Monthly Archives: March 2013

Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

jazz_logo_1Along with the many books about jazz music that feature criticisms, histories, and biographies in the library’s collection (which you can find by searching the Online Catalog) did you know that the library also has sound recordings and DVDs available for check out? Whether you’re a music lover or a jazz neophyte learn more about this uniquely American musical style with documentaries, live footage collections, and audio by and about many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century.


Check out Ken Burns 2001 PBS documentary Jazz, companion book Jazz: A History of America’s Music, and CD Ken Burn’s Jazz: The Story of America’s Music.


films on demand

You can also watch Ken Burns PBS Documentary Jazz through the Films on Demand Database. Remember to log in to Esearch first.


series5box4web_goldCheck out this multivolume set of live video footage of jazz greats including John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Nina SimoneDizzie Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and more by Reelin’ In The Years Productions.


jazz smithsonianCheck out Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology,  a 6 disc set featuring 111 tracks.



alexander street music

Listen to streaming music online. The Alexander Street Music Online database has an extensive collection of Jazz recordings including 39 sub-genres. The Naxos Music Library database also has a Jazz section.Log in to Esearch for access.


Tom Peters: Radically Reengineering Business

Tom Peters: Radically Reengineering Business is available at the Circulation Desk (on Reserve) AND through Films On Demand.

Films on Demand is a database available to UT students. Be sure to log into Esearch first.

Also, there’s a little trick to locating the title in the database. The default search is ‘by segments.’ Use the dropdown menu in the search box to search ‘by title’ and look for Radically Reengineering Business.

If you’re already logged into Esearch the following link should take you to the program.

The American Journal of Nursing 2012 Book of the Year Award-Winners at the Library

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2012 Book of the Year Awards are an important guide to the best works published in nursing. The Macdonald-Kelce Library has nearly every single one of the 2012 winners, and this year more than ever are available in electronic editions.

Listed below are the categories and the winners. Bolded titles are titles we have in the library. Note that you must be logged into Esearch to read the electronic versions of these books (when they are available). If there is a nursing book you need that is not in our catalog we may be able to obtain a copy through interlibrary loan. (Thanks to our Nursing/Criminology/Education librarian Elizabeth Barron for acquiring these titles!)

You can read issues of AJN, American Journal of Nursing by logging into Esearch, selecting the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing.

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Are You Good or Evil?

Among the databases we license for your use is Films On Demand. Sometimes professors ask students to visit the database and watch a video or a video segment. A few students have asked at the reference desk about finding the video “Are You Good or Evil?” so I thought I’d put up a post on how to locate this program.

1. Log into Esearch (use your Spartans domain username and password),
2. Scroll down the alphabetical list until you locate Films on Demand,
3. There is a drop-down menu next to the search box, change the default search from By Segments, to By Title,
4. Search using the words are you good or evil,
5. The video program should appear near the top of the results list.

While you’re there dig around a little bit to see what else is available. This database has grown substantially since we first acquired it.

Movies Worth Watching: Annie Hall

1060609I recently saw Annie Hall for the first time and am now completely obsessed with the films of Woody Allen. Annie Hall is emblematic of Allen’s singular perspective and artistic style and was the 1978 Academy Award winner for Best Film, Director (Allen), Actress (Diane Keaton), and Screenplay (Allen and Marshall Brickman). Luckily for me and anyone else interested in becoming better acquainted with the work of Woody Allen the library has several of his films in the DVD collection available for check out. To find a movie search the Online Catalog using the exact title or by author using author last name first name (Allen Woody) and selecting Author Browse.

The library also has a number of books by Woody Allen and books of criticism about the iconic writer/director and his films. Below are a few recommendations but to find more check the Online Catalog.

Lax, EConversations with Woody Allen., & Allen, W. (2009). Conversations with Woody Allen: His films, the movies, and moviemaking. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Allen, W. (1975). Without feathers. New York: Random House.

Silet, C. L. P. (2006). The films of Woody Allen: Critical essays. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.

The Library of Congress Classification System

I began using the Library of Classification System (LCCS) a LONG time ago (I don’t care to tell you how long ago but it goes without saying that most undergraduates around here were not even a twinkle in someone’s eye back then).

I still don’t have it memorized. I don’t want to memorize it….AND as bright as I know UT students, faculty, and staff are I don’t expect you to memorize it.

Instead, I want you to sit down with me and let me help you search the online catalog and find a book or two or three to get you started on your research paper, group project, power point presentation etc.

It is my job as a librarian to show you how the catalog works. It is my job as a librarian to make sure you know how to navigate the 2nd floor stacks, the reference section, and more. I want you to know how to read and use a call number and FIND a book.

BUT for any of this to happen I need you to talk to me. I need you to sit down with me and take the five minutes to get at least one book call number that seems to satisfy your needs. Then you can take that call number and match it to the book and hence a location where you can browse the collection and find more books you like and can use.

Like I said, I don’t have the LCCS memorized BUT I do have the skills, knowledge and ability to efficiently and effectively help you find the sources you need. After all, spring break is almost here and as that great philosopher Richard O’Brien (aka Riff Raff)  once said: “time is fleeting….” and I know from personal experience doing the “time warp” won’t get you anywhere close to being done with your library research.  Please stop by the reference desk and talk to a librarian today.