Monday, August 31, 2009

A New Chapter

This year, one of the many activities during Take Flight was a discussion of Ralph Eubanks' book The House at the End of the Road. About 25 new students, librarians, orientation leaders, and Student Affairs staff met on Friday afternoon for a lively and thoughtful discussion of the book. We're inviting students who participated in the discussion to continue the discussion through our blog.

Ralph Eubanks will be speaking on campus on September 28, thanks to Robert Robinson, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

eRes Again Available

Thanks to Chris Porter and our partners in the Technology Services office, our eRes course reserves system is again available for your use. You can access eRes from the library's home page or directly at

In addition to moving to a new server, we have upgraded the eRes software. If you've been using the system for a while, you'll notice some minor changes as you navigate the various menus. Many questions about this new release of eRes may be answered on the Help Pages link at the right-hand side of the eRes home page. As always, you can also call, e-mail, or IM us with questions about eRes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

eRes Update

[Update 8/19 8:35 AM - We're still working to re-establish access to eRes. We'll post here again as soon as this work is completed.]

[Update 8/18 5:20 PM - Off-campus access to databases has now been restored. eRes is still unavailable.]

Our eRes service is currently offline as part of today's server maintenance project. Off-campus access to databases will also be unavailable for a couple of hours as we continue this work. Stay tuned to this blog for updates on all library services.

Monday, August 17, 2009

eRes to Be Unavailable Tuesday, August 18th

We will be applying server and software upgrades to our electronic reserves system tomorrow, August 18th. While eRes will remain visible online throughout the upgrade, faculty and staff are advised not to upload new documents or make other changes to course reserves pages tomorrow as these modifications will be lost in the transfer to a new server.

This maintenance will begin at approximately 9:00 AM and we'll post here when the work has been completed.

Thanks for your patience as we upgrade eRes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blog About A Blog

The University of Montevallo men’s soccer team is making an historic trip for the program. For the first time since the programs inception in 1994 the team will travel overseas. The Falcons are spending 10 days training on foreign soil. Throughout the trip the team will keep their fans updated with a blog written by some of the players and coaches. To follow the Falcons on their foreign tour go to

Please join Carmichael Library in following the Falcons in England.

Monday, August 10, 2009

E. B. Sledge and The Pacific

HBO Films’ 10-hour miniseries, The Pacific, is scheduled to air in March 2010. The miniseries is based in part on the life of the late Eugene B. Sledge, who taught biology at the University of Montevallo for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 1990 and who wrote, With the Old Breed, the highly acclaimed account of his time in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

Click here for more information.

A trailer showing scenes from The Pacific can be viewed at

Monday, August 03, 2009

New Audiobooks for August 2009

Here's a sample of some recent additions to our downloadable audio book collection. All of these titles are available in the library catalog:

Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life, by James M. McPherson (2009). McPherson follows Abraham Lincoln from his early frontier days through his turbulent years in the White House.

The Best of Everything, by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2009). The Reverend Curtis Black has made his share of mistakes, a fact his daughter Alicia is all too aware of. When Alicia marries Phillip, the assistant pastor of her daddy's church, she knows she's landed a good man. But Alicia also thinks she deserves every little thing her heart desires. And her out-of-control spending just might cost her much more than a few black marks on her credit report.

The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now!, by Tony Beshara (2009). Beshara presents a step-by-step system that allows listeners to take control of their own day-to-day job search process. In addition to illuminating real-life job search stories, the audiobook contains interactive exercises, practical dos and don'ts, and more.

The Last Place, by Laura Lippman (2009). Baltimore investigator Tess Monaghan has her hands full with five murder cases that have gone cold. Each has a domestic violence angle, and the cases also share a disturbing connection-- one that points to Tess herself.

Queenmaker, by India Edghill (2009). The childhood sweetheart of David, Michal is the daughter of King Saul, David's good friend and even greater enemy. Although they are married as teenagers, David abandons Michal only to remarry her 10 years later after ascending the throne as King. David is a greedy and ambitious man, but Michal refuses to compromise her soul and thrives in her own ways under his rule.

The Rustler, by Linda Lael Miller (2009). Wyatt Yarbro, the new deputy marshal of Stone Creek, has his eyes on secretive banker's daughter Sarah Tamlin. But Sarah is a strong, independent woman--no damsel in distress.

Where the Heart Leads, by Kim Vogel Sawyer (2009). With a college diploma safely in hand, 20-year-old Thomas Ollenburger is torn between his Mennonite roots on the Kansas prairie and his affluent life in Boston society--and by romantic entanglements in each world. And now even Heaven seems deaf to questions about his choices of vocation, wife, and home.

Carmichael's collection of over 2,300 downloadable audio books are available to all UM students, staff, and faculty. Instructions on how to access the audio books are available on our website.

Happy listening!