Sunday, February 25, 2007

Black History Month Page Focuses on Alabama

As Black History Month draws to a close don't miss this web site: Birmingham television station NBC 13 has put together an excellent Black History Month page. Here's a sample of what you'll find there:
  • Video of Charles Barkley speaking at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast
  • An article and video clip about minorities in academia in the state of Alabama
  • A short piece by anchorman Mike Royer about the three black Alabama men who have received the Medal of Honor
  • An interview with Birmingham business owner and entrepreneur Shelley Stewart

Thursday, February 22, 2007

New Card Readers Available in the Library

We've upgraded our card readers for the photocopiers and they are now ready for you to use. Our new readers also have an added advantage: you can also use them to add value to your card!

The display on the new readers gives you a running tally of how many copies you can purchase with your remaining funds. When your credit runs out, of course, you can always add value to the card you already have using our new readers. Additionally, the original card machine is still available on the main floor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Reminder: Jean Valentine Reading this Thursday

Just a reminder that National Book Award Winner Jean Valentine will be reading in Carmichael Library at 3:30 this Thursday, Feb. 22. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. We hope to see you here!

Monday, February 19, 2007

More Black History Month Video Online

If you're on the UM campus be sure to check out this speech by Autherine Lucy Foster. Foster was on the UM campus in 2000 to talk about her experiences as the first African-American Woman to attend the University of Alabama. This encore presentation is provided by the Division of Mass Communication's MCC News. Due to bandwidth limitations this link will not work from off-campus locations.

Also, don't miss a one hour interview from the Birmingham Public Library with two stars of baseball's Negro League era. Birmingham Black Barons players Jesse Mitchell and James Sanders discuss playing baseball in Birmingham and the history of the team. Clayton Sherrod from the Alabama Negro League Association is the interviewer. You can download the full interview at the link above. The discussion appeared earlier this month on a Birmingham public access channel. Not only is this interview appropriate for Black History Month but it coincides perfectly with baseball season here in Montevallo, which officially began on the 3rd of February.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New Feature in Central Search

Central Search now has a new feature called search clustering. After you've performed your search, look to the upper left of the screen to see the "Clustered Results" for the term(s) you've entered. This feature groups articles with like terms together to help you further narrow your search. You can also cluster by date, by journal title, and by author.

(Central Search is a tool you can use to search multiple databases at the same time. To find Central Search, click here or look for Central Search under the Find Articles section of our home page. Please note: not all of our databases are included in Central Search.)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Brief Catalog Outage This Afternoon

This is to let our users know that we will be updating our cataloging system later this afternoon. The catalog will be unavailable for a just a couple of minutes following the upgrade. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our software.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Black History Month Resources on the Web

As the first week of Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to share a few of the online resources we've found.
Finally, if you're on campus, you can check out an interview with UM professor and civil rights historian Wilson Fallin, Jr. Fallin appeared on the Division of Mass Communication's program MCC News to speak about Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, and about the importance of commemorating black history. Please note that due to bandwidth limitations this link will only work from on-campus addresses.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Jean Valentine Reading, Feb. 22!

National Book Award Winner Jean Valentine will be reading in Carmichael Library at 3:30 on Thursday, Feb. 22.

If you'd like to read Valetine's work, search our catalog for her book Door in the Mountain. You can also read more about her and her work at and

More Black History Month Resources

This is the second in a series of posts highlighting Carmichael's Black History Month resources

For those conducting research into African-American history, the Civil Rights movement and other topics, be sure to consult our Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) database, African-American History & Culture. This database is available to all Alabama residents with a valid AVL card. Members of the UM community may log in from our Databases by Name page.

Also, coming soon to the Reference shelf, two new multi-volume resources:
  • Black Women in America, second Edition, in three volumes. Ref. E185.86.B542 2005
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, second edition, in six volumes. Ref. E185.E54 2005

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Black History Month Bibliography

Thursday begins Black History Month. What could be a better time to explore the many African-American history resources available at Carmichael Library? From recordings of some of the great speeches to comprehensive encyclopedias on major civil rights figures, your campus library is ready to help you with a research paper or to check out some of this living history on your own.

Below is but a sample of what Carmichael has available on the civil rights movement and modern African-American history. For more resources, use our Ask a Librarian link or check with us at the Ask Here desk.

Ref. indicates a non-circulating reference book. Video and DVD indicate video recordings. CD indicates an Audio CD or a CD-ROM. YP indicates an item in the Young People's collection.

Angelou, Maya. And Still I Rise. New York: Random House, 2001. CD PS3551 .N464 A8 2001

Bailey, Richard. They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999. Montgomery, Ala.: Pyramid, 1999. Ref. E185.96.B25 1999

Boyd, Herb. We Shall Overcome. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2004. Browsing E185.61 .B774 2001

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989. E185.61 .B7914 1989

Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998. E185.61 .B7915 1998

Branch, Taylor. At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006. Browsing E185.61 .B67 2006

Burns, Ken. Jazz. N.p. : PBS DVD, 2000. DVD ML3506 .B87 2000 v.1-10

Burstein, Nanette. On The Ropes. N.p. : Fox Lorber Films, 2000. DVD GV1133 .O5 1999

Chappell, David L. A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2004. Browsing E185.61 .C5435 2004

Cosby, Camille O. and Renee Poussaint, eds. A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak. New York: Atria, 2004. Browsing E185.96 .W43 2004

Dyson, Michael Eric. Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture. New York: Oxford UP, 1997. E185.86 .D94 1997

Dyson, Michael Eric. I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Touchstone, 2001. E185.97.K5 D97 2001b

Dyson, Michael Eric. Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. BP223.Z8 L573338 1995

Estell, Kenneth, ed. The African-American Almanac. Detroit: Gale, 1994. Ref. E185 .A2515 1994

Fallin, Wilson, Jr. The African American Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1815-1963: A Shelter in the Storm. New York: Garland Pub., 1997. BR563.N4 F27 1997

Felix, Antonia. Condi: the Condoleezza Rice Story. New York: Newmarket Press, 2002. Browsing UA23.15 .F45 2002

Gast, Leon. When We Were Kings. N.p. : PolyGram Video, 1997. DVD GV1132 .W445 1997

Gates, Henry Louis. The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country. New York: Free Press, 2000. E185.96 .G38 2000

Gates, Henry Louis. The Future of the Race. New York: Knopf, 1996. E185.86 .G377 1996

Gates, Henry Louis. Wonders of the African World. N.p. : PBS Home Video, 1999. Video DT14 .G3852 1999 v.1-3

Gaillard, Frye. Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2004. E185.93 .A3 G35 2004

Hampton, Henry. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years. N.p. : PBS Home Video, n.d. Video E185.61 E84 1995 v.1-7

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. The Harvard Guide to African-American History. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2001. Ref. E185.H326 2001

Horne, Gerald. W.E.B. Du Bois: An Encyclopedia. Westport: Greenwood, 2001. Ref. E185.97.D73 W164 2001

Marberry, Craig. The Spirit of Harlem: Portraits from America's Most Exciting Neighborhood. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Browsing F128.68 .H3 M29 2003

McWhorter, Diane. A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968. New York: Scholastic, 2004. Browsing E185.61 .M39 2004

McWhorter, Diane. Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama. The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. Browsing F334.B69 N449 2001

Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue. N.p. : Eagle Eye Media, 2004 DVD ML419 .D39 M56 2004

Moore, Carroll. The Art of Romare Bearden. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2003. DVD ND237 .B43 A4 2003

Naslund, Sena Jeter. Four Spirits: A Novel. New York: William Morrow, 2003. Browsing PS3564 .A827 F68 2003

Newman, Richard. Go Down Moses: A Celebration of the African-American Spiritual. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1998. ML54.6.N495 G6 1998

Norrell, Robert J. The House I Live in: Race in the American Century. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. E185.61 .N879 2005

Obama, Barack. Dreams From My Father. New York: Three Rivers, 2004. Browsing E185.97 .O23 A3 2004

Ogletree, Jr., Charles J. All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education. New York: Norton, 2004. KF4757 .O35 2004

Packer, Z. Z. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. New York: Riverhead, 2003. Browsing PS3616.A335 D75 2003

Pollard, Sam. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. San Francisco: California Newsreel, 2002. Video E185.61 .R57 2002

Preminger, Otto. Carmen Jones. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2001. DVD PN1995 Carme 2001

Reasoner, Harry. CBS Reports: The Other Face of Dixie. N.p. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2002. DVD LC212.522 .S6 C377 2003

Salzman, Jack. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. New York: Macmillan, 1996. Ref. E185.E54 1995 v.1-5

Sampson, Henry T. Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1993. PN1995.9.N4 S2 1993

Shakur, Tupac. The Rose That Grew from Concrete. New York: Pocket, 1999. Browsing PS3569.H3234 R6 1999

Spielberg, Steven. Amistad. Universal City, CA: DreamWorks, 1999. DVD PN1995 Amist 1999

The Speeches Collection, Volume 1. New York: MPI Home Video, 2002. DVD PS668 .S644 2002

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report, Volume 1-5. New York: Macmillan/Grove, 1999. CD DT1945 .S56 1999

Washington, James Melvin, ed. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986. E185.97.K5 A25 1986

West, Cornel. Race Matters. Boston: Beacon, 1993. E185.615 .W43 1993

X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine, 1992. E185.97.L5 A3 1992

Compiled by Jason Cooper and Jared Mims 02-05, updated 2-07