Have an overdue book, or two? No worries! During National Library Week, 4/15-4/19, bring a nonperishable, never opened item with you when you check in your book and have your fines forgiven! Up to $5 per book can be forgiven with a total of $25 possible per person. All donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Get details from the Sterne Library News blog.
While you’re at Sterne, check out our other National Library Week events, including free black and white printouts on Wednesday and a blood drive on Thursday.
READ new poets and reconnect with old favorites through Poetry Online @ Sterne Library. The guide describes databases with the full text of poetry from antiquity to the present. You can also view and listen to poetry readings, many by the authors themselves, in the MULTIMEDIA section of the Literature Online database.
WRITE a library-themed haiku (a form of Japanese poetry) and post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram between April 1 and April 14. Tag your haiku with @Sterne_Library or #sternelibrary.
WIN one of five iTunes gift cards if your library-themed haiku is among the top five chosen by judges. See Sterne Library News for contest details plus an explanation and examples of haiku.
Sterne Library requests your participation in LibQUAL+, a short survey asking for your thoughts on Library resources, services, and facilities.
Your response will be anonymous. However, should you choose to complete the survey and provide your official UAB e-mail address, you will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Three Kindle Fires will be awarded; one each to a randomly selected student, faculty and staff member.
A link to the survey was e-mailed to UAB students, faculty, and staff. You can also access the survey from our homepage. We look forward to hearing from you!
Sterne Library is accepting proposals for Faculty Grants for Collection Development. Seven grants of $2,000 each will be awarded. The proposal deadline is March 1, 2013. Awards will be made in April 2013.
Mervyn H. Sterne Library cordially invites you to
A Celebration of UAB Diversity
Blending of the Past and the Present:
a discussion of early years of Birmingham and
UAB through the turbulent Civil Rights era
William Haviland as Prospero from Shakespeare's Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Techy Shakespeare fans can now read Shakespeare texts online and create apps and other digital projects with code from those texts. The freely available Folger Digital Texts are digitized and coded versions of Folger Shakespeare Library editions.
Researching motion picture history just got a little easier with the launch of the Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections from library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections is an online database that provides public access to digitized materials from the Library’s collections. Currently, the database contains more than 3,000 items, including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music and movie star ephemera. The database also includes complete copies of more than 250 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927, and provides access to significant items including selections from the Alfred Hitchcock papers and the Cecil B. DeMille photographs, as well as the annual Academy Awards programs. –OCLC news release
Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary want the public’s help in tracking down the earliest usage of words and phrases through The OED Appeals project.
Each appeal is an invitation to assist OED editors in finding the earliest recorded date (or some other key aspect) of a word, to provide an accurate picture of when it made its first appearance in English. –from The OED Appeals
“Disco,” “in your dreams!,” “Bellini,” and “Kwanzaa” are some of the words and phrases on the current Appeals list, and each word already has comments with responses from OED editors.
The OED also takes suggestions for new words and word usages to add to the Dictionary.
Take a digital tour of the 15th-18th centuries in two new Sterne Library databases. With the recent addition of the Burney Collection (17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers) and Early English Books Online (EEBO), Sterne Library has expanded the online primary source material available to UAB students, faculty, and staff.
Early English Books Online includes over 125,000 literary and historical works printed in the English language from 1473-1700 plus works printed in Great Britain and its dependencies in any language. The first book printed in English, original texts and drawings by Galileo, plays and poetry of Shakespeare, works by Isaac Newton, musical exercises by Henry Purcell, and the novels of Aphra Behn are but a few of the works that are part of the 22 million digitized pages in EEBO.
“Documenting 200 years of cultural, political, social and historical events, 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers is the largest single collection of English news media, including newspapers, newsbooks, proclamations and pamphlets. It provides researchers with information and insight into England’s development as a world power, as well as the emergence of the modern newspaper.” (Gale Cengage Learning)
Contact me if you have questions about the content or use of these new resources.