Monday, September 28, 2009

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week, September 26 - October 3

Banned Books Week is an annual recognition, held in the last week of September, of the importance of the First Amendment to readers and writers. It celebrates the freedom to read what we want to read and emphasizes the significance of open access to information. The American Library Association lists the most Frequently Challenged Books in libraries at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/index.cfm

Check out the posters of Frequently Challenged and Banned Books at the University Library -- you can't miss them when you come in the doors. Also, don't forget to vote for your favorite banned book at the Circulation Desk.

Monday, August 31, 2009

AVL Databases

The Alabama Virtual Library has been a boon to our state as far as research is concerned. It has provided databases for all ranges and ages of researchers -- from kindergarten to graduate student to general public. Having access to the AVL has allowed the University of South Alabama Libraries to subscribe to very subject-specific databases such as ArtStor and IEEE Xplore, knowing that the general use databases had already been taken care of by the AVL.

Like the rest of the state, the AVL has been affected by the economic situation and finds its funding to be less this year than previous years. Keeping its mission in mind -- to provide information for all levels of researchers -- the AVL recently decided to cut the following databases from its list. Access will not be available after September 31:

OCLC FirstSearch databases
  1. CAMIO - Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
  2. ArchiveGrid
  3. ArticleFirst
  4. ClasePeriodica
  5. Electronic Collections Online
  6. GPO Monthly Catalog
  7. MEDLINE
  8. OAIster
  9. PapersFirst
  10. ProceedingsFirst
  11. World Almanac
  12. WorldCat
  13. WorldCat Dissertations
H.W. Wilson's Biography Reference Bank
SIRS Knowledge Source databases
  1. SIRS Issues Researcher
  2. SIRS Government Reporter
  3. SIRS Renaissance
Britannica's add-on databases
  1. World Data Analyst
  2. Annals of American History
  3. Enciclopedia Juvenil
  4. Enciclopedia Universal en EspaƱol
In addition to the above resources not being renewed, EBSCO's Academic Search Premier will be downgraded to Academic Search Elite.