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Introducing Sharon Hager

Sharon Hager is the new Collections Management and Acquisitions Assistant in the Technical Services Department of Duke Library. One of her main responsibilities is ordering new materials, which often come in as requests from faculty and staff who want or need a particular book. One of her favorite aspects of being an acquisitions assistant is getting to see all of the books before anyone else does. She also really enjoyed getting a tour of our Special Collections Department.

Before coming to Furman University, Sharon worked for various government agencies, including the County of Pickens, the City of Pickens, and the State of South Carolina at the Pickens Health Department. She had not worked in a library prior to coming to Furman. In fact, she had originally applied for another job at Furman as an administrative assistant.

Sharon lives in Pickens and has lived there her entire life. She is married to her husband, Mike, and they have three adult children. They also have two labs, one chocolate and one black, named Indy and Ender. She just finished reading the book Educated by Tara Westover. In her free time, she likes to work on personal improvement, landscaping, and remodeling their 75-year-old farm house.

When asked what she likes most about working at Furman, Sharon said, “The people! Everyone seems to want to be here. There must be something good going on.” She also added that she has felt very welcomed since beginning her new position.


Former Library Student Challenges NCAA scores

Are the NCAA’s APR Scores Fair? That’s a question posed by Monique Ositelu a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America in her recent opinion piece in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Nearly a decade ago Monique was a Furman student, a standout performer in Furman’s track and cross country, and a student assistant in the InterLibrary Loan department of the Library. Her supervisors in the Library still remember her fondly and are proud of all that she has accomplished.

Read the full article here.




Researchers Use Heller Collection

Andrew Baker (a Ph.D. candidate at Auburn University) and Jess Foster ’20 (a history major at Furman) are spending their summers in Furman’s Special Collections and Archives conducting research with the papers of Max Heller, former mayor of Greenville. Read more about their work in this article on the Furman news site.

Researchers are always welcome in the Furman Special Collections and Archives. Please contact them today to see how they can meet your research needs.

Research with Pride

This year is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and also the year Furman added a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Major. One of our primary source databases supporting these content areas is Gale’s Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 (Furman users only.)

The publisher recently provided search tips for the various types of materials that can be found in this database.

You may always go directly to our Database A to Z List to go to this database when you know what you need, but we also have an entire Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Research Guide that has links to books, background information, articles, media, and more.



Unwanted books? Donate here!

Donation box is located next to the Circulation Desk

We have a donation box for Greenville Literacy for the next few months, right as you walk into the James B Duke Library. This is a great time of year to weed your bookshelves and donate to a good cause! The 2019 Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Booksale will take place August 9-11 at McAlister Square in Greenville | 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive.

Donation box for Greenville Literacy


50 Years Since Stonewall Riots

June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Written by Robyn Andrews

Display of books related to LGBTQ topicsIn the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. the raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.

Fifty years later, on June 6, 2019, New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill issued an apology for the actions of the department that night, stating “the actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple.  The actions and the laws were discriminatory and opporessive…and for that, I apologize.”

Furman University is committed to created an inclusive environment for all. For more information on Stonewall, and other LGBTQ-related resources including books, DVDs and music, please visit our display located in the James B. Duke Main Library.

Libraries Closed June 6-9

The Libraries will be closed from noon on June 6th through the end of the day on June 9th for our annual “Bugs & Rugs”, closure. During this time, our buildings undergo routine fumigation and steam carpet cleaning.

You can still access the Libraries databases and other online resources during the closure including this lovely drawing of a stink bug from the Encyclopedia Britannica available through ImageQuest.


Stink bug


Try our Audio Recording Studio

The Audio Recording Studio in the James B. Duke Library is open and available for reservation this summer! The Audio Recording Studio is a sound-insulated room located on the lower level of the library near the IT Service Center, and is equipped with a microphone and a laptop computer with Camtasia and Audacity installed.

Faculty, staff and students may reserve the studio for up to 4 hours per week. Make a Reservation​ – Please keep the email confirmation of your reservation.

The Studio is co-sponsored by Furman Libraries and Information Technology Services.

Furman Recitals Now Online

Furman Jazz Ensemble

For the first time ever, Furman Music students and faculty can listen to their recitals and concerts online. The Furman Music Department Recitals and Concerts online collection replaces the recitals/concerts CDs that were available for check-out in the Music Library. The online collection is available on-campus, but it is only accessible off-campus with a current Furman username and password.

This collaborative project involving the Digital Collections Center, Furman Music Department, Music Library, Information Technology Services, and Special Collections & Archives was years in the making. Currently the collection contains programs and audio recordings from the Furman Music Department’s 2017-2019 recitals/concerts, but the hope is to have all the available programs and audio files online over the next year or so.

Because of the Furman Music Department Recitals and Concerts online collection, the Music Library will no longer be circulating CDs.

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