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University Libraries Newsletter #11 Fall 2002

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

Current Newsletter Contents
LexisNexis™ Database Added
Order Spring 2003 Course Reserve Materials Now!
Activity in the Archives
New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
Book Arts Collection Reorganization
Using the Book Arts Collection
Student Use of the Slide Library
Library Staff News
New Videos and DVDs
Art Hystery Mystery! [sic!]

Previous newsletters:
Spring 2002 #10
Fall 2001 #9
Spring 2001 #8
Fall 2000 #7
See also READING ROOM NOTES: The Music Library Newsletter

Rejoicing was heard across the land - or at least in numerous offices on the UArts campus - upon hearing that the LexisNexis™ Academic database had been added to our electronic subscriptions. Reference Librarian Mary Louise Castaldi sent the following e-mail announcement to the UArts community:

"For those of you unfamiliar with LexisNexis™ Academic, it is a flagship database containing newspapers, wire services, public records, company data, law, government and business sources. It provides FULL-TEXT documents from over 5,600 publications including the New York Times and the Chronicle Of Higher Education.

These subscription databases are free to all members of the UArts community. They are accessible from any computer connected to the campus network."

If you're on the UArts campus network you can connect directly to LexisNexis™ by going to the URL - Why not bookmark it on your office computer? You can also get to it by going to the library home page, then Research Tools and Resources, then Electronic Indexes and Databases, then click on LexisNexis™ or scroll down to it. Remember, you must be on the campus network to get into this paid subscription database.

Faculty, it is not too early to make requests for the Libraries to purchase materials you need for Spring 2003 course reserves. The earlier you send in your order, the better--although we frequently receive and process items quickly, sometimes the process can take a month or longer. Please send your requests to Carol Graney (, 215-717-6281) for Greenfield Library materials or to Mark Germer (, 215-717-6293) for Music Library materials. Remember that you must also complete a course reserves request form. Printable forms are available online on the Faculty Services Web page:

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Everybody loves old photos, or at least it seems so when the archival exhibit goes up in the Anderson Hall first floor display cases. At the beginning of each fall semester the University Libraries get a block of time to use the cases on the first floor of Anderson. We generally try to exhibit materials from the archives or from Special Collections--materials that we have but aren't visible to the public. This year the archival exhibit brought in an alumna from 1966 who happened to be in the building on business and came into the library to ask about yearbooks. She was thrilled to look at yearbooks from 1965 and 1966 and point out her friends and teachers.

Requests for UArts historical information come from the "outside" world, too. Recently Patricia Hartman, a producer for local public television station WHYY-TV12, called looking for a photograph of composer James DePriest (noted composer and conductor and a nephew of Marian Anderson), who had studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (one of the predecessors of UArts' School of Music) with faculty member Vincent Persichetti. While I could not locate a photo of DePriest in our Conservatory materials, I was able to fax to WHYY a copy of a photo from the 1964 Philadelphia Musical Academy yearbook showing DePriest with Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck and her husband Nicholas Nahumck, Jr. Chilkovsky Nahumck commissioned original music from DePriest for her dances.

Harris Fogel and Pradip Joshi of the Media Arts department provided invaluable assistance with scanning the image, making it usable for film and getting it to production staff at WHYY. Thank you, Harris and Pradip.

James DePriest, Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, Nicholas Nahumck, Jr. photo Left to right: James DePriest, Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, Nicholas Nahumck, Jr.
Source: Philadelphia Musical Academy yearbook, 1964.
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The program on DePriest is one of a WHYY series of 10 half-hour profiles of notable Philadelphians called "Hometown Legends."

Other recent archival requests have included researchers looking for material on alumnus Julian Abele and alumna Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, and on former faculty member Cynthia Iliff. A professor of history from the University of Toronto doing research on the models Eadward Muybridge used in his famous animal and human locomotion studies stopped in to look at our old catalogs and annual reports to see if any Muybridge models were students here; alas, no luck, but she enjoyed looking at our materials.

Sara J. MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

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The New York Public Library has launched the New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection Online (PCO). PCO contains digitized historical public domain images of such subjects including New York City, Costume, Design, Textile, American History, Army, Native Americans, African Americans, Slavery, Pioneer Life, Exploration, Animals, and Insects. A total of 30,000 images, all selected from the Reference File of The New York Public Library's Picture Collection, will be available on PCO by late 2003. The site, which is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accessible through a link from the Picture Collection homepage or directly at It is just one of several NYPL forthcoming digital image projects.

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A lot of work went on this summer "behind the scenes" with the Libraries' Book Arts (BA) collection. The artists' books collection had outgrown the wooden cabinet in the BA room, so we decided to reorganize and re-house the collection by size and format in order to better preserve the materials. Those items that could sit comfortably on a shelf were left in the top part of the cabinet while less sturdy items were placed in acid-free folders in a newly purchased four-drawer filing cabinet. Larger format items were placed in the flat file or placed in the lower part of the cabinet depending on their size and shape.

In addition to the physical reorganization, all previously uncataloged items were cataloged (about 70 original records) and all items are being classed and relabeled. The new class numbers can be searched in the "Other Call Number" index. Each number starts with BA followed by a Cutter number for the artist's name or title, followed by the sub-location. For example, the call number for Edward Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip is BA R893e FC. The FC indicates that you would look in the filing cabinet to find this item. The codes for the sub-locations are as follows:

CB1 = top part of wooden cabinet
CB2 = lower part of wooden cabinet
FC = Filing Cabinet
FF1-6 = Flat file drawers one through six.

Now that all Book Arts call numbers start with BA, you can browse the collection through the catalog. Select "Call Number Search", then select "Other Call Number", then type BA and press return.

Scott Hanscom, Technical Services Librarian

The Book Arts Collection is part of the University Libraries' Special Collections. As a special collection, it is important that it be kept organized, well-maintained and secure. To ensure its integrity, we have instituted new guidelines for its use.

Members of the University community may use the collection and are encouraged to do so but must first make an appointment. When an appointment is made, a reference librarian will give you some suggestions for finding items in the online catalog. Selecting titles before your appointment will help you make the most of the time you spend using the materials. The collection is not arranged by format so we do not suggest browsing as a productive means for making your selections.

Faculty who would like to pull items to show to a class should make arrangements to do so before the class. The books must be shown to the class in the Greenfield Library¹s Special Collections Room where there is room to spread out. Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines and helping us to preserve this special collection.

To schedule use of the Book Arts Collection please contact: Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference Librarian, 215-717-6283,

The growing numbers of students given assignments requiring them to use slides from the Slide Library has been wonderful. It has meant, however, that more students wish to use the collection at a greater variety of times. Students as well as faculty who require their students to use slides must be aware that the Slide Library is a one-person operation and has shorter hours than the Greenfield Library. Use has grown so that students are now strongly encouraged to make appointments to use the Slide Library. While this is not required, it is to the student's benefit to do so in order to not lose valuable time. Using a slide library is quite different from using a books-and-magazines kind of library, and students will want to get help from Jeannine Keefer. Please see our Visual Resources pages for more information, including the page on Slide Library circulation procedures for student and alumni.

Jeannine Keefer, Visual Resources Curator

Carol Graney, Director of the University Libraries, recently attended two off-campus sessions. "Fair Use or Copyright Abuse? Making Sense of Copyright in the E-age," sponsored by the Tri-State College Library Cooperative, presented information and issues that will be useful for instituting electronic reserves and responsible use of online services. Carol also attended "Assessment for the New Century" sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Knowledge gained at the session will help us develop a service assessment program to guide us in providing responsive library services.

Carol was recently elected to serve as the Northeast Regional Representative of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Jim Cowen, who filled in for Aaron Meicht at the Music Library last year, joined the Greenfield Library staff on October 15. Jim graduated from the School of Music in 2001 and worked in the Music Library while he was a student. We're thrilled to have Jim with us again.

Jim replaces Amy Morrissey, who left the library in order to help her partner run Miner Street/Cycle Sound Recording Studio ( Amy, a painter trained at the University of Pennsylvania, took advantage of the UArts Continuing Studies classes (free to staff!) and took the recording studio engineering and songwriting courses. She's also using her artistic skills to do album covers. We wish her the best.

Greenfield Library staff member Matt Mitchell hopes to have his first solo CD completed by the end of December and released sometime during the first half of 2003, with the record label yet to be determined. Matt is a musician and composer.

Le retour d'Aaron. Music Library staff member Aaron Meicht has returned from his leave of absence during which he studied composition and computer music at Le Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris, France. He studied with composers Gerard Pape, Julio Estrada, Curtis Roads and Jean-Claude Risset among others. While in Europe his ensemble The Meicht Group performed in Belgium and France. Aaron also recently composed an original score for a musical play, "After the Show" by Zakiyyah Alexander. Originally produced at Yale, "After the Show" won a New York Drama League Fellowship and was produced at Pace University in August 2002. Currently he is composing music for a production of Wedekind's "Spring Awakening" for the Prospect Theater Company in New York City which will open on 2 November 2002 and run for four weeks.

Lars Halle continues to work with his 17-piece big band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, and is anticipating a collaboration with trumpet great John Swana in November. In the spring he will also be publishing his second composition through Kendor Music Publishers.

Barbara Danin is exhibiting a painting in an invitational show at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts - Paint the DCCA Red - October 15th-November 9th.

Music Librarian Mark Germer and staff members Aaron Meicht and Lars Halle have been involved in documenting the history and development of the jazz program as part of the upcoming 35th anniversary of jazz instruction in the School of Music. See the Music Library newsletter, "Reading Room Notes," no. 4-5.1, 2003.

Photo of Evan Solot leading the Jazz Ensemble, circa 1970 or 1971 Faculty member Evan Solot leading a jazz ensemble, circa 1970 or 1971.
Student Stanley Clarke is playing bass, third from left.
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Faculty are always looking for new videos and DVDs to show to their students. Here are a few of our latest additions. The call numbers listed mean

GD Greenfield Library DVD
GV Greenfield Library Video
MD Music Library DVD
MV Music Library Video

Faculty may also be interested in the article on videos and DVDs that appeared in the Fall 2001 library newsletter.

Art 21 : Art in the Twenty-First Century. GV656 v. 1 and 2
"Meet twenty-one diverse contemporary artists through revealing profiles that take viewers behind the scenes into artists' studios, homes, and communities to provide an intimate view of their lives, work, sources of inspiration and creative processes. The program is divided into our general themes - place, spirituality, identity, and consumption." From PBS.

Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 Preserved Films. GD123
A collection of four DVDs with films such as Joseph Cornell's Rose Hobart, Princess Nicotine by J. Stuart Blackton, and a live-action Snow White directed by J. Searle Dawley in 1916 that inspired Walt Disney to make his animated version.

Beckett on Film. GD115 Disc 1-4
Contains performances of Beckett's plays such as Waiting for Godot, Krapp's Last Tape, Footfalls, Rockaby, and more by various directors.

Joseph Beuys : Dialogue with Audience, Cooper Union, Jan. 7, 1980. GV632

Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp. GV631
Includes Wieviel Farben hat die Hand : ein Film mit und uber Max Ernst, and an interview with Duchamp.

The Misfits : 30 Years of Fluxus. GV630
"Film portrays a group of artists who since the early 1960s have completely disrupted our ideas of what art can be. In large part filmed in Venice in 1990, when many of the original Fluxus artists met to hold a large exhibition almost 30 years after the first highly untraditional Fluxus' performances." from catalog record

Louise Bourgeois. GV629
Covers two of her sculpture shows at the Robert Miller Gallery (1984 and 1986). Included is an interview with Bourgeois.

Chuck Close : Eye to Eye. GV628

Elizabeth Murray. GV627

Ida Applebroog. GV626

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames. GD114 volumes 1-5
also on video - GV324 - but volume 2 is missing

Love Scenes. MV174
Diana Krall, vocals and piano, in recording session.

Marian Anderson, 1897-1993 / [a production of WETA, Washington, D.C.] MV179

Richard Rodgers : The Sweetest Sounds / a production of Thirteen WNET New York. MD101

Do you love an art hystery mystery [sic]? The October 2002 issue of ARLIS/NA Update, the newsletter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, features a column by Amy Ciccone on mysteries that involve art and art history. Ciccone includes plot outlines and how art is involved in the story. Go to and scroll down to "Mysteries for Art Librarians."

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

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