Monday, October 7, 2013

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Digital Theatre Plus

The library has purchased access to
This British-based database is a growing collection [currently 18] of  high-definition streaming videos which capture live professional theatre productions (using multiple camera angles) from leading West End producers, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Young Vic, the Almeida, and other companies.

You can view the entire production online or just a specific act.  Plays include: King Lear, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night.

You'll also find text- and video-based study guides and teaching aids (including interviews) on individual plays and all aspects of theatre and theatre design (e.g., acting, directing, composing, choreography, lighting,  etc.) as well as theatre production and management.

Get access to this database in:
Articles & More --> D  --> Digital Theatre Plus UVM affiliates only
Articles & More --> browse by subject   --> Literature-English  [Images & Sounds]
English Subject Guide  --> Moving Images & Sound  tab

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Sunset of Analog - options for obsolete media formats

A message from the Multimedia Resources and Services Dept. .....

Obsolete Format Playback Machines: 

Playback machines such as VHS players, laser disc players, Super8, and DAT machines have become difficult to obtain. As these obsolete machines break, our Classroom Support team believes it will be nearly impossible to replace them in UVM classrooms. To help users prepare for classrooms that no longer have obsolete playback machines, the Multimedia Resources and Services Department offers the following options:

 • Replace works in obsolete format: Works requested by users for booking/circulation/reserve/ that are in obsolete format will be replaced in modern format (such as DVD). Multimedia will also identify and replace works that support the curriculum with modern format.

Transfer formats when necessary: When efforts to purchase works in modern format are exhausted Multimedia will look at in-house format conversion. Important works that support the curriculum will be transferred to modern format for classroom use.

 • Support personal works: The Multimedia Lab offers hardware and software for converting personal works into modern format. Staff will provide instruction and support to users.

 If your curriculum includes works that are in obsolete format please contact Multimedia Resources and Services for a consultation. Please plan well ahead as some works are difficult to find and copyright issues can complicate the replacement process. Some works might take up to 2 months to obtain in a modern format.

Contact:    media@uvm.edu     /    (802) 656-1944

Friday, August 23, 2013

Workshops - Zotero and EndNote

If you and/or your students are interested in learning how to use the information management tools Zotero or EndNote, here is the link to the workshop  schedule for the Fall 2013 semester.
  http://library.uvm.edu/news/?p=5654

All workshops take place in the Library Classroom (main/1st floor). Registration is not required.

Document Delivery (pilot project)

The Bailey/Howe Interlibrary Loan Department (ILL) has inaugurated a pilot program to study the feasibility of providing document delivery services at Bailey/Howe Library. The pilot will begin August 26, 2013 and end June 20, 2014.

About

UVM faculty, staff and students may request scans of articles and book chapters from materials available in Bailey/Howe Library regular print and microform collections. ILL staff will scan articles or book chapters and deliver them as a PDF to users' Illiad accounts. This service is currently offered free of charge.

What can be requested?

  • Book chapters and journal articles from the Bailey/Howe Library main stacks and Library Research Annex.
  • Book chapters and journal articles from the Bailey/Howe Library microform collections.
For more details see: Document Delivery Pilot Project

Monday, August 19, 2013

New! Database Trial of Interest - Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

Your Feedback is Important!

We are considering the purchase of a subscription to the online version of Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature* (ABELL).  Subscribing to this online version would address space issues in the libraries and offer the conveniences associated with online article databases (e.g., remote access, complex searching, searching all dates at once, linking to full-text articles when available).
*citations to monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published worldwide from 1920 onwards.

The library currently subscribes to the print version, with holdings extending back to 1930. Volumes are shelved in both the Reference Collection and the Williston Annex. This run of volumes spans several linear feet in both library locations.

We have just initiated a trial of this database which ends on September 13, 2013. Your feedback is important.  After using the database, please take a moment to take a one-question survey to share your opinion.   Click here to take survey


How to Access this Trial:
from the Library's Database Trials page (you need to be connected to the UVM Network to access trial databases) 

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus

The library has purchased access to

 a portal to information and research on film and television. Resources provided are:
  • The International Index to Film Periodicals which provides access to abstracts (many with links to full-text) of articles and film reviews from @350 important academic and popular journals covering all aspects of film and television.
  •  Five full-text key reference works: Encyclopedia of Early Cinema (Routledge), Routledge Companion to Film Studies, Oxford History of World Cinema, Critical Ideas in Television Studies (Oxford), Film Analysis: A Norton Reader
  •  "Treasures from Film Archives": identifies silent film holdings in archives around the world.
  •  Documentation Collections: contains information about important international film archives, libraries, and educational institutions. 
  • FIAF Affiliates' Publications: provides citations for books, pamphlets, programs, and other materials published since 1966 by FIAF archives. 
  • Browsable/searchable list of @50 full-text film journals.


Access this resource from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection - Interesting Library Resources

While perhaps tangential to research in English and Film, you may still be interested to know about some interesting resources:
National Geographic Virtual Library UVM affiliates only
This digital collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic Magazine (1888-current) along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. Note: there is a discrete Image search function.

Access this resource from the Library website:


Newspaper Collections
The library has a substantial collection of digitized current and historical newspapers. Several titles have been added over the summer.

View a discrete list of the newspaper titles from the Library website:

  • Find Articles & More -> Browse by subject ->  Newspapers
  • Friday, April 12, 2013

    New! Database Trial of Interest - Digital Theatre Plus



    Digital Theatre Plus:  This British-based database is a collection of high-definition streaming videos which captures live professional theatre productions (using multiple camera angles) from leading West End producers, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Young Vic, the Almeida, and other companies. Note: This trial provides access to clips only. If the resource is purchased, we will see the entire production.  This trial runs through April 24, 2013.

    How to Access this Trial:
    from the Library's Database Trials page (you need to be connected to the UVM Network to access trial databases) 
    We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    MLA International Bibliography - Types of Content

    MLA International Bibliography indexes the following document types: books, book chapters, journal articles, and websites. If you weren't already aware, you may be interested to know that the contents are not always scholarly/academic in nature. I recently learned from a staff member at MLA that:
    "...MLAIB  indexes all material that we feel are of interest to scholars even if they are written in non-peer reviewed material or are geared for a more general audience. Almost any work is considered as long as it falls within our scope...."

    To limit your search to scholarly/academic articles, tick the box next to Peer-Reviewed on the search screen.

    Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - TLS Historical Archive 1902-2008

    Back in October I alerted you to a database trial for  TLS Historical Archive 1902-2008. The library has just purchased access to this resource which enables users to full-text search every page of every issue of the TLS from 1902 to 5 years ago.

    As you know, the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) is a British literary weekly which offers comprehensive coverage of important publications in every subject  – but also theatre, opera, exhibitions and film. In this database you will find, amongst other things, a letter to the editor from Winston Churchill, book reviews written by Virginia Woolf, a 1902 review of  Henry James's The Wings of the Dove, a poem by Sylvia Plath, and a film review of Roger Vadim's Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

    Access this resource from the Library website:

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Cinema and Media Studies

    The library has just purchased access to Cinema and Media Studies (part of the Oxford Bibliographies series).

    This is an authoritative guide to the current scholarship (in all formats) on all aspects of cinema and media studies with original commentary and annotations by scholars. It combines features of an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, and literature review. It includes: commentary; citations with abstracts to articles, books, book chapters, various primary documents, web resources and multimedia (e.g., artwork, computer programs, sound and video recordings, and musical compositions).

    NOTE: Until the end of March, we have access to all the content in the Oxford Bibliographies series. In April, only content from Cinema and Media Studies will be available.

    Access this resource from the Library website:

    Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

    Back in October I alerted you to a database trial for  Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. The library has just purchased access to this resource.

    As a reminder, this searchable database is a portal to primary (poems) and secondary sources (criticism and explication, biographical sketches of poets, citations). You'll find 250,000 full-text poems, biographical profiles of poets, poem commentaries;  450,000 citations to poems in anthologies; a glossary of poetry terms; spoken word audio recordings of poems.

    You can also compare any two poems with full text in the database by looking at them side-by-side on the same page.

    The Advanced Search mode allows you to search for poems in various ways (e.g., words in title, first line, last line; by author, gender, school or movement, nationality, time period, language, etc.)

    If you've ever used the library's multiple editions of Granger's Index to Poetry to find a poem, this resource will do that for you, searching across several editions of this print title.

    Access this resource from the Library website:

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    New! Database Trial of Interest - Scribner Writers Series

    The new Scribner Writers Series provides online access to the well-known American Writers and British Writers series as well as the European Writers (medieval to present) and World and Genre Writers collections.  Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context.  A substantive bibliography concludes each entry.  Articles are written by noted literary scholars.This trial runs through April 4, 2013.


    How to Access this Trial:
    from the Library's Database Trials page (you'll need to be connected to the UVM Network to access trial databases) 
    We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    Digitized Emily Dickinson Manuscripts - Amherst College

    All the Emily Dickinson manuscripts held by Amherst College have been digitized by the Frost Library as part of its Amherst College Digital Collections. This collection of poems and correspondence is now available through the Internet. Here is the URL:  https://acdc.amherst.edu/browse/#collection/collection:ed

    Monday, January 7, 2013

    Subject Guides - English & American Literature and Film & Television Studies

    I'm always looking to improve the subject guides for English and American Literature and Film & Television Studies.

    If you have specific suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I want to make sure that each guide supports you and your students in the best possible way. Just call or e-mail me.

    Thanks.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    Looking Ahead to Spring 2013 - Teaching & Research

    The spring semester is almost here! I hope you all have had a wonderful winter break. While you're preparing your spring courses,  please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students. I can do one or more of the following:
    • Design a web-based research guide customized for your course
    • Consult with you on a research assignment
    • Meet with students as a group (across English/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA BibliographyJSTOR, etc.
    • Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly
    • Design a web-based research guide for your course, visit your class briefly to introduce myself, and meet with students individually as necessary
    • Meet with your students as a group during class time (I need at least two weeks lead time for scheduling and class preparation)

    I encourage you to include my name and contact information on your syllabi as the librarian for English and FTS, who looks forward to helping students with their research. 

    And don't forget..... if your course schedule simply can't fit in a full-length instruction session, I'm always happy to pop into your class for 10 or 15 minutes to introduce myself and let them know the kinds of research assistance I can provide. Often students feel more comfortable seeking me out once they match a face to a name. 

    Finally... if your teaching or research requires library materials not owned by the library, please let me know what you need.

    Database Trials During Fall 2012 Semester

    As you may recall, I sent you a blog post in late October alerting you to three database trials
    http://librarypatricia.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-database-trial-of-interest.html ].  If you have any final thoughts on these databases, please let me know. I'd like to make sure that your voice is heard during the Collection Team's (of which I am a member) review of potential purchases.Thanks so much.