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Library Adds 4 New Library Databases

    Four new databases have been added to the University of Delaware Library’s electronic resources and are now listed on the Databases [www.lib.udel.edu/db/] and New Databases [www.lib.udel.edu/db/new/] pages for licensed use by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Delaware.  The databases are: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries; African Writers Series; Black Drama; and Caribbean Literature, and were made possible through funding from the Unidel Foundation.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries includes records of diverse musical forms from around the world. It includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies. Categories of recordings include: American Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Old Time Country, American Indian, World, Jazz, Classical & Broadway, Spoken Word & Sounds, and Children’s.

African Writers Series
African Writers Series includes key texts of modern African literature.  Release Six of the online edition includes over 210 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose, including works by Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Nelson Mandela, Dambudzo Marechera, Christopher Okigbo, Okot p’Bitek, and Tayeb Salih.  When complete, African Writers Series will include the entire contents of the print series.  The print series comprised 359 volumes, some of which are held by the Library.

Black Drama
Black Drama contains approximately 1200 plays by 201 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.  Black Drama also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.  Some 440 of the plays are published in the database for the first time, including a number by major authors.

Caribbean Literature
Caribbean Literature is a searchable collection of poetry and fiction produced in the Caribbean region during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among the titles are numerous rare and hard-to-find works written in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages. Future releases will also feature journals, reference works, and interviews with key writers. The database currently has over 24,000 pages.

    The electronic library of the University of Delaware Library is available 24/7 at [www.lib.udel.edu] and provides access for faculty, students, and staff of the University of Delaware to a rich array of online library resources including DELCAT, databases, full-text information, electronic journals and newspapers, Subject Guides to the Internet, the Institutional Repository, and much more.



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