Library News Archives

April 2016

Alumnus to Preserve History as New Archivist

April 5, 2016

Dr. Thomas Allen, PhD'09, will collect and catalog materials, relying on his love of history and experience to help preserve UT Dallas' past for future generations. Read more

February 2016

Author, Former Pilot Calls McDermott Library Home

February 16, 2016

With the help of resources in the Special Collections Department, one researcher is telling the story of a historic airline that played a major role in his life. Read more

January 2016

Library Service is Rapidly Changing the Game for Customers

January 26, 2016

A service offered at Eugene McDermott Library is quickly becoming a fast and efficient way to get materials the library doesn’t own. Read more

December 2015

Manual in Special Collections Holds Key to Santa’s Success

December 8, 2015
A rare document located in McDermott Library details what keeps St. Nick going year after year. Read more

Library Releases Schedule for Finals, Winter Break

December 8, 2015
Eugene McDermott Library will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for finals starting November 29 through December 18 at midnight. Read more
November 2015

Therapy Dogs To Help Relieve Final Exam Stress

November 20, 2015
Eugene McDermott Library and the Student Counseling Center will host Paws For Finals, a stress relief event for students, staff, and faculty. Read more

UT Dallas Libraries Reduce Hours for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2015
Eugene McDermott Library and Callier Library have special hours during the week of Thanksgiving. McDermott will close at midnight on Wednesday and reopen on Friday morning. Read more
October 2015

Library Begins New Chapter with Upgrades

October 23, 2015
In addition to physical improvements, the Eugene McDermott Library recently improved interlibrary loan by adding a service that connects users to materials at more than 200 libraries. Read more
September 2015

Special Collections Department, SAA Host Workshop

September 3, 2015
The Special Collections Department of Eugene McDermott Library and The Society of American Archivists are teaming up to host "Grant Proposal Writing #1622." The day-long workshop will be held on October 26 at 9am in McDermott Library's Instruction Room MC 2.524. Read more
July 2015

Students, Survey Spark Change at McDermott Library

July 27, 2015
UT Dallas students, faculty and staff examine library services, tools and staff. The feedback leads to changes in the library and online. Read more

2015 Jalonick Lecture: Authors to Speak on Aviation Rivalry

July 3, 2015
For years, Dallas and Fort Worth were fierce competitors in just about every arena including business, architecture, and entertainment. Aviation was no exception. As commercial flight grew in prominence in the 1950s, both cities worked to lure businesses within the aviation industry to their respective cities by building bigger and better airports. Read more

June 2015

Alamo Room:
MC 3.710

Additional Study Space Added in Library

June 18, 2015
Students can now reserve six new study rooms on the third floor of the library. The large rooms and open space accommodate group and individual study. Read more

2015 McLemore Award Recipients Honored

June 15, 2015
At the annual award reception, McDermott Library employees were recognized for their exemplary work and service to the UT Dallas community. Read more

May 2015

Casey Ross

Winner of 2015 Haiku Contest Named

May 18, 2015
A haiku about library problems is the 2015 winner of Eugene McDermott Library’s Reference Department Haiku Contest. Casey Ross, a senior Computer Science major, wrote the poem. Read more


Nominations Open for 2015 McLemore Awards

May 4, 2015
Eugene McDermott Library is now accepting submissions for the Ethel Ward-McLemore Award. The award recognizes Eugene McDermott Library staff who have shown exemplary service in the past year. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a library employee. Read more

April 2015

Therapy Dogs Return to McDermott Library

April 27, 2015
Please join us this Wednesday, April 29 from 1-4pm for ‘Paws for Finals,’ a relaxation event for students, staff and faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. Read more

Reference Department Hosts Annual Haiku Competition

April 24, 2015
McDermott Library’s Reference Department is hosting its 5th annual haiku competition in honor of National Poetry Month. The competition runs through April 30 with the winner receiving an Amazon gift card. Read more

Library Stays Open During Renovations

April 13, 2015
Renovations on the second floor of Eugene McDermott Library, including an updated Services Desk, new carpeting and new lighting, are nearly complete. Read more

February 2015

McDermott Accepting Applications for Student Group

February 17, 2015
Students can now apply for the McDermott Student Advisory Group or MSAG. MSAG is comprised of students ranging from undergrad to doctoral candidates who help improve library services. The group’s mission is simple but vital: to help the library receive positive or negative analysis on various library policies and procedures. Read more

January 2015

Slideshow: Compelling Artifacts Reside in Library

January 29, 2015
The Special Collections and Archives Department safeguards rare and historically significant items, such as the Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl Lighter-Than-Air Collection and the General James "Jimmy" H. Doolittle Archives. Read more

McDermott Library Expands to 24/5 Schedule

January 9, 2015
The Eugene McDermott Library is increasing its hours beginning Sunday. With the new schedule, the library will be open 24 hours a day on weekdays and offer expanded hours on the weekend. Read more

December 2014

De-Stress in December. Library Helping Students Relax During Finals

December 3, 2014
McDermott Library is offering ways to ease some of the nerves before and during finals. Now through December 7, customers who check out a movie at the Multimedia Desk will receive a free... Read more

November 2014

Library Curator to Step Up at Fundraiser

November 13, 2014
Patrizia Nava, a curator at UT Dallas’ Eugene McDermott Library, is used to working with rare books, pictures and other historical items on display in the library’s Special Collections Department. But now, the spotlight shifts and she will be the one on display. Read more

Library Adds Live Chat Option to Website

November 5, 2014
Through a new online service called Chat with a Librarian, library customers at UT Dallas can communicate with librarians in real time and get immediate responses. Read more

Geosciences Professor Reflects on Journey

November 4, 2014
UT Dallas has come a long way since its inception in 1969. No one knows that better than Dr. Richard Mitterer, professor emeritus of geosciences, who recently sat down with University archivist Ty Lovelady to look back at how his time here began. Read more

September 2014

Core Curriculum Textbooks Are Available at Library

September 10, 2014
Eugene McDermott Library's pilot program allows students to check out textbooks for required undergraduate core curriculum courses that they can use inside the library. Read more

August 2014

Library Plans Literary Cosplay Event During Welcome Week

August 28, 2014
Students, staff, and faculty get a chance to learn about the Library and show off their creativity at BookCon 2014. Read more

Library Adds New On-Demand Service

August 28, 2014
McDermott now has a growing selection of downloadable audiobooks that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Read more

July 2014

Generous Donor Gives Rare Map to Library

July 21, 2014
McDermott proudly received an antique map of Africa made by Dutch cartographer Johannes Blaeu. Frank Kyrza, says it will be the first of several maps he plans to donate to the Library. Read more

June 2014

Flying Into History
Award-Winning Writer to Speak at 2014 Jalonick Lecture

July 12, 2014, 4pm in the Clark Center Auditorium
How the Navy Learned to Fly in World War I - Award winning writer and author Marc Wortman delivers a powerful story of a group of privileged students from Yale who had it all: wealth, power and respect. They sacrificed everything to fight on the front lines of World War I. The haunting history of this elite group of undergrads as well as the legacy they left behind is also the subject of Wortman's book, The Millionaire's Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power. ... Read more

McDermott Library Honors Distinguished Faculty During Reception

July 9, 2014
The Library recently recognized dozens of professors for their creative works as well as the accomplishments of the University’s newly tenured faculty. Read more

May 2014

UTD Senior Impresses Judges With Humor, Wins 2014 Haiku Competition

May 12, 2014
A simple seventeen syllable poem about books and coffee is the winner of the 2014 McDermott Library Reference Department Haiku Contest. The author, Madeline Renals, is a senior mathematical sciences major... Read more

Reference Librarian Honored with CARE Award for Outstanding Service

May 9, 2014
Carol Oshel has been a librarian since she left high school. The past 11 years, she has called McDermott Library home. Most days she can be found working at the reference desk, eager to help students as they walk into the Information Commons area. Read more

April 2014

McDermott Gives Away Freebies During Finals

April 30, 2014
McDermott Library wants to do its part to help students conquer exams. Beginning April 30th, throughout finals, each person who checks out a book or reserves a study room gets a free blue book. Read more

McDermott Accepts Submissions for Annual McLemore Award

April 25, 2014
UT Dallas begins nomination process for Library Staff Awards. The Ethel Ward-McLemore Award for Library Excellence is presented annually to two library staff members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to McDermott Library. Read more

Lives Change @McDermott Library

April 14, 2014
Eugene McDermott Library is celebrating National Library Week April 14-18. This year’s theme is "Lives Change @McDermott Library." Through several events, McDermott Library is encouraging students, staff and faculty to read, learn something new and change their lives. Read more

March 2014

Special Collections Volunteer To Be Honored

March 24, 2014
Helen Small spent years building her family business and raising a family. After decades of caring for others, she finally took the steps to achieve her life-long goal. Fox 4’s Clarice Tinsley has her unique story of determination and commitment. Read more

Eugene McDermott Staff Member and Husband Leave a Lasting Impression with Generous Gift

March 7, 2014
Nadira Zakhidova and her husband had two reasons to celebrate. They did so by giving back to UT Dallas. Read more

February 2014

McDermott Library Teams up with Chess Program for Events

Feb. 12, 2014
ChessFest 2014 is scheduled for February 25th in the McDermott Suite in the Library. Blindfold Chess will be held in the Library on February 26th. Read more

January 2014

Library Updates Furniture, Carpet and Installs New Equipment

Jan. 15, 2014
While students were away enjoying winter break, crews were busy updating the McDermott Library. Students returning this semester are the first to enjoy new seating, carpet and equipment. Read more

Volunteers Bring Zeal to Special Collections

Jan. 13, 2014
Three volunteers in Special Collections are using their personal experiences to make a difference in the library. Despite their age, they show no signs of slowing down. Read more

December 2013

UT Dallas’ University Archivist Completes First Major Project

Nov. 22, 2013
Visitors to the University of Texas at Dallas can view documents and other research materials related to President John F. Kennedy’s fateful visit to Dallas in November 1963. Read more