Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cahaba Lilies

Some of the library staff visited the Cahaba River today to see the Cahaba Lilies that are now in bloom. Below are three pictures taken by Joel Bullock. The first two are of the lilies, the third is of a caterpillar/butterfly (or maybe it's a caterpillar/moth?) out of its cocoon, which we saw on our hike back to the car.

Here's a link to the pdf announcement for the Cahaba Lily Festival.

Here's a link to more info. on the Cahaba Lily and the Cahaba River

Monday, May 22, 2006

Off-Campus Database Access Restored

As of a few minutes ago today, we have resolved the issue that lead to some of the databases not working from off of campus. Thank you for your patience as we have worked on the problem.

As always, whether you are on or off the Montevallo campus, please call the Library at 665-6100 should you have problems getting into a database. You may also e-mail us using the links on our website at

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Photos: Tower Disassembled; Working on Access to Gale

We got an interesting delivery at the library today. Billy Hughes of the UM Physical Plant snapped these photos of a crew taking down the old water tower behind Main Hall. The university will be supplying Main with water from a newer tower on campus and this one, which dates back some years, had to be taken apart piece by piece due to its proximity to Main.

Carmichael Library will keep these photos in University Archives; another piece of school history recorded here at your campus library.

In other news, we're working on getting the access to some of our Gale databases from off-campus re-established. Stay tuned to this blog for news on when things are up and running once again. As I write, all other databases are working both on and away from campus.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Carmichael Library Congratulates the Falcon Baseball Team!

The University of Montevallo baseball team has been selected to compete at the 2006 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Baseball Tournament, to be played May 18-21, in Abilene, Texas.

In March, Carmichael Library marked the start of the season with a special display of books and baseball memorabilia, as well as a Baseball Bibliography on the library wesbite

UM is the No. 3 seed in the six-team, double-elimination tournament. UM (37-16) will meet No. 4 seed University of West Alabama, in a first-round game Thursday night at 8 p.m.

All UM games will be broadcast on the internet on UM Internet Radio. You will need to have the QuickTime Player, in order to listen to the broadcast. Tournament information (dates and times of games) is available on the UM athletic department website,

Join us in cheering the Falcon batsmen to victory and don't forget to stop by the Library for a book on the boys of summer!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Losing Louisiana

Losing Louisiana--A very interesting and well designed site that focuses on conditions in coastal Louisiana. Uses Macromedia Flash Player.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Harbert Writing Center May Term Hours

The Harbert Writing Center is open for May Term:

Tuesday-Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

HWC offers one-on-one assistance to writers at all stages of the writing process. The Center also offers computers for composing and revising papers, as well as grammar handbooks and MLA, APA and Chicago style books.

The Center is located in Room 311, Comer Hall

For more information visit HWC online:

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

National Register Information System

Montevallo is fortunate to have a rich history that is nationally recognized. The city is home to four of Shelby County's six National Historic places or districts, including the University of Montevallo Historic District (renamed in 1990) and the McKibbon House on Boundary Street (added in 2001).

The National Register of Historic Places is maintained by the National Parks Service. The Register has nearly 79,000 listings, including "properties across the country that have been nominated by governments, organizations, and individuals because they are significant to the nation, to a state, or to a community."

This historic list can be searched at the National Register Information System homepage, which is freely available at the following address: The database can be searched broadly at a state level, or at a county or city level.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Monday, May 01, 2006

Two Neat Resources

Having trouble identifying a particular plant? Check out the USDA's Plants Database.

Wondering how Americans feel about a particular issue in today's news? Check out