Saturday, February 28, 2009

Your Library is Smokin'!

Early this morning, a fire alarm went off in the library, and campus police reported smoke in the building. The fire department and physical plant people responded immediately, and they determined that the source of the problem was a motor on one of our air handling units. They turned this unit off, and everything is okay now. If you are in the library on Saturday or Sunday, you may notice a smoky smell.

You may also notice that it's a bit cold on the two upper floors of the building. The unit that burned out is the one that serves those two floors. With it off, there won't be any heat going to the main floor and the upper floor. The ground floor unit is still working. The physical plant people will get this unit repaired as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, February 23, 2009

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 22-28

This week, Carmichael Library is joining a nationwide effort to promote healthy body image and to spur awareness of eating disorders. The UM Counseling and Career Center is currently highlighting the efforts of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

According to NEDA, as many as 10 million American females and 1 million American males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, while millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder.

Check the library throughout the week as we'll display a selection of materials related to this important issue. Also, you can learn how to help others who are struggling with these potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Brian Fagan to Speak, February 24th

Brian Fagan, Archaeologist and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver the Hallie Farmer Lecture next Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Fagan will speak on "Ancient Climate Change: The Flail of God and the Elephant in the Climatic Room" in Wills Hall, room 201.

Check out our Hallie Farmer Lecture display in the library foyer, which includes more biographical information on Dr. Fagan, and a number of recent books on global warming and climate change. Thanks to Savannah Willingham for her help with this display.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Black History Month Events, February 19-20

The UM community is invited to mark Black History Month by attending special events taking this week.

The Montevallo branch of AAUW, together with the University of Montevallo's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the UM Black Heritage Committee, will host a community-wide event, "Lest We 'Ere Forget," Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Merchants and Planters Auditorium in Comer Hall. The program includes a panel discussion, special music, and Readers' Theater presentation.

On Friday evening, one of the country's leading scholars and social critics will visit the UM campus. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will deliver a lecture titled "Obama and The Changing Face of America," Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., in Palmer Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow. I've put together a Facebook event page for the lecture. You can catch video of Dr. Dyson there.

The library is publicizing the events here in the library and also during this lunch hour in the Anna Irving Dining Hall. You can also read more about these programs on the Wednesday Memo home page.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mercedes in Brazil

Olά From Goiânia! is the title of a new travel blog by Carmichael Library's own Mercedes Jones. Mercedes is one of three UM students studying this semester at the Federal University of Goiás, in Brazil. Mercedes is sharing her photos and adventures on her blog, and she has graciously allowed us to post some of her photos here on the library's blog as well. For the remainder of the Spring term, check back here every few weeks as we look in on what Mercedes is learning and experiencing in South America's largest and most populous country.

Some of our readers may have met Montevallo's Brazilian visitors--Melina Minaya, Karen Faraco, Ian Ferreira, and Thiago Moyano--this past fall. Melina and Ian came from the Federal University of Goiás, and Karen and Thiago came from the Federal University of Viçosa. You can read more about Montevallo's UM-Brazil student exchange, as well as other study abroad programs, in the Fall 2008 edition of UM's Foreign Language Department newsletter.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Almost Famous: Teen "Rosa Parks"

"This is not right."

Yesterday (February 11, 2009), I had the privilege of meeting Claudette Colvin and her family in a standing room only presentation of her largely ignored story. The event took place at the Five Points West Public Library in Birmingham and celebrated the publication of a new book about her. As participants shared personal stories of those humiliating and dangerous times (sometimes weeping), Ms. Colvin listened empathetically to the emotions of people like her who lived through it all in Montgomery and Birmingham. She graciously embraced the recognition finally accorded her for taking a stand. Now seventy years old, she tells her story of a time when she felt dehumanized by the police and courts in Montgomery and alienated by the activists in the movement. Rosa Parks became the iconic figure associated with the boycott and the desegregation of buses. However, it was this young woman with three other women who, in fact, were the plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that desegregated Montgomery buses.

On March 2, 1955, 15 year old Claudette Colvin, set in motion events that would change the course of American history by her courageous commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. Outraged by the injustices of Jim Crow segregation, she refused to give up her seat to a white boarder on a Montgomery bus. She suffered not only the rough treatment of the Montgomery police, but found herself shunned and dismissed by her classmates and civil rights community leaders (who deemed her too unpolished to represent their protest efforts) . Nine months later Rosa Parks would become celebrated for the very same action. A year later, with the tenacity and fervor of youth, Claudette dared to challenge Jim Crow bus transportation segregation as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery.

Read more about Claudette in Wikipedia:

Reviews by Howard Zinn and Studs Terkel on the newly released book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose:

"Phil Hoose, who has done pioneering work in bringing to our attention the crucial role of young people in social movements, here tells the extraordinary, yet little-known story of Claudette Colvin, who, even before the famous incident involving Rosa Parks, sparked the historic bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Claudette Colvin was a remarkable teenager. With great courage she acted upon her principles -- and played a significant role in the drama of the civil rights movement. This is a story that if taught in every classroom in the nation, might well inspire a new generation of young activists to join the on-going struggle for social justice." —Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Phil Hoose’s profile of the remarkable Claudette Colvin is MUST reading for anyone still imbued with hope. She is a lighthouse in a stormy sea." —Studs Terkel, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Good War

Monday, February 09, 2009

College Night 2009 Student Leaders Get Caught Reading

To commemorate the arrival of College Night 2009, Carmichael Library brings you our latest edition of Get Caught Reading. Last week we caught up with four very busy Montevallo students. We enjoyed the chance to talk with both Purple and Gold Side student leaders about some of their favorite books.

Gold Side co-leader Melvin Milton chose Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education, by Stephen Joel Trachenberg, while Kacie Slaughter chose The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs. Both Melvin and Kacie are Communication Studies majors.

Purple Side co-leader Savannah Willingham chose One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez. Tyree Walker chose Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Savannah is an English major, while Tyree is completing his studies in Musical Theatre.

In a Get Caught Reading first, we have recorded our short interviews with the participants and placed them on the library's Facebook Fan Page. Check out the Music Player on our Facebook page, where you'll hear why our students chose these titles and how they use their campus library.

Best wishes to the Purple and Gold Sides during this College Night week!

Photos by Joel Bullock

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Spencer Bachus on YouTube

Last month, I blogged about new web pages on YouTube, where citizens can go to get video of their elected officials at work in Washington, D.C. For the last two weeks, Spencer Bachus, Alabama's House Representative from the Sixth District, has been sharing video on his YouTube page.

Congressman Bachus represents the region that includes the University of Montevallo, and he is the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Financial Services. Over a half dozen clips of the Congressman at work are now available. The video includes speeches from the House floor and interviews in committee hearings. Also on his video page are several interviews for television.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

C.D. Wright Reading

C.D. Wright will be reading at 3:30 on Feb. 24 in Palmer Commons, 2nd floor, Comer.

Visit her page at the Academy of American Poets' website. You can read her bio, her poems, and more.

Also, check out her readings at PennSound.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Electronic Resources Survey

Take a few minutes to complete the survey on Survey Monkey: Click Here to take survey.

This survey will help us in setting priorities for our database subscriptions.