Changes to our journal finder

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.

Databases down for upgrades, Saturday, August 25 – Sunday August 26

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.

Thanks!

Congratulations, Samantha McNeilly!

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.)

Congratulations, Sam!

Library Floors 3-6

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.

Limited Library Services

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.

Free Free Free Books!

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.

New and Trial Databases

We’ve added four new databases to the Library’s webpages and have trials in place for an additional three databases!
First, the databases we have recently subscribed to:
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I, which features indexing and abstracts of dissertations and theses from around the world, going as far back as 1861.
Web Of Science and Journal Citation Reports, both products of the Institute for Scientific Information, provide journal and article citation metrics, as well as providing both broad overviews of journal and article usage and journal-impact rankings for individual journals.
Biological Abstracts is an online version of the printed work of the same title, providing an index index to the world’s life sciences journal literature, with topics ranging from botany to microbiology to pharmacology. Biological Abstracts covers from 1926 to present.
And now, on to the trial databases!
We have three databases currently under trial, available from the AUM Libguides “Trial & Test Databases” page. These databases are:
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text, which provides more than 200,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, and covers a range of topics in criminal justice. This trial expires March 31, 2012.
Medline Complete which provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. This trial expires March 31, 2012.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm includes several newspapers from around the united States, including the New York Times. Coverage in this database goes back to 2008. This database trial ends March 14, 2012.
Thank you for your time, and enjoy the new materials!

Black History Month

The AUM Library is proud to support research in African American history with the ProQuest History Vault Collection, Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century. “This collection documents one of the most inspiring social movements in American history. The first of two modules of the ProQuest History Vault offers all levels of researchers the opportunity to study the most well-known and also unheralded events of The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century from the perspective of the men, women, and sometimes even children. The collection spans from the founding of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs in the last decade of the 19th Century to the riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King police brutality case in the last decade of the 20th century.”
To access the collection go to the AUM Databases alphabetical list and click on ProQuest History Vault or click on this link.

Off Campus Login

Getting into the AUM Library’s electronic resources such as databases and ebooks is now even easier!
Just login using your AUM email user name and password like you do in the labs on campus and for your My AUM account.
If you do not know your AUM E-mail address, please select the following link to look it up:
AUM Email & Student Account lookup.
If you don’t remember your e-mail password, please contact IT Services at 244-3500.
For other questions please contact the AUM Library Reference desk 244-3649.

Season’s Readings!

Find these, and other good reads for the holidays in our Browsing Collection on the second floor.
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander
Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Lionheart by Sharon Kaye Penman
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
As the Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton
The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
I Am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
The Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry
Lost December by Richard Evans
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Best Wishes for a New Year filled with wonderful reading!