Friday, January 26, 2007

Interlibrary Loan Forms

The ILL forms are working again, so please feel free to submit ILL requests through the normal channels. Please let us know if you have any problems.

Monday, January 22, 2007

ILL Forms Temporarily Down

Our ILL forms for requesting books and articles are not working at present. Until we get the problems fixed, please submit your ILL requests through or email Patsy Sears or Mary Seagle. You can find our contact information here.

Elevator Access Restored to Carmichael Hall

We wanted to let our patrons know that our elevator is again operational. Thanks for your patience as we dealt with the necessary repairs.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Want Another Way to Watch This Blog? Widge It!

Did you know that you can use a desktop widget to keep track of our blog? In addition to the live feed on our toolbar, there are other options if you're interested in keeping up with the latest news from your campus library.

Yahoo! Widgets has a nifty RSS Feed Reader that you can place on your desktop and get our latest headlines. Here's how to get it up and running:

Step One: Download the Yahoo! Widget Engine at

Step Two: Following the on-screen instructions, install the engine to your computer. The last screen gives you the option of launching the engine. Keep the launch engine option checked to get started.

Step Three: Download the RSS Feed Reader Widget at the following address: Choose the Save (or Save to Disk option for Mozilla users) and place the file in your Yahoo! Widgets directory. (The Widget Engine installer places this directory just off of your My Documents folder.)

Step Four: Open the RSS Feed Viewer Widget directly from your My Documents/My Widgets folder. The file name is RSS_Feed_Viewer. When prompted, choose the Use Widget Button.

Step Five: After the widget opens, right click on it and choose the Widget Preferences... option.

Step Six: Edit the entry in the top field, Selected Feed, to reflect the feed address for our blog:

If you've entered the above address correctly, you should see our blog headlines on your desktop!

There's a few steps involved here, so feel free to send me an e-mail if you have questions about how to set up desktop widgets. We can also help you set up our feed in your web-based feed reader. My favorites are Bloglines and My Yahoo!

Classical Music Library Service Restored

We have received word from the vendor for Classical Music Library that the database should be fully functional at this point. If you should encounter a problem with this or any of our databases be sure to drop us a line at library(at) You may also stop by in person or call us at (205) 665-6100 for one-on-one assistance.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Re: Classical Music Library

I just viewed CML, and everything seems to be working properly. Please let us know if you notice any problems. Thanks!

Classical Music Library Temporarily Down

Due to a problem with Alexander Street Press' hosting facilities, access to Classical Music Library may be temporarily down. Please check back here for more updates.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Alabama Book Festival

Attention book lovers! The Alabama Center for the Book has announced the details of this year's Alabama Book Festival, which will be held Saturday, April 21, 2007. The event promises to offer "book lovers the chance to hear and meet nationally known, regional and local authors, see lively stage presentations, get books signed, listen to award-winning storytellers, and purchase new books."

For more information check out the festival information page.

Also on the web: check out a podcast from the 2006 festival. Professor and Program Coordinator Steve Miller of the Alabama School of Library and Information Studies MFA in the Book Arts program joins Book Arts students and others in Montgomery.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Annual Book Review Competition!

It's not too late to enter our Annual Book Review Competition! $100 awarded to the Division II winner, $25 dollars awarded to four Division I winners. To find out more, click here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Faculty Bibliography

New citations have recently been added to the Faculty Bibliography. To find out more about the Bibliography, click here.

Monday, January 08, 2007

New Audio Books for January

As a service to our patrons, Carmichael Library subscribes to a collection of downloadable audio books. This collection is available to all members of the UM community and now includes 1,500 titles. Here's a sample of our latest additions:
  • The Amen Sisters, by Angela Benson
  • Blood on the Plains, by Walter Lucas
  • Direct selling 101, by Neil and Dana Phillips
  • New Stories from the South: the Year's Best, 2004, edited by Shannon Ravenel
  • Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner, by Lisa Wingate
  • Remember Me, by Mark Higgins Clark
  • Riley's Fire, by Lee Merrill Byrd
  • Trump Strategies for Real Estate, by George H. Ross with Andrew James McLean
As you can see from this short list the collection is diverse, including both works of popular fiction and non-fiction. For more information on Carmichael's audiobook collection check out our How Do I page.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Carmichael Library goes virtual

Carmichael Library now has a presence in Second Life ( Our virtual branch is open in the Cybrary City section of the InfoIsland complex, and our virtual librarian is Wellendorf Chihuly. If you are a resident of Second Life, stop by the library for a visit or IM Wellendorf to find out what time she'll be on duty.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Online Catalog Access Restored

Our system upgrades went as planned and the catalog is again available to all of our patrons. Thank you for your patience as we keep our cataloging system up to date.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Online Catalog Down Temporarily

Our catalog will be down temporarily (maybe a day or so), due to upgrades that we need to make. If you're trying to find a book, DVD, CD, journal, etc., you can use WorldCat. Enter your search terms in the box, click on the item that interests you, and the results will tell you whether or not we have what you're looking for. To find the appropriate call number, please ask the librarian at the "Ask Here" desk.

Please check back here for more information about the upgrades. If you need assistance, please call us or shoot us an email.