Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Name Change From Howard to Samford

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Howard College achieved university status in January of 1965 and, in an effort to avoid confusion with Howard University in Washington, D.C., re-named itself Samford University in honor of insurance executive and longtime trustee Frank Park Samford, Sr.

This week's "Throwback Thursday" image shows students Buddy Huey, Bill Pendergrass, Doug Gardner and Murray Howard installing a new Samford decal on a car's rear window.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Jan Term Hours

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

As we welcome students back onto campus from what we hope was a restful (or at least fun) and joyous holiday break, we take a look back on this "Throwback Thursday" to the construction of the Homewood campus in November of 1956 -- with the library already a central fixture.  The campus would open a year after this photo was taken.

Speaking of coming back from the holidays, the library is currently running on reduced hours for Jan Term.  We are currently open 7:30am-7:00pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30am-5:00pm on Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, and 1:00pm-7:00pm on Sunday.  In addition, the library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

We will resume our regular weekly operating hours with the start of the Spring Term on Monday, January 22nd.

For more information about the library's hours of operation, please click here.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Library Hours for the Holidays

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Finals are over and the library will be closing at 5pm this afternoon as we start getting ready for our annual holiday break.  We hope everyone has a warm and joyous holiday season.

Saturday, December 16th & Sunday, December 17th

Monday, December 18th through Wednesday, December 20th
7:30am - 5pm

Thursday, December 21st through Monday, January 1st

We will re-open operating under reduced hours for Jan Term at 7:30am on Tuesday, January 2nd.  More information about the library's hours of operation may be found here.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Studying in the Library, 1945

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection

As final exams are winding down, we present for this week's "Throwback Thursday" a scene that was re-enacted many times this past week -- students studying in the East Lake campus library in 1945.

This image was originally published in "Educational Opportunities Offered to Veterans at Howard College," a November 1945 promotional brochure advertising the school to veterans of World War II.  The original caption read "Library Scene: Howard's library is a popular gathering place for students. Below, civilians and Navy trainees share a library table."  It would seem that 72 years later that's still the case.

We hope everyone's exams went well this week -- and if you still have any today, GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Diversity Grant Projects on Display

We are excited and honored to host "Marking Memory Through Principles of Form & Space," a selection of projects by second-year students in the Department of Interior Architecture.  These twelve projects are on display this week in the Main Reading Room on the second floor of the library.

The assignment, supported by a Diversity Development Grant, introduced the students to some of the key events of the Civil Rights Movement, which included visiting the sites of the events as well as hearing from people who participated.  They then designed a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot space imagined to occupy a location in the Selma Times-Journal building overlooking the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge spanning the Alabama River.  The space was meant as an opportunity for reflection and introspection, where people would connect with the moral and spiritual foundations of the struggle.

The scale models, drawings and diagrams here show the students’ designs for this reflective space, accompanied by a short written description for each.  Visitors are invited to explore this display and to share their responses via this short anonymous survey.

We would like to thank Associate Professor Preston E. Hite, AIA, NCIDQ, for bringing this opportunity to us.  We would also like to thank the students themselves for allowing us to display their work in the library.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 1901 Basketball Team

Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

This week's "Throwback Thursday" shows the Howard College basketball team in 1901, identified as Inter-Collegiate champions.  The photograph was originally published in the Sixth Annual Catalogue and Register of Howard College, East Lake, Ala printed by the Dispatch Printing Company in 1902.

Although we haven't asked anyone over in the Athletics department to be sure, we do have a sneaking suspicion our current basketball team is glad that players' uniforms have changed in the past 116 years.