French Ambassador Visits the Library

March 28th, 2014 by acollins

                                                 Library Director Gentry Holbert with Ambassador Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States

On March 24th, Ambassador Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, along with French Counsel General Dennis Barbet and Alain Lerary, President/CEO of SNCF America, paid a visit to Burke Library in order to view the Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life Exhibition.

(Ambassador Delattre is pictured above with the Director of Library & Information Resource Services, Gentry Holbert.)

Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life - March 28 through Aug. 10, 2014

March 25th, 2014 by acollins

Spring Hill College will host the “Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life” exhibit March 28 through Aug. 10, 2014, in the Barter Room of the Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library.

“Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life” will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

This traveling exhibition is based on the Journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by Vichy Government’s laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis. Studying English literature at Sorbonne University, Berr was 21 years old when she began writing her Journal. We follow her steps through Paris under the German Occupation, perceiving the daily experience of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944.

While revealing a true premonition of the inescapable, this subtle testimony is exceptionally poetic and carries a universal dimension that regards and questions every human being with sincerity. The exhibition, however, goes beyond the framework of Berr’s Journal and personality, as it broadens the context of the Occupation and addresses largely the persecution of the Jews in France. With the support of photographs, archives, films, and interactive animations, this exhibition shows how the daily lives of Jews had been impacted by these terrible acts of violence.

“Writing the entire reality and the tragic things we live, given all their bare seriousness and without deforming them with words, that is a very difficult task which requires a constant effort,” Hélène Berr wrote in her Journal.

For 60 years, the manuscript of Hélène Berr’s diary did not exist except as a painful family heritage. One day in 2002, Mariette Job, Hélène’s niece, decided to entrust the manuscript with the Mémorial de la Shoah. Published by Tallandier in January of 2008, the diary met an immense success from the very beginning of its publication. Through this exhibition, the Mémorial de la Shoah offers the public the oppportunity to discover several family documents archived at the museum’s documentation center, other archives that broaden the historical context, as well as reproductions of the original manuscript.

“We are thrilled to be hosting such a significant Jewish history exhibit in the Burke Memorial Library that reflects global humanity issues important to all,” said Gentry Holbert, Director of Library and Information Resource Services at Spring Hill College. “This exhibit feeds into our Jesuit mission of maintaining an informed dialogue with the world’s cultures and religion while providing our students and community with active learning and involvement activities concerning social justice and the dignity of all human lives.”

This exhibition, curated by Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde, was designed, created, and circulated by Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.

It also includes materials from the  Agnes Tennenbaum Holocaust Library Collection at the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library. 

Contact the Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library at (251) 380-3870 for holiday closures and special hours. Visit to make reservations for docent-led tours.

SHC to Provide Access to Springer E-Books

August 16th, 2013 by acollins

Campuses across the state, including Spring Hill College, are again providing digital content in science, business and engineering 24/7 through the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) and publications from Springer Science+Business Media (Springer). 

Over 2,700 electronic books (e-books) are readily available to students at most libraries at four-year public and private institutions across Alabama via their laptop computers, desktop computers, and smartphones.  For the third year NAAL has signed an agreement with Springer – a major scientific, technical and medical publisher – to bring e-books to NAAL’s member libraries. The agreement covers three subject collections:  Behavioral Science, Business and Economics, and Earth and Environmental Science.

Springer provides high quality content with few restrictions on printing and downloading,” said NAAL Director Ron Leonard.  “Alabama’s students will have unlimited access to these e-books, which will be permanently preserved. In addition to supporting the educational needs of university students, this agreement could contribute to economic development in Alabama, particularly the strong collection in business and economics.”

chinazor.jpgThe utilization of e-books can also mean cost savings for students, libraries, and taxpayers.  “By making e-books available anytime, anywhere, we’re saving the student’s time since e-books are integrated with e-journals in one place to search. Leveraging NAAL’s buying power also provides significant cost savings to libraries, to the state, and to taxpayers,” said Dr. Mildred Jackson, Associate Dean for Research and Instruction at the University of Alabama.

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific, technological and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services.

NAAL is an unincorporated consortium of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and Alabama’s eligible public and private four-year institutions.

Conversation with Carolyn Haines

April 29th, 2013 by acollins

Carolyn Haines has recently published “The Darkling” under the pseudonym of R.B. Chesterton. This sharp and edgy gothic novel is set in 1974 Coden, Alabama. A young Californian family adopt a 16-year-old foster child and hire a tutor for their three children while restoring a shabby Paradise Inn to its former glory. During this time, claw marks begin appearing in the historic home and a ghost is seen in the woods.

Come join the Friends of Spring Hill College Library for light refreshments, lively conversation, and Carolyn’s book signing!

Event Details

Event Date: 

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm



Contact Information

Tracy Parman


Library Adds Credo Reference to the Online Collection

March 22nd, 2013 by acollins

Credo Reference is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework, and Burke Library has just added it to the collection. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.

For more information check out the Credo Reference You Tube channel  or follow Credo on Twitter or Facebook or Pinterest.

Daniel Wilson, Access Services Specialist, Obtains MLIS Degree

February 22nd, 2013 by acollins

On December 14, 2012, Burke Library Access Services Support Specialist, Daniel Wilson, received his Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

All of here at the library wish Daniel congratulations on this exciting achievement!

Gentry Holbert and Janie Mathews publish an article in Information Services Quarterly

January 14th, 2013 by acollins

Library Director, Gentry Holbert, and Head of Technical Services, Janie Mathews, have co-authored an article in the prestigious journal Information Standards Quarterly. The article, entitled, “OCLC’s Worldshare Management: Early adopter experience at a small liberal arts institution on the Web,” discusses Burke Library’s experiences as early users of the OCLC integrated library system, Worldshare Management.

The article can be found online here.

Burke Acquires ebrary’s Academic Complete Collection

October 1st, 2012 by acollins

The library is pleased to announce its subscription to the ebrary Academic Complete Collection, which offers more than 79,000 ebook titles in a diverse range of subject areas. The collection is available through the library catalog, and by going to the direct link here.

The ebooks can be viewed using a computer screen, or by downloading the ebrary reader for Android and iPad/iPhone.

Library Adds Updated Wireless

October 1st, 2012 by acollins

Library Director, Gentry Holbert, is pleased to announce that an upgrade to the wireless service within Burke Library is now live. The library funded update was implemented by the SHC IT department. For instructions on how to connect, click here.

Burke Welcomes New & Returning Students with Displays about Mobile’s History

August 17th, 2012 by acollins

Burke Library welcomes new and returning students with two displays that shed light to the history of Mobile and its numerous attractions. As students and patrons walk into the Library they are greeted with a display incorporating books on the city of Mobile - its history, inhabitants, and southern charm – and photos of historic buildings that serve as examples of the grandiose scale of the architecture in its historic districts. Turning the corner, another display comes into view, introducing observers to the numerous museums and historic sites found in Mobile, as well various activities and events such as historic trails, recurring art walks, and botanical gardens. Check out these displays to learn more about Mobile and the opportunities for exploration within this wonderful city.