Information Services advances the mission of Southwestern University by planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining reliable and responsive information resources, technology, services and programs to meet the challenges and opportunities in an increasingly dynamic higher education environment.
The Info Services unit includes professional librarians, technologists, and support staff who work together to provide a robust and sustainable technology and materials infrastructure; to help students, faculty and staff understand and manage continuous change in information use, access, media and technology, and to maintain a strategically-focused, agile service-oriented support organization.
The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center is home to a variety of services, programs and resources. On three floors, it holds a materials collection totaling more than a quarter of a million volumes, including print and non-print materials, periodicals, and electronic information sources. The building, known as the SLC, is also home to the InfoDesk, a one-stop destination for technology questions, checking out materials, laptops and AV items, asking a question and getting a Pirate Card. On the 2nd floor, Special Collections houses a significant compilation of materials about Texas, the history of Southwestern and the papers of Senator John G. Tower. Computers and printers are located throughout the facility and a Coffee Bar adjacent to the Research Commons provides a place to read and talk while enjoying a cup of Georgetown’s own Cianfrani coffee. The first floor is a lively place for collaborative work and conversation, but the 2nd and 3rd floors provide space for quiet study and research.
The building was dedicated in 1988 and is named for A. Frank Smith, Jr. of Houston, a distinguished trustee of Southwestern University for more than 25 years and former chair of the Board of Trustees.