The Library of Congress Blog has announced the launch of the National Jukebox to showcase the historic Victor Records collection.
Today the Library of Congress, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, launched a website – “the National Jukebox” – that streams 10,000 sound recordings from the historic Victor Records collection. It’s a fun and fascinating ramble for anyone who loves American music and wants to dig down into the roots of jazz, opera, a vast range of popular music, famous political speeches — even early sound effects. The collection launched today (which will expand over time) is the soundtrack of our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ early lives – music from the dawn of sound recording just after the turn of the 20th Century to the eve of the Great Depression.
Read the full announcement…
Mike Keefe; The Denver Post, December 19, 2010
The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. Check out the winners of this year’s prestigious journalism prizes.
A new report from Pew Internet reports that the use of the Internet for a variety of political purposes is increasing. Check out the full report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
- Get political news online – 58% of online adults looked online for news about politics or the 2010 campaigns, and 32% of online adults got most of their 2010 campaign news from online sources.
- Go online to take part in specific political activities, such as watch political videos, share election-related content or “fact check” political claims – 53% of adult internet users did at least one of the eleven online political activities we measured in 2010.
- Use Twitter or social networking sites for political purposes – One in five online adults (22%) used Twitter or a social networking site for political purposes in 2010.
If you’ve been keeping up with the events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen, you may be interested in these books on the relationship between new media and democracy.
Digital media and democracy: tactics in hard times
edited by Megan Boler
MIT Press, 2008
Media and political engagement: citizens, communication, and democracy
by Peter Dahlgren
Communication, Society, and Politics Series
Cambridge University Press
Wired and mobilizing: social movements, new technology, and electoral politics
by Victoria Carty
Routledge Studies in Science, Technology, and Society
The Free Library of Philadelphia‘s Rare Book Department is hosting an exhibit featuring vintage theater lobby cards now through June 17th. Read more at their blog.
Welcome to the Spring semester! I hope everyone enjoyed the break and is excited about 2011!
Faculty interested in scheduling a library instruction session or requesting a library course guide are encouraged to contact me.
Students are welcome to call, email, or stop by with research questions throughout the semester. Groups are also welcomed.
Keep an eye on the Communication Reference blog for the following highlights this semester:
- – New Books: Every 4 to 6 weeks I will highlight some of the newest book and video arrivals of interest to Communication faculty and students. The post will also include a complete list of the most recent arrivals.
- – Senior Project Series: This new series of posts will be geared toward senior students working on their capstone projects, although the research tips will be of use to all students working on research papers or projects.
- – Featured Resources: Learn more about the great resources the library has to offer communication scholars. For instance, check out this quick post about eMarketer.
Also watch the main Library Blog for the latest news and events in Falvey Library.
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Research Support Librarian
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Enjoy the break!