Category Archives: Library Resources

Staff Recommendation: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

 

Philip K. Dick can be regarded as one of the prominent science fiction authors of the 20th century, with many of his works posthumously inspiring film and television adaptations, such as Total Recall, Terminator, The Man in the High Castle, and Minority Report. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of these works, establishing the world of Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking film Blade Runner and its recent sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Like the 1982 movie, Do Androids focuses on Rick Deckhard’s search for rogue Nexus-6 androids in a futuristic, yet very bleak, California. If you are familiar with the classic Harrison Ford feature, this novel might not be what you are expecting, but it delights nonetheless. Characters like Pris, Rachael, and Roy will be recognizable to those who have seen the 1982 movie, as well as other entities that parallel elements in both films. While the films touch on themes of empathy and “What does it mean to be human?” Dick expands upon these in more detail, taking a very philosophical approach with his writing, almost along the lines of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. If you are looking for a challenging read that will make you puzzle and ponder the meanings of life, yet in the setting of a post-nuclear war America, this is for you.

Available now in the Greenfield Library open stacks at call #: PS3554 .I3 D6 2017 In addition to this great read, the director’s cut of the Blade Runner film can be found behind the Greenfield Library circulation desk, just ask for call #: GD9 !

~ Recommended by Lillian Kinney, Cataloger/Archivist at the Greenfield Library

Staff Recommendation: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is heart-wrenching, thoughtful, and compelling. Starr, a high school student, is the lone witness to the shooting of one of her childhood friends, Kahlil. While dealing with the trauma of this experience, the incident gets national attention, flooding hashtags and news stations. She is caught between two worlds: her predominantly black neighborhood and her predominantly white private school. Tension from bothsides ignites, with Starr under pressure as the only one able to get Kahlil justice. This book is an absolute must read for it’s empathic perspective and political relevance.

This book is available in the Greenfield Library open stacks at call #PZ7.1 .T448 H3 2017  

Recommended by Alyssa Winscom, Greenfield Library Work Study Assistant

Staff Recommendation: Blankets

From the author of Good-bye, Chunky Rice, winner of the 1999 Harvey Award for Best New Talent, comes a touching graphic novel aptly titled Blankets. In 2004 Blankets won three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist, cementing Craig Thompson’s place in the graphic storytelling community.

In this novel, Thompson shares an autobiographical recollection of growing up and experiencing first love. We travel with Craig from childhood into adulthood, watching as our narrator learns about the world, about himself, and about what it means to actually grow up. Craig’s delivery of the story and wonderful illustrations help us to see the way that the world around us shapes who we grow to become: whether it’s discovering our talents, questioning the religions we grew up with, or finally coming to terms with the inner workings of our own selves. At times funny, heartbreaking, and incredibly joyful, Blankets is a great read for anyone interested in literature or graphic novels.

This book is available in the Greenfield Library open stacks at call #741.50924 T372b

Recommended by Lauralee Martin, Greenfield Library Work Study Assistant

New database of modern popular music!

From acid house to zydeco,
from Acapulco to Zanzibar,
Bloomsbury Popular Music
provides worldwide coverage of modern popular music.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World,
is a great place to start your research on popular music, and a great place to investigate something fun for your own interests.

Looking for information on a particular album? See if one of the 120+ 33 1/3 book series has the album you are looking for!
Each volume provides in-depth analysis of an influential album or event. A great mix of music is covered, ranging from U2’s Achtung Baby, to the music from the Super Mario Brothers video game, to Miles Davis’ Bitches BrewThe new global 33 1/3 series focuses on popular music from around the world and is growing regularly.

Also growing is the expanding collection of scholarly books, with a minimum of 5 titles being added annually.
Some cool topics are covered in these books, ranging from
the history of the music video to San Francisco ‘s music scene in the 60s.

This site even has a fun timeline of popular music covering the 1960s to today!

Links to the Bloomsbury Popular Music  database are available on the Reference Sources and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage: library.uarts.edu. Find them at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section.

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For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Rock on, UArts!

 

Jim Cowen
Music Reference Librarian
University Libraries
The University of the Arts
jcowen@uarts.edu
215-717-6293

New database: The online library of pop music journalism!

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Interested in reading up on LL Cool J or Ke$ha?

Want to listen to an audio interview with
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi or Ozzy Osbourne?

Curious to learn more about industrial music or Scandinavian pop?

How about an unpublished 2011 interview with the late
Chris Cornell?

Worry not: the recently added database Rock’s Backpages has that and so much more!

 

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With over 30,000 articles by music journalists collected over the last 50 years, Rock’s Backpages covers a spectrum of artists ranging from Aaliyah to ZZ Top. The site covers too many genres  of music to list here, but to give you an idea you can browse Rock’s Backpages  for genres including prog rock to rockabilly, jazz to space rock, Japanese pop to trip hop; yup, all these any more more genered are covered is this database.

 

Sure, this is a great site for finding articles for assignments, but it is also a wonderful place to browse and learn about new genres of music, classic to contemporary artists, and popular music from around the globe.

 

Links to Rock’s Backpages are available from the Articles and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage,
library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

UArts Library Homepage

 

For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.

 

Rock on, UArts!

James Cowen
Music Reference Librarian
University Libraries
The University of the Arts
jcowen@uarts.edu
215-717-6293

New Database Available!

Why search the web for quality blogs, social media posts, and news sources when ACI does it for you!?!

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A leading aggregator of editorially selected and curated social media and blog publications including news and commentary blogs, ACI Scholarly Blog Index includes high-quality authoritative blogs from experts in all fields of science, social sciences, and the humanities.

Search by keywords, then limit by date, subject, publication/blog title, and more.

Diggin’ on dance? Check out The Dance Journal covering dance in Philadelphia; including this article on dancers Kyle and Dinita Clark who met right here at UArts!

Looking for art history? Browse Art History Unstuffed, by OTIS College of Art & Design’s Professor Jeanne Willette.

Gamer? The National Archive’s Harold Jamie Madigan’s blog The Psychology of Video Games includes an article on “Why being a gamer can help you be a better person.”

Movie fan? ACI Scholarly Blog Index has the Movies Now blog from the LA Times.

(your Music Librarian confesses he got sidetracked writing this announcement thanks to this article on Comic-Con)

Speaking of music and movies, check out the University of Kentucky’s Scott Murphy’s blog, Musicellanea, including his article on “Star War’s triplets in alignment with Holst’s Mars.”

Like the theater? Me too! But you can read why the Flux Factory’s Moragn Meis doesn’t in her article “Why I hate the theater,” featured on the 3QuarksDaily blog.

This is just a small sampling of the blogs and more you’ll find on ACI Scholarly Blog Index.

Links to ACI Scholarly Blog Index are available from the Articles and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage, library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

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For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy!

New Database Available!

We thought you may be interested in a new database to which we now subscribe:

Musical Theater Songs: The Song Is You
This site gives you over 20 different search options to help you find that perfect musical theater song. The options include voice type, voice range, character age, time signature, original key, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, and more.
Please note: this index does not include sheet music, but rather helps you build a list of songs you could then bring into the library to find the sheet music.
To see if the song is available in the library, click the link to “Find the Sheet Music” then the link for “UARTS Library” :

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The site also gives you options to buy the music from pay sites, but please always visit the library first. Can’t find a song in the library catalog that this site helped you discover? No worries, check with me, Jim Cowen, your Music Reference Librarian (jcowen@uarts.edu) to see if we can help you find what you need.
Links to Musical Theater Songs are available from the Reference Sources and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage, library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

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You can also search the UArts Library catalog for the name of the database, Musical Theater Songs, to find a link to the site.
For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.
We hope you enjoy the search for new songs!

 

Lynda.com – Tutorials for Everything

Lynda.com is a fantastic website and resource for technology training. University of the Arts’ subscription to the site allows you to access tutorials for a wide range of subjects. On it there are hundreds of online courses that can help you to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, etc., as well as management and presentation skills. The service is connected to LinkedIn and allows you to add skills to your professional profile. You can use this service to seriously beef up your resume and collect a number of work-related skills. You can also choose to follow more general learning paths like “Become a Content Marketer” or “Become a Project Coordinator”.
Learn everything from graphic design to coding through this service made free through University of the Arts’ subscription. Maybe even use it to knock out a New Year’s resolution or two.

One note: The first time you log into Lynda, you have to go through the UArts portal to register. After doing that once and setting up a Lynda account, you can access it directly, including on its mobile app!

Post by Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant

Searching for Videos

There are a number of ways to search the library catalog for videos (by which we mean DVD, VHS, Blu-Ray, and streaming). All of the videos physically owned by the UArts Libraries are in the library catalog.

  1. Go to library.uarts.edu and click the catalog link at the upper right.

Arrow to catalog

  1. In the search by: box you can:

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  • search by Author for directors, choreographers, composers, and performers. Remember to search LAST NAME first, for example: Scorsese, Martin
  • search by Title if you know it.
  • search by Keyword to find a film in a collection. Put quotation marks around phrases, e.g., “andalusian dog” or “all of me” or “cave of the heart”
  • search by Subject. There are lots of subject headings; these are a few suggestions.

feature films                            operas–film adaptations

documentary films                musical films

science fiction films              concert films

  1. In the search in: box, select Video. This will search for all video formats: VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming.

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  1. Enter your search terms and click  Search!

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Just want to browse and see what we have?

  1. Go to http://library.uarts.edu/
  2. Select catalog from the yellow bar, top right.
  3. Select Call Number Search [on the right]
  4. Select u Search for other call numbers [click open the triangle]

Read the directions on the screen and follow the examples:

MD for Music Library DVDs

MV for Music Library videos

GD for Greenfield Library DVDs

GV for Greenfield Library videos

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Once you find a video, jot down the call number, then go to the Greenfield or Music circulation desk to request it.

The UArts Libraries also subscribe to a number of large streaming video databases. See them at http://library.uarts.edu/eresources/audio.html. You can access most of them from anywhere by signing in with your UArts user name and password.

A/V Equipment

Have you ever found yourself on campus with a paper due tomorrow, 5% battery, and your laptop charger forgotten at home? Don’t worry, UArts Libraries have your back! From laptop chargers to headphones, you can check these out at the circulation desks to use in the library:

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  • Macbook chargers (Magsafe 1 & 2)
  • iPhone chargers
  • Micro USB cords (for Android & other phones)
  • Headphones
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Ethernet cords
  • DVD USB drive
  • iPad

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Music Library

  • Macbook chargers (Magsafe 1 & 2)
  • iPods
  • iPad
  • iPhone chargers
  • Micro USB cords (for Android & other phones)
  • Headphones
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Ethernet cords

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