Friday, October 30, 2009

Google + Music

Google's new music search brings lots of different music content from all over the web straight to you! You can search for an artist, album name, song name, or even a line of lyrics. The search results bring you an audio clip so you can make sure you're listening to the right tune. It can also introduce you to music you might like based on what you're searching for. In short, if you're familiar with Myspace, iLike, Lala, Gracenote, Pandora, imeem, or Rhapsody, you'll love this search.

So here's the actual Google music search page:

Google's Music Search

If you're really interested, TechCrunch has a great article on all the details of how this search works.

Take note: if you Google "google music search," you might come across a page that looks like this:
fake Google music search
This is NOT the new Google music search. It is supposedly a customized version, but the results are in no way similar.
Search results

Hope you try this new resource.
Let us know if we can do anything to assist you!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What we're working on Wednesday

...2nd edition.

This Wednesday was filled with lots of emails to various members of The Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (SEMLA). I am chair of the Public Relations/Outreach team and the archivist. My emails were trying to track down who within SEMLA had specific information that I needed. If you live in the south and are interested in music and libraries, SEMLA's student membership is only $5!

Besides emails, I changed lots of our special collections web pages. Did you know the Music Library has nearly 300 web pages, and a majority of those are from our special collections?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What we're working on Wednesday!

I hope this will be the first of many "What we're working on" Wednesdays.

Today has been a very busy day! I made some webpage changes and created new pages for a new special collection. After lunch a group of us got ready to present to MUSC 100 (music seminar). There are about 250 undergraduate music majors who attend this class. I think they enjoyed our presentation.

I also worked on updating our blog, facebook, and flickr accounts.
The afternoon was spent reorganizing the hundreds of cassette tapes in the Claude Casey Collection.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New from Naxos

Did you know that Naxos (yes, the same one of Naxos Music Library) has a YouTube channel filled with lots of great videos?

From the Naxos Newsletter:
"ADAMS, J.: Nixon in China (Orth, Kanyova, Hammons, Heller, Opera Colorado Chorus, Colorado Symphony, Alsop)"

"DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music (Complete) (North)"

"YSAYE, E.: String Trio, `Le Chimay` / Sonata for 2 Violins / Cello Sonata (Kraggerud, Monsen, Tomter, Ree)"

Episode for October 6th: Voila Viola! – David Aaron Carpenter Plays Elgar & Schnittke Concertos

Episode for October 13th: ‘In the Name of the Lord’ - Haydn’s Masses

Episode for October 20th: Versatile Violist – The Music of Quincy Porter

* Released every Tuesday.
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Friday, October 2, 2009

New websites

Working at the Music Library, you tend to build up a personal knowledge base of sources that you like to turn to when you get a specific reference question.

For some reason, I've found that lately we've had a lot of string players requesting scores + parts to things that are already checked out or aren't in print. When this happens, I turn to IMSLP, although now it's called "IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library." is a searchable database of musical tunes, melodies, and themes. You can play, whistle, or tap your entries! Try it out!

Information Literacy Month!

President Barack Obama just announced that this month is "National Information Literacy Awareness Month."

New Grove

What is information literacy?
"Information Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand." -From the National Forum on Information Literacy

The Music Librarians are information literacy specialists. We can help you find materials for all types of music research!

Did you know?
*The Music Library has three full-time librarians, one full-time staff, and usually around 13 student employees.
*We are trained to look for books, sound recordings, scores, and other types of materials in libraries all around the world!
*You can contact us to schedule a research assistance session with a librarian for yourself or a small group?
*You can even ask your professor to schedule a session for the entire class!
*Not sure where things are in the library? Request a library tour! We can adjust the tour to fit any major, instrument, or research area.
*Want to request an item for the Music Library to purchase? Got a suggestion you'd like to make about the library? Our suggestion box is a straight line of contact with our head librarian.

We're always interested in hearing your suggestions- we want you to use and enjoy the Music Library. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way!