Spring 2021

University of Montevallo, Carmichael Library, Books and Bricks Newsletter

Library Instruction: On Campus and Online

The 2020-2021 academic year has offered new opportunities for librarians to provide and support instruction. Specifically, we have been using technology to provide synchronous and asynchronous research and instructional support.


  • Instructional Videos: Librarians have created many new instructional videos this year that can be found on the Carmichael Library YouTube page and the tutorials page on the library website. Many of these videos are also embedded in research guides.

  • Research Guides: Librarians have created or enhanced many research guides, or course specific web pages that contain resources and information to support course assignments. They can be found by clicking the Research Guides button on the library homepage. And, they can easily be integrated into Canvas via a link. Faculty who would like a research guide for their class or subject can complete the Request a Research Guide form.

  • Zoom Instructional Sessions: Librarians have provided instructional sessions to many courses via Zoom. This allows both on-campus and remote students to access library instruction tailored to their course assignments and research requirements. Faculty can request instruction (remote or in person) by completing this Library Instruction Registration form.

  • Embedded librarians: Upon request by faculty, librarians have been added to Canvas courses in order to provide a more direct access point to support students and assignments. Contact a librarian if you are interested embedding a librarian in your Canvas course.


Using these tools and strategies, librarians have been able to support instructional continuity and to meet the needs of on-campus and remote students and faculty. For example, ENG 101 usually involves in person scavenger hunts with iPads to introduce students to the library building and resources. This year, students have engaged in a virtual tour of the library centered on a series of three videos (one for each floor). In addition, they have been introduced to archival resources and information via videos that highlight key print resources that have been digitized to allow remote access. And, librarians have provided Zoom instructional sessions and are embedded into several sections in Canvas. Below is a screenshot of the English 101 research guide featuring the library tours. Click the image to visit the guide.

Letter from the Director

Spring is on the way, with its hopeful burst of flowers and pale green leaves. As we make our way through this unusual academic year, we have reason to feel hope for the future – as vaccines are distributed and the pandemic begins to subside – and gratitude for the community in which we reside. UM students, faculty, and staff have been resourceful and resilient this year, finding new ways to engage in the teaching and learning process. The library has been a part of this effort. We’ve kept our doors open for those needing a place to study, do research, use a computer, or seek tutoring or technology assistance. And we’ve also pursued different modes of working with students and faculty, as described in this newsletter. New initiatives – such as video tutorials, new DML technology, and inspiring stairs! – have sprouted among our ongoing work to provide the campus community with excellent books, databases, and videos and a wealth of digitized archival material.


The University of Montevallo has been around for 125 years, and it will certainly survive the Covid-19 pandemic. The library has been a part of the institution since its beginnings as the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School, and we too will endure. We are hopeful that we will be able to make creative use of the lessons learned from adapting to this year’s unique challenges to make our library services even stronger in the future!

Did You Know?

Students have a $15 credit each semester to print from the library, dorms, and labs on campus.


Follow these steps if you need to add more funds to your papercut account.


  1. Log-in to your Papercut (Falconprint) account.
  2. Click "Add credit"
  3. Select the amount to add and pay with a credit /debit card.


Or you can pay with cash at the library circulation desk.

Featured Databases

Check out some of the new databases that have recently been added to our collection.

New Books to Add to Your Reading List

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1. Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour

2. America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond by Randall K. Wilson, Gettysbury College

3. Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers, written by Laura Renaud and illustrated by Brigette Barrager

4. Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World by Jessica Valenti

5. Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, a graphic novel interpretation by Damian Duff and John Jennings

6. Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams

7. Rage Against the Minivan: Learning to Parent without Perfection by Kristen Howerton

8. Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson

Did you know we have picture books?


Our picture books, like Fred's Big Feelings, can be found in the youth collection on the main (1st) floor of the library. When searching our catalog, follow these steps below.
  1. Click on "Limit by Location" from the search limiter options in the left panel of the search result screen.
  2. Then click "Young People's Collection".

New DVDs to Check Out

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1. Harriet directed by Kasi Lemmons

2. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood directed by Marielle Heller

3. Senso directed by Luchino Visconti (The Criterion Collection)

4. The Mikado directed by Victor Schartzinger (The Criterion Collection)

5. The Moment of Truth directed by Francesco Rosi (The Criterion Collection)

6. The Times of Harvey Milk directed by Rob Epstein (The Criterion Collection) * Academy Award and Peabody Award Winner

7. The Great Dictator written, directed, produced and scored by Charlie Chaplin (The Criterion Collection)

8. Secret Sunshine directed by Lee Chang-dong (The Criterion Collection)

What is the Criterion Collection?


The Criterion Collection was founded in 1984 to produce global classic and contemporary films in high technical quality and with supplemental features. Classic films in this collection have been meticulously restored. To learn more, visit https://www.criterion.com, where you can discovery which films are part of this collection and read the film magazine, The Current.

Black History Month Display: #BLM

In honor of Black History Month, the Library has curated a Black Lives Matter display containing relevant literature and media available for checkout in the library foyer until spring break. Stop by and check it out!
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The display features related news and materials from a national and local level. Click the images for a closer look. We hope you drop by to explore the display and to check out a book or video.



#BLM

#blackhistorymonth

Introducing the Montevallo High School Digital Archive

Exciting news! The Anna Crawford Milner Archives and Special Collections has recently launched the Montevallo High School Digital Archive, a joint effort between Montevallo High School, the Montevallo Historical Society, and the University of Montevallo's Milner Archives and Special Collections. This collection features two MHS publications.


  • Montala is the official yearbook of Montevallo High School.
  • Spotlight is the student newspaper of Montevallo High School.


To visit this new project, go to the Archives homepage and choose Montevallo High School Digital Archive from the menu.

News from the Digital Media Lab

Carmichael Library received a nearly $50,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to purchase and update technology! New Wacom drawing tablets are available. With a drawing tablet, you can sketch and create content on a responsive pad and see your drawings appear on screen. The IMLS grant also funded new Chromebook laptops, Mobile WiFi Hot Spots to connect devices to the internet, and charging/power banks to keep the devices powered up!


The new devices are available to check out at the Circulation Desk in Carmichael Library with a one week checkout! Carmichael Library is happy to offer new ways to offer technology and support for students and faculty on campus.

In Plain Sight: Inspiring Stairs

Congratulations to our library circulation manager Kaycee Ledbetter and student workers Parker Brandt, and Yeldray Perkins, whose "Go Green and Go Lean" project was supported by UM's Green Fund. The project transformed the stairs between the three floors with inspiring images and words to encourage their use for the benefit your health and the environment. Watch this short video to learn more.
In Plain Sight: Inspiring Stairs