Newsletter Archives

January, 2006

The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama,
published irregularly as a service to the University Community

Table of Contents

New Interlibrary Loan System--ILLiad
The Public Space - Lecture and Exhibit

New Databases:

New Books Shelf
Library Instruction goes Multimedia
PETAL's Spring Schedule

New InterLibrary Loan System


Debbie Cobb, ILL Librarian

Interlibrary Loan has a brand new look for the new year. Starting Spring semester 2006, requests will be submitted through a new electronic system -- ILLiad. It is still Interlibrary Loan but with great new features:

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  • Your user profile only needs to be entered once
  • Check the status of your ILL requests yourself
  • Request renewals online
  • Edit your outstanding ILL requests yourself
  • View the history of your completed ILL requests
  • Resubmit your cancelled ILL requests
  • No more paperwork to slow down the process of fulfilling your requests
  • You never have to go through us to find out about your requests

Before you can logon and submit requests, you will be required to register. Your library barcode number must be activated before ILLiad allows you to register. (It can be activated at the Circulation desk or by calling (251) 460-7028. If you have ever checked out a book at the University Library, your library card has already been activated.)

• Students: your barcode is on the back of your student id card
• Faculty, Staff & Courtesy Card users: your barcode is on the front of your library card

To get started with ILLiad, simply go to the University Library homepage and click on “Interlibrary Loan.” Click on “First Time Users Registration” You will be prompted to review some instructions and policies. Click on the link “First Time Users Click Here” to create an account. Fill in your patron information, choose your own memorable username and password and click on “Submit Information.” You will be notified by email when you have successfully registered.

Now you are ready to start submitting your ILL requests via the Request Forms – Photocopy, Book, Book Chapter, Conference Paper, Report or Thesis. You will also be able to submit requests through FirstSearch. Instructions have been added to the FirstSearch intro screen.

We have been looking forward to providing this new service for our patrons for quite some time. If you have any comments or questions, please contact the ILL Office at or call at 460-7034. We hope you will enjoy ILLiad.

The Public Space

National Library Week Dean’s Lecture, April 2006

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Richard Wood,
Dean of the Libraries

Following the completion of the library construction project in 2003, the University Library has had the opportunity and resources to establish new programs during National Library Week (NLW). During NLW 2006, on April 6th at 7:00 p.m., I am very pleased to announce an outstanding Dean’s Lecture by Dr. Sue Walker and Dennis Holt in the Auditorium. “In the Realm of Rivers: Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta.” is the title of the program, as well as their book, published in 2005 by NewSouth Books.

The text of their “coffee table” book was written by Dr. Sue Walker, chair of USA’s English Department and Alabama's (10th) Poet Laureate. Acclaimed nature photographer, Dennis Holt, combined extraordinary images with Walker’s prose, poetry and non-fiction narrative. The foreword of their book was written by Edward O. Wilson, another Alabama native, who has won two Pulitzers, numerous other awards, and is internationally known as the “father of biodiversity.”

Dr. Walker colorfully will describe what she has learned about the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. To write the book, she did extensive research and interviewed not only scientists, environmentalists, historians, preservationists, and conservationists, but also hunters, fishermen, and industrial workers. While she presents the story behind the book, Dennis Holt will wow the audience with his many spectacular and sweeping photographic images of the landscapes that range from gnarled cypress knees to wildlife of all types. Holt’s photographs capture butterflies, turtles, bears, beavers, eagles, deer, and many other animals. His landscapes include river scenes, bald cypress trees, duck hunters, and boaters. Holt is the recipient of two television Emmys for wildlife cinematography. He has been collecting photographs of the delta for more than 25 years. He is the owner of Morning Light Gallery and Studio in Fairhope, Alabama.


An exhibit featuring the art of nearly seventy 4th and 5th graders in Mobile and Baldwin County will be on display in the University Library’s third floor gallery through February 28. The students participated in an art contest sponsored by the Alabama Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The purpose was to promote an awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s coastal resources. 1739 students from 40 schools participated with their art works depicting fishing, marine life, birding, marine litter, and recreational uses for our coastal resources. Over seventy winning entries are included in this year’s display. A few 2006 calendars which feature the art are available in the gallery area. Click here to see participating schools.

New Databases

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Kathy Jones
Social Science Librarian


The Library has been able to add PsycARTICLES to our PsycINFO subscription through EBSCO. PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group which cover the fields of general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. PsycARTICLES provides full-text coverage to 56 publications, coverage dates vary but none are prior to 1985 at this time. See the journal coverage list for details. The full-text link will appear for APA citations within the dates of coverage if you do a broad topic search in PsycINFO (which covers 1872 to date) or you may limit your search to just APA full text publications published since 1985 by searching for your topic in PsycARTICLES.

SocINDEX with Full Text

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO) offers comprehensive coverage of sociology and related fields of study. It contains full text for 325 journals dating back to 1895. This database also contains abstracts for 640 journals dating as far back as 1895, full text for 547 books and monographs, and full text for 6,711 conference papers. The related fields of study include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.

Periodicals Archive Online
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Amy Prendergast
Science and Technology Librarian

Through a partnership with the English and History departments, we are now able to provide access to Periodicals Archive Online. Formerly known as PCI Full Text, it includes content from more than 350 journals dating from 1802 to 1995. JSTOR may have a few additional years of content for some journals, though not the current issues. Subject areas covered are the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Periodicals Archive Online can be found from SOUTHcat Plus by choosing "Articles, Indexes, Databases" then scrolling down through the alphabetical list of databases. Articles can be retrieved by browsing by journal title or keyword searching by article title, title and text, or author from the front page. For more detailed searching, choose "Article Search" to bring up a search page where it is possible to also search by language, journal subject, and year of publication. Articles may be viewed and printed by choosing the "View article in PDF format" link on each record on the results list pages.

ACM Guide to Computing Literature

This is a bibliography of computing literature covering publications from more than 3000 publishers. Citations only for all but the ACM publications, for which it links to the full text in the ACM Digital Library.

New Books Shelf

Dennis Guion
Circulation Librarian
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Back by popular demand, the New Book Shelf is now ready. Selected new titles are marked as New Book and placed on the New Book Shelf. Retrieval of any of these titles in SOUTHcat, the Library’s online catalog, will show the item is currently located on the New Book Shelf. The shelf is located near the Circulation Desk on the East side of the atrium. There is a comfy chair to accommodate the causal browser.

Library Instruction's Multimedia

Jan Sauer
Instruction Librarian

For the media savvy, "virtual" generation we have mounted a short photo tour of the four floors of the library linked from the University Library's homepage.

We've also begun adding short instructional videos to the website. You must have Quicktime 7 (free download) and audio capability:

PETAL's Spring Schedule

Faculty Seminars - reviews of teaching tools and best classroom practices in higher education.

Roundtables - discussions provide a pedagogical forum for professional issues in teaching and learning.

Workshops - designed to assist faculty in the development of their multimedia skills and creation of novel instructional materials.


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