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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles Santore, class of 1956, illustrated the 2009 Library of Congress National Book Festival poster. Watch a webcast of Santore speaking at the festival about his work as a children’s book illustrator and the creative process he used to develop the poster. “Read, read, read, draw, draw, draw,” was his response to a request for one tip for someone who would like to become a children’s book illustrator.
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.
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!