UConn has joined the Folger Library Consortium

The University of Connecticut recently joined the Folger Institute Consortium, which offers a number of benefits to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Despite its name, the library’s collections contain a wealth of non-Shakespearean materials, including, books, manuscripts, playbills, prints, drawings, photographs, musical instruments, costumes, and films. The collection includes materials dating back to 1450 through the present.

As part of the consortium, UConn affiliates can apply for short or long-term research fellowships (current deadline is November 1, 2014) to make use of the collections and materials housed at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Another offering through this program, is the scholarly colloquia, which take place at the Folger Library throughout the year, but require that you apply in advance. Applicants for the colloquia may also apply for scholarships to help cover travel and lodging.

In addition, the Folger Library has a freely accessible digital collection, which provides access to thousands of images from the collection’s books, art and theater materials, and manuscripts. The digital collection offers a rich selection of costume materials, playbills, promptbooks, and other theatre-focused content. Access to this collection does not require consortial membership.

For additional information, visit the Folger Shakespeare Library page on the Humanities Institute site or contact Brendan Kane (UConn Folger faculty representative).


UConn Libraries Join SHARES Consortium

The UConn Libraries have joined the SHARES consortium, a network of more than 80 top research libraries, national libraries, art museums, and law schools worldwide. The SHARES program allows UConn faculty, staff, enrolled students, and emeritus faculty onsite, in-library use of member-held special and unique collections; many of these materials are also available to request via DD-ILL. For more details about the SHARES program, including how to arrange an onsite visit and how to place requests, please visit our SHARES page. For more information, contact: DD-ILL at 486-4959.

(original posting in Daily Digest, Monday, May 19, 2014)

Help the University Libraries Redesign Library Website!

The University Libraries are in the process of gathering user feedback about the main library website (http://lib.uconn.edu). Please take a moment to share your experience or provide suggestions about the website by completing this survey: http://s.uconn.edu/librarywebsiteusersurvey.

The results will help inform the Library Web Governance Workgroup and collaborators in UITS Web Development as they work on the new web presence for the University Libraries. If you have questions regarding this survey, please contact Dave Hicking, Chair, Web Governance Workgroup (david.hicking@uconn.edu).

March 29 – 30: Objects, Environments, and Actants: Intersections in Material Performance

– Shared on behalf of Dr. John Bell and Professor Lindsay Cummings –

UConn’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and Theatre Studies Program will host a symposium titled “Objects, Environments, and Actants: Intersections in Material Performance.” Scholars, puppeteers, and theatre artists will discuss how objects and spaces perform, as well as the role of the material world in performance.

Drawing on recent scholarship in thing theory, material culture studies, puppetry studies, and object-oriented ontology, presenters will consider how puppets, props, costumes, masks, physical environments, and human actors intersect in performance.

The symposium will take place in the new Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at Storrs Center. This event is open to the public, although pre-registration is required.

View complete schedule of events and list of presenters, or register for the symposium here.

Please note that the registration fee is waived for UConn students, but we do ask that you pre-register.

For more information, contact Emily Wicks, Program Assistant for the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at (860) 486-8585 or bimp@uconn.edu.

Jim Henson Grants for Puppetry Students and Faculty

The Jim Henson Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 granting cycle. Grant funding includes:

  • Seed grants of $2,000 for the development of new works in their early stages
  • Project grants of $5,000 for the development of new works
  • Family grants of $3,000 for the development of new works for children and youth

Deadlines: Letter of intent due March 31, 2014; Full proposal due September 8, 2014.

Full guidelines can be found here: http://www.hensonfoundation.org/index.php/grant-application/guidelines.

Additional grants can be found in Pivot, a search engine, which UConn subscribes to for grant funding opportunities. If you would like to learn more about Pivot or how to run searches, sign up for a UConn Libraries workshop: http://lib.uconn.edu/instruction/workshop/. These workshops run from February through April 2014. You can also contact your subject librarian for additional assistance or individual Pivot session tailored to your specific discipline or research needs.


Marilyn Horne’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Marilyn Horne (b. 1934) was recently fȇted by artists of the highest caliber at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The New York Times published a brief article highlighting this event: “Marilyn Horne at 80, Celebrated by Her Star Admirers” (Jan. 17, 2014).

At UConn’s Music and Dramatic Arts Library, you’ll find a number of recordings and performance materials which feature Marilyn Horne as soloist or contributing artist.

Several classic recordings can be found in our LP collection, including:

  • Donizetti’s Anna Bolena recorded with the Wiener Staatsoper (c.1970). (LP D71 Op3)
  • Bizet’s Carmen recorded with the Manhattan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children’s Chorus and conducted by Leonard Bernstein (c.1973). (LP B55 Op5)
  • Live from Lincoln Center featuring Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti with the New York City Opera Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge (c.1981). (LP MVcW 46)
  • Marilyn Horne, Live from La Scalla performing works by Handel, Alvarez, Turina, Montsalvatge, Granados, Obrados, Poulenc, Rossini, Copland, and Foster (c.1983). (LP MVcW 85)

We also have several performances of Marilyn Horne on DVD, including:

  • Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (c.1990) with Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne as guest artists. (M1500.S872 F54 2000)
  • Corigliano’s The Ghost’s of Versailles recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on January 1992. (M1500.C67 G467 2010)

If you’re interested in her life and performance career, take a look at:

  • Horne, Marilyn; Jane Scovell. Marilyn Horne, My Life. ML420.H66 A3 1983
  • Mezzo-sopranos in Opera: Profiles of Fifteen Great Mezzo-Sopranos. ML400.M49 2004

(All materials may be borrowed with a valid UConn Husky One Card or Community Borrower’s Card. For more information, visit: http://www.lib.uconn.edu/services/circulation/access.htm).



New Database Added: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM)

Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM) is an international bibliography of 19th and mid-20th century music periodical literature. It is a primary resource for reception history, biography, musical life, iconography and advertisements. It provides coverage of complete runs of music periodical literature and the content is international in scope, including indexing for materials published throughout Europe and the Americas in over twenty-three languages or dialects. The database consists of over 555,000 citations. Additional content is updated every six months and new volumes are added annually.

  • Also included is the RIPM Online Archive, which provides full-text access to music periodical literature (1800-1950), indexed in the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. This is a primary resource for reception history, biography, musical life, iconography and advertisements. The RIPM Online Archive can be searched and accessed directly through the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals interface (see above).
  • Please note: When searching RIPM, the search limit: “Full text from ROA” is on as a default. You will have to manually uncheck the box, if would like to view all citations (with/without full-text). We are working with the vendor to change this.

For a two-year period, we will have complimentary access to RIPM E-Library, a supplementary searchable collection of full-text music periodical literature published between the mid-18th to mid-20th century. The goal of the E-Library was to digitize music periodicals, which have not been indexed by the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, but are valuable to music scholarship. Therefore, the full-text content in the E-Library is not duplicated in the RIPM Online Archive. It can only be accessed here: http://rdl.lib.uconn.edu/databases/1807;go.

 *This database is only available to UConn students, faculty, and staff.

Exhibit of Recent Publications & Works

We recently installed an exhibit featuring publications and works by twenty-three faculty and staff in or affiliated with the School of Fine Arts. This selection represents the breadth of activity at UCONN across areas in musicology, composition, theory, art history, dramaturgy, puppetry, digital humanities, and performance.


Here is a selection of items from the exhibit, many of which are also available for checkout or online reading via the University Libraries.

  • Blush, Margarita. Puppet and production for The Crane Wife. (2011).
  • Dennis, Kelly. “Ansel Adams e l’ovest, nella teoria” in Ácoma: Rivista Internazionale di Studi Nord-Americani, 2:3 (2012).
The Crane Wife (Margarita Blush, 2011)

The Crane Wife (Margarita Blush, 2011)

  • Scheinfeldt, Tom (w/ Dan Cohen), Eds. Hacking the Academy. (University of Michigan Press, 2013).

Please stop by the Music & Dramatic Arts Library lobby to view the full exhibit. The exhibit will be up through Winter 2014. If you would like your work included in a future exhibit, please contact Anna Kijas.



NYPL digitizes over 1000 hours of performing arts videos

The New York Public Library recently digitized over 1000 hours of dance and performing arts videos from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive. To access the database, visit: http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/dancevideo. Some videos are restricted to in-house (NYPL) use only, but you can select an option to search only unrestricted videos.

Among the various genre types included in the database are dance, interviews, adaptations, ballets, special events, ethnographic films, plays, and panel discussions. The featured topics include festivals, rites and ceremonies, folk dancing, masks, spirit dances, ballet, performance art, choreographers, mythology, costume, Wayang wong, combat dancing, and much more.

You can search across the database using keywords, as well as the useful facets in the left sidebar, which allow you to limit your searches to a specific choreographer, dancer, interviewee, interviewer, topic, names, collections, places, genres, publishers, library locations, and resource type.

There are several built-in features of the database, which can be useful for educators and students who will be viewing the content as part of a course or for research purposes. Once you select a video, for example: “Durthro Dagmo Chezhi, Paro Teschu, Day One: Inside the Dzong,” you can annotate the video as you view it and capture details about specific characteristics, dance steps, gestures, etc., which can then be saved and edited later. Another feature is the juxtaposition tool, which will allow you to compare and analyze two videos side by side. Once you have two videos side by side, you can use the annotation tool to again capture specific details about the performance.

Just in time for Open Access Week…

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Bass (Professor of Music), Heather de Savage (PhD candidate, Music), and Dr. Patricia Grimm (UConn PhD), whose article, “Harmonic Text-Painting in Franz Liszt’s Lieder,” was recently published in Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 2. 

Gamut is a peer-reviewed online journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic. It is published by Newfound Press, a digital imprint of the Knoxville Libraries at the University of Tennessee. Its mission is to advance “the community of learning by experimenting with effective and open systems of scholarly communication.”1


1About Newfound Press, http://trace.tennessee.edu/gamut/about.html.