Library Receives Donation of Works on Bill Traylor from a Chicago Art Gallery

The library has received a gift of 9 works relating to Alabama “Outsider Artist” Bill Traylor from the Judy A. Saslow Gallery in Chicago. The works focus upon Traylor’s art and style and demonstrate Traylor’s importance as an outsider artist.  AUM’s first Head of the Fine Arts department, Charles Shannon, was a friend of Bill Traylor and provided Traylor with supplies to help foster his work.

The donation from the Saslow Gallery, a major holder of outsider art, significantly strengthens the library holdings on Traylor and complements the holdings of the Marcia Weber Outsider Artists Collection, housed in Special Collections, which has numerous illustrations of Traylor’s work.

Library Receives Additional Materials for Lella Warren Collection

The AUM Library has received an additional donation of materials relating to Alabama author Lella Warren from her family. Warren, the author of the best-selling Foundation Stone (1940), based her works largely on family history.  Her father, Dr. Benjamin Smart Warren, was a physician in the Marine Hospital Service, and later instrumental in the founding of the Public Health Service.

The materials donated by Warren’s grandchildren include correspondence, notes and cards which are being processed and will be made available soon in the library’s Archives & Special Collections Department.

Friends of the Library Award Nominations still being accepted

Nomination Form
Did a library employee go above and beyond for you? Were you provided with outstanding customer service? Did someone offer up a suggestion for improving library services? If so, please nominate that person for the 2014 Betty J. Tims Friends of the AUM Library Faculty and Staff Service Awards. The awards recognize individuals for outstanding dedication to activities and functions which lead to improvements in library services; for dedicated effort in providing or improving access to library holdings; or for offering quality suggestions which result in more efficient and/or more cost effective library operations. Please submit your nominations online by May 1st. Thank you!

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Library Faculty and Staff Service Awards Nominations

The Library is accepting nominations for its 2014 Betty J. Tims Friends of the AUM Library Faculty and Staff Service Awards. The awards recognize individuals for outstanding dedication to activities and functions which lead to improvements in library services; for dedicated effort in providing or improving access to library holdings; or for offering quality suggestions which result in more efficient and/or more cost effective library operations. Please submit your nominations online by May 1st.
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Also, help the Library celebrate National Library Week, a week honoring libraries and the role they play in changing people’s lives.

On Monday, April 14, Dr. Robert Evans, Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will discuss Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening. Chopin was an increasingly prominent and successful American writer of the late 19th century before The Awakening was published. The book was immensely controversial in its own day. Rumors suggested that the book was banned by some libraries shortly after its publication. Recently discovered evidence shows that several libraries banned the book and that one actually burned it. Evans will discuss this new evidence and Chopin’s recommendations about the kinds of books libraries should purchase. Check out the presentation (and grab some snacks) at 2:30 p.m. in the East Room on the 10th floor of Young Tower.

Enjoy tasty treats each day throughout the week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Library’s 1st floor.
• Monday, April 14 – The School of Liberal Arts celebrates “Mixed-up Monday.”
• Tuesday, April 15 – The School of Education celebrates “Tortilla Tuesday.”
• Wednesday, April 16 – The College of Business celebrates
  “Watermelon Wednesday.”
• Thursday, April 17 – The School of Sciences celebrates “Thirsty Thursday.”
• Friday, April 18 – The Warhawk Academic Success Center and the Learning
  Center celebrate “Fruity Friday.”

Don’t forget to register for door prizes donated by the College Bowl Team

“Mandela: Prisoner, Peacemaker, President. Commemorating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa, April 1994 – April 2014.”

displayThe AUM Library announces the opening of a new exhibit – “Mandela: Prisoner, Peacemaker, President. Commemorating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa, April 1994 – April 2014.” The exhibit displays books, newspapers, photographs, and memorabilia illustrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013. Designed by Lanita Crawford, a Library employee and a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts program with a concentration in history, the exhibit is located on the second floor of the Library in the reference area and will continue through May 2014.

March is Spring trials month for Library databases!

The AUM Library has a number of databases on trial this month, as part of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries twice a year database trials.

ARTBibliographies Modern is the only specialist bibliography available for the study of modern and contemporary art. Covers all art forms, including fine art, digital art, crafts, design and photography. Features full abstracts and indexing from art journals published from the late 1960s onwards. Also incorporates book records, including those drawn from the collections of the Tate Library and the Bibliothèque Dominique Bozo, Musée LAM.

We also have a trial of several resources from the Salem Press:

Salem Health 

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works. The first reference set included is Salem Press’ best-selling Magill’s Medical Guide.

Salem Science 

Salem Science is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets.  Titles currently available on Salem Science:

   Applied Science
Biomes & Ecosystems
   Careers in Chemistry
Careers in Communications & Media
Careers in Physics
Contemporary Biographies in Chemistry
Contemporary Biographies in Communications & Media
Contemporary Biographies in Physics
   Earth Science: Earth’s Surface & History
   Earth Science: Physics & Chemistry of the Earth
   Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition
   Encyclopedia of Global Resources
Encyclopedia of Global Warming
Forensic Science
The Solar System, Revised Edition

Salem History 

Salem History is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets.  Salem currently offers this service with five series of historical reference works and several important standalone reference sets and encyclopedias.

Salem Literature

Salem Literature offers a range of resources, including:

Critical Insights
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme & Technique
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga
Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: Heroes & Heroines
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: Love, Sexuality & Desire
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: World Mythology
Critical Survey of Poetry, Fourth Edition
Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Fifth Edition
Introduction to Literary Context: American Post-Modernist Novels
Introduction to Literary Context: American Short Fiction
Magill’s Literary Annual 2013
Masterplots, Fourth Edition

These databases are only a few of the ones on trial this month; the trials end March 31, 2014, so be sure you stop by and take a look at them! The trials are at http://libguides.aum.edu/databasetrials

Spring Break Hours

During Spring Break, the AUM Library’s hours of operation will be as follows:

Saturday, March 8 – CLOSED
Sunday, March 9 – CLOSED
Monday, March 10 – 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Tuesday, March 11 – 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Wednesday, March 12 – 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Thursday, March 13 – 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Friday, March 14 – 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Saturday, March 15 – CLOSED
Sunday, March 16 – 1:00 PM – 8:45 PM

We will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, March 17.

From all of us at the AUM Library, have a great Spring Break!

Holiday Hours

The Library will be closed from December 21 – January 5. We will re-open Monday, January 6th at 7:30 am and will resume normal operating hours beginning the first week of classes. Please click on the Library Hours link on the left-hand column of the Library’s home page for more detailed information about our hours.

Happy holidays from the AUM Library!!

Extended Hours This Weekend

The Library will extended its hours on Friday and Saturday for students studying for final exams. The first and second floors will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The computer lab on the second floor will also be open. The Library’s hours for this weekend will be:

  • Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Good luck with your finals!

What’s Affected by a Government Shutdown?

Here’s an excerpt from http://www.usa.gov/shutdown.shtml on what will be affected by the government shutdown.

Below, find an overview of some of the government services and operations that will be impacted until Congress passes a budget to fund them again. For detailed information about specific activities at Federal agencies, please see federal government contingency plans.

  • Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
  • Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits will close to the public.
  • Veterans’ compensation, pension, education, and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended  shutdown.
  • Every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, will be immediately closed.
  • New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.
  • Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop, and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical  trials at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
  • Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportations projects will stop, preventing companies from working on these projects. Loans to rural communities will be halted.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees including many charged with protecting us from terrorist threats, defending our borders, inspecting our food, and keeping our skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown  ends.
  • Hundreds of thousands of additional federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.

Services That Will Continue During the Government Shutdown

  • Social Security beneficiaries will continue receiving checks.
  • The U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering mail.
  • Active military will continue serving.
  • Air traffic controllers, prison guards, and border patrol agents will remain on the job.
  • NASA Mission Control will continue supporting astronauts serving on the Space Station.