Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Reason for the Season

Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas!

From chicfluff.com

Thank you for letting us be a part of your life. We look forward to great things in 2013. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Memorial Bell Tolls For Sandy Hook Victims

On Friday, Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m., the bells of Samford University’s Rushton Memorial Carillon will toll 26 times in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn.

Samford carillonneur Steve Knight will perform the service as part of a memorial observation that will enlist the bells of colleges and churches throughout the nation.

The Rushton Memorial Carillon, so familiar to Samford students from the late 1960s through the present, is among the finest in the nation. The 49 bells of the original set, together weighing more than five tons and covering four octaves, were cast in Asten, Holland, at the renowned Schulmerich-Eljsbouts Bell Foundry. The carrillon was first installed in the bell tower of the university's Reid Chapel in 1968. It was expanded and relocated to the library’s bell tower in 1979. For more information about the Carillon, please visit this page.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reaching Out to Newtown

Samford community members may have seen this recent email from Dr. Jeanie Box:

"Dear Samford Community:

In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies would like to reach out to the Newtown children, teachers, and families who are grief stricken by this event. As one father commented on the news yesterday, one path toward healing is to do something positive and help others. To that end, we are sponsoring a book drive for the children from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

If you would like to contribute, we are asking that age-appropriate books be purchased for children in Kindergarten through Grade 4 (ages 5 to 10). The drop off location is the lobby of OBB School of Education and Professional Studies building.

Boxes will be available at both locations. Once we receive your book(s), the Print Shop will make a bookplate which we will place in the front of your book that simply reads,

(Samford logo)
From your friends at
Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

We would like to ship these books at the beginning of the Spring semester. These do not have to books about grief or loss, but can be a favorite book or one that will make the children happy readers.  

Thank you for your consideration.  

Wishing you and your families the best at this Christmas season,

Jeanie A. Box, Ph.D.
Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
and Professional Studies
Ralph W. Beeson Professor
Samford University"

We are proud to participate with the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies in this project. A collection box will be just across from Circulation on the 1st Floor during the month of January. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Reading We Love

Now that the semester has come to a close, students (and faculty!) are looking forward to a break from their classes, clubs and jobs. The next few weeks provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on all the books you’ve been meaning to read but could never find time for during the fall. Here at the library, we did a lot of reading throughout the year.

For the first time ever the library faculty and staff members have made a list of the top books we’ve read this year. The list contains classics and newer releases and plenty of titles for fans of science fiction and adventure. We also made sure to include titles for those who prefer nonfiction and memoirs. Several of these books or similar works by the authors are available at the library (those linked). For anyone looking for a great book during the holidays, we’ve made this list with you in mind:

For those who prefer to purchase your own copy, you can support the library while you shop online. Click here for links to participating companies include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, AbeBooks, Alibris and Family Christian Stores. When you go through this page to make your online purchase, you can help earn a commission to support the library at no additional cost to you. For more information please visit the Shop Online page of the Samford Library website.

Marci Solomon, Circulation Assistant

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Extended Hours During Finals

Open Late!

Students are knee-deep in final presentations, study groups, and paper-writing, and Samford Library will continue extended hours through next week. Don't forget to Ask Us any questions about research, citing sources, or technical problems you have accessing our materials!

Here's the full breakdown:

Wednesday, Dec 5:   7:30 am - 2:00 AM
Thursday, Dec 6:    7:30 am - 2:00 AM
Friday, Dec 7:   7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 8:   10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 9:   1:00 pm - 2:00 AM
Monday, Dec 10:   7:30 am - 2:00 AM
Tuesday, Dec 11:   7:30 am - 2:00 AM
Wednesday, Dec 12:   7:30 am - 2:00 AM
Thursday, Dec 13:   7:30 am - 6:00 PM
Friday, Dec 14:   8:00 am - 4:30 pm

For a look at all of our holiday hours, including those during winter break, visit our Hours website or call the library information hotline at (205) 726-4015. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent: Wake from your Sleep

"Do this because we live in an important time. It is now the time for you to wake from your sleep, 
because salvation is nearer now than when we first believed."
Romans 13:11

Today begins the Advent season, and growing up, that meant Sundays of lighting candles, a calendar with chocolate, and making Christmas ornaments in pre-school. But what does the Advent season really mean, and how can we take advantage of it to develop in our paths to salvation? Is it just a means to an end (Christmas), or is the journey as important as the final lesson, like so many things in life?

My minister, Dr. Conrad Sharps of Independent Presbyterian Church, recently wrote something in our church newsletter that really resonated on this topic:
"Advent is a reminder to us that we are children of God and that Christ will one day return. It is a reminder to us that salvation is from God and from God alone. It is sin that is an intruder into our lives and into our world. An intruder which is hostile torward every good thing which God intends for his children. 

"This season is a time when all people of faith are called to a time of repentance and preparation, for Christ is coming into the world! We don't know when, but it shouldn't matter. That God should be born to us in a manger, live for us, die for us, rise from the dead for us says to me, it doesn't matter when he's coming, but that he's coming that matters."

Advent is part of Christmas, not just something your church might recognize before the Big Day. It shouldn't be dismissed as part of the holiday any more than our experiences can be ignored as part of who we each are.

As you are working on your final papers, studying for exams, buying presents for your family and friends, take a moment to think about the journey that has brought you here. What did you learn about yourself and the way you learn this semester that can be carried forth into your future work and relationships?

Friday, November 30, 2012

St. Andrew's Day

Photo by Murdo Macleod from The Guardian

Who was St. Andrew?

Andrew was, well, I'll let a greater writer than I am tell you that. In Mark 1:16-18, Jesus, "passing by the Sea of Galilee, saw Simon and Andrew, Simon's brother, casting a set into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" He was one of the less prominent Disciples, being omitted from the writings of Matthew and Luke completely. John writes about Andrew more extensively, putting him in a position of authority to intercede between people and Jesus. He continued to preach the gospel throughout the region until his death.

The Martyrologium Romanum gives us some insight into his final days, "30 November is at Patrae of Achaia the feast dat of St. Andrew the Apostle, who preached the Gospel of Christ in Thrace and Schythia. He was arrested by Aegeas the Proconsul, at first locked in prison, then most gravely cut, and finally suspended from a cross. On it, he lived for two days, teaching th epeople; and having asked the Lord that he not be taken down from the cross, he was surrponded with a great spendor from Heaven, while a light shortly shown, and he gave up the ghost."

St. Andrew's Cross

State Flag of Alabama

Tradition accounts that the cross upon which Andrew was crucified was an X-shape, thus creating the shape of the Saltire, or St. Andrew's Cross, which is now the national emblem of Scotland and the state flag of Alabama.

St. Andrew is known as the patron for fishermen, singers, those who suffer from gout and sore throats, unmarried women, and women wishing to become mothers.

Historically, St. Rule is credited with bringing relics of St. Andrew to what is now Scotland, after receiving a vision. St. Andrew was first recognized as the patron saint of Scotland in 1320 at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, asserting the country's independence from England.

Not Just Scotland

St. Andrew is revered in many other European countries, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, and Romania. 

In Poland, St. Andrew's Day, or Andrzejki, is celebrated on the night of November 29th and the day of November 30th. It is considered the last night to celebrate before fasting begins during the Advent season, somewhat similar to Mardi Gras before Lent. As the patron saint of maiden women, many Andrzejki games and traditions involve single women seeking clues about their future husbands. 

So, Happy St. Andrew's Day, or, for the Scottish, 'Here's tae us - Wha's like us'! 

Peterson, P. M. (1958). Andrew, brother of Simon Peter: His history and his legends. Leiden: E. J. Brill.

Edition in Propylaem ad Acta Sanctorum Decembris, Brussles, 1940. cf. Epistle of the Presbyters and Deacons in Bonnet, Acta, pp. 32-44 and Passio in Bonnet, Sup., pp. 69-70.

"Official Symbols and Emblems of Alabama: State Flag of Alabama". Alabama Department of Archives & History. Retrieved 30 November 2012.

"Who was St Andrew?". Scotland.org. Retrieved 30 November 2012.

McSweeny, Declan. "Liverpool gives St Andrew's Day a Polish twist". TheGuardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2012.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's Snowing in the Library!

Need a study break? Help us decorate our Christmas trees by making a snowflake!

You'll find all the materials you need on the First Floor, by Circulation -- scissors, paper, and instructions. 

If you want to get really crafty, check out our Pinterest Holiday board for more snowflake patterns. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Hours

Due to the Thanksgiving Break, we will have modified hours this week:

Wednesday 21: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 22: CLOSED
Friday 23: CLOSED
Saturday 24: CLOSED
Sunday 25: 6:00 pm - Midnight

On Monday, November 26th, our hours will return to normal. For all library hours, check here or call the hours hotline at (205) 726-4015. All online resources should be available to Samford students and affiliates at all times.

We appreciate your cooperation as our staff has the opportunity to enjoy this time with their loved ones.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Precious: 40 Years After Tolkien

A new exhibit has appeared in the hallowed halls of Samford Library, and for many it hearkens back to memories of childhood cartoons, fantasy reading, or maybe just 2003 Orlando Bloom.

Thanks to the generosity of Beeson Divinity student Rebecca Poe Hays and her father, Dr. Hal Poe of Union University, we can (temporarily) bring you the world of Middle Earth, as created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien was a member of The Inklings, a group of literary-minded friends including C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Nevill Coghill, H.V.D. Dyson, and later, Tolkien's son Christopher. 

Tolkien began with The Silmarillion while living in France during World War I, though it was not completed and published until after his death. This was the beginning of Middle Earth, which included the more famous The Hobbit, first published in 1937. A sequel, The Lord of the Rings, became so detailed and great, that it was unfinished until 1949 and was finally published in 1954-1955 in the three separate volumes we know today: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King.

The exhibit JRR Tolkien Forty Years On includes first editions in hardback and paperback (including pirated copies), movie posters, and other documentation related to Tolkien and his amazing world. There is also a photo slideshow, courtesy of Allan and Susan Hammack, from their visit to "The Shire" aka New Zealand, just prior to filming The Hobbit, to be released this December.

We hope you enjoy this flight of fantasy and history. It is our pleasure to maintain the display until January 2, 2013. 

Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Reference: Notes of Dr. Hal Poe, Union University
Photos by Eric Allen

Business Databases on Trial

We have six databases on review from ProQuest, and we need your feedback!

The ProQuest Business Collection includes ABI/Inform, Accounting & Tax, Banking Information Source, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), ProQuest Asian Business and Reference, and ProQuest Entrepreneurship. Together, these databases include thousands of academic and trade journals, industry trends reports, current business news (domestic and international), and more than 7,000 books.

For a full description of each database and to try them out, click here or visit the Database Trials page. Once you've had a chance to look around, please let us know what you think. Contact Lori Northrup or your liaison librarian. 

Thanks so much!

Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day: A Samford Legacy

On November 11, 1918, an armistice was signed that ended the fighting in World War I. In celebration of this peace agreement, Armistice Day was recognized each year.

In 1954, the name was changed in the United States to Veterans Day to include recognition for veterans of all military service but remained on November 11th. The British, Canadians, and Australians call it Remembrance Day and primarily dedicate the day to remembering soldiers who died in World Wars I and II, wearing the red poppy as symbol.

With its military school roots, Howard was heavily involved in supporting the efforts of both world wars, through fundraising, creating supplies, and running student military training programs. Even though Howard officially abandoned compulsory military curricula in 1913, it was reintroduced five years later by unanimous vote of the student body, and a Civilian Pilot Training Program and Naval Air Corps school was begun in 1942. A Navy V-12 training program was a major part of Howard life from 1943-1945. So incorporated were these programs, that for a while, athletes were known as Howard Seadogs! In the University Archives, you can find correspondence between President Major Harwell Davis and students who were deployed overseas.

Following the Second World War, Dr. George V. Irons was assigned as director of the Veterans' Liaison Service, part of Counseling Services, to help military veterans entering school deal with the intricacies of applying for benefits and providing appropriate certifications.

Today, Samford still maintains a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program for the Air Force, which still aims to combine liberal arts values with military training and discipline.

As we think about yesterday, Veterans Day, we must think about our history, often our family, our present, and our future. If there's one thing we can see from Samford's history with wartime preparedness, it's that education is just as crucial for the battlefield as it is for the boardroom. Critical thinking and mental flexibility haven't changed, even if the uniforms have.

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,
no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
- President George Washington

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God."
- Matthew 5:9

Resources: "Veterans Day." Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2010. Credo Reference. Web. 12 November 2012.

Sulzby, James Frederick. Toward A History Of Samford University / By James F. Sulzby, Jr. n.p.: Birmingham, Ala. : Samford University Press, 1986.

Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How the Nation Voted

We all know what our own ballots looked like, but here's a great Prezi presentation on a breakdown of election results from across the nation, including some controversial state propositions (However, I would comment that Florida seems to be a closer margin that is implied in the presentation):

Monday, November 5, 2012

Temporary loss of select databases

Due to changes in the Alabama Virtual Library's statewide subscriptions, we have temporarily lost access to the following databases:

Academic Onefile 
Educator's Reference Complete 
Expanded Academic ASAP 

If you have trouble accessing the full-text of a journal or article, please                Ask Us!, and we will see about finding it through another source.

Who Was Guy Fawkes?

If you are from England, you might be familiar with the fireworks displays on November 5th, in celebration of Guy Fawkes' Night. But for those of us in the states, it might seem a little confusing.

More than a few songs throughout the years have immortalized this holiday, with none (I'd bet) more famous than the line "Remember, remember, the fifth of November." But why? Who was Guy Fawkes and why do the British set off fireworks in remembrance?

Fawkes was a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot, a plan to blow up King James I and all the members of both Houses of Parliament in 1605. After 45 years of rule under Elizabeth I, Catholics had little to no freedom to practice their religion. James, at first, seemed to have sympathies towards the Catholics, but political moves and plots solidified his stance to maintain the support of the Puritans.

Fawkes was a fierce believer in Roman Catholicism, having converted as an adult and served in the military. Though not the leader of the conspiracy, he was the main one chosen to carry out this plan of placing barrels of gunpowder underneath the Parliament buildings and lighting them on November 5th. However, an anonymous letter tipped off officials, and Fawkes was caught and arrested.

In reaction, the public would hold displays of burning Fawkes in effigy and shooting off fireworks to symbolize the explosion that never happened.

"Fawkes, Guy (1570-1606)." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Abington: Helicon, 2010. Credo Reference. Web. 05 November 2012.

"Gunpowder Plot." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Abington: Helicon, 2010. Credo Reference. Web. 05 November 2012.

Robinson, Bruce. "The Gunpowder Plot." History. BBC World Service, 29 March 2011. Web. 05 November 2012. ‹http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/gunpowder_robinson_01.shtml/›. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Elections are coming... and we're here to help!

Government Documents Librarian Carla Waddell has pulled together a number of great (and free) resources to aid you in researching the candidates for local, state, and national elections. You’ll find ways to research voting history & local issues that’ll be on your ballot.

Check out this Research Guide to the Elections, then rock the vote!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ever wondered what’s in the archive?

Well, we’ve pulled out many treasures to show you, and you never know what characters you might find roaming the halls. 

We’d love to have you stop by this afternoon for a treat. 

In honor of October being American Archives Month, the Special Collection and University Archives would like to invite you to an open house on October 31st, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Many treasures from the department will be on display including the 1595 Geneva Bible, an original sermon written by C. H. Spurgeon, lotus shoes, early items from Howard College history, and much more. Light refreshments will be served in the Hellenic area, just outside the Special Collection reading room on the lower level of the University Library.

Please join us and invite your students to come see history.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Archives: Bulldogs defeated Crimson Tide... in 1935

In 1935 the Howard Bulldogs played the Crimson Tide at Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The first touchdown of the game was scored by Alabama in the second quarter. But, there was a flag on the play. Paul “Bear” Bryant, an end for the Crimson Tide was offside. The game ended in a 7 - 7 tie.

A football signed by the 1935 football team is currently on display in the library. It will also be a part of the Special Collection and University Archives open house this Wednesday, October 31st, from 1-3 pm.

Please join us and come see history.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Nobel Laureates and their most-cited articles

As you can see, one of our publishers has made available for free many of the journal articles written by our most recent Nobel Laureates. You can access any of the articles and biographies of the Laureates at this website.

Free Access to the 2012 Nobel Laureates most-cited articles
© ® The Nobel Foundation
2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Dr. John Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka share the award in physiology or medicine for discovering that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed into immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body. Their key individual research findings into so-called stem cells were separated by 50 years.
Connections with Elsevier
Sir John B. Gurdon
Sir John B. Gurdon has published in a number of Elsevier journals, including :
Cell, Current Biology and Mechanisms of Development.
Shinya Yamanaka
Shinya Yamanaka is on the editorial board of Cell and has also published extensively in: Current Biology, Genomics and Neuroscience Letters.
He has contributed to the Handbook of Stem Cells
Gurdon's and Yamanaka's free articles available on ScienceDirect
Adult frogs derived from the nuclei of single somatic cells
Developmental Biology, 4, 1961, pp 256-273 - J. B. Gurdon
The Transplantation of Nuclei between Two Species of Xenopus
Developmental Biology, 5, 1962, pp 68-83 - J. B. Gurdon
Quantitative assessment of DNA microarrayscomparison with northern blot analyses
Genomics, 71 (1) 2001, pp 34-39 - M. Taniguchi, K. Miura, H. Iwao, S. Yamanaka
Generation of retinal cells from mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells
Neuroscience Letters, 458 (3) 2009, pp 126-131 - Y. Hirami, F. Osakada, K. Takahashi, K. Okita, S. Yamanaka, H. Ikeda, N. Yoshimura, M. Takahashi

Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka published extensively in Cell Press Journals and all their articles have been made available by Cell Press. Click here to view and download them for free.
2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Serge Haroche and David Wineland share the physics award for devising ways to study the strange world of quantum physics, a realm in which reality often defies logic, as in the ability of one particle to be in two places at the same time, or for it to behave as a particle sometimes and as a wave at other times. It is a world so fragile that mere observation can destroy the quantum particles under study.
Connections with Elsevier
Serge Haroche
Serge Haroche has published extensively in Optics Communications and the Journal of Luminescence.
David J. Wineland
David J. Wineland has published in Chaos, Solitons & Fractals and Physics Letters A

Haroche's and Wineland's free articles available on ScienceDirect
Strain-tunable high-Q optical microsphere resonator
Optics Communications, 145, (16) 1998, pp 86-90 - V.S Ilchenko, P.S Volikov, V.L Velichansky, F Treussart, V Lefèvre-Seguin, J.-M Raimond, S Haroche
Whispering gallery mode microlaser at liquid Helium temperature
Journal of Luminescence, 7677, 1998, pp 670-673 - F. Treussart, V.S. Ilchenko, J.F. Roch, P. Domokos, J. Hare, V. Lefèvre, J.-M. Raimond, S. Haroche
A beam of laser-cooled lithium Rydberg atoms for precision microwave spectroscopy
Optics Communications, 101 (56) 1993, pp 342-346 - M. Weidemüller, C. Gabbanini, J. Hare, M. Gross, S. Haroche
Superradiance triggering spectroscopy
Optics Communications, 32 (2) 1980, pp 350-354 - N.W. Carlson, D.J. Jackson, A.L. Schawlow, M. Gross, S. Haroche
Heterodyne detection of Rydberg atom maser emission
Optics Communications, 33 (1) 1980, pp 47-50 - L. Moi, C. Fabre, P. Goy, M. Gross, S. Haroche, P. Encrenaz, G. Beaudin, B. Lazareff
Decoherence of motional superpositions of a trapped ion
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 16 (3) 2003, pp 431-437 - C.A. Sackett, C. Monroe, D.J. Wineland
Spectroscopy of a single Mg+ ion
Physics Letters A, 82 (2) 1981, pp 75-78 - D.J. Wineland, Wayne M. Itano
2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka were awarded the Nobel in chemistry for research that looked at how the body communicates with itself, specifically how chemical messengers floating in the bloodstream are able to trigger tissues and organs to respond.
Connections with Elsevier
Robert J. Lefkowitz
Robert Lefkowitz is an Advisory Board Member for Life Sciences and has published extensively in:
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications,Trends Pharmacological Sciences, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, and Cell.
David J. Wineland
Brian Kobilka is an Editorial Board Member of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, and has published several Elsevier journals among which:
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Structure,
Current Opinion in Structural Biology and Biochemical Pharmacology.
Lefkowitz's and Kobilka's free articles available on ScienceDirect
Seven transmembrane receptors A brief personal retrospective
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1768, 2007, pp.748 755 - R.J. Lefkowitz
Elevated beta-adrenergic receptor number after chronic propranolol treatment
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication, 78 (2) 1977, pp. 720 - 725, - G. Glaubiger, R.J. Lefkowitz
Heterogeneity of adenylate cyclase-coupled ?-adrenergic receptors
Biochemical Pharmacology, 24, 1975, pp 583 590 - R.J. Lefkowitz
The New Biology of Drug Receptors
Biochemical Pharmacology, 38 (18) 1989, pp 2941 2948 - R.J. Lefkowitz, B.K. Kobilka,M.G. Caron
Regulation of ? Adrenergic Receptor Signaling by S-Nitrosylation of G-Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase 2
Cell, 129, 2007, pp 511522, - E. J. Whalen, M. W. Foster, A. Matsumoto, K. Ozawa, J. D. Violin, L. G. Que, C. D. Nelson, M. Benhar, J. R. Keys, H. A. Rockman, W. J. Koch, Y. Daaka, R. J. Lefkowitz, J.S. Stamler
The Beta-Adrenergic Receptor
Life Sciences, 18, 1976, pp 461-472 - R. J. Lefkowitz
Human cardiac beta-adrenergic receptors subtype heterogeneity delineated by direct radioligand binding
Life Sciences, 33. 1983, pp 467-473 - G. L. Stiles, S. Taylor, R. J. Lefkowitz
Historical review: A brief history and personal retrospective of seven-transmembrane receptors
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 25 (8) 2005 - R. J. Lefkowitz
G protein coupled receptor structure and activation
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1768, 2007, pp 794 807 - B. K. Kobilka
Structure-based drug screening for G-protein-coupled receptors
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 33 (5), 2012, pp 268-72 - Brian K. Shoichet, Brian K. Kobilka
Structural insights into adrenergic receptor function and pharmacology
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 32 (4) 2011, pp 213-18 - B. K. Kobilka
Ligand-Specific Interactions Modulate Kinetic, Energetic, and Mechanical Properties of the Human ?2 Adrenergic Receptor
Structure, 20 (8) 2012, pp 1391-1402 - M. Zocher, J.J. Fung, B.K. Kobilka, D. J. Müller
Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka published extensively in Cell Press Journals and all their articles have been made available by Cell Press. Click here to view and download them for free.
2012 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley share the economics prize for their work in matching theory and how it affects various markets, including job hunting, and efficient systems for matching students with colleges and organ donors with those in need.
Connections with Elsevier
Alvin E. Roth
Alvin Roth has published extensively in:
Journal of Economic Theory and Games and Economic Behavior.
Lloyd S. Shapley
Lloyd Shapley has served on the Editorial Board for Games and Economic Behavior and as the Advisory Editor for the Journal of Mathematical Economics.
He has also published extensively the Journal of Economic Theory and Games and Economic Behavior.
Roth's and Shapley's free articles available on ScienceDirect
Learning in extensive-form games: Experimental data and simple dynamic models in the intermediate term
Games and Economic Behavior, 8, 1995, pp 164-212 - A.E. Roth, I. Erev
Weak versus strong domination in a market with indivisible goods
Journal of Mathematical Economics, 4, 1977, pp. 131-137 - A.E, Roth, A. Postlewaite
The college admissions problem is not equivalent to the marriage problem
Journal of Economic Theory, 36, 1985, pp. 277-288 - A.E. Roth
Incentive compatibility in a market with indivisible goods
Economics Letters, 9, 1982, pp. 127-132 - A.E. Roth
Late and multiple bidding in second price Internet auctions: Theory and evidence concerning different rules for ending an auction
Games and Economic Behavior, 55 (2) 2006, pp 297-320 - A. Ockenfels, A.E. Roth
On authority distributions in organizations: equilibrium
Games and Economic Behavior, 45 (1) 2003, pp 132-52 - X. Hu, L.S. Shapley

Potential Games
Games and Economic Behavior, 14, 1996, pp. 124-143 - D. Monderer, L.S. Shapley
Fictitious Play Property for Games with Identical Interests
Journal of Economic Theory, 68, 1996, pp. 258-265 - D. Monderer, L.S. Shapley
On market games
Journal of Economic Theory, 1, 1969, pp. 9-25 - L.S. Shapley, M. Shubik
Noncooperative general exchange with a continuum of traders: Two models
Journal of Mathematical Economics, 23, 1994, pp. 253-293 - P. Dubey, L.S. Shapley

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Voice: From Documents to Documentary

Scenes in a film require so much thought and preparation.  There is a script, characters, and locale for the story. Each facet is made up of many smaller parts.

Another Voice, the documentary focusing on the Samford Crimson, Randall Williams, its editor (1972), censorship issues, and the subsequent publication of an alternative newspaper, Another Voice. Jon Clemmensen, professor in Samford’s JMCC department directed and produced this documentary.  With a cast of several and the work of many, the documentary was premiered at” Live at the Library” on Saturday October 13, 2012 for Homecoming.

The making of the film took over a semester and the original photographs, records and manuscripts that were shown in the film as well as those materials used to form and document the story are a part of the Archives of Samford University.  The Archives houses these and so many other treasures of the University. Located on the Lower Level of the University Library, the 1958 Bulldog mascot, Entre Nous (1909/10 to present, and many online), catalogs (1845 to present), scrapbooks, and writings of students and faculty come together  to form the Howard College/Samford university Archives, a major part of Special Collection.

Open Monday through Friday, 9-5.  Come on down to see us.

Especially come to visit on Wednesday, October 31, 1-3 to the Open House, featuring many of the treasures of Special Collection, several historical figures, and light, seasonal refreshments!!!!

Liz Wells, Chair
Special Collection and Archives

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Mockingbird" Stamp Unveiling this Saturday, 12 pm

Following a screening of the documentary "Song of a Mockingbird" this Saturday in Brock Recital Hall, the Library Reading Room will be host to a unique presentation to commemorate the Pulitzer Prize-winning book's 50th anniversary.

A Pictorial Cancellation Stamp and Commemorative Cachet Envelope will be unveiled at 12 p.m. The stamp and envelope, presented by Samford, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, was designed by artist Nicolosi.

This event will cause a potential disruption for our regular patrons from 11:30 until about 1:30. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the event and excuse the additional noise.

For more information about the stamp unveiling and documentary screening, please visit the full news article.

Thanks so much!
Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Archives Month: The Special Collection contains…

The University Library Special Collection Department houses the archives of Samford University, the historical records of Alabama Baptists and a lot of Alabama history, but also contains collections of interest and value to a variety of scholars not obviously related to these areas. In short, there’s a lot of stuff and some of it is really very neat.

Since October is about celebrating archives in all of their glory, it is a good time to think about what sorts of bits and pieces end up in the carefully maintained boxes that might entertain, educate and enlighten. 

For example, the Special Collections Department not only contains letterman jackets and Howard banners, but also a small stuffed caiman, civil war surgical tools and three lonely lotus slippers - none of which seem to have a mate, though common sense suggests they must have come in pairs originally. Through the kind donations of missionaries to countries around the world, the collection has gained artifacts from Africa, Turkey, China and Jordan.

While it might not be obvious at first, the educational mission of archives is paramount. What better way for students of writing to learn about the process than for them to look at the manuscripts of a published author like William E. Butterworth III? And if that name isn’t familiar, it’s not surprising. He is much better known by one of his pen names W. E. B. Griffin.

On the 31st of October, the university Library Special Collections Department will be putting gout some of this neat stuff in an open house from 1 to 3 pm. We hope to see you all there. 

Rachel Cohen, Archivist and User Engagement Librarian
Special Collections and Archives

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Archives Month: Environmental Conditions and Your Family Treasures

One of the most important steps you can take to preserve your family treasures is to make sure they are being stored in a good environment.

The Image Permanence Institute created a website called Stored Alive as an interactive tutorial that lets you see how different environmental conditions will affect your family treasures. The site allows you to explore how temperature and humidity can affect various materials such as metal, fabric, glass, wood, books and photographs by giving you a hypothetical storage space. What will happen to you heirlooms in 50 years? Find out by visiting Stored Alive.

On Oct 31, 2012 from 1 - 3 the Special Collection department is hosting an open house. Please stop by and see what archiving is all about.

Jennifer Taylor, Technical Archivist
Special Collection and Archives

Monday, October 8, 2012

Live @ the Library 2012: Randall Williams & Jon Clemmensen

Join us Homecoming weekend for 

The Crimson: My Time as Editor

Convo Credit Available

NewSouth Books Editor-in-Chief Randall Williams to present. Presentation to include screening of Another Voice documentary by Samford Professor, Jon Clemmensen. The University Library will host a reception after Mr. Williams' presentation. All are invited to attend. Event Date Saturday October 13, 2012 9:00 am Live at the Library Main Reading Room. 

For more information, click the image above or here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October is American Archives Month

“The Mystic Chords of Memory stretch...from every...living heart and heartstone... All over this Broad Land.” Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain, and provide access to information that has lasting value. Helping people find and understand the information contained in the records held by the Archive is central to the mission of archivists.

 The Samford University Special Collection Department's mission is to document the history of the university, the state of Alabama and its people, and Alabama’s religious institutions through the acquisition of historically significant, rare and/or unique materials.

Here at Samford, the Special Collections Department of the University Library preserves and presents the past both for the students and the community. With everything from sermons to Samford or from cotton to convocation, we believe that students in all disciplines can gain from the access to our materials.

As part of our October celebration of all things boxed and foldered, Special Collection will be posting on the Library Blog and in Social Media about treasures found in the Samford University Archive and Special Collection Department. There will also be posts on how to preserve your own treasures at home.

At the end of the month, Special Collection will host an Open House. Many of Samford’s treasures will be on display for everyone to come, see and hold.

Please make plans to join us on Oct 31, 2012 from 1 - 3 and see what archiving is all about.

Jennifer Taylor, Technical Archivist
Rachel Cohen, Archivist and User Engagement Librarian
Special Collections and Archives

Monday, October 1, 2012

InterLibrary Loan Temporarily Closed until 10/2/12

Due to some technical upgrades, our InterLibrary Loan service will be unavailable Tuesday, October 2nd.
  • For Borrowers: Requests will not be available from Monday evening until late Tuesday. 
  • For Other Libraries: We will go to NON-LENDING status as of 2 pm Monday in order to clear all orders by 4 pm that day. We will resume lending service once the system is back up and running.
We know that many of you depend on our InterLibrary Loan service to round out your research needs, and we appreciate your patience as we complete this critical upgrade to our systems. We hope this brief outage does not inconvenience anyone.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Ask Us! by phone, email, or chat

Best regards,
Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Friday, September 28, 2012

LiveMocha: Online Language Learning Trial

 Another language learning trial? YES! And we need your feedback to know what you think.

You've seen Mango Languages, now learn about LiveMocha. 38 languages (including English), learning activities, and you can choose your learning level.
From the LiveMocha website:


Developed in collaboration with the University of Oregon’s Center for Applied Second Language Studies, our methodology is structured around the Whole-Part-Whole learning model. Whole-Part-Whole is a proven structure that allows learners to observe, learn, and then practice new language concepts. Consistently used in skills training with excellent results, Whole-Part-Whole breaks down learning situations into three parts:
  • Demonstration: The learner watches and/or listens to native speakers engage in a conversation. The situation includes new language skills and is presented to learners in a complete real-life setting that helps with the construction of a mental model. For example, the learner may watch a video of people ordering coffee at a café and then complete a short exercise to gauge their own comprehension.
  • Deconstruction: The situation represented in the conversation is broken down into its vocabulary and grammar parts. This allows learners to fully understand the components of the new situation and to learn how those components can be applied to other situations as well.
  • Practice: Finally, the components are reassembled and the learner is given the opportunity to practice via a series of interactive activities.  These activities focus on written and spoken production and all involve interaction with and feedback from real native speakers of the language.
Now, check it out for yourself, and tell us your opinion. 

Have a great weekend!
Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

Friday, August 24, 2012

How do you say Welcome in more than 45 languages? Mango!

Samford Library has a new trial that has us pretty excited!

Mango Languages offers web-based language classes in an interactive and interesting format. These lessons can be accessed just like our other online resources, anywhere you have a computer and internet connection. You will just be asked to log in with your Samford username and ID. Check it out here, on our Trials page.

Mango offers 45 foreign languages including French, German, Farsi, Spanish (Latin American AND Spain), Haitian Creole, among others. There's also Pirate for those of you with a yearning for the high seas and a Puffy Shirt.

Not just for English-speakers, Mango also offers English as a Second Language in 15 languages, including Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Brazilian, and Italian.

For additional fun, there's also a quick translate tool in a wide variety of languages. 

This trial is only around for 30-60 days, depending on your interest and feedback. So, please check it out, and let us know what you think.

Dia duit!
(I just learned that's "God with you" in Irish Gaelic)

Marliese Thomas
User Engagement Librarian

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ringing in the New School Year

Originally posted as an email from Rene Golden:

Ringing of the Rushton Memorial Carillon
on the campus of Samford University
Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8:30 am
Steve Knight, carillonneur


The Star-Spangled Banner
O Samford Alma Mater True
Preludio VI in G Minor, Matthias van den Gheyn
Holy, Holy, Holy
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart


Stephen Brooks Knight is a pianist, organist, carillonneur and composer from Birmingham, Alabama and is Samford University’s Resident Carillonneur. Knight has received numerous awards and honors, including winner of the City of Mechelen Carillon Composition prize from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, and two year recipient of the Young Blind Composers Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs.  He also received the Samuel P. Hayes Award from the Perkins School for the Blind and the Harry R. Wilson Award from Samford University.
Knight holds two undergraduate degrees from University of Alabama and graduate degrees from Samford University, Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, and University of Michigan. He received the Final Diploma “With Great Distinction” from the Royal Carillon School in Belgium.
Knight participated in the First World Congress of Guild of Carillonneurs in Ammersfoort, Holland in August, 1978. He has been a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 1970 and is also a member the American Guild of Organists, American Federation of Music Clubs, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

The Rushton Memorial Carillon was first installed on campus in Reid Chapel in 1968. The carillon was donated by William J. Rushton in honor of his parents, two sisters, and brother. When the carillon was first erected, 49 bells were included. It was the first four-octave chromatic carillon in the United States. Each bell was cast with a meaningful inscription, making the bell system not only unique to the United States but to the world. No other bell system at that time included inscriptions on each bell.
In 1979, the bells were moved to the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library. Eleven more bells were added at that time. The largest bell, C3, weighs 5,192 pounds and has a diameter of 61-9/16". The lightest bell, C8, weighs 26 pounds and has a diameter of
7-1/8". The total weight for the bells is 29,244 pounds.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Library Closed Friday, Aug 17

As students and employees are preparing for the Fall semester, so are we at Harwell G. Davis Library. In order to have a staff training and organization day, we will be closed all day Friday, August 17th.

During this time, please make use of our online resources, research guides, and don't hesitate to Ask Us! You may find the answer to your question already in our knowledgebase. If not, we will return your email as soon as possible when the library re-opens on Monday, August 20th.

Thank you for giving us this opportunity to grow as a community and expand our ability to serve you.

Marliese Thomas
User Engagement Librarian

Monday, August 13, 2012

Temporary Disuption to Some Journal Links 11 PM August 24

 We try our best to make your search and access experience a seamless one. When you look up an article, then click through to the full-text version, we hope the mechanics are kept behind the scenes. Occasionally, our software providers need to provide maintenance on those systems, which can cause momentary disruptions on those services. 

Please note the affected times and resources below. We hope, with this advanced notice, you can schedule your research times around this brief inconvenience. If you have any questions, our reference librarians can offer assistance in finding alternate resources. Please Ask Us for library and online chat hours or to ask your question by email.

Scheduled System Maintenance on 24-25 August 2012
EBSCO will be performing scheduled maintenance from 24 August 2012 at 11:00 PM to 25 August at 3:00 AM Eastern Time (25 August, 03:00 – 07:00 GMT) on our e-journal full-text access servers.
Direct access to articles from EBSCO’s linking services will be unavailable for the following list of publishers:
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  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Intellect Ltd
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)
  • College of Business and Public Affairs
  • e-Med
  • NRC Research Press
Only articles from these eight publishers accessed via A-to-Z TOC Browse, EJS, or SmartLinks+ will be affected. These publishers account for only 80 of our more than 15,000 journals handled by our linking services, so the overall impact to your users should be minimal. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Friday, May 18, 2012

"O sing unto the Lord a new song sing unto the Lord, all the earth." Psalm 96:1

We have enjoyed Mr. Steve Knight's astounding talent on the Rushton Memorial Carillion for these many years. For more information about the Carillion, visit this Treasure Chest website describing each bell's Biblical inscription.  Just this morning, he celebrated our graduates with a beautiful concert of the following tunes:

Star Spangled Banner

Samford Alma Mater True

Amazing Grace

Alabama, Alabama

Preludio X                                                                  
         Matthias van den Gheyn, (1721–1785)

Air in F Major                                                             
         George Frederick Handel, (1685–1759)
          arr. Leen’t Hart, (1915–1992)

Selections from Johannes de Gruytters’ Beiaardboek (Antwerp, 1746)
Minuet in G Major                                     
             Johannes de Gruytters, (1709–1772)
Andante in C Major                       
              Francois Couperin, (1668–1733)
Bells of Dunkirk                                       
Gavotte et double                                
              Willem de Fesch, (1687–1761)

Andante from Sonatine No. 1                                                  
           Seth van Balkum

La Campanella for Carillon in F Major                                      
          Georges Clement

Three Sacred melodies                                         arr. Stephen Brooks Knight, (b. 1944)
All people that on earth do dwell                                     
              OLD 100TH
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee       
              Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770–1827)     
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty     
              LOBE DEN HERREN, Stralsund Gesangbuch, 1665
              harm. W. Sterndale Bennett, (1816–1875)

Mr. Knight has generously shared many of his records related to his carillion service to Samford, and we look forward to sharing more of his history with you in the future.

Thanks to Karen Rayburn for information about today's concert. Thanks to Jennifer Taylor in Special Collections for information about the Rushton Memorial Carillion.