CONTENTdm Responsive Site Goes Live

Screen shot of new siteTemple University Libraries’ Digital Collections site has a new look! We are excited to roll out a responsive version of our existing Digital Collections website. The new software has better mobile and tablet compatibility, an improved image viewer, and is compliant with WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines.

You’ll find all of our collections on the website homepage, along with an easily navigable single search bar and advanced search option. You’ll also see a link to “Explore Our Collections,” where you’ll find several options for browsing our collections by repository, by subject, by format, or through our digital exhibitions.

Paley Library, 1966

Paley Library, 1966

Users can access our Digital Collections through the Temple University Libraries homepage, through the Special Collections Research Center homepage, or by visiting

There will be continuous upgrades and improvements to the software over time, so be sure to look out for new features in the site. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to suggest new digitization projects, please contact us at

–Stephanie Ramsay
Digital Projects LIbrarian

Father Paul Washington: A Community Champion to Celebrate

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection will honor Father Paul Washington’s legacy as a leader in the vanguard of social justice at an upcoming exhibit in April that will showcase artifacts from the Paul M. Washington Papers.  Father Washington was the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia for twenty-five years (1962-1987) and a leader in the local community.  Location, directions and hours can be found at:

Father Paul Washington standing outdoors as the press record him.

A few highlights of his involvement in social justice include: the promotion of the Black Power movement by hosting the National Black Power Convention (1968), facilitating the ordination of eleven women into the Episcopal Church (1974), and serving on the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission of the eviction attack (bombing) by the Philadelphia Police on the MOVE household (1986).

At the core of the collection are Father Washington’s extensive correspondence, sermons, and speeches covering over five decades.  In addition, photographs, news clippings, and journal articles provide information to supplement the Washington papers.

The FBI kept a file on Father Washington because of his civil rights activism and involvement in the Black Power Movement during the 1960’s.  Access to the file was gained through the Freedom of Information Act.  It is another valuable source of information available in the Paul M. Washington Papers.

Easier Access to the Chronicle of Higher Ed – on iPads Too

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the primary industry newspaper for the field of higher education. It is regular reading for both faculty and administrators – and graduate students. The Temple University Libraries purchases an annual site license to the Chronicle of Higher Education. That means any member of the Temple University community may access the full-text of every Chronicle article – and has access to the full-text of every archived article. Getting access from remote locations is now even easier. The Chronicle will recognize your Temple University email account and allow full-text access to all the content. In order for this to work you simply need to register as a Chronicle user with your Temple University email account. Once you have an account you should consider registering for the Academe Today daily newsletter that will give you access to the latest Chronicle articles. Please know that if you already have a Chronicle account you can simply add your Temple email to the existing account by editing your profile. Establishing a completely new one is not necessary. If you own an iPad and prefer reading your newspapers and magazines on it, you can now download an app for reading the Chronicle. The app is free to all Temple University community members. If you have any questions about obtaining access to the Chronicle of Higher Education as a member of the Temple University community contact Steven Bell for assistance.

Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia

Thanks to a state Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, a Libraries project team has digitized more than 1,500 historical photographs, films, news clippings, manuscripts, oral histories, and pamphlets, documenting two events in civil rights history in Philadelphia: Girard College Desegregation (1954–1968) and the Columbia Avenue Riots (1964).

It’s all available at

The content, from the Libraries’ special collections, encourages students to use unique primary sources to study these significant events. Highlights include newly-created oral histories; several hours of local news footage not seen in over 40 years featuring Martin Luther King, Jr., Cecil B. Moore, and other movement leaders; and questionnaires that address Black-Jewish community relations in the 1960s.

Emphasizing that there were major events in the North that propelled the Civil Rights movement forward, the project’s consulting historian Matthew Countryman, associate professor of history at the University of Michigan and author of Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, believes that this project exposes students and scholars to new insights on the issues.

Stay tuned for new content—including sample lesson plans for middle and high school teachers and new modules on other milestones in the history of Philadelphia’s Civil Rights movement

New Content in Dance in Video and Opera in Video

Book cover with photos of dancers in action. Alexander street press logo. Book cover depicting a collage of dancers in action.

from Marie Siegel at Alexander Street Press:

We have just added 90 hours of dance performances, documentaries, interviews, and technique videos to our Dance in Video collection. Dance in Video now contains 365 hours of streaming video. New material released includes: – The Finis Jhung ballet technique videos, documenting beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques in warm-ups, pointe, turning, barre work, jumps, the art of teaching ballet, partnering techniques, control and strength exercises, and more. – George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive and Archive of Lost Choreography videos: coachings with Maria Tallchief, Patricia Wilde, Marie-Jeanne, Allegra Kent, recreations with Alicia Markova, Frederic Franklin, and Maria Tallchief. – Live at Broadway Dance Center instructional material: intermediate and advanced instruction in Latin fusion, isolated flexibility, strength training, improvisation, floorwork, contemporary jazz, partnering, lifts, lyrical jazz, and more. – Dance Pulp interviews with dancers and choreographers, including: Safi Thomas on hip-hop dance, Ted Brandsen on managing the Dutch National Ballet, Tiler Peck on competitions, Trey McIntyre on inspiration, William Wingfield on approaching dance as an artist, and combining the concert and commercial career, Harumi Terayama on discovering contemporary dance, and more. – Documentaries on leading figures and ensembles in dance, including Ruth St. Denis, Movement (R)evolution Africa, Liz Lerman, Lin Hwai-Min, Mura Dehn, Guguletu Ballet, The American Ballet Company, Chuck Davis – Performances by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (Cage’s Cursive II), Ki Theatre, and more. You can see a complete list of the new material here:

New Content for Opera in Video! Alexander Street Press added 30 hours of performances and documentaries to Opera in Video. The new content includes:

  • Cardiff Singer of the World competition highlights from 1999 and 2001
  • Recital of arias by Karita Mattila and Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Welsh National Opera’s performance of Monteverdi’s Poppea
  • Recital by Angela Gheorghiu at the Royal Opera House
  • Lucia di Lammermoor (Vienna), featuring Katia Ricciarelli and Jose Carreras

You can see a complete list of the new material here:

Opera in Video is now complete with 500 hours of streaming video.

6 New Cambridge Histories

The following six new volumes have been added to Cambridge Histories Online:

  • Carolyn Hamilton, Bernard K. Mbenga, Robert Ross, The Cambridge History of South Africa, Volume 1: From Early Times to 1885
  • Michael F. Suarez SJ, Michael L. Turner, The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5: 1695-1830
  • Coral Ann Howells, Eva Marie Kroller, The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature
  • Melvyn P. Leffler, Odd Arne Westad The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume 1: Origins
  • Melvyn P. Leffler, Odd Arne Westad, The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume 2: Crises and Detente
  • Melvyn P. Leffler, Odd Arne Westad, The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume 3: Endings

JSTOR Update 10/25/10

The following journals have been added to JSTOR:

  • Buffalo Criminal Law Review Vol. 1, No. 1 (1997) – Vol. 9, No. 2 (2006) Moving Wall: N/A Publisher: University of California Press ISSN: 1933-4192
  • Journal of Nietzsche Studies Nos. 1-28 (Spring, 1991 – Autumn, 2004) Moving Wall: 5 years Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University-Penn State University Press ISSN: 0968-8005
  • Legacy Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1984) – Vol. 21, No. 2 (2004) Moving Wall: 5 years Publisher: University of Nebraska Press ISSN: 0748-4321
  • Mystics Quarterly [1984-2009] Previous Title: 14th Century English Mystics Newsletter [1974-1983] (0737-5840) Vol. 1, No. 1 (December, 1974) – Vol. 9, No. 4 (December, 1983); Vol. 10, No. 1 (March, 1984) – Vol. 30, No. 3/4 (September/December, 2004) Moving Wall: 5 years Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University-Penn State University Press ISSN: 0742-5503
  • The Pluralist [2006- ] Previous Title: The Personalist Forum [1985-1999] (0889-065X) Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1985) – Vol. 15, No. 2 (Fall, 1999); Vol. 1, Nos. 1-3 (Spring-Fall, 2006) Moving Wall: 3 years Publisher: University of Illinois Press ISSN: 1930-7365
  • The Radical Teacher Vol. 1, Nos. 1-2 (December, 1975 – June, 1976); Nos. 3-77 (November, 1976 – Winter, 2006) Moving Wall: 3 years Publisher: University of Illinois Press ISSN: 0191-4847
  • Shaw [1981- ] Previous Title: The Shaw Review [1959-1980] (0037-3354) Previous Title: Bulletin (Shaw Society of America) [1951-1958] (2156-8928) No. 1 (February, 1951) – Vol. 2, No. 6 (September, 1958); Vol. 2, No. 7 (January, 1959) – Vol. 23, No. 3 (September, 1980); Vols. 1-24 (1981-2004) Moving Wall: 5 years Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University-Penn State University Press ISSN: 0741-5842
  • Utopian Studies Nos. 1-4 (1987-1991); Vol. 1, No. 1 (1990) – Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter, 2004) Moving Wall: 5 years Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University-Penn State University Press ISSN: 1045-991X
  • Visual Arts Research [1982- ] Previous Title: Review of Research in Visual Arts Education [1975-1982] (0160-3221) Previous Title: Review of Research in Visual and Environmental Education [1973-1974] (0160-3256) Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1973) – Vol. 2, No. 1 [3] (Winter, 1974); Vol. 2, No. 2 [4] (Spring, 1975) – Vol. 8, No. 1 [15] (Winter, 1982); Vol. 8, No. 2 [16] (Fall, 1982) – Vol. 32, No. 2 [63] (2006) Moving Wall: 3 years Publisher: University of Illinois Press ISSN: 0736-0770