Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ball State University School of Music Concert and Event Programs Now Available Online

A performance of Brecht and Weill's
The Threepenny Opera, February, 1964
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Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce the addition of the Ball State University School of Music Concert and Event Programs collection to the Digital Media Repository.

This collection provides electronic access to programs from concerts and events sponsored by Ball State's School of Music, previously known as the Division of Music and the Music Department.  At present, the programs included in this collection date from 1941 to 1980; materials from subsequent years will be added in the future.

Hornist Robert E. Marsh and
pianist Jean Charles Kohler
faculty recital, November 29, 1961.
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This collection features programs from student and faculty concerts, recitals, and ensemble performances, documenting various styles including classical, concert band, opera, choral, and jazz music. Programs for performances by non-affiliated musicians sponsored by Ball State can also be found. Prominently documented performance groups in this collection include the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Ball State Jazz Ensemble, the Ball State Concert Choir, and the Ball State Concert Band.

Materials in this collection are full-text searchable, meaning that users can search for programs from performances by specific individuals or of specific musical works.

For more information about this and other collections in the Digital Media Repository, please contact Archives and Special Collections at (765) 285-5078 or at libarchives@bsu.edu.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Exhibit: David Patashinsky Muncie, Indiana Photograph Collection

When driving down Centennial Avenue have you noticed the little truck in the weeds off the side of the road? Have you seen the hole in the wall beside the “Squeeze Me” sign on a building on Granville Avenue? Noticed the flute player at the Minnetrista Farmer’s Market?

In 2010, Professor James Connolly, Director of the Center for Middletown Studies, commissioned photographer David Patashinsky to capture photographs on the changing character of Muncie, Indiana for their “Documenting Deindustrialization Initiative.” According to Dr. Connolly, “David has an excellent eye for detail and composition and the photographs in the collection capture these changes in the physical qualities of the city in provocative ways.”

The resulting project, David Patashinsky’s Photographs of Muncie, Indiana, depict the architecture of Muncie historic homes, the Ball State campus and individual buildings, factories and businesses, architectural design and details, people, and events. The full collection is available in the Digital Media Repository.

Patashinsky, who was born in Moscow, and attended art school in Russia, has resided in the U.S. for the last 12 years, six of which have been spent in Muncie. Concerning the project, Patashinsky says, “Muncie is an interesting town to photograph. It has a rich and unusual history I am trying to show.” His interests include film and digital photography, and darkroom printing. His cameras of choice are Leica and Zeiss Ikon.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Lajmar Anderson, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor, LDAnderson@bsu.edu, or Bethany Fiechter, Archivist for Manuscript and Digital Collections, BCFiechter@bsu.edu.

Images top to bottom: P028-042 Rusted Sanitary car, P028-037 Minnetrista Cultural Center rose garden gazebo.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Virtual 20th Century Ball Brothers Glass Factory makes debut!

Combining manuscripts, photographs, architectural records, oral histories and advanced 3D technology, the Center for Middletown Studies, Archives and Special Collections, and the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts, has allowed researchers to view history in a new and dynamic way through Blue Mars.
Blue Mars is a virtual world that allows researchers to explore user-created content as an avatar in a multiplayer platform. This free, online virtual environment will feature portions of the 20th century Ball Brothers glass factory in Muncie, Indiana. Researchers can witness the work of a glass factory employee, while also having access to primary and secondary research materials including photographs, architectural renderings, oral histories, and manuscripts from the Stoeckel Archives of Local History, Drawings and Documents Archive, and Minnetrista Cultural Center.
This project is a prototype for a much larger “Virtual Middletown” that will include schools, churches, homes, and businesses ranging from the 1920s to 1930s in regard to the Robert and Helen Lynd studies of “Muncie as Middletown.” For more information about this project, please contact Archives and Special Collections at (765) 285-5078 or at librachives@bsu.edu.

A free download of Blue Mars is also available at www.bluemars.com.

Images top to bottom: P20-0325 Ball Brothers Machine, Otto Sellers Photograph Collection;
Lynd, Robert Staughton, and Helen Lynd. Middletown, a study in contemporary American culture . New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1930; Virtual Middletown Project YouTube video.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Introducing Cardinal Scholar 2.0

Ball State University Libraries is proud to introduce its new and improved institutional repository, Cardinal Scholar 2.0!

The Cardinal Scholar institutional repository is an online space designed to promote the university’s research publishing distribution strategies by providing open access to scholarly work produced by the Ball State University community and electronic records produced by Ball State and affiliated organizations and departments.  Designed as a user-deposit system, Cardinal Scholar encourages community members to contribute to its collection of digital assets.

This updated version of Cardinal Scholar uses DSpace digital asset management software to enhance access to resources uploaded to the repository and will encourage further contribution to the repository through its streamlined and simplified upload process. All items that had been previously uploaded Cardinal Scholar 1.0 have been moved to Cardinal Scholar 2.0.

In order to better organize its assets, the new Cardinal Scholar has been divided into two separate communities: Ball State Theses and Dissertations and Ball State University Records and Publications.

The Ball State Theses and Dissertations section contains scholarly works by Ball State students and is subdivided into the following communities:
The Ball State University Records and Publications community is structured according to the colleges, departments, and offices of the university, and includes the following types of items:
  • faculty scholarship
  • electronic educational assets
  • meeting minutes
  • newsletters
  • annual reports
  • promotional materials
  • presentations
  • programs
  • lecture materials
  • student group records
The Ball State University Records and Publications community serves as the online archival repository for Ball State University's electronic records.

Other improvements to Cardinal Scholar in version 2.0 include:
  •  The ability for Ball State State users to log in to Cardinal Scholar using their Ball State usernames and passwords
  • A streamlined, simplified upload procedure to facilitate user contribution
  • A broader list of item type terms to allow for more precise description and searching
  • An improved repository homepage that includes a built-in advanced search feature
  • Enhanced ability to conduct advanced searching within any category of assets
For more information about Cardinal Scholar, visit our FAQ page.  Interested in contributing to Cardinal Scholar?  Visit our Contributor Guide for more information.

Please direct any comments or questions to Michael G. Szajewski, Archivist for Digital Development & University Records, Ball State University Libraries.

The new Cardinal Scholar homepage.