Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Just released in ARTstor: Images from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

ARTstor and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation have released more than 750 images of major artworks from the permanent collection in the Digital Library. The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul C├ęzanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

This is the first release of a projected 7,000 images of art, exhibition installation views, and architecture from the Foundation. Future releases will include 5,000 installation views spanning from 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

“The Guggenheim is pleased to join ARTstor in sharing the breadth and diversity of the Guggenheim Foundation’s collection and archives with the educational community,” stated Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. “Education has been a central mandate of the Guggenheim since its founding in 1937. Through this collaboration, the museum further expands its reach by providing digital access to works in our collection, documentation of major exhibitions, and architectural photography of the Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry buildings.”

Christine Kuan, ARTstor’s Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President for External Affairs, states: “These important images from the Guggenheim’s superb collections will be widely taught and studied via ARTstor Digital Library’s network of educational and scholarly users—impacting current and future generations of students, scholars, curators, and researchers around the world for many years to come.”

Visit ARTstor to experience the Guggenheim Collection.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

Perhaps everyone has heard of Murphy’s Law. I think that maybe I am “Murphy’s Daughter.” Don’t get me wrong – I love my Daddy. He’s been a big part of my adult life. However, oftentimes his negativity, well, frankly, “wears me out!” I think it is easier for him to see the glass half-empty rather than half-full. When I think of the most peaceful, joyful people I know, it dawns on me that they tend to dwell on the positive. Maybe the “good life” we are all seeking begins with a positive attitude.

In 2007, Michael Gates Gill published his heartwarming memoir entitled How Starbucks Saved My Life. His most recent book How to Save Your Own Life was written as a reply to the overwhelming response Gill received from his first book. In How to Save Your Own Life, featured in the McNaughton Collection, Gill shares 15 lessons in finding hope in unexpected places. His lessons explain how to find true happiness at any age and at any stage in life. Gill’s words encouraged me to listen to my own heart, look at others with respect, be willing to ask for help, laugh more, and enjoy life for the wonderful adventure that it is meant to be.

Simone, Guest Blogger

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Naxos Music Library Releases its New Advanced Search

Naxos Music Library (NML), the world’s largest collection of streaming classical, jazz, wind band, choral, classic rock and world music, surpassed one million tracks in its online catalog. This benchmark further cements Naxos Music Library’s place as the pre-eminent educational music streaming service and a go-to resource for orchestras, schools, universities, and music lovers around the world.

To make everything much easier to find, the new NML Advanced Search is online and available for all to enjoy. Visit NML and click on "Advanced Search" in the main navigation bar. For instructions on using the Advanced Search, visit
the Naxos Music Library Blog.

Please Ask a Librarian or call Information Services (706-562-1492) if you have any questions.

Happy Listening! Happy Discovery!

Friday, May 4, 2012

ProQuest® Databases Unavailable During Maintenance

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance this weekend. A 12-hour window will be required for this maintenance from Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:00 p.m., ET to Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., ET.

Products on the ProQuest® platform (e.g., Research Library, ABI/INFORM Complete) will be unavailable during this window of time.

Please Ask a Librarian or call Information Services (706-562-1492) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Google ChromeBooks: Have You Tried One Yet?

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

Finals are almost over and soon there will not be much to occupy that time dedicated to studying and class. Since the semester is beginning to come to an end, now is the perfect time to select some summer reading. Slip into a good book that can help you escape and leave those troubles behind. The McNaughton Collection has many best-selling books to assist in your getaway. A book that caught my eye is “Cleopatra – A Life” by Stacy Schiff.

This story has been told many times in various different ways. Schiff describes Cleopatra’s life story in a new captivating way. Cleopatra, being born as a goddess, became the queen of Egypt by the age of 18. The kingdom was passed to her in a state of decline. The author illustrates the downfall, rise, downfall, rise, and then final downfall of her Egyptian empire. She was a great leader and the only female to stand alone in ruling. Sadly, history does not know her for these accomplishments but for her manipulation and seductiveness. She is seen as the unlawful partner of Caesar and Mark Antony.

In “Cleopatra – A Life”, Stacy Schiff clears all negative associations and focuses on displaying a more complex and intriguing view of Cleopatra. Despite any truth to the unfavorable words of others, she expresses the life of Cleopatra in a positive manner, remembering to shed light on her concern and close involvement in the well-being of her empire. This will be a great book to read and experience a classical story in a much unexpected way.

Tiana Chichester, Guest Blogger

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