By Adolfo Tarango, Head, Systemwide Collection Services

SCP is now regularly distributing the SCP files in Unicode. Many thanks to the campus staff who help us troubleshoot encountered problems. With the switch to Unicode, campuses should no longer be seeing diacritic display problems; if you spot any, please let us know. With this transition now behind us, SCP staff are preparing the EEBO records for distribution. Eventually these will be distributed to the campuses on a CD-ROM. There is a possibility we will get the records ready for you before ALA annual, but more likely you’ll be getting them after.

Last month we distributed the first set of records for three Alexander Street Press music collections: American Song (3230 titles), Contemporary World Music (938 titles), and Smithsonian Global Sound (2479 titles). American Song contains music by and about diverse population groups such as children, cowboys, American Indians, and slaves. The topical scope is diverse as well covering areas such as Civil Rights, Prohibition, political campaigns, and the Civil War and American Revolution. Check out Johnny Cash signing one of my favorites “The Battle of New Orleans.”

Contemporary World Music, as the name suggests, includes musical genres from across the world: flamenco, Arab swing, reggae, gospel, Balkanic jazz to highlight the breath of content. Australian Aboriginal? Yep, have a listen.  Smithsonian Global Sound provides an equally encyclopedic selection of music though perhaps, more unusual — the Toilet Song, rendered for your listening pleasure by Doc Tommy Scott, or contralto Marian Anderson singing on Snoopycat: The Adventures of Marian Anderson’s Cat Snoopy. Enjoy.

Our other more mundane distributions for last month include NBER working papers (2006 titles), Springer (697 titles), Wiley (389 titles), AIP conference proceedings (250 titles), CRC Press (222 titles), SPIE (123 titles), IEEE (104 titles), ACM (86 titles), AccessEngineering (58 titles), and Apabi (52 titles). On the serials side, notable distributions were for Open Access (702 titles, of which 550 were DOAJ titles), DragonSource (117 titles), EBSCO (112 titles), JSTOR (109 titles, of which 104 were for the Ireland Collection), and ScienceDirect (72 titles).

Until next month …