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.

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.

New database trials, February 2013

Ambrose Digital
Educational video content designed with clips that target the needs of educators using new digital delivery in the classroom. Includes science, history, and drama.  Access is available from on the AUM campus only.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States (Online Edition) is on trial through ProQuest. This resource requires a login for access. Please call the AUM Library Reference Desk at 244-3649 for the username and password.

Trials can be accessed at

Holiday Hours

The Library will be closed from December 20 – January 2. We will re-open Thursday, January 3rd. Our hours on January 3-4 will be 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will not be open Saturday, January 5th and Sunday, January 6th. On Monday, January 7th, we will resume normal operating hours. 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.


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.

Halloween Party @ the Library!!

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!

Library Participates in AUM Writes! Panel Discussion

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: