Thursday, November 20, 2008

New content for performing arts databases - streaming and reference

Forwarded to selectors by Jeff Carroll:

Dear Jeff,

I am happy to tell you about the following updates to a number of our performing arts databases, some or all of which you now own.

African American Music Reference: Six new sources (1,630 pages) released including 4 titles from the University Press of Mississippi (Sam Myers: The Blues is My Story; Ladies of Soul; Nobody Knows Where The Blues Comes From; Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life). Also included are new scores of spirituals and many blues lyrics examples included in the new texts.

American Song: 74 new albums (1,354 tracks) from Arhoolie Records, including new albums featuring Tejano, conjunto, norteño, blues, cajun, zydeco, bluegrass, and American folk genres. Example new albums include: Conjunto Bernal: 16 Early Tejano Classics; Pine Leaf Boys: La Musique; Oscar "Papa" Celestin And His Tuxedo Jazz Band; Wade Frugé- Old Style Cajun Music.

Opera in Video: German language subtitles released for Capriccio, Gloriana, Pique Dame, Satyagraha, Turandot, and French language subtitles released for Satyagraha. These languages now appear as options in the subtitle transcript link, as keyword searchable text, plus as language options for scrolling subtitles in the player.

Classical Scores Library: 239 new scores (309 pages) and 119 new composers released from the Historical Anthology of Music series from Harvard University Press. This release of material includes important medieval and Renaissance composers such as Gibbons, Palestrina, Dowland, Lassus, Des Prez, Adam de la Halle, Byrd, DuFay, Gabrieli (both Andrea and Giovanni), Le Jeune, Machaut, Ockeghem, Sweelinck, Tallis and Victoria. This material fills an important gap in early music repertoire in Classical Scores Library.

Contemporary World Music: 131 new albums (1,934 tracks) from ARC Music, Playasound, INEDIT, Budamusique, Nimbus, and Topic Records including new albums featuring Indian Classical, flamenco, tango, belly dance, klezmer, calypso, mariachi, son, and corrido music. Example new albums include: Nazaré Pereira: Ritmos da Amazonia - Para Belem; Noor Shimaal: Where Africa Meets the Orient; Chatuye: "Heartbeat in the Music" - World Music in California; Chocolate - Peru's Master Percussionist.

Enjoy your new tracks and reference materials. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mary Siegel
Senior Sales Manager
Alexander Street Press
3212 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two New Databases

Cambridge Histories Online
Provides full text online access to the complete 250-plus volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series. Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.
ERC: Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn

Contains handbooks and books covering a wide range of topics in applied mathematics.
ERC: Vivian Sukenik


Monday, November 17, 2008

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

Complete facsimile images of over 230 manuscripts written or compiled by women living in the British Isle during the 16th and 17th centuries. Contents include account books, advice, culinary writing, meditation, travel writing, and verse. Perdita manuscripts can be indexed by name, place, genre, and first lines of both poetry and prose.

ERC: John Tofanelli

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Wireless Upgrade

On Tuesday November 18th and Wednesday November 19th, MINS will be performing necessary upgrades to the Barnard College wireless network infrastructure.

During the upgrade window, the wireless network in the dormitories and on the main campus will be unavailable for intermittent periods of time. These outages can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours in length.

This upgrade is necessary to repair systemic bugs in the current operating software as well as to improve performance and the availability of Barnard's WiFi network for finals and beyond.

During the downtime periods, please utilize your wired network connection in your rooms as well as the wired public access computers and those in the computer labs.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions, please call the helpdesk at x4-7172.

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