Now Up and Running!
Electronic Course Reserve was initiated by our Circulation/Reserve
Department at The University Library during the 2002 Summer Semester.
This enhancement to our Course Reserve Service should prove very
popular because it enables students to access most reserve reading
assignments online. It should free them from some of the traditional
frustrations and irritations associated with Course Reserve materials.
We are pleased to offer this new service, and think our students
and faculty will welcome its convenience and ease of access. We
welcome you to try it, and we hope that you will let us know how
you feel about it; we invite your questions, comments, suggestions,
etc. Please contact The University Library Circulation/Reserve
Department at 460-7028 or
Materials you wish to place on Course Reserve may be submitted
in person (forms available at the Circulation/Reserve Desk), by
fax (460-6884), or online
(the online form is under "Hours
and Information" on our homepage).
items that are to be placed on E-Reserve, we will need two clean
and legible copies. Please get copies you want on E-Reserve in
early (before Christmas) to allow time to scan and mount them
on the Web.
Addition and Renovation News
than a year after excavation began in January 2002, all of the
major structural work to the addition of the University Library
is finished. The general contractors who erected the steel,
hung the pre-cast concrete, and installed the glass curtain
wall and roof are long gone. During the fall semester, they
were replaced by new contractors who began to hang miles of
drywall, duct pipe, and electrical and network wires, as well
as to install elevators, bathroom fixtures, and lights. It would
be an understatement to say that all the tradesmen have worked
diligently and tirelessly throughout the project.
The library additions uniqueness and beauty is now obvious
from USA North Drive or the librarys parking areas. There
is no other building like it on campus, nor in Mobile. The Architectural
Groups (TAGs) design is especially commendable for
how the existing and new structures blend into one another by
means of an atrium. The atrium, or connection between the two
buildings, is where east and west entrances will guide users
into the library. The new entrances will remedy the long walk
from the parking areas to the original, single entrance across
from the Student Center.
Progress has been so fast that by Thanksgiving Day, the second
floor was nearly ready for carpeting and shelving. Before Christmas,
the reference collection located on the second level of the
existing library will be moved across the bridges connecting
the two structures. This will allow demolition and renovation
work in the "old" library to continue and be completed
on the second level in January 2003. Also before Christmas,
the Collection Management offices and staff will move across
the hall to what was the Instructional Media Center (IMC). Then
the vacated offices can be demolished and the area renovated
for library administration in January 2003.
summary, both the construction and renovation projects are nearing
completion very quickly. By the next newsletter, we can all
look forward to an announcement about grand opening
from the AVL
note listing the current AVL databases arrived from Lucinda
M. Beddow, Chair, AVL Council. Jan
is now available concerning contract negotiations for licenses
to the Alabama Virtual Library databases for the year 2002-2003,
beginning October 1, 2002.
following database licenses are being renewed for the upcoming
Ethnic Newswatch Complete,
Facts on File[African-American
History and Culture], The
Gale Group, LitFinder,
OCLC/First Search and SIRS.
Ethnic Newswatch will be offered through ProQuest beginning
October 1 and no longer through EBSCOhost.
decision was made not to renew the licenses for Grolier Online
and Electric Library. Access to these two databases will cease
on September 30, 2002.
Online/Britannica Online School Edition will be added to
the Alabama Virtual Library beginning October 1, 2002. Other
contracts are still in negotiation.
AVL funding is now less than the original $3 million due to
proration, and because the AVL is entering a fourth year with
price increases also a factor, it was necessary for the AVL
Council to make hard decisions concerning contract renewals."
write, email your Alabama legislators to encourage them to continue
supporting the Alabama Virtual Library--it is truly the best
buy the state could make for improving its education. JS
Reference Area, elevators and reference offices
1. The teachers name from the Instructor drop-down menu,
2. The Course Abbreviation from the Department menu
3. The Course Number from the Course menu,
Click on the Search button.
more than one citation appears, choose the appropriate item
and click on it. When the record appears, click on "Click
Here for Electronic Version." This should activate Adobe
Acrobat and bring up an exact image of each page.
the large .pdf file may take a long time. Please wait several
minutes, if necessary, for the item to appear especially if
you are on a dial-up connection.
is Back in Firstsearch
Library provides access to two Earth Sciences databases, GEOBASE
and GeoRef. GEOBASE has just returned after a long absence.
These both may be found from SOUTHcat Plus by clicking on "Fulltext
Journals & Indexes."
found among the FirstSearch set of databases, is the online
version of Geographical Abstracts and includes worldwide literature
on geography, geology, and ecology. It covers journals, books,
monographs, conference proceedings, and reports from 1980 to
GeoRef, found among the SilverPlatter set of databases, is produced
by the American Geological Institute and covers the geology
of North America from 1785 to the present and the geology of
the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. The database
includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological
Survey. Masters' theses and doctoral dissertations from U.S.
and Canadian universities are also covered. If you have questions
about GeoRef, GEOBASE, or any of our databases,
please call the Reference Desk at 460-7025, or send e-mail to
Web of Science
Biomedical Library has subscribed to ISI's Web of Science. This
web resource is the online equivalent of Science Citation Index
and provides access to current and retrospective literature
in the sciences. The subscription includes access to not only
the Web of Science but to Current Contents (Life Sciences and
Clinical Medicine) and to ISI's Journal Citation Reports. Web
of Science is not a full-text database but it allows you to
trace the evolution of a subject or the number of times an author
has been cited.
WARNING: Web of Science is available remotely as well as on
campus. If you are accessing Web of Science remotely, you may
get the following message before your session even starts: "Your
session has expired." You will need to establish a new
session if you wish to continue. If you go ahead and click
on "establish a new session," you"ll be able
to access Web of Science and search without any further problems.
Web of Science can be accessed by going to
the University Library's homepage at choosing "Fulltext
Journals & Indexes" and then dragging down to the
Web of Science.
Library discontinued its subscription to the print Foundation
Center annuals a few years ago, so we were happy to see that
Office of Sponsored Programs has picked up an electronic subscription
for at least one year. This is an excellent way to find grants.
From the OSP webpage:
Office of Sponsored Programs has recently purchased a subscription
to The Foundation Center. This top Platinum Plan subscription
provides extensive program details for 1,000+ leading foundations;
detailed application guidelines for 6,000+ foundations; and
sponsoring company information for corporate givers. In addition,
the plan includes a searchable file of approximately 150,000
grants of $10,000 or more awarded by the top 1,200 funders.
interested in conducting funding searches through The Foundation
Center for private foundation funding should arrange a search
following college contacts. Please note, unlike IRIS and
other subscriptions which allow faculty access, only these
contacts have the Platinum access to The Foundation Center."