Wednesday, June 29, 2011

2011 McNair Scholars Annual Research Presentations

The 2011 class of McNair scholars will deliver the Eighth Annual Research Presentations today beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Wills Hall Master Classroom. Among the evaluators of this year's presentations is library faculty member Amanda Melcher, who also serves as a library mentor to Montevallo's McNair scholars.

This year's participants, in order of appearance, are: Crystal Nichols, Patrick Morris, Corey Duke, Mikia Carter, Andrea Echols, Rachel Davis, Melissa Hollon, Sydney Stover, Mercedes Jones, Kimberly Godsey, Whitney Mitchell, Jasmine Pearson, and Kelsey Dobyne.

For more information about the McNair Scholars Program, visit their web site.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Clark Hultquist and Carey Heatherly Get Caught Reading

Photo and graphics by Joel Bullock

Our latest edition of UM Gets Caught Reading features professors Clark Hultquist and Carey Heatherly. The pair are the authors of Montevallo, which was published last month as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Dr. Hultquist is a Professor of History and chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at the university, while Mr. Heatherly is an Assistant Professor who handles the dual roles of Reference Librarian and University Archivist at Carmichael Library.

We usually ask our Get Caught Reading participants, "How do you use your campus library?" The following is a more detailed explanation of how Heatherly and Hultquist used the library and its collections during the preparation of their book for publication:

Clark Hultquist and Carey Heatherly use Carmichael Library for research purposes. This is best exemplified by the extensive research on both the campus and town history for the book Montevallo. The work is a pictorial history featuring 217 images accompanied by captions and chapter introductions. Almost all the images came from the University of Montevallo, mostly from Carmichael Library’s University Archives and Special Collections. Additionally, the duo spent six months researching each photograph; the people, the buildings, the stories behind each one. A sample of those rich resources include yearbooks from 1907 to the present, the student newspaper Alabamian from 1924 to the present, a collection of area newspaper scrapbooks from 1915 to 1995, and the University’s course catalogs and pamphlets from 1895 to the present.

The authors utilized Carmichael Library’s reference and circulation collections too. Much is owed to the available secondary sources on local history, particularly Eloise Meroney’s Montevallo: the First One-Hundred Years, Lucille Griffith’s Alabama College and White Columns and Red Bricks, and Mary Frances Tipton’s Years Rich and Fruitful. The research conducted at Carmichael has paid dividends beyond the publication of Montevallo as the authors are often asked to speak about local history. Most recently, the two led a tour of downtown and told stories about homes, businesses, churches, and the people who settled, lived, and worked in Montevallo, including notable events such as electricity coming to town in 1912 and the Main Street murder of Walter S. Cary.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Video: Stone Carving, May 2011

In case you missed it on our Facebook page last week, here's another posting of our video of Professor Ted Metz's May 2011 Stone Carving class at work. This video was shot and edited by our student assistant for digital projects, Mike Price.

If you haven't seen our students' completed sculptures in the library be sure to stop in soon! We've got another summer art display (to be announced very soon) coming after this week.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Stone Carving Exhibit in the Library

"Convolution," by Katie Avant. Photo by Mike Price

Please don't miss a remarkable display of student artwork from Professor Ted Metz’s May 2011 sculpture class, Stone Carving (Art 471/571.)

The twenty pieces on display are cut from Colorado alabaster, shaped, and polished into fascinating forms and textures. This work will be displayed in the library main floor foyer through June 30.

The following is a list of participating artists:

Katie Avant

Danielle Banner
"I Wish my Boyfriend were Here"
"Lost at Sea"

Kirsten A. Bowman

Melissa Brobston

Sommer Fortner

Joyce Garrison
"In the memory of my Parents"
"Together Forever Amen"

Parker Hunt

Joshua James
"Once a Mountain, Now the Sea"

Jason Jeffcoat

Hannah Ronan-Daniell
"Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil"

Alexander Schmidt

* These works are no longer on display.

Thanks to our library student assistants Hannah Ronan-Daniell and Mike Price. Hannah helped with the coordination of our exhibit and created the labels for these fine works. Mike took photos of the exhibit, which you may view on our Flickr.

Thanks to our Circulation Manager, Gloria Beasley, who headed coordination and publicity efforts for this exhibit.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Deal of the Century: EBSCO and H.W. Wilson merge

In what is being billed as the "Deal of the Century" in the library world, EBSCO has acquired the H.W. Wilson company. Here's a link to a chart detailing the new world of Super Databases.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Summer 2011 Hours

Summer I and II hours for Carmichael Library:

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed