Thursday, June 30, 2016

Library Closed for Independence Day

The Samford University library will be closed on Monday, July 4th, to observe Independence Day.

The anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 commemorates the signing of the document which declared:

 "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

The American revolutionaries declared the thirteen original colonies to be independent states, free of British rule.

Have a safe and blessed holiday!  

The library will re-open as usual at 7:30 am on July 5.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The First Summer School

A Group of Howard College's First Summer School Students 

Originally published in the Howard College Bulletin in July 1915, this rare photo shows our first class of Education students.

The photo caption tells us that, "In order to provide for the extension of teachers' certificates, Howard College established a Department of Education with the opening of its first summer school, June 7. The school for teachers was run in conjunction with the summer school for college students. About fifty students were registered the first summer. Professor James W. Norman, recently named to the faculty of the School of Education of the University of Minnesota, was Dean of the Summer School. The school closed July 16."

So, this group of students were some of our first Education students ever! And they started classes here 101 years ago today.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Celebrating 10 Years with Dr. Westmoreland!

Early Thursday morning on June, 1, 2006, Dr. Andrew Westmoreland entered the office of the president and sat behind his new desk. This brought the beginning of a new era for Samford University and a new era for Dr. Westmoreland. Before coming to Samford, Dr. Westmoreland served as a leader for Ouachita Baptist University for over twenty-seven years. He was elected president of Ouachita in 1998. His predecessor at Samford, Dr. Corts, retired on May 31 after twenty-three years of service.
Dr. Andrew Westmoreland

In unlocking the door for the first time, Dr. Westmoreland chose not to use the shiny new keys presented to him earlier in the week. Instead, he chose to use the keys left for him by the previous president, Dr. Corts. Dr. Westmoreland's choice in using the old keys served as a link to the tradition and legacy left behind by his predecessor. Dr. Westmoreland wrote about the legacy and the keys in his first email to the faculty and staff of the university.


Dr. Westmoreland brought with him a pen presented to him by the members of the faculty and staff at Ouachita. The pen was crafted from the remains of the first building constructed at Ouachita’s campus. The building burned in 1949.

Business cards were printed weeks before Dr. Westmoreland's arrival on campus. The first business card printed for the new president is now a part of the archives of the university.

Dr. Westmoreland's valise, a gift from Dr. Bob C. Riley of Arkansas

As Dr. Westmoreland opened the door to his office, he carried with him a leather valise given to him just prior to his first day at Ouachita in June of 1979. The valise was given to him by his friend and mentor, Dr. Bob C. Riley, a former chair of the political science department at Ouachita, lieutenant-governor and governor of Arkansas. Dr. and Mrs. Westmoreland treasured their relationship with Dr. Riley. Their daughter Riley is named for him.

This post is an adaptation of an earlier feature in the Special Collection Treasures, found here:

Thanks, as always, to the University Archives and Special Collection for their amazing work.

Monday, May 2, 2016

New Study Room Feature pre-Finals!

Two weeks ago we quietly added a new feature to the library’s website:  a live view of study room availability.  

You’ll find the link in the quick link menu, lower right side of the home page, and at the top of the study room policy page. There’s also an image in the rotating image feature on the right side of the page.

Quick Links are on the bottom right of


Click, click, click!

Click here, too!
The information has always been in the catalog, we simply created a link directly to it. 

The list of study rooms uses the library catalog’s availability status display to show if the key to each room is available, checked out and due (date/time), or recently returned.

Note that the page does NOT show the media rooms on the first floor or the lab study rooms on the lower level.

Keep calm, guys, and use this cool new feature!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring, Stress, Haiku 2016

Do not fret, Samford.  
Doors close, doors open, assignments 
End, and so does stress.  

Feeling inspired by the loveliness that surrounds you on our campus and in the beauty of the Earth?

Blind to the budding trees and blooming flowers due to looming deadlines?

Beginning to contemplate life beyond this semester or the confines of college?

Send us your meditations that follow the short poem structure of haiku.

You can use the form embedded below.

You can also email your haiku to

Breathe deep, seek peace, Samford.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Live @ the Library featuring Jon Acuff! Get your tickets now!

Author and Samford University alumnus Jon Acuff will discuss his latest book and the "four big things every adventure with God requires" at Live @ the Library Friday, April 8

There will be a 6 p.m. VIP reception in Harwell G. Davis Library followed by a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.

Jon Acuff, Samford JMC Alumnus

Tickets start at $25 and are also available at the Samford Box Office in Swearingen Hall. 

Each attendee will receive a complimentary hard copy of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck.

Jon Acuff's Do Over. Each attendee gets a complimentary copy!

Acuff’s book discusses the four areas all great careers share: relationships, skills, character and hustle. In it, he covers how to invest in these areas in order to be prepared to handle inevitable career bumps, jumps, ceilings and opportunities.

Live @ the Library is an annual event hosted by the University Library to bring awareness to accomplished Samford-affiliated authors. This year’s event will be sponsored by EBSCO, and proceeds will go to the library.

Acuff, a 1998 Samford graduate, is a New York Times bestselling author of five books. For 18 years, he has helped some of the biggest brands tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples and the Dave Ramsey Team. His blogs have been read by more than four million people, and he has more than 250,000 Twitter followers.
Jon Acuff, Live @ the Library, April 8.

Acuff lives with his wife, Jenny, and his two daughters in Franklin, Tennessee.

This is a reprint of an article by Aly Hathcock, originally published in the Samford Crimson.  Aly is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.