All posts by Joshua Roberts

We’re trying something new this semester!

The Libraries are test driving something new this semester: OneSearch, which lets you search for articles from the databases, books on the shelves, videos, images, and much more all in one place.

When you visit the Libraries’ website, you will find a OneSearch box where the library catalog usually is. (If you want the traditional catalog, it’s still there in the tab to the left.) 

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This is a trial service — we will decide whether to make it a permanent addition at the end of the semester. Your feedback is crucial to this decision! Does it make it easier to find items you need? Harder? How is it working for you? Please send all comments to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu. 

OneSearch is not replacing any of our existing resources or services. It is intended to make it easier to find what we already have. We hope it does!

 
Nitty-Gritty Details

OneSearch uses the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) product, so you’ll notice that it looks a lot like the regular Ebscohost article database. If you have signed up for a personal Ebscohost account to save and organize your research, you can even use it from OneSearch.

OneSearch contains indexing for all our Ebsco databases, as well as many other sources: journals and ebooks that are held in other databases, such as ProQuest or JSTOR; books, DVDs, scores, and other items physically located in the libraries; open access scholarly journals available on the web; streaming audio and video from Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, and Naxos; and images from ArtStor. 

This indexing is not 100% complete for non-Ebsco sources, but it’s pretty close. So OneSearch is not the only source you should consult if you are doing very in-depth research, like a review of literature for your thesis, but it should be a good place to start, especially for more general research needs. 

OneSearch has many features that we hope will make it easier to use than our existing databases. These include “research starters” that can give you a little background on thousands of topics. It also has smarter search logic, which will expand your search in some of the intuitive ways you are used to from Google. For example if you search for “free speech” and “colleges”, One Search will also include terms like “universities” and “higher education.” You don’t even need to enter the last name first when searching for a specific author. 

Our access to EDS is currently on a trial basis. As such, it is not as fully functional as it will be if we commit to adding it permanently. Links to other databases may occasionally be inconsistent, and our e-journal holdings information may have a few gaps, but these should improve with time. Please send any issues you encounter to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu.  

Library staff recommendation: The Magic of M.C. Escher

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The Magic of M.C. Escher
designed by Erik Thé, with an introduction by J.L. Locher
Greenfield Open Stacks 769.924 Es16lo 2013

 
With excellent reproductions and imagery, this book is a perfect compendium of M.C. Escher’s work, highlighting the precision and craft that the artist brought to his art. The book not only includes finished art from a wide array of media, but also includes process sketches, stages that his imagery went through, and examines the thematic explorations that Escher embarked upon throughout his career.
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library staff recommendation: The Long Goodbye

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The Long Goodbye
by Raymond Chandler
Greenfield Open Stacks 813 C361l 1992

In this noir classic by Raymond Chandler, private detective Philip Marlowe finds himself in a world of trouble when he helps a depressed and scarred veteran flee the US for Mexico, caught between police, gangsters, and an assortment of duplicitous characters with their own motives. As with any good detective story, there are twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, but it is Marlowe’s blunt attitude and Chandler’s pitch perfect writing that keeps the pages turning. What emerges is a grim and corrupt portrait of 1950’s Los Angeles, and one of  crime fiction’s best stories.

Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library staff recommendation: Lint: Acme Novelty Library #20

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The ACME Novelty Library #20 (Lint)
by Chris Ware
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 W22a20

Part of Chris Ware’s ongoing Rusty Brown story, The ACME Novelty Library #20 chronicles the life of Jordan Lint, a bully from Rusty’s school. Ware presents the entirety of Lint’s life, from birth to death, with each page showing a discrete scene from a different year. As always, Ware uses both imagery and text to show the range of emotions his characters experience, finding innovative ways to tell such an expansive story. Ware’s aim doesn’t seem to be sympathy for Lint so much as understanding, as he shows a man continually trying to change his life, but who can’t escape the consequences of past mistakes and the regrets that come with them.

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Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library Staff Recommendation: Outside the Lines

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OUTSIDE THE LINES
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2014

Greenfield Open Stacks
709.04 O949c

This book is a feast of experimental as well as more traditional approaches to contemporary abstract art on the occasion of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s 65th anniversary. Non-traditional materials and many unexpected kinds of surprising and adventurous works are included while at the same time works that exemplify the historical foundations of abstraction are present as well. This is a lively exhibition of very vibrant art many of which use new languages and processes and move into previously unexplored territories.

Barbara Danin
Acquisitions & Administrative Co-ordinator

Library staff recommendation: Betty Woodman

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Betty Woodman
Skira Editore, 2014

Greenfield Open Stacks – 738.0924.W859s

A beautiful book of Woodman’s exuberant, brightly colored, sometimes witty, painterly vase forms.

These vases never conform to the traditional shape of a vase,
instead they seem to be almost in motion with undulating shapes,
patterns and colors. She is strongly influenced by the work of Matisse and Bonnard, Japanese woodblocks, as well as art from many cultures visited on her travels and time living in Italy.

Library staff recommendation: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

by Neil Gaiman
 
A blend of myth, fairy tale, and horror story, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a perfect middle ground between Gaiman’s adult and children’s stories. When a grown man returns to the site of his childhood home, his mind recalls long-forgotten memories, both dark and strange, and remembers a long lost friend who lived at a farm down the road, a farm not quite of this world. Though this is one of Gaiman’s shorter novels, it feels like his most personal, and leaves the reader with a rich reading experience to remember.
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Recommended by Mike Sgier

Welcome to new library staff!

Julia, Lessa, and Mike

We welcome all new staff to the Music Library this fall! Julia Mullen will be with us part-time in Music, working on the weekends and some other hours. Julia went to Philadelphia’s High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), has a master’s in English, and previously worked at the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Romano joins the Greenfield Library AND the Music Library, since he’ll be working in both. Fortunately for us, he is both an artist (painting, pen and ink) and a musician (hammered dulcimer). Michael has a BA in history with a minor in fine arts from Rutgers University and worked in the Rutgers University Libraries prior to joining us. He is excited to join the UArts community of artists.
Lessa Keller-Kenton joins the Music Library as Circulation Assistant. Lessa (pronounced Lisa) has a BA in religious studies and will be starting her master’s in information science at Drexel in January 2015. Besides working in libraries and museums, Lessa has earned a graduate certificate and is a musician who plays the hammered dulcimer. That’s right: we now have two staff members who play the dulcimer.
Phoebe Kowalewski is switching over from the Music Library to the Greenfield Library, where she’ll serve as the Cataloger and Archival Processor Librarian.

Library staff recommendation: Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30

Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30 edited by Jane Golden and David Updike
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2014
Greenfield Open Stacks 751.730974811 G565mu
More than 3800 murals have transformed the city of Philadelphia and been a model and inspiration for cities around the world. This program has brought together artists, writers, designers, musicians, students, social service providers, the young and the old, and has taught art skills, civic engagement, and personal responsibility. It has helped many ex-offenders train for new jobs, provided a way for people to give back to their communities and has been a huge catalyst for communal healing. This is a beautiful celebration of three decades of creativity and collaboration.

Library staff recommendation: Cosmos

Cosmos
by Carl Sagan
Greenfield Open Stacks 520 Sa18c

With the release of the new Cosmos television series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, now would be an opportune time to revisit the original book written by Carl Sagan. Encompassing a wide variety of scientific fields, from biology to astrophysics, Sagan examines the connections between life on Earth and the universe at large, and how all it relates to our daily lives, whether we know it or not. Sagan’s writing is rich and lucid, aiming to take complex (and sometimes controversial) scientific subjects and make them accessible to a wider, general audience. It was Sagan’s belief that scientific literacy could be accessible to everyone, and was essential to help illuminate humanity’s role in the Cosmos.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier