New Databases: July 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in July 2018:

  • Screen Studies: Starting with an initial collection of nearly 270 screenplays and eBooks and updated annually, Screen Studies includes content by leading screenwriters and award-winning directors; cult and classic films and critical and contextual writing on film history, theory and practice, from the beginnings of cinema to the present day. It also includes practical instruction on screenwriting, TV, animation and filmmaking technique.

 

Exhibition | The Unflinching Eye: The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz

The Unflinching Eye:
The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz

Mamdouha Bobst Gallery |  July 12th – September 30th, 2018

Free and open daily to the public until 11 pm

Photo: David Wojnarowicz work depicting sculpture of open eye with ant crawling on the eyeball.
Untitled (eye with ant), 1988. Silver gelatin print courtesy of PPOW Gallery.

The Unflinching Eye utilizes archival material to contextualize Wojnarowicz’s creative practice. Selected almost entirely from the David Wojnarowicz Papers, housed in NYU’s Fales Library, the exhibition seeks to analyze the images, ideas, and relationships that informed the artist’s work across media including painting, photography, installation, performance, and writing.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6PM-8PM

NYU is grateful to the Keith Haring Foundation for its support of The Unflinching Eye.

THE MAMDOUHA BOBST GALLERY
70 Washington Square South | New York | NY | 10012

New Databases: June 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new databases we added to our collection in June 2018:

  • BioCyc is a collection of 13075 Pathway/Genome Databases (PGDBs), plus software tools for exploring them.
  • BroadwayHD  Alexander Street is proud to have an exclusive partnership with BroadwayHD, whose mission is to promote and preserve live theatre, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. Founded by Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, BroadwayHD captures and transports the magic of performance from the stage to your screen. Performances include Romeo and Juliet, featuring Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony-nominated Condola Rashad, Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring Kevin Kline, and more.
  • Contemporary World Drama examines contemporary theatre and drama from a global context. The collection brings together new work from our existing playwright partners alongside work from up-and-coming playwrights from around the world, including recently produced world premieres, previously unpublished works, etc. from every continent.
  • Gender: Identity and Social Change includes primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present. This collection offers sources for the study of women’s suffrage, the feminist movement, the men’s movement, employment, education, the body, the family, and government and politics. Material has been sourced from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The earliest documents are from the nineteenth century and the latest from the early twenty-first century.
  • Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Online contains the complete vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible, extended with variants from the Oriental and Samaritan textual traditions, the Ben Sira fragments, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (IEDO) reconstructs the lexicon for languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is an online reference source for historical and general linguists.
  • Twentieth Century Drama (2nd Edition): contains a collection of published plays from throughout the English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day, alongside unpublished works by major writers and Pulitzer Prize winners.
  • Westlaw Middle East: Westlaw Gulf and Lexgulf have been integrated and upgraded into Westlaw Middle East and provides online legal information, including legislation and cases from the Middle East through to insights into the latest industry news.

BobCat Online Catalog Gets an Upgrade June 18th

During the spring semester, NYU Libraries released a beta version of the new BobCat and sought feedback from users. Thank you, for your willingness to share your experiences and ideas about how we can make BobCat work best for you.

The positive response we saw in the data confirms that moving to the new interface is the right choice to support our users’ research needs now and in the future. 

BobCat will be offline from 9AM – 11AM (E.T.) while we upgrade

  • Bookmarks from the old interface will redirect to the new one once the system is back online. 
  • Bookmarks from BobCat Beta will be disabled.

Visit the NYU Libraries Status Page for alternative resources and updates on system availability.

What will be new in BobCat?

The features of the older version are all available, plus the following:

  • Responsive design is mobile-friendly.
  • Search experience improvements with a single-search bar, collection-scoping, and an update to the advanced search features.
  • Virtual Browse is a new discovery feature.
  • Filters & facets have new features and look.
  • Item details screens were updated.
  • Search history is more robust.
  • Report issues, give feedback or suggest new features right from the interface.
  • Bug fixes and new releases will be more timely

Catalog Search Tool Changes

The catalog search tool on the Libraries’ websites and research guides will also get an update.

  • Use the “Advanced Search” link to pre-filter searches

 Continual Improvements

We welcome feedback and will make ongoing improvements to the system. Use the BobCat Feedback form to share general feedback, report bugs/errors, or suggest new features. Within the BobCat interface use the “Provide feedback” link.

We look forward to continuing the conversations about how NYU Libraries’ can support your discovery needs. 

New Databases: May 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new databases we added to our collection in May 2018:

  • Bloomsbury Food Library offers cross-searchable access to a range of encyclopedias, references works, e-books, and images. Search across numerous ebooks, and key reference works such as Ken Albala’s Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, the Cambridge World History of Food, Bloomsbury’s Cultural History of Food, and chapters from Food History: Critical and Primary Sources. Explore image collections from institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA.
  • Guangming Ribao Digital Archive (光明日报) contains a central newspaper of the People’s Republic of China, and has been reporting national news for over 60 years. The full-image and full-text Guangming Daily gives comprehensive insights into developments in China in the 19th century and into the 20th century. The database covers the Guangming Daily published from 1949 to 2017.
  • HistoryMakers Digital Archive contains full-texts and video interviews with African-Americans distinguished in the fields of science, culture, politics, the arts, and public life.

Alert: Second Floor of Bobst Library Closes for Renovation

On Tuesday, May 28th, the second floor of Bobst Library will be closed for renovation. Please use the elevators to access floors 3-10. There will be no stair or elevator access to the 2nd floor.

A New Center for Special Collections

Over the next two years, floors 2 and 3 of Bobst Library will be renovated to create a new center for Special Collections. The new space will include a Special Collections reading room, classrooms, and galleries. A redefined North Reading Room for students and researchers will double as event space.  Renovation work on floor 3 will take place in 2019-2020.

Photo: rendering of special collections renovated reading room space
Rendering of the new Special Collections reading room. Image used courtesy of CannonDesign.