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University Libraries Newsletter #10 Spring/Summer 2002

Director of University Libraries: Carol H. Graney
Newsletter Editor: Sara J. MacDonald, Greenfield Library Public Services

Current Newsletter Contents
Order Fall Course Reserve Materials Now!
Overheard in the Library
New Reference Materials
Library Staff News
Librarians As Subversives
Periodicals Update
Interlibrary Loan for Articles
Senior Artists Initiative Videos

Previous newsletters:
Fall 2002 #9
Spring 2001 #8
Fall 2000 #7
NOTES: The Music Library Newsletter

Faculty, it's not too early to start thinking about any materials you'd like the library to have in place for you for fall semester course reserves. Avoid the delay and have the materials cataloged and ready to use when your students will need them. For music and musical theater materials please contact Mark Germer in the Music Library; for all other materials, including dance and theater, please contact Carol Graney in the Greenfield Library.

A student working on a paper asked for help finding information on an artist for whom all the library's books were in foreign languages. Off we went to the reference section, where I showed him the Dictionary of Art (which is really a multi-volume encyclopedia), Oxford Companion to 20th Century Art, and more. He followed along as I showed him how to use the encyclopedia's index and was very pleased to find information on the artist as well as the artist's style, period and the artistic movement (Die Brücke) to which the artist belonged. The student asked, "If there's a Dictionary of Art, is there a Dictionary of Dance??" I said not by such a title, but yes, there were many similar resources for dance research, and we went and looked at those for his dance history paper. Happy and relieved to find so much material, the student said, "Wow. Now I feel like a real college student."

Sara J. MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

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What is deconstruction?? Who is Lacan and what is he about? Where can I find a brief definition of the Fourth Estate? What makes piezoelectronic materials so interesting? Is America really a violent country? What are some good books on reflexology? What are the impact of radio and other media on traditional musics in Africa? These and many more issues are addressed in some of our new reference titles.

Artists & Writers Colonies : Retreats, Residencies, And Respites For The Creative Mind. Portland, OR : Blue Heron Pub., c2000.
Greenfield REF 700.2573 Ar78col

Censorship : A World Encyclopedia. Derek Jones, editor. London ; Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2001.
Greenfield REF 363.31 C332j v.1-2

The Cutting Edge : An Encyclopedia Of Advanced Technologies. New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Greenfield REF 603 C982t

A Dictionary Of African Mythology : The Mythmaker As Storyteller / Harold Scheub. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Greenfield REF 299.6203 Sch29d

Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies / James Watson and Anne Hill. London : Arnold ; New York : Co-published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2000.
Greenfield REF 302.203 W334d 2000

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics / editor in chief, Michael Kelly. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Greenfield REF 111.8503 En19k v. 1-4

Encyclopedia Of Major Marketing Campaigns / Thomas Riggs, editor. Detroit : Gale Group, 2000.
Greenfield REF 659.10973 En19mar

Encyclopedia of Postmodernism/ edited by Charles E. Winquist and Victor E. Taylor. New York : Routledge, 2001.
Greenfield REF 149.9703 En19post

Encyclopedia of Smart Materials / [edited by] Mel Schwartz. New York : J. Wiley, c2002.
Greenfield REF 620.1103 En19s v.1-2 Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. James Porter and Timothy Rice, editors. NY: Garland, 1998-2002. 10 vols.
Music Library REF ML 100 .G37 1998-

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines / Nancy Allison, editor. New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 1999.
Greenfield REF 615.503 Il9al

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd ed. Grove ; London : Macmillan Publishers, 2001.
Music Library REF ML100 .N48 2001 v. 1-29. **Music Librarian Mark Germer's review of this important new edition was recently the lead article in Notes, the journal of the Music Library Association.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Detroit : St. James Press, c2000.
Greenfield REF 973.9 St1e v.1-5

Violence in America : An Encyclopedia. New York : Scribner, 1999.
Greenfield REF 303.60973 V812ia

Webb, Pauline and Mark Suggitt. Gadgets and Necessities : An Encyclopedia of Household Innovations. Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, c2000.
Greenfield REF 683.803 W383g

The University Libraries staff would like to acknowledge the outstanding service and positive attitude provided by JIM COWEN in the Music Library this past year. Jim has been filling in for Aaron Meicht while Aaron is on a leave of absence. We regret to say that June 28 will be Jim's last day working for the Libraries. Please join us in thanking Jim and wishing him well in his future.

New staff: Autumn Kietponglert joined the Greenfield Library circulation staff on January 7. Autumn is an alumna of the UArts Crafts Department, Class of 2001, and worked in the Slide Library while she was a student. In addition to regular circulation duties she processes all course reserve requests in Greenfield.

Staff activities:
Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference Librarian, and Jeannine Keefer, Visual Resources Curator, attended the joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA) in March, where issues included digital image databases, copyright, and public domain images. Mary Louise is currently serving as president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of ARLIS/NA. Jeannine also attended the Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting.

Carol Graney, Director of University Libraries, attended the Computers in Libraries conference in March. Web design and development and usability testing were among many varied topics presented relating to libraries' use of computer systems.

Music Librarian Mark Germer attended three conferences: "The History of Libraries in the United States", sponsored by The Center for the Book, Library of Congress, The Council on Library and Information Resources, and The Bibliographical Society of America and hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia; "Colloquium on Scholarly Communication", sponsored by The Create Change Partnership of the Association of College & Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries, and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resource Coalition. Mark also attended the Music Library Association National Meeting where he presented a report commissioned by the Ad Hoc Task Force on Aggregate Music Web Sites to the full MLA membership on web sites hosted by professional organizations; chaired the business meeting of the Resource Sharing & Collection Development Committee (RSCD) and chaired a panel discussion hosted by the RSCD for the full membership, entitled "Ongoing Challenges in Identifying American Music Resources".

Technical Services Librarian Scott Hanscom attended the American Library Association conference in January where he investigated system enhancements available for our online library system as well as attended conference sessions relating to technical services in libraries.

Sara MacDonald attended the LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) Conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in May, the theme of which was integrating information literacy into the curriculum.

Arcadia University recently used Barbara Danin's painting "Ascent" on a postcard for incoming students. In 2000 they also used another work of Barbara's for the cover of the alumni journal. Barbara is an alumna of Arcadia.

Shawn Moriarty spent a week-long book repair internship at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The workshop was conducted by the Collections Care Section of the Library's Preservation Directorate .

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Posted recently to the Art Libraries Society of North America listserv:
Michael Moore, author of "Stupid White Men" was interviewed by BuzzFlash today 3/13/02

"BUZZFLASH: Now specifically, a little bit about your book. You've written in your columns that after September 11th, your publisher was going to deep-six the book unless you took out critical comments on Bush. You held firm. Is it true that the librarians of America came to your defense and saved the day?

MICHAEL MOORE: That's what it looks like. I mean, I didn't know who any of these people were. They -- this one librarian found out about it, and she got in a, I don't know, library chat room. Or she sent a letter out to a list of librarians, and they sent it out to a bunch of people, and the thing kind of mushroomed from there. So, I'd say it's a combination of these librarians and the Internet, because they started sending letters to Harper-Collins, and Harper-Collins saw that it wasn't gonna be a good thing to ban the book. But I'm really happy about it. I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group.

BUZZFLASH: Subversive.

MICHAEL MOORE: They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them..."

Online Periodicals: Online versions of the following periodicals to which the Libraries subscribe can now be accessed through the Libraries' online catalog.

Columbia Journalism Review
Grey Room
PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (link to be added in the near future)

25 periodical titles now have online versions accessible through the Librariesı catalog. If you would like to see if a title is linked to an online version or to search for one of the titles above, go to and search by Title. If the title has a link, it will be visible in the middle of the screen.

Here are a few statistics about the University Libraries' interlibrary loan (ILL) service for obtaining articles.

WHO uses ILL?
In the last year (March 1, 2001 to March 1, 2002), UArts faculty, staff and students requested 41 articles from other institutions through interlibrary loan. University staff requested 24 articles; graduate students requested 12 articles and faculty requested 5 articles. They received photocopies to keep. Libraries usually do not lend journals or magazines but send photocopies instead.

Staff 24 articles 58%
Students 12 articles 30%
Faculty 5 articles 12%

WHEN do articles arrive?
The least amount of time from the date a patron requested an article to the date it arrived at the library was 3 days from Penn State University. The most was 36 days from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for an article requested by our library director, Carol Graney. The average is 14.32 days or 2 weeks.

HOW MUCH does it cost?
38 out of the 41 articles (93%!) requested were FREE. The charges for the others ranged from $3.00 to $4.15. Fees depend on number of pages and the lending library's policies.

If you plan ahead and want specific articles from journals not held by the University Libraries, ILL is the way to go. You have nothing to lose and articles to gain.

Mary Louise Castaldi
Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian

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The Senior Artists Initiative has donated their Oral History Project videotapes to the University Libraries. The videotapes are the result of partnerships between senior artists and museum docents or art student interns (many from UArts) who organize, document and inventory the artists' work. The project gives the artists an opportunity to reflect and provide a perspective on their life's work, which can inform their current and future studio production. Docents and interns have a unique and personal experience learning first-hand about the professional influences and decision-making processes that informed the artists' work and career. The oral history videotapes provide insights into an artist's world and important studio lessons for nascent artists.

The following list of artists are represented in the oral history tapes we have received so far from the Senior Artist Initiative. The Greenfield Library tape number is also included for your convenience. Search the title Senior Artists Initiative in the Libraries' catalog to find these titles and titles added in the future.

Morris Berd (CAD alumnus and CAD faculty member ), GV596
William Campbell (CAD alumnus), GV587
William Daley (University of the Arts Professor Emeritus), GV599
Paul Keene (CAD alumnus and CAD faculty member), GV597
Homer Jackson (CAD alumnus), GV580
Michael Lasuchin (CAD alumnus and CAD faculty member), GV598
Libby Newman (CAD alumna), GV594
Merle Spandorfer (Tyler School of Art and Pratt Institute faculty member ), GV595

CAD stands for the University's College of Art and Design.

Thank you for visiting the newsletter! Please send remarks or suggestions to Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian.

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