Library Exhibits

Earth Month
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
April is Earth Month! Choose from a variety of resources to learn more about protecting and sustaining our wonderful home.  Visit and to discover what you can do to contribute to the cause. Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!
Access & Delivery Services Staff
Preservation Week
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
April 26th to May 2nd 2015 is Preservation Week. Preservation Week strives to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of historical documents, photographs, and objects. This display highlights important issues in preservation and disaster preparedness. It discusses how to limit the dangers posed to items to by light, temperature, water, and pollutants. It also provides examples of some of the damage that can occur without preservation as well as tips and resources to help preserve your own treasured mementos at home.
Special Collections Department
National Poetry Month
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
April is national poetry month, so come down to the juvenile display case to check out the poems from your childhood.
Katie Zlotnik and Doug Boedenauer
Access and Delivery Services
The Hubble Space Telescope Anniversary Celebration – 25 Years
Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor
On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Station with the Hubble Space Telescope in its bay. The following day, Hubble was released into space, ready to peer into the vast unknown. Hubble provides views of cosmic wonders never before seen and is at the forefront of many new discoveries. Come by this display to read some interesting Hubble facts supplied by NASA, as well as to see a few McDermott books and DVDs which are available for checkout on the subject!
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
50+ Shades of Skin Color
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
The world is full of different skin tones and hues. These varying shades are part of the genetic make-up which, ultimately, makes each one of us unique in our own special way. Come check out our display and learn about the biology of skin color, and how its used to identify ourselves and others.
Lizbeth Munoz
Periodicals/Binding Specialist
National Humor Month
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
From early Vaudevillian performers to the slapstick of the Three Stooges and the funny faces of Jim Carrey, physical comedy has been embedded in cinema culture for more than a century. In honor of National Humor Month, McDermott Library is honoring those comedians and comediennes who excel at their craft, be they old favorites like Buster Keaton and Lucille Ball or modern classics like Melissa McCarthy and Edgar Wright.
William Mikesell
Library Assistant III
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