Classical Music Library Popular Tracks, February 2015

Classical Music Library is an online streaming audio collection of Classical music recordings available to all Clayton State students. Last month users enjoyed listening to the following tracks:

5. Requiem Realisations (CD 1)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Specialized Area of Interest: Classical
Ensemble: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Academy of Ancient Music
Performers: Elin Manahan Thomas; Christine Rice; James Gilchrist; Christopher Purves

4. Copland: Appalachian Spring
Composer: Aaron Copland
Specialized Area of Interest: 20th Century
Ensemble: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

3. Handel: Messiah
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque
Ensemble: Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra
Performer: James Taylor; Thomas Quasthoff; Ingeborg Danz; Sibylla Rubens

2. Purcell: Odes
Composer: Henry Purcell
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque
Ensemble: Taverner Consort; Taverner Players
Performer: Andrew Parrott

and the number 1 Classical Music Library track for February was:

1. Schumann: Character Pieces I
Composer: Robert Schumann
Specialized Area of Interest: Romantic
Performer: Florian Uhlig

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Hours for Spring Break, March 7-15

The Library will have reduced hours during Clayton State University’s Spring Break. We want to wish all of you a safe, relaxing week off. If you are looking for a quiet place to get a jump on the rest of the semester, please note our change in hours.

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  • Saturday,March 7: 9am – 6pm
  • Sunday, March 8: 1pm – 10pm
  • Monday, March 9: 8am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, March 10: 8am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, March 11: 8am – 5pm
  • Thursday, March 12: 8am – 5pm
  • Friday, March 13: 8am – 5pm
  • Saturday, March 14: Closed
  • Sunday, March 15: Closed

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February Featured LibGuide: American History to 1877

The American History to 1877 guide introduces students to U.S. history resources covering the Colonial Period through Reconstruction. Researchers will find suggestions for historical documents and other primary sources. In addition, recommendations for books, journals, and multimedia resources are offered. Each time period provides suggestions for historical figures; forts, battles & landmarks; topics; Presidential terms; and web resources.
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February Featured Resource: MathSciNet

MathSciNet is a searchable index of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications from 1940 to the present. Mathematical Reviews provides timely reviews or summaries of articles and books that contain new contributions to mathematical research. Researchers can search publications by author, title, MSC Primary, or anywhere in the citation record. The MSC Primary is the unique Mathematical Subject Classification system which groups certain math topics together. Explore this classification system by selecting Free Tools from the navigation heading at the top of the page. Browse author profiles for links to publications and MR numbers. A Citations Search will list the top ranked cited articles by author, subject or year.

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Take Care Before You Share: Issue #1 Digital Content

Introducing a new blog series from your Clayton State University Library. Take Care Before You Share is inspired by Fair Use Week 2015. Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, Fair Use Week honors the “doctrine of fair use and the important role this limitation on copyright plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts.” The scope of fair use, copyright, and intellectual property, though, is too broad to cover in one week, so we will continue this conversation throughout the academic year, because, like the ARL, we believe that every week is Fair Use Week. Our first post focuses on digital content in the classroom. In the future, we will discuss other topics related to copyright, fair use, plagiarism, and academic integrity as they relate to the classroom, both face-to-face and online.


ISSUE #1: DIGITAL CONTENT IN THE CLASSROOM


The growth of technology has dramatically altered the landscape of academic scholarship worldwide. In recent years here at Clayton State the availability of electronic resources and resource sharing services has allowed our academic community to supplement course material with articles, multimedia, unique digital collections, book chapters, and other subscription content not readily available to individual researchers and students. While this is an overall positive thing, care must be taken when sharing this rich content with others, even within the Clayton State community. As stewards of information, the Clayton State Library faculty supports the ethical sharing of content that enriches the teaching and learning experiences of our patrons.

To kick things off properly, we’ll start with a quiz

For the following examples, select which are A-OK and which are Big NO-NO’s.

Ready? Let’s go!

  1. You find an article in a library database that you’d like your students to read. You post a PDF of the article in your D2L course.
  2. You scan the 10th and final chapter from your favorite book that is no longer in print and post it on your faculty webpage.
  3. You create a reading list for your students using permalinks to articles in library databases.
  4. You digitize a personally owned film that you show in your face to face classes and post it in D2L for your online students to view.
  5. You use 30 seconds of your favorite jam for the intro to your recorded lecture shared in D2L.

Click here to check your answers, and come back for explanations.

When determining whether something falls under the doctrine of fair use, we need to use our best judgment guided by the following principles. First we need to consider where the content came from, or who owns it. Digital content refers to anything accessible using a computer such as a webpage or an electronic file, even if it started out in the physical realm. This content can be library-owned or licensed, owned by you, or borrowed from another library. Next, we consider how you plan to share the content. Different methods include direct email of a file, uploading a file to a webpage or course site, or sharing a link to the content. Lastly, we look at how much you are sharing of the original content.

Generally speaking, Clayton State Library owned and licensed content may be shared with anyone within our academic community. However, there are right and wrong ways to share this content. Consider Question 1 above. In this example, the content is licensed for access and use by authorized users. But, posting a PDF is a NO-NO based on the license agreement. Rather, you should use the permalink provided by the database. Therefore, Question 3 is A-OK. For instructions on how to copy and share permalinks, please see: http://clayton.libguides.com/electronic-resources/sharing

The second quiz question concerns how much to share. As long as the chapter is less than 10% of the total work, it is probably A-OK to share out-of-print material. This is the same whether it is a library owned book or a personal copy. However, this is only permissible for one semester. Use over multiple semester requires permission from the publisher. For instructions on requesting publisher permission, please see: http://copyright.columbia.edu/copyright/permissions

Question 4 is a Big NO-NO. Converting a DVD to an electronic video file format, such as an .mp4 or .wmv file, violates Copyright law. If you wish to convert multimedia formats, you must downgrade rather than upgrade. For example, converting a DVD to VHS is A-OK, but not the other way around. Similarly, you may convert a CD to a cassette tape, but you may not convert a CD to .mp3 or .wav file. Extra credit: what if you purchase a video from iTunes or a service like Amazon Instant Video? Is it A-OK or a Big NO-NO to share this content in D2L? Answer: Even if you paid for the content, it is a Big NO-NO to share it in your course site. Instead, look for multimedia in the public domain or in library collections. For tips on finding and sharing digital multimedia licensed for authorized users please see: http://clayton.libguides.com/electronic-resources/sharing

Last but not least, Question 5 is probably A-OK. As long as your clip is 30 seconds or less and used for only one semester, you do not have to request permission from the copyright holder.

These are but a few examples of sharing scenarios that you might encounter when selecting support materials for your courses. If we sound unsure of ourselves with the use of the word probably, this is because while copyright law is exhaustive and complex, it is not prescriptive. The Fair Use guidelines, are just that, guidelines. They are not hard and fast rules. Most sharing scenarios need to be evaluated on a case by case basis. For  best results, consult a copyright professional or a librarian who can direct you to appropriate resources.

Here are some helpful resources to start with:

http://libguides.mercyhurst.edu/content.php?pid=372086&sid=3047860

http://subjectguides.library.american.edu/c.php?g=175324

http://umf.maine.libguides.com/copyright

ANSWERS: Q1: NO-NO; Q2: probably A-OK; Q3: A-OK; Q4: NO-NO; Q5: probably A-OK. So, how did you do? Let us know in the comments!

Look for Take Care Before You Share Issue #2 where we’ll discuss academic integrity in the classroom.

Issues & Controversies: Debate Videos

The Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts has been added to Issues & Controversies. A searchable, interactive transcript is available for each debate and allows viewers to navigate to specific points in the debate using the predefined segments. Player controls (play/pause, volume, closed-captioning, and full-screen) are located beneath the player window.

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Videos are grouped by subject: (1) Crime, Law & Justice, (2) Economy, Money & Business, (3) Education, (4) Energy & Environment, (5) Families & Youth, (6) Global Issues & World Affairs, (7) Government & Politics, (8) Health & Medicine, (9) Race, Rights & Liberties, (10) Science & Technology and (11) Society & Culture.

Issues & Controversies explores hot topics in business, politics, government, education and popular culture. It offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates.

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Top 5: Films on Demand, January 2015

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Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Racial Stereotypes in the Media (42 mins)
Although demeaning and offensive racial stereotypes were pervasive in popular media of every kind during the 20th century, most observers would agree that the media is much more sensitive to representations of race today. But the pernicious effects of that stereotyping live on in the new racism arising from disparities in the treatment of stories involving whites and people of color in a ratings-driven news market, media-enhanced isolationism as a result of narrowcasting, and other sources. This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of race from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences.

4. Black Panther/San Francisco State: On Strike (34 mins)
This two-part program begins with the actual film the Black Panther Party used to promote its cause. Shot in 1969 in San Francisco, it’s an exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking, featuring an interview from jail with Black Panthers cofounder Huey Newton, as well as footage of cofounder Bobby Seale explaining its Ten Point Program and Eldridge Cleaver discussing the Panthers’ appeal to the black community. The program’s second part, shot by students and their supporters during the San Francisco State University strike of 1968–1969, documents the groundbreaking protest that led to the establishment of the first ethnic studies department at an American university.

3. The Constitution and Foundations of Government (26 mins)
Why do written documents figure so prominently in the early history of the United States? There are plenty of explanations, but they all boil down to the philosophical ideas that drove the American colonies to declare their independence—and a profound awareness that those ideas should be inseparable from the rule of law. This program explores the origins, outbreak, and outcome of the American Revolution, the major political texts which grew out of that struggle, and their ongoing significance today. Topics include the heavy British taxation that helped spark the Revolution; the spirit and structure of the Declaration of Independence; the short-lived Articles of Confederation; the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and their implications for U.S. government as we know it today. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online.

2. Explaining Globalization (56 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for January is:

1. The Great Depression (31 mins)
A part of the series America in the 20th Century. From the collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929—Black Tuesday—to the many federal initiatives designed to revive the faltering U.S. economy, this program offers an insightful overview of life during the Great Depression. The presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover and FDR; the New Deals and their effects on labor, conservation, and cultural life; the Dust Bowl; and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act are discussed.

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Tax Season: Forms and Assistance

taxes-smallTax season has officially started, so it is time to gather together those important documents. We have collected helpful resources for filing both your state and federal taxes. Needing more tips? Subscribe to Tax Tips from the IRS to receive a tip via email each business day during the tax-filing season.

The College of Business sponsors VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which provides free tax preparation on a first come first serve basis. The service is offered on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm in the College of Business building. Contact 678-466-4527 for more information.

Clayton State University Resources
Facebook – VITA @ Clayton State

Georgia Resources
Georgia Department of Revenue

Federal Resources
IRS.gov – Internal Revenue Service
USA.gov – File Your Taxes
Tax eFile
Tax Information for Students — Higher Education
Tax Benefits for Education
Publication 501: Do I have to file a tax return?

Social Media and Apps
IRS2Go: IRS-developed app for Android and iOs designed to help taxpayers check on the status of their refund, sign up for helpful tax tips or get the most recent IRS Twitter feeds
Twitter – IRS News: news, guidance for the public
Facebook – IRS: tax information and news
Tumblr – IRS: tax tips, videos, podcasts and more

Resources for 2015 MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr.Are you looking for ways to celebrate the MLK Day of Service on January 19, 2015? In addition to the many titles we own, you can enjoy several streaming videos about Martin Luther King, Jr including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday from our Films on Demand collection. The Civil Rights Digital Library delivers engaging online articles and multimedia related to the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s and of course GALILEO has articles, images, videos and the full text of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Clayton State Annual Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration is a collaborative effort between the Department of Campus Life, AmeriCorps, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators, the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, CSU NAACP, Interfaith Council and the Student African American Sisterhood to commemorate the life of Dr. King and significant events that occurred during the Civil Rights movement.

Jan. 16 — Selma movie night at Tinseltown 17
Jan. 18 — King’s Sunday Supper at SAC Ballroom (4pm)
Jan. 19 — MLK Day of Service

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