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Please Secure Your Valuables


During the last weeks of the semester, thefts of textbooks and laptop computers increase significantly.

Please DO NOT leave your valuables unattended. Take them with you if you have to leave the area, for any reason.


Report thefts and suspicious persons to University Police and Campus Safety at 662-915-7234.

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Dean Alger on Lonnie Johnson, Music & Civil Rights


On Tuesday, April 29 at 3:00 PM author Dean Alger will speak about and sign copies of his new book, The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music – The Legendary Lonnie Johnson: Music and Civil Rights. This will take place in the Faulkner Room of Archives & Special Collections on the 3rd Floor of the J. D. Williams Library.

Please see more details about the event at UM Event Calendar.

More about the book

Lawrence Cohn, former Vice President of Columbia/Epic Records, Grammy-winning producer of “Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings,” and editor of, Nothing But The Blues, says:

“This book is great! Besides the superb review and assessment of Lonnie Johnson’s music and life, the perspective on development of artistry on the guitar and broader societal impacts make this a profoundly meaningful book. Lonnie Johnson’s importance for 20th century music is monumental; this book is long over due in spelling out why.”

Barry Mazor, author of Meeting Jimmy Rodgers and the forthcoming Ralph Peer & the Making of Popular Roots Music, says of the book:

“As both guitarist and vocalist, Lonnie Johnson was massively influential in blues, jazz and American pop, yet he’s been undervalued and undersung. Dean Alger’s deep, lively biography goes a long way towards correcting that, and provides perspective with adventurous, heartfelt riffs on the music and its context along the way.“

Steven C. Tracy, Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, author of Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City, etc., and a fine musician, says:

“In THE ORIGINAL GUITAR HERO & THE POWER OF MUSIC – The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music & Civil Rights Dean Alger offers the long overdue biography of one of the true geniuses of 20th century music. Alger has collected material from extensive research and woven it into a narrative that rightly presents the real Lonnie Johnson in the appropriate light of an unjustly underrated and neglected superstar.

Fascinatingly readable, the book goes even further in that it places Johnson in the broadest context of American culture of the 20th century, seeing him rightly not only as a trailblazer and pervasive influence on a variety of musical genres—jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, country, rock, and folk—but as an important symbol of race relations, racial understanding, and racial progress in the American century. If this volume doesn’t bring Johnson his rightful place in American musical and historical discussions, and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then grits ain’t groceries and Mona Lisa was a man.”

William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit

William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit


May 1st at 5:30, Faulkner Room, J.D. Williams Library. Special Collections is celebrating the official opening of the new exhibit, “William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit.” Dr. Jay Watson, Howry Chair of Faulkner Studies and Professor of English, will be speaking about the exhibition and Faulkner’s legacy.

“William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit” is located in the Faulkner Room, J.D. Williams Library and will be up from January 2nd through December 12, 2014. Library patrons will have the opportunity to learn about William Faulkner’s extensive literary career. The exhibit features 20 cases dedicated to books and artifacts that go along with them. Featured books include Soldier’s Pay, As I Lay Dying, the Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom! among others. The display will also include a case featuring The Marionettes, a play Faulkner penned in 1921, hand-bound and illustrated. Other items include original Faulkner poetry manuscripts, manuscripts from the Rowan Oak Papers, original short stories in periodicals, and photographs from the Col. J.R. Cofield Collection and the Martin Dain Collection.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is open to the public Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and closed during University holidays.

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New Book Acquisition

New Book Acquisition


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Williams Workshops 2014 Spring


Build your library and research skills with our Williams Workshops this Spring! Learn how to find the information you need quickly and effectively. Explore our newest and best library resources for your projects.

Workshops will be held on a variety of topics on Wednesdays at 3:00 and Thursdays at 4:00 in Room 106E in the library. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend these hands-on workshops. No registration is required. Certificates of participation will available for students. See the flier for the complete schedule.

Please click here to see detailed schedule.

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Printing & Copying Price Increase


Due to the newly imposed assessment of state sales tax, we are raising our prices for black and white print and copy charges as of January 1, 2014.

Black and white prints and all copies will go from $0.10 to $0.15 each on January 1, 2014.

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Hot Titles and Hidden Gems


Need help finding books on interesting topics? Check out the book display in the Pilkington Room (2nd floor) of the J.D. Williams Library each week for different themes.

Librarians change the theme each week to promote books that have not been checked out much, are new, or are just awesome. So stroll by and see what's new this week. If you like something, just take the book to the circulation desk and check it out!

From Privacy and Security to College Football to War, we have a lot of books to browse this semester. If you have a suggestion for a theme, please email Brian Young at

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Support the UM Food Bank


Want to support the UM Food Bank without walking all the way to Kinard? We have a bin for that, located on the 1st floor by the main stairs in the J.D. Williams Library.

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