Excellence in Librarianship Award
Deborah Harrington, Business Librarian at the Mitchell College of Business, received the Excellence in Librarianship Award on April 14, 2009. She was nominated for the outstanding and professional job she has done in setting up and running the MCOB Library. Deborah holds both a B.S. in Personnel Administration & Industrial Relations and a Master of Business Administration from USA as well as a Master of Library and Information Service from the University of Alabama. She has over 11 years experience as a business librarian and has also served as an instruction coordinator and Web master. Her research interests include online learning/communication, staff development and project management.
Staff Appreciation Awards
Brenda Hunter and Nancy Trant received this year's National Library Week "Staff Appreciation Awards" in the University Library during a luncheon on Wednesday, April 15. Brenda is an Acquisitions and Cataloging technical assistant and has been at the Library for 25 years. Nancy is a Serials technical assistant and has been at the Library for approximately 30 years. Both Brenda and Nancy are much appreciated for all the hard work they have given to the library during the past year.
The University Library at USA is one of the recipients of the Picturing America award, a project of the “We the People” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), distributed in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA). Picturing America is a new initiative from NEH to bring masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. It is hoped that this innovative program will allow students and citizens a chance to gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.
“This nation’s artistic heritage—through paintings, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts, and photography—offers unique insights into the character, ideals, and aspirations of our country. By bringing high-quality reproductions of notable American art into public and private schools, libraries, and communities, Picturing America gives participants the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history and culture in a fresh and engaging way. The program uses art as a catalyst for the study of America—the cultural, political, and historical threads woven into our nation’s fabric over time.”—from the Picturing America web site
Picturing America award materials include forty images mounted on twenty double-sided, laminated posters for display and classroom use, as well as a companion teacher’s resource book. The resource book is available in Documents Stacks [NF 3.8:AM 3 X/guide] while the posters are shelved in their handy carrying case in the Document Oversize shelves. Both will be available for check-out after they are no longer on display at the library.
For more information about Picturing America, see the September/October 2007 issue of HUMANITIES (v. 28, no. 5), which is available on-line or in the library [Docs NF 3.11:28/5], or check out the website: http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/ In addition, there is a richly-illustrated companion book of essays that provide historical context and background to the artwork. This book, PICTURING AMERICA, [Docs NF 3.2:AM 3/8] was one of the 2008 Notable Government Documents honorees in the federal documents category (see LIBRARY JOURNAL, May 15, 2009 issue for more information).
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New SciFinder Scholar Access
SciFinder Scholar access at the University of South Alabama has changed from the dedicated client software to a web browser-based version. The new version can be used with any web browser so it is no longer necessary to download special software to use Scifinder, and remote access is now much easier to use.
SciFinder access is only available to University of South Alabama faculty and students. To use the new access, faculty and students should go to the Library webpage at http://library.southalabama.edu and choose “Articles, Indexes, and Databases”, then scroll down the Databases Listed by Title to SciFinder Scholar. Click on “SciFinder Scholar – Register for Access” for information and links to register with CAS. After the patron fills out and submits the registration form, CAS will send an e-mail message with instructions for completing registration. This message will only be sent to a University of South Alabama e-mail domain so patrons MUST use their USA e-mail addresses when registering.
Once patrons receive their login names and passwords they should always go to the Library's Articles, Indexes, and Databases webpage to logon to SciFinder. Even with a SciFinder user name and password, patrons must logon from a University IP address. This means that off campus patrons must logon through our proxy server before they can logon to SciFinder. Using the links on the Library's pages insures this.
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Librarians' Professional Activity
Muriel Nero and Vera Finley presented a USA Library workshop entitled Basic Functions in Voyager 6.1 Cataloging Module on December 9, 2008.
Muriel Nero was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer of Technical Services & Systems Round Table (TSSRT) of the ALLA.
Ellen Wilson co-presented, with Dr. Jeffrey Blankenship, the paper, "Teaching Writing and Research Skills in an Undergraduate Public Administration Class," at the Southern Political Science Association meeting in New Orleans, January 8-10, 2009.
Ellen Wilson is the current secretary of the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries (AACRL) and serves on the Executive Board.
Paula Webb gave five public service presentations on government publications and Google applications at the Semmes Public Library, one at the Semmes Senior Center, and one at the Mobile Public Library in 2009.
Paula Webb gave a USA Research Forum poster session on the new Government Documents web site, April 3, 2009.
Paula Webb published “Looking for an Automobile? Let the Government Help you Deal with the Dealer.” Documents to the People, vol. 37, no. 2, Summer 2009.
Amy Prendergast became chair of the Faculty Senate Evaluation Committee and continues as the Faculty Senate webmaster.
Amy Prendergast and Debbie Cobb are on the Library School Association Board for the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Alabama.
Kathy Wheeler is the current newsletter editor for the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries (AACRL) and serves on the Executive Board.
Kathy Wheeler will be attending ALA Annual in Chicago as the current co-chair of the ACRL STS Subject and Bibliographic Access to Scientific Materials committee.