Friday, November 11, 2011

New Books Display!

The Music Library, rather than having a shelf of new books, displays the paper covers of newly arrived books on a bulletin board. Stop by and take a look!

November is both National Drum and Native American Awareness Month

November is National Drum Month and Native American Awareness Month... To that end.. displays in the Music & Curriculum Library... The Drum exhibit is complete so photos are going up today. The Native American Awareness exhibit will be complete in a day or, so photos will be posted next week.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Book Week 24 Sept - 1 Oct 2011

It's Banned Book Week and the Music & Curriculum Library has gone all out. It's not just books that are banned - Music (and musicians themselves), recordings, songbooks, books about musicians.

Current on display on the 2nd floor of the East Wing of the Library are several cases and bulletin boards that take a look at banned and censored materials.

MANY THANKS to the students in the Music & Curriculum Library for their help in gathering materials, wrapping books in brown paper, putting up displays, etc. You all ROCK! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Welcome to the 2011-12 school year!

Welcome Back ! The school year has begun and the Music/Curriculum Library staff are here and ready to help out. I'm hoping to use the blog more frequently this year. There are lots of fun things going on that I'll try to let everyone know about and then there are some serious things as well... Don't forget that you can follow us on Twitter too. I post a 'free download of the week' for either classical music or folk/world music pretty much every week (the name is a bit of a misnomer since there are weeks when we don't have one).

The first piece of amazing news for this year is that JSTOR has announced that they're releasing all pre-1923 US and pre-1870 International journal content to the world at large. Now when you search in Google Scholar and find an old article in JSTOR, you'll be able to get it for free! (Don't forget that UWM users *never* have to pay for articles anyway, you can always get them for free from the UWM Libraries InterLibrary Loan office).

Here's an image of the JSTOR website announcing this news.

Here's the link to read more about it yourself directly at JSTOR

That's it for now. I'll be back soon !

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mobile app for Naxos Music Library!

Naxos Music Library has both iPhone (iPod & iPad, too of course) and Android Applications available for download!

Copied from the Naxos Music Library Blog (you might want to bookmark it!!)

You access the content from your mobile device by setting up a 'playlist' account when you're logged in through the UWM system (either from on campus or standard off-campus logon).

You will be able to listen to personal, institutional, and Naxos-created playlists as well as browse and stream the full NML on the go from your app!

Institutional Users

1. Visit the NML. If you are a member of an institution like a school, university, or public library, you can visit your institution’s unique webpage (ex. Ask your librarian or contact us here at Naxos if you’re not sure how to get there.

2. Navigate to the Playlists tab and sign up for a Student/Member Playlist Account. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you used to sign up. Click the link in the e-mail to confirm your account.

3. The login you created for your Student/Member Playlist Account will be your login for the app as well.

4. Any playlist in your personal folder or your institution’s folder will be available, in addition to all of our Naxos-created playlists. You can also browse and stream the full NML--from New Releases and Recent Additions to any old recording from any label--anytime, anywhere.

Watch this video for help setting up your account

The Android app can be downloaded from the Android Market

as well as the from the Amazon app store here

The iPhone app

The iPhone app is, of course, available on the iPhone app store.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Very cool resources !

Film/Theatre related:

John Wyver, CEO of Illuminations Media in the UK (they made the filmed versions of Hamlet and Macbeth that aired on PBS last year) has created an online guide to Mosfilm's Youtube Channel. Mosfilm dates back to the early 1920s and this youtube channel includes their full, feature length films. Many with English subtitles. The problem is that the channel itself is in Cyrillic. You can read John's discussions in the form of a three-part guide to what you can find there.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Music Related:

About the National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

IMSLP now has a search-by-melody function...

The Visual Arts

Los Angeles County Museum of Art makes their collection available online !

The Museum website is here

Their digital collection is available here

Yale University has done the same thing

Digital Images of Yale’s Vast Cultural Collections Now Available for Free

read about it here

there's a slideshow sampler about halfway down the page.

The link to their frontpage search box is

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rock's BackPages ! a database trial !

We recently added a new trial to the Trial Database libguide:

Rock's Backpages is an online database of music writing, sourced from the pages of music and mainstream press (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1960s right up to the present day. There are thousands of articles and over 200 exclusive, and previously unpublished, audio interviews with major rock music artists.

Rock's Backpages will be accessible until March 15, 2011.

We encourage folks to try this wonderful resource and submit comments via the Comments link on the guide or by filling out the Database Evaluation Form (which is also linked to on the Guide).