Winter break info

Library Hours Over the 2011-12 Winter Break

All UArts Libraries close for winter break at 5:00 pm, Monday, December 19.

Tuesday, January 3 – Friday, January 6: the Libraries will be conducting in-service. We will be closed to patrons, but library staff will be accessible by phone or email.

Saturday, January 7 & Sunday, January 8: all UArts Libraries are closed.

Monday, January 9: open to patrons from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 10 – Friday, January 13: open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Saturday, January 14 – Monday, January 16: closed

Regular semester hours begin Tuesday, January 17.

Borrowing Over the Winter Break

Students who return all checked-out materials AND pay all outstanding fines AND are pre-registered for the next semester may borrow library materials over the winter break. Most materials will be due Friday, January 20, 2011.

Faculty who will be returning to teach for the Spring semester may borrow materials over the winter break.

A Holiday Playlist from Music Online

Alexander Street Press’ Music Online — one of the UArts Libraries’ premier streaming audio resources — has put together this playlist of classic holiday songs. Listen to it now.

Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”
Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby, “Jingle Bells”
Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”
Elvis Presley, “Here Comes Santa Claus”
Louis Armstrong, “Zat You Santa Claus?”
The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, “Deck the Halls”
El Paso Brass, “I Saw Three Ships”
The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”

Digital Resource of the Week: American History Online

American History Online lets you simultaneously search over 350 digital collections of historical primary resources. You can search all the collections at once to find relevant images, newspaper articles, diary entries, and more. Or, browse through one collection at a time. You’ll discover the Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance Costumes, the Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music, and the George Winter Collection of Writings and Paintings.

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of ceramics and prints, 1938
Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of ceramics and prints, 1938

Interested in local history? Search by place for Pennsylvania. Clicking on a record will take you directly to the digital collection in which it is included. Additionally, one of the options for searching is by date. Looking for items relevant to just one decade? Limit your search this way and explore a specific time frame of American history.

To further your historical research, check out the UArts Libraries online subscription databases Daily Life Through History and World History: The Modern Era (if you are off campus, you will have to log in first). These databases also have primary resources as well as scholarly essays.

Scenery in Fairmount Park
Scenery in Fairmount Park

Library staff news: Mike Sgier wins City Paper comics contest

A panel from Mike's winning comic. Courtesy of Mike Sgier Illustration.

We feel very proud of UArts Libraries staff member Mike Sgier (Greenfield Evening Circulation & Course Reserves) for winning the City Paper 2011 Comics Issue contest. A brief interview with Mike appeared along with the announcement of the winner. The contest judge remarked that “Mike Sgier’s monster strip was clearly the cream that rose to the top of the submission stack. This comic really shines, from the beautiful brush line work in his depiction of the old-school monsters to the melancholy mood of alienation many experience in the yuletide season.” You can see more of Mike’s work on his web site. Mike has an MFA in Visual Studies (to him it’s an MFA in illustration) and is hard at work on his career when he’s not providing excellent service in the Greenfield Library. Congratulations, Mike!

From the Vault: Early Cinematography

While researching a question from a faculty member about the Mutoscope (the trade name of an early motion picture machine) I discovered a little trove of books on cinematography down in the Greenfield Vault.**

One of the most interesting illustrations in Practical Cinematography and Its Applications by Frederick A. Talbot (London: Heineman, 1913) is this picture showing “How to Take Moving-Pictures of Wild Animals in Safety”:

Another photo in the book shows the cow closed up:

Another interesting book is Motion Picture Handbook: A Guide for Managers and Operators of Motion Picture Theatres by F. H. Richardson (NY: Moving Picture World, 1910). Interesting not just for its technical advice, it includes ads in the back of the book from Bausch & Lomb, Pathe, Lubin, and the Edison Manufacturing Company.

The view into the Vault. Vault books are on the left, and back issues of periodicals are on the right.

**What is the Greenfield Vault? The Vault is an area in the Greenfield basement where certain books were relocated in order to make room for the open seating area. Books sent to the Vault had not been checked out in ten years or more but that we wanted to keep. Books in the Vault can be checked out; you just have to go downstairs to get them.

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