SGA Media Collection Now Available for Check-out

The Addlestone Library announces the debut of the SGA Media Collection.  The Student Government Association (SGA) Media Collection is a collection of popular video titles available for students to check out from the library.  This media collection is located on the first floor of the library on the Calhoun street side of the Circulation desk and checked out at the Circulation desk.

This collection consists of films and television shows suggested by students for student entertainment similar to what you would find in a “Redbox” including “The Social Network,”, “The Blind Side” and “King of Queens. ”  Please come by and take advantage of this wonderful resource. A preliminary list of the titles in the collection can be found here: SGA Media Collection Title List.

A student may check out up to 3 titles simultaneously for 3 days.  DVDs should be returned to the circulation desk.  Overdue fines are $3.00 per day per title.

SGA DVD titles can be searched in the Addlestone online catalog.

The titles for the SGA Media Collection are purchased from library funds as well as funds donated from the SGA and the Friends of the Library.  We will continue adding to the collection in the coming months.  You may make suggestions for titles to  add to the collection at the SGA Video Request Form.

American History in Video Trial

Until the end of May you can try free streaming video from the American History in Video database.

From the database site:

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 4,163 titles, with videos from new partner Media Rich Learning, and much more, equaling approximately 1,027 hours.

American History in Video has just been named a Library Journal 2009 Best Reference, in addition to being named earlier as Booklist Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources 2009 winner. The collection received a starred review in the November 15, 2009, issue of Booklist, which called it “highly recommended for any library that serves students of American history.” Library Journal also gave the collection a rave review in the August 15, 2009, issue, calling it a full 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 with a rating of “resoundingly recommended.”

Website for Database:  http://ahivfree.alexanderstreet.com/

1905 Film Trip Down Market Street Before the Great Earthquake

“You are there” for a cable car ride in San Francisco.  This film was “lost” for many years. It was taken by a camera mounted on the front of a cable car.  The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

Great historical film!  Watch the scampering as Joe Public races away from autos, horses, cable cars and bicycles and the willy-nilly traffic pattern of visible autos, trucks, horse drawn carriages and bikes on Market Street .

This film originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot.  From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!).

It was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing.

From Prelinger Collection, Internet Archives

The Initiation of Media Collection’s Memorials for 2008

The date was early in October in the year of 2008. As the change of guard occurred, an exciting announcement was made by the Media Collection’s own bugle blower, Jared A. Seay. The news announced was that  no longer would the Media Collection’s peasant workforce be forced to use the hardly-functional neanderthal office tools.  The disabled tape dispenser was replaced by the “Jared A. Seay-certified” Stephen Richard Werdann Memorial Tape Dispenser. The position of the old-fashioned manpowered pencil shaver was filled by a innovative, high-tech Brandon L. Hare Memorial Pencil Sharpener. At first glance, the simpleton Media folk were astonished and partially confused. Since the initiations of the specialized tools for Media Collections management: efficiency is up, the economy is doing better, the unemployment rate of Civil War reenactment actors is down and every Friday is now Hawaiian t-shirt Friday.