Monday, March 23, 2009

A Thousand Words

Taking Digital Photos and Video for Your Projects
A Workshop for Students, Faculty and Staff
-techniques for shooting and selecting better photos and videos
-camera settings that make for the best images
-how to capture images more effectively and inventively
-tips to avoid common problems
-take and select better images for presentations, websites and promotional materials

Monday April 6, 4 pm Alcuin Library AV2 --OR--
Tuesday April 7, 4 pm Clemens Library Room 124

Adam Bauer and Adam Konczewski from CSB/SJU Media Services will introduce the basics of capturing digital images. The program includes both demonstration and hands-on practice. Participants can bring their own equipment, or borrow from Media Services.

Registration requested . Contact Adam Bauer (ext. 2236) or Adam Konczewski (ext. 5583) for further information.

Friday, March 20, 2009

New Movie Titles - Mar. 20

Here are the latest movie titles added to our collection.

Alcuin Library:

The Mist
Let the Right One In
Dear Zachary” A Letter to a Son About His Father
They Were Expendable
Independence Day
Expelled: Ben Stein No Intelligence Allowed
The Matador
Devil in a Blue Dress
The Water Front
Ask Not
Generation M: Misogyny in Media & Culture
Surviving the Dust Bowl


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

American History in Video [trial]

We're participating in a trial to American History in Video, a new database from Alexander Street Press. This trial is effective immediately and will expire May 16, 2009.

The following is the publisher's description of their database:

American History in Video provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of American history—2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study American history in ways never before possible. A Critical Video Edition, American History in Video's suite of tools—searches and browses powered by Semantic Indexing and searchable transcripts synchronized to video—give the ability to drill down in seconds to find the footage of interest from thousands of hours of video. This collection is an exclusive collaboration with A&E Television Networks and features some of their most important documentaries and series from The History Channel®, A&E Network®, and Biography®. Historical coverage ranges from the lost colony of Roanoke through the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf; biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century figures such as Benedict Arnold and Daniel Boone to modern day figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Helen Thomas.

Several types of video footage have been chosen to provide a well-rounded collection for historical study:

Documentaries from key partners such as The History Channel and others provide long-term perspectives on historical events, historical people, and key turning points in American history. These documentaries often incorporate contemporaneous footage and photographs; feature interviews with citizens, newsmakers, and other witnesses to history; and make the knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm of numerous scholars, historians, and researchers readily available. Judicious reenactments of historical moments, particularly with the Civil War, help students visualize important aspects of history, such as the impact of military strategies and tactics on historical outcomes.

Newsreels, routinely shown before feature films in movie houses, were the only way for citizens to see American and foreign events and news during the pre-television era. With contemporaneous footage and coverage of a wide variety of stories—from war and politics, to fashion and sports, and more—newsreels remain a valuable window on American history, society, and culture. American History in Video is the only source where the entire series of United News (governmental newsreel from the Office of War Information) and Universal Newsreel (commercial newsreel from Universal Pictures Company, Inc.) stream in full online. Forthcoming in Spring 2009 are complete sets of Semantically Indexed and searchable Release Notes, the original documentation provided for each newsreel release in each series.

Public affairs video from series like Longines Chronoscope (Columbia Broadcasting System) were usually created to provide contemporaneous analysis on issues of the day. Through interviews and debates with politicians, diplomats, and a range of foreign and American experts and leaders in a variety of fields, these videos shine a light on the topics, issues, and people considered newsworthy, as well as the received wisdom, in a given time period.

Archival footage adds another critical dimension to historical analysis, with coverage of events and people for an often more specific purpose than other types of video.

Taken together, this rich combination allows students and scholars to study history in new ways, by comparing, for example, the footage, transcript, and tone of government perspectives (United News Newsreel) of the internment of Japanese-Americans in 1942 or D-Day in 1944 with the longer-term perspectives of documentaries like After Silence (Bullfrog Films) or D-Day: The Total Story (The History Channel).

Specially developed controlled vocabularies let users browse video by historical era and event, year, people (in a variety of roles), place, and subject.


Friday, March 13, 2009

New Movie Titles - Mar. 13

Here are the latest movies added to Clemens and Alcuin Library. Remember to check out the DVD Browser" to see what is available.

Clemens Library:

Summer Catch
The Shadow In The North
The Miracle of Life
Torturing Democracy
Myth Girls Moving Beyond
All Of Us
Portrait of Abuse pt. 1 & 3
A Massacre Foretold
Dancing For Mr. B.
Rachel Getting Married
The Fox and the Hound
Miracle At Midnight

Alcuin Library:

88 Minutes
The Football Factor
Mean Machine
Six Characters in Search of An Author
Trailer Park Boys
Miracle at Midnight
Sex & Lucia
El Dia Del La Bestia
The Victim
My Father’s Garden
Son of Rambow
Cassandra’s Dream
La Comunidad
La Ardilla Roja
Double Jeopardy
Friday the 13th
From Hell
The Inglorious Bastards
In & Out
American Teen
Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life
Little Big League
Chris & Don
What Just Happened
I’ve Loved YOU So Long
Psych, 2nd Season
Play Time
Dead Like Me, Season 1 & 2
A Secret
Hamburger Hill
Burn Notice: Season One
The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas
Out Cold
Role Models
Rachel Getting Married
Synecdoche New York
Cadillac Records
Battle in Seattle


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

ELM Database Trials

The state of Minnesota, through legislative dollars appropriated to Minitex, provides access to several databases state-wide. The contract for these databases is up at the end of June, and we're in the process of determining the next set of databases. The good news is that until April 3rd, there are trials to all of these databases available to use.

So go ahead and see this site to connect to a great selection of databases.

Let us know what you think!