Library Exhibits

Nobel Prize Honorees
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
The Nobel Prize is awarded every December to honorees in the categories of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economic Sciences, and Peace. This display explores the controversies surrounding both the winners of the prize—from political prisoners who couldn’t accept their awards, to nominees who declined the honor—and the notable exclusions to their company, such as Stephen Hawking, Mahatma Gandhi, and Thomas Edison, among others.
Access and Delivery Services Staff
World AIDS Day
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
World AIDS Day started in 1988 and is held on December 1 each year. It provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” Learn more about this virus, how it started and how you can stay safe.
Library Administration
Winter Break Fitness Tips
Elevator Right Case – 2nd Floor
Why wait until the new year to make fitness a resolution? Start over the winter break. This display lists some of the more popular workouts and fitness tips to help you get in shape.
Library Administration
December Classics
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
This December, get festive with the juvenile display case! Come celebrate the season with classic holiday books and movies.
Katie Zlotnik and Doug Boedenauer
Access and Delivery Services
Colonial Williamsburg
Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor
Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation representing the historic district of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Preserved buildings date from 1699 to 1780. Who initiated the idea to preserve these national treasures, and how many of the approximately 500 buildings are original? Come by the display to find the answers.
Marna Morland
Special Formats Metadata Librarian
McDermott Scholars Cultural Experiences
McDermott Scholars Case – 3rd floor
This exhibit showcases the diverse travel locations and cultural experiences of the McDermott Scholars through the existence of The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. As McDermott Scholars, students are required to study abroad for at least one academic term during their time in the Program. This case holds a collection of some mementos that the Scholars have brought back from their travels. To date, over 60 countries have been visited by over 150 Scholars.
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
Labor and Aviation Safety: The PATCO Strike of 1981
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
On August 1st, members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) went on strike seeking concessions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to federal statue, this strike was illegal. On August 3rd, President Ronald Regan fired those controllers who refused to return to their jobs. The strike and firings caused chaos in the aviation industry, changed the pattern of labor relations in the United States, and had lasting effects that persisted into the 1990s.
The History of Aviation Collections is proud to display material from the collections of James S. Kippen. Kippen was an air traffic controller at Andrews Air Force Base, a member of PATCO, and one of the fired strikers. This collection offers a first-hand look at the personal effects on a tumultuous moment in American labor history.
Thomas Allen, PhD
Curator of Special Collections
Books Becoming Movies in 2015
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
Some of your favorite books are becoming movies next year. Stop by the exhibit case and see which ones you need to read before they hit the big screen in 2015.
Library Administration
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
Write a novel in one month! NaNoWriMo challenges writers to write 50,000 words from midnight November 1 to 11:59 PM on November 30. You may even find some participants writing furiously in the library! Check out the 4th floor display case for a selection of McDermott Library’s books about writing and fulfill your novel-writing dreams! Check out for more information.
Julie Gaida
Head of Information Literacy Services
Assistant Head of Acquisitions
International Space Station Flag
The University's first Ceremonial Mace
James F. Reilly II
McDermott Suite Case – 4th floor
Highlighted is a UT Dallas flag that was taken to the International Space Station in 2007 by NASA astronaut and UT Dallas alumnus James F. Reilly II. Reilly donated the flag to the university.
Library Administration