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Message from the Dean                                                                  SAVE THE
                                  We are very much in the midst of construction
                                  as I write this column. The project is going         Friends of the TCU Library Dinner
                                  well with thanks to many people including            When: March 2015
                                  TCU’s Physical Plant administrators, architects,     Where: TCU Dee J. Kelly Visitor Center
                                  contractors, library employees and a very            Special Guest: Mr. Peter Stark, author of
                                  engaged Director of Library Administrative           Astoria, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Last
                                  Services, Mr. James Lutz. Elsewhere in this issue,   Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition and
                                  you will see photos that show the progress of        Survival.
                                                                                        Adventure and exploration writer and
                                  The last section of the 1980s wing to be              a long-time correspondent for Outside
                                  demolished was the rare book vault, now that the      magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have
                                  new vault is built. Within the vault, there are       also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker,
rows of compact shelving that make effective use of the space.                          Men’s Journal and many others.

Up next in the sequence of activities is the move of thousands of volumes
that are stored at the Camp Bowie location. With the new Library Annex fully
operational, we are consolidating all material, not located in the Mary Couts
Burnett Library, in the Library Annex.

The Library recently hosted the Friends of the TCU Library FacultySpeak
on October 14, 2014. This year’s presentation was given by Dr. Steffen Palko,
College of Education. The Common Core Explained helped us understand why
the common core is in the news so much these days. Another wonderful
evening occurred later in October with TCU Faculty, Dr. Linda Hughes, giving
her presentation about the treasures form the Library’s rare book vault. Mr.
Roger Rainwater assisted with her presentation, A Teacher-Scholar Survey of
Special Collections.

Plans are in development for the Annual Friends of the TCU Library Dinner.
I’m confirming the date with Mr. Peter Stark, author of Astoria, John Jacob Astor
and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition and Survival.
I hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an enjoyable event.


Dr. June Koelker, Dean

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