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Win a study room for a month!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own private study room in the library?  For an entire month?  To share with friends?!  SUCH A ROOM EXISTS!  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 the first day of the month 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!

The Year of Intelligence

The first full year of the Gerald R. Ford administration is known as “The Year of Intelligence,” denoting a season of inquiry into America’s spy agencies set off by a wave of media revelations of official abuses and wrongdoing that predate the current era of media and congressional investigations by decades. Within the Central Intelligence Agency the director himself had felt it necessary for his own information to order the compilation of a document (now notorious as “The Family Jewels”) that detailed many of the abuses. How explosive these were stood revealed when publication of similar information in the New York Times in late 1974 triggered a firestorm of public outrage. This led to successive investigations of the intelligence agencies by a blue-ribbon presidential panel (the Rockefeller Commission), a special committee of the United States Senate (Church Committee) and a select committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (Pike Committee). Each of these bodies in its way would serve as a model for similar investigative processes in subsequent years.

The “Year of Intelligence” set, the second in the Archive’s series on the CIA, documents these investigations richly. Step by step the set shows how the agency under Director William E. Colby reported on the revelations, how President Ford’s White House staff-led by Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney-created and managed a strategy to limit and restrain the investigations, how the Rockefeller Commission and congressional committee members pursued their inquiries, and many of the secrets they uncovered. Topics include every aspect of intelligence work, including:

  • covert operations
  • assassinations
  • spying on political dissenters
  • intrusive NSA eavesdropping
  • organization and functions of U.S. intelligence
  • crisis response
  • intelligence analysis
  • other types of agency activity

The documents show in explicit detail how the Ford White House managed this political crisis and ultimately responded with a reorganization of U.S. intelligence and an executive order specifying agency roles and missions for the first time.

Both the substance of the revelations and the policy, political and legal questions they raised almost four decades ago make the uniquely wide-ranging “Year of Intelligence” collection indispensable for students of the U.S. intelligence community, national security affairs, presidential decision-making in foreign policy, and the role of Congress and the media in government oversight.

 The Digital National Security Archive, is the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary declassified government documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Collections cover the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post-World War II through the 21st century, providing unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time with more than 124,000 indexed, declassified government documents; many are published now for the first time. The Digital National Security Archive can be found in the library’s list of All Databases.

The Library Café Sneak Peek

As a way to train The Library Café’s new staff, Bon Appétit invited library faculty and staff to sample beverages on the house. The menu for the café includes hot drinks, cold drinks, smoothies, bottled juices, pastries and bagel sandwiches. There will also be a selection of grab and go sandwiches, salads, protein packs, fruits, yogurts, oats and puddings.

The Library Café will officially open on August 22 and the schedule will be:
Monday-Thursday  7:30AM-Midnight
Friday  7:30AM-4PM
Saturday  CLOSED
Sunday  10AM-Midnight

You can usually find Laura Baines behind the Research Assistance Desk, but today she was the first customer in line at the library’s new café ordering a delicious pineapple and peach smoothie.

Special Collections Assistant, Julia Cowart, enjoyed a latte.

Sarah Jackson, who works in the library’s Collection Services Division, was very pleased with her double espresso.

Erika Calle, a Facilities Services staff member in the James B. Duke Library, recommends the Tropical Heat smoothie made with mango, pineapple, peach, fresh ginger, apple juice and nonfat vanilla yogurt.

A special thanks to Bon Appétit for the complimentary drinks and the sneak peak of The Library Café!

Summer Interim Hours

Summer Interim Hours
August 14, Monday 9 am – 5 pm
August 15, Tuesday  9 am – 5 pm
August 16, Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm
August 17, Thursday 9 am – 5 pm
August 18, Friday 9 am – 7 pm
August 19, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
August 20, Sunday 1 pm – 6 pm
August 21, Monday 9 am – 9 pm

Summer Session II is over and the James B. Duke Library is pretty empty. However, not quite as empty as it was in this 1956 photo.


Currently on display in the Sanders Science Library is a selection of interesting books about solar eclipses. Please feel free to check out any of the books on display in preparation for the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21. Titles include:

Furman University is hosting a free viewing of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21, at Paladin Stadium from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Most of the United States will see only a partial eclipse, but Greenville, South Carolina, falls directly within the eclipse’s region of totality. The viewing party will include:

New Databases!

The following three new resources can be found in the All Databases list:

Detroit Free Press 1831‐1999
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Searchable full image of every page of the Detroit Free Press, including all advertisements, from 1831 until 1999.

NAACP Papers: Board of Directors, Annual Conferences, Major Speeches, and National Staff Files
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: NAACP Module 1
This collection includes documents relating to:
Meetings of the Board of Directors, Records of Annual Conferences, Major Speeches and Special Reports, 1909–1970
Personal Correspondence of Selected NAACP Officials, 1919–1939
Race Relations in the International Arena, 1940–1955
Board of Directors Correspondence and Committee Materials, 1919-1955
National Staff Files, 1940–1965

NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns – Legal Department Files
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: NAACP Module 4
This collection includes the following documents:
Legal Department Administrative Files, 1956–1965
Legal Department Case Files, 1956–1965, the South; Northeast; Mid and Far West
The South: 1960–1972, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas
The Northeast: 1960–1972, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and New York

ADA Anniversary Activities

July 26th is the 27th anniversary of the The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that guarantees equal opportunity for and prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The Furman Libraries and the Student Office for Accessibility Resources are celebrating with a display in the Research Commons of the Duke Library. The display features an informational poster (with a Braille translation) and a selection of disability-related fiction and non-fiction books available for check-out. There is also a blackboard which asks “What can we do to improve accessibility at Furman?” Students are welcome to write their ideas on this board or submit their thoughts via e-mail to

Furman students are also invited to take a quiz about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Furman students who complete the quiz are eligible to win 1 free movie ticket to Regal Cinemas. Take the quiz here:

Caution…Bear (Book) Citing

Furman seems to be having a lot of bear activity this summer. There may be several reasons for this, but perhaps this is a literary bear who likes our academic climate!

 For a novel about a bear who becomes an unexpected best selling author, check out The Bear Went Over The Mountain by William Kotzwinkle (author of E.T.: The Extraterrestrial).
“Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree. Hoping for food, he dragged it into the woods, only to find that all it held was the manuscript of a novel. He couldn’t eat it, but he did read it, and decided it wasn’t bad. Borrowing some clothes from a local store, and the name Hal Jam from the labels of his favorite foods, he headed to New York to seek his fortune in the literary world.”

The Bear Went Over The Mountain

What ensues is hilarious and ironic tale. It might be just the novel to read before the summer is over, and more serious reading demands your attention. But if you are reading outside, watch out for bears!

Le Mystère of Le Bol De Chine

Last week in the mail, someone returned a copy of Le bol de chine; ou, Divagations sur les beaux arts by Pierre Mille, shown in the pictures below. There was no return address and no note. All we know is that it went missing sometime between February of 1938, when we purchased it for $2.50 ($43.39 in today’s money), and the 1990’s when the library added barcodes to our books. The checkout card was still in it so it was never checked out. Where it has been for the last 25+ years is a mystery and why it came home now is an even greater mystery.