Database Feature: JSTOR

jstor_logo_mediumConsider this the first in an occasional series featuring the myriad groovy electronic resources your RML offers. Today we focus on JSTOR.

Founded in 1995 with support from the Mellon Foundation and the University of Michigan, JSTOR launched its non-profit enterprise dedicated to digitizing scholarly journal articles. Eschewing the here-today-gone-tomorrow ethos of the world of for-profit databases, JSTOR has a dedicated preservation service ensuring that its digitized content will be preserved.

JSTOR’s scope is broad with access to a multitude of disciplines. A total of 592 music titles are offered. These include full-text access to such stalwarts as Nineteenth Century Music, the Musical Quarterly, and Perspectives of New Music. JSTOR’s content is made available via its Moving Wall or delayed access of 3 of 5 years for the most current content.

JSTOR’s search mechanism is keyword based, lacking helpful subject headings. However, a helpful Citation Locator tracks down other articles that have cited the article you’ve chosen.

Personalize your JSTOR experience by creating an account that can alert you to new journal releases and search term tracking to keep your research up-to-date.

As always, you’ll need VPN up and running on your computer if you’re off-campus to access this resource.

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Words of Wisdom

5497263470_4e4f4536a3_mMarshall Griffith, beloved CIM Theory professor, was chosen as a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. He spoke at our Honors Convocation last May. Marshall graciously shared his comments with me and has allowed them to be reproduced on this forum. Below please find his wise words to the graduating class.

1. Take on anything. Give 110%.

2. Don’t Fail! You’re only as good as your last gig.

3. Don’t relate Money to Time or you’ll become bitter. This is particularly true with commissions but also performances/rehearsals. The best things in life are free and many of my most treasured experiences I did not get paid for at all.

4. Be part of the community you live in: It is a global village but the local environment matters perhaps even more.

5. Volunteer and meet many wonderful people outside of music.

6. No matter how little you make, give some to a charity.

7. Don’t shy away from leadership, embrace it.

8. Be a good and organized colleague.

And remember, even though you’ve left the day-to-day world at CIM, there are still libraries to visit!

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Database Discoveries!

Frustrated by keyword searching in those library databases? Well, did you know that the EBSCO databases (think Music Index and RILM) offer subject headings much like the library catalog? This valuable facet allows you to narrow your search to allow for more pertinent results.

Did you also know that you can set up search alerts within the database? This cool option allows an email to be sent to you when new articles appear within your search boundaries. Or set it up to be delivered as an RSS feed, a topic we’ve discussed before. This saves you the onerous task of checking back again and again, letting the database do the work for you!

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Technology Habitrail

9954775204_c23f70b1be_mEver wonder how all those RML techno-wonders like the videos and tutorials get made? Or how those many digital images on our myriad of LibGuides get created?

Well, look no further than the Midwest Notebook, the quarterly newsletter of the Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association.

We’ve discussed this organization in the past. Last fall, the organization held its successful annual meeting here in the CLE.

Instructional Outreach Librarian and Technology Coordinator, Laurie Lake, has her own column in Midwest Notebook which runs down several of her favorite new digital tools. Technology Habitrail leads us down the rabbit hole deep into the world of digital toys that Laurie has found extremely helpful in her job at your RML.

Here are the two most recent articles:

Technology Habitrail 1

Technology Habitrail 2

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Net neutrality

We librarians take access to information very seriously. In fact, support of “equitable access” is mentioned in the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics. This means everyone can obtain information from a library regardless of race, belief, or income level. Creates a beautifully level playing field.

The Digital Divide has long been on our radar. With the advent of the internet and so much information available online, it is important to preserve access to the world wide web for all. However, cable is expensive and platforms like computers and tablets are not necessarily in every home. Enter public libraries who provide these terminals to everyone.

I tell you this as background for the latest battle regarding net neutrality. To simplify things as much as possible, internet service providers want to create a two-tiered internet: a slow speed (less expensive) and a fast speed (more expensive). This further exacerbates the problem of paying for access to information, but with the means to affect the business world.

John Oliver’s humorous explanation above is spot on. Enjoy.

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