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Meet Our Summer Intern

Gabriel Fresa (’18) is a Religion major and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Minor who will be working as the Furman Libraries intern for summer 2018. He has worked as an ILL assistant since 2016 and is eager to learn more about the community aspect inherent in the library work environment as well as electronic and digital resources, specialty librarians, and the acquisitions process as he prepares to pursue an MLIS.

Explore the Digital Dictionary

This past spring semester, 23 Furman students contributed to a digital dictionary that you can hear online. The Furman exhibit, “Humans vs. Nature? Breaking the Dichotomy,” was created as a project for the English course, Literature and the Environment. It’s featured on The Sonic Dictionary, a growing collection of more than 800 sound recordings created by university students.

Michele Speitz, professor of English literature, asked her students to research the sounds they collected, providing written narratives that would ground the recordings in philosophical or scientific theory.

Click here to listen to “Humans vs. Nature? Breaking the Dichotomy.”


MayX Interim Hours




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Can you identify this bird?

A strange bird has been spotted on Furman’s lake. Some believe it to be a brown booby blown off its migration pattern by a storm. What do you think?

The Furman University Libraries have a subscription to Birds of North America Online. BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the United States. This online resource contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitats, nests and eggs, and features recordings of the songs and calls of their species, recordings selected from the extensive collection of Cornell’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.

Memorial Day Hours

In honor of Memorial Day, the James B. Duke Library will operate on an adjusted schedule.

In 1921, Furman paid tribute to the University’s World War I veterans in a moving ceremony that unveiled a memorial statue, The Spirit of the American Doughboy. The term doughboy was used by European soldiers to describe their American allies. The U.S. troops arrived in France from a training base in Texas that was known for its white adobe soil. The soil often discolored their uniforms, giving them a “doughboy” appearance.

The copper sculpture by E.M. Viquesney, depicted a soldier rushing into battle, clutching a grenade in one hand and a rifle in the other. Mass produced during the 1920s and 1930s for communities throughout the United States, the first Doughboy statue placed as a memorial was dedicated on the old campus of Furman University in downtown Greenville on June 7, 1921.

Five hundred and forty Furman men, almost the entire student body of the then all-male college, volunteered for service during the Great War. Six of them died during the war — Pvt. Thomas J. Lyons Jr., Pvt. Otis Brodie, Lt. John H. David (the first South Carolina officer killed in action), Lt. Charles S. Gardner (who, though seriously wounded, refused to be removed from the battle), Sgt. Charles E. Timmons Jr. (who “went to death beyond the call of duty, while aiding men from another company”), and Cpl. Talmadge W. Gerrald (who gave his life trying to save a wounded comrade). Their names are inscribed at the base of the Doughboy.

Since the dedication in 1921, the Furman Doughboy has become one of the University’s most enduring landmarks. In the late 1940s a plaque bearing the names of Furman students lost during World War II was placed at the base of the statue. When Furman moved to its current location, so did the Doughboy. After suffering years of neglect, dents, and vandalism, Furman University’s original Doughboy, was retired to the Upcountry History Museum, and a completely new replacement was cast in bronze by sculptor Maria Kirby-Smith in 2004. The statue is located next to the Physical Activities Center in Childers Plaza, and faces east toward the battlefields of France.


The History of Swan Lake

Swan Lake is perhaps one of Furman University’s most iconic and relaxing features. On a beautiful day such as today, it is common to see folks from campus and the greater Greenville community walking, biking, or relaxing lakeside. The lake itself is not a natural occurrence. It came into being in the mid-1950s when the designers of the new Furman campus dammed a small tributary of the Reedy River. For the first 30+ years of its existence, Swan Lake was an active part of campus recreation. The lake was a popular destination for swimming, sunning, fishing, and water sports such as boating, and windsurfing. There was even the tradition of “laking”: the practice of seizing a Furman student on his/her birthday, carrying them to the lake, and throwing them in!

The Digital Collections contains an assortment of photographs depicting the construction and early history of the lake including the following photographs from Furman University Historical Images:


The beginning of Swan Lake’s construction. At this point, the water itself only covered a small portion of ground.


Three men work on the construction of Swan Lake.

As the Lake aged, algae and dangerously high levels of bacteria led to health concerns and by the 1990s, all lake recreation was put to a stop. In 2006, a task force of Furman students, faculty, and administrators convened to identify the problems with the lake and seek out potential solutions. This effort, known as the Lake Restoration Project, has led to significant improvements for the lake and the surrounding areas. To learn more about the Lake Restoration Project, visit their official website.


Taken in Fall of 2007, this photograph shows Swan Lake with incredibly low water levels.

If you have the opportunity, come on out and enjoy the beauty and rich history of Swan Lake.

New Books on Display

A selection of new books is currently on display in the James B. Duke Library. Titles include:

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center  This comprehensive resource for career exploration and planning allows users to quickly find the valuable career information they need, whether it’s industry and professions articles, school planning resources, or skills and career advice. This online resource can be accessed from the All Databases link on the library’s homepage.


  • Industries and Careers:  covers 140 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions.
  • Plan Your Education: find the schools that are the best fit—choose from undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and vocational and tech schools in the U.S. and Canada, and narrow your list by location, tuition, enrollment, sports, areas of study, campus housing, and a variety of other characteristics.
  • Launch Your Career: offers expert advice on writing resumés and cover letters, interviewing, applying for apprenticeships and internships, professional etiquette, and other workplace skills.
  • Links to Outside Jobs and Internships: searchable, current job and internship postings.
  • Career Advice Blog: regular blog posts “From Our Career Experts,” with an archive of more than 2,200 posts on topics such as job searching, workplace issues, interviewing, networking, resumés and cover letters, and salary and benefits.
  • Networking Section: addresses topics such as managing your online presence and using social media in a job search.
  • Career Interest Assessment: quiz ranks users’ work interest areas and suggests related occupations and industries.
  • Videos: more than 420 tablet/mobile-friendly videos covering jobs, industries, and career development skills. The “Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight” videos let users get a no-nonsense, insider’s perspective from working professionals across multiple industries.



Meet Our Research and Creative Fellow

Special Collections and Archives has a 10-week summer fellowship for Furman undergraduates. This competitive fellowship sponsored by Carolyn ’67 and Joseph ’68 Warden allows students to perform original research using materials in Special Collections and Archives for a research or creative project of their own design.

This summer our Research and Creative Fellow is Olivia Corso ’20, an English and Art History double major. Olivia is working on a project on the imagery and iconography of women in antiquity using several different types of sources from Special Collections and Archives.

Southern Librarian Scholarship Recipients

The Furman University Libraries are proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Ethel Carlisle Southern Scholarship for Library Science.

The Ethel Carlisle Southern Librarian Scholarship was established in 1985 by her husband, Furman Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, J. Albert Southern, and their children, Tom and Janet Southern 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 in 1927 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.

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.

Sara DeSantis – Class of 2017
Sara was a Political Science and Philosophy major. She interned in the James B. Duke Library during the summer of 2016 and worked at the Research Assistance Desk her senior year. She was a member of  the Library Student Advisory Group, the Library Committee, and the Coffee Concept Committee. Sara is currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science.

Rachel Newton Inabinet – Class of 2004
Rachel was a Political Science major. She was a library student assistant in the James B. Duke Library where she worked in the Circulation Department. She is currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science.


Caitlin Russell – Class of 2015
Caitlin was a Communication Studies and Religion major and minored in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. She was a library student assistant in the James B. Duke Library where she worked for three years in the Circulation Department. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Studies Distance Education program at the University of Alabama.

Sabine Schmalbeck – Class of 2018
Sabine majored in Art History and German Studies. She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.



Rebecca Cannon Zimmerman – Class of 2016
Rebecca was an English major. She was a library student assistant in the James B. Duke Library where she worked in the Cataloging Department. She will attend the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.