Category Archives: Library Services

Providing information on a service offered by the library: details or interesting insights, modifications to previous service, new tool or utitlity…and informing how it affects the user.

Resources for the Art and Performing Arts Departments

I would like to introduce myself as the liaison for the Art and Performing Arts Departments. As a liaison and resource for the departments, I facilitate access to the growing list of library resources, and communicate the various library services for faculty and students and much more.

I work in the University Archives and Special Collections within the Healey Library and have a background in fine arts and specialize in painting. From this perspective, I’d like to share some of the resources the library has that faculty and students in Art, Music and Performing Arts can use for their classes and art making.

There are a lot of resources available to faculty and students and can be overwhelming and often hidden in plain sight. To help navigate this landscape, the library has available a list of research guides by subject. Several research guides exist for Art, Music, and Theatre Arts. Each contains links to images, faculty publications, videos and film, music, primary sources, books, articles and content for student assignments or faculty preparation for class assignments. Clicking on “Help” in the left column provides a list of options such as citation assistance, email, chat or call a librarian for further assistance.

The Art Research Guide contain links for images, such as ARTstor, Art Full Text and Oxford Art Online to name a few, faculty publications, and videos and film through VAST: Academic Video Online.

More videos are available by clicking “Find Videos”. I particularly like Kanopy Streaming Video and Films on Demand for its large selection of films in a variety of subjects.

The Music Research Guide found under Arts & Music also offers the same access to films alongside several great databases such as Naxos Music Library and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to Present only)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to Present only)

which includes a wide range of resources from articles to concert review and recording notes.

 

 

 

 

The Theatre Arts Research Guide found under the Arts & Music guide, provides links to Theatre Video which offers access to performances and films.

The Cambridge Companions Online provides a rich resource of literature, essays, and the classics.

These guides can help you get started. If you need research assistance schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian. If you are faculty and interested in resources and databases that aren’t available, contact liaison Meghan.bailey@umb.edu, there is a chance these resources are available elsewhere or the library may consider a trial. If you would like to schedule a librarian to conduct an instruction session for your class contact us. Visit our web page for more detailed information about our instruction services.

Open Access at UMass Boston

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Did you know that in October 2012, Faculty Council at UMass Boston approved a campus-wide open access policy? The policy, the full text of which is available here, demonstrates the faculty’s and university’s commitment to expanding the reach of scholarship and research out of UMass Boston.

The open access policy requires faculty members to provide an electronic copy of the author’s final version of an article (the pre-published, non-branded version), unless an exemption is requested, to a ScholarWorks administrator in the Healey Library by the date of publication. Copies of articles should be submitted to library.uasc@umb.edu.

2012.10.01-Open-Access-Policy-20ac963To assist faculty members with informing publishers about UMass Boston’s open access policy, we’ve put together a range of materials outlining these policies and have drafted templates for amending contracts with publishers. These materials are available on the For Authors page on ScholarWorks at UMass Boston. To view the policy and to learn more about negotiating agreements with publishers, visit scholarworks.umb.edu/for_authors.html.

ScholarWorks at UMass Boston is a hosted, open access, institutional repository that makes faculty publications openly searchable and accessible, raising your college’s visibility and reach throughout the world. ScholarWorks can include preprints, author’s accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and final copies of journal articles, as well as working papers, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, posters, presentations, video and audio, data sets (with some limitations), and a variety of formats and content types. A service of the Joseph P. Healey Library, content on ScholarWorks is indexed and accessible via search engines like Google. Learn more and explore the existing collection of materials at scholarworks.umb.edu.

To arrange an appointment with me to discuss ScholarWorks and open access, email andrew.elder@umb.edu or call 617-287-5944. I’m happy to meet one-on-one or with small groups, or even to attend department meetings.

Streaming Media for Instruction

Earlier this summer, librarian Tina Mullins contributed a post on our streaming video collections.    These collections are some of our many digital content offerings.    In building on this, did you know that Healey Library can also help you locate digital media we don’t currently own or convert physical content into streaming formats for instructional purposes?

If you find that something you’d like to use online is not currently in our digital collections, you now have the option to submit  a Streaming Media Request.  Staff from Library Reserves, Library Acquisitions, and Video Production (IT Department) will work together to locate, purchase and convert material to a streaming format when it supports your curriculum.

streaming_nav1Our Streaming Media Request can be found on the Info for Faculty page on the library website.   Once there, select “Film & Media” and then  “Request streaming media for instruction.”

You will be asked to provide pertinent information such as your course number,  the semester you’d like to use the streaming content, information that will help us identify the correct film or audio recording, and  pedagogical reasons for using it in support of your course.

Things to keep in mind:  Copyright restrictions apply. Streaming media must be used behind password protection (e-reserves or Blackboard).  If you’d like to re-use streaming content in subsequent semesters, you must re-request streaming access.  Streaming media access will be disabled at the end of each semester to adhere to copyright law.   How quickly streaming content can be made available will depend on how quickly we are able to find your film or audio recording.   If we need to order it from a vendor, it could take as long as three weeks, so get your requests in early!

Direct Link:   Streaming Media Request Form

Library Instruction: Research tip#1

Research papers can be a challenge. First a student needs to dissect the assignment and find out what is being asked of them. Then they have to think up a topic and see what information is out there.

After choosing a topic, one of the trickiest parts of a research paper assignment is trying to describe what information is needed – what are the subjects involved? Continue reading Library Instruction: Research tip#1