2014 Ethyl Carlisle Southern Scholarship Winners

Furman University Libraries is proud to announce the 2014 recipients of the Ethel Carlisle Southern Scholarship for Library Science.

MaryJo Donzella (’14) is a history major from Greenville, SC, graduating this Spring. She has worked in Special Collections at the James B. Duke Library since the summer after her sophomore year, where she has helped coordinate several displays and exhibitions. Most recently she conceived of an exhibit of the J. Lyles Alley Collection after organizing and processing materials donated by the long-time Furman coach’s family.  She plans to work on her master’s in library science at Simmons College, Boston, in the Fall with a concentration in archives and preservation studies.

Elizabeth Heck (’11) was an English major who has been teaching English at the high school level for two years, working closely with the library media center in her school. This has piqued her interest in teaching valuable information skills that go beyond the classroom. She hopes to leverage her MLIS to educate children and adults to find and utilize resources to meet their personal goals. She begins her studies at the University of South Carolina this Fall.


Allison Britt Diaz (’99) majored in sociology at Furman and worked in that field for 10 years after obtaining her Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology. As a student here, she found working as a reference assistant in the library to be one of her most interesting jobs. Later as a volunteer at a school library, she decided to combine her love of research and information organization with her desire to educate and empower students. She will complete her Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina in Spring ’15.


Citation Workshops

Introduction to Citation Managers


Tuesday, April 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Wednesday, April 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Thursday, April 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm


James B. Duke Library, Room 043

Big projects often involve lots of research and complex bibliographies. Citation management tools and bibliography generators can help you organize the literature, share information with collaborators, and quickly create bibliographies. Find out more about these tools and how they can benefit your next research project.  Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to attend!

Meet Dr. Lisa Randall

Meet one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists before attending the Religion and Science in the Modern World CLP. Dr. Lisa Randall will be honored with a reception in the Frances H. Townes Reading Room of the Sanders Science Library Thursday evening preceding the program in the Watkins Room.

Thursday, April 10
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Frances H. Townes Reading Room
Sanders Science Library

Interlibrary Loan Deadlines

The end of the semester is approaching and you’re probably busy conducting research for your writing assignments.  If the Furman Libraries do not have the books or articles you need, you can always request them through PASCAL or Interlibrary Loan.  But keep in mind, in order to receive materials requested through Interlibrary Loan by the end of the semester you’ll need to place your requests before the following deadlines:

- April 15th is the last day to request a book through Interlibrary Loan

- April 24th is the last day to request an article through Interlibrary Loan

These deadlines apply only to those items needed before the end of Spring Term.  Requests submitted after these deadlines will be processed, but are not guaranteed to arrive before the last day of class.

National Poetry Month – CLP

Heaven and Earth: A National Poetry Day Celebration

 With 2013 South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize Winners

Phebe Davidson and Quitman Marshall

 April 15

Pitts Room, James B. Duke Library


Reception immediately following the reading


We hope you will attend!

Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel

Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Esparza, Jesse J. “King, Martin Luther, Jr., Assassination of.Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century. : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. epitomized the efforts of African Americans during the civil rights movement. From 1956 to 1968 he became the most popular and effective leader of the movement for equality. After speaking at a rally and rescheduling a planned march in Memphis, Tennessee, in support of black sanitation workers who were on strike, King checked into room 306 of the Lorraine Motel.  At 6:01 p.m. the next evening, that of 4 April 1968, he was shot while standing on the motel’s second-floor balcony. The bullet struck King in the lower face and jaw and proceeded downward, nicking his spine and eventually lodging itself beneath his left shoulder blade. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead within the hour. He was only thirty-nine years old.

King’s death unleashed a torrent of rage in black communities across the country. Rioting engulfed Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, and numerous other cities. More than 125 cities, it is estimated, experienced similar uprisings. His death also removed the one individual who had the capacity to unify the black population, command broad respect from whites, and help bridge the racial divide that troubled the United States.

Initial investigations revealed a set of fingerprints on a pair of binoculars, a .30-06 rifle, beer cans, a copy of the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, and a map of Mexico that matched those of James Earl Ray, an escaped convict who had broken out of the Missouri State Penitentiary a year earlier. The search for Ray ended in London on 8 June 1968 when he was captured at London’s Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country using a false Canadian passport. Apparently Ray had fled from Memphis to Canada, from there to London and then to Lisbon, from whence he returned to London. He was quickly extradited to Tennessee and charged with King’s murder. Confessing to the murder and entering a plea of guilty on 10 March 1969, Ray was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. He recanted his confession three days later and spent the rest of his life trying to withdraw his guilty plea and secure a trial, but he was unsuccessful. On 23 April 1998 Ray died in prison at the age of seventy from complications related to kidney disease and liver failure.

From the moment of the assassination evidence suggested that King was the victim of a conspiracy. Soon it came to light that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had a vendetta against King: The FBI had labeled King a national security threat and had subjected him to massive surveillances, smear campaigns, and even blackmail. The widely held suspicions about the FBI’s involvement in King’s death increased when a 1975 Senate investigation revealed that the bureau had conducted a counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) against King. Even the deputy director of the FBI, William C. Sullivan, agreed that there might have been a conspiracy to assassinate King. As a result of those investigations Attorney General Edward H. Levi asked Congress to establish the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Formed in September 1976, this twelve-member committee was to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of both John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Congressman Louis Stokes was the committee’s chairman. Heading his subcommittees were Richardson Preyer of North Carolina (assassination of Kennedy) and Walter Fauntroy of the District of Columbia (assassination of King).

News of Assassination. A man collapses in grief upon hearing the news of King’s murder by a sniper, 1968. Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

The House Select Committee was also assigned the task of looking into the FBI’s actions in its campaigns against King and of determining whether there were grounds for criminal prosecution against FBI personnel who had been involved.

Investigations lasted approximately two years. By 1979 the House Select Committee released its findings. On the King assassination the committee concluded that King was killed by one rifle shot from James Earl Ray but that Ray possibly was part of a larger conspiracy. But no U.S. government agency, including the FBI, was part of any such conspiracy to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Although the committee’s report criticized the FBI for continuing its security investigations and surveillance of King even after it became clear that he was firmly committed to nonviolence and was opposed to subverting the government, the committee failed to indict any FBI members for his murder. The committee’s report also raised curious questions about the manner of King’s murder. Early ballistic tests on the rifle and the bullet taken from King’s body during the autopsy revealed that while the bullet could have been fired from the rifle found near the scene, the extensive mutilation of the bullet made it impossible to conclude that it was actually fired from the rifle. The House Select Committee even questioned the role of local law enforcement. Within moments of being shot, members of the Memphis Police Department were at the scene, almost as if they had anticipated King’s shooting or as if they were in on the planning. But with the FBI assuming control of every aspect of the investigation, attention by skeptics and conspiracy theorists turned away from the police force to the FBI.

Despite the committee’s findings, however, many people were not persuaded and held on to their own theories about the murder of King and about the FBI’s involvement. In the end the assassination transformed King into a martyr. In 1983, Congress and President Ronald Reagan added his birthday to the list of national holidays, and thousands of streets, schools, and public buildings are named after him.

Visit the SC Poetry Archives at Furman University

SC Poetry ArchiveApril is National Poetry Month, and what would be a better time of year to read some poems than when the sun is finally shining?  The Special Collections and Archives of the Furman Library houses the SC Poetry Archives, a unique collection of published works, manuscripts, and ephemeral materials from over one hundred authors. The collection highlights 20th and 21st century poets connected to South Carolina by birth, employment, residence, or subject matter.

The Archives includes works of all South Carolina poets laureate, literary fellows selected by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, Pushcart Prize winners, South Carolina Fiction Prize winners, Piccolo Spoleto Fiction prize winners, and recipients of many other significant awards.

Because this collection is in the Reading Room, you may browse it without making an appointment.  Special Collections and Archives is open Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.  Poetry from this collection must be read in the Reading Room, but there are comfortable chairs and a rooftop view.

You may peruse more information on the archives as well as a listing of poets and volumes on the SC Poetry Archives website.

No time to read?

“Once upon a time in the dead of winter in the Dakota Territory, Theodore Roosevelt took off in a makeshift boat down the Little Missouri River in pursuit of a couple of thieves who had stolen his prized rowboat. After several days on the river, he caught up and got the draw on them with his trusty Winchester, at which point they surrendered. Then Roosevelt set off in a borrowed wagon to haul the thieves cross-country to justice. They headed across the snow-covered wastes of the Badlands to the railhead at Dickinson, and Roosevelt walked the whole way, the entire 40 miles. It was an astonishing feat, what might be called a defining moment in Roosevelt’s eventful life. But what makes it especially memorable is that during that time, he managed to read all of Anna Karenina. I often think of that when I hear people say they haven’t time to read.”*

*David McCullough, “No Time to Read,” quoted in Connect: College Reading, 2nd edition, by Ivan G. Dole and Leslie Taggart. (Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2012), 474.

Theodore Roosevelt writes about his pursuit of the boat thieves in his 1888 book Ranch Life and the Hunting TrailThe library owns a copy!

The library also has several copies and various translations of Anna Karenina.

And if you absolutely don’t have time to read Anna Karenina, the library does own a copy of the 2012 film, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.