Friday, November 9, 2018

WW1 Armistice 100th Anniversary

Howard College cadets during WWI. Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.

WWI or “The Great War” was the largest and deadliest war to that point in history. From July 1914-November 1918 dozens of countries on multiple fronts fought around the clock. It was the advent of many different modern war technologies, such as planes and deadly gas, helping make it one of the most horrifying conflicts in history.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month “The War to End All Wars” was over. Over 65,000,000 were dead, with millions more wounded and displaced.

A supply caraven in Europe days after the Armistice.  Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Graves of fallen soldiers as far as the eye can see.  Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

War destruction in Verdun, France.  Image courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

An arm of the American Red Cross was based out of Birmingham. Many local people who could not serve in the military, many women, worked to provide relief services for those serving in the war.

Canteen service report.  Images courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Many of the applications for service in the Red Cross include a desire to serve their country as their reason for volunteering. The Samford University Library Special Collection has many of these applications, including one from Howard College Alum Frances Youngblood.

Images courtesy of the Samford University Library Special Collection.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New Online Resource -- Statista

The Samford University Library is excited to announce that we are now able to offer Statista to our students, staff and faculty!  Samford joins over eight hundred institutions of higher learning in offering this electronic resource -- a community that includes prestigious schools such as Harvard, Michigan State, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, M.I.T., Rutgers, Stanford, Vassar, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alabama.

Statista is a statistical database that offers comprehensive and efficient access to over one million statistics and facts on eighty thousand topics in one hundred seventy multidisciplinary categories from more than twenty-two thousand sources. It has the ability to quickly and comprehensively access multifaceted statistical data in six hundred industries, making this resource applicable to a wide variety of programs and disciplines.

Where does the data in Statista come from?
Image source: Statista

Statista allows you to search by concept, location, industry, societal trends, etc., and to export the reference for the original source into a variety of formats.  Furthermore, it automatically formats the reference to be compatible with five different academic style guides.  These features make it easier than ever for students to use its data in term papers, presentations, or projects.

Samford students and employees can access Statista via our website’s database listings.  If you are visiting the campus, please visit the University Library’s circulation or ASK US desks to inquire about temporary access to online research resources.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Library Hours for Fall Break

Midterms are behind us, so students get to take a few days off for Fall Break.  The library will still be open, but we'll be taking it a bit easier as well with some reduced hours:
  • Friday, October 5, 2018:  7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018:  10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018:  2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Monday, October 8, 2018:  7:30am - 8:00pm

The library will resume its regular operating hours on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

Extended Library Hours for Midterms

It seems like classes just started, but here we are with Fall Break right around the corner.  But looming even closer are the ever-dreaded MIDTERMS!  For those of you night owls needing some late-night midterm study space, the library will once again be operating under extended hours to accommodate your needs.

  • Monday, October 1st:  7:30am - 2:00am
  • Tuesday, October 2nd:  7:30am - 2:00am
  • Wednesday, October 3rd:  7:30am - 2:00am

For more information about the library's hours of operation, please visit our website.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Browser Security Warnings When Using Library Resources

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

We have been made aware that some browsers are having issues linking from library databases to full-text articles on publisher websites. You may encounter security warnings from your browser as a result of publishers adopting the secure "https" protocol, while our databases continue to use the "http" protocol. We are currently working with our vendors and publishers to resolve this issue.

In the meantime, if you or your students encounter a security warning from your browser while using library resources, please report the citation for the resource you are attempting to access and the browser you are using to Beth Ashmore, our Metadata Librarian for Serials & Electronic Resources.

You may also want to ensure that you are using the most up-to-date version of your browser. If you are still encountering security warnings, please consider using the most recent version of the Firefox browser for your library research as there have been fewer reported issues with the Firefox browser than with Chrome or Safari. For more information on these security warnings, please click here.

We apologize for any inconvenience these issues may cause while you are conducting your research. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Fall Library Hours

All across campus, students will be settling into their new routines with the start of Fall Term on Monday -- and we here at the library are no exception!  Monday marks the start of our regular hours of operation:

Sunday -- 1:00pm to Midnight
Monday -- 7:30am to Midnight
Tuesday -- 7:30am to Midnight
Wednesday -- 7:30am to Midnight
Thursday -- 7:30am to Midnight
Friday -- 7:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday -- 10:00am to 7:00pm

The library will be CLOSED Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.

Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including library hours.

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