Friday, May 22, 2015

Library closed for Memorial Day Holiday

The Davis Library will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.  

We will re-open Tuesday, May 26th, at 8:00am.

Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!

Cover of "We Love America," published by Alabama native Hester Wulffaert, which was later adopted as the theme song for the American Legion of Alabama.  Read more about it here, in the Treasure Chest: We Love America post by the University Special Collection.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Samford, we here at the library are concerned for you.

Real question, real answer. Can you see why we're worried?

We have observed your nervous expressions, your marathon study sessions, and your excessive caffeine consumption.

We are here to help.

Next week, dear students, we have many activities (beginning Sunday!) to ease your tension and replenish your vigor!

Super Fun One-Day Stuff:

Sunday, May 10th-- The Academic Success Center and the library team up to bring you tutors in a wide array of subjects-- they'll even help with your writing!  

Starts at 6pm in Rm. 233.

Did I mention that they're bringing coffee and other goodies?  Yep.  That's happening.

Monday, May 11th-- Steel City Pops.  
100 Free Pops to the first 100 students.
Ben Brown Plaza, 11am.

And, at 7pm in the library-- 
It's not just Goldfish Crackers, but we love those, right?
Make Your Own Trail Mix!
Sponsored by the Birmingham Chapter of the Parent's Association. The array of treats is staggering. 

Tuesday, May 12th-- Big Spoon Creamery.  
Put some ice cream on that stress.  
It'll help!   
Ben Brown Plaza, 11am. 

All Week Long:

Library Art Scavenger Hunt-  Find the art, turn it in at Circ, Win stuff.  Easy.  Also a great time for a quick study break, y'all!

Origami Table-  Next to the Circulation desk.  Instructions included.  Fold a crane, take a breather.

Surviving Finals Postcards-  If you address them and decorate them, we will mail them for you! Located at the blue table next to the front door.


Don't fret, Samford students! 

We've got plenty to distract you from your looming deadlines.

Stop by the library for studying AND fun.  And coffee and popsicles and ice cream and trail mix and crafts and stuff.

Just stop by the Library :).

Friday, May 1, 2015

It's that time again...

Classes are almost over, and finals are upon us.  Here are a few things to keep in mind over the next couple of weeks:
  • The Library has extended hours beginning Monday, May 4th, and for selected days through Wednesday, May 13th.  
    • We're open until 2am 5/4 through 5/7, and 5/10 through 5/13.
    • We're also open until 8pm next Friday and Saturday, 4/8 and 4/9.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings and remain mindful of your personal safety!
    • We do not have a closed campus, and often universities are targeted during the stress and hurry of the end of the semester.
    • Keep your belongings with you or in sight at all times.  Ask about additional safety measures at the Circulation desk.
    • Practice good personal safety awareness during late study hours.
    • Call Campus Safety at 726-2020 if you feel unsafe or to report suspicious persons or activities.
  • Take a short break every 30 minutes to an hour.  Stand up and take a walk.  Look away from your computer screen.  It will help you calm down, ease tension, and study more productively.
  • Get some sleep!  All-nighters might seem like the only solution, but they won't help you be your best during your finals.
We also have some great finals activities lined up for you, so stay tuned!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring, stress, Haiku

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 Springtime or stress or graduation meditations, following 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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Live @ the Library: Author Jerry Armor

Samford University Library is excited to welcome Jerry Armor for Live @ the Library, on April 17th at 6 p.m. in the Davis Library. 

Mr. Armor will be presenting his latest book, A Home for Wayward Boys: the Early History of the Alabama Boys’ Industrial School, which recounts how Elizabeth Johnston, with the support of women across the state, persuaded the legislature to establish the Alabama Boys’ Industrial School in 1900.

Jerry Armor served seven years as a juvenile probation officer, two years as a psychologist in one of the state’s prisons, and taught 30 years at Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. Today, he directs the Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council and teaches part time. He has written extensively for both academic and general interest publications.

Author Jerry Armor
Please join us for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. A Home for Wayward Boys will be available for purchase. Book signing to follow the event.

Live @ the Library is a free and open to the public event. Convo credit is available to Samford students for this event.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Library Closed for Easter 2015

The Davis Library will be closed April 4th, 5th, and 6th for the celebration of Easter. We will re-open on April 7th at 7:30am.

Have a safe and blessed holiday, Samford!

Thanks to the Samford Special Collection for the images.