Archive for October, 2008

Studying Music?

Manly Library has just subscribed to the Alexander Street Press music collection: all databases can be accessed remotely from your home or school computer. You just a Manly Library card to use. The password is your Library Card number.
Classical Music Library is an ever-growing, fully searchable classical music resource—a comprehensive collection of distinguished classical recordings. It includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings that users can listen to on the Internet. The audio selections are cross-referenced to a database of supplementary reference information. It’s a dedicated library resource offering music licensed from major labels.
African American Song With jazz, blues, gospel, and other forms of African American musical expression represented, African American Music brings 50,000 tracks of music to the ears of music scholars. It’s the first online resource to document the history of African American music in the form of an online music listening service.
Smithsonian Global Sound
is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms. The collection includes an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds.
American Song Contemporary
is a history collection that contains 50,000 songs that users listen to over the Internet. Much more than a repository of well known classics like Yankee Doodle and The Star Spangled Banner, this new resource includes music that relates to almost every walk of American life, every ethnic group, and every time period. You’ll find songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. There are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests. There are hymns, funny songs, college songs, sea shanties, shape note songs, and songs about topics as diverse as New York and electricity.
World Music
takes listeners around the globe to experience the vibrancy, history, customs, politics, personalities, struggles, and joys of diverse peoples and cultures. The breadth of this collection is impressive, incorporating contemporary reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres. Traditional music such as Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku is also featured to round out the offerings and allow you to see the progression that music has made through the ages.
to access these databases visit – select Library, then on-line databases
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly

Studying "Romulus, my father" – Infocus resources

3 new articles relevant to the book Romulus my Father, and the new English theme of Belonging have arrived at Manly Library. These articles have been purchased from the Infocus service at the State Library of NSW:

My father’s landscape
In this reflection of his memoir Gaita discusses events and relationships explored, painting a painful yet compassionate picture of his childhood and life with his father. Gaita’s relationship to the Australian landscape is also emphasised as having a profound impact upon the author’s sensibilities.
Romulus my father: scenes from a childhood
This article discusses the film adaptation. Themes of belonging and becoming, and sense of place are explored and the way in which these themes shape the drama of the young Raimond’s relationships, in particular with his father is examined. The portrayal of the intense emotion in the film is also discussed.
Multiculturalism and Universalism in Romulus My Father
This paper examines the themes of identity and belonging in Romulus My Father. The author discusses the attitudes that many Australians had to migrants in the 1950’s and the interaction between universal and cultural values. Complex questions of morality within Gaita’s parent’s relationship are also discussed as well as the difficult nature of judging a relationship written in memoir. Included is a reply by Gaita in response to the paper.

These articles are available for use on level 1 of the library, they are not available for loan
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

New Infocus resources

The following new resources have arrived at Manly Library – these and other Infocus articles designed for HSC students are available on Level 1. These articles are not available for loan.

The ethical backlash of corporate branding
This article discusses corporate branding and the rise of anti-brand activism. The authors dispel the idea that these trends are contradictory and argue that they have emerged from common sources, that is the move from industrial to post-industrial society and the development of globalisation. Suggestions for strategies that corporations can use to combat the anti-brand movement such as behaving in a socially responsible manner and balancing consumption values with life values are put forward.
Globalization and recent changes in the demography of Australian religious groups
This article discusses religious identification in Australia between the years 1947 to 2001. Using statistical data from the Australian censes the author highlights the decline in the Protestant establishment and the increase in religious diversity. The reasons behind these changes are also detailed, citing migration and globalisation as two key elements in changes in religious affiliation.
Adolescents and graffiti
This article discusses the relationship between adolescents and graffiti. The author looks at the various types of graffiti and the difference between public and private graffiti. Interviews with adolescents are drawn on to illustrate the important role graffiti plays in their lives and the validity of a school art curriculum that includes graffiti is discussed.
Making their mark: A psychodynamic view
This article discusses the reasons behind adolescent males’ graffiti writing. The author explores ideas of gender and sexual identity and the relationship these ‘writers’ have with the adult world. The power of graffiti to make sense of their world and feelings is also discussed.
Understanding urbanisation and the megacity in Southeast Asia
This extract examines urbanisation and the megacity phenomenon in Southeast Asia. The author explores the structure and geography of these cities as well as the social, cultural and economic functions they have. The influence of colonisation on Southeast Asian cities is also discussed as is the political and governance structures that contribute to the development of megacities.
The right not to be born: abortion of the disadvantaged fetus in contemporary Fatwas
This extract discusses Islamic medical ethics in relation to the disadvantaged foetus. The concept of ‘wrongful life’ and ‘wrongful birth’ in Islamic laws, Fatwa’s and essays is outlined. The author examines the complex ethics surrounding the abortion of the unhealthy or unwanted foetus in Islamic society. Comparisons between Islamic and Western thought on this issue are also discussed.
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

New legislation site for Legal Studies

The website for NSW legislation has just changed to

The URLs and core functionality are unchanged but there are additional features, in particular the official authorisation of legislation published online, and a more streamlined interface. The new features will be listed in full in a link from the home page.

The NSW legislation website is the official NSW Government site for the online publication of legislation.
The website contains the following features:
The In Force database—NSW legislation in force, both Acts and statutory instruments (regulations etc and environmental planning instruments) that is constantly consolidated and kept up-to-date
Historical versions of current legislation, repealed legislation and historical versions
The As Made database—An archival collection of NSW legislation as made since 1990
Advanced searching and browsing facilities.

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Have you ever experienced cyberbullying?


The NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is holding an online cyberbullying forum from 9am on 6th October to 5pm on 7 November 2008.
The YAC wants to hear young people’s views on and experiences of cyberbullying. The information collected on the forum will be used to inform advice provided to the Minister for Youth on the issue of cyberbullying. All information collected on the forum will remain anonymous.
All young people who register on the forum will go into the running to win an iPod Nano!
To register for the forum go to
For more information please contact:
Executive Officer
Youth Advisory Council
Department of Community Services
Ph: 02 9716 2844