Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Kathryn Tucker Windham, 1918-2011

A great lady has passed. Kathryn Tucker Windham died on Sunday at the age of 93. She was an Alabama treasure and a national treasure. National Public Radio offered this segment about her life and work.  Here is another article from The School Library Journal 

In 2007, the University Library was fortunate—and thrilled—to have Ms. Windham speak at the annual "Live @ the Library Event."  You can visit the library's Facebook page to view more photos, which show a packed house.  No surprise there.   

You may be interested to know that there seems to be quite a lot of video material featuring this gifted writer and storyteller on YouTube

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) is underway. You may see participants on campus during the week, or enjoying break time in the Student Center:

Friday, June 10, 2011

National Academies Press - Free eBooks

The National Academies Press has made hundreds of its book titles free via PDF download.

A wide range of science and technology materials are available: biology and life sciences, earth sciences, energy and energy conservation, food & nutrition, and health & medicine. 

There are also a a substantial number of books that deal with teaching.  For example, the seminal series titled "How People Learn" is available, which includes material on teacher education and the teaching of  subjects such as history, as well as math and science. 

Other subjects covered are behavioral sciences, conflict and security issues, climate change, and understanding evolution.

You must register as a user.  Once you've located a book or books you're interested in, look for the PDF download button. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research

June 12-17, 2011 is IGHR week here at Samford, and the library is an integral part of this event. The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) is a week-long event attended by genealogists and researchers from all over the United States.  It offers a wide variety of courses focused on the discovery, evaluation and use of genealogical sources and research methods specific to genealogical research.  Courses are offered by educators prominent in the field of genealogy research.  To learn more, please visit http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gigantic Book Sale!

Make some time this weekend for Birmingham Public Library's Gigantic book sale, June 3-4 2011.  This video tells you all you need to knowand then some: