Thursday, September 30, 2010

MLs are on the move!

Most of the scores are on hold because they need special shelving, so the night crew have been moving other areas back to the MC from their temporary quarters on the Fourth Floor.  The following are now back on the Lower Level:

  • M 1-3 (Collected Editions, 3-day reserves)
  • ML 1 - ML 178 A
  • MT (all)
  • Oversized ML & MT books
 As always, feel free to ask for help if you're unable to find something you need.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oversized books are back!

Oversized books (kept on the low shelves in the middle of the MLs) have returned from their vacation on the Fourth Floor!  If the move seems a little scattered, it is.  The scores (M classification) require some special handling and they're on hold for now.  Fret not!  (unless you're a guitarist!)  The rest of the printed material will be back on the Lower Level soon!

Monday, September 27, 2010

MTs are back where they belong!

Jamey Aebersold vol. 84

Welcome home, Library of Congress classification MT (Music teaching & theory).  Located between the two rest rooms on the Lower Level West, the MTs include a new acquisition: The Jamey Aebersold series of play-along score/CD sets for jazz practice.  Find them at MT 68 J36.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Scores are returning home!

Music Collection shelves have been reassembled and await the return of music books and scores.  The first to arrive are the M2s and M3s, toward the far back wall.  As of today, we have the composer editions through Willaert back where they belong.  The night staff have been doing the heavy lifting, so each morning there should be more books on the shelves.

Feel free to call before deciding which elevator button to push!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month: Styles and Genres to Explore

Each Spanish-speaking country has its own unique styles, though there have been many instances of styles crossing borders, including many styles that became popular in the United States. Some genres originated in the United States, which of course includes some territories formerly "owned" by Spain. Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, brought Anglo influences to Puerto Rico, and island culture to the U.S. mainland. The most recent popular Hispanic genre has been attributed to Puerto Ricans: "Reggaeton," or rap/hip-hop in Spanish.

Compact Disc 12685
Some other popular styles that originated in Latin America:
mambo, a Cuban dance form made popular in the 1950s by artists such as Perez Prado, composer of the original "Mambo No. 5."

Tango, developed in Argentina and brought to a high art form by Astor Piazzola.

Mariachi, from the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico (NorteƱa).

Corridos, story-telling songs of history and heroism.

Banda, and Conjunto,derived from polka music.

Salsa, fast-paced music from Cuba.

Latin Jazz, which synthesizes jazz and one or more Latin American genres.

You can search by country or language using the Libraries' Media Finder for World Music, or by country using the Media Finder for Musical Recordings (other than classical).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Website Deisgn

Check out the University Libraries' new website:

"Research Tools"  includes links to the Libraries' catalog "(CardCat" as well as other important resources.  CardCat, WorldCat, the Music Subject Guides and the Music Databases still look and function the same as before, but navigating to them is just slightly different now.

The Music Collection page has tips and links you may find useful.  Please let us know if there's something you think we can improve!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reference Books are Back!

Life is slowly returning to normal.  One positive sign is the return of the Music Collection Reference books to the wall behind the circulation counter.  There is a cart available for you to leave books after using them -- PLEASE DO NOT RESHELVE BOOKS!

Oversized Reference books are still on the 4th Floor - East, in the opposite corner from the part of the building occupied by the Music Collection.

Scores and circulating books are also on the 4th Floor, and will return in a few weeks.

Keep an eye on this blog for more updates, or just stop in and look around!