Classics Department Lecture

classics department lecture

Newly Activated Database Trials

The Furman Libraries is offering a selection of database trials throughout Spring Semester. To discover and access trial databases, visit Electronic Resources Trials.

Trials include:

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 (Gale – Cengage Learning) will be available through Friday, March 10, 2016. The Illustrated London News was the world’s first fully illustrated weekly newspaper. This archive allows researchers to access the entire run of this publication in a fully searchable digital format. High-quality color facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history. Areas covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy.

American Broadsides and Ephemera (Readex) will be available through Friday, March 11, 2016. Built in partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, this full-color digital edition offers fully searchable facsimiles of 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1749 and 1900. Featuring documents produced locally across the country, these rare items vividly capture the daily lives of earlier Americans.

Communication Source (EBSCO) will be available through Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Please note that if we got this resource we would cancel Communication and Mass Media Complete. Everything in CMMC is included in Communication Source along with 224 additional full-text titles. This resource offers information for scholars studying mass media, communications theory, linguistics, organizational communication, phonetics and speech pathology. It offers abstracts and indexing as well as full-text content from global titles pertaining to many fields of communication studies.

We would like your feedback about our trials.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 3 minutes to complete.


Protest Songs: Voices of Resistance and Possibility

The Maxwell Music Library is currently displaying a selection of books about protest songs. The exhibit, Protest Songs: Voices of Resistance and Possibility, includes the following books:

Protest Songs 1

Website Maintenance: 2/10 (Completed)

Server Maintenance

The Library’s web server maintenance is complete!

The web server will be inaccessible due to scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, February 10th from 12:01am – 2:00am.

 The following web services will be unavailable during this time:

  • the Special Collections website
  • the URL
  • the “Text a Call Number” function in the Library’s Catalog

The computers in the Research Commons and 24 Hour Lounge of Duke Library should be able to access the Libraries website with no problems (except as noted above). If you try to access the Library’s website during this maintenance time and cannot, you may be trying to access it using the URL “”

Try typing in: and you should be able to gain access to the Library’s website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail

Library Databases Now Accessible

Technical Difficulties

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the majority of the library’s databases were unavailable both on-campus and off-campus for about 1 hour on February 8th, 2016. Users trying to access the databases received the following cryptic error message: “Maximum sessions reached, please try again later.”

We appreciated your patience as we worked to quickly resolve this problem.


Thinking Outside the Library

Kelly Leonard
Kelly Leonard ’11

How an MLIS Can Lead To Jobs Other Than Librarianship

Kelly Leonard is an organized young woman who belies any image you might have of an English major who dreamily reads novels and doesn’t know the first thing about numbers. Kelly is an Excel pro (she made spreadsheets to help her sister plan her wedding), a data feed manager and an organizational ninja! The career path of this Furman grad (’11) and MLIS holder (USC ’13) may surprise you.

Kelly, a native of Florence, SC, became an English major at Furman with thoughts of a career in journalism. She loves the major she chose, but it started becoming clear that journalism might be a less than wide open career path.  So she started considering what an English major could do after college. Meanwhile, starting in freshman year, Kelly got a job in the James B. Duke Library as a student assistant in the Circulation Department. She kept that job for four years. Besides making a little money and having a lot of friends “behind the desk”, a realization started that she could work in a library as a career and could enjoy it.

Kelly, planning on going into traditional librarianship, applied to the University of South Carolina School of Library Science. She also applied for, and was awarded, an Ethel Charlisle Southern Scholarship, which is given annually to Furman students or alumni who want to continue their education in the field of library science. At USC, Kelly took a metadata class and never looked back at traditional library work again. She found that she loved organizing information, applying metadata, solving the problems of making information accessible and all the “nerdy database stuff” that goes with that. Encouraged by her advisor, Dr. Susan Rathbun-Grubb, she looked outside the library building for jobs that made use of the “I” in a Masters of Library and Information Science.

Her first job was at a software start-up in Charleston. They were creating a product that digitized library resources and then made them available to tablets via an app. It seems that Charleston is experiencing a bit of a boom in software companies (“Silicon Harbor” Kelly calls it) and before two years were up another opportunity arose for Kelly. Her present job is with Boomtown, a company that develops real estate software. The person who advertised Kelly’s job at Boomtown holds an MLIS herself, and placed the ad on library school listservs, knowing she would find people with the skill sets needed to work with metadata.

Kelly works with multiple listing service (MLS) data feeds from all over the country. These are updated every hour. Branded websites are created for Boomtown’s clients and Kelly helps them get and maintain the information they need on their sites. She does troubleshooting and problem solving with clients to make sure things run smoothly. Fortunately, she has the personality and training for this attention to detail. Although she never would have predicted this would be her career path as an English major, she loves it!

Your librarians at Furman welcome your questions about the field of librarianship. And the Ethel C. Southern Scholarship might help you finance your graduate study. It’s something to consider! 

2016 application deadline:  Friday, March 4, 2016

The scholarship is given annually to a senior or a Furman graduate who has been accepted into, or is enrolled in, an American Library Association accredited graduate program.

The Ethel Carlisle Southern ’27 Scholarship was established in 1985 by her husband, J. Albert Southern ’27, and their children, Tom and Janet Southern ’62 Huskey and John L. Southern, in recognition of her service as a librarian at Greenville Woman’s College.

Mrs. Southern received her B.A. degree from Greenville Woman’s College and an M.S. in Library Science from Pratt School of Library Science in New York. She worked at a number of libraries including the New York Public Library, Samford University, Greenville Woman’s College and Furman. She also served as an elementary school librarian for the Greenville County School District.

Free Books

Thank you for assisting us with our science deselection project last semester. Now we are in the process of redistributing the books that we have withdrawn from the collection.

Traditionally we send the books we withdraw to Better World Books  or to Greenville Literacy. However, based on several requests, we have decided to offer withdrawn books to the Furman community first. Books are in the following subject areas: agriculture, human anatomy, animal culture, microbiology, botany, mining, engineering, metallurgy, chemical technology, natural history, forestry, physiology, biology, plant culture, geology and zoology.

Available titles range from Algae and Human Affairs by Carole Lembi and Mostly About Trout by Sir George Aston to Atoms in Action by George Harrison and The Edge of Objectivity by Charles Gillispie. 

Please come by the Technical Services suite, room 004, in the lower level of the Duke Library (across from the ITS Helpdesk) between 9AM and 4PM Monday-Friday to make your selection. These books will be available until Thursday, February 18th.

Color Our Collections!


Do freshly sharpened color pencils make you smile? Do you wish that perfume came in “crayon scent”? Do you feel the need, the need for a felt-tip marker? Then you might have fallen victim to the new coloring craze that’s sweeping the nation.

If you’re on the hunt for new coloring sheets, look no further than your local library or museum! The New York Academy of Medicine has organized “Color Our Collections Week” (Feb. 1 – 5). All across the country, libraries and museums are offering free online coloring sheets featuring items from their collections.

You can download the following coloring sheets developed from items in Furman’s Digital Collections or Special Collections and Archives.

Football Club

Stained Glass Window

Country Scene

19th Century Print

Download the coloring sheet, color it, and then take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.



Blind date with a book!

Blind Date with a Book

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the James B. Duke Library is playing matchmaker! After all, going out on a blind date is a lot like starting a new book – you never know what kind of experience you’re going to have. Select your “date” from the display of specially wrapped books, check it out at the Circulation Desk, and then unwrap it. Hopefully, it’s love at first sight!

Magical Asterisk

In our library instruction sessions, we teach students about the power of the asterisk as a truncation tool. In most databases, using an asterisk at the end of the word will allow you to simultaneously search for multiple potential word endings. This works in practically everything except LexisNexis, including the online library catalog. Instead of symphony you search for symphon*, instead of (child or children) you can just search for child*, and when you are not certain if something will be under politics or political, politic* will suffice for both. Using the asterisk as a truncation tool saves time!

There is a lesser known use of the asterisk in our online library catalog. The single asterisk in a search box, paired with a limited location or material type, provides a complete listing of items in that area. The default display is sorted by the most recent items first, meaning this can be a quick way to “browse” the most recent additions to your favorite items. This is less successful for books in our general collection, but for specific locations such as “leisure reading” or specific items like audiobooks (limit to location: media and material type: spoken recordings), the asterisk is an easy way to browse from your desk.

magical asterisk