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Archive for March, 2009

Library Insider: Sounds

Posted by dantisdale on March 26, 2009

Sounds… From the library?! It’s not as unlikely as you think. The Kimbrough Library actually hosts a large selection of massive sound databases perfect for your next animation or film project. From music mp3s in the public domain to hundreds of sound FX clips, the library provides hours upon hours of clips for you to browse through.
One of the databases great for music is the Killer Tracks database. Killer Tracks is dedicated to production quality sounds and features over 2,000 CDs from 21 unique libraries. With well-written, searchable descriptions, it’s great for finding the perfect background music or ambient resonance. Killer Tracks also features a project management function, which allows users to create, save and multi-manage lists of tracks.
One database that focuses more on sound FX is the Sound Ideas Sound Effects and Music Mix database. It contains over 80,000 clips of car horns, slamming doors, pen drops and more. In other words, perfect for any primitive theater project. This database does require that you have iTunes installed in order to download music, however, you can also check out the actual Sound Ideas CDs from the Library.

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Library Insider: Safari Books Online

Posted by dantisdale on March 19, 2009

Having trouble finding up-to-date documentation on how to use certain software? Interested in a subject not fleshed out in the library’s physical collection? Check out Safari Books Online, an online database specializing in books, papers and videos on emerging technology. Here you can browse, print and search through over 140 trusted technical and training books from leading publishers in the leisure of your own work area. Best of all, there’s no due dates!

Safari Books

Safari Books

Content is up-to-date and includes books on such subjects as Rigging for Computer Animation, Scripting in Java, Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 as well as others on successful business practice and theory. Another cool thing about Safari Books is that it has an active RSS feed, allowing users the opportunity to grab new titles as soon as they hit the digital shelves. For more information on how to utilize that, check this out.

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We’ve Got RSS for New Acquisitions

Posted by Carter on March 12, 2009

Do you use an RSS aggregator like Google Reader or Bloglines? The Library now has an RSS feed of our newest books, magazines, and DVDs! Check out the link to our New Acquisitions RSS feed. This list typically includes items that have been made available within the past 24 hours. Click on the title of an item to see more information about it, including the call number and cover image (if available).

If you’re not sure what RSS is or what it can do for you, check out this really helpful video from Common Craft:

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Library Insider: Artstor

Posted by dantisdale on March 11, 2009

Artstor is an awesome, and I use awesome in the truest sense of the word, image database. According to their website, they are a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. And honestly, when it comes to the breadth of their image galleries, Artstor does not disappoint. It utilizes a search engine that allows users to search for pieces according to date, geography and classification and allows patrons, upon finding their desired image, to view it at extremely high resolutions. The toolset inherent in the image viewer not only allows viewers to get an up close and personal look at the picture, it also lets them save, print and crop it according to the most minute specifications.



Another great thing about Artstor is their recent collaboration with Magnum Photos International, Inc. Magnum Photos is a company consisting of over 80 photographers who believe that “photographers must have a point of view in their imagery that transcends any formulaic recording of contemporary events.” As of February 19th, Artstor has added over 73,000 high quality Magnum photos to their collection that include snapshots of major world events ranging from the late 1930s to the present day. Check them out!

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The Lone Ranger in Old Time Radio

Posted by Carter on March 6, 2009

Tim DeForest, Kimbrough Library’s Circulation Manager, has just posted a new article on the Old Time Radio Show Catalog.  Tim writes this time about the “Lone Ranger: Adventures with Historical Western Figures in Old Time Radio,” beginning by telling us that,

The Lone Ranger spent over two decades on radio, racking up a total of 2,956 individual adventures as he and Tonto fought for justice in the Old West. So it’s not at all surprising that the masked man ran across an actual historical person from time to time.

Not only can you read about the great people that the Lone Ranger “encounters” in his adventures, but you can also hear the individual episodes discussed.  The pictures in Tim’s articles have audio files embeded in them, so just click on the play arrow to hear the original recordings.

You can catch more of Tim’s musings on radio and comics at his blog,

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Dale’s Quote of the Week

Posted by dantisdale on March 5, 2009

Dale’s Quote of the Week

Dale has words of wisdom for you!

Dale, Circulation Desk Librarian

“To profess to be doing God’s will is a form of megalomania.” -Joseph Prescott, aphorist (1913-2001)

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Library Insider: Interview with Devin Maupin

Posted by dantisdale on March 5, 2009

Devin Maupin, known as “Studmuffin” to fellow circulation assistants, is a junior illustration major working in the Kimbrough Library. He sat down with me this week to answer a couple of questions about himself and what he does at the library.

Devin Maupin, Circulation Assistant

Devin Maupin, Circulation Assistant

  • How long have you been working at the Kimbrough Library?

Three years. I started my first semester of freshman year.

  • What do you do here?

I put away books, read the shelves (checking for books that are out of order), and play a lot of pranks.

  • Pranks?! What does that mean?

Well, once we stacked up all the tables in the conference room. We also put funny faces on the pictures behind the circulation desk, etc. Unfortunately, it’s earned me the title of scapegoat whenever a prank goes down.

  • What is your favorite book?

I love fairy tales. Grimms Fairy Tales and books illustrated by Arthur Rackham are my favorites.

  • Favorite thing about the library?

Special collections. I could sit in there all day, gloves in hand, rifling through those books.

  • Weirdest thing you ever saw in the library?

Once a dog ran into the library. They made me scooby-doo-chase the dog around, trying to catch it.

  • How did you end catching it?

Pretty much just wrangled it back out!

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Robert Cooksey and Dan Nanni’s Faculty Favorite: Man, Play, and Games

Posted by brimeyer on March 4, 2009

Checking in with a new suggestion from the Game Art and Design instructors!

Man, Play, and Games by Roger Caillois

Man, Play, and Games by Roger Caillois

“We call a lot of things ‘play’ and ‘games.’  Caillois digs into the varying types of activities that we call play and how we experience those.”

The faculty favorite series highlights faculty-recommended books, magazines, annuals, databases, DVDs, and more in the Ringling College Library.

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Quick Print Stations

Posted by Carter on March 2, 2009

How many times have you been running around five minutes before your assignment is due, desperately seeking any available computer to print from?!

Print your assignments in the Library!

Print your assignments in a flash at the Library

The Kimbrough Library is happy to provide you a solution – introducing our new Quick Print Stations! Two dedicated computers next to the front doors have been freed up for login and printing to both color and black and white printers. Log in to these additional machines with your Ringling ID and password to access your homespace and all of the standard programs you are used to in lab computers, including Adobe and Microsoft applications. All we ask is that you keep your use to 10 minutes or less, and log off when someone else is waiting to print!

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