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Celebrating Disability Inclusion

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 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

Meet the Scholar of the Month!

Congratulations to Aynsley (’19)! She is the lucky winner of the Scholar of the Month contest.  As Scholar of the Month, Aynsley wins a private study room in the library for the month of October.
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 November? 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 October 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!

Newly Added Audiobooks

The Furman University Libraries have a growing collection of popular fiction and non-fiction titles on CD. This collection is located to the left of the Circulation Desk at the James B. Duke Library, and across from the Circulation Desk in the Sanders Science Library. New additions to the audiobook collection include the following titles:


Significance of Ashura

Ashura 2017 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 29.

Ashura in A Concise Encyclopedia of Islam

A twenty-four hour non-obligatory fast celebrated on the tenth of Muharram, it was first performed by Muhammad. Among the Sunni, the day is marked as a commemoration of the day Nuh left the ark, and the door of the Ka’bah is opened for visitors. In North Africa the fast is broken by eating special dishes of fried cakes and flat bread. It is also a day of mourning for Shiite Muslims, as the anniversary of the marytrdom of Husayn at Karbala.

 Eternal Performance: Taʻziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals

Over the centuries, observances of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, have traveled far from their origins at Karbala—a windswept desert plain that is now a town in present-day Iraq—where, according to tradition, Hussein, the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was brutally put to death together with seventy-two of his male companions on the tenth day of the month. For this reason, Muharram is synonymous with both the first month and the tenth day. Hussein’s passion and death are considered the ultimate example of sacrifice for Shia Muslims and scores of rituals devoted to Muharram have developed during the last thirteen centuries, especially in Iran where Twelver Shi’ism became the state religion in the sixteenth century. 

As Peter Chelkowski describes in Eternal Performance, many of these rituals were exported to other lands over time. They crossed boundaries and cultures from Iran and Iraq to Lebanon, the Indian subcontinent, North America, and the Caribbean. Yet all Muharram rituals, no matter where or how they are performed, have their origins in Karbala. The transformation and transmission of these observances to their present-day forms around the world are the result of the intersection of multiple races, religions, and artistic traditions. Eternal Performance explores the social, political, cultural, artistic, and religious significance of Muharram rituals for millions of global observers. – from the publisher


Tell Congress You Support Libraries

Support Libraries by Writing a Postcard to Sen. Lindsey Graham

The South Carolina Library Association is gathering signed post cards to take to Senator Lindsey Graham because he serves on both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee. Please let him know you value libraries!

While much library funding comes from local sources, Federal monies support things like:

  • Summer reading programs for children
  • Books for the blind and deaf
  • State-wide subscriptions to databases you use for research such as Academic Search Premier and PsychInfo, and Business Source Complete
  • PASCAL resource sharing throughout the state
  • Books for K-12 school libraries
  • Internet connections in schools and public libraries

If we don’t tell him these things matter, he won’t know!

The cards are at the Research Assistance Desk. Just write a couple of sentences telling him how you value your public library at home, the library you used in high school, or the resources we have here at Furman. Leave the postcard with us and  SCLA will deliver them, along with thousands of others, next month!

If you are interested in more detailed information of how monies are appropriated to libraries in South Carolina, or if you’d like to join in library advocacy, please talk to outreach librarian Libby Young.

Coffee Chats with Career Advisors in Library Café

Coffee Chats with a Career Advisor 
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:00
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00

Meet with a Career Advisor in the Library Café for resume reviews, interview tips, LinkedIn reviews and more!


Furman University Scholar Exchange

Did you realize that the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE) is fully integrated with Google Scholar? When users search Google Scholar, your research in FUSE appears high in their search results. This means your research is being downloaded and read more frequently.

If you have research in FUSE, you can keep track of how often it’s viewed and/or downloaded in the following ways:

1. You can visit the online FUSE record for your research. This page will display the number of times your research was downloaded (see image).

2. You can receive monthly readership e-mails which will provide you with detailed information about your readers including their geographical locations and their institutions (if applicable). To receive readership e-mails, contact

3. You can request detailed Google Analytics statistics related to your research
including number of views on specific devices/browsers, times and dates of
specific downloads, and how your research statistics compare to other research in
your department or in FUSE. To request specific Google Analytics statistics,

Pitts Room Tech Upgrade

The Pitts Room, located on the 2nd floor of the James B. Duke Library, received a major technology upgrade, adding the best features of a “smart classroom” to the space. We now have an LCD projector and large screen for presentations, together with a complete computer, DVD, Apple TV, and overhead document camera housed in a new podium. A video conferencing camera has been added to the room that can also record events and talks. The added functionality will be useful for visiting classes hosted by Special Collections, for committee meetings, and for interviews. If you would like a tour of the Pitts Room and its new additions, please contact Kathy Hamlin by email ( or by phone (ext. 2191).

Click here to win a private study room!

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 during October (think of it as your own office in the library!)
  • floor-to-ceiling dry erase wall
  • comfy lounge chair
  • large study table with 4 chairs
  • bookcase to store heavy textbooks, rain boots, S’well bottles, etc.
  • access to a microwave

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 October 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!