Friday, April 30, 2010

Classical Music Library Streaming Audio Now in Catalog

We're excited to announce a new service today. The Carmichael catalog is now loaded with records that link to individual streaming audio recordings in Classical Music Library. We now have over 2,700 of these in the catalog and this number will only grow as we get more records from the publisher of this database.

The simplest way to find all of these records is to launch a series search for Classical Music Library, but a better way to find these tracks is to use the "musical sound recordings" limiter with a search. The results include streaming audio from Classical Music Library and items from the Music CD collection housed here in Carmichael.

Another feature that I like is the persistent linking to individual albums within the Classical Music Library database. These links, along with the ability to create playlists, give you the ability to return to the same pieces without having to repeat your searches.

We hope you enjoy this new cataloging service! You may direct any questions or comments to me at cooperjd(at) or (205) 665-6114. We look forward to getting your feedback.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Student Art Exhibition Through May 7

Don't miss our display of student art on the main floor of Carmichael Hall. Now in the library lobby you'll find paintings by the students of Prof. Misty Bennett's ART 429: Narrative Painting class. These pieces were produced in conjunction with our SLEDGEHAMMER: Recollections of E. B. Sledge program that took place last week.

As a part of the celebration of the life and career of Dr. Sledge, Bennett’s Narrative Painting class was given the assignment of creating paintings that tell a story about war for exhibition in Carmichael Library. Though Dr. Sledge famously fought in World War II, the assignment was open to any kind of war throughout history and any kind of personal experience the students may have with war that they wanted to explore in their work.

Participating students include Maggie Blevins, Leslie Carver, Allison Cleveland, Lindsay Dyess, Courtney Harper, Ian Heil, Anna Humphreys, Ryan Moody, Sarah Morriss, Oriana Padron, Jaimi Poole, Danielle Robinson, Austin Self, and Megan Scofield.

Congratulations to Megan Scofield for her winning diptych (located on the South Wall of the Main Floor.) Megan took Best of Show for her work, which deals with some of the iconic imagery of war propaganda. We in the library especially enjoyed her ominous portrayal of Uncle Sam in the above painting.

We also have the pieces produced by our student artists and poets for our recent Prints and Poems event. This year marks the fourth time we've hosted Prints and Poems, and we're thrilled to make it a part of our annual recognition of National Poetry Month. Prints and Poems is an on-going collaborative project between the Departments of English and Art at the University of Montevallo. In the 2009-2010 edition, students from Prof. Scott Stephens’s advanced printmaking class produced original prints that students from Prof. Jim Murphy’s creative writing class responded to. Here is a list of our poets and artists:

Print: untitled, a photo-etching/collage by West Finlayson - Poem: When Pigs Play Chess, by Danielle Robinson

Print: Untitled, an etching by Rachel Fowler - Poem: Playtime, by Teresa A. Whiting

Print: Artes in Allegretto, etching and chine collé by Tenisha Hicks - Poem: Glib, by Sarah Etheridge

Print: Iaido, relief printed etching by Sarah Morriss - Poem: Iaido, by Michael-Paul Smith

Print: “Eek!” Etching by Alana Palermo - Poem: The Lighthouse After Eek, by Matt Goethe

Print: untitled, an inkless embossing by Kyle Reed - Poem: Tangibility in Invisibility, by Charles Trey Stallworth

Print: Self-Portrait, an etching by Kelsey Roberts - Poem: Totems, an ekphrastic poem by Rosie Maguire

Print: untitled, an etching by Marie Smyly - Poem: Of What Remains, by Faiza Malik

Print: untitled, a photo-etching by Scott Stephens - Poem: Vessels, by Jim Murphy

You can see all of these works in the library through Friday, May 7th. Also, check our Facebook and Flickr for more photos of these pieces.

Photos by Joel Bullock and Jason Cooper

Monday, April 26, 2010

Extended Hours for Spring 2010

It's that time of the year again! Finals Week is nearly upon us and your campus library is keeping the doors open late. We'll be open until midnight for the next four nights. We'll also be here late next week during final exams.

Monday, April 26 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 27 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 28 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 29 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday, April 30 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Monday, May 3 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 4 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 5 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 6 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday, May 7 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 Closed
Sunday, May 9 Closed

Good luck to all students as we near the end of the semester!

Photo credit: Creative Commons license

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Announcing the 2010 Book Review Competition Winners

On this Honors Day the library wishes to recognize the following students for their winning book reviews:

Division I (Freshmen) Winners
  • Brittany Cash
  • Darla Allen
  • Janet Bermudez
  • Devon Edwards
Division I Honorable Mentions
  • Dani Swift
  • Emily Yundt
Division II (All Students) Winner for Best Review of a Non-fiction Work
  • Charlie Foster
Division II Winner for Best Review of a Work of Fiction
  • Heather Belles
Congratulations, students!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sledgehammer: Recollections of E.B. Sledge

The University of Montevallo and Carmichael Library wants to welcome everyone to a special event tonight at Parnell Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m.

E.B. Sledge was a University of Montevallo biology professor whose remarkable World War II memoir With the Old Breed has been acclaimed by such luminaries as Stephen Ambrose, Ken Burns, John Keegan, and Paul Fussell as the best war memoir ever written by an enlisted man. His book, an account of the battles in Peleliu and Okinawa, along with Robert Leckie’s Helmet for My Pillow, form the basis for the current HBO series The Pacific.

Please join us for a discussion on personal experience and its portrayal in life histories, formal histories, and community memory as evidenced in E. B. Sledge’s With the Old Breed and the book's use as a source today through the History Channel, Ken Burn’s The War and most recently HBO’s The Pacific.

The evening will include a performance by the University of Montevallo Chamber Singers and discussion moderated by Clark Hultquist (history professor) Ruth Truss (history professor), Jim Day (history professor) and Kouri Allen (UM graduate student) with special guest Henry Sledge (son of Dr. Sledge).

Misty Bennett's Narrative Painting class has a war-themed installation on the main floor of Carmichael Library. Please drop in before the end of the semester to see these beautiful student paintings!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Prints and Poems 2010

This month will see the return of Prints and Poems to Carmichael Library. This collaboration between UM's student writers and artists has always been a popular event and we hope to see you here.

Prints and Poems will feature the creative work of Scott Stephens' Art 330: Advanced Printmaking, Etching class from Fall 2009 and Jim Murphy's English 461: Advanced Creative Writing — Poetry class from Spring 2010

Prints and Poems will take place on the second (top) floor of the library on Thursday, April 15th at 4:00 p.m.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The following information is from the UM Counseling and Career Center:
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month...

The Counseling and Career Center will be engaged in initiatives on campus to raise awareness about sexual violence and promote prevention.

April 19-22 the Counseling and Career Center will be partnering with Housing and Residence Life to provide nightly programming to promote awareness. The programs are open to the UM community and will take place at the following dates, times, and locations:

April 19th - 7:00 p.m. in the Main Hall TV Room
April 20th - 7:00 p.m. in the Hanson Hall Parlor
April 21st - 7:00 p.m. in the New Hall Classroom
April 22nd - 6:00 p.m. in the Brooke Hall Parlor

April 19th and 20th from 11-1, the Counseling and Career Center and SafeHouse of Shelby County are partnering to host an information table in the cafeteria. Teal ribbons will be provided to promote Sexual Assault Awareness. We will also be promoting a white ribbon campaign where men can pledge to work to end violence against women.

For more information about sexual violence and sexual violence prevention please see the following links:
Thanks to the Counseling and Career Center for putting together a display, which you may view on the library's second floor. This exhibit includes books and other resources to raise awareness about this important issue.

Happy National Library Week!

Public, school, academic and special libraries make a difference to millions of Americans, today more than ever. National Library Week is April 11-17.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Celebrate National Library Week today by visiting your campus library - in person or online and discover how communities thrive @ your library.

On the Web:

National Library Week - A Philatelic Tribute - A great history page about NLW from The Library History Buff