Library Exhibits

Zombie Awareness Month
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
May has been declared Zombie Awareness Month by the Zombie Research Society! Comprised of hundreds of thousands of active members worldwide including neurologists, epidemiologists, psychiatrists, political scientists, economists, authors, filmmakers, and more, the ZRS is dedicated to the culture and history of the undead, and features real-life research and applications of this content on a variety of disciplines. Visit this display to see what materials McDermott Library has on this topic, and show us on our interactive campus map where you would bunker down to survive!
Matt Young, Brittnee Weed, Gladys Barbosa, and Ankit Kapur
Access and Delivery Services
Better Hearing & Speech Month
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. This display highlights some of the resources at the library for the study of speech and hearing.
Carol Oshel
Liaison Librarian for Computer Science and Behavioral & Brain Science
The Louise B. Belsterling Collection
Elevator Right Case – 2nd Floor
May is the perfect time to learn about The Louise B. Belsterling Collection, located within the Special Collections Department of McDermott Library. The collection consists of an assortment of rare botanical and horticultural books. Belsterling’s personal library formed the nucleus of the collection. She taught gardening for many years and published her Planting Manual for Dallas Gardens for the first time in 1941. Swing by this display case and see McDermott Library’s oldest book as well as it’s one-millionth acquisition, both of which belong to The Belsterling Collection.
IMisty Hawley
Communications Manager
Newbery Medal Winners
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This May, swing by the juvenile section to celebrate acclaimed Newbery Medal-winning works of literature.
Katie Zlotnik and Doug Boedenauer
Access and Delivery Services
Sinking of the Lusitania – 100th Anniversary
Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor
May 7th is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat during World War I. The Lusitania was hit near Ireland on her voyage from New York City to Liverpool. Of the over 1,900 civilians on board, more than 1,100 perished, including more than 120 Americans. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany. It eventually contributed to the American entry into World War I and was an iconic symbol in World War I recruitment posters. Come by this display to see some of the many resources McDermott Library has on this topic, including newspaper headlines that appeared on May 8th, 1915 in the New York Times and Dallas Morning News, downloaded from McDermott Library’s “Historic Newspapers” databases!
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
Enola Gay Controversy
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
The Enola Gay was the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb in warfare. An exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) sparked controversy with veteran groups who claimed that the display omitted the true reason for dropping the atomic bomb and sympathized too much with the Japanese. Several WWII veterans were part of the push to change the NASM exhibit through letter-writing campaigns and articles on the subject. Our exhibit includes items that document the Enola Gay controversy. This display also contains photographs of the veterans working to change the Smithsonian exhibit as well as books on the Enola Gay, political cartoons, and newspaper articles.
Ally Boland
Special Collections Intern
The United States Transcontinental Air Speed Record
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
One of the major goals of aviation technology development has been a race to increase aircraft speed. This display highlights the evolution of the transcontinental aviation speed record and the record-breaking aircraft involved. Also included are two other important speed records. The Schneider Trophy was awarded to the fastest flight by a seaplane over water. The Thompson Trophy was presented to the winner of the Cleveland National Air Races, where designers built custom aircraft designed for speed.
Dr. Thomas Allen
Special Collections Curator
Month of Music
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
In the month of May, several classical composers were born. Two of them — Johannes Brahms and Peter Tchaikovsky — even share the same birthday of May 7th. It’s a good time to renew your appreciation for music, and after your check out our display, you may consider listening to Vivaldi’s Spring concerto from The Four Seasons.
Kendra Boyd
Ordering Specialist
Palindromes for Auspicious Days
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
According to the Hindu Panchang Calendar, May 1, 2015 is an auspicious wedding date. That is because the date, 5115, reads the same backwards and forwards. Many other cultures believe that calendar dates that read this way are fortuitous since they occur only once in the year. The next such date will be May 11, 2015 or 51115. The next palindrome year will be 2112. Fortuitous days are considered auspicious because they bring good luck to weddings, marriages, births and other special anniversaries.
To celebrate, McDermott Library presents this display of dictionaries and palindromes. Mom and wow are the most popular palindromes. How many do you know?
Loreen Henry
Head of Information Literacy Services
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