Library Home > What's New

What's New - April 2008


New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:
Brain and culture: neurobiology, ideology, and social change. Bruce E. Wexler. (Main Stax HM 831 .W48 2006).

Brain and Culture explores the social implications of the close and changing neurobiological relationship between the individual and the environment, with particular attention to the difficulties individuals face in adulthood when the environment changes beyond their ability to maintain the fit between existing internal structure and external reality as opposed to childhood when their minds and brains shape themselves to the major recurring features of their environment.

Constitutional history of the American Revolution. John Phillip Reid. (Main Stax KF 4749 .R45 1986).

This 4 volume set examines the central constitutional issues that divided the American colonists from their English legislators: the authority to tax, the authority to legislate, the security of rights, the nature of law, the foundation of constitutional government in custom and contractarian theory, and the search for a constitutional settlement. Currently have Volumes 1 and 2; Volumes 3 and 4 are on order.

Creating a vision for your school: moving from purpose to practice. Sarah Bainbridge. (Main Stax LB 2822.84 .G7 B35 2007).

Helping a school work toward collectively selected goals, this resource consists of a set of activities spanning two inset days followed by a series of staff meetings which link events and require active participation by all staff, working with pupils to complete the tasks.  Photocopiable resources on a CD-ROM to help readers to reach an outcome suited to their own establishment and culture is also available.

Flotsam. David Weisner. (Curriculum Stacks PZ 7 .W6367 Fl 2006).

2007 Caldecott Medal winner is the story of a boy who, while examining the items that have washed ashore on a beach, explores a new world through one item found: an underwater camera.

How revolutionary was the digital revolution?: national responses, market transitions, and global technology. John Zysman and Abraham Newman (eds.) (Main Stax HC 79 .I55 H68 2006).

This book assesses the revolutionary nature of the digital era by examining the reaction of nations to the dual challenges of globalization and technological change; corporate attempts to leverage digital technology to reorganize work; the political economy of market evolution in the digital era; and the political ramifications of information technology for critical societal debates.

Mandela: the authorized portrait. Kate Parkin (ed.) (Main Stax, Special Collections DT 1974 .M36 2006).

Containing 250 images and drawing from 60 original and extensive interviews, this book chronicles and celebrates the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who has dedicated his life to fighting racism, segregation, oppression, and exploitation and championing democracy, equality, and education. This richly designed portrait features a foreword by former U.S. president Bill Clinton and an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Martin Luther King, Jr. encyclopedia. Clayborne Carson, Tenisha Armstrong, et al. (Main Reference, Special Collections  Reference E 185.97 K5 M35 2008).

This encyclopedia’s 280 entries which come from Dr. King’s letters, sermons, speeches, and other writings give additional insights into Martin Luther King's life and career as well as the members of his family, his many friends and associates in the movement, and his campaigns and marches.

Oxford handbook of public policy. Michael Moran (ed.) et al. (Main Stax H 97 .O88 2006).

One volume of the Oxford Handbooks of Political Science, this particular volume serves as reference for public policy research with contributions from 55 major scholars in this field today.

Teachers bringing out the best in teachers: a guide to peer consultation for administrators and teachers. Jo Blase and Joseph J. Blase. (Main Stax LB 1775.2 .B58 2006).

This study of nearly 300 teachers provides perspectives of informal, naturally occurring, teacher-to-teacher professional growth moments and examples in order to promote improved teacher confidence and motivation, enhanced trust and mutual respect, and reflective instructional behavior, and a culture that encourages organic professional development.


New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:

American educational research journal. (available in Serials – 3rd floor).

Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism (available in Serials – 3rd floor).

Exercise immunology review. (available in Serials – 3rd floor).

Journal of mixed methods research. (available in Serials – 3rd floor).

Journal of race and policy. (available in Serials – 3rd floor).

O, the Oprah magazine. (available in Special Collections).

Southern education music journal: SMEJ. (available in Serials – 3rd floor).


New databases recently added to the University Library’s collection include:

Aluka (vendor – Aluka, based in Princeton University)

Digital library of resources from and about Africa.

American Song (vendor – Alexander Street Press)           

Part of the Music Online package, information and recordings regarding all varieties of American music.

Contemporary Literary Criticism (vendor –Gale; available per Alabama Virtual Library)

Collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.

Monthly Labor Review Online (vendor U.S. departments. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Online version of above title with archive going back to 1981.