The Smithsonian Institution has collaborated with Alexander Street Press to create a version of Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. Academic and public library patrons everywhere can search the database by country, culture group, artist, instrument, genre, record label, and other thesaurus-controlled fields-then click and listen to the music over the Internet, through speakers or headsets.
Users can search and listen in the library or from their homes or dormitories; create personal playlists; listen to themed playlists; and more. Instructors can create course folders and put tracks on digital course reserve. Research into history, geography, literature, cultural diversity, and other subject areas will be expanded with the addition of the music. Public libraries serving diverse populations can offer music from more than 160 countries around the world.
Prices and packages are scaled to make the music affordable for every library type and size. For more information, visit Smithsonian Global Sound® for Libraries