Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Extended Library Hours for Finals
The Library will be OPEN ALL NIGHT before each Exam Day
Final Exams will be on December 9, 10, 13, 15, & 16
Wed. Dec. 8 – OPEN ALL NIGHT
Thurs. Dec. 9 – OPEN ALL NIGHT
Sat. Dec. 11 – Open ‘til Midnight
Sun. Dec. 12 – OPEN ALL NIGHT
Mon. Dec. 13 – Open ‘til 2 a.m.
Tues. Dec. 14 – OPEN ALL NIGHT
Wed. Dec. 15 – OPEN ALL NIGHT
Library services end at 2 a.m. (after 2 a.m. no check-outs; no reserves; no copier or printer support; no paying fines)
Many thanks to SGA & Campus Police for making these extended hours possible!
Another Important Date:
ALL Interlibrary Loan Books are due back on Thursday, December 9th.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Imagine yourself a few short years from now skimming through your old yearbook. "What's his name?" you might ask. Well, here's your chance to help the BSC College Archives document what was happening on the Hilltop in 2010.
So, stop by and write in the names of the people you know. We will then make an index to the yearbook so this information won't be lost. It could be a fun break from studying and writing papers, too!
Monday, November 22, 2010
"Thanksgiving Day" image by Thomas Nast from Harper's Weekly, November 26, 1863
Monday, November 15, 2010
- The Narrative
- Guido and Guidette
For clear definitions, see the full story (published Nov. 14, 2010) at the Global Language Monitor website: http://www.languagemonitor.com/.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Because of system maintenance at the company, one of BSC Library's most heavily-used science databases, ScienceDirect, will be unavailable on Saturday, November 13, from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Do not despair because there are many other databases that cover science topics. Be sure to explore the list of databases arranged by subject and try other options. Remember, if you use Biological Abstracts, you will need to check to see if BSC has access to the journals/articles you want. Do this by searching for journal titles in the Library's Ejournals list.
Remember, too, that Reference help is available on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Friday, November 5, 2010
I said I was a pacifist.
I wouldn't kill a flea.
All living things are sanctified--
at least as much as me.
But ants kept running underneath
my shoes, to my regret.
Mom gave me pin-worm medicine,
and gnats drowned in my sweat.
Mosquitoes landed on my neck.
I slapped before I thought.
And when I saw my bloody palm
I wasn't overwrought.
My baseball glove is made of skin
stripped from a cow, and dried,
and the chicken in my chicken pie
is not a suicide.
"Though I love baseball and meat pie,
These deaths are not my fault,"
I said. Then, hell, I went outside,
and covered snails with salt.
--from The Antioch Review, 61:3, Summer 2003
Monday, November 1, 2010
The library's official policy allows covered drinks only in the building. However, if you do bring food into the library, we ask that you remove all of your leftovers - or as the Boy Scouts say, "Pack it out!" Garbage cans are located just outside the library entrance, for your convenience.
Thank you for helping keep the library clean.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Read All About It!
Keeping up with all the campus news is easier than ever. The Hilltop News is now online!
You can read the current issue and the previous archived issues for this semester at: http://www.thehilltopnews.com/
If you are looking for articles from earlier years, the Library has a complete run of The Hilltop News which started in 1939. 'Southern's earlier newspaper was called The Black and Gold and ran from 1919 to 1939 when it changed its name to The Hilltop News. Visit the College Archives to see the old newspapers. The Hilltop News is listed in the Library's Online Catalog and has a direct link to the online version of the newspaper.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
BSC students, faculty & staff may print using their email user ID and password.
Community patrons: Please visit the library circulation desk to purchase a print card. The printing cost for community patrons will be .06 per page. Color printing is .25 per page.
NOTICE: All Print Jobs are set to print in DUPLEX mode (front & back). To print one side only, you must click on the Properties button (Fig. 1) after clicking PRINT and manually select “1 – Sided” (Fig. 2).
When you initiate a print job, the following information (Fig. 3) will appear containing the name of the print job, the number of pages, and how much your account will be charged. Simply enter your email credentials (students) or your patron credentials (community patrons) and then click print.
Once your job has printed, a popup (Fig. 4) will appear in the bottom right hand corner with your username and your remaining balance. To check your balance at any time, from anywhere ON CAMPUS, visit http://mypbalance.bsc.edu/PCounterBalance/ and enter your credentials (students only). Community patrons may inquire at the circulation desk as to what their print balance is.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The files are at:
They may take a few moments to load. Enjoy!
Monday, September 27, 2010
As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., in Texas v. Johnson, said most eloquently: "If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."
from the American Library Association web page " About Banned and Challenged Books "
Imagine a world where access to information is restricted.
Imagine a world where books, such as Huckleberry Finn, are banned.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Some of the 20 museums in Alabama participating in the event are:
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
- Birmingham Museum of Art
- Vulcan Park and Museum
- Moundville Archaeological Park and Museum - Moundville
- Kentuck Museum Association - Northport
- Anniston Museum of Natural History - Anniston
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Huntsville
You may go to this link http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/admission.html?2010 to find a list of all participants and to print your free tickets.
Monday, September 13, 2010
The image is from the Massachusetts Centinel, August 2, 1788.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
BSC Library Staff
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We apologize for this unanticipated and unusual shift in library hours.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Happy Labor Day!
Monday, August 30, 2010
If you're an old-timer - welcome back! Please feel free to stop by and check out a new book, DVD or CD. We missed the energy that a full contingent of BSC students and faculty brings to the library. We're glad you're back - and hope to see you soon!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Please stop by and check out Molly's prints - along with other eye-catching works of art by BSC students - on the lower level of the library!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
All of these books are listed in the BSC Library Catalog. You may also stop by the library to see a display of some of the titles in question!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Birmingham-Southern College Library is happy to help in that diffusion of knowledge, specifically of the knowledge published by the U.S. government through its collection of government documents.
The Library is a Selective Government Depository Library, so we only receive part of the vast output of the government and federal agencies. Of course more and more documents are published online, so we have access to much more than would ever fit on our library shelves. Also, we can borrow documents from the Regional Depository in Tuscaloosa.
The government publishes material on almost every subject imaginable, from reports on the response to the current financial crisis to documents about specific events in American history.
So, how do I get all this information, you may wonder? You could start at the BSC Library catalog (recent documents will show up there, along with any available links to online versions.) You can also explore the guide to Internet access of government information at http://orgs.bsc.edu/libref/govdoc/govdoc.htm
Or, you could come talk to us at the Library!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Have a happy 4th of July!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
We invite you to stop by and read a book, surf the web, or simply chill.
Here's to a fine summer session!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We hope everyone is enjoying the break between terms!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The BSC Library is pleased to present podcasts of Dr. Vince Gawronski's Provost's Forum - "Democratic Consolidation: The Special Case of El Salvador" recorded April 27, 2010.
The files are at:
The top link is to the audio version, and the bottom link is to the video presentation.
We hope you enjoy the podcasts. Dr. Gawronski demonstrates his great knowledge of politics in Latin America, as well as his deep interest in the region.
Monday, May 3, 2010
May 6 Thursday 8:00am - 2:00am
May 7 Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
May 8 Saturday 9:00am - midnight
May 9 Sunday 2:00pm - 2:00am
May 10 - 12 Monday - Wednesday 8:00am - 2:00am
May 13 Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
May 14 Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
May 15 - 16 Saturday - Sunday CLOSED
Library facilities will be reserved for use by BSC students, faculty and staff only during the exam period (5/6/10 through 5/13/10). The Library Electronic Classroom will be open to students for all hours the Library is open during this time.
Good luck with finals!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
One of these such performances will be held Thursday evening. The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band are performing at 7:30 pm in Hill Recital Hall. So take some time out of your busy schedule and go enjoy the show. We hope to see you there!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Join your fellows this Thursday, April 29, in a Common Hour event with a different focus: women and entrepreneurship. ‘Women in the Workplace’ is always a hot topic, and in this event, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting a panel to discuss issues and inspire students. “Dreaming Big and Taking Charge: Female Entrepreneurship Panel” will be held from 11am-12pm in Norton theatre; the three panelists are all female entrepreneurs from Birmingham, prepared to share their experiences, businesses and challenges with the BSC community. Audience participation and questions are encouraged.
The panelists include Dr. Karen Starks, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Community Entrepreneurship Institute, Inc. (CEI, Inc.), Meagan Peace, co-founder and owner of Hayah Cosmetics, and Elizabeth Clark, owner of Integrity Insurance Group.
Dr. Starks started CEI Inc. in 2005, with the mission to “advance social and economic well-being in urban communities through entrepreneurship.” Dr. Starks is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama School of Social Work, specializing in social policy and community development.
Meagan Peace started Hayah Cosmetics as a natural mineral makeup line for richer complexions; Hayah gives wide selection of high quality cosmetics to women of all ethnicities, tones, and skin types. Hayah’s mission is “an empowerment movement that seeks to inspire beauty from the inside out.”
Integrity Insurance Group is an independent agent for Fortune 500 companies, made to provide nearly all kinds of insurance for an array of individuals, businesses and their employees.
All BSC students are encouraged to seize this cultural credit opportunity and learn more about three women of Birmingham, and the greater effort of female entrepreneurship, all saying: dream big and take charge!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Keynote Speaker is even a Birmingham-Southern graduate, Hugh Yarbrough, who will present on April 16 at 1:00pm in Norton Theatre. He graduated BSC in 1990 with a BA in International Business and Spanish, and now he works in the Yachana Foundation in Ecuador as Director of Development. He is a Spanish translator, and works at the Yachana Lodge, a geo-tourism site located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. His talk is titled: Yachana Foundation: Solutions and Sustainability through Education (or One Gringo’s Take on Creating a World that Works for Everyone). Prepare to be entertained and educated as this alumnus presents.
As scholars on every level begin to share ideas about current issues in this area, expect to come away with renewed fervor for Latin America. Birmingham-Southern is excited to host this great exchange, and hopes to bring fresh light into an important area. For more information about registration and the Latin American Studies Symposium program in general, please visit our BSC link.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Dr. Hauerwas has previously been honored with the title "America's Best Theologian" ascribed by Time magazine as well as being invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
The first link is to the video version, and the second is the audio only version. They may take a few moments to load. We hope you enjoy the podcasts as much as we enjoyed producing them.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The lecture will be given by our own Scot Duncan. Dr. Duncan is an Associate Professor of Biology here at BSC. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and in graduate school, he studied the ecology of tropical forest restoration in Uganda, Africa. His current research focuses on Montane Longleaf Pine forests and the stream ecology of the Cahaba River and Black Warrior River Watersheds.
This is sure to be a very interesting event and we hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Let’s face it. Most people, when they hear “Dr. So-and-So: Economist,” instantly start dozing. Dr. Yoram Bauman, however, promises to break this trend. He touts himself as “The World’s First and Only Stand-Up Economist,” and the New York Times backs him up in this claim. They summarize his life as “An economist who teaches at the University of Washington and performs stand-up comedy.” An odd combination to be sure, but Dr. Bauman comes to Birmingham-Southern this Tuesday, April 6, to prove to the world that money can be funny. Come see him perform in Munger auditorium at 7:30pm as he graces BSC with his humor on his tour across America, bringing comedy to economics from California to New York. His blog topics include things from ‘In the news’ to ‘Harry Potter economics,’ and Dr. Bauman is most recently promoting his book “The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume 1: Microeconomics.” With a life-goal of reducing our carbon footprint, I’m sure Dr. Bauman will excel at educating and entertaining the crowd this Tuesday. Come out and prepare for laughter as your brain twists to combine finance and funny.
Intrigued? Find more at: http://www.standupeconomist.com/. All information in this blog taken from this site.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Entitled "The Working Poor", this talk shares its title with Shipler's latest book which details the stories of working-class Americans in their battles with poverty in spite of valiant efforts.
Shipler has worked with a variety of publications, most notably as Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in the Washington Bureau as well as covering critical junctures in Eastern Europe and Russia. Additionally, he has taught at prestigious institutions such as Princeton University and Dartmouth College.
Shipler will also be speaking on Wednesday, March 31 at 3:30 pm in Munger Auditorium, on "Liberty in a Time of Terrorism."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
GREENR - Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources For login information, please visit the Database Trials page (accessible from on-campus only). In addition, the Library has free access to the following databases until the end of June:
And we have been granted access to the following database through the end of the year: Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
We hope you enjoy playing with these databases!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
The library hours during the break will be as follows:
March 13-14 (Saturday-Sunday): Closed
March 15-18 (Monday-Thursday): 8 am - 5 pm
March 19-20 (Friday-Saturday): Closed
March 21 (Sunday): 2 pm - midnight (regular schedule resumes)
Enjoy the break!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
As an added bonus, this event qualifies for student Intellectual/Cultural Credit!
Monday, March 8, 2010
The first link is to the video version, and the second is the audio only version. They may take a few moments to load. We hope you enjoy this interesting presentation.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Dr. Hullett has worked to improve rural health care for Alabamians. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and her master's in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (visit Healthcare Hall of Fame: Alabama for more details).
Dr. Hullett will be giving the opening speech for the annual BACHE Women's Conference. The conference this year is titled, "Women, Health, and Community: Alabama and Beyond." It will take place in BSC's Norton Campus Center March 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We hope to see you there at this wonderful opportunity to learn more about a topic that is so integral to our nation's past, present, and future.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
The performance will be held in Hill Recital Hall at 3 p.m., and will be free to the public. Students, faculty, and any other interested parties are encouraged to come and listen to some of the best BSC has to offer to your ears. The performers will each get to give a solo, accompanied by the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra.
Wei Dai, a junior music major here studying abroad from Xiamen, China is planning to perform the first movement of the First Piano Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven. She’s here studying piano from BSC Prof. of Music and Artist in Residence, Bill DeVan. Hannah Ellington promises to knock socks off with arias by Sergei Rachmaninoff and from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” She’s studied vocal performance and is now perfecting her art as a senior under BSC Associate Professor of Music Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw. Iris Reddick completes the act in a Whittington debut as a freshman cellist studying under BSC adjunct faculty member Avi Friedlander. She will perform “Kol Nidrei” by Max Brunch.
Altogether, the talent in the show is tremendous, and it promises to be a lovely afternoon to soothe the ears before another week begins. Come for a time of beauty and melody, and don’t be surprised to see this writer bobbing her head in a corner!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
( the image at right is from 19th Century U.S. Newspapers -- The Macon Telegraph, (Macon, GA) Sunday, August 30, 1896; pg. 20; col C.)From time to time, the Library tests new databases. This gives us a chance to try new products to see if they could be useful for our students and faculty. We make these trials open to the library users so everyone can use them. Since the Library cannot purchase or subscribe to every database that we try, we rely on feedback from our BSC community to let us know how useful these products are. Take a look at our current trials. Let us know what you think!
You can get to them from the Database listing under “Database Trials”
The databases we test change regularly. Some of the current databases to try are:
Gives access to the searchable full-text of 45,000 academic books. Trial lasts until March 5.
19th Century U.S. Newspapers from Gale
Provides the full-image texts. Trial lasts until March 15.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Other activities for the month include:
• A Film and Discussion: “Hip-Hop: Beyond the Beats and Rhymes”, February 18th at 7:00 pm in the Norton Theatre.
• Night in the Chapel with guest Pastor Mario Cooper and the One-A-Chord Gospel Choir, February 22nd at 7:00 pm in Yielding Chapel.
• Free Food for Thought: “Black in America – Part 2” Documentary, February 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Loft.
• Closing Celebration: Enjoy food, music, and fellowship as the BSU closes out Black History Month 2010 on February 25th from 8:00 pm until midnight at Norton Great Hall.
For more information, visit
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Although the temperature was in the 20's last night, we are now officially entering the Spring semester.
The Library will be open until 5 pm on Monday and 10 pm on Tuesday, the first day of class. We will then resume our regular schedule.
Librarians are here to assist you with your research as you dive into your classes. Please feel free to draw upon the resources on the Library website, and to call on us at any time... in person, on the phone, or via the chat or email links on the front page of our site.
Good luck in the new semester!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. ~Mark Twain, attributed*
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ~P.J. O'Rourke*
I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx*
I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. ~Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, Pensées Diverses
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning*
"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac*
There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. ~Henry Ward Beecher*
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham*
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying*
Reading . . . the best state possible in which to keep absolute loneliness at bay. ~William Styron, Sophie’s Choice
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you have finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you, and afterwards it all belongs to you. ~ Ernest Hemingway, Esquire, Dec. 1934
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. ~ W. H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand, 1962
I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. ~ J. K. Rowling, USA Weekend, Nov. 14, 1999.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Some articles cannot be delivered via email due to format and/or problems with the quality of the article. Where possible, we will email, but you may still have to pick up paper copies of some articles. In that case, we will notify you the article is available at the Circulation Desk. Thanks and have a good year!ILL Department