“American History in Video” named a Best Reference 2009 resource

American History in Video, one of the UArts Libraries’ online streaming video subscriptions, has been named as a Best Reference 2009 title in the April 15, 2010 issue of Library Journal. You can find it via the Audio & Video Databases link from the library home page. The article describes this resource as follows:

“A collaboration between Alexander Street Press and A&E Television Networks, this collection of nearly 1500 videos with searchable transcripts synchronized to video, chronicling American history from the 1890s to the 1980s, tops any other similarly themed resource in its field and is an amazing deal. It’s a product every library could make accessible to its researchers, from elementary school children to historical scholars and everyone in between.” source: Best Reference 2009 – 4/15/2010 – Library Journal

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

Shannon Robinson
Shannon Robinson

Shannon recommends:

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears
Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
741.641 G788l 2008 (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

This is a charming children’s book illustrated by a terrific artist and designer. Emily Gravett has won numerous awards for her books, including the Kate Greenaway Medal for this one and for Wolves, which we also have, among a few of her others. Check out the call numbers beginning 741.641 G788 for Gravett. She says her motto is “Why stay between the lines?” This book is a perfect example!

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective

Casey Murphy
Casey Murphy

Casey recommends:

Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective

Edited by Kathleen Nugent Mangan

709.24 T199a (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Fiber artist Lenore Tawney helped revolutionize the world of fiber art with her open-warp weavings, gauze experiments, fiber sculptures, and box constructions. Tawney was a visual poet, constructing fragile yet deeply powerful work throughout her career. Her work is a must-see for anyone interested in fiber art or found object-based work.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Mike Sgier
Mike Sgier

Mike from the Greenfield Library recommends:

The Hero with a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Campbell
291 C15h (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Joseph Campbell was a teacher and writer who spent his life studying the myths of the world, finding the common traits within each to tell the story of humanity. This book focuses on the archetype of the hero, and the various forms that it takes across cultures and time. The book also serves as an entrance to Campbell’s worldview and his ideas in comparative mythology, ideas that are both inspiring and relevant to today’s global culture.

The Greenfield Library also has the video series featuring Campbell in interviews with journalist Bill Moyer.

Digital Library of the Week: Vincent van Gogh – The Letters

The Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam not only has the world’s largest collection of artwork by Van Gogh, but they also have nearly all of the surviving letters written to and written by the artist – a perfect primary resource.

Here's a sketch by van Gogh in one of his letters to Paul Gauguin

Van Gogh often wrote about his ideas, subjects for his artwork, and how he felt he was progressing as an artist. One of his regular correspondents was with Paul Gauguin. The collection, Vincent Van Gogh – The Letters, contains all 902 letters as well as some of his paintings and drawings, photos, and other documents regarding the artist’s life and work. Want to get up close? We have The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh as well as other books about how his art and writing are closely connected.

Alexander Street Press Downtime

All Alexander Street Press online collections will be down for maintenance on Saturday, April 24, from 8am to 4pm.  The affected collections are:

African American Music Reference
African American Song
American Film Scripts Online
American History in Video
American Song
Asian American Drama
Black Drama
Classical Music Library
Classical Music Reference Library
Classical Scores Library
Contemporary World Music
Dance in Video
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Jazz Music Library
Latino Literature
Music Online
North American Theater Online PLUS
North American Women’s Drama
Opera in Video
Romantic Era Redefined
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Theater in Video

Digital Library of the Week: Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Original Edison tinfoil phonograph. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site.)
Original Edison tinfoil phonograph. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site.

Cylinder recordings are sound recordings that were first produced on tinfoil in 1877. These were the earliest medium with which sound was recorded and then replayed. With fifty years of technological development in cylinder recordings, the most famous use of these cylinders is Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph.

The University of California at Santa Barbara has a terrific special collection on the history and sound of cylinder recordings called the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project.

We have a direct link to it in our catalog as well as books on the history of sound recordings and the history of the phonograph. So go ahead, listen to some American history and enjoy!

Staff Picks

When you are next in the Greenfield Library, look around the circulation desk and laptop bar for University Libraries’ staff recommendations. We are all art lovers so we enjoy sharing our favorite books and DVDs from the collection.

Mike Sgier

Many of you have already browsed our current Staff Picks and commented on the great cartoon portraits of the staff member. They are done by our very own Greenfield evening circulation assistant, Mike Sgier, who is a comics artist and illustrator.

Right now there are four recommendations displayed in the library. Mike suggests one of our recent DVD acquisitions, the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums.

New recommendations will be on display continually so keep stopping by the Greenfield Library!