Lunch & Learn with ProQuest at Salmon Library on September 23rd!


Salmon Library will be hosting a Lunch & Learn with ProQuest event on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 11a-1p in Room 205. All are welcome to attend. ProQuest’s representatives will be on hand to discuss the ins-and-outs of the resources we provide, such as the SciTech Collection, a premier resource when conducting research on a variety of scientific topics. Also of note, EEBO (Early English Books Online) provides a wealth of primary source documents, and ABI-INFORM serves as a multidisciplinary tool for each of our colleges and disciplines. Drop in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday for free food and a chance to learn more about our ProQuest resources!

Mango Languages available during August 2015!

Salmon Library is excited to offer trial access throughout the month of August for Mango Languages, a leading language and culture learning resource. Mango Languages enriches lives with language and culture through self-guided courses that go beyond grammar and vocabulary, introducing language learners to a whole new world.

With apps available for Apple, Android, Kindle and Nook devices, Mango Languages has more than 70 foreign language and English as a second language courses, including unique culturally thematic specialty courses, like Medical Spanish, Soccer Celebration (Brazilian Portuguese), Endangered Languages, Pirate, Spanish for Librarians, etc. Mango also features Mango Premiere, the first of its kind program to teach language through full-length international films.

Contact Michael Manasco at Salmon Library for login details. You can email him at, or give him a call at (256) 824-6965.

Ruth von Saurma covered on

Ruth von Saurma has recently be profiled in an article: Alabama countess has seen amazing things—but why did she stay? An excerpt reads

One could write for days about the triumphant and tragic life of Ruth Gräfin von Saurma. Of her life in Frankfurt and Berlin in the days before World War II, of her marriage in Paris to Count Friedrich von Saurma, of her life as a countess until the war turned her into a refugee, along with her husband and their daughter Lily. Of grudgingly moving with her husband to Huntsville at the invitation of von Braun and the U.S. government. Of seeing her husband die young and suddenly in 1961. Of going to work for von Braun herself as an international relations specialist. Of being part of that breathtaking moment over Florida.

Whew. She is 93 years old now, fit and firm and as graceful as your would want a countess to be. She has  lived a remarkable life. She has witnessed great and horrible things. She has seen great and wonderful things.

If you are interested in Ruth von Saurma and would like to read/see more after reading the article, we have a few things that might interest you here at M. Louis Salmon Library. First off, we have an interview with her from earlier this  year [interview by Charles Lundquist], where she talks about her husband and herself and her time working with the space program and with international visitors to Huntsville:

We also have more information about her in the archives. You can see Dr. Charles Lundquist’s write up of her as one of the 216 covered Transplanted Rocket Pioneers (that’s a long finding guide, alphabetical by name); or read it in print via his book, Transplanted Rocket Pioneers.

Scheduled outage for Mendeley, ScienceDirect, and Scopus / evening of Aug. 01

ATTENTION: If you use any of the following Elsevier products (including ScienceDirect, Scopus, Mendeley and more), please be aware of the following scheduled maintenance outage on Saturday evening, August 1st, starting at 5 PM CDT.

UPDATE: Three of the Elsevier support blog posts discussing this outage can be found here:

Scheduled Service interruption for Elsevier Research Platforms,
Research Intelligence and R&D Solutions on August 1.

Dear Customer,

We would like to give you advance notice of an interruption of service for Elsevier platforms and solutions due to scheduled maintenance.

On Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT. Please check the World Clock Time Zone Converter to convert the time in your local time.

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

To stay up to date with any developments follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to update our products.

Elsevier Customer Service Team

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Access the CCDC!

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is a leading provider of structural databases and software for pharmaceutical discovery, materials development, research and education.

The CCDC compiles and distributes the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), the world’s repository of experimentally determined organic and metal-organic crystal structures, and related applications software including GOLD and Relibase+.


(Exported images from Mercury showing some of the latest visualization enhancements  The images show the structure DL-alanine (DLALNI01) with glide planes shown in pink and the [200] crystal slice shown in the RHS picture.)

 Why is this important to the students at UAH? Because, now for a limited time (until the 2015 calendar runs out) YOU can gain full access to the CCDC!

Through the CCDC, UAH students can Deposit Structures – Upload your data to the CCDC for inclusion in the Cambridge Structural Database, Get Structures – view and retrieve structures in the Cambridge Structural Database, Browse Structures – view a subset of structures from the Cambridge Structural Database, assembled for use in teaching, and Search Structures – search for structures in the Cambridge Structural Database using our advanced search functionality.


If you are interested in learning more about the CCDC or installing it for full access you can contact Michael Manasco at or (256) 560-1564. Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity today!

The UAH Salmon Library Special Collections Welcomes the Addition of the Windell Strickland Science Fiction Collection

Last Thursday (May 7), the UAH Salmon Library’s Archives and Special Collections launched a new collection: The Windell Strickland Science Fiction Collection. The Windell SF Collection contains over 2500 paperback books from all throughout the 20th century science fiction genre and represents not only a significant boost to the amount of science fiction that we have at the Salmon Library, but looks at effectively an entire medium of books – the mass-market paperback – that the Salmon Library has not tended to carry.

In something of a plot twist, you *will* be able to check out these books, though through a different method than our standard system. There are books down in the Special Collection display in a special reading nook. You can take a couple of them and sign them out for up to a month. Right now we are trying out the honor system. The entire collection is over 2500 titles, so the few on immediate display are only a small portion. There is a finding guide you can use to request other titles while the archives is open (just ask an archivist). Even if you don’t want to borrow any books, it can be informative to see the genre as represented through several of its key decades.

There are a few titles that are marked as “in reserve” that, due to their age or other reasons, are not being added to the section that can be requested.

The Windell Strickland Collection was donated by his niece, Lisa Strickland, the Assistant to the Vice President, Finance and Administration, at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Windell Strickland was born in Dayton, TN in 1939, and went on to spend 25 years working as an engineer for the TVA. He started collection science fiction in the 1940s. He died on April 22, 2014, in Tuscumbia, AL.

Interim hours for May 2015

The UAH Salmon Library will observe these interim hours for May 01 – May 24, between the end of spring final exams and the start of the summer semester:

  • Library: Mon-Fri, 7:30am – 6pm
  • User Services desk: Mon-Fri, 7:30am – 6pm
  • Archives: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm (no change)
  • Interlibrary Loan: normal hours (no change)
  • Reference desk (in-person, phone, Ask Us Anything!, email, SMS):  Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
  • Reference chat:  OFFLINE

During the May 01 – May 24 interim, the library will be closed on weekends, as well as May 25 (for the Memorial Day holiday).

As always, today’s hours at the library can be viewed on the library home page, and upcoming hours can be viewed at

If you are looking for the other departments located within the Salmon Library:

  • If you need to contact the OIT Help Desk, their hours of operation can be viewed here
  • Students interested in Exploratory Advising can make an appointment with the Student Success Center, as described here
  • Charger Brew coffee shop will close at 2 PM on May 01 and will be closed for the interim and during the summer semester.

To our 2015 graduates, congratulations! And to our faculty, staff, and students, enjoy your break!

Palm tree on the beach

Extended Hours are Soon Here Again (April 20 – April 30)

As Finals (and Finals ReCharge) approach, the M. Louis Salmon Library will once again have extended hours. From April 20 to April 30, the hours will be

  • Monday through Thursday: 7:30am to 2am
  • Friday: 7:30am to 10pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 2am
The Library will immediately transition to interim hours on May 1 (7:30am – 6pm). These hours will be for the library as a whole. You can always follow up-to-date hours by checking (or look at the day’s hours on our homepage).

Charger Brew’s Library Location will also have extended hours the week of finals. The following dates for their extended hours are

  • Sunday, April 26: 2pm to 8pm
  • Monday, April 27: 10am to 10pm
  • Tuesday, April 28: 10am to 10pm
  • Wednesday, April 29: 10am to 10pm

Specific departments/desks, such as the Reference Desk, Special Collections, and the OIT Desk, will retain their regular hours during this time.

While the Student Success Center will be open from 8:15am to 5pm during Finals, they will be having a massive Tutoring Blitz on April 24, from 9a-5p, in the UC Exhibit Hall. See the slide below, or contact them for more information.

National Library Week Events

Here at the Salmon Library, we have two primary events going on as part of this year’s National Library Week (April 12 through 18).

The first is our National Library Week Photo Contest. The rules are fairly simple:

  1. Take a photo of the Library, in the Library, or somehow otherwise dealing with the Salmon Library.
  2. Either email it to me (, or post it online in one of three ways:
    • Twitter! Tweet us the photo @uahlibrary and/or hashtag your photo with #nationallibraryweekUAH.
    • Instagram! Post your photo @uahlibrary with the tag: #nationallibraryweekUAH.
    • Facebook! Post your photo to our Facebook page.
  3. Early next week, we’ll decide winners.

Photos submitted may be retweeted/shared/etc. Winners may show up on the Library blog and in our next newsletter. And while we’ll gladly take entries from all of our patrons (students, faculty, guests, and more), the prizes will be awarded to UAH students, only.

Our second week-long tie-in is a drive to have books donated to Books for Africa. We have a box in the library lobby, just bring by the books at any time!


April 09 Workshop: Oh The Cites You’ll See!

A researcher will often want to try to find articles in their field of study which are particularly useful to other scholars. But how can you find out which papers are more widely used? Join Michael Manasco and Ron Schwertfeger on April 9th to find out more! Oh The Cites You'll See
Together, Ron and Michael will talk about Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Scopus (two of the resources available through the UAH Library to help you with your research needs). This session will take place in Room 214 of the UAH Salmon Library, at 12 noon on April 9th.

This session is open to everyone! UAH faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets, as there will be some practice exercises.

Click here if you need directions to the library from off-campus.

Refined Researchers at a Glance