New Interface Released for Alexander Press Classical Musical Scores Library

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Alexander St. Press is launching a new interface for a number of their video and audio products that will be released on rolling basis over the next year. Classical Musical Scores Library is one of the first sites to have its new version released.

Here’s what you can experience in the first release:

  • More faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as users search, allowing users to find exactly what you’re looking for more quickly.
  • Discipline- and genre-based landing pages with featured content and editorially-curated playlists.
  • The ability to translate every page, liner note, and transcript into dozens of languages using Google Translate.
  • Tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.

And here’s what will be available on the new interface over the next year:

  • A dedicated smartphone app, in addition to the “send to mobile” tool already in use.
  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to users, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Dedicated learning object apps that let users to:
    • Develop online quizzes
    • Create digital study guides
    • Build timelines

Classical Scores Library: Volume I contains over 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 musical scores. Classical Scores Library serves as an integral resource for music students and faculty, encompassing all major classical musical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, appreciation, and theory for a variety of scholars.

Trial access to March of Time Newsreels

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Alexander St. Press is providing trial access to UMass Lowell for its March of Time newsreel collection from April 4 to June 2, 2012.

The March of Time newsreel collection contains the full run of the series, 415 videos in total, digitally remastered by HBO Archives, with searchable transcripts.These films, produced from 1935 to 1967 and in theaters until 1951, are arguably the most important U.S. newsreels created and have the highest production values. The subjects were at times controversial (e.g. racism, poverty, fascism), and so were some of March of Time’s filming methods. The films sometimes interspersed simulations of events within the real news footage to recreate events more vividly for their audiences. Actors who appeared in these simulations included well known celebrities such as Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, and Orson Welles.March of Time lost out to television programming in the 1950s and aired its last program in 1967.

The March of Time videos have been Semantically Indexed by Alexander St. Press, and users can search by people, places, historical events, and topics.

Key content includes:

  • Huey Long – (Volume 1, Episode 3) – April 19, 1935
  • The Presidency – (Volume 3, Episode 3) – November 6, 1936
  • The Supreme Court – (Volume 3, Episode 9) – April 16, 1937
  • Inside Nazi Germany – (Volume 4, Episode 6) – January 18, 1938
  • On Foreign News Fronts – (Volume 7, Episode 1) – September 1940
  • Atomic Power – (Volume 12, Episode 13) – August 9, 194
  • We are the Marines (Feature Film – Released December 1942)

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Alexander Street Press Database Trials

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Alexander St. Press is offering a group of databases for trial access to UMass Lowell. These resources are available through November 13, 2011. Included in the trial are the following titles:

American History in Video provides a rich collection of video for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. This material is indexed to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database.. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

The Gilded Age brings primary documents and scholarly commentary together into a searchable collection. In addition to an extensive selection of key treatises, the collection also includes songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera. This primary content is enhanced by video interviews with scholars and numerous topical critical documentary essays specially commissioned for the project by Alexander Street Press. Covering such themes as race, labor, immigration, commerce, western expansion, and women’s suffrage, these essays illuminate the rapidly changing cultural
landscape of America during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the election of Theodore Roosevelt. The collection currently has over 53,000 pages.

Harper’s Weekly was the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth. It had broad national distribution and some international, a circulation that exceeded 100,000 and peaked at 300,000, and effective readership of at least half a million people. This complete digital version includes the full text of all issues plus over 75,000 illustrations, cartoons, maps, and portraits.

Images of America: A History of American Life in Images in Texts is a new resource cultivated from Arcadia Publishing’s award-winning series of local history books. At completion, it will include over 1 million historical images and texts, celebrating American places and faces. All of the images and texts have been indexed, enabling users to explore the depth of a town’s history or to compare the histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.

Lincoln and the Civil War is a subset of material from the Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines series focused on historical documents from newspapers and periodicals related to Lincoln’s Presidential political life from 1860 until his death immediately following the Civil War.

Social Theory offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. It features more than 150,000 pages of content by such major theorists as Theodor Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Émile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Robert Merton, Dorothy E. Smith , and Talcott Parsons.

Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history. The collection currently includes 102 document projects and archives with more than 4,050 documents and 145,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by some 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Two Online Video Trials from Alexander St. Press

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Alexander Street Press is providing UMass Lowell with free access trials to two of their new online video databases: Education in Video and Filmakers Library Online. Both trials are available through May 30, 2011.

Education in Video contains 913 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms give education faculty, education students, and in-service teachers.

  • Video lets students of education observe and learn from real teachers and students engaged in common classroom interactions.
  • The collection is indexed to meet the specific search needs of education faculty and students. Search and browse by grade level; subject; topic; educational theory; and other criteria.
  • Synchronized, searchable, scrolling transcripts run alongside each video. Click ahead in the transcript, and the video jumps to that point. Scan hours of video in seconds.
  • Study and discussion guides, themed playlists on special topics, and related full-text materials give instructors ready-made teaching tools.
  • Filmakers Library Online, officially launching next month, currently contains over 1,000 award-winning documentaries but will include more than 5,000 titles upon completion. The collection contains commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

    Coverage includes race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. Internationally known producers represented include the National Film Board of Canada, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, KCTS/Seattle, and many others.

    Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

    Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

    Classical Musical Scores Online Library is now complete

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    Alexander Street Press announced that their Classical Scores Library is now complete at over 400,00 pages. On February 11, 2011, Classical Scores Library was updated with 66 scores and 999 pages .
    As of this update there are 24,368 scores and 400,088 pages in Classical Scores Library.

    The final release includes material from Universal Edition, A-R Editions, and Wirripang. New scores include material from composers Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Vivaldi, Diana Blom, Adriano Banchieri, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Colin Brumby, and more.

    Classical Scores Library contains classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works.

    Content in the database includes in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series.

    The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.

    The database has been indexed to enable users to search on musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher. We hope that this will enable users to search, analyze, and research scores in a simple but powerful manner.