Finals ReCharge at the Salmon Library From April 25 to May 2

As Spring 2014 finals drawn near, we at the Salmon library are once again hosting a series of events and activities collectively known as Finals ReCharge.

We will have the Graffiti Wall, a Board Game room, and Origami Stations throughout the whole week (April 28 through May 2, with the Wall going up on the 25th). We will also have Free Coffee and Donuts on Monday, April 28, from 9am – 11am and Therapy Dogs on Tuesday, April 29, from 11am-1pm.

Therapy dogs will be in the coffee shop area. The coffee and donuts will be in the lobby (that sounds like we are going for irony, said back to back like that). The board games will be in the art gallery. The graffiti wall will be along the walls lead from the south wing to the central wing on the first floor (again, irony not intended). And the origami stations will be with the board games, and possibly elsewhere, so keep an eye out.

You can see photos from last Spring’s Graffiti Wall and last Spring’s therapy dogs, both via our Imgur account.

This is on top of the other options you have to study here. We have study rooms you can check out with your Charger Card. There are study zones throughout the library floors designated from quiet to semi-Social to social. And we’ve expanded the Charger Commons with new iMacs, media:scape modules for group collaboration, and more social studying space. You can now check out iPads for up to 5 days, or check a laptop for 3 hours here in the library. And you can checkout headphones if you need to listen to a project (or soul-quieting tunes) in the Info Arcade.

Any questions? Contact us at the reference desk.

Library Hours during Spring Break 2014

During this spring break, the library will have a modified schedule.  Please see the full details here.

Of note, the library will be:

  • Open Friday, March 21, until 8 pm (for the Coffeehouse Writers Series – click here for more information).
  • Closed all day Saturday & Sunday, March 22 & 23.
  • Open for reduced hours Monday-Thursday, March 24-27 (7:30 am – 6 pm).
  • Closed all day Friday & Saturday, March 28 & 29.
  • Open for reduced hours Sunday, March 30 (4-10 pm).
  • Resuming normal hours, starting on Monday March 31.

If you are looking for the ChargerBrew coffee shop in the library, please note that ChargerBrew will close for Spring Break at 3 pm on March 21, and will reopen after Spring Break on March 31.

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

Coffeehouse Writers Series Presents The Coweeta Poets this Friday at the Salmon Library Art Gallery

The Coffeehouse Writers series returns to the library this Friday, March 21, 2014. The featured poets will be The Coweeta Poets. Everyone is welcome to attend. It is 6:00pm in the Art Gallery on the first floor of the library.

If you wish to see more about The Coweeta Poets, AL.com has a write-up about them from last year’s presentation: 10 North Alabama women make up Coweeta Poets. From that article…

The images in their poems come from memory, experience, or the natural landscape of the Benedictine Retreat Center: ducks, pond, bullfrog, trees. Luther says they’ve also written about such diverse topics as aging, cheese, chickens, and the color puce.

The Coweeta Poets are talented women. All are teachers or former teachers. All have passion for the written word, and most have published in journals and anthologies. Many of the poets have won state and national awards and some have come out with poetry chapbooks of their own. Their 2010 collaborative work, Something More Solid than Earth, features the poems of seven of the poets.

For more information about the CoffeeHouse Writers Series in general, you can contact Marylyn Coffey by phone at 256-824-6114 (email her at coffeymt@uah.edu) or you can visit uah.edu/womensstudies.

Coffeehouse Writers Series, The Coweeta Poets

Coffeehouse Writers Series, Spring 2014

Sneak preview at the library!

Would you like to potentially meet your next Reference Librarian?

The UAH Library is currently interviewing candidates for a new Reference Librarian.  We have two applicants scheduled to visit the UAH library on March 20 & 21, and they will each teach a short library presentation.

We would welcome the input from any faculty, staff, or students who are available 9-10 AM on either March 20 and/or March 21.

If you are interested, please join us in the library in the FRC room in North-2 (the Faculty Resource Center, at the far end of the 2nd floor), at 9 AM this Thursday/Friday.

All UAH Grad Student are invited to attend our Graduate Workshop. Enjoy free pizza as you learn about the library and meet our newest librarian, Ron.

We at the Salmon Library are proud to be hosting a pair of drop-in workshops aimed at all of UAH’s wonderful graduate students, featuring:

  • free pizza and drinks,
  • demonstrations of our resources [including Interlibrary Loan, our books and databases, and more!],
  • help with looking up Dissertations/Theses,
  • demonstrations with Zotero,
  • answering whatever questions you have about us or about research in general [and how we can help you with research, naturally],
  • giving you a chance to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the library and what we can do better for you,
  • and you get to say hey to Ron Schwertfeger, our newest librarian!

    Ron Schwertfeger

    Welcome, Ron!

These are drop-in sessions, so all you have to do is pick whichever session is best for you, either March 11 (next Tuesday) or March 12 (next Wednesday), with both being from 10am to noon, and then stop by Library room 207 (inquire downstairs if you need directions). No appointment is necessary, and you do not have to stay for the whole thing. Grab a bite to eat and stay for a bit is all.

And if you can’t make this session, then feel free to drop Ron a line and he can work out a more one-on-one session with you. Or stop by the Reference Desk anytime and say you are looking for information about us or would like to have a look around the library. Or contact us in many other ways. Sure, you’ll miss the free pizza, but most of the rest still stands.

Two drop-in sessions for UAH Grad Students, March 11 and 12, from 10am to Noon.

Fall 2013 Finals Re-Charge at Salmon Library!

That daunting time of year is upon us…Final Exams!  Fear not, Salmon Library has all the activities you need to relax and recharge during your study sessions.  Come anytime to the library from December 5-11th and unleash your creativity on our Graffiti Wall, play board games with your friends, or catch a quick cat nap in our ReCharge Zone.  Other activities will include:

  • Thursday, December 5th from 9-11am:  Free Coffee and Donuts (Lobby)
  • Friday, December 6th at 12pm: Christmas Carols performed by the UAH Choir (Library coffeeshop)
  • Sunday, December 8th from 2-4pm: Free Coffee (Lobby)
  • Monday, December 9th from 11-1pm:  Therapy Dogs from Therapy Partners, Inc. (Library coffeeshop)

We will be having extended hours at the library from December 1-11th.  And as always if you need help finishing up those research papers, come talk to a Reference Librarian.

Best of luck finishing up your semester!  We hope to see you at the library during final exams!

UAH International Education Week 2013

International Education Week will be taking place on-campus from November 11-18th!  Come by the library on Monday, November 11th for some fun activities in the lobby.  We will have a box to donate Books to Africa, as well as a large map for you to mark where you are from.  From 11-1pm, there will be Henna and Calligraphy demonstrations done in various languages.  We look forward to seeing you!  See below for the full week of activities around campus.

Salmon Library’s Belinda Ong to receive ISC, U.S. Department of State Spirit of Diplomacy Award

Dr. Belinda Ong, Director of Reference and Information Services at UAH’s M. Louis Salmon Library, will be honored on October 22nd with the International Services Council (ISC) of Alabama’s 2013 Spirit of Diplomacy Award.  ISC is sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Ong will receive the award during a luncheon ceremony in Birmingham. She is being recognized for her work as president of the International Society of Huntsville (ISH). Ong is a key charter member and co-founder of the organization. She was instrumental in planning the organization’s annual International Festival of North Alabama, recently hosted on the UAH campus.  In her position as director of Reference and Information Services at the university library, Ong works with many international students and actively promotes all students working together to find commonalities and to form friendships and understanding.

Way to go Belinda!

College of Liberal Arts Celebration Pictures!

We had a reception at Salmon Library on October 16th celebrating our newest resources, thanks to the College of Liberal Arts!  Faculty and students were able to meet vendors from JSTOR and Proquest, while enjoying delicious snacks and winning door prizes!  Enjoy some of the pictures taken at the event.