Copyright Criminals


Film Screening with Co-Producer Kembrew McLeod (in Person)

Thursday April 30, 6 – 8 p.m., Main Library 66

This is a film about music sampling, art, and copyright law. It tells a story about how media industries regulated hip hop and how hip hop artists like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground resisted them.

Kembrew McLeod is a filmmaker and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa

Opera in English CDs and Masterclasses on DVD

Two new Library acquisitions that might interest many of you:

1. Chandos Records’ Opera in English CDs

These CDs offer quality performances of standard and not-so-standard repertoire in English. To find them in our catalog, limit your search to “Music Recordings” and do a search for “opera in english.” If you know the specific opera you want, you can do a boolean search for [opera name] and “opera in english”.

Many of them have not been cataloged yet (they just arrived this week!), so use the request feature in the online catalog, or ask for help at the reference or circulation desks.

2. Two new masterclass series on DVD

Jazz Master Class Series from NYU

These eight DVDs represent some of the best jazz teachers and performers.

To find them in our catalog, limit your search to Films/Videos and either search for the individual’s name or to find all of them, do a boolean search for jazz and master and class.

Some of them have not been cataloged yet, so use the request feature in the online catalog, or ask for help at the reference or circulation desks.

Masterclass Media Foundation

This excellent series of 21 DVDs present masterclasses by some of the best performers and teachers in the classical world. From Dame Evelyn Glennie to Maxim Vengerov, the series covers instrumentalists, singers, and conductors. Not to be missed!

To find them in our catalog, limit your search to Films/Videos and do a search for “masterclass media foundation” or the name of the individual presenter.

If there are other titles you’d like to see the Library purchase, please use the online form.

Wrangle that citation data

Drowning in Data? RefWorks can Help

These are the last two workshops of the semester! Sign up early, space is limited.

Learn how to use RefWorks, a citation management software program subscribed to by the University of Illinois Library that is free to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois. This workshop will cover the basics: how to access RefWorks, search catalogs, import references from library databases, retrieve and manage citations, create bibliographies according to various citation styles (e.g., MLA or APA), and use Write N Cite to add parenthetical references to your work. For more information about RefWorks see: Both workshops will be held in the Undergraduate Library, Room 291.

Tuesday, November 11th 10-11am

Friday, November 14th 1-2pm


Improvements in Classical Music Library tool

{From the folks at Alexander Street Press}
The new release of Classical Music Library includes new features and updates in addition to a new interface. Users can now browse all classical works by album and find associated recordings using the new Album Browse feature.

There is also updated playlist functionality, which makes it easier to create rich playlists. Individual items in a playlist can now be annotated, and links to any item, whether available in our collection or elsewhere on the Web, can easily be added. Enhance your playlist of audio tracks with reference passages, scores, external Web links, and text from a variety of sources. And sharing playlists has never been easier. Gone are the days of requesting Course Folder privileges for music professors. Now users can decide whether or not to share a personal playlist with other users at their institution, or with anyone who subscribes to Classical Music Library.

Based on user feedback, we’ve also improved our Advanced Search. It is now possible to limit search results to recordings where the complete work is available. And as always, we are continually working to license more content for Classical Music Library.

All other functionality and content has been migrated from the old interface, including all user accounts, playlists, and course folders. Please note that your course folders will now appear as playlists shared within your institution, and you have the option of sharing them with all Classical Music Library subscribers.

The play’s the thing

As many of you know, we acquired many theatre-related materials from the English Library over the Spring and Summer. We’ve got
—> periodicals (1st floor, on the new periodicals shelves facing the reading room and in the periodicals stacks near the reading room).
—> new playscripts (1st floor, on the shelves facing the M3 reference scores)
—> older playscripts (1st floor, Dewey sequences 811 (for American drama) or 822 (for English drama)
—> books (1st floor; Dewey sequence 792 and 808-830 (roughly); LC sequence PC-PS)