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Lunch & Learn: Archives and Manuscripts: Library Finding Aids with Daniel Santamaria

FAbook.jpgThe Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Princeton University Library holds world class archival and manuscripts collections. The Mudd Manuscript Library, with more than 35,000 linear feet of storage, holds two major collections: The Princeton University Archives and “Public Policy Papers” which include very significant collections in the areas of foreign policy, economics and economic development, Civil Liberties, Law and Jurisprudence.
Finding aids, descriptive inventories created by archival repositories in order to provide access to collections, serve as the entry points for scholars and researchers to discover and explore these collections. In order to provide a standard structure for finding aids, the archival community developed an international XML metadata standard, Encoded Archival Description (EAD) in 1995.
Comparable to AACR2 and MARC for bibliographic records, the content standard for Finding Aids has now been adopted by numerous institutions. EAD reflects the hierarchical nature of archival collections and provides a structure for describing the whole of a collection, as well as its components. And the standard supports flexible searching by collection, creator, biographies, title, call number, or topic.

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Screencast: How to Search the Princeton Catalog for Videos


This screencast (video tutorial) will show you how to browse the Princeton online catalog for videos we have available here at the HRC. It will show you how to search by author, title, call number, and keywords. It also discusses how to set more limits on your search so you can search for videos of a certain language, publication country, date, or library location. You can view the screencast below or click on the link to view a bigger version of the video. Contains audio.

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Princeton Online Catalog (search for videos at Princeton University’s libraries)

QuickStart Guide: How to Search the Princeton Library Catalog for Videos



blog_entery_lib_catalog.jpgThe Princeton on-line catalog is a great tool that can help you search for videos that are available at the HRC. Did you know you can tweak and narrow your search by different categories such as keywords, directors, titles, and even language?

You can use this PDF guide to walk you through the few steps to help you search the catalog for all the videos that the HRC has to offer. Click on the link below to view the QuickStart guide.


QuickStart Guide: How to Search the Princeton Catalog for Videos




Lunch & Learn: E-books: Princeton and Beyond Adriana Popescu and Priscilla Treadwell

When e-books began to appear in the early 2000’s, there was speculation about the demise of the printed book. While that clearly did not come to pass, e-books have now become a staple of the reference holdings of many libraries. The library and consumer markets have matured, and despite all predictions and speculations, print books and e-books have continued to co-exist quite nicely at the Princeton University Library.
At the December 3, 2008 Lunch ‘n Learn Adriana Popescu, Princeton’s Engineering Librarian and Plasma Physics Librarian, and Priscilla Treadwell, Electronic Publications Marketing Manager at the Princeton University Press, presented both the library and publisher perspectives: Princeton University Library’s selection process for e-books, and the usage patterns at the University that reveal what readers in an academic environment like and don’t like about e-books; and Princeton University Press’s rationale for making certain content available to both the library and consumer markets.

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A Tour of the Peter B. Lewis Library

SciLib.jpgOn October 1, Patty Gaspari-Bridges, Assistant University Librarian for Special Libraries and Head of the Science and Technology Libraries and four other science librarians (Jane Holmquist, Steven Adams, Julie Arnheim, and Louise Deis) led a special Lunch ‘n Learn tour of the new Lewis Library.
Supported by a $60 million gift from class of 1955 alumnus Peter B. Lewis, a University trustee and chairman of the board of Progressive Corp., the Lewis Library combines the impressive collections and knowledgeable staff the astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics and statistics collections, the map collection and the digital map and geospatial information center. It occupies the four-level tower and the A level below grade as well as a two-story wing along Washington Road.

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