Monday, March 29, 2010

New streaming video database - Opera in Video!

We have a new streaming video database!
Opera in Video from Alexander Street Press! From Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" (two performances to choose from) to Messiaen's "Saint Fran├žois d'Assise" or Adams' "Doctor Atomic" and a bunch of stuff in between.
Go go "O" in the database list and, is the official description:
Opera in Video will contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. This release includes 147 videos, equalling 316 hours. You can also access Opera in Video through the Music Online interface.
Let me know if you have any questions.


Monday, March 15, 2010

P.S. on streaming video databases

In the cool colleague category:

After my last posting I got a message from our excellent Distance Education Librarian (Beth Filar-Williams) asking if I would spread the good word about her DE page on streaming media.

Here it is:

This is useful for both UNCG and non-UNCG peeps - take a look at the last section -  "Other Free Streaming Film Sites"

Feel free to send us your favorite sites if you don't see them there ( and

Thanks, Beth! 

Enjoy, y'all!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Three Library Database Announcements

Hello and happy almost Spring Break!

1. The music database called The Music Index has switched software suppliers and is now an "Ebsco" database. The good news is that you can now search both RILM and Music Index at the same time (top of screen, click on "choose databases" and make sure they are both checked). The bad news is that you might *think* you are searching one of those databases when you are searching the other...BEWARE!

2. New cool video resource: Films on Demand – thousands of full-length, streaming educational films. Go to the database list, click on "F" and click on the title (Films on Demand). Once you are in the database, click on "Humanities and Social Science" and in addition to the 134 music videos, there are also all sorts of other cool categories – go wild over spring break!

3. We have a trial of a database called Ethnographic Video Online through May 3rd. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. This first release includes 226 videos. Just go to "E" in the database list and click on the database title. Please let me know what you think of it so we can decide if we want to add it to our streaming collection (