January 21, 2004

Newsletter Archives

New Databases: Latin American | Communications| Humanities
New Faculty: Head of Circulation|
Interim Director for PETAL/IMC
| Professional Happenings | Memorial Tree
| Biomed Central | The Learning Library

February—University Library Month

New Databases

CLASE and PERIÓDICA through FirstSearch

CLASE (Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades) and PERIÓDICA (Índice de Revistas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias) have been produced by UNAM since the mid-1970s.  The databases offer information from articles, essays, book reviews, technical reports, and interviews published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues. CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American and Caribbean journals specializing in social sciences and humanities.  PERIÓDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. 

CMMC And AHI through EBSCO

EBSCO is allowing us free access to these two databases for one year with the hope that we, and you, will find them so useful that we will continue with a subscription. Please give us feedback and tell what you think of them.

Communication & Mass Media Complete covers areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with other journals. CMMC offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for over 300 journals, and selected coverage of over 100 more. It includes full text for nearly 200 journals. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915).

American Humanities Index, an abstract/index database, is a source of indexing for humanities journals and is a complement to the MLA International Bibliography. It contains bibliographic records for more than 750 journals back as far as 1975—many literary, scholarly and creative journals not indexed elsewhere. The database provides citation information for articles, essays and reviews, and creative works including poems and fiction. Photographs, paintings and illustrations are also referenced.

The preceding articles were adapted from press releases with the adjectives and adverbs removed byJan Sauer.

Memorial for Jim Norman, Circulation Librarian, who died May 23rd, 2003.

Biomed Central


The Libraries have purchased a subscription to BioMed Central, a repository of over 100 open access journals. Many of the journals are also biology and ecology related. See the list here. Article submission to BioMed Central is free to researchers at subscribed institutions. Take advantage of its alert service to let you know when an article in your interest is published.

"BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. . . .

All research articles and most other content in BioMed Central's journals are fully and rapidly peer-reviewed. The precise form of peer review is left to those responsible for editorial control of the journal [more information]. In some cases, including all the medical BMC journals, reviewers are asked to sign their reviews and the pre-publication history of each paper (submitted versions, reviewers' reports, authors' responses) is posted on the web with the published article."

Jan Sauer

The Learning Library

The Program for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (PETAL) is offering a set of workshops for faculty and staff at the beginning of February. They will be held in Room 128, just inside the west door to the Atrium. Call IMC/ PETAL at 460-7029 for more information and registration.

Power Search SouthCat Catalog and Multimedia—Jan Sauer & Libby Jones

Weds. Feb. 4th at 2:30-3:10
Tues. Feb. 10th at 3:30-4:15

E-Books and e-Reserves—Jan Sauer & Dennis Guion

Thurs. Feb. 5th at 11:00-11:45
Mon. Feb 16th at 10:10-10:50

Other learning opportunities:

Jan Sauer

Two New Faculty

Dennis Guion

Dennis Guion was appointed to the position of Head of Circulation/Reserves as an Associate Librarian. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art from Pan American University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. He comes to us from the University of Wyoming Libraries (Laramie), where he was Head of Access Services with Associate Librarian faculty rank. Dennis worked extensively with various online programs and has direct experience in the implementation of the Voyager circulation module, including electronic course reserves. His past experience includes reference and collection development responsibilities.

Dr. Alla Zakharova

Many USA employees already know Dr. Alla Zakharova from teaching Banner or other application software for the Computer Services Department. Until a permanent replacement is named, Alla will assume the temporary Instructor position of Coordinator of the Program for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (PETAL) and Director of the Instructional Media Center. It was left vacant when David Ensminger moved to Illinois after his wife was promoted to a new position. Alla is currently working on her Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development at USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University in Russia and the M.Ed in School Administration from USA, the Bachelor of Science and MS in English and German from Moscow State Pedagogical Institute in Russia.

Richard Wood

Professional Happenings

Jan Sauer, Instructional Services Librarian, and her husband, David Kennedy Sauer, Professor of English and 2003/2004 Altmayer Chair of Literature at Spring Hill College, have collaborated on a book, David Mamet: A Research and Production Sourcebook, published by Praeger and released this fall. In addition they have contributed a chapter, an overview of Mamet criticism, to Christopher Bigsby's the Cambridge Companion to David Mamet coming out this spring. David also has an essay in Chelsea House's Harold Bloom book on Mamet just released. Both will be helping to organize and giving papers at The Second International David Mamet Conference in London this June. Jan will be speaking on sources and techniques for doing literary research in the field of Contemporary Drama.

Jaurice DeWayne Hudnell of the IMC has been selected to serve a two- year term as the Southern Member-At-Large of the Alabama Library Association's Paraprofessional Round Table.

Amy Prendergast, Reference Librarian and Bibliographer for Science and Technology, just returned from the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in San Diego. Amy is a member of the Science and Technology Section of the Government Information Committee of the ACRL [Association for College and Research Libraries].

Constance Grant, cataloger, has been named to the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries Digitizing Content Committee.

Vickey Baggott of Government Documents is the Secretary/ Treasurer of the Government Documents Round Table of the Alabama Library Association.

Jan Sauer

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