Friday, April 28, 2006

Library Subscribe's to New Database: Play Index

Play Index makes finding information about plays much easier. You can use this database to find citations to over 30,000 well known plays written or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, and classic drama. In addition, Play Index allows users to:

* Limit searches to their appropriate number of male and/or female roles or size of total cast
* Find plays to match their productions resources
* Read descriptive annotations that summarize the plot and indicates any musical, set, or scenery requirements
* Search plays by title, author, subject, style, genre and more
* Access full text plays available on the web

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Find Out Your Favorite Radio Station's Playlist

Want to know the title of a song you heard recently on the radio? Check out Enter your zip code or favorite radio station’s call numbers, and get their current play lists, down to the hour and minute.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica

Librarians have a keen interest in the authority of sources. We teach students to evaluate sources all the time; even government sources. Library faculty teach students to consider the source, focus on quality, look for evidence, check for currency and examine a source for bias. A topic of hot debate in our profession is the accuracy of Wikipedia versus the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Nature: International weekly journal of science published a study comparing the two sources. The study initiated great debates among librarians about the reliability of Wikipedia. Encyclopaedia Britannica refuted the findings on encyclopedic accuracy reported by in Nature.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Extended Hours During Finals

Just a reminder that Carmichael Library will be open longer for your research and study needs as we approach finals week:
  • Sunday, 4/23 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Monday, 4/24 - Thursday, 4/27 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday, 4/28 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, 4/29 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, 4/30 2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Finals Week schedule:
  • Monday, 5/1 - Wednesday, 5/3 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
  • Thursday, 5/4 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Friday, 5/5 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The library will be closed on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th.

Good luck students!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Looking for Software?

If you're looking for the latest browser release, feed reader or video player check out Run by the computing and technology supersite CNET, has release notes and reviews from CNET editors and users. You can also search the downloads by operating system or type of license (free, free-to-try, or pay.)

You can also find older versions of software downloads at There you'll find hundreds of versions of about 80 popular programs like iTunes, Yahoo! Messenger and Winamp. This site is particularly helpful if you're running an older operating system or working with an older computer that doesn't have a lot of memory resources.

Nifty Modifiers! Google Tips

Take a quick look at the poster Better Searches. Better Results from the Google Librarian Center. Brush up on your Google search techniques.

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

See PREVLINE's Alcohol & Drug Information here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

National Garlic Day

April 19th is Garlic Day. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture promotes agriculture by focusing attention on various foods and celebrating their special day. Something to look forward to as we head into exams might be April 26, National Pretzel Day.

Around the world, for over 4,000 years, garlic has held many important roles in daily human life. It has been taken therapeutically and nutritionally. Folklore attributes garlic with good luck and protection against evil. The smell was said to ward off sorcerers, werewolves, warlocks, and-of course-vampires.

F W Murnau's Nosferatu (1921), which has been called by Roger Ebert “the best of all vampire movies.” is truly a masterpiece. Personally, I can't even watch a vampire movie I get so scared.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

American History--See Digitized Documents

Raid on Deerfield. "At least five cultural groups were present at the attack of 1704..."

Making of America--Books and Journals from the 19th Century.

Radical America--A Product of Campus Based New Left of the 1960s-1990s.

Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers--'Nuff Said!

Monday, April 17, 2006

In the Lobby: Side Show

UM Theatre presents the musical Side Show in Reynolds Theatre this week only.

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22, 7:30 p.m., as well as a matinee on Saturday, 4/22 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Reynolds Studio Theatre.

TICKET INFORMATION: $12 with a UM ID and $15 for the general public. Reservations are not required but suggested, and can be made at (205) 665-6200. Please note: Side Show contains adult themes (no profanity) and is not suitable for children, although teenagers are welcome at the production.

UM Theatre and the Music Department are proud to present this exciting musical event that is now recognized as one of the most daring and unique Broadway musicals of recent years.

The Hilton Sisters will be played by theatre and voice major Megan Stein and Vocal Performance major Natalie Dixon. Their managers and love interests, Terry and Buddy, will be portrayed by theatre major Carl Maguire and theatre and voice major Stephen Elkins. Other major roles include theatre majors Jason Styres as The Boss and Jairus Bean as Jake. The cast includes many veterans of past plays as well as 13 students appearing in either their first production or musical at UM.

David Callaghan (director) and Charles Wood (Musical Director/Conductor) team up again after their recent musical collaboration on A Class Act. Jason Styres returns as choreographer after last year's Godspell, and John Franklin is responsible for the numerous period and side show influenced costumes. Kel Laeger will provide set and lighting design to round out the design team, with freshman theatre major EJ Wilson working as production stage manager with assistants Kelsey Sherrer and Madison Colquette.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Mr. Cranky

Mr. Cranky is a really cool sight for movie reviews!

Library Book Sale

BOOK SALE: Monday morning, April 17th, Carmichael Library. All proceeds go to the Library. Come by and buy some books!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

Come see our poetry-related displays in the Library. Check out our poetry links at Library Home.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Our New Blog!

Good Afternoon! Welcome to Carmichael Library's blog. Use this blog to keep up with the latest news at our library.