You may have already noticed that records for e-books are showing up in your library catalog search results, right alongside the books, journals, and DVDs that have always been there. These represent the 50,180 titles that are available in full-text through ebrary, our premier e-book resource.
Just follow the links into ebrary to read the whole book. Once you’re in ebrary, you can sign up for a personalized account that lets you save your favorite titles. You can even take notes or highlight right in the books — not something we encourage with our print books!
In January 2010 the UArts Libraries launched their subscription to ebrary, an online subscription collection of more than 47,000 books. It’s research time, so we want to remind you to take advantage of this great collection.
Working on a paper on animal rights legislation? A quick search of ebrary turned up 526 books, including titles such as For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States (Ohio University Press, 2006) and Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2004).
IF YOU’RE OFF-CAMPUS you’ll be prompted to log in with your name and library barcode number. Don’t have a barcode? Just bring your valid ID (Fall 2010 sticker on it) to the Greenfield or Music Library and we’ll give you one.
Not all things haunted and other-worldly are considered science fiction fun. Two scholarly journals (yup, that’s peer-reviewed!) take their demonic subjects very seriously.
Love the greatest vampire of all, Dracula? Here’s one for you: The Journal of Dracula Studies. Yes, really, a scholarly, full-text e-journal published by the Dracula Research Center (run by Dracula scholar Elizabeth Miller). Read peer-reviewed articles such as Sharon Russell’s The Influence of Dracula on the Lesbian Vampire Film or Fear and Laughing in Sunnydale: Buffy vs Dracula by Peter Golz.
Also check out Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters – yet another peer-reviewed, full-text e-journal with articles reflecting on how our fears and demons suggest a lot about who we are as people. Read Dana Fore’s “Oh yes. There will be blood.”: Sacrificial Power and Disability in Saw and Saw 2 or Rebecca Raphael’s The Doomsday Body, or Dr. Strangelove as Disabled Cyborg. There is even a student edition, Gremlin, that invites your articles for submission.
What is a golem, you ask? Check out Golem, an illustrated story by David Wisniewski that beautifully tells the tale of this Jewish giant. It’s available in the Greenfield Library with call number 741.641 W762g. The golem also makes a wonderful appearance in Michael Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It’s also available in the Greenfield Library with call number 813 C342a.
A little over a hundred years ago, Enrico Caruso recorded his legendary tenor voice onto a wax disc for the Gramophone and Typewriter Company in Milan, helping to launch an industry that for the next eighty years was dominated by one medium: the phonodisc record. In the 1980s, the compact disc replaced the long-playing vinyl record (LP) in favor of what some consider to be a cleaner sound, supposedly longer shelf-life, and undoubtedly greater storage convenience.Today, compact discs are facing a similar fate, thanks to the development of digital ways to store recorded media.Today’s iPods can accommodate thousands of hours of recorded music, and it is difficult to dispute the convenience of such an amount of music stored in such a small device, versus the shelf-space the same amount of music would consume in its forerunners’ form.
That said, an immense amount of recorded music has not yet made the transfer into the digital world and survives almost solely in its immediate predecessor’s format, twelve inches tall, fractions of an inch thick, and considerably susceptible to scratches and deterioration.Since the record was the dominant medium for so long, the Music Library retains a highly selective, large collection of recordings over the course of time, and until last November, most of it remained idle.
In recent years, the Music Library has undertaken the painstaking process of weeding out duplicate and damaged items, and then manually cataloging each of the remaining 9,095 LPs in order to make them searchable in the library’s online catalog.This effort has involved several staff members, as well as student assistants, whose persistence has made the contents of our collection of LPs readily available.Many of these performances are historically significant, and provide layers of interpretive context for repertories both standard and “off the beaten track.”Furthermore, many LPs provide extensive recording documentation and performance notes that are unavailable elsewhere, even for those select recordings that have been chosen for digital re-issue.
One of our music students, Robyn Muse has discovered the library’s collection and prefers it to compact discs owing to the expansive selection of works and performances.She also finds the comprehensive program notes that accompany phonodiscs to be useful. “It helps to be able to understand what you’re listening to,” she explains.
Aside from rarity and historical significance, there is still an appeal when it comes to long-playing records. Particular groups of audiophiles claim that analog phonodisc recordings produce a different “depth” or “warmth” of sound that the digital media do not reproduce.Our student Robyn finds that compact discs sound “flat” compared to the “more real” sound of LPs.“It’s a more true representation of the artist,” she says, referring to the quality of sound on phonodiscs. “You can hear the colors better.” Sampling this experience for oneself is fairly easy.The Music Library makes available several record players in its listening area.The recordings are easily searched, and appear alongside compact disc recordings in the online catalog.
In the long run, the greatest challenge that LP-lovers face is preservation.While the digital medium is by no means permanent, its shelf-life is predicted to surpass that of its vinyl predecessor.The Music Library hopes to one day secure the funding to successfully archive all of its LP records digitally, further preserving the timeless nature of the recorded performances.Until then, feel welcome to take advantage of this vast treasure of unique recordings and get to know the medium that represented the recording industry for more than eighty years.