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DinsDay in the Library

Furman Library benefactor, Charlie Peace, celebrates #DinsDay with library faculty and staff.

Library Cafe Naming Contest Results

Students, faculty, and staff submitted over 900 names for the new café. The Cafe Naming Committee, composed of faculty and staff members from various areas of the library, eliminated duplicates and trademarked names, and narrowed the options to eleven potential names.

These choices were then sent to the Library Committee, Library Student Advisory Group, the Director of Auxiliary Services, the Chair of the Faculty, the Chair of the Staff Advisory Council, and the District Manager for Bon Appetite. This group of faculty, students and staff narrowed the field to five.

These five names were then sent to Furman’s Senior Administrative Team who were asked to rank the five names in order of preference. The top two names were given to President Davis and First Gentleman, Dr. Charles Davis, to make the final decision, and that decision was, Summa Cum Latte.

Bon Appetite had generously offered a basket of goodies (from Due South Coffee, Upcountry Provisions, and Greenfield’s Bagels) to the person who came up with the winning name. It turned out that there were two completely unrelated entries suggesting the same name. Susie Wold, Class of 2018, and Jason Rawlings, Assoc. Prof. Biology, will both get prizes.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a name and to those who played a role in the name selection process.

Please join us at Summa Cum Latte in August.


Pop-up Study Tables and Unplug & Recharge Zone

As we all know, during exams it’s on and poppin’ in the library and study space is at a premium.  This year we will provide additional study space with Pop-Up Study Tables on the lower level and entry level of the James B. Duke Library.

The library is also providing an Unplug & Recharge Zone for when you need a study break during exams. The Unplug & Recharge Zone will be in the James B. Duke Library, lower level, Room 043.

giant bean bags and meditation cushions

relax while coloring a mandala or ugly holiday sweater

stress relief capsules

humorous messages on the Wall of Affirmations

uplifting message on the Wall of Affirmations

humorous message on the Wall of Affirmations

we love student feedback about the Unplug and Recharge Zone

more student feedback

JBD Spring Exam Hours

To help you get through final exams, the James B. Duke Library has extended its hours. More hours to take power naps under study room tables and in the comfy chairs!

  • Apr 24 Mon 8:00am – 2:00am
  • Apr 25 Tue 8:00am – 2:00am
  • Apr 26 Wed 8:00am – 2:00am
  • Apr 27 Thu 8:00am – 2:00am
  • Apr 28 Fri 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Apr 29 Sat 10:00 am – 8:00pm
  • Apr 30 Sun 10:00 am – 2:00am
  • May 1 Mon 8:00am – 2:00am
  • May 2 Tue 8:00am – 2:00am
  • May 3 Wed 8:00am – 5:00pm

catching a nap under a study room table

sleeping in the comfy chairs

power napping!

Dr. Desmond’s Book

Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City

The Furman Sociology Department sponsored a lecture by Matthew Desmond (PhD, Harvard) on April 19. Dr. Desmond discussed his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond’s research addresses the significant challenges faced by low income families in urban areas simply trying to find a place to live. His in-depth qualitative research reveals the difficulties that current policies place on these families, which makes simply staying afloat, much less escaping poverty, a near impossibility.

Borrow Dr. Desmond’s book from the Furman University Libraries. If our copy is checked out, you can always request a copy thru PASCAL or InterLibrary Loan.

Library book give-away!

The James B. Duke Library  is holding a book give-away featuring books on a wide variety of topics. There is also a large selection of music books and scores. The give-away is Tuesday, April 18 through Friday, April 21 in the Blackwell Atrium on the ground floor. First come, first-served. If you have any questions, call or email Nancy Sloan, Cataloger, 294-2917 or nancy.sloan@furman.

Films on Demand

You know that the Libraries gives our campus access to streaming documentaries and films, right?

You know that you can watch them in class or on your computer, your iPad, or your phone, right?

You know that you can embed clips of them into Power Points or into Moodle, right?

You know that you can find them at Films on Demand, which is one of our databases, right?

You know that you can also find every title in our Library Catalog, too, right? By subject, too, right?

We thought so!

But did you know Films on Demand adds hundreds of new films each month? Would you like to look at some of the titles of the newest ones? We think you’ll find something you can use for a presentation, or that will supplement something you’re learning in class, or that you can watch while waiting for your laundry to dry. Enjoy!

Summer Library Internship

Furman Libraries
Summer Internship
Summer 2017

This year, the Furman Libraries will offer one 10-week, 35 hour/week summer internship for Furman undergraduates. This internship is intended for students with an expressed interest in library and/or information science. The intern will be matched to projects and library divisions based on experiences and evolving interest, as well as current needs.

Interns will receive the summer pay rate of $10/hour for the period of June 5 – August 10, 2017.

Interns will work closely with faculty and staff mentors in the Furman Libraries during their time, and will be assigned a supervisor in the library who will oversee their entire internship experience, from design to evaluation. Interns will be provided with workspace, equipment, training necessary for various projects, and will receive regular feedback and guidance.

Interns are treated like a member of the library and included in meetings and social gatherings. An intern will be able to meet with different members of the library one-on-one in addition to their projects, to learn more about the profession and ask any questions they have.

At the end of the internship, the supervisor will complete an evaluation form to provide formal feedback, and provide the intern with a letter of recommendation, if appropriate.

First-year students through seniors are eligible to apply for a summer 2017 internship.

Instructions for Applicants:
Applicants should write about their experiences in libraries and research, explain why they are interested in a summer internship, provide related course experience and names of two faculty members who can speak to their work (one should be their academic advisor.) The application should not exceed 500 words.

Please send all questions and all application materials to Jenny Colvin (

Deadline for applications: April 18, 2017
Decision made by: April 22, 2017

Easter Break Hours

April 13   Thursday   8:00 am – 5:00 pm
April 14   Friday   CLOSED
April 15   Saturday   CLOSED
April 16   Sunday   CLOSED
April 17   Monday   10:00 am – 1:00 am

As Americans prepare for Easter with egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and the ubiquitous marshmallow chicks, other countries around the world are engaging in their own individual Eastertide celebrations.  One of the more unique Easter traditions can be found in the Furman University digital collection “Czech Republic & Central Europe.”  This digital collection contains photographs from Furman education professor, Michael Svec, taken during his visit to central Europe in Spring 2005.  His photographs capture the cultural, historical, and scenic aspects of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Lithuania, and Poland.  Among the many interesting items in the digital collection are a group of photos related to Easter celebrations in Prague.


A colorful Easter Festival in Old Town Square, Prague.

Art Slide Library

A hand holding a slideFor decades, art students were introduced to famous artwork through in-class slide presentations. Slides are small squares of color film suspended in a cardboard frame. Professors could build an entire slide show for a class by inserting individual slides into cartridges or carousels (pictured right). It was a fairly common practice for a college or university art department to have a shared “slide library.” Professors could borrow certain slides to build their in-class presentations and then return them when they were no longer needed. Slides in the library were purchased from commercial publishers and supplemented with slides that professors had created from their personal photographs.

With the advent of digital technology, manually building slide collections is quickly becoming a thing of the past. In 2003, the Furman Art Department slowly began transitioning to PowerPoint slide presentations utilizing artwork found online. However, it became clear that the Department’s art slide library contained some unique and one-of-a-kind artwork not available from other sources. The Art Department began a massive project to scan all 16,000+ slides in their slide library. The effort took a few years, finishing right around the time that Furman purchased LUNA, its first digital repository software in 2007. In fact, the “Art Department Slide Library” was the first collection to be uploaded into LUNA.

In the intervening years, subscription databases (such as Artstor) have attempted to provide a comprehensive selection of online art for professors to show in class. As a result, the use of the Furman Art Department Slide Library digital collection has decreased dramatically.

Over the past 2 years, the Digital Collections Center has undertaken a project to migrate the collection from LUNA to the new digital repository software, CONTENTdm. This effort involved removing images from the collection that were already available in Artstor. The collection decreased from 16,000+ images to just over 7,000 images. This leaner collection was enhanced with improved metadata for better findability and usability. Due to copyright concerns, the collection is restricted to use on-campus and to Furman students, faculty, and staff off-campus.

You can visit the new and improved Art Slide Library digital collection here.


Small images of painted artwork with their titles