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New Books from our Librarians

Two of Furman’s librarians have recently co-edited new books.

Cover of the book "Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library"Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library: Supporting Resilience and Community Engagement

Co-edited by Jenny Colvin, Assistant Director for Outreach Services, and published by the American Library Association. The book explores a wide range of approaches that demonstrate how librarians have integrated mindfulness into their daily work life.


Cover of the book "In Dogs We Trust"In Dogs We Trust: An Anthology of American Dog Literature

Co-edited by Jeff Makala, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, and published by the University of South Carolina Press. The book celebrates canines through stories, anecdotes, and poetry from the 19th to the early 20th century

The Origins of May Day

Did you ever wonder about the origins of May Day? The National Museum of American History offers a fascinating look into the origin of the holiday in this 2 part blog article:

At one point, they note “The resurgence of May Day traditions began in the 1870s on women’s college campuses, where the children of wealthy families donned white outfits, [and] danced traditional folk dances”. Such was the case at Greenville Woman’s College. May Day pageants featuring queens, courts, and ladies in white outfits were a common tradition from the 1920s through the 1950s. The Furman Historical Images digital collection offers a small selection of May Day Photographs. View all May Day photographs here

Women standing in a circle twirling ribbons around a May pole

The 1930 May Day celebrations. On the left is the May Queen and her full court. In the center is the May Pole and the May Pole dancers.




Libraries Celebrate DinsDay

Library employees in DinsDay t-shirts pose with bust of Charlie Peace

Furman Library benefactor, Charlie Peace, celebrates #DinsDay with his friends in the Furman Libraries.

Language Personality Quiz

Mango Languages is an online language learning resource freely available to all Furman students, faculty, and staff. Find it in the All Databases list.

Whether you’re an adventure-hungry explorer with a knack for grammar, or a creative who loves high fashion, there is a language out there for you!

The goal of learning a new language is a noble one, but choosing the right language to learn is also important! It helps boost your internal motivation (you know, that thing that keeps you up studying verb conjugations before bed when you’d much rather be asleep, or checking Instagram just one last time). But with almost 7,000 languages out there, the choice can be a little paralyzing. No need to worry – Mango’s got your back with a fast, fun, and (maybe) accurate language personality quiz to point you in the right direction.

So, go ahead — take our quiz below to see which language is destined to be your own personal lingua franca. (If you aren’t sure about a question, just go with your gut feeling!)

ILL and PASCAL Deadlines

Classes end April 30th!

4/22/19 – the last day to submit Interlibrary Loan requests for books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music scores

4/30/19 – the last day to submit Interlibrary Loan requests for articles

These deadlines apply only to those items needed before the end of Spring term. Requests submitted after these deadlines will be addressed on a case by case basis.

The book deadline applies only to books ordered through Interlibrary Loan. Books may be ordered via PASCAL Delivers until the end of the term.

If you are in a pinch, PASCAL Delivers, PASCAL Visiting Patron or PASCAL PickUp Anywhere could be helpful. Please see our PASCAL page for more information.

Calling all bibliophiles!

Our Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Dr. Jeff Makala,  will host a show and tell highlighting recent acquisitions.

Dr. Makala will also answer questions about how and why he acquires materials for Special Collections.

When:  Wednesday, April 17  at 3:30
Where:  Pitts Room on the  2nd floor of the James B. Duke Library

Easter Break Hours

Easter Break Hours for the James B. Duke Library

April 18
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
April 19
April 20
April 21
April 22
10:00 am – 1:00 am


Should Easter Break be longer? Students were asked this question for the April 12, 1985 issue of the Paladin.

picture of Paladin newspaper

Need a quiet spot for an interview?

The James B. Duke Library now has an audio recording studio co-sponsored by Furman Libraries and Information Technology Services. The Audio Recording Studio is a sound-insulated room located on the lower level of the library near the IT Service Center.

The room is equipped with a microphone and a laptop computer with Camtasia and Audacity installed.
Students, faculty, and staff may reserve the studio for up to 4 hours per week with reservations made no more than two weeks in advance.
Make a Reservation​ – Please keep the email confirmation of your reservation.

Textbooks on Reserve

Textbooks are expensive for our students, and we want to help. This spring, we purchased select textbooks and put them on reserve in the Libraries for student use.

According to current studies, the average student at a private university spends more than $1,200 per year for textbooks. From what we’ve heard from students, Furman is in alignment with this figure. As a consequence we’ve seen increased requests to purchase textbooks for the Libraries’ collections. In the past, textbooks have not been part of our acquisition plan, but as textbook prices continue to skyrocket, we decided to adopt a more nuanced approach to textbook acquisition.

We already support many affordable learning options for our students. Interlibrary Loan, PASCAL Delivers, multi-user eBooks, and support for the adoption of open educational resources provide alternatives to the traditional textbook model. We are taking this a step further with our new textbook acquisition pilot program.

This spring we are collaborating with faculty and placing textbooks on reserve for multiple sections of more than half a dozen classes. At the end of the semester we will assess the success of the program. So far use has been strong in some classes and we hope to promote the program more in the fall of 2019.

For more information, stop by the Circulation Desk in the James B. Duke Library.

picture of blackboard with student opinions about textbook prices

Tell us what you think about textbook prices!