Monday, January 24, 2022

Meet Us Monday - Lance Day

 


Of all the resources the Samford University Library makes available to its users, among our most important and valuable are our people! Our #MeetUsMonday series offers a weekly glimpse behind the scenes by spotlighting the various people who work tirelessly every day to proactively support the University's mission by providing scholarly resources, research and information services, a welcoming environment, and collaborative alliances to promote learning and teaching.


Lance Day
Reference & Instruction Librarian

Liaison Librarian for:
School of Health Professions
(Communications Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy)

School of Public Health
(Public Health, Social Work)

Master of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
Master of Social Work, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Montevallo

Joined Samford in 2014

  • What do you like best about working here in the library? My favorite thing about working with the library is meeting students, supporting their academic efforts, and witnessing them make progress. I also enjoy working with professors to support their students.

  • What do you do on your commute to and from Samford? My commute is 2.5 miles but takes a while on some days. I listen to music and try to view the time as a nice pause instead of a hassle.

  • If you didn't work here in the library, what and/or where would you like to be doing? I would likely be doing some kind of social work. 

  • What are some of your interests outside of work? I enjoy volunteering with various organizations and most recently volunteered at the Sidewalk Film Festival. I love to travel so always planning my next adventure. I like to bike with my son. Also, a fan of butterfly gardening.  

  • What is your favorite book? Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

  • Who is your favorite author? Lately I've been loving Wendell Berry. Everyone should read Berry!

  • Do you have any favorite podcasts? I prefer books and music over podcasts. But I do love SmartLess!

  • Who is one of your heroes and why? My mom Judy Wills Day is such an important hero. When I'm parenting my children and recognize that I'm doing so as my mom did, then I feel like I’m doing it right.

  • What app is your favorite discovery? I love using the Sky View app while watching the night sky.

  • What’s the one thing people likely don’t know about you, but should? I’m more interested in what people know about me that I don’t know about myself so get in touch and let me know! 


Monday, January 10, 2022

Meet Us Monday - Julie Jerles


Of all the resources the Samford University Library makes available to its users, among our most important and valuable are our people! Our #MeetUsMonday series offers a weekly glimpse behind the scenes by spotlighting the various people who work tirelessly every day to proactively support the University's mission by providing scholarly resources, research and information services, a welcoming environment, and collaborative alliances to promote learning and teaching.


Julie Jerles
Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Coordinator

BA English, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Joined Samford in 2018

  • What do you like best about working here in the library? The people of course, but I also like the hunt of finding books and articles that we don't have in the library for faculty, staff, and students.

  • What do you do on your commute to and from Samford? I'm a chronic radio station flipper, so much so that I annoy myself sometimes.

  • If you didn't work here in the library, what and/or where would you like to be doing? I would be a modern day homesteader - the kind with internet of course.  

  • What are some of your interests outside of work? Hanging out with my husband and two year old, reading, thrifting, going to bookstores, Target and Starbucks, watching New Girl, Gilmore Girls or The Office.  

  • What is your favorite book? I have too many to name, but Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Who is your favorite author? Again too many to name, but one of my current faves is Sarah J. Maas.

  • Do you have any favorite podcasts? I don't listen to many podcasts, but I guess I would have to say The Minimalists and With Intention.

  • Who is one of your heroes and why? My grandfather John Rutland who was a Civil Rights activist and a preacher in Birmingham.

  • What app is your favorite discovery? Hoopla & Libby for listening to audiobooks and Fetch Rewards where I can scan all my grocery receipts and turn them into gift cards.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Meet Us Monday - Sarah Cooper


Of all the resources the Samford University Library makes available to its users, among our most important and valuable are our people! Our #MeetUsMonday series offers a weekly glimpse behind the scenes by spotlighting the various people who work tirelessly every day to proactively support the University's mission by providing scholarly resources, research and information services, a welcoming environment, and collaborative alliances to promote learning and teaching.


Sarah M. Cooper
Reference & Instruction Librarian

Liaison Librarian for:
Howard College of Arts & Sciences
(Communications Studies, English, Journalism & Mass Communication)

Masters of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
BA English, Minor in Mass Communications, University of Montevallo
Joined Samford in 2017

  • What do you like best about working here in the library? My coworkers are amazing and I love getting to work with students throughout the research process.

  • What do you do on your commute to and from Samford? I listen to podcasts or music, preferably with the windows down on a nice day.

  • What are some of your interests outside of work? I like hiking, yoga, and watching bad movies. I will also watch just about any documentary and/or read any article on either Bigfoot or the Catacombs in France.  

  • What is your favorite book? The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • Who is your favorite author? Right now I'd say it's a tie between P.G. Wodehouse and Jane Austen.

  • Do you have any favorite podcasts? Many. My favorites right now are Scam Goddess, Reading Glasses, and How Did this Get Made, but my list is long :).

  • Who is one of your heroes and why? I have always found Ada Lovelace to be really interesting because she was such an innovative thinker.

  • What app is your favorite discovery? It's a bit of a time waster, but I like the Best Fiends app.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Library Closed For the Holidays, and Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie

 


2021 has certainly been challenging -- though not unrewarding -- and at 5:00pm this evening the library will close for the last time this year as we prepare to enjoy the holiday break and will re-open at 7:30am on Monday, January 3rd.  We hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season.

In the meantime... we asked our library family, "what's your favorite Christmas/holiday movie?" Here's what they said:

  • “White Christmas, and of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

  • “So many... changes back and forth. Miracle on 34th Street (the original with Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn & Natalie Wood--not remake!) and yes, even Christmas with the Kranks.”

  • “Muppet Christmas Carol!  My kids really like the new Grinch movie.”

  • “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.”

  • “How the Grinch stole Christmas.”

  • “A Christmas Story.”

  • “Muppet Christmas Carol.”

  • “Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983).”

  • “The Bells of St. Mary's.”

  • “Christmas Vacation, Elf, White Christmas, The Nativity, Christmas with the Kranks, Charlie Brown Christmas, The Christmas Story, 4 Christmases, A Christmas Carol.”

  • “Christmas Vacation.”

  • “Christmas Vacation.”

  • “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.”

  • “It's A Wonderful Life.”

  • “Elf!”

  • “Jesus of Nazareth, Part 1.”

  • “A Christmas Story.  It's just not Christmas until Flick's tongue gets stuck and the Bumpus hounds raid the kitchen.  :)”


Monday, December 20, 2021

"Ask Us" Library Poll - Favorite Christmas/Holiday Song?

 


The fall semester is over and the whole campus is winding down in anticipation of our holiday break. But we gathered our library family while we're still here and asked the question, "what's your favorite Christmas/holiday song?"  Here's what they said:

  • O Holy Night

  • The theme song from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

  • Anything in a minor key!

  • Baby It's Cold Outside (Dean Martin version from 1959)

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  • Silent Night

  • Good King Wenceslas

  • White Christmas

  • The Little Drummer Boy

  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  • Sleigh Ride

  • We Need a Little Christmas

  • My Favorite Things

  • Christmas in Dixie

  • Mary Did You Know?

  • The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  • Carol of the Bells

  • Grown Up Christmas List - Amy Grant

  • Anything by the Romanian Madrigal Choir

  • Brian Setzer's cover of Jingle Bells.


Monday, December 13, 2021

Meet Us Monday - Eric Allen


Of all the resources the Samford University Library makes available to its users, among our most important and valuable are our people! Our #MeetUsMonday series offers a weekly glimpse behind the scenes by spotlighting the various people who work tirelessly every day to proactively support the University's mission by providing scholarly resources, research and information services, a welcoming environment, and collaborative alliances to promote learning and teaching.


Eric Allen
Administrative Assistant
Building Coordinator

BFA Visual Communication, Auburn University
Joined Samford in 2007

  • What do you like best about working here in the library? My co-workers! They're second to none and I couldn't ask for a better work family.

  • What do you do on your commute to and from Samford? Listen to sports talk or 40s music on the radio, chat with my son (on the days he rides with me) and try to maintain a Christian attitude while in traffic around Malfunction Junction.

  • If you didn't work here in the library, what and/or where would you like to be doing? I'd love to be a world-famous voice actor like Mel Blanc, June Foray, Frank Welker, Phil LaMarr, Rob Paulsen, Keith David, and Tara Strong.  Working at the zoo might be fun as well.  

  • What are some of your interests outside of work? Games, Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, paleontology, woodworking/blacksmithing/fabricating, British narrowboats, and LEGO.  

  • What is your favorite book? How to Be a Superhero: Save the Universe in 30 Days or Your Money Back by Mark Leigh and Mike Lepine.  I fully admit that it's a guilty pleasure.

  • Who is your favorite author? I don't know that I have a favorite per se, but the authors I've read the most would be J.R.R. Tolkien, Fred Saberhagen, William Shakespeare, H.G. Wells, and Peter David.

  • Do you have any favorite podcasts? I'm part of a Marvel podcast (rather unsurprisingly) called Mighty Marvel Geeks, which has been around for quite a while now and has won several awards.  I'm also rather fond of Wookiee Radio, The Diz Hiz Podcast, Dining at Disney, the Skull Rock Podcast, and DW:60's Press Row.

  • Who is one of your heroes and why? This is a hard one for me to narrow down.  I'm honestly torn between my folks, the Apostle Paul, and Teddy Roosevelt.

  • What app is your favorite discovery? The Marvel Unlimited app.  It's essentially Netflix for Marvel comic books and is great for doing deep dives into storylines that influence the movies/TV shows.

  • What’s the one thing people likely don’t know about you, but should? I guess it's rather old news at this point but I'm a former "Jeopardy!" champion from 2006.