Monday, December 27, 2010

Naxos Music Library App for Android Available Today!

The Naxos Music Library Android App is live and available today! The App allows you to browse, stream, and enjoy the entire Naxos Music Library - not just a specific track or playlist! Just search the Android Market for "Naxos Music Library" to download the free app!

The App is completely free to download and use, and there is a full instructional tutorial up on the NML Blog. They will also be posting a full tutorial video on their YouTube channel in January - very similar to the iPhone App that's available now. Also like the iPhone and iPad apps, there's no authentication support required on the Library end - students and faculty create their own login for the apps.

How to use the App:

1. Visit the Naxos Music Library.

2. Navigate to the Playlists tab and sign up for a Student/Member Playlist Account. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you used to sign up. Click the link in the e-mail to confirm your account.

3. The login you created for your Student/Member Playlist Account will be your login for the app as well.

4. Any playlist in your personal folder or your institution’s folder will be available, in addition to all of our Naxos-created playlists. You can also browse and stream the full NML--from New Releases and Recent Additions to any old recording from any label--anytime, anywhere.

For additional Information:

NML Android App Tutorial

The full press release

Friday, December 17, 2010

Library Holiday Hours.

We would like to inform you of the change in library hours during the holidays.

The library will be closed December 18th – January 3rd.

We will be open and operating 8:00am – 5:00pm, January 4th – 7th.

We will also be closed for the weekend, January 8th and 9th.

Regular hours of operation will resume on January 10th.

If you need more clarification on these dates, please look at our online calendar.

From all of us here at the Simon Schwob Memorial Library and Columbus State University, we wish you a very enjoyable and safe break. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ProQuest Database Gets an Interface Lift.

The new ProQuest platform is designed to be user-friendly, intuitive, and engaging. The new clean look makes searches quick and easy. You can use the subject-area image representations of the databases to search a category. Or you can enter a quick search using the search box, and get results across all of the ProQuest databases available from the library. Start typing and the platform provides keyword recommendations, based on your entry using an auto complete feature.

Plus, you can personalize your research experience with your own My Research account with options to save, print, email, cite, export citations, and more. You can set some search preferences and even change the language interface to best suit your needs.

Here is a step by step Demonstration for you to utilize if you’d like a walk through before diving in. Again, we hope that you enjoy the new look and functionality.

Happy Researching!

Here is a list of all the titles we have from ProQuest.

  • ABI/INFORM Archive
  • ABI/INFORM Complete
  • Accounting & Tax
  • Atlanta Journal & Constitution
  • Banking Information Source
  • Evidence-Based Resources from the Joanna Briggs Institute
  • Hoover's Company Profiles
  • International Newspapers
  • Los Angeles Times
  • National Newspaper Abstracts (3)
  • National Newspapers Core
  • New York Times
  • Pharmaceutical News Index
  • ProQuest Asian Business & Reference
  • ProQuest Career and Technical Education
  • ProQuest Computing
  • ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
  • ProQuest Education Journals
  • ProQuest European Business
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
  • ProQuest Military Collection
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
  • ProQuest Religion
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals
  • ProQuest Telecommunications
  • Southeastern Newspapers
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Grove Art and Music Online Updates

We are pleased to announce updates to both the Grove Art and Music Online databases.

With this update there is new content added to Grove Music Online from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music (AmeriGrove), edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. The first edition (1986) is widely considered the definitive reference work on the subject, and while some of the topics in this update appeared in the first edition, all are completely new to Grove Music Online and have b

een updated for the project. Highlights include articles on the Centennial Exhibition, Fadette Ladies' Orchestra of Boston, Wagnerism, Preservation, and Society for Music Theory.

This AmeriGrove update continues to increase Grove’s coverage in 19th-century music, and these 200 new entries focus primarily on 19th-century concert music. You will also find a number of new entries on scholars, librarians, and organ music. There are now over 750 articles from AmeriGrove in Grove Music Online.

We invite you to explore this AmeriGrove update through this sampling of entries added:

19th Century Music
Frederick Horace Clark
Caryl Florio
Hermann Kotzschmar

Arthur W. Tams

Organ Music
Mildred Andrews Boggess
Peter Erben
Austin Cole Lovelace
Anthony Newman
Emerson Richards

Scholars and Librarians
Adrienne Fried Block
Virginia Danielson
Eva Judd O'Meara
Catherine Parsons Smith
Robert Walser

The Science and Contemporary Art Update

Under the direction of Jean Robertson, Professor of Art History at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Grove Advisory Editor for Contemporary Art, this update examines the propensity of artists working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to incorporate aspects of science in their work. Oxford is pleased to introduce a wide variety of new and revised essays and biographies to Grove Art Online.

We invite you to explore the science and contemporary art update:



Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art

With this update, you will be the first to access new articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art, edited by Colum P. Hourihane, Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.

Here are some highlights from this group:

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

Since early 2010, several batches of articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter, Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Editor of Woman's Art Journal have been added. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will deal with all aspects of American art from Native American architecture to contemporary installation art. A few select highlights from this update:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wondering What to Do Over the Break, Why Not Read.

As the end of the semester quickly approaches and break is looming just on the horizon, do you find yourself thinking about what you're going to do with all that free time over break? Why not read a book or two. If this sounds like a good idea to you here are some ways we can help you.

First, you can start by searching our catalog to see what we've got that you are interested in. If you couldn't find the title you wanted take a gander at the lists below, they are sure to help you find something you'll enjoy over the break.

  • National Book Awards - click on the AWARDS dropdown menu in homepage’s banner and browse by decades or by genre.
  • Stonewall Book Awards - presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience – browse by present and past years.
If we don't have a book that you're looking for, don't worry you still have options when you go home.

Finally, if you see something that you would like to read once you get back next semester that we don't have in the collection, we have you covered. You can use GIL Express to have it sent from any other University System of Georgia institution, or place an Inter Library Loan Request.

Have a safe and enjoyable break and we will see you next semester.

NewsBank Hot Topics

NewsBank Hot Topics is provided as part of our NewsBank database to help librarians, teachers and students easily uncover a wealth of information about prominent issues and events. Hot Topics addresses a wide variety of contemporary subjects from around the world related to social studies, science, health, sports, the arts, people and more. These topics are also posted on your NewsBank menu page and search screens, and on the Other NewsBank Products link within NewsBank full-text newspaper products.

There is something for everyone in NewsBank Hot Topics. Wither you want to look at current events, sports news, health, or the arts, you'll find it. Listed below are some examples of the content you will find in each area.

Civics, Government and Politics: Wikileaks
TOPIC: Wikileaks has made public classified documents including private frank assessments that ambassadors and other government officials have made about foreign leaders and political situations. What are some of the most memorable pieces of information recently leaked? What are some of the dangers to diplomacy that can result from leaks such as these?


TOPIC: Ireland has accepted terms from the IMF and its Eurozone partners rather than seeing its debt-hobbled banks go under. In essence, the country will tax its citizens to ensure that those who loaned its banks money, mostly foreign banks, do not suffer losses. Should this occur? How are the Irish accepting this deal? How have international markets responded to reports of the deal?
SEARCH TERMS: Ireland AND debt crisis


TOPIC: A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the effectiveness of daily pills in preventing AIDS and HIV in men has shown strong positive results. What are the pills and how do they work to combat AIDS and HIV? What has been the progress over the years in combating AIDS?


TOPIC: The U.S. team has made it into the upcoming Women’s World Cup of soccer and has been placed in Group C. How difficult is this group? How successful has this version of the U.S. team been internationally?
SEARCH TERMS: Women’s World Cup AND U.S. team


FILM AND TELEVISION: The Deathly Hallows
TOPIC: The first half of the final Harry Potter film has opened internationally. Why was the final novel split into two parts for the movie version? Were the reviews of this film positive? What are the young stars of this film doing now?
SEARCH TERMS: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


TOPIC: Comedic actor Leslie Nielsen is probably most famous for his role as a pilot in Airplane! What other famous films has he starred in? What are some major awards that he has won over the years?
SEARCH TERMS: Leslie Nielsen

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Films On Demand Webinar

We would like to highlight a fantastic resource and teaching tool called Films On Demand, and invite you to learn more about this valuable service.

Films On Demand is a web-based digital video delivery platform that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Lease or purchase one or one hundred videos, or subscribe to one or more of our subject-specific streaming video collections. Thousands of videos are available for in-class use and remote viewing from the library, in the dorm, or at home. The high-quality streaming videos can be accessed by librarians, faculty, and students through online card catalogs, learning management systems, and distance learning courses. And special features built into the Films Demand platform allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, store quick links to favorite videos, and manage their entire collection through an administrative reporting system.

Join us for a webinar to learn tips on best navigation and usage of Films on Demand. The webinar is open not only to librarians but to faculty and any other educators or administrators who want to know more, so please forward the registration information to anyone who may be interested.

Films on Demand webinar

December 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Register at:

Find more training opportunities at

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Exciting Changes to the Oxford English Dictionary Online

The OED is updated four times a year, every March, June, September, and December. The most recent edition published on 1 December 2010 revises more than 2,400 entries and adds new words from across the dictionary.

In addition to this there are some other very exciting features.

Windows on to words: This feature allows you to see images associated with the word.

In the news: the UN conference on climate change is held at Cancun, Mexico; anniversary events mark John Lennon's murder in 1980, while England and Australia battle for the Ashes: do you know your googly from your yorker?

Word of the Day: December's featured words include digital, de-stress, mistletoe, and hootananny. Sign up to Word of the Day or follow OED Online on Twitter.

Shapers of English: Robert McCrum considers P. G. Wodehouse's contribution to English.

English in use: Eleanor Maier looks at Watergate and the language of scandal.

Word Story: Michael Proffitt, the OED's managing editor, traces the Changing the Meaning of Information

Schott's Vocab Daily Lexeme: Ben Schott selects a daily entry from the OED online for his blog in the New york Times

Also included are links for students and teachers on using the OED for research, study, and teaching.

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