Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Free Endnote download for UR

We recently received notice that UR students, faculty and staff may now download the EndNote client for PC or MAC from this ITS page free of charge. Yes, we have licensed EndNote for the entire University. Find out how to get help with EndNote on this library page or the River Campus Libraries' A-Z Database listings.

EndNote is a citation management software, similar to RefWorks. Use it to store, manage, and search for bibliographic references. EndNote formats citations, figures, and tables in Microsoft Word with the Cite While You Write feature, and allows creation of bibliographies with other word processors.

How does EndNote differ from Refworks? Whether you use (or recommend) one product or the other depends on individual needs and situation. Pat Sulouff will address the difference in greater detail in an orientation session that she will soon offer on River Campus, but briefly, here are a few reasons that people have given for preferring EndNote:

- It is not dependent on Internet access
- Output styles are more sophisticated
- Filters are configurable
- Connection files are more sophisticated
- More ability to customize

No one at Sibley has yet done any testing of either Endnote or Refworks to see how they handle the difficulties posed when citing printed music, sound recordings, or video. If any reader of this blog has such experience and would care to comment we would be happy to hear about both positives and negatives.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

MLA Wrap

Not only was Sibley well represented at MLA, but several former Eastman students and Sibley colleagues were also spotted there (including Phil Ponella, Lara Snyder, and Mary Wallace Davidson).

As far as Sibley contributions go, several of us gave presentations. Dan Zager gave a talk on teaching music bibliography, and specifically on the teaching of a source like RISM to masters performance majors. Gerry Szymanski, chair of the Information Sharing Subcommittee, led a very well attended session on Web 2.0 products that various libraries are using. Gerry's own 10 minutes was spent sharing information on Pandora.

Alice Carli, Jim Farrington, and Linda Blair presented a poster session on Sibley's score digitization efforts. This will be put up electronically in the near future, and we'll add a link to it when that happens. Alice was also part of a session in her role as outgoing chair of the Peservation Cmmittee, discussing the new committee's website. Jim also played in the MLA Big Band, a slideshow of which can be seen here.