It’s the end of the semester and once again our blackboard is fully decorated. We here in the Music Library would like wish you all a safe and happy winter break and leave you with this picture of our beautiful blackboard with quotes contributed by many of you. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015!
Miss 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.
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.
Additionally, 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.
Finally, 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!
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/.
Need to leave a book, some music, a note, an article or anything else for another student? Use the student mailboxes in the music library! You’ll find them located near the far end of the circulation desk.
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.
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.