Category Archives: Collection Highlights

New Database Trials: AP Collection, Sexuality & Gender, Nat Geo and more

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We’ve just begin a trial of five of Gale’s Primary Sources databases. The following 4 collections can be accessed HERE:

  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender
  • Associated Press Collections Online
  • Illustrated London News Archive, 1842-2003
  • Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950

…and the entire digitized run of National Geographic magazine can be accessed here:

These trials expire October 11, 2016.

About these collections:

Archives of Sexuality & Gender:
LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 covers topics including LGBTQ activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis. It provides researchers with the documents necessary to delve deep into the Gay Rights Movement with resources that may otherwise go undiscovered. Repositories for this collection include: Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation; Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Women’s Energy Bank; GLBT Historical Society; National Library of Medicine; among other archives.

Associated Press Collections Online:
Gives insight into major events, people and trends from the mid-1800s through the twentieth century from the Associated Press Corporate Archive. Collections may include: original wire copy, personal papers, AP style books, internal publications, and more. Hundreds of videos from the AP Archive and thousands of striking images from AP Images archive add depth to the original reporting and stories behind the news from this venerable news agency.

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950:
Liberty flourished when illustrated magazines were the most important form of mass entertainment. This was an era of unique creativity and growing involvement in world affairs. Middle class America became much more interested in world events and their impact on everyday life in America. This digital collection provides a unique opportunity to view Liberty and how it charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle class America through its three most significant decades.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003:
The complete digital edition (over 260,000 full colour pages) of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Celebrated for its vivid pictorial commentary on global news, the ILN is a unique resource for the history of the last 150 years.

National Geographic Magazine:
The complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

Got a question about these resources? Ask Us!

Catch the Synthwave!

Synthwave is exploding as a genre and the SVA Library has caught the bug. Take a break from watching Stranger Things (soundtrack coming soon to our collection) and check out these excellent synth-heavy artists, now available in our CD collection:

Zombi kicked off this whole synth-revival craze way back in the mid-00’s with their excellent throwback sound. Heavily inspired by the film scores of John Carpenter, Goblin, & Tangerine Dream (all artists in our collection), Zombi took the basic templates of 70’s & 80’s synth scores and improved upon them, adding live drums and additional layers of improvisation.

No one in the late 80’s would have predicted that John Carpenter would be one of the decade’s most influential composers; let alone that he would make a huge comeback in 2015, waving away his many imitators with a transcendent return album. We also carry most of his original film scores from the 80’s & 90’s, all of which are amazing.

Kavinsky had the pop hit behind the soundtrack success to the film “Drive” (yes, we have the soundtrack) and his albums are among the highest selling of the synthwave movement. Kavinsky injects some much needed humor and levity into the genre but doesn’t forget to hit the turbo booster when necessary.

College sounds just like what I imagine an alternate reality College party would sound like if the 90’s had basically never happened.

All of these artists, and more, are available now in our CD collection at the main library.

New York Times webinars, June 2016

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The SVA Library subscribes to NYTimes.com for all students, faculty, and staff in the SVA community. Their monthly webinar series for June is happening this Thursday, the 30th in a 3-part series. Please join The New York Times in Education on Thursday, June 30, 2016, to learn how to activate a NYTimes.com account, briefly tour NYTimes.com, and tour the online teaching resource from The New York Times in Education, NYTimes.com/edu, in 3-part sessions.

Register for any or all sessions below. You will receive a confirmation email with your personal webinar meeting link and may select the ‘Add to Calendar’ option to place the webinar session in your time zone.

Webinar 1: 11:00am – 11:15am EST
Activating a NYTimes.com account via school domain authentication
Registration URL: 11am Webinar RSVP

Webinar 2: 1:00pm – 1:20pm EST
NYTimes.com Introduction: Post Activation
Registration URL: 1pm Webinar RSVP

Webinar 3: 2:00pm – 2:20pm EST
The New York Times in Education Website – Instructional Resources for classrooms
Registration URL: 2pm Webinar RSVP

The meeting platform GoToWebinar will install a plug-in for your internet browser (once installed, you may be prompted to give permission for the plug-in to run), so please be sure to click link 2-3 minutes before we start. Feel free to use the chat box to ask questions; they are answered near the conclusion.

New Database: Kanopy Streaming Video

The SVA Library has just started a subscription to the Kanopy streaming video database. We previously trialed this database in the Spring 2016 semester.

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Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering a “Netflix-like” user experience and a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films and training videos from thousands of producers. Touching on all topics, featured producers in Kanopy’s collection include Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, The Video Project, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, BBC, and many more. Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime by all students, faculty and staff.

It’s accessible from our Databases page, or at this direct link: http://sva.kanopystreaming.com. From off campus, users will be prompted to login with their MySVA credentials.

Got a question about this resource? Ask Us!

New York Times webinars, May 2016

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The SVA Library subscribes to NYTimes.com for all students, faculty, and staff in the SVA community. Their monthly webinar series for May is happening on the 26th in a 3-part series. Please join The New York Times in Education on Thursday, May 26, 2016, to learn how to activate a NYTimes.com account, briefly tour NYTimes.com, and tour the online teaching resource from The New York Times in Education, NYTimes.com/edu, in 3-part sessions.

Register for any or all sessions below. You will receive a confirmation email with your personal webinar meeting link and may select the ‘Add to Calendar’ option to place the webinar session in your time zone.

Session 1: 11:00am – 11:20am EST

The New York Times; Activating an Academic Pass

Click on “11AM EST Webinar RSVP

 

Session 2: 1:00pm – 1:30pm EST

The New York Times; Site Demo and Navigation

Click on “1PM EST Webinar RSVP

 

Session 3: 2:00pm – 2:30pm EST

Introducing The New York Times in Education Website

Click on “2PM EST Webinar RSVP

 

The meeting platform GoToWebinar will install a plug-in for your internet browser (once installed, you may be prompted to give permission for the plug-in to run), so please be sure to click link 2-3 minutes before we start. Feel free to use the chat box to ask questions; they are answered near the conclusion.

New DVDs & Blu-Rays have arrived!

We just got a huge shipment of new DVDs & Blu-Rays! So many, in fact, that we had to add extra shelving to display it all! Come on in and check out some great films, docs, anime, TV shows, & more. Here are some trailers to whet your appetite:

Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, & Muna Otaru show some true grit in revisionist Western, The Keeping Room:

Karen Black & Oliver Reed star in Burnt Offerings, an offbeat 70’s haunted house thriller:

Get deeply meta with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s camp-action, lost classic Last Action Hero:

Harold LLoyd’s timeless silent film, Safety Last, finally gets the Criterion Collection treatment:

Enjoy these films and more at the SVA Library!

New Database: Harper’s Bazaar archive

The SVA Library has just purchased perpetual access rights to the Harper’s Bazaar archive from ProQuest. We previously trialed this database last Fall and this Spring.

Harper’s Bazaar can be accessed from the link above, or from our A – Z Databases page.

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The Harper’s Bazaar Archive is a comprehensive, searchable archive of every page, advertisement, and cover of every issue of Harper’s Bazaar from its first appearance in 1867 to the current month. Reproduced in high-resolution color page images and supported by fully searchable text and indexing, this resource provides access to a chronicle of 20th century American and international fashion, culture, and society, supporting researchers by offering a cultural lens into the modern era.

*Please note in the initial release of this database, coverage extends from 2015 back to 1969, and partial coverage from 1962. The full run of the magazine back to 1867 will be digitized by the end of 2016.