On Tuesday, October 30th, come help us wrap up Shriek Week at AUM by visiting the Disco Inferno at the Haunted Library! From 12:30-1:300pm in the lobby of the Library Tower, we will be hosting a ghoulishly-awesome disco-themed Halloween party for the AUM community and general public. Come in costume (encouraged but not required) or get your picture taken in one of ours. We’ll have caramel apples, cupcakes, popcorn and lots of other treats on hand. Children of all ages are welcome. Put on your boogie shoes and join us for a not-to-be-missed party!
The AUM community recognized the National Day on Writing with AUM Writes!, an all-day event celebrating writing in all forms and meant to bring attention to the importance of composition for personal and professional improvement. The Library participated in a panel discussion focused on promoting its electronic resources to the AUM community which will help students and faculty from all disciplines in conducting research. Barbara Hightower discussed our Multi-Search service, which allows users to search our online catalog and many of our other electronic resources and databases simultaneously. And Jason Kneip talked about eBooks available for viewing and checkout through our EBSCO eBooks Collection. The links below point to guides created by our librarians to help learn more about these services discussed during the panel.
EBSCO eBooks Collection: http://libguides.aum.edu/ebooks
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.
IntelliConnect from CCH is not available for off campus use at this time. The problems have been reported to CCH. This is a “known issue” that is happening with a number of libraries. They are documenting the problems, and sending it to their technical engineers for resolution.
For now, students will need to do their Intelliconnect work on campus, in the Library or in the labs. Campus wifi is set up to be authenticated through the Library’s proxy server like an off campus user, so it is also expected to be unavailable via wireless. Users will need to access IntelliConnect from one of the wired labs on campus.
Updates will be made here as more is determined regarding this issue and a resolution is reached.
The AUM Library is changing our journal finder service.
Immediately noticeable, the search box at the top of the database pages will now send users to our EBSCO A to Z Service, rather than SerialsSolutions. The function of the search box should be comparable to the previous journal finder search, but during the transition period, data at the back end may not be completely accurate. The process should be completed within two weeks, so please bear with us.
During the next few weeks, users may find that links from within one resource to another may not work. Again, this is due to the data at the back end needing to be updated and completed, and should be resolved soon.
EBSCO A to Z integrates more types resources than SerialsSolutions, including not only full text databases, but e-books, abstracting and indexiong databases, and specialized resources, such as the Cochrane Library and the Bureau of National Affairs databases, making this a valluable addition to our resource finding tools.
Thank you for your patience as we make the transition to this new resource.
ScienceDirect is expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning Saturday, August 25th, 2012 for scheduled maintenance for a new release.
The scheduled length of the upgrade will span all day Saturday and part of Sunday, so please plan your research accordingly. ScienceDirect is expected to be up and running again by Sunday afternoon or evening.
Additionally, the Cochrane Library will be down for maintenance for approximately two hours between 7:00 am and 9:00 am Saturday, August 25th.
Samantha McNeilly, Library Associate, was awarded the 2012 Betty J. Tims Friends of the AUM Library Faculty and Staff Service Award. Retired Librarian Betty Tims attended the luncheon to present McNeilly with the award and offer congratulations. This award is given annually to Library employees who: demonstrate outstanding dedication to activities and functions which lead to an improvement in library services to patrons; demonstrate dedicated effort in providing or improving access to the holdings of the AUM Library; offer quality suggestions which result in more efficient and/or more cost-effective library operations.
(“People @ aum.” Auburn Montgomery News & Headlines Weekly. Aug. 6-12, 2012. 6 Aug 2012. E-mail.)
Carts full of books are rolling along the floors of the AUM Library as we shift the collection on floors 3-6. To make this process safe for you, our patrons, and do it as quickly as possible, we are closing the floors to our patrons until June 4. The doors to the floors will be locked as Library personnel work to shift the collection.
If you need books from any of the floors, please request them at the first floor circulation desk. Members of the Library staff will find the books for you and bring them to the circulation desk. Please allow additional time for us to locate items that may be in the process of being moved.
If you are looking for a quiet place to study, the third floor government documents area is a nice quiet spot. The first and second floors will also be open as usual and reference and interlibrary loan services will be available.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Library services will be limited during the week of May 14-18. The building will be open, but reference and interlibrary loan services will be unavailable. We will be shifting books on floors 3-6 and processing books for remote storage which will make some parts of the collection temporarily unavailable. Borrowed materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk on the first floor or by using the drop-off box near the parking area located in front of the Ida Belle Young Library Tower. We thank you for your patience during this time and look forward to serving you when we resume normal operations May 21.
Come by the first floor entrance to the Library (Administration side) and browse the table of free books. All these books need a good home and a purpose. The books have library labels and are stamped “Withdrawn”. Different books will be added each day so check often and build your home library.