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Diwali: The Festival of Lights

by Krissa Stewart, Library Intern, Summer 2017

Diwali: October 19, 2017  Festival of Lights; celebration of the victory of good over evil

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. So popular, that several countries have declared it a national holiday. Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, signified by the millions of lights shining in the communities where it is celebrated. Diwali starts days before the actual celebration, when people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and workplaces, praying for prosperity in the coming year. On the night of Diwali, people dress in new or their best clothing, light lamps and candles inside and outside their homes, participating in family prayers, watching fireworks, feasting, eating sweets, and exchanging gifts.


Faculty Open Access Events

The following faculty events will be held on Tuesday, October 24th for Open Access Week:


Lever Press: Lunch and Learn
Dining Hall, Trustees Dining Room
Oct. 24. 11:45am – 12:45pm

Enjoy a free lunch while Furman’s Dr. Aaron Simmons gives a presentation about the open access monographic publisher Lever Press. He will explain what Lever Press is and how faculty/staff can submit proposals for possible publication. Sponsored by the Furman Libraries and the Faculty Development Center.

Open Access Monographs
Duke Library, Room 041 (Ground Floor)
Oct 24. 4pm – 6pm

Join us for free hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a webinar focusing on the creation and publication of open access monographs. Sponsored by the Furman Libraries.

Open Access Week

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. OA published information is freely available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection – no subscription necessary.

Each October, Open Access Week offers a chance to advocate for more scholarly work to be made available openly. This year, the Furman University Libraries will celebrate Open Access Week through two faculty events, promotion of OA services, and online awareness. This is a great chance to learn more about Open Access, make your own scholarship available in the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE), or seek funds to publish your scholarship OA.

Open the Library. Open the World. Open Access.

Library Student Assistant Raises HAVOC!

Library Student Worker Raises HAVOC!

Susannah Lauber, a senior Spanish major from Wheaton, IL, enjoys her job in the James B Duke Library  as an Interlibrary Loan Assistant. But her work with The Hispanic Alliance of Greenville really tugs on her heartstrings.

When Furman’s annual FUNdraising challenge, HAVOC, came around, she triple-Lutzed her way (on roller blades) into this year’s wintry theme. Susannah and a dozen or so other icy costume-wearing students are living in tents this week, participating in challenges, and raising money for charitable organizations.

So, please drop your pocket change (or a few bucks more) into Susannah’s and/or her competitors’ hands, and help make our community the winner this week!

CLICK HERE to win a study room for a month!

The library has created a private, upgraded study room reserved for the “Scholar of the Month” and their friends.  Perks include:

Want to become the Scholar of the Month? You can enter electronically by clicking the button below. One entry per person per month.

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on November 1st and email the results to all who entered. The Scholar of the Month will also be announced on the library’s blog, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Say goodbye to hunting for a vacant study room. Say hello to privacy, comfort, convenience, and storage space!

fine print: The Scholar of the Month contest is limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Sorry, Freshmen!

An Evening with Thomas Rain Crowe ’72

An Evening with Thomas Rain Crowe ’72

Poet, essayist, boat-rocker, translator, publisher, environmentalist, musician, sustainability advocate and owner and editor of New Native Press in Cullowhee, N.C., Thomas Rain Crowe (Furman Class of 1972) will speak on campus Wednesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. “An Evening With Thomas Rain Crowe ’72” is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Furman University Libraries and the Furman Department of English. Crowe will read from his work, and share experiences from his life and his time at Furman during 1968-1972.

After graduating Furman, Crowe was the editor of Beatitude magazine, served as an organizer of poetry readings in the San Francisco Bay area, and was a member of the “Baby Beats” poetry circle in the 1970s. Returning home to Western North Carolina, he lived sustainably in his Saluda, N.C. cabin for several years, an experience that resulted in the award-winning memoir Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods (2006). Crowe is the founder and editor of the New Native Press, a publishing imprint based in Western North Carolina devoted to publishing authors in translation from around the world. Crowe is a musician and a regular book and music reviewer for national publications. His latest book of poems is Learning to Dance: Selected Love Poems, 1975-2015.

Visit for more information about Crowe. Or contact Jeffrey Makala, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, 864-294-2714,


Database Trial: Life Magazine Archive

Life magazine features story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Issues visually depict national and international events and topical stories, providing views of real people and their real life situations. Life Magazine Archive includes coverage from the first issue in November, 1936 through December, 2000. 

Search options include limiting your results to publication date and document type: advertisements, articles, book reviews, editorials, front covers, interviews, and letters. Research areas include 20th Century History, African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Marketing/Advertising, Photography/Art, Photojournalism, Political Science, Pop Culture, Sociology and Women’s Studies.

This trial will be available through Friday, November 17.

“Georgia Students “Burn” Their Governor in Protest of His Academic Meddling.” Life, vol. 11, no. 17, 27 Oct. 1941, pp. 43-46.

“R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.” Life, vol. 21, no. 25, 16 Dec. 1946, p. 47.

“The Press Faces Its Critics.” Life, vol. 67, no. 23, 05 Dec. 1969, p. 46.

Database Trial: Ethnic NewsWatch

Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW) is a collection of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. This resource includes unique community publications not found in any other database, as well as top scholarly journals on ethnicities and ethnic studies.
Ethnic NewsWatch comprehensively covers these ethnic categories:

  • African American/Caribbean/African
  • Arab/Middle Eastern
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • European/Eastern European
  • Hispanic
  • Jewish
  • Native People

Of the more than 2.5 million articles contained in the collection, nearly a quarter are presented in Spanish; dozens of major Latino publications are featured. This trial will be available through Wednesday, November 8th.

Book Illustration Processes: 1498-2016

Illustrations have been important components of books from the start. Woodcut images appeared in the first printed books, and even preceded them in early blockbooks and prints made in Germany in the early- to mid-fifteenth century. Because books were printed using relief processes from the fifteenth through late twentieth centuries, many different types of relief illustrations were the media of choice, allowing woodcuts, wood engravings, and steel engravings to all be printed together with raised metal type in the same press run.

More elaborate forms of illustration such as copperplate engraving or mezzotint are intaglio processes, the exact opposite process from relief printing. They needed special presses and paper to be created, often by separate shops or artisans, and were later added into printed books. As such, engravings in printed books were often reserved for title pages, maps, separate plates, and more elaborate productions. As power presses increased the volume of printed output in the mid-nineteenth century, printers turned back to relief processes in order to produce illustrated magazines, journals, and newspapers in ways that could withstand many hundreds or thousands of impressions.

This exhibition highlights a number of new acquisitions as well as a number of interesting items from the University’s rare book collections. It takes the position that the history of graphic design and artistic printmaking processes is intimately connected to worlds of printing and book publishing. Each has reinforced and influenced the other in mutually-supporting and interesting ways. It helps trace the use of illustrations printed in 1498, to several recently-acquired contemporary artist’s books. Notable items include several prints from a new collection of 18th century French engravings on classical topics, Rembrandt and Goya prints, images from the Diderot/d’Alembert Encyclopédie, and several sixteenth- and seventeenth-century printer’s marks. Together, these items graphically show how printmaking processes and advances contributed to the printing and publishing industries and the history of graphic communications in the West over several centuries.


Jenna Rodriguez, Still. Aurora, NY: Wells College Book Arts Center, 2015. Copy 5 of 30. – This artists’ book documents the road kill the artist found on her daily commute as a fellow at the Wells College Book Arts Center in upstate New York over the course of one month. The animals discovered along the way were collected, mapped, photographed, and occasionally x-rayed. Fictional biographies for them were written and included in this volume. At the end of the project, all the animals were given a proper burial and commemoration on an island in Cayuga Lake. All the prints in this book, including those made from the animals themselves (which were scanned and x-rayed), were printed letterpress from relief polymer plates.

The picture above is of NUKDAGO. Nukdago, an Eastern Grey Squirrel and Chief of All Squirrels, died while crossing Route 90 on April 26th. He was a powerful and wise Chief who lived many long years. His most widely known ruling was detailed in the non-fiction story, “The Nuts of Jonisgyont.” In this story, Nukdago came to realize that Frog and Woodchuck were stealing the nuts of Jonisgyont, the small squirrel. As such, he punished them appropriately. He removed most of the teeth from the Frog so he could no longer eat nuts. For the Woodchuck, while he kept his teeth, he would no longer desire birds or fish; only green-growing things. And for the small squirrel, due to his lack of attentiveness, he gave him larger eyes and wings so he could better look after his nuts. There will be no service held for Nukdago. He would rather be remembered in a different way; when a child loses their first tooth, he would like them to take it to a swamp where the bull frogs croak, throw it away and shout, ‘Froggy! Froggy! Froggy! My tooth is there! Give me another as strong as a bear!’

Statistical Atlas of the United States Based on the Results of the Ninth Census 1870… New York: Julius Bien, 1874. – The lithographed maps and tables in this atlas reflect the counting of all citizens, black and white, following the 1870 census, and break their demographic information into a series of maps and tables that take advantage of the process of chromolithography in the presentation of data. This chart treats each state or territory proportionally in size as well as by religious distribution, creating a complex and artful system of information display. Interestingly, in 1874 only 6 states reported a majority of Baptist affiliation: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates the Indigenous peoples of North America. It is celebrated in various localities in the United States. It began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, promoting Native American culture and commemorating the history of Native American peoples. – from Wikipedia

Columbus Day, in the United States, holiday (originally October 12; since 1971 the second Monday in October) to commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492, in the New World. Although his explorations were financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus was a native of Genoa, Italy, and over the years Italian Americans took up the cause of honouring his achievement. The 300th anniversary of his landing was celebrated in New York City in 1792 by the Society of St. Tammany, or Columbian Order, and the 400th anniversary, in 1892, by presidential proclamation nationwide. During the latter half of the 19th century, the day began to be celebrated in cities with large numbers of Italian Americans, and in 1937 it became a national holiday by presidential proclamation. The day came to be marked by parades, often including floats depicting the ships of Columbus, and by public ceremonies and festivities. By the quincentennial in 1992, the holiday was an occasion for discussing the European conquest of American Indians, and some people objected to celebrating the event and proposed alternatives, among them Indigenous Peoples Day.

The landing of Columbus also came to be commemorated in Spain and Italy. In many of the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas, the landing is observed as Día de la Raza (“Day of the Race” or “Day of the People”). Rather than celebrating Columbus’s arrival in the New World, many observers of Día de la Raza celebrate the indigenous peoples of Latin America and the culture that developed over the centuries as their heritage melded with that of the Spanish explorers who followed Columbus. In some countries religious ceremonies are an important part of the observances. – from Britannica Academic