Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Elisa Massimino and Human Rights

On Tuesday, November 1, Birmingham-Southern College will find itself in a very privileged position. Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, will be presenting "Human Rights and Leadership". For those who don't know, Human Rights First is an international non-profit organization and is one of the nation's leading human rights advocacy groups. Massimino began working for the organization as a staff attorney in 1991, and in 2008, she was named President and CEO. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and is a national authority on human rights law and policy. Her presentation begins at 7PM in Norton's Bruno Great Hall.

For more information about Human Rights First, visit

Thursday, October 20, 2011

BSC Library expands e-book collections

The BSC Library is pleased to announce an expansion of our electronic book collection. We have offered e-books for several years, and have made two substantial additions recently. Our collections include:

EBSCO eBooks (formerly known as NetLibrary) - around 50,000 e-books, including many academic titles published within the last 15 years. A number of the more recent titles are listed in and accessible from the library catalog; all are accessible through EBSCO's newly developed eBooks database.

ebrary Academic Complete - a subscription database of approximately 70,000 academic e-books in a variety of subject areas, primarily from 2000 to the present. None of these books are listed in the library catalog; rather, they must be accessed through the ebrary database.

Springer eBooks - a collection of 700 English-language e-books in the areas of business & economics, biomedical & life sciences, and behavioral sciences, published in 2011. All of these titles are listed in and linked to from the library catalog (which is the best point of access for them).

We have also completed a library guide explaining the ins and outs of these three e-book collections (their search pages, software requirements, viewing options, and check-out conventions), plus a few others we have access to. The guide is available at We welcome your questions and comments, as well as suggestions for additional freely available e-book collections to include in the last section of the guide.

Steve Laughlin

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Books that go Bump in the Night

It's the library's favorite time of year again. . . Halloween! Halloween has been closely linked to librarians as their favorite holiday for years, in case you didn't know.

So to start the season off right, here's a list of 10 great books to read before Halloween:

*Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, by Nicholas Rogers
*Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory McGuire
*Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice
*The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
*The Best of Poe: The Tale-Tell heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado and 30 others
*A Stir of Echoes, by Richard Matheson
*The Exorcist, by William Peter Blattey
*Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
*The Shining, by Stephen King
*Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

Our very own librarian, Craig Stewart, says his favorite Halloween books are from the Goosebumps Series. . . scary. His other Halloween interests consist of the movies; Halloween-Town (1&2), It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Hocus Pocus.

Monday, October 10, 2011

BSC Library Fall Break Hours

Hello, All! The Library’s hours for fall break are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 12: 8:00am-10:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00am-10:00pm

Friday, Oct 14: 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, Oct 15: Closed

Sunday, Oct 16: 2:00pm-midnight (We will resume the usual schedule).

Happy fall break!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Love Me Tonight with Dr. David Resha

The BSC Library and Media & Film Studies Program are presenting "Whoever You Are, I Love You: Love Me Tonight and the Integrated Musical" on October 11 at 7 PM in the Library Auditorium. Note the change of location!

The evening will begin with a screening of the 1932 movie Love Me Tonight, starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeannette MacDonald and directed by "one of the most talented, creative filmmakers of all time", Rouben Mamoulian. The film also features songs from the legendary Rodgers & Hart, such as "Isn't It Romantic", "Song of Paree", and "A Woman Needs Something Like That". After the film, Dr. David Resha, BSC Assistant Professor of Media and Film Studies, will discuss different aspects of it, specifically the stylistic innovations and the conventions of the integrated musical.

This event is free and open to the public, and complements the exhibit "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965" which will be on display in the BSC Library through October 21.

Regular library hours for viewing exhibit: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. to midnight For more information, call 226-4742 or visit