Friday, February 27, 2009

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - new online resource!

The online version of Colin Larkin's 10-volume The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition is available through Oxford Music Online. Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, it features a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. The Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. Check it out here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama DOJ pick: RIAA lawyer who killed Grokster

by Declan McCullagh

President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers.

Donald Verrilli announced Wednesday that he had been named associate deputy attorney general. Verrilli is the lawyer who pulled the plug on Grokster, sued Google on behalf of Viacom, and represented the Recording Industry Association of America against a Minnesota woman named Jammie Thomas who's accused of illicit file sharing. more

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Word of the Week: Controlled Vocabulary

Controlled vocabulary is the words and phrases used by a subject specialist when creating subject headings for an article, document, or book for a specific index or catalog. For example, the books in Oberlin's library collection are assigned subject headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Articles listed in Music Index, JSTOR and other are given subject headings by subject specialists, or indexers. These subject headings are then listed in a thesaurus designed for that database. This is meant to provide consistency and order in the chosen words and phrases. If you don't know what the proper subject heading is, try a WORD search in OBIS, select a promising bibliographic record, and then click on the subject to find other like items. Voilà!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

New Scores, Recordings, DVDs, & Books

It was a busy WT in the Conservatory Library. Take a look at all the new items added to the collection while the snow was falling in Oberlin! New Scores, Recordings, DVDs, & Books

Monday, February 2, 2009

MOD Music, Opera & Dance

Packed with more than 8,400 entries of all the relevant performing arts organizations in Asia, the Pacific and North America, MOD is a wonderful guide for everyone working in the international cultural arena. All entries are fully indexed and include key senior personnel contact details, descriptions of organizations and information on budgets and programming strategies. Con Ref PN1583.M875

A Charles Ives Omnibus

New in the Conservatory Library Reference Collection!
Central to the evolution of American music is the legacy of Charles Ives. This grand-scale reference work provides details surrounding Ives' life. Performances, recordings, journalistic reports, reviews, and scholarly studies of all kinds as well as assorted Ivesiana in the form of literature, art, film, dance, and other expressions of homage are included. Many of the entries are amplified with contextual information or carefully selected excerpts. OBIS record