Friends of ACU Library Newsletter, 2001

Fund Raising Goal Reached

Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith, Marsha Harper, and Dr. John Tyson

Dr. John Tyson visited Brown Library the morning of October 19 to announce a transfer of funds to the Friends to underwrite current acquisitions. The "To Lead and To Serve" capital campaign is transferring $185,626 in
undesignated funds to a FACUL account. This means the university has fulfilled its intention of securing $500,000 for the library's current and ongoing acquisition of materials in the Arts and Sciences.

Immediate plans were made for spending the money over the next three years. Shortages in funding for periodical subscriptions (needed even in this era of "full-text online" articles); for reference materials; and for binding will be addressed. The remainder (from $20,000 to $35,000 per year) will be allocated to departments in the Arts and Sciences.

Lawrence Ray Smith and Marsha Harper expressed their pleasure and their appreciation for the fund transfer. The university Development office and the Friends have worked together to increase the money the library can use to build stronger collections. These efforts, along with annual increases in the library's materials budget, promise a better foundation for support of faculty and student research.



By Dr. David Hendricks ('87)
FACUL President

Heart of ACU

The library is often called "the heart of a university." This phrase was coined by Charles William Eliot of Harvard University during the development of the modern university in the 1870s.

No other phrase describes a library better. A library is the center of a world of ideas and a world of possibilities. It is a source of instruction and inspiration. It is the foundation for scholarship and a resource for every program on campus. It is more than a collection of books and journals. It is a gateway to ideas, philosophies, and cultures.

When you walk into the ACU Library, you are entering the heart of ACU. When you scan the shelves, you see resources for every discipline at ACU. The computers allow you to access resources and information that are

located on campus and around the globe. The librarians instruct you on the use of the Library and give you helpful suggestions on researching.

The ACU Library is working to strengthen the heart of ACU. It is rising to the challenge of supporting an increasingly diverse and growing ACU community. It is growing and becoming stronger by increasing its collecting, archiving, and preserving of materials and information; by increasing its use of technology to access information; by joining consortia and forming alliances; and by adding dedicated librarians and staff.

The Friends of the ACU Library wants insure that the Library continues to be the heart of ACU. To do this, we will need your help and support. During the next year, we plan to announce a formal campaign to strengthen the Library's endowments. Please join with me and the leadership of Friends to keep the Library at the heart of ACU.



Judy Thomas, Friend of the Year

Judy Thomas, a long-time AISD School librarian, has been selected by the Friends of ACU Library as the 2001 Friend of the Year award winner. She was honored at the Homecoming reception Friday, October 19, 2001, 3:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium.

Thomas recently retired from the ACU English Faculty where she taught Children's and Young Adult Literature courses. To help her classes and the library, she donated books and spent time weeding the library shelves of titles that were outdated or worn out. Since 1996, she has donated over 1,000 books, has made gifts of money, and has helped the library choose titles from the Heart of Texas Children's Literature Center. When she received the Intellectual Freedom Award from the Texas Library
FACUL President Dr. David Hendricks presents Judy Thomas with the Friend of the Year Award.
Friend of the Year Hostesses: Dr. Gay Barton, Dr. Nancy Shankle, Holly Brazle, and Becky Estrella
Association, she endorsed the check over to the library for more juvenile books. For her gifts of service, materials, and money, the Friends of ACU Library is pleased to select Judy Thomas as its Friend of the Year.

A native Texan, Judy is the widow of Sam A. Thomas. Both are graduates of ACU as is their only child, Brandon Scott Thomas. Brandon is the Music and Special Events minister at Otter Creek Church of Christ in Nashville, TN, and the father of Maddie, Judy's first grandchild. Judy is a member of Highland Church of Christ, Texas Library Association, and Texas Retired Teachers Association. Judy is a member of the FACUL Board; she also serves on the boards of the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and Taylor County Adult Literacy Council.

Contributions in her honor may be mailed to: Friends of ACU Library, ACU, Box 29208, Abilene, Texas 79699.



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

Change Is Good If...

Oh, the thoughts that come to mind when we mention changing something. "Change is good if . . . it is a change for the better." "Change is good if . . . it is not just for change sake." "Change is good if . . . it is a positive and not a negative change." And others.

FACUL is making some changes. And, they are for the good! Here are some of the changes, not in any particular order. First, we are planning a one-sheet newsletter. It is one sheet, front and back, with current information about the Library and Friends. Our plans are to publish at least twice a year. The annual Friends Newsletter, the one you are reading now, will continue to be published at Homecoming time each year. Our plans are to mail the one-sheet newsletter in November 2001 and March 2002.

Second, you will be able to get more information and other bits of interest about the Friends by going to the library web site. In other words, we are doing some "remodeling" of our Friends site. Now, that may take some time, but you will notice the difference. By the way, if you do not know the web site address here it is: www.acu.edu/library. Look

for the 'Friends of ACU Library' link. Click on and visit us often!

Third, we have compiled a new mailing list. Chad Longley and the ACU Development Office have done an outstanding job of compiling a list of Friends and friends, those who are members of FACUL and others who have given to the Brown Library. We are approaching 1,000 names on this list and more are being added.

Fourth, we are making detailed plans for "Celebrating the Library at ACU." This is a determined effort to complete the one million-dollar endowment fund. These funds are needed to prevent our library from losing ground and enable it to continue developing its potential. The ACU Library is world renown in some very specific areas. We want to keep our uniqueness and the mission to educate our university community. The endowment fund is the way to do this. It "Celebrates the Library at ACU!"

So, change is good! This set of changes is very good! Through more communication and continued efforts of you, our friends, we can insure the future of the Brown Library at Abilene Christian University. Look for us more often. We like visiting with you whether in person or through one of many means of communication.



From the Director
SACS Comes, Gives Praise, Leaves Recommendations


A visiting team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools paid a formal visit to ACU April 3rd - 6th. The librarian on the team was Dr. William Miller, Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University. The team was, on the whole, favorably impressed by the university and left little doubt that ACU will be recommended for re-accredited; still, 29 recommendations ("must do's") were written for us. Of the 29, two are for the library.

Dr. Miller singled out for praise our attractive, functional building; our dedicated staff; and a large array of pertinent databases. The recommendations he wrote were first, to do more and better assessments of our services along with our collections, providing a "continuous loop" of assessment, changes made in response, and reassessment. Secondly, the university is to make sure "a broad range of learning resources to support its purpose and programs" is available to students and faculty on the home campus and, more pointedly, to students at remote locations (distance learners). The library must provide access "to essential references and specialized program resources for each instructional location."

Part of the summer has been spent in writing responses and gathering documentation for the Campus SACS Committee to send in. We have worked at analyzing the surveys administered last summer and fall to faculty and this spring and summer to students. Other assessment results have been pulled together and a plan drafted for more surveys and/or focus groups to be scheduled on a regular basis. They will target both services and collections
(including our collection of databases) for evaluation.

For the second recommendation, we can point out that 60 new databases were received this August through TexShare. Thirty-two of them are new to our people. For materials purchases, we have received a $40,000 supplement to the materials budget for the current fiscal year. In addition, over $185,000 has been granted from the recently concluded "To Lead and to Serve" capital campaign. This money will be used over a three-year period to add a variety of materials.

Service to our distance-learners is facilitated by the electronic databases' being mounted on our home page. The home page has been completely redesigned, with helps for distance learners prominently displayed. One such help is the library's policy statement on support for distance-learning students, including provision of a TexShare card which may be used to borrow books at any participating library state-wide; an introduction to the national InterLibrary Loan system; and a pledge to send materials by direct mail if need be.

There is no doubt that a SACS reaccredidation visit does a lot of good. For a few weeks during the visit and after the report (with recommendations) is received, we are forced to "see ourselves as others see us." Flaws we had thought not too serious stand out in bold relief and we are obliged to address them. It is sometimes strong-tasting medicine we must swallow, but the outcome (a favorite word in SACS' vocabulary) will be a stronger, higher-quality, more smoothly functioning institution. SACS demands primarily that we prove we are doing what we say we do; it holds us accountable. This is not a bad thing for a university, a person, or a library.



By Mark McCallon
Assistant Library Director

Online Resources Available Through the ACU Library

The ACU Library Home Page can be an excellent starting point for many of your research needs. Magazine articles, newspapers, scholarly journals, and information on a wide variety of subjects are available for free at your computer.

Reference
Links to online reference sources such as atlases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and telephone directories can be found at the ACU Library Quick Reference page. Melissa Johnson, ACU Library Reference Librarian, has selected these resources based on their ease of navigation and content.

Books
Electronic books have expanded access to materials that are out of print or are not available through your local library or bookstore. From the ACU Library Finding Books page, one can find several collections of free online books for your perusal, including the Internet Public Library, National Academy Press, netLibrary, The On-line Books Page, and Project Gutenberg.

Articles
While there is no single source for all of the magazine, newspaper and journal articles on a particular subject, there are several excellent web sites for the full text of articles from numerous scholarly and popular sources:
bullet Newspapers - a directory of online newspapers throughout the United States and the world.
bullet NewJour: Electronic Journals and Newsletters - A large archive of journals, magazines, and newsletters available on the Internet. Many of them are free!

bullet Government Periodicals - The U.S. Government publishes hundreds of magazines and journals on many topics. This web site is a comprehensive list of these sources, all free!
bullet Highwire Press - Over 290 scholarly journals (mostly health and medical) with over 300,000 free articles.

Government Documents
Our state and federal governments publish thousands of pamphlets, magazines, books, and other materials every year on every topic imaginable. The ACU Government Documents Home Page has links to several government web search engines and directories. There is even a "Hot Doc of the Month" that pertains to a recent news item.

Callie Faye Milliken Special Collections/ACU Archives
The Callie Faye Milliken Special Collections/ACU Archives includes a wide range of materials including books, manuscripts, photographs, audio cassettes, and video recordings. At the Special Collections Home Page, you can view the manuscript holdings index online. Also, Erma Jean Loveland, Special Collections Librarian has published a new revision of The Church Library: an Outline of Procedure and a new online work, Writing Congregational Histories. Both of these useful texts are available as links from the Special Collections Home Page.

Center for Restoration Studies
The Center for Restoration Studies at ACU is a repository of books, papers, audio cassettes, videos, and artifacts connected with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. Over 1100 papers, articles, and photographs are now available online for your viewing through the Center For Restoration Studies Web Site. Also, be sure to check out the Restoration Sites page to see other full-text resources that are available.



Through the Year With FACUL

Erma Jean Loveland, Joan VanRheenen, Susan Lewis, Allene Pope, Howard Hodgson, Jack Pope, Vickie Smith, Marsha Harper, and Lawrence Ray Smith at the Homecoming 2000 Friend of trhe Year reception
bullet Texas Chief Justice Jack ('34) and Allene Pope were named the 2000 FACUL Friends of the Year. The Popes were selected for the Friends' honor because of their gift of Justice Pope's papers from his distinguished 40-year career in Texas jurisprudence to the ACU Library.
bullet The Church Library: An Outline of Procedure, a revised edition of Callie Faye Milliken's 2nd edition, was placed on the Milliken Special Collection home page. Erma Jean Loveland did the revisions.
bullet Dr. Larry Earl Fink ('75) Professor of English, Hardin-Simmons University, presented "The History and Practice of Street Photography", November 16, 2000.
bullet Stay-at-Home-and-Read-a-Book Ball invitations netted $2505 for the Friends' fund raising efforts. Each donor giving over $50 was given the second in a series of paper Christmas ornaments featuring the ACU Libraries.
bullet FACUL Officers Retreat was held December 19 at Fairway Oaks Country Club. Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith, VP for Resources, presented a seminar on fund raising. Officers attending were: Joan VanRheenen, Howard Hodgson, Erma Jean Loveland, Mark McCallon, Susan Lewis, Dale Ogren, and Marsha Harper.

FACUL Calendar

  • Monday-Tuesday, February 18-19, 2002: FACUL Annual Used Religious Book Sale, 8am-5pm, Brown Library Atrium
  • Monday, February 18, 2002: FACUL Annual Lectureship Dinner, 5pm, Hilton Room
    Speaker: Jane Varner Beard on "Biblioholism: Its Diagnosis and Treatment"
  • Thursday, March 21, 2002: Friends program presented by Dr. Truman Clark
bullet Dr. Hans RollmannDr. Hans Rollmann, Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, was the speaker for the annual Friends Lectureship dinner. His topic was "Thomas Campbell's Declaration and Address on the World Wide Web: How an Old Text Comes Alive on the Internet." Christian scholars from all three wings of the Restoration Movement conducted the electronic seminar on the text, form, thought and influence of the Declaration and Address. Dr. Rollmann and Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht co-convened the seminar and subsequently co-edited the 500-page publication titled: The Quest for Christian Unity, Peace, and Purity in Thomas Campbell's Declaration and Address: Texts and Studies.
bullet Craig Churchill, ACU Theological Librarian, chaired the annual Lectureship used religious book sale. The sale netted a grand total of $6300.99 for the 2001 book sale.
bullet FACUL officers serving 2001-2002 are: Dr. David Hendricks, President; Scott Ferguson, VP for Programs; Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith, VP for Resources; Joan VanRheenen, VP for Membership, and Dale Ogren, Secretary-Treasurer.
FACUL officers for 2001-2002 (from left): Erma Jean Loveland, Dr. David Hendricks, Joan VanRheenen, Scott Ferguson, Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith, Marsha Harper, and Dale Ogren
bullet New Board Members are: Dr. Jeff Childers, Dr. David Malone, Mr. Robert Foster, Dr. Neal Coates, and Mrs. Donna Gee. Continuing on the board for another three-year term are: Dr. Charles "Chuck" Garner, Dr. Tom Lee, Dr. Jim Nichols, Mrs. Dale Ogren, Mrs. Joan VanRheenen, and Dr. George Foster Takemoto.
2001 FACUL Board Roster
bullet FACUL sponsors two new book sales per year held by the Books are Fun group. The proceeds from 2000 were: October, $229.80 and April, $227.09.
bullet Becky Adams Estrella, Acquisitions Coordinator, received the FACUL annual scholarship awarded to attend the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio.



By Marsha Harper ('59)
Library Director

Making His Mark: Library Personalities (5)

Dr. Mark McCallonTall and skinny, with a short haircut and a smile that won't quit, Mark McCallon strides purposefully across the floor, his steps quickening when he sees a patron who needs help. Lucky patron! Whatever the question, Mark can suggest several places to look and always has time to teach his questioner how to find an elusive piece of information. But that is only his public side. Back in his office, he works just as skillfully at cataloging periodicals or adding electronic journals to an e-journals page on the library home page, then creating links from a catalog record to the virtual journal itself. What grateful patrons and admiring library staff may not realize is that Mark is living out a childhood dream.

Born in Denton, TX to Earl and Kaye (Oosterhout) McCallon, Mark was a typical American boy. He enjoyed collecting stamps and basketball cards and following his favorite sports teams: any sport and any team as long as it was from Texas. Ping-pong was one of his favorite games and he still plays aggressively. But when he was in Junior High, a new interest took hold. His mother was the librarian at his school and encouraged Mark to come by after school to help her with routine chores such as shelving and checking in magazines. Mark's interest grew with his abilities and he began planning to follow her profession.

In college at LeTourneau he actually served as his fraternity's librarian, cataloging old tests from the engineering labs. For graduate school, he chose Texas Women's University back in Denton, across town from University of North Texas where his dad was a professor of Educational Administration. Mark worked in the library school library

during the two years and garnered high praises for his professionalism even then.

In 1991 Mark earned his Master of Library Science degree and came to ACU to interview for the position of Periodicals Librarian. That was the summer we were bringing up our automation system and everyone was out in the stacks bar-coding books. As he recalls, "Everyone was wearing jeans and sneakers and the library was open only four hours a day. It looked like a great place to work!" Another memorable time was the Great Move during our expansion and renovation in the fall and winter of '95. He was in charge of planning and supervising the moving and re-alignment of all the shelves on third floor while new carpeting was being laid. He came up at night and laid out the plans for the stacks. But by then Beverly was helping.

Mark and Beverly Horner, a graduate student in Psychology, met at the Highland congregation in '93. Their first date was to the FACUL Library Gala in Feb. 1995. So it seemed appropriate for Mark to propose to her at the Friends' Lectureship dinner 2 years later. They were married in the summer.

For the last 2 years doctoral studies have claimed his attention. He is scheduled to receive his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Baylor University in Dec. '01. When he has a little free time he helps Beverly nurture 5 Maltese terriers, and serves as an animal rescuer for the breed. He also leads a Bible Study Fellowship group, and enjoys tending to the flowers around their new house. His free-time reading is devotional literature; his research interests are in leadership and technology.

During the fall semester he is putting the finishing touches on his dissertation, "A Survival Analysis of the Temporal Dimension of Student Departure from College." When he crosses the platform at the Baylor Commencement in December there will be great rejoicing by his family and friends for the new Dr. McCallon, and Mark will have reached another stage of his boyhood dream.



By Erma Jean Loveland ('58)
Special Services Librarian and Editor of Friends Newsletter

September 11, 2001, Milliken Special Collections

We had started a seemingly ordinary Tuesday. Chad Longley, Special Collections Administrative Assistant, was listening to his wife, Abby, on the telephone. He turned to me and said quietly, "Two airplanes have just crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City." The words hovered on the outside of reality for me and seemed surreal. What did Brown Library provide during this crisis?

Sources of information. U.S. Federal buildings were closed, but Abilene Christian University decided to remain open and available for the students, faculty, and other patrons. In the library, public workstations were used to keep up with available sources of information; news bulletins from CNN and eyewitness accounts of the actual crashes. Internet brought personal messages of shock and grief from family and friends.

My first email message came from New York at 9:39 a.m. on the Archives Listserv. Stephen E. Novak, Columbia University, wrote, "We just returned from the 16th floor of this building, which is in the far northern end of Manhattan. We had an all too clear view of the World's Trade Center--or what's left of them." His words gave affirmation to the attack.

Dr. Hans Rollmann, who was the 2001 Friends Lectureship dinner speaker, wrote to the Stone/Campbell listserv at 5:42 p.m. His son, Ernst, had phoned him to confirm, "I saw the planes hit the building and the explosions." Ernst gave his parents comforting assurance that he was alive. Dr. Rollmann, who lives in St. John, Newfoundland, also reported 24 international flights were in the St. John airport with about 6,000 passengers on board.

Immediate Source of National News. Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post stayed online with frequent updates. In Milliken Special Collections, we had ABC radio with a CNN feed. Media Services on 1st floor had television. The library provided access to websites, radio, and television.

Affirmation of Faith. Immediately after the planes crashes, the ACUNewsflash sent out the online announcement of a special chapel service to be held at 11 a.m. Chapel gave an opportunity for the ACU Community to be together, to affirm our faith in God, and to address our fears and hopes.

ACU Bible Professor, John T. Willis, in his daily online message, Thought for September 11, started with Psalm 46, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." He ended with his words, "Our only hope is our powerful, awesome, loving, forgiving, rescuing God."

We turned to God for our comfort and hope. From London, Dr. Arlie J. Hoover wrote to Dr. Royce Money,


"You would be proud of the ACU Oxford Program students. They had special chapel the day of the tragedy and I have never heard such heart-felt prayers in my entire life."

A Safe Place. Library buildings are constructed like fortresses with additional steel beams to hold the weight of books and materials. Columbia University Archives provided a place to stay for their staff as well as food and comfort. 11:21 a.m. Stephen Novak updated his report, "Columbia has cancelled classes but the offices remain open; the University is trying to find temporary shelter and food for those of us [who] can't get home."

The New York Federal Reserve Bank also provided protection for its staff in the vault area. Joseph M. Komljanovich, Asst. Archivist, wrote at 1:14 p.m. "...right after that, I heard another sound, like an airplane coming in. I yelled at the folks on the floor to get out; we ran down until we reached the vault area."

International Support. Americans heard from individuals from around the world, who expressed their support and shock. Our friend, Motoyuki Nomura, reported the Japan School of Evangelism in Tokyo "sang 'America, the Beautiful' and 'My Country 'tis of Thee,' and we offered a special prayer at this grievous time for America."

Mary Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon, wrote, "We started seeing the events in New York City only minutes after it happened with profound sorrow and disbelief. We all watched the news till after our mid-night. We are stunned by these enormous tragedies in New York City and elsewhere in the USA."

Commentaries. The messages turned from the live narratives of the attacks to thought-provoking commentaries about what had happened and what America could do about them. Phill Coleman, Sr., Librarian with the American War Library, wrote, "Assure everyone you talk to that although we have just received a black eye our body is intact and our will is strong."

Reference. Atlases and New York street maps showed us exactly where the World Trade Center towers were and how far the Manhattan Church of Christ was from the World Trade Center.

Online databases, ALCON, and search engines were used to bring up information about Osama Bin Laden, Islam as a religion, Afghanistan as a country, world-wide terrorist activities, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the list of topics could continue on.

What did the Brown Library provide when the USA was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001?

The library gave access to the most reliable information available to provide a lifeline of faith, hope, security, and support to our community.



Happenings...

bullet Faculty Library Committee members for 2000-2001 were: June Carden, chair; Timothy Baker, Dr. Edwin Gleaves, Dr. Anna Griffith, Terry Harlow, Mary Holcomb, Peggy Langford, Ron Stewart, and Lynn Waller.
bullet October - Karen Hendrick ('65) and Erma Jean Loveland ('58) attended the Texas Library Association District meeting at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and toured the new quarters of Angelo State University West Texas Collection.
bullet Erma Jean Loveland attended the Library of Congress Bicentennial Symposium: "To Preserve and Protect: The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources" on October 30-31 in Washington D.C.
Outstanding Student Workers for fall 2000 with library director Marsha Harper (from left): Susan Djaja, Shawn Martin, Jared Lee, Peter Humphrys, Traci Broach, Leslie Knutson, and Harper
bullet Fall Outstanding Student Workers Awards were awarded to: Leslie Knutson ('03), Waco, TX; Kathleen Meadors ('01), Big Spring, TX; Traci Broach ('03), Midland, TX; Mandy Prescott ('03), Marshalltown, IA; and Christina Neuschwander ('01), Albany, OR. Rising Star award: Susan Amy StultsDjaja ('00), Indonesia; Newcomer Award: Dunni Bakare ('04), Nigeria; Second Mile Awards: to Jose Salcido ('00), Abilene, TX; Peter Humphrys ('00), Canada; Best Shelver award: Jarred Lee ('03), Midland, TX; and Special Merit Award: Shawn Martin ('00), Vancouver, WA.
bullet Fall Outstanding Staff Award was won by Amy Stults.
bullet October 22-24, 2000, meeting of the Library Visiting Committee for 2000-2001. Members are: Dr. Robert Randolph, ('62) chair from Rockport, MA; Timothy Baker, ('85) Odessa; June Carden, ('76) Abilene; Dr. Anna Griffith, Colleyville; Terry Harlow, Albany; Mary Holcomb, Tucson, AZ; Peggy Langford, Abilene; Carolyn Mickey, ('58) Abilene; and Jack Wright, Austin.
bullet March, Karen Hendrick, Public Services Librarian; Laura Baker, Government Documents Librarian; Erma Jean Loveland, Special Services Librarian; and Rebecca Adams Estrella, Acquisitions Coordinator, attended the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, March 28-31.
bullet Karen Hendrick and Laura Baker attended the national spring meeting of the Depository Library Council in San Antonio.
bullet Outstanding Student Staff Awards for Spring Term were awarded to: Vashti Carr ('03), Kingstown, St. Vincent, West Indies; Stacey Danley ('01), North Haven, CT; Jean Guo ('01), North China, Xintai; Kobi Johnson ('03), Thornton, CO; Megan Smith ('02), Mandeville, LA. Peggy Degge Newcomer Award: Sandra Blue ('01), Norman, OK. Rising Star Award: Rezarta Stefani ('04), Albania. Second Mile Award: Arjet Skenduli ('04), Albania. Best Shelver Award: Jean-Claude St. Juste, Haiti. Special Merit Award: Aaron Caraway ('01), Hereford, TX. Very Important Volunteer: Chris Shields, Abilene.
bullet Outstanding Staff Award: Peggy Degge, Circulation Supervisor.
bullet Shirts with the ACU Library logo were purchased for the library staff this spring.
bullet April, Librarians Marsha Harper, Craig Churchill, Mark McCallon, Melissa Johnson, and Erma Jean Loveland attended the Christian College Librarians Annual Conference in May at Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN.
bullet Marsha Harper, Craig Churchill, Melissa Johnson, and Erma Jean Loveland attended the annual Restoration Serials Index Editorial Board Meeting at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN.



By Mark McCallon
Assistant Library Director

Library Conducts Faculty Survey

In the Fall of 2000, the library conducted a survey of the ACU faculty to help determine how the library can continue to fulfill its commitment to provide the academic resources and services necessary to ensure that ACU is successful in its mission of educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. Faculty from every department on campus responded to the survey that asked questions about what the library is doing well and changes that can be made to improve the library's collections and services.

Among the highlights of the survey:
bullet 88% of the faculty have a good to excellent overall impression of the Library.
bullet Over 90% believe that ACU's mission cannot be accomplished without a strong library.
bullet Over 90% were satisfied with the library personnel in terms of overall service.
bullet Over 70% of the faculty visit the library at least once a month.
bullet 29% access the library home page weekly from their campus offices.


The results of the survey also showed the use of library technology by faculty:
bullet Over 80% responded that the library is at about the right place in its use of technology.
bullet 68% responded favorably to the online access of books and journals as a substitute for the printed copy.
bullet Over 80% agreed that the library is moving ahead in the realm of technology at about the right speed.

In terms of the library's collection, the faculty pointed out several areas for change and improvement:
bullet The currency and average age of the library's collection is inadequate to support the university's curriculum and student research.
bullet The size and content of the library are not adequate to support ongoing faculty and staff development.
bullet In terms of library expenditures, the faculty would like for the library to purchase more books and journals.

The library is pleased to receive feedback from the faculty and hope to use the results from the survey to improve library resources and services in the future.



By Marsha Harper ('59)
Library Director

Staff Changes Mandate Flexibility

The past summer has seen an unprecedented number of changes in the library's support staff. Cataloging, Media Services, Administration, Periodicals, and Bindery Services have all seen changes, some more than one.

Shirley Beeks, who was hired as a Cataloging Assistant in August 2000, was forced by health problems to resign Deon Bothathis summer. Cataloging takes another hit November 1 when Amy Stults says goodbye to join her husband in Phoenix. Amy has been part of the leadership team for Technical Services. Her skills, energy, and technical savvy will be sorely missed, along with her sense of humor.

In May, Media Services lost Sara Ketchersid as Dora Weathers' assistant; in June Gideon "Deon" Botha, was hired as Sara's replacement. Deon, a Kerry O'Neillgraduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy, is from South Africa, giving this first floor department our first all-international staff. (Dora is a native of Cyprus.)

On third floor, Shannon Cain graduated in May with his M.A. in History and resigned as Periodicals Assistant. Kerry O'Neill moved up from the


Kevin ParkerBindery to replace him. Kevin Parker, a former volunteer who was trained by Kerry, accepted the part-time position as her replacement. Kevin works full-time at the nearby state prison and also serves as a volunteer firefighter.

August is a month for changes. Our secretary Carolin, newly wed to Daryl Neher, moved with their family to Maryland. Happily, Holly Brazle, arrived from a summer of Holly Brazlemission work in Belgium with her husband Luk in time to fill the position just as school was starting.

Other changes? How about three weddings and an accident that sidelined one librarian for two months? Erma Jean Loveland suffered a fall in the atrium of the Business building and injured her foot. She is finally back at work but for now is in a wheelchair. The three brides? Carolin (Ballow) Neher, Acquisitions Coordinator Becky (Adams) Estrella, and Adrienne (Mager) Harper, periodicals student worker who married your director's son, Jason. (Some changes are happy ones.)

All changes make demands on the staff. We must accept the inevitable, adjust to the new situation, and remain flexible enough to repeat the procedure as often as necessary. Brown Library's staff is learning; we are learning.



By Chad Longley
Special Services Assistant

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 2000-2001 fiscal year, the library received 14,534 cash and non-cash gifts, 118 of which were in memory or in honor of present and past alumni, friends, and family.

List of 2000-2001 Donors

Several large donations have been added to the Graduate Bible fund, the FACUL Foundations for the Future campaign and endowment, and the Malherbe endowment.

This year's Friends of the Year were Judge and Mrs. Jack and Allene Pope. Judge Pope served on the Texas Supreme Court from 1964 to 1985, being appointed to the office of Chief Justice in 1982 by governor Bill Clements. During his years in the highest civil court in Texas, he was a part of landmark cases concerning issues such as water rights. This past year, Pope announced that

the ACU library will be the depository for his papers relating to these years. The library has not yet received the entire collection, but preparations are being made for its eventual arrival. Combined with the collection from The Honorable Omar Burleson, U.S. Representative from the 17th district (1947-1979), this will provide a view of much of the political and social history of Texas during the middle of the 20th century.

Significant gifts for the Center for Restoration Studies included the remainder of the collections of R.L. Roberts and Dr. Jim Mankin, and papers of Howard Horton and James Lovell.

Upon the urging of his son-in-law, Dr. Bill Walton, local preacher R.V. Hamilton donated his lifelong collection of Bibles and religious books to the library last fall. Other significant or interesting donations added this past year include: The Pastoral Epistles by Howard Marshall; Harper-Collins Bible Commentary edited by James L. Mays; Reconsidering Israel and Judah by Gary N. Knoppers; Paul and Philodemus by Clarence Glad; and Regnvm Caelorvm: Patterns of Future Hope in Early Christianity by Charles E. Hill.



Sponsor a Student for FACUL

This year 12 sponsors added 9 students to the FACUL membership roll, paying for each student one regular membership ($25) and adding $11 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 2002 dinner click here, print out the form, and mail to: Friends of ACU Library, ACU Box 29208, Abilene, TX 79699-9208.
Sponsor List For 2001:
bullet Shirley Smith ('52) sponsored Bethany Hughes Powell ('01), senior elementary education major.
bullet Al ('55) and Dale ('59) Ogren sponsored Jessica Besier ('01), junior English major, library worker.
bullet Lawrence Ray Smith ('58) sponsored Patrick Buhrmann ('02), junior broadcast journalism major.
bullet Preston ('59) and Marsha ('59) Harper sponsored Jason Harper ('01) and Adrienne Mager ('03), senior English major and junior theater major.
Jason and Adrienne Harper at the annual FACUL dinner in February
Cleone Willingham and Leslie Waddell at the annual FACUL dinner in February
bullet Cleone Willingham ('37) sponsored Leslie Waddell ('04), freshman elementary education major.
bullet Bill ('49) and Jody ('50) Decker sponsored Kent Benfer ('02), junior Bible major.
bullet Betty Cummins ('48) sponsored Allison Gordon-Cumming, freshman accounting major.
bullet Homer and Betty Gainer sponsored Abby Lowe ('04), freshman integrated marketing communication major.



By Joan VanRheenen
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.

2001 FACUL Members


In Memoriam

H. Lynn Packer (1927-2001)
Glenn L. Brown (1916-2000)
J. Roy Willingham (1926-2001)
Weldon H. Barnett (1910-2001)
Fred J. Barton (1911-2001)
Sophia Mae Woolsey (1920-2000)
Blanche Walker (1913-2001)
Cecil B. Alexander (1930-2001)
Madge L. Etter (1905-2001)
Howard Horton (1917-2001)
Steve Mayben (1960-2001)




Location: http://www.acu.edu/library/facul/faculnews01.html
Last updated 02.07.2002
Direct questions and comments to Chad Longley or Erma Jean Loveland


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