Construction & Renovation
Although there are many "finishing touches" that still
need to be completed, as there are in any major construction project,
the Dedication of the addition to the University Library on March
5th marked the essential completion of the construction project.
We were most fortunate to have Winston Groom, author of Forrest
Gump, as our featured speaker for the Dedication and Board Dinner
that evening. His gift of a limited first edition of Forrest Gump
was a welcome surprise, as was his willingness to autograph over
one hundred copies of his books for the many faculty, staff, students,
alumni, and Mobilians who attended.
I want to thank all of the users, as well as library personnel,
who coped graciously with the parking restrictions, noises, smells,
dust, and disruptions during the construction and renovation work.
The hard work of the library faculty and staff, as well as the
hundreds of others from architects, construction managers, and
excavators to the steel erectors, roofers, carpenters, masons,
painters, laborers, and movers resulted in a beautiful four story
addition of about 54,000 square feet that we can all be very proud
of at USA.
The glass curtain walls of the addition truly makes the University
Library a unique structure on campus, especially at night when
the inside lights make the building glow and illuminate the new
book stacks and furnishings. It is an inviting environment in
which to read and study and I invite you to do so if you have
not already visited.
Inside, the openness of the atrium, modern circulation
desk, and staircase welcome everyone who enters through either
of the two entrances at the east and west.
The entrances are at parking level to increase access
from the east, west and north. The Instructional Media Center
is front and center in the addition and is now combined with a
faculty development center called the Program for the Enhancement
of Teaching and Learning, or PETAL. This area not only houses
videotapes, music CDs, and DVDs, but also books and journals about
instructional technology, multimedia, teaching, studying, and
learning. Individual media preview rooms allow users to see or
hear the media in an almost sound proof room.
While reference and circulating book collections are housed in
traditional stacks on the remaining floors of both the addition
and original buildings, the new addition permits the library to
exhibit art and displays of all kinds on the third floor. Authors
or other speakers will be featured in the librarys new auditorium
that seats over 120. New classroom spaces will enhance the librarys
ability to teach Internet and database searching skills or traditional
library research methodologies.
Students have already found over twenty new group study rooms
as a favorite place to discuss projects or have small group meetings.
If visitors would prefer to relax to read or study, comfortable
lounge chairs are located throughout the addition. Finally, seeing
unique views of the campus from fourth floor vantage points will
reward all those who have not yet found their way to this beautiful,
unique and inspiring facility.
David Ensminger--New Head of PETAL/IMC
David Ensminger, the new Director of the PETAL and IMC, comes
to the University Library from the Department of Defense (Navy)
where he worked as an Instructional Systems Specialist.
Prior to his work designing instruction and evaluating programs
for the Navy, he worked for twelve years as a mental health
counselor with adolescent populations. He holds a BS in psychology
from the University of Utah and an MA in Psychology from Stephen
F. Austin. He is enrolled in the Instructional Design and Development
Ph.D. Program at the University of South Alabama, and is currently
On the personal side David is married to Michelle Miller and
they have a five-year-old daughter, Taylor. Davids leisure
activities include playing with Taylor, scuba diving, underwater
photography, making linoleum prints and reading.
OUP E-Journals Added
The University Library now provides access to
the 152 Oxford Journals Online--full-text access to those
journals published by OUP that have an electronic version.
(Some do not have an electronic equivalent. Abstracts are
included for those that don't.) To see the length and level
of coverage for each journal click
Area Studies (7)
Art History and Visual Culture(7)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology(19)
Biology and Ecology (13)
Communication Studies (7)
Computing and Engineering (11)
Economics and Business (21)
Language Studies, Linguistics, and Philology (7)
Literary Studies (16)
Mathematics and Statistics (16)
Political Science (20)
Psychology and Psychiatry (12)
Sociology, Social Policy
and Social Work (15)
To get to the Oxford Journals, go to SOUTHcat
and choose "Fulltext Journals and Indexes." Look
in the box under Frequently Used Index Collections and click
on "Oxford Journals Online." To look at tables of
contents, choose a journal title from the drop down box at
the top of the page labeled Select
a Journal or click "Journals
by Title" or "Journals by Subject"
on the left side of the page. Do a Quick Search by typing
key words in the box at the top of the page and clicking "go"
or do an Advanced Search by clicking on the magnifying glass
icon on the same line. In Advanced Search you can search by
keyword and use Boolean "and" and "or"
operators and search titles, abstracts, or all content. You
may also restrict a search by journal title or subject area.
If you have any questions or comments about Oxford Journals
Online please contact:
Prendergast, 460-7025, 62827 or
at 460-7938, 67938
Looking for Census 2000 data? Have a homework assignment to
set up an imaginary shop? Look what the Documents Department
can do for you.
FactFinder is an interactive part of the Census Bureau
web site. You can create and print out customized tables and
- Tables can be created in four easy step:
- Select the DATA SET you want to use 2000 Summary
File 1 or 2 or 1990 SummaryTape File 1 are currently available.
- Choose your table option Detailed, Geographic Comparison,
and Quick tables. Select your geography from the nation
down to the census block. Some statistics will not display
for reasons of privacy.
- Select one or more tables for information about age, sex,
race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household type, relationship,
group quarters, whether the residence is owned or rented (tenure),
and vacancy status.
By selecting the Maps button on the American FactFinder homepage,
I can display a thematic map showing Median Household Income
in Alabama by county for 1999.
This is one of many electronic government resources available
for you to use in the Documents Department of the University
Library. Come by and check us out.
is Retiring May 1st
Hannelore DuBose joined the USA Library in the
position of Reference and Circulation Librarian at the Medical
Library on August 15, 1977. She moved from Boston, where she
received her M.S.L.S from Simmons College and had worked for
4 years as cataloger. She came to the University Library in
February 1978 as Head Cataloger.
In 1993 Hannelore received an M.B. A. from the
University of Mobile. She is fluent in German, English, French
and Russian (although she says her French and Russian are
getting rusty). In her spare time she teaches German and sometimes
English to people in local chemical and airline companies.
In addition, she's done much translation work for chemical
and engineering companies, legal firms, and individuals. Four
years ago she was given additional duties as Collection Assessment
"I have enjoyed my work and am now looking
forward to 'travel and leisure' with my wonderful husband,
Arnell. We will take a one-month vacation to Spain, France,
Switzerland and possibly a bit of southern Germany in May.
Later this summer we plan to take our motor home to California
and visit the vineyards, and then up the West Coast to
some states I haven't been to yet: Oregon, Washington
and Montana. The 'leisure' part will be spent with
reading, flower gardening (we have 500 feet of flower
beds), and boating while listening to classical music."
you want to come and wish her well, a retirement reception
will be held for Hannelore on April 30th at 3 P.M. in Room
181 (old Room 5) of the University Library.
of the Archives Meeting
Congressman Sonny Callahan will speak at the
USA Archives on Sunday, May 4th. , Congressman Callahan has
donated his papers to the University Archives.
The event will run from 2 till 4 in Room 0722
in USA's Springhill Campus (formerly Providence Hospital)
accessed through the Lafayette Street entrance. It is open
to anyone interested in helping preserve the history of our
area and becoming a Friend of the USA Archives.
What is PETAL?
PETAL is the Program for the Enhancement of Teaching and
Learning. This new program, located in the Instructional Media
Center (IMC), is designed to coordinate the campus-wide efforts
to improve instruction and learning. Although still in its
infancy, the members of the PETAL staff are working to build
a center to provide faculty and students with current resources
to broaden their knowledge and skills in the area of instruction.
Currently the PETAL staff is developing a mission statement
and objectives for PETAL and the IMC. The main focus of PETAL
is to promote quality education across the University by serving
as an instructional resource center for the University of
South Alabama community. In order to accomplish this, the
first floor North of the Library will contain books and journals
that relate to teaching, instructional design, educational
assessment, and instructional technology.
The PETAL program will provide training programs that offer
faculty (new and experienced) an opportunity to learn more
about designing effective instruction as well as, how to increase
learning in and out of the classroom. The IMC will house the
PETAL technology lab that can be used by faculty, staff and
students to develop multimedia instruction and presentations.
Courses will be offered to help individuals create effective
multimedia instruction. We plan to foster a relationship with
Souths Instructional Design and Development program
that will give IDD students an opportunity to complete internships
under PETAL and allow for more individualized services and
JSTOR is a boon to our library collection. It's a not-for-profit
group that has gotten agreements from hundreds of journal
publishers to mount online the older volumes of their journals--at
a price that libraries can almost afford. This year we were
able to subscribe to two more JSTOR collections: the Languages
and Literature Collection and the Business Collection.
Click here to browse
all the JSTOR journals that are now available to you and
your students from any location.
The Albert Schweitzer Center and Group Study
A generous local businessman, who wishes to remain
anonymous, donated a large sum to fund a student scholarship
and a library collection of books by and about Albert Schweitzer
and other memorabilia. Room 340D in the new addition of the
library was dedicated on April 15th and has a plaque, pictures,
magazine covers and a bibliography of Schweitzer items recently
acquired for the University Library collection.