January 11, 2005

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The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama,
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Table of Contents:

More Resources Added

BioOne and
New Science Information Sources

by Amy Prendergast
Science & Technology Bibliographer

The University Library has acquired new or increased access to several science-related full-text databases recently. Earlier this year, our access to ScienceDirect was upgraded to include all journals, 1995 through current. In January, we will have access to Alt-Health Watch, a new EBSCO database that focuses on alternative and complementary healthcare and wellness and, starting in December, we have access to BioOne.

BioOne provides full-text access to 72 high-impact bioscience research journals, 33 of which we previously did not have subscriptions to. Most of these journals are published by scientific societies or small publishers and are not included in the "big deals." Subject areas covered include: environment, botany, zoology, cell science, entomology, marine biology, and paleontology, among others. Coverage for most journals extends back to 2000. BioOne also provides access to the electronic book The Arabidopsis Book. Access to the BioOne Abstracts and Indexes Database (BAID), a Cambridge Scientific Abstracts database, is included. Most of the journals in BioOne are also indexed in Biological Abstracts, which includes links to the full-text in its records.

We are pleased to be able to offer increased access to science-related topics through ScienceDirect, EBSCO, and BioOne.


by Vicki Tate
Dept. Head: Gov. Docs. & Serials

HeinOnline, which began as a preservation project to ensure the availability of historic legal periodicals, has become an essential legal research database. Presently, HeinOnline has four major library collections: the Law Journal Library, the Federal Register Library, the Treaties and Agreements Library, and the U.S. Supreme Court Library. All of these "libraries" are image-based, meaning that they provide exact page images and enable the research to view all pages as they originally appeared in hardcopy—including all charts, graphs, and photographs.

Unlike other online legal periodical databases that only supply coverage from the late 20th century, HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library is comprehensive, beginning with the first issue of hundreds of periodical titles. Indexing enables the user to search the entire collection by journal title, article author, and/or article title. Plus, all pages in the Law Journal Library have been processed through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, helping the researcher to conduct full-text searching throughout the text of all pages in the collection.

In the Federal Register Library, HeinOnline provides coverage from its 1936 inception in an image-based, searchable format, whereas other online services provide post-1980 coverage of the Federal Register. Also recently added to this Library is the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, from 1977 to the present.

HeinOnline’s Treaties and Agreements Library includes all treaties, currently in-force treaties, expired treaties, and yet-to-be published treaties. This Library also contains explanatory documents issued by the Dept. of State, which help spell out the ramifications of a treaty after it is officially published.

The link to HeinOnline can be found through the "Fulltext Journals and Indexes" web page, or for individual journals through the "USA-Subscribed Electronic Journals" listing. There are also web links for individual titles from our SOUTHcat Plus catalog.

ARTFL Project

by Jerry Wright
Humanities and Education Bibliographer

ARTFL ( American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) is a cooperative enterprise of the University of Chicago and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Its genesis may be traced to a machine-readable French dictionary in 1957 and progressed to the point of providing a variety of primary texts in many subjects. The aim is to make this versatile collection easily accessible to researchers. Nearly 2000 texts are now included, with emphasis on the 18th through the 20th centuries. A lesser number of texts are available from the 17th century and lately the poetry of Provence has been added. Find links to it through "e-Reference" and "Full Text Journals & Indexes" on the University Library home page.

Juvenile Collection

by Jerry Wright
Education and Humanities Bibliographer

A new location, within the Instructional Media Department of the Library, has been created to house classic and award-winning children's and young adult literature. The small but growing collection also includes sample elementary and middle and secondary school texts as well as aids to teachers. This is an ongoing project of the University Library in cooperation with the College of Education. Books in this collection circulate to University of South Alabama library users.

New Additions to EBSCO

by Kathy Wheeler
Electronic Services Librarian and Math/Stats Bibliographer

Thanks to the Alabama Virtual Library and to the Alabama Legislature for appropriating the money, the University Library has been able to add four EBSCO databases .

  1. Alt-Health Watch: holistic approaches to health care
  2. History Reference Center: full-text encyclopedias, reference books and primary sources
  3. Book Source: Nonfiction: full-text books on a variety of topics from social studies to science. Includes career information.
  4. Auto Repair Reference Center: uses data from the former publishers of the Chilton manuals.

Social Work

by Kathy Jones
Social Science Bibliographer

Thanks to ongoing funding requested with the proposal for an undergraduate program in Social Work, the University Library will subscribe to Social Works Abstracts Plus, an online indexing and abstracting source. This index will be found on the University Library homepage under Fulltext Journals/Indexes.

In another addition for social work, The University of Michigan, Digital Library Text Collections, has given the University Library permission to link to their digital collection on the National Conference on Social Welfare Proceedings (1874-1982). The link to the collection is also under Fulltext Journals/Indexes.

The Library will also be adding several core social work journals to our print collection. A reminder to all departments considering new programs: request ongoing library funding as part of your proposal to support the purchase of journals and databases for the University Library.

Hot News from the Alabama Virtual Library

by Jan Sauer
Instructional Services

We just got word on Jan. 4th from the AVL that they will pay for access to several more items which are now available.

  • The most exciting is the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, the complete 20 volume reference book, which "provides authoritative definitions of over 500,000 words; traces the usage of words from their first recorded occurrence . . . ; offers the best in etymological analysis and detailed listings of variant spellings."
  • We also got access to a database called the Oxford Reference Online Premium which contains about 100 full text books--from the The Oxford Companion to American Law to the Dictionary of Zoology. Click here for the whole list.
  • If you like CQ Researcher for the concise way it provides background on controversia topics, you will also like Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center.
  • Biography Reference Bank is a collection of the Wilson bio. sources like Current Biography containing 70,000 profiles from "high-quality publishers."
  • Annals of American History Online has text, pictures, multimedia and primary documents from 1493 to the present.

These are major additions to our online Reference Collection thanks to the Alabama Legislators who have learned that consortium purchase is the most efficient way to provide quality information to every citizen of this state.

The Dynamic Library

Upgraded to "Premier"

by Kathy Wheeler
Electronic Services Librarian and Math/Stats Bibliographer

Also because of increases to the Alabama Virtual Library budget by the Alabama Legislature two major EBSCO databases have been upgraded: Academic Search Elite becomes Academic Search Premier (providing access to approximately 4,700 full-text publications, 3624 of which are peer-reviewed journals) and Business Source Elite becomes Business Source Premier (providing access to approximately 7600 business publications, 1,131 of which are peer-reviewed journals). Besides the increased content, both Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier have a Cited Reference feature allowing the user to search for references that cite a particular author, title or source.

PsycINFO Changes Platforms

The University Library has switched PsycINFO from the SilverPlatter interface to the EBSCO platform. Some of the benefits of this change include better linking to full-text sources, limit fields on the same screen as the search box, and the cited references feature which allows the user to click on the Cited References line and link to the full-text of the articles cited by an author, if those articles are in databases or journals subscribed to by the University Library. PsycINFO in EBSCO is a little different from other EBSCO databases in that to limit a search to peer-reviewed journals, you scroll down to Publication Type and then choose Peer Reviewed Journals from the list of available publication types.


Jan Sauer
Instructional Services

The MLA International Bibliography has also been moved to the EBSCO platform from the OCLC FirstSearch group of databases. This move will allow direct links from retrieved records to the full-text of articles to which we subscribe in some electronic method. js

Some Losses

American Humanities Index, a database which EBSCO provided free of charge for the past year, is no longer available. We were able to continue Communication and Mass Media Complete through a NAAL (Network of Alabama Academic Libraries) consortium agreement for one more year. js

America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts are no longer available, but History Reference Center (under EBSCO) and JSTOR have full-text documents and articles that will be more immediately useful.js

New Library Printers

In the first few weeks of this semester we will all be adjusting to new printers. These Imagistics machines will only accept a TRACCARD (purchased at the circulation desk) for payment (10¢ a copy). They should be much faster, more reliable and economical than the laser printers currently being used.

The Teaching / Learning Library


Mary Engebretson
Public Services Co-ordinator

The University Library’s public service faculty and staff continue to work to increase the availability of resources – print and electronic – for the USA community.

As these statistics for the month of October indicate, the library is busier than ever. Faculty and students are still coming to the library to study, to learn how to find information, to check out resources, and to make copies of journal articles. Also, more USA researchers -- on campus and at home – are finding and using the library-subscribed electronic books and fulltext journal articles.

The Month of October, 2004

Entrance door count -- 38,335
Checkouts & renewals:
Circulation Desk
– 4,717 items
Reserve Desk – 536 items (not E-Reserve)
IMC Media Desk – 1,799 items

Public photocopies – 16,782 pages
Public printing – 21,424 pages
Library instruction classes:
36 sessions with 962 students attending
Interlibrary loan:
Borrowed: 144 books and 94 articles
Loaned: 178 books and 284 articles

Reference questions – 3,342
Library homepage visits – 52,194
Database/Index searches – 97,325
Full-text articles printed – 54,153


by Alla Zakharova,
Director of IMC/PETAL

PETAL actively participated in the New Faculty Orientation events and offered monthly seminars on a wide range of topics this past Fall. To our great satisfaction, faculty participation exceeded expectations. We received quite a few positive remarks and constructive suggestions for future seminars.

The technology workshops continue to attract new and vintage professors. They share with us their enthusiasm for incorporating PowerPoint, Excel and Photoshop into their classes and professional presentations. Drs. Glenn Sebastian, Susan McCready and Patricia Mark, to name a few, took advantage of the PETAL lab to set up grade books in Excel and use Power Point and Photoshop to prepare for presentations.

The University has acquired the anti-plagiarism software, "Turnitin," and PETAL conducted several presentations and workshops to familiarize faculty with this new application.

Our Roundtables were a smashing success this semester. Dr. Zohair Husain engaged the audience in a discussion on student oral reports and Dr. Linda Haynes puzzled her colleagues with the novel teaching technique of concept mapping.

PETAL will continue to present a forum for faculty to discuss teaching enhancement techniques as well as opportunities for faculty to learn new technical skills in the Spring semester. See the Spring schedules below:

Click here for an integrated calendar of faculty development opportunities on campus for the Spring.

Library Instruction

by Jan Sauer
Instructional Services

Library instruction for Fall '04 totaled 93 class sessions for 2093 students, and 24 tours with 101 students. The classes ranged from a very basic introduction to the concepts needed to navigate a modern academic library (with a strong emphasis on the nature of the "public" Internet and its use and abuse) to a review of the resources available for graduate level research including the effective use of discipline specific databases and dissertation abstracts, interlibrary loan, and specific reference works and Internet sites of value. We will often create webpages as memory aids for the students in our classes.

Anyone may attend these EH 102 sessions if there is space available. EH 102 Intro to Library Research Session Schedule

New students, whether freshmen or transfers, should be encouraged to take a library tour. Spring Tour Schedule

Another instruction outreach method is the Library Blog which we use to note newly available resources and services, useful websites, information literacy concepts, and an occasional rant about information, Internet or library abuse.

Call me at 460-6045 or email me if you want to talk about what we can do for you or your students.

Teaching and Learning Over the Bay -or- Waiting for Hollywood to Call

By Ann Taylor Blauer

When you need to be in three places at one time, what do you do? Make a video, of course!! Granted this is a challenge, when you have no budget, and the University does not have a television studio, but why let little things bother you.

During the first week of classes each semester at the Baldwin County campus of USA, I visit as many classes as possible to promote the Information Services for the branch. I use many different modes of promotion, but the more personal the better. When students can ‘picture a face’ with the service, especially one with an open, welcoming demeanor, then they will pursue getting the help they need. Given the limited time in which I have to speak to the classes, I decided to investigate the possibilities of having a video made. My search led me to Dr. Steven Rockwell in the Department of Communication. He was open to the suggestion of having one of his students in a “directed studies” class create an informative video for his/her grade. Timing was excellent, since he had a student, Wagner Navac, who was completing his degree and had many years of video development experience, not to mention much of his own advanced editing equipment. Wagner is from Brazil and had already won awards there for his productions.*

I wrote the script, planned the locations around Fairhope, and gathered production aids such as ‘domain-free’ film shorts. Wagner lined up a male narrator to give audio variety and planned the technical logistics for the project. After several planning meetings on main campus, the date was set to film. The video gods were smiling, because the day turned out to be beautiful for beach, park, and downtown shots. After a long filming day and evening, we felt we had a variety of shots and locations with plenty of tape to edit. Now the real work was up to Wagner. Taking loads of raw footage, he added many neat special effects, and edited it all down to a fast-paced, interesting presentation about research services. It was quite a challenge. Wagner took it in stride and created an excellent overview of our information services.**

I use the video regularly for classes which have minor information projects, while I personally visit classes with involved research assignments. It has helped tremendously in letting the students know about our information services. I also have received numerous compliments from professors on the video which I attribute to Wagner’s talent, but of course, I am still waiting for that call from Hollywood!

*Since graduating, Wagner Navac has opened his own video production company in Mobile named WN Video Productions. Visit his web site to see more of his talent. (WN Video Productions)

**View the USA Baldwin County Information Services video at: USA Baldwin County Campus Facilities & Services then click the link for the video in “Windows Media Player Format--low resolution”

The Public Space

The University Library Art Gallery

by Richard Wood
Dean of the Libraries

Mayor Mike Dow of Mobile, at the annual December meeting of Mobile United, emphasized how Mobile’s recent efforts to improve the arts in Mobile was so very important to efforts in attracting new business and visitors, as well as a means of promoting community awareness of the arts among our city residents. I would quickly add that it is critical for a university to raise awareness of the arts among all USA students, staff and faculty so that we may all appreciate a broad range of arts. We are very happy to have contributed to this effort by establishing two art galleries and a large display case area at the University Library in 2003.


The University Library’s main art gallery on the third floor has become one of Mobile’s largest and most attractive according to the artists who have showed their works here. Artists have said that our main gallery is located in a two story high, atrium like area which is very spacious and well lit. Artists particularly like the library hours, as most art galleries have limited daytime and weekend hours. Too, the track system for hanging framed art is very flexible and allows small to very large pieces to be hung. The library’s galleries offer artists far more exposure, which is highly desirable to most fine artists. Unlike most galleries, however, the library does not sell any art or photographs. Instead, the library provides contact and biographical information about the artists. This means artists have no cost to exhibit their works in the library. Twelve glass display cases can accommodate small, unframed art, photographs, jewelry, and a variety of objects. Linda Keator from Scrap N’Shoppe, for example, displayed many beautiful examples to illustrate why this hobby is so popular today. The gallery also accommodated a special, traveling display of the Mobile County Probate Court; it consisted of many large panels exhibiting copies of historical records held in its archives.

The library’s other gallery is on the first floor in the hallways of the original building and is easily accessible. Both galleries and the display cases allow the library to have multiple shows at the same time. The first show (during the re-dedication of the Library in March 2003) was by a former library member, Joaquin Holloway, who exhibited his award-winning photography. The works of many current or past USA students or employees, as well as local artists and photographers, have also been exhibited. Shows have included the works of Judy Hempstead, Susan Hales, Theresa Lepre, Lynda Touart, David Trimmier, Mary Rodning, James E. Conlon, and Barbara Cline. Members of Camera South exhibited photographic prints and displayed old cameras and club historical records as well. Two statewide, traveling exhibits were also exhibited: the Percipio (Art in Science) and, the Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama.

For 2005, there will be Herbert (Mannie) Pair, a former USA student and president of the Student Art Association, as well as shows by USA art faculty, Linda Hall, and another Percipio exhibit. Please come by the library periodically, particularly when I send e-mail notifications to all USA staff and faculty to announce new shows.

University Library Events Schedule

Google Scholar and the Google Library

Jan Sauer
Instructional Services

Google made two important announcements recently, the first in November uncovering Google Scholar which claims to be the first academicly respectable search engine--though it has yet to divulge the scope of its coverage of academic journal literature.

In the middle of December they made an even bigger announcement -- Google plans to digitize 10-15 million books from several major libraries within the next six years. Though it is not clear how this will work, it probably means that Google searchers will be able to read "images" of pages from books in the public domain without the possibility of printing. Books still under copyright will have a page or two open with a link to a library or bookstore.

Google is a business. It's mission is to make money. It makes money by attracting searchers who are then exposed to advertising. It is not in the business of giving away or sharing anything without a price. It is not a library, nor will it ever supplant a library.

Digital access of any kind strengthens our mission as unbiased information specialists and teachers. And in spite of a huge number of online resources, our library building is busier than ever as a repository of information, a teaching library and a public space. Librarians are making decisions about where best to spend our budget. We are creating logical access points to online information. We are teaching classes. We are building webpages. And perhaps most important, we are offering students a welcoming and helpful public commons in which to engage in conversations across disciplines and across the ages.


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