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May 2011 news briefs in Music

May 4th, 2011

in Music Library

A JSTOR-related collection action will occur this summer. Staff library-wide will begin systematic removal of print journal volumes that are available digitally via JSTOR. Exceptions to removal include cases where gaps in content (music examples, color plates, front and back matter) or other unacceptable quality of reproduction present.

Furthermore, the libraries will cancel current print subscriptions to “JSTOR journals” if digital access to its current issues are supplied by reliable sources, and, at an interval of no more than a single-issue lag. This action is all one aspect of the digital strategy portion of the Library Strategic Plan, http://www.bu.edu/library/about/strategic-plan-9-06.html.
 
Your comments or alerts that we should take into account are welcomed and are also needed soon. What will remain in our stacks will be a far higher percentage of content that is not readily available in an online format and there will be a bit of space for growth. Remember, too, that not all periodical back files reside in JSTOR although a significant core does, of course (www.jstor.org.ezproxy.bu.edu).
 
JSTOR and its stable URLs. FYI, as JSTOR provides more and more current issues in addition to its retrospective backfiles, the look and feel of the stable URLs of its articles will include a string that embeds its DOI (digital object identifier, a unique number analogous to an ISBN or your SSN). For this reason you may encounter an old-format URL for an older article (http://www.jstor.org/stable/4138617) that has since been retrospectively re-written (http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/ncm.2006.30.2.097 ) to relate and conform to its newest siblings. It won’t be your imagination if you encounter “dead ends” or other discrepancies when working with citations, for instance. So to discern or verify a stable JSTOR URL, start a fresh search within JSTOR, navigate to the article, and examine the relevant citation information as per your current search.
 
eBook library purchases arrive. Librarians will soon be routinely acquiring selected book titles in their online formats. You may try out what access will feel like on a test-case title, now live in the library catalog. On your arrival screen click the words “online book” directly above the center-screen call number area, use your BU Kerberos if prompted. The test is at       
 
We recently learned BU’s Krasker Film/Video Services are relocating from 985 Comm Ave to the basement level of the Mugar Library that currently houses microforms, selected current periodicals, and older vhs/dvd single viewing stations. That basement-level space is under review with the goal of providing better on-site viewing options and an efficient space for the Krasker service and collection operations to continue (see their fact sheet: http://www.bu.edu/tech/instructional-support/krasker-film-video/ ).
 
Mugar Classrooms 203 and 205 are scheduled for a bit of both cosmetic and technical upgrade, we hear. Last year’s upgraded system will be revisited and the teacher’s table in front will be replaced with something smaller and sturdier. We have requested that two small, sturdy tables be supplied on as as-needed basis.
 
As for the audio system, the old, large wooden cabinet will be abandoned and a standard stack audio cart, taking half the old cabinet’s floor space and holding new stereo amps,  will replace it. We thank Professor Victor Kestenbaum (CAS, Philosophy) who has so generously fine-tuned audio components in our listening room for several years now and has most recently given us means to update Mugar classroom audio options.
 
We’ll be here, and as always, let us know your needs and plans for summer and the coming year, http://www.bu.edu/library/music/hours.html. — HM.