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News from Fondren - Spring 2018 Issue

News from Fondren - Spring 2018 Issue


A Library newsletter to the Rice University community. Published twice a year (spring and fall)

Current Issue (PDF)

Past Issues

Fondren Library Art & Cultural Objects Audio Tour

Fondren Library Audio Art Tour

Special Thank you to:

Molly Crownover


Sara Lowman,
Vice Provost & University Librarian


Dara Flinn
Archivist & Special Collections Librarian


Mary Lowery
Executive Director, Friends of Fondren Library


Nash Baker,


Brandon Zech,



Audio Guide - Capstone Project:

Capstone Advisors and MLS Leaders:
Dennis Huston
Alma Novotny
Nancy Bailey
Rebecca Sharp Sanchez
Mark Kulstad

Sheila Mayfield
Student - Master of Liberal Arts

Fondren Library Audio Art Tour

Nominate a Fondren employee for the Shapiro Library Staff Innovation Award until April 2, 2021.

Have you been wowed by a Fondren Library staff member's innovative solutions to problems, exemplary service to the Rice community, can-do attitude, or all of the above? 

Here is your chance to honor library staff who work hard year-round for the university community: Nominations for the Shapiro Library Staff Innovation Award are open Monday, February 1 until Friday, April 2, 2021. More details can be found on our nomination form. 


Nomination Form

Rice OIT Increasing Wi-Fi Coverage for Finals

Rice Office of Information Technology is increasing Fondren Library's Wi-Fi coverage for studying and finals this week:

  • 1st floor reading rooms
  • 2nd floor mezzanine
  • 3rd floor
  • 6th floor Rice Only study

Service: Mothers' Room for Nursing & Lactation

Rice University and Fondren Library are pleased to provide a room for nursing mothers.

The Mothers' Room (Fondren 411) is available for Rice Faculty, Staff, Students and Visitors to feed their infants or pump milk.
Together with the lactation room already available in the Rice Memorial Center, the Fondren Mothers' Room seeks to make Rice campus a friendly and accommodating space for mothers and their infants.
Full details about the room and obtaining access can be found here:
Comments or concerns about the room? Please use our online form:

Mothers' Room

Fondren Library Mothers' Room Room 411

Rice University and Fondren Library are pleased to provide a room for nursing mothers.

The Mothers' Room (Fondren 411) is available for Rice Faculty, Staff, Students, and Visitors to feed and care for their infants or pump milk. Ask for the access code at our service desks to  use the room.

Unlimited Access to The New York Times

  1. Go to
  2. Search for "Rice University"
  3. If you are setting up an account for the first time, you must use your Rice email for setup. For best practice choose a unique and secure password.
    • If you are renewing your digital subscription, be sure to use your same account by clicking on "Already have an account? Log on here >>" and sign in with your existing username/password.
  4. Check your email for a confirmation from NY Times and click on the link in the email. If you don't see the email, check your spam filter (i.e. Proofpoint). For help with this step go to
  5. Confirm your account is working by going to and clicking on 'Account'. You should see 'Digital Subscriber' listed under your username.
  6. If you use the NY Times mobile app, log out and back in.

Note: If you continue to have access issues, please contact Fondren Library at

The library's subscription does not include any of the NYT games, including the NYT Crossword puzzle.


Please keep in mind that Fondren offers access to the articles from hundreds of newspapers and other news sources. Fondren provides a guide to both print and online newspapers made available through the library, which can be found at


If you have access issues or other questions, please contact Fondren Library at, which is monitored by our electronic resources team.

Oppose Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

ARL Joins Higher Education and Library Groups to Oppose Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

On May 18, 2017, the FCC voted 2-1 to move forward with its notice of proposed rulemaking to roll back net neutrality protections that were set forth in the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order. The FCC appears to want to reverse course on Title II reclassification, which provided the strong legal basis for the no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization rules, and potentially give enforcement oversight to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) instead. ARL joined higher education and library groups in issuing the following statement:

May 18, 2017

No Changes to Net Neutrality Law Necessary, say Higher Ed and Library Groups

Since the passage of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, internet users have benefited from strong and enforceable net neutrality policies, which are essential to protecting freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth for all Americans. Today’s vote puts those protections in jeopardy.

Libraries and institutions of higher education are leaders in maximizing the potential of the Internet for research, education, teaching and learning, and the public good.  In the modern era, a free and open internet is essential to our public missions. The current net neutrality rules – no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization, backed by a general conduct standard to ensure net neutrality adapts as the Internet evolves – generated unprecedented public support, and the validity of both the rules and the process that produced them has been affirmed by the DC Circuit Court.

Given all these factors, we believe no changes to the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order are necessary.  We urge the Commission to rescind the NPRM approved today and work with all stakeholders to enhance flexibility and innovation within the existing framework. Application of the rules to this point has demonstrated that the Commission can manage the regulatory environment for Internet access without undermining the sound, legal basis for network neutrality.

Should the FCC continue down the path proposed in the NPRM, however, the higher education and library communities would again draw the Commission’s attention to the network neutrality principles for which we have consistently advocated. We believe the Commission can and should frame any efforts to support an open Internet around these principles, and we will work through the rulemaking process to sustain strong network neutrality rules based on them.

We look forward to working with the FCC on ensuring that the Internet remains open.

The organizations endorsing this statement are:

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

American Council on Education (ACE)

American Library Association (ALA)

Association of American Universities (AAU)

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)

Council of Independent Colleges


National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Winners of the Creative Writing Contest


Alison Liu, Jasmine Lin, Erica Cheung

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards! Over 50 students competed for $1000 prizes in poetry, nonfiction and fiction.

The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry: Erica Cheung

Erica Cheung’s poetry demonstrates a skill with description that renders with great nuance the scenes from life and images born from the imagination. Not only are the contours of the lived-in world brought into focus, but the shapes a life takes as the result of family, culture, and history also are brought into sharp relief by her poems. Erica brings to her descriptions a gift for inventive phrasing and a powerful wit.

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction: Jasmine Lin

In this brief but powerful essay, Jasmine Lin combines keen lyricism with hard-won wisdom. Her prose soars, her observations sear, her grief becomes our own. In a world where love often feels like a scarcity, “Exiles” teaches us a lesson we all know but do not understand until it is too late: that those who love us best often teach us how to best love ourselves. This is a remarkable essay by a remarkable writer.

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction: Alison Liu

There are many worthy submissions and all of the judges were deeply impressed by the breadth of voices and the spirit of innovation. In terms of narrative invention, Alison Liu's short short fiction soars off the page. Her lyricism, narrative ambition and emotional daring are breathtaking.


Distinguished Faculty Fellow Justin Cronin, Professor Paul Otremba,  Alison Liu, Jasmine Lin, Professor Amber Dermont, Erica Cheung,  Professor Lacy Johnson, Professor Ian Schimmel

Left to right: Distinguished Faculty Fellow Justin Cronin, Professor Paul Otremba, Alison Liu, Jasmine Lin, Professor Amber Dermont, Erica Cheung, Professor Lacy Johnson, Professor Ian Schimmel

Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services

 Rice University is seeking a creative and future-oriented leader as the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services. The successful candidate will provide leadership both in managing current staff and services and in collaboratively envisioning and implementing evolving services of this user-oriented department. The position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services.