and popular reference professional.

Are you a student looking for information on, say, population changes in Puerto Rico over the past decade? Or the Supreme Court decision on prayer in schools? Maybe you and some friends want to see a map of Abilene in 1892. If so, you need to head for the Government Documents department and find Laura Baker.

Bailey and Baker
Now a seasoned veteran of seven years, Laura came to us fresh out of graduate library school at UT-Austin. She has raised the Documents department to a higher level of professionalism. In 2001 when we were up for an inspection by the government's Depository Library Service, Laura had so many achievements to report in her self-study that the inspector did not need to make a full inspection. He came by for a brief visit then sent her a letter of commendation.

Laura excels in other ways as well. She plans and executes (with the help of other librarians) the teaching materials we use for University Seminar (for all freshmen and transfer students). She created and maintains a home page for Government Documents. She catalogs every item received by the depository; she also provided leadership for other documents librarians in Abilene Library Consortium to buy cataloging and authority processing from Marcive. Laura performs well as a teacher too, presenting information about relevant resources to classes in Political Science, Communications, Sociology, and the like. She is well prepared, smiling and friendly, and always has a stack of hand-outs. In addition to her ACU and City of Abilene patrons, Laura serves all interested constituents of the 17th Congressional District. This is a requirement for a Depository Library -- but Laura would probably do it anyway.

In her leisure time she enjoys music and reading. We are thankful that Laura Baker, an Austin native but an ACU graduate, decided to return to her Alma Mater.

library staff


bullet The 2001-2002 Library Visiting Committee members were: Timothy K. Baker ('85), Odessa, Chair; Dr. Anna M. Griffith ('87), Colleyville; Terry Harlow, Executive Director Region XIV Educational Service Center, Abilene; Mary Lee Holcomb ('60), Arizona Health Science Library, Tucson, AZ; Peggy Langford ('77), Abilene; Carolyn Mickey ('58), Abilene: Dr. Edwin Gleaves, Tennessee State Librarian & Archivist, Nashville, TN; Ron Stewart, Oregon State University, Salem, Oregon; Lynn Waller ('68), North Richland Hills.
bullet Craig Churchill ('91) attended the annual meetings for the Society of Biblical Literature during November in Denver, CO.
bullet The Evelyn Scott Award was given at a fall library luncheon to Jeanne Hendricks, Library Bookkeeper. The Scott award is the recognition given to an Outstanding Staff member who has served consistently in an exemplary fashion over a period of time. Jeanne Hendricks
bullet Fall 2001, Outstanding Student Worker Awards were given to Winta Agus ('01), Shaji George ('01), Brian Hailey ('03), Richard Maddeaux ('02), and Sabrina Tripp ('04). Newcomer Award to Lajours Taylor ('04) and Conrad Hester ('05). Best Shelver to Elizabeth Macias ('05); Special Merit to Kathleen Meadors ('01); and Silent Servant to Ryan Crowder ('04).
bullet Librarians Virginia Bailey, Karen Hendrick ('65), Melissa Johnson ('94), and Marsha Harper ('59) attended the 100th Anniversary of the Texas Library Association Annual Conference during April in Dallas.
bullet Rebecca Adams Estrella ('99) was recognized as the Outstanding Staff Member at the Spring, 2002, luncheon held annually during National Library Week. Becky Estrella
bullet Spring 2002, Outstanding Student Worker Awards went to: Jared Lee ('03), John Pierce ('05), Mark

Weathers ('02), Kevin Wells; Newcomer Awards went to Rob Lamb ('04) and Charis Peden ('04); Second Mile went to Adrianne Harper ('01); Best Shelver to Jason Hardcastle ('02); Special Merit to Deon Botha.
bullet Virginia Bailey, Craig Churchill ('91), Marsha Harper ('59), and Erma Jean Loveland ('58) attended the Christian College Librarians Annual Conference during May in Nashville, TN.
bullet Virginia Bailey played a key role in obtaining funding from the Ed Rachal Foundation for a turn-key workstation for the visually impaired.
bullet Craig Churchill ('91) and Robert Foster ('98) authored 2 Corinthians: a New Creation in the Streams of Mercies Series published by Hillcrest Publishing.
bullet University Faculty Library Committee sponsored "Conversations at the Library" program featuring Greg Straughn ('94) speaking on "Tenors in the Hands of an Angry God: Religion and Opera at the end of the 19th Century. Sam Cook ('82) and Cheryl Lemmons ('81) were guest performers.
bullet Bonnie Walker ('48) retired from cataloging this spring. Bonnie is still at her regular desk now as a volunteer.
New library family
bullet Four children were born into the library family this past year: Jaxon Cade Longley joined the Chad ('04) and Abby ('05) Longley family on September 27, 2001; Michelle Allison Oliver, born on December 24, joined the Gary ('90) and Debbie ('82) Oliver family in January; Annaleigh Rose McCallon joined the Mark and Beverly ('96) McCallon family on August 14; and Zane Andrew Glen Estrella joined the John and Becky ('99) Estrella family on September 11.

Retreats Aid Advances

It is an August morning, sunny with a promise of high temperatures later, but the library staff is cool and comfortable. We are scattered around the grounds of Cedar Gap Farm in the wooded hills south of Abilene, on a retreat. We begin, per Mark McCallon's directions, with a 45-minute quiet time. Each of us has a list of scriptures for reading and meditation. Or we spend the time in silent prayer or simply enjoy the landscape, the bird songs, the peacefulness. Later we come together in the Bird House, a large one-room building with 3 glass walls, for a group devotional and an assortment of activities; professional, spiritual, and recreational. A special guest is Laura Packer, president of the local Audubon Society, who tells us about "The Birds of Taylor County"; another is Bible professor Randy Harris, who gives an encouraging message on being like Jesus. We leave after a catered lunch saying it was the best retreat we have ever had.

-- And we have had a few. An early one was at the home of staff member Sara Spencer, another at the lakeside residence of Bob Gillette, ALC System Administrator. Some years we have used a Boy Scout camp (but that required taking our food with us. Not restful!). Once we "retreated" into our own building and used every floor - every nook, almost - to do some professional training, hear from guest speakers, and play games. The Grace Museum was our retreat setting one year; a tour of its art and historical exhibits was a major activity. Another August we drove to Albany to enjoy the very interesting "Old Jail Museum" with its eclectic collections of art and local
history. That was the year we had a catered lunch that was far too dainty for the men. But English professor Dr. Steve Weathers read us one of his short stories and a favorite Bible professor and library supporter, Jim Mankin, gave a devotional talk - just months before his death. Another year we rounded up vans and took a field trip to the other Abilene libraries, where we were given tours and picked up ideas we could use; a Mexican food restaurant was our last stop. The following August saw us in Buffalo Gap touring the Historic Village and enjoying a backyard picnic and a program on Texas music (Joe Specht, McMurry Library Director, was the presenter). Last year we visited the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in downtown Abilene, heard from Wayne Barnard, Dean of Campus Life, on appropriate ways to help students; ate pizza with the devotional speaker, Mark Hamilton; and toured a quilt show at the Grace Museum. All were good days, good trips, and full of goodly portions of food for thought.

A great deal of planning goes into the retreats. We look for variety and for interesting speakers. Our goals are to provide cultural enrichment, intellectual stimulation and spiritual nourishment (all three, if possible). We also want to have good food and good fellowship. Getting out of the building and away from our daily routines is restful. We share interesting experiences and rub shoulders with different people. Staff morale rises. We come back better equipped to work as a team. The retreats we take together help energize us for the accomplishments you are reading about in these pages.

Staff Changes Call for Adjustments

The good news is we had fewer changes this past year. The bad news is the changes were more momentous. First, we lost Amy Stults, a cataloging whiz kid, when her husband took a job in Phoenix. Later in the year, two full-time staff members, Jimmie Coffey (Periodicals) and Dan Alexander (Circulation), asked to reduce their hours to half time in preparation for full retirement. Their requests preceded but dovetailed with the university's Strategic Restructuring initiative and helped us reach our assigned goal of a $15,000 reduction Beth Kellar in personnel costs. Our further response to this challenge was to create a new category of Graduate (Student) Assistants to fill the hours our two semi-retired staff vacated and to fill a vacant half-time position in Cataloging. Dan has subsequently resigned to concentrate on remodeling his house and to draw full retirement. We have hired Beth Kellar to fill his now half-time position as a regular staff member.
Though all of us regret losing the two full-time and one half-time staff positions, we are grateful for the energies and strong work ethics of the graduate students we have been fortunate to find. They learn quickly and demonstrate a keen interest in the library as an institution as well as a work place.

Jackie CarrollAs for Amy's job, we were very fortunate to find Jackie Carroll, a December graduate of UT Austin to fill that critical position. An English major who came to us with aspirations to become a librarian, she has taken to cataloging like the proverbial duck to water.

Weathering technological change, which we must now do routinely, (see article on p.1) is made more difficult when personnel changes must also be accommodated. But with few exceptions we have found just the right kind of people to keep the work going. I'm beginning to believe that only good people are attracted to library jobs. So of course, the better the library (ahem), the better the applicants. We have been blessed.

By Chad Longley ('04)
Special Collections Administrative Assistant

Chad Longley

Library Gifts

The operation of the ACU Library would not be possible without the thousands of books and monetary gifts given to the library each year. During the 2001-2002 fiscal year, the library received 11,226 cash and non-cash gifts, 121 of which were in memory or in honor of present and past alumni, friends, and family.

List of 2001-2002 donors

Many large donations were made to the acquisitions fund and the unrestricted library fund. In addition, two generous endowments were established: one by Mrs. Pauline Nelson,
and the other in memory of Mrs. Mildred Ione Spain, the late widow of Dr. Carl Spain, professor of Bible at ACU from 1954 - 1989.

Significant gifts for the Center for Restoration Studies included historical records of the West Islip Church of Christ in New York, and papers of evangelists Lamar Plunkett and Forrest Waldrop.

The ACU Library was chosen last spring to receive one of 110 official copies of Remnants of Change, a collection of lithographs by Ancel Nunn illustrating Texas. Other significant or interesting donations added this past year include: The Harvard Classics: Five-Foot Shelf of Books, 1914 edition; The Bible and Modern Science, video series by Dr. Lynn Mitchell; The Origins of Christendom in the West, edited by Alan Kreider; The Combat Myth in the Book of Revelation by Adela Yarbro Collins; and The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith, by C. Stephen Evans.

Remnants of Change

Remnants of Change: a Sketchbook of Texas, a limited edition of lithographs by Ancel E. Nunn, was presented to the ACU Library Milliken Collection by Reneta E. Nunn and her sons, Ancel Paul and Andrew Everett Nunn in memory of A.C. Greene.

The 40 original hand-pulled lithographs were titled, signed, and numbered by the late artist in his Morning Town Studio in Palestine, Texas in 1988. The lithographs were printed on 100% Rag Mould-made paper bound in leather and encased in a handcrafted wooden chest.
An ACU alum, Nunn spent several years of his life in Abilene and West Texas. His illustrations reflect his enduring love of his roots in this land. Remnants of Change includes a still windmill awaiting the gathering thunderheads; the Ft. Phantom Hill fireplace chimney sentinels as well as the post office at View, Texas, surrounded by acres of blowing grasses pushed by the bellowing rain clouds.

Dr. Samuel C. Woolvin of Corpus Christi reproduced the lithographs to accompany his poetry in Remnants of Change - Poems inspired by the Lithographs of Ancel E. Nunn. This limited edition book was given by Dr. Woolvin in memory of A.C. Greene to the ACU Library.

Sponsor a Student for FACUL

This year 17 sponsors added 18 students to the FACUL membership roll, paying for each student one regular membership ($25) and adding $12.50 for a ticket to the Lectureship dinner. At the dinner, students and sponsors sat together and were introduced. Sponsored students will remain on the mailing list for three years, establishing a connection that hopefully will continue in years to come. To sponsor a student for the 2003 dinner click here, print out the form, and mail to: Friends of ACU Library, ACU Box 29208, Abilene, TX 79699-9208.
sponsored students

Sponsor List For 2002:

bullet Lewis and Marge ('61) Wood sponsored Conrad Hester ('05), freshman psychology major.
bullet Monty and Libby Lynn sponsored Jared Lee ('03), junior secondary education major.
bullet James and George ('59) Takemoto sponsored Alicia Phillips ('02), senior journalism major, and graduate students: Malcolm and Suzanne McMillan, Michael and Kathy Exum.
bullet Lawrence Ray Smith ('58) sponsored Karen Phipps ('02), senior math major.
bullet Al ('55) and Dale ('59) Ogren sponsored Jordan Pownall ('03), junior English major.
bullet Betty Cummins ('48) sponsored Mandy Prescott ('03), junior management major and John Pierce ('05), freshman English major.
bullet Preston ('59) and Marsha ('59) Harper sponsored Ryan Crowder ('04), sophomore theater major and Ben Blake ('01), senior English major.
bullet David Hendricks ('87) sponsored senior math major Brian and Lindsey Jacobs.
bullet James ('64) and Carolyn ('65) Thompson sponsored graduate student Alex and Lilya Kyrychenko.
bullet Robert ('98) and Alys Foster sponsored Cary Mathews ('03), junior computer science major.

By Howard Hodgson
FACUL Vice President for Membership

Friends of ACU Library Membership

Thank you for your membership in the Friends of ACU Library (FACUL). FACUL is a strong support group that works to enhance the library by:
bullet Providing funds to make special purchases of materials and equipment beyond the library's budget;
bullet Helping to sponsor programs and activities to strengthen the cultural experiences of the university community;
bullet Networking to seek out gift collections to enrich our library holdings;
bullet Attracting monetary gifts both within and outside our membership; and
bullet Serving as volunteers for the library.
With payment of your FACUL Membership you receive the following benefits:
bullet A free library card;
bullet The Friends' Newsletter;
bullet Invitations to special programs, exhibits, and activities sponsored by FACUL; and
bullet The privilege of being with others who love books.

We encourage you to continue your membership. We are looking for even better ways to support our students at ACU in their quest for learning. To pay your 2001-2002 dues, click ,here, print out the form, and mail to: Friends of ACU Library, ACU Box 29208, Abilene, TX 79699-9208.

2002 FACUL Members

Last updated 10.09.2002
Direct questions and comments to Chad Longley or Erma Jean Loveland

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