Thursday, February 28, 2013

Featured Online Resource: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

This week’s Featured Online Resource is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website.  This site provides access to online resources based on past and present exhibitions at the museum.  The site includes audio, video, and interactive sites that let you further explore the museum and its contents.

For example, the current exhibit, Edvard Munch: The Scream, has additional audio available that discusses how Munch created the painting.  The exhibit, Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925, has an interactive website that allows you to see how early abstractionist artists are related to one another using a diagram of connectedness.  In addition, the site contains videos discussing the exhibit.

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In addition, if you are going to be in the New York area, beginning in March, the MoMa will be installing 14 video games as part of their collection.  The video games include Pac-Man, Tetris, SimCity 2000, and 11 others.  The museum is going to increase the total number of video games to 40 in the near future.  The video games are in working order and patrons will be able to play the games for free.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Music 350 Classes Visit Library

Dr. Jim Lyons brought two Music 350 classes to the Ort Library on February 21 to explore the print resources available in the library. 

MaryJo Price, library liaison to the Music Department, accompanied the class to the STACKS on Floor 4 where they began searching for answers to a list of music questions. 

Dr. Lyons (center below) explains the Music segment of the Library of Congress Classification System to the group.

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Facts

In honor of President’s Day, the Lewis J. Ort Library would like to highlight a few websites where you can get more information on the holiday, officially called Washington’s Birthday which many states now call President’s Day.

This site contains 49 videos on topics such as Fun Facts about the Presidents, the White House, and on the Electoral College.  It also contains several photo galleries of the Presidents from Washington to Obama.
You can read Washington’s Farewell Address.
  • The White House has a page about each of the Presidents, where you can read a biography of each of the Presidents.
  • The Huffington Post put together a slideshow of 44 facts that we might not know about the US Presidents. 
William Henry Harrison had a pet goat, Millard Fillmore married his teacher, and 42 other interesting facts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Library Display on Black History Month

Image by University of Toledo

I have a Dream
Come to the Lewis J. Ort Library to view the displays on floor 3 celebrating Black History Month and the 50 year anniversary of “I Have a Dream”.  King delivered his speech,” I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963 to civil rights supporters during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  King delivered his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  This speech signifies the defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.    

The display includes a photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr., a copy of his speech, “I Have a Dream” as well as books on King.  

Learn about artists, musicians, and writers from the Harlem Renaissance period by viewing the materials in the third display case on floor 3.  Some selected authors include Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and James Weldon Johnson.   Art by Marvin Gray H. Johnson, Archibald  J. Motley, Jr., and the cover to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Exhibit (2009) provide some images of the Harlem Renaissance.