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Library Newsletter – Spring 2018

Learn about student summer internships and scholarships, technology updates, winners of the Student Diversity Photography Contest, and how we’re improving the study room experience. Stay up-to-date with new electronic resources, books by international authors, and the Student Scholar of the Month program.

The issue also includes an alumni feature, professional activities from Furman Libraries staff and faculty, and updates from the Digital Collections Center, Special Collections and Archives, and the Furman University Scholar Exchange.

Furman Libraries Summer Internship

Have you ever wanted to experience behind-the-scenes in a library to explore a possible career? Are you looking for a productive way to spend your summer?

This summer, the Furman Libraries will again offer a full-time internship for Furman undergraduates. Designed for students with an expressed interest in library and/or information science, this internship will allow the intern to work closely with faculty and staff mentors in the Furman Libraries to experience hands-on learning in each division. The intern will be assigned a supervisor in the library and will receive workspace, equipment, training, and regular feedback and guidance.

Interns are treated as members of the library and are included in meetings and social gatherings. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with various members of the library to learn the profession and ask any questions that may come up.

This internship is available to first-year students through seniors. For more information, please contact Rebekah Ostini (rebekah.ostini@furman.edu).

Special Collections and Archives Teaching Fellows

James B. Duke Library
Special Collections and Archives
2018 Teaching Fellows Announcement

In the summer of 2018, the Furman Libraries will partner with the Faculty Development Center to offer two short-term fellowships for Furman faculty to encourage the creative use of special collections materials in teaching and learning.

Fellowships are open to all Furman faculty members. Recipients will receive a stipend of $1,500 and will be expected to spend at least one week (or 40 hours) in residence in Special Collections and Archives, working with library faculty and staff. This time could be spent exploring the unique rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials within the department, developing course modules or assignments that utilize them, meeting with library faculty and staff in other departments such as the Digital Collections Center, and working with Special Collections faculty and staff to plan effective ways of incorporating these materials into future courses. The week(s) chosen for work will be mutually agreed upon between each fellow and Special Collections, and will take place between May 1 and August 15, 2018.

Teaching fellows will be required to submit a 1-2 page report containing a description of how they plan to incorporate special collections materials into an upcoming course. Due in August 2018, this document will be mounted on a Faculty Development Center website devoted to teaching using special collections materials at Furman as a resource for other faculty. Fellows will also be expected to share their fellowship and course experiences at one of the Faculty Development Center’s lunches at a later date during the 2018-2019 academic year.

To apply, candidates should send a brief vita and a statement outlining their initial thoughts for how they would like to best use their fellowship time, especially noting the potential classes where they would like to develop new course content. Please send all applications to Janis Bandelin, Director of Libraries, at janis.bandelin@furman.edu by April 15. Applications are welcome, and encouraged, from faculty in all departments at Furman.

Applications will be evaluated based on their potential to enhance teaching and learning and their alignment with the objectives contained in the first component of The Furman Advantage: “Education That Transforms.” To learn more about our holdings, please visit the Special Collections and Archives website. For additional information, please contact Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist Jeffrey Makala at jeffrey.makala@furman.edu.

Moody, Wild, Restless, and Wayward

“Moody, Wild, Restless, and Wayward”: Travelers and Travel Literature in Rare Books and Special Collections
Exhibition Dates: January – May 2018

The above description of Americans comes from the British political and social theorist Harriet Martineau, who traveled throughout the United States in 1834. Scores of European observers came to America in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, eager to observe this new world experiment in creating a democratic republic. Many were quick to find faults with elements of the American character and political system.

Some of the best travel writing offers expansive views of places, peoples, cultures, and the surprise, delight, and emotion of a carefully-observed first encounter with something new. In the right hands, a reader can travel with the author in encountering the unknown. And while travel can be expansive and enlightening, it can also bring out some of our unconscious (or conscious) prejudices. As travelers, we bring our baggage with us, in many different ways. Much of the European and American writing in this exhibition shows clear evidence of bias, from fault-finding Britons in the early republic to proud and picky nineteenth-century Americans abroad on grand tours of the Old World.

This exhibition shows a variety of genres under the heading of what can broadly be called travel writing. There are works of exploration, political treatises, partisan attacks, and the occasional fictional travelogue as well. Taken together, they provide some interesting starting points for making further cultural and historical explorations and armchair travel on your own.

—Jeffrey Makala, Special Collections and Archives

Graduate School Scholarship

The application is now open for the Ethel Carlisle Southern Librarian Scholarship. Applications will be received until March 2, 2018.

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.

Please see the website for more information about applying.

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.

Ethel Dunn Carlisle (Mrs. John Albert Southern)

Photo courtesy of Furman University Special Collections and Archives.

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.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

The Furman University Libraries are offering a trial for seven Oxford Research Encyclopedias through Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  To discover and access trial databases, visit the library’s guide for Electronic Resources Trials.

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias (OREs) offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. The OREs cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Social Work
Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Oxford Classical Dictionary

We would like your feedback about our trials.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 2 minutes to complete.

On Display: Black History Month

Titles include:

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Lesléa Newman

Furman University is honored to celebrate World Read Aloud Day with a special guest. Lesléa Newman, writer, poet, editor, and advocate, will visit three Education classes today. Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages, including Heather Has Two Mommies; A Letter to Harvey Milk; October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; I Carry My Mother; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; and Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed. In the evening she will share her CLP presentation titled, “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard.” This program uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization to explore the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world, and it will challenge the audience to look deep inside themselves and find a way to make a difference to create a safe world for everyone. Please join us for this event.

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
Watkins Room
CLP co-sponsored by
The Friends of the Furman University Libraries
Furman Education Department
Student Diversity Council
Furman Pride Alliance

Meet the Scholar of the Month!

Congratulations to Izzy (’20)! She is the lucky winner of the Scholar of the Month contest.  As Scholar of the Month, Izzy wins a private study room in the library for the month of February.
Perks of the Scholar of the Month room include:
• floor to ceiling dry erase wall
• super-duper comfy chair
• large study table with 4 chairs
• bookcase to store your belongings
• access to a microwave

Would you like to be the Scholar of the Month in March? You can enter electronically by clicking the purple button. One entry per person per month.

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on the first day of March 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. Fine print: the Scholar of the Month contest is limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Sorry, Freshmen!

Past winners of the Scholar of the Month room include:


Andrew – December 2017/January 2018


Anna – November 2017


Aynsley – October 2017


Mary Kate – September 2017


Austin – April/May 2017


Chandler – March 2017


Allen – February 2017


Sean – January 2017

Kristine – December 2016


Catherine – November 2016


Ann – October 2016


Daniel – September 2016


Joe – April 2016


Jada – March 2016


Megan – November 2015


Meg – October 2015


Yangbo – September 2015

Win a private 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:

  • exclusive access to the upgraded study room for one month (think of it as your own office in the library for the month of February!)
  • floor-to-ceiling dry erase wall
  • comfy lounge chair
  • large study table with 4 chairs
  • bookcase to store heavy textbooks, rain boots, Yeti mugs, etc.
  • access to a microwave

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

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on February 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!