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!

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.

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.

What’s Affected by a Government Shutdown?

Here’s an excerpt from 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.

Arg, it be “Talk Like a Pirate Day” at the AUM Library

“T’ celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day here at AUM, stop by the Library and check out these books and more about pirates from the Golden Age o’ Piracy.”

Favorite Pirate Moments
The history of Blackbeard & Roche, two noted pyrates: being an account of their robberies and murders, and their final overthrow / written by Capt. Charles Johnson.
The history of the pirates: containing the lives of those noted pirate captains, Misson, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North, and their crews : also, an account of the piracies and cruelties of John Auger, William Cunningham, Dennis Mackarthy, William Dowling, William Lewis, Thomas Morris, George Bendall, and William Ling, who were tried, condemned and executed at Nassau, New-Providence, on Friday, the 12th of October, 1718 : to which is added, a description of Magadoxa, in Ethiopia. By Capt. Charles Johnson
Blackbeard, or, The captive-princess: A present for the New-Year, 1815
The voyages and adventures of Edward Teach [electronic resource] : commonly called Black Beard, the notorious pirate / by S. Wilkinson ; with an account of the origin and progress of the Roman, Algerine and West India pirates
Check out t’ offical Talk Like a Pirate Day website.

Hurricane Season is Here and one of the Nation’s Leading Tropical Experts is Coming to Speak at AUM

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Student Luncheon
Location: Auburn University Montgomery
Ida Bell Young Library
10th Floor, South Room
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Doors open at 11:00)
Parking: Free, with plenty of surface parking available
Admission: Free to high school and college students, but a reservation is required.

June 1 marked the official start of hurricane season in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. We have already experienced one strong tropical storm and a very active hurricane season is forecast for this year.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 11 – Alabama is no stranger to tropical weather. Over the years, numerous tropical storms and hurricanes have impacted the state with high winds, widespread power outages, flooding, tornadoes and extreme damage from storm surge.

Understanding and preparing for these dangerous storms is critical. Recently retired National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read will be speaking to the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association on Thursday, June 20th, at an early afternoon meeting in Montgomery and an evening meeting in Birmingham that are both open to the public.

Members of the chapter get to attend the talks for free. Guests may attend for just $15.

The Montgomery meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Auburn University Montgomery in the Ida Bell Young Library Tower, 10th floor, South Room. Plenty of free parking will be available.

Prior to the general meeting in Montgomery, there will also be a student pizza lunch with Director Read at 11:30 in the same location. The event is free for high school and college students who are interested in meteorology. Read will speak on careers in tropical meteorology.

Reservations are required for the Student Luncheon. They are available on a first come, first served basis on the event page.

The Birmingham meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Medical Forum at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, in meeting rooms G/H/I on the 3rd floor. Street parking is free and easy to find on Richard Arrington or 22nd or 23rd street. Attendees may utilize the Valet services at the front of either the Sheraton or Westin for $20. They can also self-park in the parking deck for $8.00. Enter the deck on 22nd street or 23rd street and take Skywalk to the 3rd floor of the Forum.

During his visit, Director Read will also be speaking to the employees at the National Weather Service in Birmingham about tropical meteorology and to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency in Clanton. He will also be available for media interviews.

The Chapter is also taking applications now for its annual $500 college scholarship. Any Alabama resident pursuing a college degree in meteorology, including high school seniors, is eligible to apply. The deadline for application is June 20th. Go to Chapter Scholarship for more information and to apply.

The goal of the Central Alabama National Weather Association Chapter is to increase weather awareness and education. Members have plenty of opportunities to interface, network and work together in a relaxed setting, which will advance the understanding of each other’s roles and foster personal relationships that will come in handy when skies turn threatening. There are abundant opportunities to get involved in leadership through committees and officer positions.

Local dues are just $25, which allows members to attend all events, including an upcoming social at a Birmingham Barons game. Dues can be paid online with credit card or PayPal ($1.06 processing fee), or by check or cash in person at a meeting or by mail.

Join Online at the Chapter website.

50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Martin Luther King Jr. made a conscious decision to get arrested in Birmingham, Ala., on April 12, 1963. After lawmakers issued an injunction against protests in an attempt to quell King’s campaign against segregation, King and his fellow civil rights activists continued to challenge the status quo, knowing that they would end up in jail.

Placed in solitary confinement away from his colleagues and followers, King would end up penning a nearly 7,000-word open letter to white clergy who had joined together to criticize his campaign. The missive, now known as “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” was released to the public 50 years ago on April 16, 1963. A half a century later, the powerfully written letter serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come as a nation and how much further we still need to go — both at home and abroad.

On April 16th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail, participants worldwide will read King’s Letter in celebration. Participants will host public readings from the Letter at various locations around the globe: libraries, museums, schools, universities, churches, synagogues, temples, work places, public parks, bookstores, street corners, coffee shops and anywhere people want to participate. This event is sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library.

Make Wednesday “Moe’s Day” and help support AUM Athletics & the Library


As a reminder, the Auburn University at Montgomery athletic department will hold its “First Wednesday at Moe’s” fundraiser, Wednesday, November 7, at the East Chase location of Moe’s Southwest Grill, and we would like to invite you to participate. The concept of the partnership is simple. Provide a coupon to the cashier at the East Chase location of Moe’s on Wednesday, as you enjoy either lunch or dinner at the establishment. As a result of providing the coupon, the AUM athletics department will receive 20 percent of your total receipt. A percentage of the amount earned will also be shared with the Friends of the Library.

Check out the Library’s Facebook page for the Moe’s coupon!!/photo.php?fbid=10151405544719985&set=a.10150975278509985.404468.37950234984&type=1&theater




Go Vote!

The Right to Vote

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1870)


The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.  Nineteenth Amendment (1920)


The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any
primary or other election . . . shall not be denied or abridged . . . by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Twenty-fourth Amendment (1964)


The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age. Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971)

Abraham Lincoln best described democracy as “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” For that government to be “by the people,” however, requires that the people decide who shall be their leaders. Without free and fair elections, there can be no democratic society, and without that constant accountability of government officials to the electorate, there can, in fact, be no assurance of any other rights. The right to vote, therefore, is not only an important individual liberty; it is also a foundation stone of free government. Source:

History of Voting

1776 When this country announced its independence from Britain, voting rights were based on property ownership. This typically meant that those voting were white males over the age of 21 of Protestant religion.

1787 In the newly drafted Constitution, states were given the power to set voting mandates and most were still favorable to white males who owned property.
1830 Many states had dropped religion and property ownership as requirements for voting and with such a large percentage of the population at the polls, political parties were beginning to develop.
1868 The 14th Amendment recognizes African Americans as citizens, giving them the right to vote. However, state officials continue attempts to deny this right.
1870 African Americans were given the right to vote in the 15th Amendment. It prohibited any state or local government from denying that right.
1890 Wyoming becomes the first state to recognize women’s right to vote and provide for it in a state constitution.
1913 Voting power is expanded with 17th Amendment, calling for the popular election of US. senators.
1920 The 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution, giving women across the nation the right to vote.
1940 Congress recognizes Native Americans as citizens. However, it wasn’t until 1947 that all states granted them the right to vote.
1964 The 24th Amendment declares that no person should be denied the right to vote because they cannot pay a “poll tax.”
1965 An amendment to the Voting Rights Act bans the use of literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles designed to keep people from voting.
1971 The voting age is lowered to 18.

Banned Books Week Proclamation: Sep 24-Oct 1, 2012

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and

WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others; and

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and

WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and

WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and

WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and

WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and

WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and

WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and

WHEREAS, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and

WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the AUM Library celebrates the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Sep 24-Oct 1, 2012, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the AUM Library encourages all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the AUM Library encourages free people to read freely, now and forever.