Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Please keep in mind the substantial number of excellent trial resources being made available to the Samford community. These trials carry expiration dates, so visit the Trials page sooner rather than later, and feel free to contact Lori Northup,, with your comments.

Friday, March 25, 2011


You may be aware that the University Library is obtaining more and more of its access to books in eBook format. Many of you have likely seen, and perhaps used, items in the library catalog marked “electronic resource.” If so, you will know that these important resources are accompanied by a certain learning curve.

In order to assist you in your use of electronic books, we have created a page on the library website providing instruction and assistance:

Please view it at your convenience, and feel free to contact any member of the reference department for further clarification.


Thanks to Kim Herndon for providing the text for this posting.

It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephanie Rollins as Reference and Instruction Librarian for the University Library, effective April 4th. Dr. Rollins is currently the Reference Librarian and Branch Manager at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada and is a native of Alabama. Dr. Rollins’ strong professional background with sixteen years of experience in research and access services will complement our already strong Reference and Research Services Department.

Dr. Rollins received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in English from Auburn University, and a Master of Library Science and Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Alabama. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Library Association, Nevada Library Association, and Mountain Plains Library Association, and was an active member of the Alabama Library Association during her tenure at the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, Maxwell AFB. Dr. Rollins is assuming the position previously held by Harold Goss who became the Chair of Research Services of the University Library on January 1st, 2011. In her role, Dr. Rollins will be responsible for planning, designing, implementing, and assessing library instruction and information literacy initiatives as well as assisting with reference and research services.

We are most grateful to Harold Goss for his hard work this semester, as he assumed his new duties in addition to continuing to fulfill the duties of Instruction Librarian during the search process.

We are pleased to have Dr. Rollins as part of the University Library faculty and we know you will join us in welcoming her in her new role.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Attention student groups and organizations, faculty, and students: Earth Day is coming! Make your plans, share your ideas, and bring it all to the Earth Day Sustainability Fair, coming to you on Ben Brown Plaza Thurs, 21 April 2011. This year's suggested theme is "Renewal." Sign up here:

And view a full list of events here:

Monday, March 21, 2011

University-wide Earth Day Art Exhibition 2011

Who: Samford artists: students (graduate or undergraduate), staff or faculty

What: Any piece of art that is framed/matted and ready to hang, or sculpture suitable and ready to be displayed. (No outdoor installations please.) If you are in doubt, ask Naomi.

Where: Exhibition in the University Library

When: April 18 – 25, 2011

Why: Receive two weeks of fame and a fabulous Earth Day Art T-shirt.

To participate in the show, you MUST do the following:
Deliver artwork between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 1 through Wednesday, April 15 to:

Naomi Gold, Reference Librarian
Room 224, University Library

Your submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate paperwork. Please download the paperwork instructions from this link.

Friday, March 11, 2011


The Communication Resource Center is sponsoring an essay contest for Earth Day. The grand prize is a Nook e-reader. Visit the CRC site to learn more, and visit the library's Earth Day book display, which also includes details about this great writing opportunity!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Please take a moment to have a look-see at the database trials we are now offering-- well as our list of mobile-friendly databases now available at

Friday, March 4, 2011


We have created a page that lists all the databases with mobile-friendly interfaces. It is available here:

We would really appreciate hearing your feedback about this page and the resources on them. How well do they work with your mobile device? Feel free to comment on our Facebook page, here on the Library News Blog, or with the comment feature on the mobile-friendly device page.

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Women's History Month

The library's Government Documents area has a display of numerous materials related to Women's History Month, including materials dealing with women's involvement with the American trade union movement 1824-1976; Women in Congress; Women marines in World War II; and a document titled "Equal Pay: A Thirty-Five Year Perspective."

Please visit the Government Documents area on the second floor of the University Library. Thank you.


Thanks to Lori Northrup for providing the material for this posting.

I hope that heading got your attention. What term works better, do you think?" "Freebies? Or "database trials?"

Whatever your preference, we're glad you're reading this, because the University Library is hosting many trials at the moment, and we’d love your feedback. On our database trials page at, you’ll find collections of ebooks, article databases, image databases, databases of films and music, and more! There’s a tab on the page that links to surveys about each product.

There is a survey for each trial. The surveys are short. We are genuinely interested in your feedback and would really appreciate hearing from you. Let us know what you think of these resources, especially as they relate to your respective disciplines.

Getting your feedback helps us to be better informed as we search for resources that will meet your needs and those of our students. Thank you for your assistance.