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The UT ALERT text messaging system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of the campus community can stay informed in the event of an emergency.

The system will add another immediate mechanism to the existing methods that the university has in place to alert the community to an emergency situation.

The service allows students, faculty and staff to “opt in” to be notified via text message in the event of an emergency or campus closure. The message can also be sent to a designated e-mail address, PDA or pager.

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Museum Hosts Musical Instruments Of 200 Countries

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by Ted Robbins
January 5, 2011
NPR Music News

The Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix, which calls itself the largest global instrument museum, is quiet — but only at first.

“It’s one of the most quiet museums you’ll ever be in,” museum director Bill DeWalt says. “Everyone is listening to the sound through the headphones.”

With roughly 10,000 instruments from more than 200 countries, the place would have been cacophonous if they were all playing out loud. Instead, wireless headphones activate when you walk up to a display, which has the instrument itself as well as a video showing a musician playing it in its native setting.

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Beat the Rush Send Your Reserve List Today

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Please plan to request library materials you wish to provide for students during the upcoming semester as soon as possible. A separate reserve request is required for each course.

The UT Libraries will purchase materials required for reserve that are not currently in the collection. Please submit such requests as soon as possible to ensure that the materials will be ready by the time your students need them.

All materials are removed from course reserves at the end of each semester. A new electronic reserve request is required for each semester.

Please consult our reserve policy and submit reserve requests at: note that a new reserve request form is now being used. If you have previously bookmarked the reserve form, please replace that bookmark with the new url.  Thank you.

Search the Libraries’ catalog to find information for the request form:

Contact Samantha Sutton (ssutto10) for information about reserves at 974-4728

New Tracks added to Music Online

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There is BIG news about a release to our streaming music collections in Music Online: Listening. Released were nearly 400,000 tracks/17,000+ albums of new music to a number of databases.

New music includes:

4,654 albums (61,796 tracks) from a wide variety of genres and labels, including Storyville Records, JSP Records, Montreux Jazz, Jazz Unlimited, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include Frank Sinatra, Django Rheinhardt, Glenn Miller, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Chucho Valdés, Lena Horne, Rossana Casale, Fats Waller, The Peter Brötzmann Octet, Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bunny Berigan, Dean Martin, The N.Y. Hardbop Quintet, Barcelona Jazz Orquestra, and lots more.

Highlights in Jazz include:
*Muggsy Spanier: Live Broadcasts From The Hangover Club In San Francisco, 1953-54 *Louis Armstrong Live at the Hollywood Empire 1949 *Miles Davis: Live at the Festival International de Jazz *The Mills Brothers :The 1930s recordings *Duke Ellington 1954 Los Angeles Concert *Sarah Vaughan: Birdland *Dedicated to Duke

2,801 albums (46,874 tracks) from a wide variety of genres and labels, including Daptone Records, JSP Records, Acrobat, GNP Crescendo, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include Otis Grand, Ike & Tina Turner, Eddie Dean, Bill Haley, Gene Autry, Rudy Vallee, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Willie Nelson, Mahalia Jackson, John Denver, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Highwaymen, and many more.

Highlights in American Song include:
*Songs of the US Army
*A Richer Tradition: Country Blues & String Band Music 1923-1937 *New York Blues & R&B 1949-1979 *Robert Johnson: The Legendary Vocalion Recordings *Heart and Soul of Philly Groove *Bill Haley & The Comets: High Heel Sneakers *Gene Autry: Early Sides 1929 *Authentic Rare Bluegrass: Blue Ridge Label Sides 1951-1954 *B.B. King and his Orchestra Live

10,266 albums (132,667 tracks) from a wide variety of labels and genres, including reggae, acoustic folk, Afro-Cuban, belly dance, banda, dub, drinking songs, hip-hop, Italian folk, Indian classical, world beat, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include: Nairobi City Ensemble, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Eddie Palmieri, Kyoto Kabuki Orchestra, Mind Da Gap, Mariachi Mexico Jalisco, Najwa Karam, Hani Shaker, The New England Irish Harp Orchestra, Calimbo Steel Band, Sri Chinmoy, Amjad Ali Khan, and many more.

Highlights in Contemporary World Music include:
*Ana Kiro – Greatest Hits
*The Andalucian Suites
*Benga Oldies
*Edith Piaf – Best of Heritage Songs
*Folk Songs of the Greek Islands
*Gypsy Music of Constantinople
*Iqbal Bano in Concert

Also released are 139,626 additional tracks of popular music into the Music Online cross-search. These tracks are ONLY available through the Music Online portal. In early January access to this material will be rolling out, and another more robust post on the content will be posted once it’s enabled. When it is enabled you will access the new tracks through the Music Online portal.

FINALLY, in late January more material will be released into Classical Music Library.
With this release Music Online now equals:

691,803 tracks
66,855 pages text reference
24,300 scores (399,098 pages)
443 videos

As you can see, this was a massive release – the biggest content release ever. Alexander Street Press has been working on changes to enable processing this amount of material since early last year.

Hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and a very happy new year!