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A View of Furman’s Past

Early 20th century Furman viewbooks are now available online in the Furman University Viewbooks collection. According to Merriam-Webster, a viewbook is “a promotional booklet with pictures that is published by a college or university and used especially for recruiting students.”

As photographs became easier and cheaper to create and mass-produce in the late 19th century, many colleges and universities began producing viewbooks to entice prospective students to their campuses. You can learn more about the history of viewbooks and their impact on higher education marketing from this article “A Brief History of College Viewbooks.”

In the meantime, feel free to explore the buildings of Furman’s old downtown campus through these pages of the past.

Reedy River Falls at the Foot of Campus


Interior of Library. Finished in Quartered Oak
Interior of Library


When is a Bulletin Not a Bulletin?

Cover of the Bulletin of Furman University Alumni Number. August, 1945. Elizabeth Lake Jones, Dean of Women is on the cover.The Furman Bulletin is, perhaps, one of the University’s most interesting and confusing publications. And now it’s available online in all its glory as the Furman Bulletins digital collection.

The Bulletins began in January 1912 with the dedication of the James C. Furman Hall of Science and ended in 1974 as a 4-page profile of the University and its student body. In its 62 year run, it also served as a supplemental course catalog, as a scholarly publication for the original research of faculty and sometimes alumni, as an alumni magazine, as a history of the University, as a photobook of the campus, and as a source of information for prospective students. Furman’s Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Jeff Makala noted that “It would take a team of serials librarians to properly understand the relationship between the various named and unnamed parts of the Furman Bulletin.”

Despite the ever-shifting scope of the publication, one thing is for certain: it provides a rich look at the history of the Furman campus, curriculum, and students.

Library Open 24 Hours + More!

If you have not already heard the big news, the library will be staying open 24 hours during exams!!!

December 11 – 13 ⁠

The library will be open from 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 11 until 8:00 pm on Friday, December 13. ⁠

⁠December 14

10:00 am – 8:00 pm ⁠⁠

December 15 – 18

The Library will then be open again from 10:00 am Sunday, December 15 through 2:00 am Wednesday, December 18. ⁠

The Library will then reopen at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 18 and close at 5:00 pm.⁠

December 19

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 20

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

December 20 – 31


New Director of Libraries

Caroline head shot photo

Photo Credit: Rick Jones, Digital Collections Center Manager

The Furman Libraries would like to introduce our new Director of Libraries Dr. Caroline Mills! If she looks familiar, that’s because Dr. Mills has worked in the Furman Libraries since 2008, first as the Access Services and Instruction Librarian, and then, starting in 2012, as the Assistant Director for Collection Services. Since the retirement of our previous director, Dr. Janis Bandelin, in December 2018, Caroline has also served as the Interim Director of Libraries.

A South Carolina native, Caroline has stayed close to home for both work and school. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership at Clemson University with a concentration in higher education, educational assessment, and academic integrity. She wrote her dissertation on graduate student perceptions of academic integrity policies and practices. She earned her master of library and information science (MLIS) degree through the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Sciences, and a B.A. in English from Wofford College. Furthermore, she holds several graduate certificates related to library science.

Caroline sitting on the green mid century modern sofa in her office.

Caroline has a masterfully decorated office with a strong mid-century modern aesthetic. Her office is located in the admin suite on the second floor of the James B. Duke Library.

Believe it or not, Caroline has worked at six academic libraries in the state of South Caroline, and, in her own words, “that is 11% of all PASCAL Libraries!” To name a couple of her previous positions, she served as an information literacy librarian and then as the library director at Tri-County Technical College, and she also briefly worked as a reference librarian at Converse College.  Caroline’s resume includes an impressive assortment of professional publications, presentations, and organizational memberships. She currently serves as the chair of the PASCAL board of directors and is either the chair or a member of three additional PASCAL committees.

An avid thrift shopper, Caroline has an eye for finding high-quality items at a fantastic bargain. She enjoys finding items for herself, her friends, her family, and her coworkers. Throughout her tenure at Furman, Caroline has been known to leave her coworkers a shirt or pair of shoes that she thinks they will enjoy; these gifts are often discovered as a pleasant surprise when entering one’s office.

When not working to support the efforts of her colleagues in the library, Caroline enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and baking. I asked her to tell me about some of her favorite dishes to cook, and she wrote back,

“I love cooking multiple courses for big dinner parties and especially like doing themed cooking. A few weeks ago several friends and I got together to prepare a “Duckfest” dinner where every dish contained duck. I also enjoy cooking/baking dessert—recently I have been experimenting with homemade ice creams and two of my best combinations so far have been chocolate-cayenne-pecan and banana-peanut butter-white chocolate.” However, and most importantly, her absolute favorite food in the world is Furman University Dining Hall chocolate chip cookies!

Caroline mountain biking Regarding her outdoor activities, in the past, Caroline has been an active cyclist participating in both road and mountain bike races. She still enjoys attending races and cheering on her friends. Just because she doesn’t race bicycles anymore doesn’t mean she isn’t active. On the contrary, she wrote, “In the last several years my husband has done a number of ultra-marathon races and we both participated in the Asheville/Greenville Ville to Ville relay… My next planned race is the Asheville Biltmore Half-Marathon in March 2020.” 

Cover of the book A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

Finally, what kind of library director introduction would this be if I didn’t share at least one book Caroline has read? I asked if she had enjoyed a book recently that she thinks everyone should read, and she replied with A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by British author Charlie Fletcher. She went on to say, “A Boy and His Dog is a post-apocalyptic adventure story about a boy whose dog is stolen and who follows the thief across a depopulated Scotland. I have always loved ‘Robinson Crusoe’ [survival type] tales. The vision of a world without people was intriguing. Amazon calls the book a ‘compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope’ but I liked imagining how I would handle the challenges that Griz, the main character, faced. Not to spoil it but I also like that it had a (somewhat) happy ending. I would love to read a sequel.”

If you see Caroline around campus be sure to say hello and congratulate her on the promotion to Director of Libraries!



Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Thanksgiving Hours for the Furman Libraries are as follows:

Duke Library

Music Library

Science Library

New Arrivals: Books

Looking for something to read in your downtime, during your lunchtime, or before your bedtime? Well, the Furman Libraries have recently acquired some exciting new titles that may be of interest to you.

New Fiction:

The Chain / Adrian McKinty

Cover Art for The Chain by Adrian McKinty Your phone rings.

A stranger has kidnapped your child.

To free them you must abduct someone else’s child.

Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child.

If any of these things don’t happen:
Your child will be killed.



The Enlightenment of Bees / Rachel Linden

Cover Art for The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden At twenty-six, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at The Butter Emporium, and her first love—her boyfriend, Ethan—by her side. But when Ethan declares he “needs some space,” Mia’s carefully planned future crumbles.

Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways—ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her.


The Turn of the Key / Ruth Ware

Cover Art for The turn of the Key by Ruth Ware When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss – a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten – by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an pause-resisting thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Who Fears Death / Nnedi Okorafor

Cover Art for Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her Onyesonwu, which means “Who fears death?” in an ancient language.

It doesn’t take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu—a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her.

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.


New Non-Fiction:

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family / Mitchell Jackson

Cover Art for Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson This dynamic book explores gangs and guns, near-death experiences, sex work, masculinity, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructive power of addiction—all framed within the story of Jackson, his family, and his community. Lauded for its breathtaking pace, its tender portrayals, its stark candor, and its luminous style, Survival Math reveals on every page the searching intellect and originality of its author. The primary narrative, focused on understanding the antecedents of Jackson’s family’s experience, is complemented by poems composed from historical American documents as well as survivor files, which feature photographs and riveting short narratives of several of Jackson’s male relatives. The sum of Survival Math’s parts is a highly original whole, one that reflects on the exigencies—over generations—that have shaped the lives of so many disenfranchised Americans. As essential as it is beautiful, as real as it is artful, Mitchell S. Jackson’s nonfiction debut is a singular achievement, not to be missed.


Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler / Lynne Olson

Cover Art for Madam Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne OlsonIn 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization—the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group’s name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.”

No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence—including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day—as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade’s own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.

Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free / Linda Kay Klein 

Cover Art for Pure by Lind Kay Klein From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s purity culture has had on a generation of young women—in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir.

In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls—resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—and trapped them in a cycle of shame.

This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with.

Fearing being marked a Jezebel, Klein broke up with her high school boyfriend because she thought God told her to, and took pregnancy tests though she was a virgin, terrified that any sexual activity would be punished with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve-year-old girl, Klein began to question the purity-based sexual ethic. She contacted young women she knew, asking if they were coping with the same shame-induced issues she was. These intimate conversations developed into a twelve-year quest that took her across the country and into the lives of women raised in similar religious communities—a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.

Sexual shame is by no means confined to evangelical culture; Pure is a powerful wake-up call about our society’s subjugation of women.

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence / Michele Filgate

Cover Art for What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write: how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers.

While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close. Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer’s hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn’t interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. André Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything.

As Filgate writes, “Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.” There’s relief in breaking the silence. Acknowledging what we couldn’t say for so long is one way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves.

Contributors include Cathi Hanauer, Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Dylan Landis, Bernice L. McFadden, Julianna Baggott, Lynn Steger Strong, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, André Aciman, Sari Botton, Nayomi Munaweera, Brandon Taylor, and Leslie Jamison.


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:

Want to become the Scholar of the Month? You can enter electronically by clicking on the purple button below. One entry per person per month (in other words if you entered last month you’ll need to enter again if you want another chance this coming month).

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on March 1. 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!


New Arrivals: DVDs

Amazing Grace: A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album Amazing Grace at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Apollo 11: Featuring never-before-seen footage in its highest resolution, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission that first put men on the moon.

Capernaum: A gutsy 12-year-old boy must use his wits to survive the dangerous city streets after fleeing his negligent parents.

Criss Cross: An armored car driver with an attraction to his ex-wife, now married to a mobster, arranges a secret meeting. Their plan to hide the affair proves to have deadly consequences.

Dames du Bois de Boulogne: A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

Enamorada: During the Mexican Revolution, a macho rebel general falls in love with the independent-minded daughter of an aristocrat in the town he is occupying.

La Noche Avanza: An arrogant man seduces and discards women at will until his victims plot revenge.

The Ladykillers: Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

The Last Hurrah: Spencer Tracy portrays a down-to-earth big city mayor ruthlessly thwarted by political enemies.

Long Shot: When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Los Olvidados: A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

Maclovia: En la isla Janitzio en medio del lago de Pátzcuaro en México, Maclovia ama a José María, un hombre muy pobre. Su padre Maclovia desaprueba, y ella se ve obligada a elegir entre casarse con el brutal sargento de la Garza y la libertad de José María.

Mid 90s: From director Jonah Hill, Mid90s is a funny, moving look at Stevie, a kid in 90s LA, as he escapes his turbulent home life with a new group of friends he meets at a local skate shop, plunging him into a world of fun, danger, and excitement.

Mr. Turner: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.

Plus One: In order to survive a summer of wedding fever, longtime single friends, Ben and Alice, agree to be each other’s plus one at every wedding they’ve been invited to.

The Professor: After he learns he has six months to live, a college lecturer (Johnny Depp) turns rebellious party animal and wages a hilarious crusade against authority in this dark comedy.

Salón México: Mercedes trabaja como cabaretera en el Salón México, para sostener los estudios de su hermanita Beatriz en un exclusivo internado para señoritas. Lupe Lopez el encargado de seguridad del cabaret esta enamorado de Mercedes y ha descubierto su doble vida. Haciendo pareja con el rufián Paco, Mercedes gana un concurso de baile, pero Paco se niega a compartir el premio. En un ataque de desesperación ella le roba el dinero del premio. Paco hará todo lo posible por vengarse, pero tendrá que enfrentar el amor y la protección incondicional de Lupe le ha jurado a Mercedes.

Shazam!: Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam. His powers soon get put to the test against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

Super Fly: Charismatic, big-time Harlem cocaine dealer Youngblood Priest drives expensive cars, keeps a downtown white woman, and plans one last big score to escape his life of violence.

Teen Spirit: Violet, a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town to pursue her passion to sing, enters a singing competition that will test her integrity, talent, and ambition.

Transit: Past and present merge in this alluring thriller from Christian Petzold which follows Georg (Franz Rogowski), a refugee from fascism who assumes the identity of the dead writer whose papers he is carrying. Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a mysterious woman searching for her husband-the man whose identity he has stolen. Includes English subtitles-user may need to turn subtitles on.

Woman at War: Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. But as she prepares to abandon her role as environmental activist to become a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

The Woman of the Port: Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret “selling her love to the men coming from the sea.” One night, sailor Alberto (Soler) rescues Rosario from the dirty hands of a drunk man. They get along and go to Rosario’s room. After making love, they begin to talk and Rosario discovers they’re siblings…


Open Access Week

Open Access Week decorative graphic

What is open access?

Open access refers to scholarly journals, textbooks, and data that are not hidden behind a paywall blocking students and researchers from accessing them for academic and research purposes. The purpose of Open Access Week is to raise awareness of the importance of having free access to information and to encourage libraries, schools, and other organizations to support and work to provide for greater open access to information and data.

What is the meaning of “Open for Whom?”

“As the transition to a system for sharing knowledge that is open by default accelerates, the question “open for whom?” is essential—both to consider and to act upon. Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support? Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning? Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication? These questions will determine the extent to which emerging open systems for research will address inequities in the current system or replicate and reinforce them.”(continue reading more about this year’s Open Access Week theme here). [1]

Why is open access important?

Teaching the next generation requires high-quality textbooks and access to source materials and journals. Conducting novel research also requires being able to read and build upon the research of other academics and scientists. Ever rising textbook prices and exorbitant journal subscription fees make fulfilling these tasks more difficult as library, university, and student budgets are strained. The philosophy behind open access materials and information is that all of us succeed if we can read the articles and books necessary for our scholarly work.

What are the benefits of open access?

The most obvious benefit to open access is that everyone saves money, but open access can also have a huge impact on the economy and our technological advancement. Universities and libraries can allocate more funds toward other projects and personnel. Students can spend the money they would have spent on textbooks for other purposes or reduce the amount of debt they would have accrued from those textbook purchases. Barriers to data and research may keep humanity from our next big discovery so we must remove the paywalls if we want to advance as a species. Finally, open access may increase global economic output by $3.2 trillion. [2]

[1]Posted by Nick Shockey on June 4, 2019, at 11:30am and Blog, View. “Theme of 2019 International Open Access Week to be “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.”, accessed Oct 18, 2019,

[2] “Open Data.” SPARC., accessed Oct 17, 2019,

Furman Alum Given SC Library Association Award

Jonathan Newton holding his awardFurman University Alum, Jonathan Newton (class of 2001), and professional library leader and advocate was honored at the South Carolina Library Association(SCLA) 2019 Conference with the Intellectual Freedom Award. Nominated by peers and colleagues from around the state, Jonathan was chosen for his “contributions in advocacy for South Carolina libraries and fighting for equality and intellectual freedoms for libraries, librarians, and citizens of South Carolina.”[1]

Jonathan worked in the Furman Library while he was a student, and he held multiple management and leadership positions in the Greenville County Library System. He was most recently the manager of the Five Forks Branch. He also serves as a board member for SCLA. Jonathan graduated from Furman University in 2001 with a B.A. in Asian studies, and he holds a master of library and information science from the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations Jonathan on this great honor and recognition of your hard work! We the faculty and staff of the Furman University Libraries are proud of your diligent work and library advocacy!



[1]2019 Award Winners Presented at the SCLA 2019 Conference.”, accessed 10/16/, 2019,

Photo Credit: Rachel Inabinet (class of 2004)