Monday, April 18, 2011

Facebook Friends

Help us get to 250 friends by the end of the semester!

Yes, the Allen Library does indeed have a Facebook account. Here we post helpful information about new materials we purchase, announcements regarding special events, and tips for research. The “Likes” found on our Facebook page direct you to other helpful research organizations as well. Get in touch with the Allen Library buzz, and check us out!

Can I listen to Naxos on my mobile device?


Naxos Music Library has free apps for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch at and for Android in the Android Market on your phone. Search "NML” or “Naxos Music Library.”
Download the app to your phone, then set up mobile access. To do this you will need to create a (free) personal account in Naxos Music Library:

1. First, get into Naxos Music Library through the Allen Library’s (or University Libraries’) web page (It will NOT work if you Google Naxos’s generic site).

2. Click on Playlist (in the toolbar under the search box), then click Sign Up (in the Student / Members Playlist bar).

3. On your mobile device, log into the NML or Naxos Music Library app using the personal account that you created. You can browse private and shared playlists or type a search.

Classical Music Library allows you to send track links to mobile devices. (Links are active for 48 hours.) You can also access your playlists. Here’s how to set up a selection on your mobile device:

1. In Classical Music Library, look for a cell phone icon ( "Send-to-Mobile") next to each title.

2. Click on the link to get a “shortlink” to send on your mobile device. (This enables playback.)

3. You can email or text message the link to your device, type it in, or scan it using a QR code (a special barcode readable by smart phone cameras).

4. When listening to audio on a mobile device, you will need a 3G data connection or better. Service is available for Apple iPhone or Mobile Device with Android OS. For more information, see

Need help? Allen Library staff are available to assist!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The 2010 Fall Book Sale

Frequent Questions

Can I renew my own library materials?

Yes, you are allowed to renew library materials one time.

4. If an item is overdue, you may renew it. You are, however, still responsible for fines accrued up until the point of renewal.

Should I tape torn materials myself?

NO!!! This will further damage library material.

Standard tape glue will corrode the pages of library items. Also, when you put tape on items, we can’t get it off again. The Allen Library uses specific adhesives and methods to restore damaged paper and bindings. Please bring torn or damaged library items to the circulation desk.

The Binding Blues - Do not tape pages into a score for the sake of an easier page turn. These pages are difficult to remove without damaging the original library item.

- You tore the pages of my library item just like you tore my heart

Friday, November 5, 2010

We Need Your Feedback!

Want to provide feedback to the University of Hartford Libraries to let us know how we're doing? We're running a survey right now to give you that opportunity. We're looking for information on what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and what services you would like to see us offer. If you are a student or faculty member at the University of Hartford, please consider taking this 10-15 minute survey to help us in our quest to continue meeting your needs.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Your New Best Friend: Playlists

So, you have a listening exam coming up and you want an easy way to make sure you study all your listening examples. What do you do?

One answer is to make a playlist. University Libraries provides access to three streaming audio databases: Naxos, Classical Music Library (CML henceforth), and DRAM. In both Naxos and CML, it is possible to make your own playlists and to see those of others. (In some cases, your instructor may have even already put together a playlist for your class.) In CML it is even possible to make playlists that include links to other sources outside of CML-- so you can put all your listening links in one place, even if they're not in the same database. You can even add links to other things, like webpages and scores in IMSLP.

Here's how it works:

1. Go to the Listen Online links on the Allen Library webpage.

2. Click on the database you want. We're going to use Classical Music Library, since you can put all the links in one place, but the process is similar for Naxos if you prefer to use that database.

3. On the CML webpage in the upper right hand corner there is a link to sign in. Click on the link to sign in. If you haven't created an account, there is a link there to create one.

4. Once you are logged in, there will be more links in the upper right hand corner. Click on the one that says "My Playlists".

5. Click on the blue link that says "Create playlist" on the right side of the page. From there you will get a page that asks you to give the playlist a name. In the box that says "annotation" you can put additional information about the playlist, or you can leave it blank. You can also choose who is allowed to see the list. Right now the option "just my class or group" is not working, but you can allow everyone who uses CML to see it, everyone at this institution, or you can keep it private by choosing "just me". If you are working with a study group, one person can create the playlist and everyone could use the same playlist, if you choose. After you've filled in the fields, click on the "Create" button.

6. At this point you can click on the link that says "Add items to Playlist" and begin adding items. To add an item from outside CML, paste the URL in the field that asks for the URL. If you are linking to a score on IMSLP, you will need to link to the page that the score link is on, not the score PDF. You can also link to items in Blackboard, on Naxos, DRAM, or from anywhere on the web.

7. To add an item from CML, simply search within CML and click on the blue circle with the white plus sign in it, and then choose the playlist you'd like to add it to, or at this point you can also choose to create a new playlist and then add the item to that playlist instead.

8. Once you have added items to the playlist, you can go back and edit or remove items, or change who can see your playlist. To use the playlist, simply select the playlist from the My Playlists tab (or institutional playlists if you want a playlist someone else has created and made public). Then you can click on Play all items, or click on the individual titles shown in blue to play individual tracks or access individual pages. That's it! When you're done using CML be sure to remember to log out so someone else can use it, we have a limitation on the number of people who can be using it at one time.

For more help creating playlists or any other assistance with library resources, feel free to drop in to see us, call or email us, or use the handy chat window on the homepage. Remember, we're here to help you make the most of what we have to offer, and we like to help!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Frequent Questions

If the Allen Library does not have an item that I think should be in its collection, can I request that it be purchased?

Yes, the Allen Library welcomes suggestions for purchase from patrons. Please stop by the circulation desk and ask for an acquisition request form. An online version of the form can be found at: You are also encouraged to bring suggestions to Tracey Rudnick, Allen Library Head Librarian. We try to fill requests that fall within curricular objectives whenever possible. If the item you suggest is not immediately on hand, we can assist you in borrowing it from another library through interlibrary loan.

Can I receive notification that my library items are coming due?

Yes, you may set a variety of message and notification settings by logging into the online library catalog ( The library catalog log in can be found at the top of the catalog homepage. Enter your 8-digit ID as the login. Enter your surname (with capitalized first letter) as the password if you are logging in for the first time.

Before making any notification changes, please make sure you have an email listed that you check regularly in the contact information box found under the tab “My Personal Details” found on the left side of the page.

Under the tab “My Messaging,” you may set an advanced notice for upcoming due items. Select the number of days prior to an item’s due date, on which you would like to receive a notification from the drop-down menu to the right of “Advance Notice.” Next, check the box in the “Email” column. Finally, click on “Submit Changes” to activate this notification change.

In Summary the four steps: