Monday, November 19, 2007


We would like to alert the Samford community to a new resource page that has been added to the library’s list of subject pages. The new page highlights digital resource collections:

The World Wide Web, in combination with scannning and digitization processes, have made possible the online publication of rare and valuable materials previously restricted to local users and professional researchers. These materials include manuscripts, books, letters, photographs, sheet music, and other types of primary source materials.

The materials now available electronically are fascinating to peruse for interest and enjoyment. For students and researchers, of course, the advantages are clear. Here at Samford, a number of faculty have been encouraging students to explore primary resources, and the digitization process can often facilitate this.

We are continuing to add resources to this page. If you would like to request a specific addition, please feel free to contact Naomi Gold,

Thursday, November 8, 2007


The University Library is currently hosting an exhibition of the photography of Charles Patrick Dagg. Mr. Dagg began to study photography during the years he worked as a zoologist in the Department of Biology at UAB. He subsequently went on to teach photography in Special Studies at UAB.

He describes his work this way: "As a zoologist, my world contains great amounts of messiness, but [my] images appeared to indicate a wish to create order in a disorderly world...all these 'rules of photography' are just notions, not commandments...terms like 'messiness and 'disorder' are pejoratives, so why not be positive and consider another biological concept: Diversity? That's where I presently stand, using both concepts."

The majority of the works on display are gelatin silver prints or tinted gelatin silver prints. We invite and encourage you to visit the library and view these works.