Thursday, January 29, 2015

Poetry from the Special Collection

While looking for an article last week to answer a patron's request, the Special Collection staff came across this poem published in the Howard Crimson. 

The poem gracefully illustrates that no matter what year college students are eating in the Caf, no one likes people who cut in line. Jim Summers, the author, wrote many other pieces of comic poetry that appeared in the Crimson through 1961 and 1962, but this was our favorite. 

Text and photograph contributed by Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome Back for Spring Term!

The library hopes that everyone enjoyed their Jan terms, whether taking a class here, studying abroad, or committing yourself to impacting our world in all of the wonderful ways that make Samford students outstanding.

Now, back to business!

Here are some things you can do to be prepared for Spring in the Library:

In the Library:
  • Here's the library's website:
  • And here's where you can find our hours:
    • Our hours are subject to change during Midterms and Finals, when we usually stay open later to help you get more study time in.
  • To reserve a study room, for individual, group, or practicing a presentation, you'll need to check out the room from the Circulation desk. 
  • Ask Us!  You can find reference librarians on the 2nd floor of the library, and we are exited and available to help you. You can text us, tweet us, call us, drop by, or make an appointment.  Don't underestimate this valuable resource! 
All Campus:
  • When you're here in the library, or anywhere else on campus be mindful of your laptops and any other materials or devices.  Do not leave them unsecured!  We have an open campus, and thefts do happen. 
    • When you're in the library, we have cables available to check out for securing laptops.
  • If you have had something stolen, or feel threatened, or if you see suspicious activity, please, call Public Safety at 205-726, 2020.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Davis Library will close at 4:30pm on December 23rd, 2014, and will reopen with our Jan term hours from 7:30am until 8:00pm on January 5th, 2015.

From Godey's Lady's Book in December of 1850, courtesy of the Samford Special Collection

We wish everyone in the Samford family a safe and happy holiday season!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fall Finals Stress-Busters @ Samford University Library

Finals are coming up next week at Samford University, and we've got a few things planned here at the library (in addition to our long study hours) to help you keep calm and do well during your exams.

Sunday night, 12/7, we're going to have coffee, cookies, and tutors, provided for your edification and enjoyment, on the 2nd floor of the library.  On the first floor, near the front doors, we're going to be handing out trail mix, courtesy of Parent Programs.

On Tuesday night (12/9), we're going to have late night pizza-- free!  Make sure you're here between 11:00 and 11:30 pm Tuesday night to score some delicious Papa John's slices on the first floor next to the circulation desk.

We're continuing our holiday tradition of asking students to help us decorate our Christmas trees with snowflakes, and we've got a snowflake station right near the front doors where you can take a break and get creative.

If you decorate and address an "I survived finals @ Samford University Library" postcard for us, we'll mail it for you!  You can find the postcards and supplies near the snowflake table, starting Sunday (12/7).

Finally, if you need a study break, we've got just the activity for you.  Grab one of the Goodwin Scavenger Hunts from the front desk (or anywhere else you might find some), and if you complete it correctly and return it, you can get a sweet reward-- a full sized candy bar!

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or follow Goodwin on Twitter, for any updates!

So don't stress next week, Samford-- visit your library!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrating the Life of C. S. Lewis

This month, the Davis Library is celebrating the life and literary legacy of C. S. Lewis.
C. S. Lewis, November 29, 1893-- November 22, 1963
The library is fortunate to have a generous donor who has provided us with a comprehensive collection of works by and about Lewis.

Torrie Richardson, Fine Arts

In honor of the anniversary of Lewis' birthday this month, we held a contest among our visual arts students to create a piece of art commemorating Lewis that would be featured on a bookmark commissioned by our donor.
Hunter Longley, Graphic Design

Ryan Ivey, Graphic Design

We had some incredible entries from very talented students.  Lindsey Hall, Graphic Design major, had the winning design.

Lindsey Hall, Featured Artist

Our donor hoped to put one of the finished bookmarks in the hands of every Freshman on campus, which we attempted to accomplish with the help of our professors.

We currently have displays in the library featuring each of the entries for the contest, as well as a timeline of C. S. Lewis' life and major works.

From the bookmark:                                                       
"Through the gift and direction of a generous local donor, University Library has added 86 titles by and about C. S. Lewis (1898—1963) since January 2012. The enhanced collections attempt to provide a complete catalog of novels, poems, theological and philosophical monographs, literary criticism, children's books, essays, and memoirs by this highly influential Christian scholar. The aims for the collection now include adding audio books and DVDs, a process that has already begun, as well as secondary works about Lewis.

"It's hard to overestimate the influence Lewis had and continues to have on generations of scholars and the public. His science fiction, children's literature, and devotional writings persist in popularity, while his scholarly works continue to be studied and analyzed. Derivative works such as movies and plays entice young audiences and lay the foundation of a generous and beautiful Christian theology. Lewis' prodigious body of work can be found throughout the library."

The Davis Library welcomes you to stop by and take a look at the featured art of our talented students as well as portions of the fantastic collection of Lewis' works that we have here at the library.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Week

"Male north american turkey supersaturated".
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

It's almost Thanksgiving, everyone!  

Here are the library's hours for next week:

Monday, 11/24-  7:30am until Midnight
Tuesday, 11/25-  7:30am until 6:00pm
Wednesday, 11/26-  8:00am until 2:00pm
Thursday, 11/27 through Saturday, 11/29- CLOSED
Sunday, 11/30-   6:00pm until Midnight

Stay tuned for our extended Finals hours.

You can always find accurate opening and closing times for the library under the "Hours" tab at, or here: 

We wish the entire Samford family a safe and happy holiday!

P.S. Did you hear that story about Benjamin Franklin suggesting that the North American Wild Turkey be the National Symbol? Well, it's not entirely true. Find out more about the symbols on our Great Seal of the United States here: