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Alexander Street Press's Online MusicMusic lovers, do we have a treat for you! The SDSU Library now has access to Alexander Street Press’s Music Online Listening. This streaming audio collection is a fully cross-searchable suite of hundreds of thousands of classical, jazz, American, and world music recordings; scores; and pages of full-text reference content.

Currently, there are more than 250,000 pieces of music in these databases, and Alexander Street has promised that these collections will triple in size over the next nine months. Below are the five databases in the collection:

    American Song
    Classical Music Library
    Contemporary World Music
    Jazz Music Library
    Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Alexander Street Press’s Online Music Plus can be accessed by clicking the “Articles & research guides” link under “Library Quick Links” on the library’s Web page. On the “Research Guides” page, select “Music“; on the “Music” page, click “Streaming.” At this point, you can elect to visit the main Music Online site and browse by composer, title, genre, etc., or select one of the five databases you wish to explore. Tracks can be listened to online and, if you create a free account, saved to your own playlist, which can be kept private, shared with everyone at SDSU, or shared with a group of individuals you define. And, you don’t have to come to the library to use Music Online Listening; you can sign in from home using your library PIN and Red ID.

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Geochron
You may have noticed this device outside of the group study rooms on the fifth floor of Love Library. It’s a geochron, which is an instrument that simultaneously exhibits the current time anywhere in the world while also displaying where the sun is rising and setting. It also shows the day and month. It was given to the library by Aztec Shops in memory of Costas Lyrintzis, a professor of engineering at SDSU who was killed by a gunman on campus in 1996. Stop by and take a look at the geochron sometime. An instruction sheet taped to the table explains how to use it.

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