Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hank Lazer Reading, Tuesday March 31st

Hank Lazer will be reading and signing books in the library on Tues. March 31st. Please drop by for a lively reading and talk.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Carmichael Library, Main Floor

Hank Lazer has published 14 books of poetry, including The New Spirit (Singing Horse, 2005), Elegies & Vacations (Salt, 2004), and Days (Lavender Ink, 2002). He has given poetry readings and talks in the United States, France, Canada, the Canary Islands, China, Mexico, and Spain. Lazer's poetry has been nominated for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Forward Prize. With Charles Bernstein, he edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press. For the past twelve years, his essays on innovative poetry, new modes of lyricism, and representations of spiritual experience have appeared in a variety of journals, including Facture, The Boston Review, Jacket, American Poetry Review, and Talisman. In 2008, Omnidawn published Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008 (see ). Over the past few years, Lazer has collaborated with jazz musicians Tom Wolfe and Chris Kozak on some jazz & poetry improvisations and with outsider artist Pak on a series of poem-paintings. He is currently working with animation artist Janeann Dill on a poetry-video installation project. Hank Lazer is a Professor of English at the University of Alabama where he is also an administrator serving as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mercedes in Brazil, March Update

March has been a busy month for our Mercedes Jones. She reports that her classes at Universidade Federal de Goiás started only a few weeks ago, but her days before that have been filled with travel and intensive language tutoring. Pictured below is Camilla (Mercedes' Portuguese tutor,) with Mercedes.

With the start of classes, Mercedes has moved in with a local family. Here's a photo of her host father at a cheese stand. The stand belonged to one of many vendors at a Sunday vegetable fair in Goiânia. Stay tuned for more photos and news from Mercedes in the coming weeks!

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The Works of Dr. Wayne Dyer

In honor of Dr. Wayne Dyer's visit to campus this week, Carmichael Library is displaying a selection of books by the author. The library has a number of Dyer's books, including Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life, Inspiration, The Power of Intention, and There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem.

Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Several of his books have been featured as National Public Television specials.

Photo credit: Creative Commons license

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Montevallo Authors? We've Got 'Em

If you're following our newest Browsing Books, you've probably noticed a couple of familiar names. The library now has copies of the latest works of two authors with ties to the Montevallo community.

We've got a copy of Gregory Reece's latest work, Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs: Mysterious Creatures, Lost Worlds and Amazing Inventions. Dr. Reece's book promises to be "both a penetrating analysis of the hidden underbelly of science, pseudo-science and religion and an unforgettable journey into the innermost depths of the fantastic and the peculiar."

We also now have copies of two books written by our own Alan May. Alan's latest publication, Dead Letters, as well as his previous effort, Notes Toward an Apocryphal Text, will be on the shelves very soon. The author Inman Majors has described Alan's poems as "taut, intense, weird, and occasionally perverse. They are also unbearably kind, consistently funny."

There are several ways to keep up with our newest browsing books. You can subscribe to the RSS feed on the sidebar of this blog. The feed enables you to follow our collections with any portal you care to use. (I'm partial to iGoogle.) You can also find our browsing books in the ForUM portal. You'll see them there on the MyForUM tab. Finally, we have a New Browsing Books page on our web site. That page lists the last 50 books we've added to this popular collection.

Happy reading!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Career Fair

It's never too early to start thinking about your future! The Counseling and Career Center will host a career fair this Tuesday March 10, 2009 in the Anna Irvin Dining Hall from 11am - 2pm. Attendees will learn about getting a job, networking, and developing the skills that are vital to getting a job. All attendees are encouraged to bring a professional resume and wear appropriate interview attire. A representative from Carmichael Library will also be on hand to highlight online and print resources for job-seekers.

Here's a sample of over twenty participating companies:

ABC 33/40
Cornerstone Associates
Hoover Police Dept.
Internal Revenue Service
Liberty National
YMCA Camp Cosby

Friday, March 06, 2009

Election of Student Leaders, March 6-10

Starting today and continuing until Tuesday, UM students can log on to Blackboard to elect their student leaders. Here are the candidates (in alphabetical order):

Student Government Association (SGA) President
Terry L. Hughston
John Walter

SGA Vice President
Patrick J. Talley
Casey Willis

SGA Treasurer
Cortez Bennett

Senior Class President
Amanda Beck

UPC Coordinator
Amanda Knight

Purple Side Male Leader
Ryne McClendon
Ryan Moody

Purple Side Female Leader
Hannah McEwan
Jessica Robinson

Gold Side Male Leader
Chris "Dicky" Waites
Steven Williams
Bradley Wilson

Gold Side Female Leader
Jenna Bellamy
Sarah Anna Ford
Jordan Hampton

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in your student government! More information is available in the Election Guide; you'll find a copy at the Circulation Desk here in the library.

Special thanks to Robyn Boyd and Joie Molden for their assistance with this project.

Monday, March 02, 2009

ACS Publications Access Restored

Thanks to the quick attention of our vendor and the Computer Services department, our access to the ACS Publications database has now been restored. Should you have any problems connecting to databases please contact me, Jason Cooper, at (205) 665-6114 or at cooperjd(at)

Problems with ACS Publications Database

We received notification early this morning that there were connectivity issues with the ACS Publications database. It appears that the problem will impact users both on and off campus. We've contacted the publisher regarding the problem, and we'll post here again once our access has been restored. We apologize for the inconvenience.