Thursday, March 29, 2007

First Person and Historical Photos

There are lots of places to share photos on the web. Flikr is probably the most famous. But this one is kind of intriquing. MSNBC puts out a call for photos of certain things and stories that are of interest. The station might use your photo and story on the air. Got a great Spring Break picture? That seems to be on the call list, as are motorcycle pictures, Will Smith look-alike photos and quirky American landmarks and people. I haven't tried sending a picture yet, so I don't know what is involved.

Here's another photo site. This one has pictures from 100 or so years ago. Ran across one taken in Mobile about the turn of the century. Also links to other sites that have photos and ads from previous eras.

Both of thse are from the latest Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff.

And here's one for you to post that photo of you taken on the day when your hair is perfect, your clothes are clean and you look like a Gap, Target or iTunes ad. It's called Looking Real Good and is for regular people (which seems to mean the under 35, fairly techy crowd). Where else can you do this and be one of the cool people.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Facebook and AIM Experiment

OK, I don't know if anyone cares but I'm sending out an invitation to you to try reaching me for Chat. See the graphic for my AIM name. And you can also get to me at Facebook as J Sauer or the I Love the USA Library group[which has a total of 2 members right now]. This experiment may not last long, either because of apathetic response or overwork, but I thought I'd try it near the end of the semester just to see what happens. I'll try to be online when I'm in the Library and not teaching or at the Ref desk. Got a question about your research? Try it here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Our Veterans and a Watchdog

No matter what you think about the war, you know that those women and men who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with physical and psychological injuries deserve the best we can give them. Here's a watchdog website that is trying to ensure they get the best.

Sundays New York Times Magazine section has a cover story on the women in the war that is well worth reading too. Go to LexisNexis>General News>Major Papers and do a search using women's war as your search term.

And I just donated a documentary DVD I saw in NY last summer called "The War Tapes" to the Instructional Media Center. Three soldiers in their own words and with their own videos. A primary document, a case study and a fascinating view directly from Iraq. X-Rated language. Check it out. js

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I'm back from a Spring Break filled with difficult decisions based on cost/aesthetic analyses with mostly "cost" winning. If you are interested see: js

With no cost to you, check out both the Art/Literature student's and the fine arts faculty's aesthetic decisions on the 3rd floor of the Library. I got this announcement from the Dean this morning:

"The Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition features artwork in a wide range of materials and disciplines including painting, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and photography on the third floor. This show extends through the end of the semester to May 10th.

"Poets & Artists" display. The students in Claire Evangelista's drawing class respond through art and photography to the poems written by students in Dr. Sue Walker's poetry class. Over thirty poems will be paired with as many framed photographs, sketches or drawings in eight display cases and walls on the third floor of the University Library. This student show marks the first, interdisciplinary project at USA between the two departments. The show runs concurrently with the visual art faculty exhibition and extends through the end of the semester to May 10th.

Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama. This show on the first floor of the University Library displays prize winning entries of visually impaired students of all ages in Alabama public, private, home and residential schools. It is the 24th annual statewide contest supported by the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation, the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, and University of Alabama at Birmingham's Vision Research Center, and schools of Optometry and Education. It will be on display through April 15th."

Thursday, March 08, 2007

So you don't forget about the Library over Spring Break

The best Library videos:

Spring Break Hours:

March 10 (Saturday) Open 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
March 11 (Sunday) Spring Break CLOSED
March 12 - 16 (Monday - Friday) Spring Break 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March 17 (Saturday) Spring Break CLOSED
March 18 (Sunday) Open 1:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Through the Eye of Katrina

The History Dept. is sponsoring a conference this week entitled: Through the Eye of Katrina. Vickey Baggott, government documents librarian, has created a list of documents relevant to the topic. Here's a link to her webpage. Thanks Vickey.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Outreach-Books 3:30 today in the Auditorium & Art Show

3:30 today in the Library's Auditorium you might want to find out about multiple ways of finding books for your research projects: the SOUTHcat catalog, of course, but also; Google Books; Online Books Page and many others. Hey, I know that journal and magazine are sooo easy to get to through our databases (and I'll talk about those in April) but books are still one of the most useful and efficient ways of deriving information and knowledge in this handy, compact, beautiful little package.

I also just got this email from the Dean's Office so after the Outreach, head to the third floor gallery and check out your faculty member's art works:
"2007 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

The Visual Arts Faculty of the University of South Alabama will present the 2007 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition. The exhibit features artwork in a wide range of materials and disciplines including painting, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and photography. Also, Poets & Artists, a collaboration of emerging artists and poets from the Creative Writing and the Visual Arts Departments will be presented. The exhibit will be on display in the University Library Third Floor Gallery from March 1 - May 11. The public is invited to attend the opening reception Friday, March 23, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

The 2007 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition artists include: Jeremy Colbert, Claire Evangelista, Diane Gibbs, Matthew Johnson, Marvin Kendrick, David McCann, Catherine McLeod, Phillipe Oszuscik, Walter Simon, Larry B. Simpson, Benjamin J. Shamback, Margarita Skiadas, Rachel Wright, Tony Wright and Kyeong-Won Youn.

For more information, contact Ben Shamback at (251) 261-1448 or email at"