Beyond ITunes: Digital Music Databases

Looking for digital music files online? Music enthusiasts now have access to two databases of digital music, DRAM and Naxos Music Library through the library.

DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides a unique collection of works by a broad range of American composers and artists, many not available from any other source. In particular, the New World catalog in DRAM provides access to a scholarly survey of American music ranging from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock and musical theater. Users may find music with a simple keyword search or browse by composer, artist, ensemble, instrument or record label. Recordings are accompanied by complete and original liner notes.

DRAM is a scholastic resource focused on hard-to-find yet culturally and academically important music. DRAM’s mission is to disseminate music of cultural and academic value that is difficult to acquire through the commercial marketplace.

The music from DRAM is streamed using QuickTime and downloading music files is not yet available. Users will need to have QuickTime loaded in order to play DRAM files. User should note that when accessing DRAM through the library proxy server, you will need to click through a couple of security messages before getting into the database.

NAXOS Music Libraryclaims to be “the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues of over 165,000 tracks, including classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. While listening, you can read notes on the works as well as biographical information on composers and artists.” Naxos offers weekly educational podcasts on everything from John Cage Piano Music to Mozart Horn Concertos and Classic American Love Songs.

Unlike DRAM, Naxos allows users to browse by genre. Static URLs to individual tracks allow linking from Moodle. Playlists allow professors to create listening homework lists. The Naxos Music Library Education Pages offer overviews of musical periods with suggestions for listening. The library subscription allows five users to access the database simultaneously.

Beyond ITunes Digital Music Databases

Library & Department of Education CIS Speaker Co-Sponsorship

Vincent Delgado, Co-Director of the Refugee Development Center in Lansing, Michigan and an expert on refugee and immigrant issues, will be making a department co-sponsored presentation titled Welcoming the Immigrant: How Schools and Libraries Contribute to Success at this fall’s CIS beginning at 2:15 on Wednesday, October 3rd in the Kempers Lecture Hall of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Mr. Delgado will share his ongoing work with libraries and schools that provide resources and services to recent immigrants and refugees. Becoming sensitive to the unique needs of immigrants and refugees is important for the teachers and librarians who serve them. Please join us for Mr. Delgado’s presentation.

CIS Information Resources

A collection of information resources related to this fall’s Critical Issues Symposium, Immigration: Shaping and Reshaping America, is available on the first floor of Van Wylen Library adjacent to the Reference Desk. A list of items in the collection, arranged thematically, is available at the resources link of the CIS website. The collection includes books, DVDs, and videos. A recommended websites section provides links to online sources of note. Several articles published by CIS speakers are also linked from the same list.

African American Studies Center Online

A new online resource titled African American Studies Center is now available. This unique resource is a comprehensive collection of scholarship that focuses on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. It includes more than 7,500 articles by top scholars in the field, biographies, primary source documents, images, maps and charts. Each month, a topic of current and historical relevance is featured. This month the feature article is on Twentieth Century Literary Giants.Previous features range from Hip Hop’s Early Influences to Jazz Greats to Black Churches in America.

Looking for primary documents? OAASC includes primary materials ranging from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Statement on the Vietnam War.

Also check out the Library’s Ethnic Studies resources page which provides access to additional recommended resources for research in ethnic/multicultural studies.

Photo Image Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY.

Check out Credo Reference

The library is running a trial for Credo Reference through September 22. “Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer) is the world’s largest online reference service featuring over 250 full-text reference titles covering all subject areas with over 3 million entries from 57 highly-respected publishers all aggregated and integrated in a robust search engine. Credo Reference has many new unique interactive features such as dynamic table functionality for world state, and county statistics, an interactive world atlas, flash animations, videos, poetry/literature readings, and a data visualization tool called the concept map. Credo Reference also features over 175,000 images, over 200,000 audio pronunciations, and a citation formatter in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats.” (from the publisher)

See what Credo Reference can do and let us know if you think this would be a good addition to our online resources.

Getting In When You Are Off Campus

We would like to remind our off-campus users that if you want to access library resources from home, you need to log in to your library account. Access to subscription databases is limited to current Hope faculty, students, and staff. Therefore, if you are at an off-campus computer (including many cottages) you will need to log into the library proxy server.

It will be easiest to log in before you try to access an online database or journal. Go to and type in your 13 digit library barcode number (from the back of your Hope College ID card) and PIN . Once you are logged in, you can access the databases via the General Research Databases, Databases by Academic Department or Off-campus Access links. If you need further instruction, view this screencast tutorial or call the Reference Desk for assistance at 395-7904.

Librarians Meet Freshmen

As of this morning, Reference Librarians at Van Wylen have met 770 incoming students as part of their First Year Seminar experience. While questions about using the library will come later in the semester for many, we want students to know that the library is here to support them. The goals of the brief meeting with a librarian are to help relieve library anxiety and increase a student’s comfort level when coming to the library and asking questions. The library and library resources should play a role in every student’s academic experience. We want students to know that there are lots of ways to get help; at the Reference Desk, via phone, ask-a-librarian email, and online chat. Students are also encouraged to make individual appointments. After meeting a librarian students received a certificate, the ever popular Ask a Librarian @ Van Wylen blue pencil and a coupon for a free cup of coffee at the Cup & Chaucer.

Librarians Meet Freshmen