Trick or treat: Show us how you use the new music library website and get Halloween candy

web_usabilityMiss trick or treating? Help us improve the new Music Library website and get some treats. Stop by the Music Library and inquire about web usability testing at the circulation desk. It’s quick and easy (about 10 minutes), it helps us make the website easier for you to use, and at the end you get to collect your sweet, sweet reward.

Welcome back music students and faculty!

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We here at the Music Library would like to welcome you all back for the Fall Semester. We’ve been working hard all summer and there are a few new things we’d like you to know about as you start the school year.

You may have already noticed that we have a new website, which can be found at http://library.sc.edu/p/Music. We hope you enjoy this updated version of our web presence. In addition to continuing to provide access to library materials and electronic resources, our new home page is the place to find out about new projects, services, and events here in the Music Library. You can also come here to discover our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.

hawaiian nightingaleAdditionally, we have recently launched a new digital collection–The Tin Pan Alley Collection. This collection focuses on popular sheet music produced in New York from 1890-1922. The themes covered by these songs include love and relationships, World War I, exotic locales, and much, much more. Those who have an interest in commercial illustration won’t be disappointed as the illustrators represented here include Starmer, Barbelle, Rosenbaum Studios, André De Takacs, and Norman Rockwell amongst others. You can view this collection here or you can read a story about the genesis of the collection here.

mailboxFinally, late last spring we installed student mailboxes. If you’re a music student and you need to leave books, articles, music, etc. for another student this is a helpful delivery system for you to use. You’ll find the student mailboxes located at near the circulation desk, under the sign with a mailbox on it.

Again, welcome back music students and faculty–we look forward to helping you with your research needs in the coming school year!

Music Library welcomes Spark Collection

 

The Music Library is proud to announce the creation of its newest collection. Housed on new shelving against a brightly painted wall, the Spark Collection offers career advice to music majors.

“The Spark Collection is a carefully selected collection of books focusing on career development, wellness and innovation,” said Ana Dubjakovic, head of the Music Library, which is located on the second floor of the School of Music. “Its creation was a collaborative effort between School of Music Spark laboratory and the Music Library. Described as the Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory, Spark, whose work the collection supports, aims to ‘prepare music leaders for the 21st century’.”

The collection includes titles such as Making Music Your Business, The Savvy Musician, The Art of Music Publishing, Profiting from Your Music and Sound Projects, Music and Tourism, The Music Business Contract Library, Unbeatable Resumes, and Acing the Interview.

The collection is arranged in browsing order on the first floor of the Music Library.

“Some of the subjects, such as music education and cognition, practice tips and music industry, have traditionally been a part of most well-rounded music collections, but the addition of books with the focus on finance, career guides, marketing, business entrepreneurship, wellness and creative process is new,” she said. “The focus on personal finance and wellness is reflective of the Spark mission to engage music students on multiple levels. In addition to browsing, Spark Collection books can be found by searching the Library catalog.”

More information about the Spark Laboratory can be found at http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music/spark_laboratory/.

New Digital Collection

The Music Library is proud to announce a new digital collection: The Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music collection: http://library.sc.edu/digital/collections/salleysheet.html. In collaboration with the Digital Collections department, two bound volumes of 19th- and early 20th-Century sheet music were digitized using the Zeutschel overhead scanner.

These volumes are focused on two areas: popular piano music from the mid 1800s, and songs for piano and voice related to blackface minstrelsy from 1899 to 1902. The mid 1800s volume contains some of the oldest popular sheet music found in the Music Library, while the minstrelsy volume contains songs that closely relate to works found in the Center for Southern African American Music‘s (CSAM) collection.

In addition to hundreds of pieces of popular sheet music, the Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Collection contains phonodisc and cylinder recordings, memorabilia, photographs, books, magazines, and musical instruments from the 1800s to the 1980s.

Music Author Recognition

From December 8, 2011 through January 27, 2012, the Music Library hosted the inaugural Music Authors Recognition event, celebrating recent publications and recordings by School of Music faculty. This will be a yearly recurring event. Items on display included books, articles, compositions, arrangements, recordings, and educational materials.

Featured authors: James Ackley, Jennifer Adam, Reginald Bain, Gail Barnes, Craig Butterfield, Neil Casey, Brad Edwards, Charles Fugo, Michael Harley, Julie Hubbert, J. Daniel Jenkins, Peter Kolkay, Bert Ligon, Scott Price, Joseph Rackers, John Fitz Rogers, Greg Stuart, Wendy Valerio, Scott Weiss, and Sarah Williams.
 

Youth and Music Exhibit

From November through the end of December 2011, the Music Library is featuring special collections items in an exhibit titled “Youth and Music.” Throughout the history of classical music, composers have written works to be performed by children, for young audiences’ enjoyment, or inspired by memories of youth. Furthermore, much of music history has been distilled for young audiences into educational books about famous composers’ lives.

“Youth and Music” features composers Debussy, Bartók, and Handel, child prodigy violinist Camilla Urso, and instructional books about music history and performing in church choirs. The exhibit is located in the upstairs exhibit case in the Music Library, which is located on the second and third floors of the University of South Carolina School of Music.

[Photographs by Kathy Dowell]

Music Publishers Association Exhibit

The Music Library is proud to announce the arrival of prizewinning music from the Music Publishers Association. Each year, the MPA’s Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence honor the year’s best published sheet music and books about music. This exhibit travels around the country, and has already been featured at Old Dominion University. For two weeks only, October 10 to October 31, 2011, select first prize recipients will be on display in the upstairs exhibit case.

The Paul Revere Awards honor outstanding achievement in cover design, book design, publications for electronic distribution, and notesetting. There are further subdivisions of these categories, with awards for specific types of cover design (e.g. featuring graphic elements or featuring photography) and notesetting, featuring different instruments or orchestrations. So check out our exhibit upstairs to see diverse prizewinning music from John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Pablo Casals, and Children of Bodom. You can check out the complete list of winners here: http://www.mpa.org/paul_revere_awards/index.php?Year=2011