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Library Newsletter #7 Fall 2000

Newsletter Contents
Director's Message
Libraries Home Page Up and Running
Online Catalog Upgrade Update
New Electronic Resources
Collection Recommendations
Donations of Materials to the Libraries
New Staff
New Audiovisual Equipment
New Periodicals
New Magazine Shelving in the Library
Copyright by Mark Germer
MFA Speaker Videocassettes in Greenfield
Library Volunteer Marian Jahn
Library and Reference Hours Reminder

I am very pleased to inform you of the many changes that you will find in the University Libraries upon arriving at the University of the Arts for the fall 2000 semester. Although the most exciting changes are in our expanded and enhanced electronic services, we have made some very important "low-tech" improvements as well.

On the virtual side, we are very proud to announce the University Libraries' home page with the Libraries' new online catalog, many useful resource links, important information about the Libraries' services, and much, much more. Please check the site often as we will be adding to it and making changes to it as necessary. The home page can be found at

Other equally important changes include the expansion of audio equipment in the Music Library and audio and video equipment in both the Greenfield and Music libraries; greatly needed new periodical shelving in the Greenfield Library; and new staff and collections.

I'd like to thank the entire staff of the University Libraries for working so hard this summer (as always!) toward making these improvements. Thanks to all of you!

Please read on for more information about all of these changes and to see Music Librarian Mark Germer's new column on copyright issues.

Carol Graney

At last, at last - the University Libraries World Wide Web home page is here! Although there's only a fraction up of what we plan to have there, we tried to prioritize the most useful information such as hours, telephone numbers, policies, new titles list, and this newsletter. Please let us know what you would like to see on the library pages.

Catalog Goes on the Web Returning students, faculty and staff will notice a new look to the Libraries' online catalog this fall. Library staff have been working very hard over the last several months to provide enhanced access to the catalog with an upgrade from our former text-based interface to a Web-based interface. The catalog is now accessible through the Internet as well as on the computer workstations located in each library, not to mention Internet access anywhere, anytime. Be sure to bookmark us!

Magazine Holdings Added to Catalog
The Libraries' magazine holdings are now available in the catalog. We are in the process of adding this information for all serial titles, so if you do not find specific holdings for a title you need don't hesitate to ask library staff for assistance. Information on the latest issues received will eventually display in the catalog.

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The following indexes, databases, and reference resources are now available electronically on the University's campus network. These resources, previously available only in print or only physically in the Libraries on CD-ROM, are now accessible on the Libraries' home page. Most of the indexes include abstracts, and some offer full-text articles that will give you expanded access to information about arts and non-arts disciplines. Most of these resources allow you to e-mail your search results to yourself. Since these are paid subscription databases, you must be on the UArts campus network in order to access them. Please go to our resources page to connect to them.

For information about and access to these resources, see the Libraries' Web site under the heading "Research Tools and Resources." Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance using any of these indexes or databases, or if you would like to learn how to enhance your online searching skills.

The Design & Applied Arts Index and the International Index to Music Periodicals are both available for use on CD-ROM in the Greenfield and Music Libraries respectively.

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This is a reminder that recommendations for additions to the Libraries' collections are encouraged and always welcomed. Please send recommendations for materials in any format to the appropriate people: Jeannine Keefer, Visual Resources Coordinator, for slides, digital images, and picture files; Mark Germer, Music Librarian, for music and musical theater materials, and Carol Graney, Director of University Libraries, for materials in all other subject areas.

If you would like to donate materials to the libraries, please contact Carol Graney or Mark Germer before making the donation. Inquiries about donating music or musical theater materials should be directed to Mark. Contact Carol about all other donations. Please do not donate materials that are damaged or paperbacks that have yellowing, brittle paper. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Angela Andres has been working in the Greenfield Library as a circulation assistant since November of 1999. Angela can be found behind the circulation desk, assisting with interlibrary loan, doing the occasional book repair, keeping the Greenfield periodicals area open Tuesday through Thursday evenings, and assisting in the Slide Library. She is an award-winning 1999 PCAD book arts and printmaking alumna.

Mary Louise Castaldi has been with the Libraries since October 1999 as the Greenfield Library Reference Librarian. In addition to her reference and library instruction duties, Mary Louise supervises our interlibrary loan service. Mary Louise has a BA in painting from Tyler School of Art and her master of library science degree from Drexel University. Her previous library experience includes Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science) and Penn State's Abington campus library. Before turning to a library career Mary Louise worked as a clothing designer and taught fashion design.

Matthew Mitchell began working in the Libraries in April of this year as the new afternoon/evening circulation assistant in the Greenfield Library. Matt is available to assist you at the circulation desk and is also responsible for setting up and maintaining course reserves in the Greenfield Library. He is also a practicing musician and graduated from Eastman School of Music with a master's degree in jazz piano. Matt replaces Heather Campbell who is now supervisor of reserve services at the Paley Library at Temple University.

Please stop in the Greenfield Library to welcome Angela, Mary Louise and Matt.

Additional audio and visual equipment has been installed in the Music Library and additional video equipment has been added to the Greenfield Library. The Music Library now has 4 new compact disc players, 3 new LP players, and 2 new tape decks. Two DVD/VCR combination units are now available in each library to view DVDs recently added to the Libraries' collections and 2 VCR units have been added to each library as well to bring the total number of video viewing stations in the Libraries to 6. In addition to videocassette and DVD players, the Greenfield Library also has equipment for viewing laser discs. Please see staff at the Libraries' circulation desks if you need to use the video equipment.

The following new periodical titles have been added to current subscriptions received by the University Libraries. They are listed under the library where they will be housed. Not all of the first issues in the subscriptions have been received but should be in shortly.

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We are very happy to tell you that the growing collection of current magazine issues are now housed on new shelving that is designed specifically for displaying periodicals. No more magazines falling on your head as you pull out the issue you want to read! Also, we hope that the increased number of shelves will allow you to easily locate the title you need since the issues do not overlap nearly as much as they did in the past.

Copyright issues have been very much in the news of late. They are front and center in the current issue of the music trade journal Billboard, as the battle over creative ownership heats up again. At the moment of this writing, the U.S. Copyright Office is scheduling hearings on amendments to the 1995 act concerning digital performance rights in sound recordings, and on proposed rules on exemptions to new access control technologies. For the past year, much ink has flowed in response to the so-called DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act, that is, Public Law 105-304), signed in October 1998. In fact the issues have never left us since the first comprehensive laws became effective little more than two decades ago. It took twelve years of discussion for these laws to take shape, and countless efforts to clarify them since. Whatever commentary is offered here cannot, of course, encapsulate all that has transpired, even with specific regard to the role of libraries. But it is our hope to summarize for those who are interested what copyright is and what it is not, and to open the doors for questions that relate to policy and practice in this community.

It is important to remember that, in U.S. law extending back to the Constitution, copyright has never been conceived merely as a reward for creative endeavor; on the contrary, copyright is promoted as an incentive to continued creative effort, through the granting of limited monopoly powers. Creators are guaranteed rights to manipulate their work ("make derivative works") and to reproduce and distribute them, in the service of advancement and progress. Saying only this much, however, leaves unclarified the process by which advancement and progress are to be carried on into the future. It is the attempt at clarification of this problem that lends the 1976 Copyright Law (becoming effective 1 January 1978) its importance as a practical improvement. Here the balance was sought between creators and communities of citizenry also with a claim to serving advancement and progress. Much of Title 17, so called after its number in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, outlines the limitations on monopoly powers (or "exclusive rights") for such purposes as criticism, commentary, teaching, and research. These limitations are sometimes referred to as "fair use provisions." In the regulations and subsequent interpretation paragraphs of the Code, as well as in House of Representatives Report 94-1476, guidelines to fair use factors and infringement liabilities receive relatively detailed consideration. Indeed a recent part of this process has been the new paragraph 12 to Title 17, on digital access controls, added by virtue of the DMCA. We shall take up fair use provisions in the next installment of this column.

In the meantime, the UArts Libraries have a number of books on copyright for interested members of the campus community, while direct access to the U.S. Copyright Office is available online:

If there are specific copyright issues that you would like to see addressed here, please forward queries to me.

--Mark Germer
UArts Music Library

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Video recordings of artists/critics who were guest lecturers at the University as part of the PCAD Summer MFA program are in the Greenfield Library collection. Recent additions from 1999 include:

Janet Koplos, Senior Editor, Art in America

Tina Reuterberg, visiting ceramicist from Sweden

Gary Sangster, Director, The Contemporary Museum of Boston

Dick Torchia, photographer, and Director, Beaver College Gallery

Leslie Wayne, painter, New York

The videocassettes can be checked out for viewing from the circulation desk at the Greenfield Library, and may be viewed on the Libraries' equipment or taken out overnight for home use.

Marian Jahn, a recent graduate of Drexel University with a masteršs degree in information science, volunteered in the Greenfield Library and Slide Library in the Fall 1999 and Spring 2000 semesters. Marian is also a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art and is currently a librarian in the Art Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Although she has completed her work with us, we would like to publicly thank Marian for the fine work she did and wish her a successful future.

Last fall we began evening reference hours in the Greenfield Library. Greenfield reference service is available Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 8pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 6pm, and Friday from 9am to 5pm.

We were also able to extend service hours in the Greenfield periodicals area and added Saturday and Sunday hours in the Music Library. Please see our hours page for more information.

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

Last updated 04/17/2001 sjm

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