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New Acquisitions - November 2009


New York Times best sellers from 2005 through mid-2009 are available for check-out on the New Book shelves, which is located in the Trailer #1 hallway.

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

Embracing our mortality: hard choices in an age of medical miracles. Lawrence J. Schneiderman, MD. (Main Stax R 726.8 .S34 2008).

Dr. Lawrence J. Schneiderman captures medical decision making in action at the end of life, a time when the physician's and patient's choices are the most difficult, and the most heart wrenching, to make. He draws case studies from his own career that illuminate these challenging medical decisions.

Forensics under fire: are bad science and dueling experts corrupting criminal justice? Jim Fisher. (Main Stax HV 8073 .F57 2008).

This book’s premise is that the problems in the practice of forensic science allow offenders to escape justice and can also lead to the imprisonment of innocent people. Bringing together examples from a host of high-profile criminal cases, Fisher presents daunting evidence that forensic science has a long way to go before it lives up to its potential and the public's expectations.

From at-risk to academic excellence: what successful leaders do. Franklin P. Schargel. (Main Stax LB 2805 .S33 2007).

This book brings together the wisdom and experience from leaders of over 50 schools that have been categorized as "high performing, high minority, high poverty." From at-risk to academic excellence: what successful leaders do includes actual examples and real life stories which illustrate how the leaders at these schools -- - raised academic achievement. - motivated students. - boosted parent and community involvement. - applied the 3 r's - rigor, relevance, & relationships.

Handbook of information and computer ethics. Herman T. Tavani (ed.) et al. (Main Stax QA 76.9 .M65 H36 2008).

This handbook provides an accessible overview of the most important issues in information and computer ethics. It covers: foundational issues and methodological frameworks; theoretical issues affecting property, privacy, anonymity, and security; professional issues and the information-related professions; responsibility issues and risk assessment; regulatory issues and challenges; access and equity issues. Each chapter explains and evaluates the central positions and arguments on the respective issues, and ends with a bibliography that identifies the most important supplements available on the topic.
Hooked on art: 265 ready-to-use activities in seven exciting media. (Main Stax N 350 .R65 2002 - Offsite request required).

For all elementary classroom teachers and art specialists, this unique resource offers over 200 complete, ready-to-use art lessons in seven stimulating creative media. Each of the seven "Discovery Units" provides an introduction to a specific medium (paper, tissue, crayon, watercolor, tempera, mobiles or printing), a checklist of materials, and easy-to-follow illustrated directions.

Knife of dreams. Robert Jordan. (Main Stax PS 3560 .O7617 K58 2005).

New York Times best-seller. Book 11 of the “Wheel of time” series which, according to the review found on Amazon, “is the one Jordan fans have been eagerly waiting for the better part of a decade. The breakneck pace, lyrical beauty and astonishing scope of the early Wheel of Time volumes established Jordan as one of the top writers in the Tolkien tradition. … The latest explodes with motion, as multiple plot lines either conclude or advance, and the march to Tarmon Gai'don—the climactic last battle between the Dragon Reborn and the Dark One—begins in earnest. Faile's captivity with the Shaido, Mat's pursuit of Tuon and Elayne's war for Caemlyn come to a close, while Egwene's capture brings the Aes Sedai war to the heart of the Tower.”

One nation under debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the history of what we owe. Robert E. Wright. (Main Stax HJ 8106 .W75 2008, E-book Collection).

One nation under debt explores the untold history of America's first national debt, which arose from the immense sums needed to conduct the American Revolution. Key events that shaped the U.S. financial system and how the actions of our forefathers laid the groundwork for the debt we still carry today are explained.

The rest is noise: listening to the twentieth century. Alex Ross. (Main Stax ML197 .R76 2007).

Taking readers into the labyrinth of modern style, Ross draws revelatory connections between the century's most influential composers and the wider culture. The rest is noise is an astonishing history of the twentieth century as told through its music.

Tourism and sustainability: development, globalization, and new tourism in the Third World, 2nd ed.  Martin Mowforth. (Main Stax G 155 .D44 M69 2009 – Offsite request required).

Drawing on a wealth of examples, this work traces the inception of sustainability within environmentalism and its extension into the realism of socio-cultural and economic thinking, policy and practice. This second edition has been extensively updated to firmly re-situate it in the development literature. There are also major new sections on: Third world development and tourism; the emergence of pro-poor tourism; the UN International Year for Ecotourism; and a new case study on a small-scale ecotourism program in Nicaragua.

The two reconstructions: the struggle for Black enfranchisement. Richard M. Valelly. (Main Stax, Special Collections JK 1924 .V35 2004 – Offsite request required).

Winner of the 2005 J. David Greenstone Book Award from the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association. How did the first reconstruction fail so utterly, setting the stage for the complete disenfranchisement of Southern black voters, and why did the second succeed? Revamping our understanding of American race relations, The two reconstructions brilliantly explains a puzzle that lies at the heart of Americas development as a political democracy.

The world is flat: a brief history of the twenty-first century. Thomas L. Friedman. (Main Stax HM 846 .F74 2007).

New York Times best-seller; this is the third edition. What Friedman means by "flat" is "connected": the lowering of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution that have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with billions of other people across the planet. The news that Friedman has to deliver is that just when we stopped paying attention to these developments is when they actually began to accelerate. Globalization 3.0, as he calls it, is driven not by major corporations or giant trade organizations, but by individuals who can compete--and win.


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

American educational research journal. (available in Serials – Trailer #1).

Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism (available in Serials – Trailer #1).

Exercise immunology review. (available in Serials – Trailer #1).


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

Access World News (vendor-Newsbank)

Electronic editions of U.S. and worldwide newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, and news magazines. Combines America’s Newspapers, Business Newsfile, and Newsfile Collection. Montgomery Advertiser is available from Dec. 2006 to one month ago.

Alabama Mosaic (vendor – Auburn University)           

Digital repository of images relating Alabama’s history, culture, places, and people.

SIRS Knowledge Source (vendor –ProQuest)

Renamed SIRS Discoverer.