Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Carmichael Library has a subscription to ARTstor Digital Library, a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. ARTstor collections are consistently enhanced and new collections are added. See below for a list of the highlights from 2012:
- Collections grew rapidly, with nearly 160,000 new images released from 31 new and expanded collections in the past 12 months, including the first 750 of a projected 7,000 from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; a second release of 4,000 from the permanent collections of French museums from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux; more than 46,000 images of architecture and sites from ART on FILE and the Society of Architectural Historians' SAHARA project; more than 4,000 images of archaeological and ethnographic objects from the Peabody Museum of Natural History; 23,000 historical photographs from the Museum of the City of New York; and much more
- Reached agreements for nearly 30 new collections from contributors such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Panos Pictures; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Romare Bearden Foundation; the Renaissance Society; and many others. ARTstor has also reached a new agreement with international affiliates of the Artists Rights Society (ARS) covering nearly 10,000 new artists from six countries, substantially expanding the Digital Library's modern and contemporary artworks for subscribers. For a complete list of collections, see artstor.org/collection
- In addition to being accessible on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, ARTstor Mobile is now available on Android-powered devices; the Digital Library is now supported in Chrome browsers; the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) is now available for OS X 10.7 Lion; ARTstor is now collaborating with the Primo Central Index and other discovery services; and new instructional videos, with subtitles in multiple languages, have been added to ARTstor's YouTube channel.
- ARTstor has launched four Architecture and Design Topics Image Groups, carefully curated to include dozens of images of seminal works taught in introductory-level architecture and design courses. Subjects include "Architecture and the Built Environment," "Architecture to 1900: Plans and Models," "Design and Decorative Arts," and "Gardens and Landscape Architecture." To see the full list, visit the ARTstor Digital Library, and click on Organize > Open Image Groups, then open Global Folders > Featured Groups.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Originally used in the British political comedy television series The Thick of It, omnishambles has gained momentum throughout 2012 as a word used to describe a comprehensively mismanaged situation, characterized by a shambolic string of blunders.
Check out the OUP blog to learn more about omnishambles and the runner-ups.
Oxford Dictionaries USA also announced today that the Word of the Year in the United States is GIF.
GIF verb to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event): he GIFed the highlights of the debate
Check out the Oxford Dictionaries USA blog for more information about the origin, pronunciation, and spelling of GIF.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Spend an hour or so with other cachers at Carmichael Library at the University of Montevallo to learn the basics and a little bit more. Bobby Hall (known in cacher circles as GameForTravel) will present Geocaching 101 at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Hall's presentation will cover:
- Basic history of the Global Positioning System
- Description of geocaching
- How to hide and find a cache
- Basics of geocaching.com
- What to take on a cache run
- Types and sizes of caches
- Basic usage of a GPSr
- Logging your activities
In addition to the program, the library will provide refreshments. We hope to see you here next Tuesday evening! Let us and your friends know you're coming by connecting with us on Facebook.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
|February 6, 1908 Birmingham Age-Herald|
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Need to brush up on your Foucault? Try A Dictionary of Critical Theory. Need quick facts about Brazil? Look at A Guide to Countries of the World. Having trouble picking a topic for your U.S. History paper? Browse The Oxford Companion to United States History.
Find the Virtual Reference Shelf under "Resources" on the Carmichael Library Homepage. Happy searching!
- Go to any of Carmichael Library’s EBSCOhost databases (i.e., Business Source Complete) and scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link “New: EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications”
- Enter your email address and submit, you will then receive an email from EBSCOhost with further instructions
- Make sure your mobile device is connected to the University’s wireless and then open the email on your device
- Download the app and then click on the “authentication key” link in the email. The app should open and you can begin searching and saving articles!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Adding to a growing collection of online streaming audio and video resources, your campus library has acquired Films on Demand, a multi-disciplinary collection of some 6,000 titles. The Films on Demand collection includes quality video content from over 30 publishers including PBS, Meridian, Cambridge Educational, the BBC, National Geographic and more. In addition to the material already available in this database, about 600 titles are added annually. Most of the videos in the Films on Demand collection are closed-captioned.
To gain access to Films on Demand, students, staff, and faculty may go to the A-Z Databases and Resources List on our website. We'll be posting more details on how to use this new collection in the weeks ahead. In the meantime you find the answers to some questions at the On Demand Help Center. Also, feel free to direct technical questions about this database to me, Jason Cooper.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Citation is easily the least-loved step in the research process. It can feel mechanical and tedious after the creative, enriching experience of developing a research question and reading and writing about it. Luckily, there is Zotero: a free tool to help you collect and organize citations, choose the correct citation style (APA, MLA, etc), generate different types of citations (footnotes, bibliographies, etc), and even collaborate with classmates and colleagues.
Carmichael Library is presenting a Zotero workshop on Tuesday, October 16 at 5 pm in the EBSCO Classroom. Come learn how to install and use Zotero for your research projects. No RSVP is needed. Contact Lauren Wallis or Andrew Battista with questions. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
|The Governor and Board|
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Sunday, October 07, 2012
Making great videos is like any other form of composition. The process requires you to think about how you want to structure your evidence, how you can reach an audience, and how you will choose to present information. It's good to get as much practice with principles of editing as possible, no matter which software or platform you end up using.
This Tuesday evening, October 9 at 7:00 PM, the Carmichael Library will be hosting a video editing workshop in the EBSCO Classroom on the ground floor. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in video production. Mike Price of the Digital Media Lab will be featuring ways to develop content and make dynamic videos with SlideRocket. Some classes have been invited to use SlideRocket, while others may plan to use different editing software.
You are welcome to bring your own computer, or you can use the computers we have in the lab. Regardless of what kind of video you plan to make, you will learn something in this workshop. We hope to see you there.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
The Historical Life Raft Debate is a separate event from the annual Founders' Day Life Raft Debate. For those interested in UM's original Life Raft Debate, this event will take place on Founders' Day, Thursday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Palmer Hall.
Since 1998, The Life Raft Debate has been a University of Montevallo and Founders' Day tradition. Out of this has grown a new student-led event that will take place in Carmichael Hall on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:00 p.m.
For the uninitiated, we take this explanation of the tradition from the official Life Raft Debate website:
In the Life Raft Debate, we imagine that there has been a nuclear war, and the survivors (the audience) are setting sail to rebuild society from the ground up. There is a group of academic-types vying to get on the raft, and only one seat is left. Each [speaker] has to argue that his or her discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish. At the end of the debating, the audience votes and the lucky winner climbs aboard, waving goodbye to the others.
Each [speaker] gets to give an introductory account of his or her discipline, then give a brief rebuttal to the others, and, finally, the audience votes all but one panelist off.This year, a Historical Life Raft Debate will feature five student actors who will argue for a historical figurehead. The disciplines and historical figures represented will be:
- English, Jane Austen
- Mathematics, Alan Turing
- Psychology, Wilhelm Wundt
- Philosophy, Baruch Spinoza
- Science, Nikola Tesla
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Today, October 2nd from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., consultants from the Harbert Writing Center will be available on the ground floor of Carmichael Library to work with students who are working on papers. Consultants can advise — and love to advise — writers at any stage of their writing processes.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.Obama's Proclamation has resonated in the library world, and in the community at the University of Montevallo. We are entering the second major year of our Quality Enhancement Plan, a multi-year focus on information literacy in all phases of the curriculum. As Montevallo's Information Literacy Librarian, I've begun to think about exactly what it means to be information literate students and citizens in the digital age.
Today, information literacy is about much more than finding and evaluating sources. It's about combining these critical faculties with our ability to manage our time and focus our attention. We are limited by the extent to which we can distil massive amounts of information and parlay what we learn about into direct action. Barack Obama's remarks at the 2010 commencement of Hampton University present the challenges today's learners face very clearly. Information is now a distraction that imposes on the foundation of American democracy.
This month, I along with several of the Carmichael Librarians will be blogging about Information Literacy. We'll have a couple of campus-wide information literacy events to help us remember this month. In the meanwhile, let us know what you do to think about information literacy this month. We're always looking for ways to open conversations.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|Instruction in the EBSCO Classroom|
At the University of Montevallo, many instructors are beginning to bring blogs and online writing into the classroom experience in new ways. Now, more than ever, writing for an online audience is a fundamental literacy that is expected of students in almost every quarter of the liberal arts curriculum. Here's just a sample of blogs done by students in UM classes:
- Curation Culture
- Digital Rhetoric
- National Parks, Wilderness and the American Imagination
- Sabotage Novel
- Montevallo Summer Harvest
Friday, August 31, 2012
The Harbert Writing Center (HWC) has announced their hours for the Fall 2012 term. The Center is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Friday. No appointment is necessary. Dr. Glenda Conway, Professor of English and Director of the HWC, provides this explanation of the Center's services:
The Harbert Writing Center provides free assistance to writers at all stages of the writing process. HWC's peer consultants are trained to direct and coach student writers in understanding course assignments, making decisions about focus and content, composing initial drafts, and determining the best strategies for revising and polishing.The HWC is located in room 311 of Comer Hall. The Center can be reached at (205) 665-6438.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Either way, you may find yourself doing something like that this week. If you do notice your professor is requiring you to create a video, podcast, oral history, blog post, infographic, digital story, or some other strange kind of assignment that isn't a conventional class presentation, you may be interested in the Digital Media Lab at the Carmichael Library.
The Digital Media Lab offers a range of technology, equipment, and assistance on your multi-media and digital assignments. We have microphones, mixing boards, video editing software, digital voice recorders, and more. Mike Price is happy to help you out at any time, and this semester, we've released a completely automated scheduling system. You can log on to our new website and book a time in the Digital Media Lab whenever you'd like. Just click here to see when the lab is available.
When you book a time, click on the green time slots, and then you'll fill out a short form with some questions about your assignment. Someone will write you back to confirm your appointment. If you need time that's longer than an hour, click on multiple slots at the same time. We look forward to seeing you this semester.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
From Carmichael Library director, Kathy Lowe:
Colleagues and Students,
The Carmichael Library faculty and staff have worked hard this summer to complete renovations on the Library’s ground floor Learning Commons. The new ground floor entrance is now open to all members of the campus community and the public. When the library is open after 9:00 p.m. Access to the ground floor is available to UM students, faculty, and staff with a valid UM ID. You will need to swipe your UM ID after 9:00 p.m. to enter the ground floor entrance. After 9:00 p.m. individuals without a valid UM ID should enter through the Main floor entrance of the library.
Just a reminder that the Learning Enrichment Center, EBSCO classroom, a computer lab, and the University Archives are located on the Learning Commons ground floor of the Library.
Regular University Library Hours for Fall 2012
Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Exceptions to the schedule will be posted.
Sunday August 26, the Library will open at 3:00 p.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.
Photo credit: Kaja Kozłowska, Creative Commons license
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as EBSCO resolves the problem.
Monday, August 06, 2012
The library will not be open on weekends. During the Interim, the ground floor entrance is open to users with a valid UM ID. Access to the ground floor entrance without a UM ID will begin the week of New Faculty Orientation and Take Flight Week.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
|Photo by University of Munich Library|
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Jennifer Howard writes in the Chronicle May 13, 2012 that the Long-Awaited Ruling in Copyright Case Mostly Favors Georgia State .
Friday, May 04, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Have you missed those (paper-cut inducing) Choice Review cards appearing in your mailbox every month? Please visit Choice Reviews Online! Once there, you can look at the most current reviews, search for specific subjects, create a profile to receive emails about new resources, and email lists to your colleagues and the library! For more information about how to use Choice Online, go HERE!
Collection Management Librarian
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
At the Carmichael Library, the Digital Media Lab is doing its part to foster new kinds of learning that correspond to the new literacies required of learners in the digital age. Students from English composition, social work, communication and science disorders, sociology, and other disciplines are engaged in collaborative video and audio projects of many kinds. Each of these project require students to represent arguments and evidence in multiple media formats, something they will increasingly be asked to do as professionals and citizens.
Students in Laurel Hitchcocks' SWK/SOC 373 Social Policy students have been engaged in a semester-long project of editing and producing a video that informs potential clients on the impact of important social policies in the United States. You can visit the University of Montevallo Social Work program YouTube channel to see all of the videos, but we wanted to share some of the highlights here.
Laura Tracy, Becky Stoltz, Mary Ashley Jayne and Staci Sample came up with this video, which highlights the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
Each of the videos educate an audience on why social policies matter. They are the culmination of many conversations, readings, and questions, and they distill knowledge about American society into a meaningful and compelling form.
In English 104 with Lee Rozelle, students were asked to create a video that reviews or critiques a local establishment, recent film, or general cultural artifact. One of my favorite videos is this review of Joe's Italian in Alabaster, AL.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Carmichael Library will again offer extended hours for our students on the week before finals and during final exam week. The extended hours will begin this coming Monday, April 23.
Week Before Finals
Sunday, April 22
2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday, April 23 – Thursday, April 26
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday, April 27
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29
2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 2
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 2
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 3
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, May 4
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6
Stop by, stay late, and make use of all that we have to offer at the library. Good luck, students!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Carmichael Library Interlibrary Loan Joins Free Resources Sharing Groups!
The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department is proud to announce that we are now a part of two distinctive free resource sharing groups: Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS—pronounced like that hip-shaking, peanut butter & banana eating, heartbreaker Elvis) and LYRA. These groups are committed to the free exchange of information and materials.
What’s the big deal, Jill?
Hey, thanks for asking! Since no library can supply everything, it’s important that we make use of ILL to get the books and articles you need from other libraries. Like everything else, these things cost money and Carmichael is always trying to keep costs down. BTW, some libraries actually charge their faculty and students to use ILL, and some institutions charge other libraries to use their materials. Carmichael doesn’t charge for ILL services and never plans to. Those costs can add up and, well, be down-right annoying, but now we have over 2,000 libraries, worldwide, that we can borrow from—FOR FREE, y’all!!
In other ILL news: There’s a survey out to see what you think about ILLiad. If you haven’t taken it, please do: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X56VLNL
As always, you can contact Jill Deaver for help with ILL and research.