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New Acquisitions � December 2010


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

Bad students not bad schools. Robert Weissburg. (Main Stax LB 3013 .W45 2010).

Americans are increasingly alarmed over our nation’s educational deficiencies. When educational establishments get serious about world-class mathematics and science and permit serious students to learn, problems will dissolve. Rewarding the smartest, not spending fortunes in a futile quest to uplift the bottom, should become official policy. This book is a bracing reminder of the risks of political manipulation of education and argues that the measure of policy should be academic achievement.

Brother, I’m Dying. Edwidge Dandicat. (Special Collections PS 3554 .A5815 Z46 2008).

In a single day in 2004, Danticat (Breath, Eyes, Memory; The Farming of Bones) learns that she's pregnant and that her father, André, is dying—a stirring constellation of events that frames this Haitian immigrant family's story, rife with premature departures and painful silences.

Covering disaster: lessons from media coverage of Katrina and Rita. Ralph Izard and Jay Perkins, editors. (Main Stax HV 636 2005 .G85 C68 2010).

In 2005, journalists faced enormous challenges while covering hurricanes Katrina and Rita along America’s Gulf Coast. They responded largely by redefining traditional ideals of fairness, balance, and objectivity and by adopting an emotionally driven and somewhat more subjective reporting style. Their work during those months of destruction and pain was applauded by their readers and viewers because it was useful, critical of officials who were not doing their jobs, sought support for those who were suffering, and took a position of public leadership.

In Search of our Mother’s Gardens. Alice Walker. (Special Collections PS 3573, .A425, Z467, 2004).

In this volume, Alice Walker recalls her childhood to focus on her pet issues, ranging from civil rights and feminism to the antinuclear movement.

Perfect phrases for presenting business strategies hundreds of ready-to-use phrases for writing effective, informative, and powerful strategy presentations. Don Debelak. (ASU eBook Collection).

Your new business strategy isn’t going to sell itself. It’s up to you to convince top decision makers to take the organization in the right direction. This is the most important presentation of your career, and your choice of words and phrases will mean the difference between success and failure. Perfect Phrases for Presenting Business Strategies provides the language you need to: Grab your audience’s attention in the first few seconds, Summarize your strategy in two sentences, Prove that your plan is a plan for growth, Explain the costs and resources involved, and Detail the profits your company will make.

Own the room business presentations that persuade, engage & get results. David Booth. (ASU eBook Collection).

Research shows a memorable presentation is a combination of stirring your audience's emotions while appealing to its intellect. This team of authors has developed techniques that tap into the persuasive, expressive aspects of presentations-employed over the past ten years by Fortune 500 companies such as TD Ameritrade, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Merrill Lynch, Siemens, and Pfizer.

Reinventing interactive and direct marketing leading experts show how to maximize digital ROI with iDirect and iBranding imperatives. Stan Rapp. (ASU eBook Collection)

This book focuses on how to benefit from a fundamental truth about marketing in the digital era. Interactive Marketing is direct. Direct Marketing is interactive. What has been seen mistakenly as separate disciplines actually are one and the same. Every marketer now is an interactive direct marketer. To help you profit from this new reality, Stan Rapp introduces a new paradigm—iDirect— the 21st-century growth engine at the intersection of digital technologies and direct marketing practices.

Rare birds: conversations with legends of jazz and classical music. Thomas Rain Crowe and Nan Watkins. (Main Stax ML 385 .C78 2008).

Rare Birds is a collection of conversations with world-class jazz musicians and classical composers, featuring Philip Glass, Charles Lloyd, Abdullah Ibrahim, Steve Reich, Eugene Friesen, and Sathima Bea Benjamin. The six interviews delve into the creative process, individual as well as global perspectives on the arts, the human condition, and various personal issues that are addressed in the music itself. An important addition to the documentation of modern jazz musicians and composers, Rare Birds will appeal to anyone who is interested in jazz music or the contemporary classical canon.

Say You’re One of Them. Uwen Akpan. (Special Collections PR 9387.9 .A3935 S24 2009).

Uwem Akpan, born May 19, 1971, is a Nigerian Jesuit priest and writer. He is the author of Say You’re One of Them (2008), a collection of five stories (each set in a different African country). It was picked as a selection by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club on September 17, 2009.

Some People, Some Other Places. J. California Cooper. (Special Collections PS 3553 .O5874 S555 2006).

An unborn child narrates Cooper's earthy fourth novel, which, through a minute exploration of the lives and loves of the residents of Dream Street in the town of Place, aims to unveil the vastness of human experience. At the heart of the novel is the narrator's future mother, Eula Too.


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

American educational research journal. (available in Serials – Modular Library Section #1).

Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism (available in Serials – Modular Library Section #1).

Exercise immunology review. (available in Serials – Modular Library Section #1).


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CamelliaNet – As of December 6, 2010, the collection contains 149 MP3 audiobooks, 1680 WMA audiobooks, 649 ebooks, and 182 music files. They are iPod compatible.

Academic Research Complete - Multi-disciplinary database provides full text for nearly 6,800 scholarly publications with coverage in virtually every subject area updated daily. Academic Search Premier is a section of this database.
Cabell’s Educational Directores - Directories of academic journals for the following areas: educational curriculum and methods, educational psychology and administration, and educational technology and library science.

Petrucci Music Library - Virtual library of public domain music, especially classical music.

Points of View Reference Center (Alabama Virtual Library) - Essays and articles that present multiple sides of current issues.