Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Finding Bullitt through OneKLIC

By Dwight Hunter

I searched our one-stop library search portal, OneKLIC, recently and found a surprise. When I typed in "bullitt" into OneKLIC, I got two library results.

One result was expected - a movie on DVD starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Robert Duvall, and Jacqueline Bissett. Bullitt was a 1968 police drama thriller based in San Francisco. The well-received movie was a switch-and-bait type of drama -- the major story line became the minor one and the minor storyline the major one, which in question was, what was in the soul of Lt. Frank Bullitt's world (McQueen). (See picture of KLIC's DVD cover)

The surprising OneKLIC result?  An audio recording - or more precisely -- an album accessed online through our online music database from Alexander Street Press.

What I love about cataloging details is that it gives you curious tips within the subjects. One of the subjects found for the audio recording was soundtrack music. So this online recording was the soundtrack from the movie Bullitt. The next two subjects were truly unexpected, especially, from a police thriller drama based in 1968 San Francisco that had a major car chase scene. Those two subjects were Jazz; Jazz Music.

That's right, the movie that set the standard for crisp dialogue, by the book procedures in police work, hospital ER work, and morgue work; and of course, a car chase setting the standard for other movies after it, had a jazz soundtrack.

In fact, the Bullitt soundtrack is listed as one of the top essential jazz soundtracks. And you have access to it through the OneKLIC search portal as a student, faculty, or staff.

Not surprisingly then to know that Steve McQueen loved jazz music and attended jazz concerts.

So, I watched the movie again and this time paid attention to the jazz interaction. I'll note three moments in the movie. In the beginning of the movie, the jazz track brought thrilling, exciting, dangerous and a dark mood. At the coffee cantata, the shadows of lingering looks between McQueen and Bissett eating with another couple is punctured with the jazz sounds of Meridian West. Meridian West has a cameo appearance because McQueen happened to attend one of their concerts.

And of course, the prelude to the car chase. A prelude build up. Ok, I love all kinds of car chase scenes, but this one is a classic. The prelude is like the ultimate build up -- the hunter becomes the hunted, the click of the seat belt, and of course, the jazz soundtrack building the suspense.

KLIC has the soundtrack recording through our Alexander Street Press database resource. This resource can be accessed by validating your Chattanooga State status through the library's proxy server. And the library has the movie DVD. The DVD can be checked out like any other library physical resource at the service desk. Bullitt DVD

Bullitt soundtrack source citation:
Schifrin, Lalo. Bullitt. Rec. 14 Sept. 2010. Aleph Records, 2010. Music Online: Jazz Music Library Database. Web.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

In observance of Memorial Day, the Kolwyck Library will be closed Saturday - Monday, May 26 - 28.

Locally in Chattanooga, the annual Memorial Day Service at the Chattanooga National Cemetery will be on Monday, May 28, with the program beginning at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Louis Varnell, military historian, The History Company and Veterans Museum. This year's service will focus on recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I. Parking for the event will be at the National Guard Armory with free transportation to the National Cemetery by CARTA and VVA #203.

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. service members who died while in the military service.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Late Nite@the Library: A Night Against Procrastination

Exciting news from the Library! In partnership with Student Life, the Library will be hosting "Late Nite" on Thursday, April 26th. 

The library will be open until midnight! Late night activities start at 7:00 pm.

There will be pizza, “grab and go” goodie bags, popcorn, drawings, and much more. There will be an “ER” (Emergency Room) area staffed with tutors from the writing center and the math center! Tutoring will be from 7:00 to 9:00.

Students will be encouraged to post at least one goal that they will complete during “Late Nite” with the hopes that they can move that goal to the success board.  

Come join us on Thursday, April 26th starting at 7 pm for "Late Nite" at the library!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Check out our New Look - Coming in Fall 2018

Kolwyck Library did a usability study on the library website, and the KLIC web team has used that feedback to revamp the look of the KLIC website. Here is a quick preview of what is to come for Fall 2018.

New features include a cleaner look, and improved accessibility and responsiveness.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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