Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We taught music seminar today and had a great time. I had really underestimated our undergrads, so I can't wait to beef up things for seminar next semester.

For this semester, we used I had the students tweet, text, or vote on the web to various questions.

Poll Everywhere question

The top picture (although not a very good picture) shows the students holding up their cell phones, iPods, and laptops. Maybe 15 or fewer students happened to not have any web-enabled device on their person.

The students seemed enthusiastic, and I even had a few come up and ask really good questions afterward!

Having this information will definitely help me make changes to the information I present next semester.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Presentation to the New Technology Team

Want to know about location-based services like foursquare and gowalla? Here's Ashlie's presentation on them!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chamber Innovista Concert

Chamber Innovista Presents World Premiere

Chamber Innovista Concert Sunday, February 14 3:00 PM Off Campus - 300 Senate Street Venue

Tayloe Harding, dean of the School of Music will premiere “Songs of Love (2010).” It contains two parts – “Paul to the Corinthians – Agape” and “Inmost Hearts – Romantic,” which was commissioned by Dr. William “Ted” Moore, vice president for finance and planning and a member of the Friends of the School of Music.
Performing, will be Tina Stallard, soprano; Jessica Leeth, flute; and Christopher Berg, guitar

Also on the program:
● “Dover Beach for Baritone and String Quartet, Op. 3” by Samuel Barber, performed by Jacob Will on baritone and the USC Graduate String Quartet ● “The Summer Knows” (1971) by Michel Legrand (arr. by Bert
● “CabaƱa Cubano” (2001) by Bert Ligon with Ligon on piano, William Terwilliger and Micah Gangwer on violin, Constance Gee on viola, Robert Jesselson on cello and Craig Butterfield on double bass.
The concert will end with “Terzetto for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Op.
22” by Theodore Lalliet, with Rebecca Nagel on oboe, Peter Kolkay on bassoon and Lynn Kompass on piano.

For more information on the Chamber Innovista series and to reserve tickets, call 803-777-4280.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day

Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've put together a collection of some of our favorite sheet music covers from our Digital Sheet Music Project.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

From Facebook

Columbia Baroque Soloists
Please join us for an afternoon of musical interludes by the Columbia Baroque Soloists, with seating at dressed tables, delicious hors d'oeuvres, sparkling juice and chocolates, and a "pleasures and treasures" silent auction--all to benefit South Carolina's only Baroque music ensemble. Tickets $25. February 14, 4:00, Shandon United Methodist Church.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Social Media Club of Columbia

Ever Yelped? Are you a mayor in FourSquare? If these terms are unfamiliar (or even if they are familiar), join us Thursday, February 11th for an introduction and discussion of location-based services.

Will McCain will lead our discussion with a Gowalla primer. Music Librarian Ashlie Conway will also discuss FourSquare and how it can be beneficial for businesses.

Why are location-based services (LBS) important? According to Mashable:

“Numbers earlier this week from research firm Gartner agree with this assessment: the number of users of location-based services is set to double to 95.7 million this year, up from 41 million a year ago, which should result in over $2 billion in revenue. With more and more iPhone, Android and mobile apps taking advantage of more readily available GPS and LBS technology, we have to ask: what’s next for location-based services?”

So join in the discussion! We want to hear what services you’ve used, which you like, and which you don’t.

February 11, 2010
5:30 – 7 PM
The State
1401 Shop Road
Columbia, SC 29201

RSVP now!

Hope to see you there!


The 2nd Annual Millican Literary Festival will be held February 12, 2010 at 7pm in the Sweringen Engineering Center's Amoco Hall. The event will celebrate the contributions of scholar, author, and humanitarian, Dr. Arthenia Bates-Millican. This year's featured speaker is playwright, poet, and activist, Amiri Baraka. The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The event is hosted by the COE Instruction and Teacher Education Department. It is also co-sponsored by the South Caroliniana Library, University South Caroliniana Society, Institute for African American Research, and African American Studies Program.

Email questions to

Quantina T. Haggwood, Ph.D
College of Education
University of South Carolina

Need a volunteer opportunity?

I wanted to make you aware of volunteering for the SC Book Festival at the end of this month (Feb 26-28). If you go to this link and scroll down the page about halfway you'll see a link for volunteers for the festival itself. If you can't volunteer, please attend! It's a fantastic event!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

How to become a librarian

Ever wondered how to become a librarian? This post over at Library Journal is a great primer.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Two incredible performances

I have to hand it to the Japanese, they're doing something right with their music education programs. Watch below as a high school band plays "Harrison's Dream," which by most accounts is a college-level piece.

Also incredibly impressive is this elementary age band performing "Slava!" from memory.

Thanks to Music Library staff member Joe Henderson and twitter friend Joe Tomasso for links to these videos!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Help South Carolina make audio history!

The "Smalls Street Sounds" project is attempting to be the world's largest sound collaboration on the web. The project is dependent on user sound submissions.

With so much musical activity in our state, we should have the most submissions. Unfortunately, right now we have none.

So get to recording your Mp3s, and put them online! You can upload human, atmospheric, mechanical, weather, or animal sounds.

If you try it out, leave a comment!