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What's New - May 2008


New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:
Democratic dilemmas: joint work, education politics, and community. Julie A. Marsh. (Main Stax LA 243 .M35 2007).

Drawing on three years of field research and extensive theoretical and empirical literature, this book chronicles the day-to-day efforts of educators and laypersons working together to advance student learning in two California school districts. Due to power, values, organizational climates, and trust issues, these two districts achieved vastly different results. This book also highlights the inherent tensions of deliberative democracy, competing notions of representation, limitations of current conceptions of educational accountability, foundational importance of trust to democracy and education reform, as well as provide a framework for improving community-educator collaboration and lessons for policy and practice. 

Mentors in the making: developing new leaders for new teachers. Betty Achinstein and Steven Z. Athanases. (Main Stax LB 1731.4 .M45 2006).

Mentors in the making: developing new leaders for new teachers highlights significant "journey points" for young teachers and their mentors, discussing formative assessment, student-centered instruction, equity and diversity concerns, professional development models, and mentoring curriculum. This book contains a very readable and credible presentation on "the real world of the school." The basis of this text is the authors' assertion that great teachers are not born but develop over time. Therefore, an exploration of the "pedagogy of mentoring" is appropriate and practical for both administrators and veteran teachers.

Public policy: the competitive framework. Michael, Ewen J. (Main Stax H 97 .M53 2006).

Providing a complete explanation of how public policy is formed and why, this book presents a new interpretation of public policy analysis that is synthesised with market segmentation theory, allowing the model to be applied to differing market and social situations that require a public decision to be made.

School library media facilities planner. Hart, Thomas L. (Main Stax Z 675 .S3 H26 2006 – 2 copies available for check-out).

This handbook shows librarians, media specialists, and educators how they can transform their school library or media facility into the knowledge center of their school. Practical, step-by-step chapters cover facilities as they relate to teaching-learning, the knowledge center, open learning, information literacy, and the new goals for the knowledge society. Detailed guidance is offered for the facilities planning process (for both new and existing) including developing the team, needs assessment, planning documents, spatial relationships, special considerations, and the roles of library consultants and facilities planners.


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).


Recent additions to existing resources include:

Archival content has been purchased to supplement content within YourJournals@Ovid. The following journals are American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation, Clinical journal of sport medicine, International journal of rehabilitation research, Journal of orthopaedic trauma, Journal of pediatric orthopaedics Part B, and Pediatric physical therapy.  

An additional e-book collection has also been purchased. We now have over 57,000 titles in the collection. They can currently be searched via the netLibrary icon on the Database by Subject and Database by Title pages.

Reminder: To access netLibrary books from off-campus, you must create a username and password while on-campus.

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

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.