Thanksgiving 2015 hours

For the rest of November (including the Thanksgiving holiday), please note the following schedule for the UAH Salmon Library:

  • Mon., Nov-23:  7:30am-12 midnight (normal hours)
  • Tue., Nov-24:  7:30am-12 midnight (normal hours)
  • Wed., Nov-25:  7:30am-6pm (reduced hours / no classes)
  • Thu., Nov-26:  CLOSED (holiday)
  • Fri., Nov-27:  CLOSED (holiday)
  • Sat., Nov-28: CLOSED (holiday)
  • Sun., Nov-29:  1pm-2am (extended hours / end-of-semester)
  • Mon., Nov-30:  7:30am-2am (extended hours / end-of-semester)

A reference librarian will be available during normal hours when the library is open.

For anyone visiting Charger Brew for their coffee & snack needs, Charger Brew will close early on Nov-24 (at 5pm), will remain closed on Nov-25, and will reopen for normal hours on Nov-29.

Electronic reference (incl. chat, email, text) currently unavailable

The system that the UAH Library uses for electronic reference questions is currently unavailable.  We are working to address this.

What does this mean for you?  The different electronic reference formats that you use – online chat, email, text messaging, Ask Us Anything! – are all currently unavailable.  We are working to address this as soon as possible.  In the interim, you can reach the UAH Library reference desk in person or via phone (824.6529) during our normal business hours (9-5 Mon-Fri, and 1-9 Sun).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Huntsville Literary Association archives to be transferred to the Salmon Library on Sunday, October 18

On Sunday, October 18th at 2pm, 49 years of archives of the Huntsville Literary Association will be transferred to Salmon Library. These archives include brochures, photographs, letters, and copies of the literary journal, Poem. These materials document the long history of HLA in this community. The ceremony will take place in the first floor auditorium and the public is invited.

For more information about the Huntsville Literary Association, see: For more information about the UAH Special Collections and Archives, see:

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.