Trial Database: Dance in Video: Volume II

DAV2Dance in Video: Volume II accommodates the needs of today’s dance students by pairing recorded performances from world-renowned dance companies with instructional videos from acclaimed teachers. The second volume expands upon the foundation built in Volume I, and showcases a new catalogue of dancers and partners including the Joffrey Ballet, John Jasperse Company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet. Students seeking to fine-tune specific techniques can explore instructional materials from the George Balanchine Foundation covering basic and advanced ballet techniques, including jumps, turns, pirouettes, barre work, pointe technique, and more.

To round out the study of dance, Volume II also incorporates interviews and documentaries featuring Trey McIntyre, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcy Bussell, Yvonne Meier, Saburo Teshigawara, and other key performers and choreographers.

Volume II will comprise 400 hours of video when complete. When paired with Dance in Video: Volume I, this resource provides more than 900 hours of dance video through one convenient, cross-searchable database. The diverse content supports a wide range of courses, from dance history and dance appreciation to choreography, dance composition, and improvisation.

Key features of the resource include searchable, scrolling transcripts. Search for phrases like “pas de deux” or “Sanghyang dances” and find the exact point in the video where this is discussed. Faculty and students can create, annotate and share video clips, embed video into any website to maximize access, and show full-screen videos in class at streaming rates of up to 2.5mbps.

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II

UndergroundIIUnderground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II expands on the debut database by offering an additional 100,000 pages of important, rare, and hard-to-find works, scholarly writings, and more. The collection is ideal for students and researchers seeking a holistic perspective on the historical role of underground comics. Dozens of associated scholarly writings and commentaries add perspective and enrich understanding of the works and their cultural significance.

Volume II adds extensive coverage of the pre-Comics Code era horror, crime, romance, and war comics that fueled the backlash leading to one of the largest censorship campaigns in U.S. history. Selections include works by visionaries such as Alex Toth, Steve Ditko, Alan Moore, and Jack Kirby. Also targeted for inclusion is the complete EC Comics archive, including Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, and many others both famous and infamous.

Volume II also contains tens of thousands of pages of non-mainstream, post-code comics and secondary materials from around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Korea, Japan, and more.

Using multiple combinable search fields, users can search comics by material type, coloring, publication date, writer, character, genre, and more.

See also: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels I

One Credit Library Research Course

The Library offers a 1-credit course designed to help make your life easier!

LI 100, taught in the first half of the semester, is open to all students, provides an in-depth overview of the research process, and helps students to develop their database search skills.

Keep your sanity and register for LI 100: Electronic Information Resources by selecting Library on the Master Schedule.

Visit the Instructional Services page for more information about instruction opportunities at the Lucy Scribner Library.

Comic Books: Take One, Leave One

comicscollectionWe have an exciting new feature in the library. If you go to the shelving that used to hold the faculty publications (to the right of the door to the Library Office) you will now see a collection of comics. This is an evolving display, so it may change over time.

You may take a comic book, return it, or put another comic book in its place. You do not need to check them out!

The comic books were donated by Professor John Anzalone, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Anzalone has taught a 1-credit course called From Super-Heroes to Anxiety Attacks, which traces the evolution that takes American sequential narrative art from comic strip to comic book to graphic novel.

“I actually became a voracious reader because of comic books. I certainly started with them well before I had any inkling about serious literature, but they primed me to appreciate many aspects of storytelling and myth making. And for a poor Italian American kid with minimum means, they were affordable entertainment!

As a kid I got a small stack of them, all different superheroes and mystery/crime titles, from one of my aunts as a birthday present. I promptly left my own birthday party and went and hid out in my room to read the colorful and enticing tales between those splendid covers. Except for about 5 years while doing a PHD, I have always bought, read, collected and enjoyed comic books and now their heir, graphic novels. I've slowed down in recent years because of my many responsibilities, but I remained pretty faithful to the characters (Batman, Superman, Spiderman) and the genres (crime, horror, mystery, westerns) that filled my head as a kid.

The books I've given to the library represent a range of materials from the last ten years, a period when comic artwork has reached a level of sophistication undreamt of in the first fifty years of the medium.”

Freegal: Streaming and Downloadable Music

FreegalFreegal Music (“free and legal” music) offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries.

Freegal Music covers a variety of genres, which you can search here:

Freegal allows unlimited streaming music and the ability to download a limited number of tracks each week.  A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of the database, displaying your weekly allotment. For instance, 1/5 means that you have a weekly limit of 5 free downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. The download counter resets each week on Monday at 12:01 AM.

Freegal Music also offers 15,000 videos for you to choose from. As a video is premium content, a video download will count as 2 of your weekly music selections.  If you do not have 2 downloads left, you will not be able to download a video. The videos are in MP4 format, and are yours to keep.  

Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

*To access Freegal Music, you must log in using the 16-digit number (starting with 6012) on your Skidmore ID card.

Freegal Music is available through the generosity of Brian Downing, CEO of Library Ideas, LLC, Skidmore Class of ’86.

New Database: IBISWorld

IBISWorld2IBISWorld is an extensive collection of industry market research and industry risk ratings covering the United States and Global economies that may be searched by keyword, company or industry code. Since 1971 IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. Today, IBISWorld employs a team of dedicated expert analysts that researches economic, demographic and government data so you don’t have to. The database provides valuable insight into America’s 700+ industries.

Whether you require a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts; whether you need a clearer picture of a supply chain, or whether you need to keep abreast of competitor activity in your industry, IBISWorld’s comprehensive reports will keep you informed.

For help with using the database, please use the IBISWorld  Getting Started Manual.

Database Trial: Music Online: Classical Scores Library, Volume III

ScoresIIIMusic Online: Classical Scores Library, Volume III brings together 400,000 pages of in-copyright editions when complete. When combined with Volume I and Volume II, the series encompasses more than one million pages of classical scores for teaching and study.

Content and Scope

This collection focuses on modern editions from major publishers like Chester Music, Novello and Company, Faber Music, Wilhelm Hansen, Donemus and more. It provides expanded coverage of great choral works and instrumental scores for brass, woodwind, and other instrument groups. The collection provides a wealth of material suited to supporting courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and composition.

The collection features modern editions of works by Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Byrd, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, and Purcell, as well as works by major composers such as Elgar, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and many more. As with Volume II, this collection also includes previously unpublished scores that are now available for study for the first time, including the scores of many composers who self-publish.

Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and other formats. Users can access full scores, jump directly to individual movements, and print scores for personal and class study or notation.


Scores are viewable in fast-loading JPG format with links to movements and acts. Users can zoom in to examine specific measures and tempo markings more closely. Other features include static URLs for each score and movement, plus personalized playlists that let users organize favorites and enable instructors to create and share course-tailored score collections. Future releases will include the ability to identify passages of scores for citation and then save and annotate for use in playlists and online syllabi.

See also: Volumes I and II of Classical Scores Library

Black Studies Center

paradeBlack Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. It brings together essential historical and current material for researching the past, present, and future of African-Americans; the wider African Diaspora; and Africa itself.

Black Studies Center is comprised of several cross-searchable component databases, including The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, Index to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature Index, and the Chicago Defender historical newspaper from 1912-1975.

This unique database examines interdisciplinary topics on the African experience throughout the Americas via in-depth essays accompanied by detailed timelines along with important research articles, images, video, and more.

Black Studies Center can be found on the Library’s Research Databases page.

For more information about Black Studies Center:

Memories of 1920s Skidmore: Featuring Agnes Ritchie Class of 1929’s Scrapbook

RitchieMemories of 1920s Skidmore, the current exhibit in the Harris Lobby, features the scrapbook of Agnes Ritchie, Skidmore class of 1929. This unbound scrapbook was donated by her daughter Connie Talcott Smith, who is also a Skidmore graduate, from the class of 1963. The Department of Special Collections owns a number of alumni scrapbooks, and these first-hand depictions of life at Skidmore in years gone by are a perennial favorite of students and staff. Due to their format they are difficult to exhibit well, so when this scrapbook arrived without a binding we were delighted to be able to share it in the exhibit cases.  

Agnes Ritchie’s arrival at Skidmore coincided with Skidmore’s first decade as a college, a time that is understandably unique to the school’s history.  It was when Skidmore developed the foundations of its character as an institution, tried to find its bearings as a newly minted college, and struggled to survive financially. Some of the supporting materials in this exhibit will touch upon those issues, but of course they would hardly have been expected to be at the forefront of Agnes Ritchie’s mind as she arrived at Skidmore a young woman eager to explore and enjoy all that life has to offer at that stage of our lives. Please enjoy your time visiting with Agnes and Skidmore of the 1920s.

The exhibit will be on display through March 31, 2014. You may also peruse a digital "flip book" of Agnes' scrapbook online.

Please check out our Flickr page for images from the exhibition.

Carnegie Hall Premieres in the Library: February 13th

acjw poster 2014On behalf of the Department of Music and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs, the Lucy Scribner Library would like to invite you to join us for a special informance with members of the Ensemble ACJW, featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute.

The fellows will be performing movements of Bartók’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano.

Location: Lucy Scribner Library, Harris Lobby
Date: Thursday, February 13th
Time: 12:15 p.m.

Ensemble ACJW is comprised of some of the finest young performers coming out of America’s conservatories. The musicians are part of a two-year program that combines advanced professional training with the responsibility to work with music students in the New York City public schools.

Members of the Academy will be in residence on campus this Fall, coaching ensembles, teaching private lessons, visiting classes in a number of disciplines across campus, as well as elementary school visits in the Saratoga Springs community.

For more information about the program see: Carnegie Hall Premiers: Ensemble ACJW

Collecting Special Collections

WildernessCollecting Special Collections, the current exhibit in the Harris Lobby, showcases unique items from Skidmore’s Department of Special Collections, home to the College’s rare books and archives. Our rare books collection is made up of the General Collection and numerous smaller named collections, such as the John J. Cunningham Science Fiction Collection.

Materials on display represent the delightfully eclectic nature of our General Collection, where an old favorite children’s book shares space with an illuminated Book of Hours from the 1440s and Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian. Among the individual collections featured, the Artists’ Books and the Fox Collection are also highlighted.

An artist’s book is itself an original work of art, as visually and conceptually whole as a painting or sculpture. This collection is the only one among our rare book collections to receive new purchases every year thanks to a generous donor’s endowment. It has been carefully and wisely developed over the years by College Librarian Ruth Copans. Additional selections from our Artists’ Books are also available through our Digital Collections.

The Fox Collection contains over 400 books predominantly from the Victorian era. It was collected with a strong focus on the illustrated books from that time period. The collection showcases in particular the works of George Cruikshank but also features authors and illustrators such as William Blake, Robert Browning, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and the Grimm Brothers. The Fox collection is a perennial favorite of Skidmore students and faculty alike, and is the most heavily utilized rare book collection in Special Collections.

The exhibit will be on display through February 13, 2014.

Please check out our Flickr page for images from the exhibition.

Database Trial: Meet the Press

MeetthePressSince its television premiere in 1947, Meet the Press has cemented its position as an institution in broadcast journalism. For the first time ever, network TV’s longest running program—with its thousands of interviews, panels, and debates—is available via streaming online video.

In addition to offering advanced search functionality – which lets users search by unique fields like “Interviewer” and “Director/Producer” – users can also browse for content using an interactive timeline, or preset categories, such as “Places Discussed” or “Historical Events.”

This collection allows access to key moments in recent history, including:

  • Jackie Robinson’s appearance in 1957 to discuss Civil Rights and his NAACP involvement.
  • Fidel Castro’s 1959 appearance during his first US visit since the Cuban revolution.
  • Seven appearances by Indira Gandhi before her 1984 assassination.
  • President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 announcement that the US would boycott the Moscow Summer Olympics.
  • The award winning Senate Debate Series, which aired during the 2002, 2004, and 2006 election cycles.
  • Colin Powell’s 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama for US president, which pulled in a record-breaking 9 million viewers.

This trial will run through February 10, 2014.

Database Trial: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

MovingPicturesA recent addition to the popular database, Victorian Popular Culture, Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of the Cinema explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time. This collection features material ranging from printed ephemera, programs, sheet music, cigarette cards and postcards, to technical manuals, scientific journals and early celebrity gossip publications.

Subjects include:

  • Early visual entertainment such as shadow play, optical illusions, metamorphic pictures and protean views
  • Magic lanterns and image projection
  • Pioneers of cinema: Thomas Alva Edison, the Lumière Brothers, Eadweard Muybridge
  • Early inventions such as the cinematograph, phonograph and zoopraxiscope
  • The first film stars
  • Original film footage from 1894-1926

This content can be accessed through January 31st using Skidmore’s existing subscription to Victorian Popular Culture. Users can explore this collection on its own by clicking on the link for “Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema” on the database homepage.

Database Trial: The First World War

Comprised of two distinct collections, The First World War is a rich and varied resource, and reveals the voices and experiences of the men and women who served in the First World War.

The first collection, “Personal Experiences,” contains primary source documents drawn from archives across the globe. The documents are varied in scope and offer a remarkable window on the lives and experiences of men and women during the First World War. Subjects covered include:

  • Daily life and routines in the army and auxiliary services
  • Trench warfare and conditions in the trenches
  • Food and supplies
  • Battles and warfare
  • Training and discipline

The second collection, “Propaganda and Recruitment,” examines the relationship between the government, the press, and the public, as well as the vital role the propaganda machine played in securing the ultimate victory of the Allies. The vast and varied range of material in this resource, from aerial leaflets and atrocity propaganda to international posters, postcards, cartoons and political pamphlets, showcases the methods exploited in wartime propaganda and their paths of dissemination. Themes of recruitment, training and morale are also examined through items such as tribunal case files, Kitchener's papers, recruitment listings, training manuals and minute books of both parliamentary and local recruiting committees.

Also featured in The First World War are diaries, journals, scrapbooks, sketches, interactive maps, images of personal items, a 360 degree panorama and walk-through of the Sanctuary Wood Trench System, and Tribunal case files.

Download options will be unavailable during the trial period, which will run through January 31st, 2014.