Friday, September 29, 2006

Recommended Sites

Check out our new "Recommended Sites by Subject" page here.
Or go to "Reseach Advice"--"Recommended Sites by Subject."

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Recognizing RAINN Day

Thanks to a couple of our talented students for helping us to recognize RAINN Day.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Two UM students created the display and you can take a look at it when you stop by the library. It's full of useful information about preventing rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Local resources for victims of sexual abuse include:
  • UM Counseling Center - offers free and confidential mental health counseling services to all currently enrolled degree-seeking students
  • SafeHouse of Shelby County - offers sexual assault and domestic violence advocates on call 24 hours, 7 days a week. Also has an advocacy program to accompany women to court appearances and educate victims in court about the cycle of violence

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Google has developed a terrific resource for Banned Books Week, which officially started yesterday: check out their Banned Books resource page. Also, don't miss the American Library Association's Banned Books Week page, which is up and running all year long.

Both pages have lists of banned and challenged books, along with the reasons that these books were challenged or taken off of the shelves. You can find a lot of these books right here at Carmichael Library, so check one out this week and celebrate your freedom to read!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

eAudiobook Access Restored

This is just a note to let our readers (and listeners) know that our collection of downloadable audio books are again up and running at You can find all of these, nearly 1,300 in all, in the Library Catalog.

For more information on this service, check out my July post about the collection.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Music Resource: The Lied and Art Song Texts Page

I just had a reference question about how to find a quality translation of an aria from the original Italian into English. The Aria Database has been listed on our Music Research Guide for a couple of years and I just found another good place to find some of these.

The Lied and Art Song Texts Page has thousands of quality translations and, with its focus on lieder and other art music, it serves as a nice compliment to the Aria Database. The site gives the user the ability to browse through thousands of texts by composer, poet, first line, title and language.

As always, if you need help tracking down a translation, check with us at the Ask Here desk.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Google to Offer Print-Archives Searches

Google will soon offer a service that will let users search the achives of newspapers and other publications going back more than 200 years. Read more from the New York Times here.

Friday, September 01, 2006

UM Grads Leaving with Little Debt

Former UM student Justin Averette filed a piece this week with the Shelby County Reporter that may provide some encouragement to upperclassmen:

University of Montevallo graduates finish school with as little debt as students anywhere else in the country.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Montevallo third in the South and among the top-5 in the nation for master’s-level schools whose graduates carry the least amount of debt.

“This is significant,” said Wayne Seelbach, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It’s a compliment to how we provide resources for our students and to the resourcefulness of our students.”
Get the full story at the library or on the Reporter web site.