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.

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

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 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.

September is database trials month at the Library!

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 month.

Databases ranging from Civil War primary sources to evidence-based medicine resources are available through our Trials and Test Databases Libguide ( Here are some summaries of a few of them:

Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale’s literary databases in a digital environment allowing researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content.

Civil War Primary Sources presents manuscript material chronicling all aspects of the American Civil War from warfare on land, at sea, in hospitals and prison camps, and reactions and impressions of the War from the home front. Focuses on the War as it was fought from 1861 to 1865 and represents both Northern and Southern perspectives. It also contains important contextual documents leading up to War and after its conclusion.

Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence-Based Practice has a comprehensive range of resources including over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

L’Annee Philologique, available only in the library until now, is published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique and is a specialized database of scholarly works relating ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. Includes citations to journal articles and books, with abstracts in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian.

National Geographic Virtual Library is a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today’s students and patrons conduct their research. With features and functionality common to many Gale resources, National Geographic Virtual Library is a powerful tool for research through the 100+ years of quality publications.

Nature, the flagship journal of Nature Publishing Group is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. Every week readers rely on Nature for the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, and timeliness.

Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the United States. Every month, subscribers turn to the magazine for unique insight into developments in science, technology and medicine. Scientific American features articles by scientists, many of whom are Nobel Prize winners and top journalists.

Smithsonian Collections Online contains the full archive of Air & Space Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, this resource presents a unique and comprehensive insight into history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture.

These databases are only a few of the ones on trial this month; the trials end Sept. 30, 2013, so be sure you stop by and take a look at them! The trials are at

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.