News, September 2014

Greetings Music Department!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. We've been busy with collections, facilities and more:

New carpeting : our most noticeable physical upgrade is the replacement of the old carpeting with brand new, bold blue carpet squares. We're quite pleased with the results and hope you will be too. 

SearchWorks : a redesigned interface for the SearchWorks catalog was unveiled in early September. The new design is now optimized for all mobile devices (making the old SW app obsolete); more information displays in the search results; the media type facet is more user-friendly (notice the icons); and the advanced search feature has been simplified. See also the list of search tips on the advanced search page. Your feedback is appreciated!

Significant acquisitions, 2013-2014 : a list of significant acquisitions including manuscripts, libretti, scores, books an artworks may be viewed on our site.

See also this post by Mimi Tashiro on our acquisition of French opera and ballet libretti.

Contemporary Chinese Music : Visiting Scholar Zhang Jihong (Shanghai Conservatory) created a bilingual topic guide to resources for the study of contemporary Chinese music. Thanks, Jihong!

Music Department publications : View the most current books, articles, and recordings produced by Stanford faculty, students, staff and alumni (and note that Ray welcomes any news of forthcoming publications).

Loan changes : in order to improve access we have relaxed circulation policies for stack materials which mostly affects bound journal volumes. With the exception of scores in the M2 and M3 range (collected editions, monuments) and ML29 (Stanford theses and dissertations) all items in the stacks that were restricted to 7-day loans for faculty and graduate students only are now available for borrowing by all patrons, for the same borrowing periods as books and scores. 

Music facsimiles on exhibit : Our Fall Quarter exhibit highlights the art of the music facsimile. Please stop for a look at items ranging from a 15th-century chansonnier to the lyrics for an iconic alt-rock song. 

SAL3 moves : we continue to select and send to SAL3 storage older, less-used books and scores in order to make room for our steady influx of new arrivals. You will notice that the score collections, in particular, have been pared down, which make browsing and maintenance easier and more efficient. Currently in the Library you will find 67,457 scores, 48,206 books, 28,115 CDs, 1753 DVDs, and 1071 journal volumes.
Early electroacoustic works now streaming online : The Richard Maxfield Collection (ARS.0074) can now be listened to online, via the collection's finding aid on the Online Archive of California. This collection features nine distinct works by electronic music composer Richard Maxfield, composed between 1959-1964, four of which are believed to be previously unpublished (Dromenom, Electronic Symphony, Suite from Peripateia, and Wind). Additionally, as Maxfield frequently produced unique edits of his work for each performance, many of the open tape reels that form this collection include alternative edits to those previously published, such as the tapes for Amazing Grace which feature three different versions of the work.

ARS Collections : The Archive of Recorded Sound recently processed a number of important additions to the Blanche Thebom Collection (ARS.0059). These additions include a substantial number of programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and personal documents spanning the mezzo-soprano's career.

Stanford Digital Repository : The Archive of Recorded Sound recently took an active role in two courses during the spring semester, including Listening to the Local: Music Ethnography of the Bay Area (MUSIC 147A), with the aim of encouraging students to deposit their final media projects into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) for long term preservation and future online access. Are you interested in depositing your work or that of the course you teach into the SDR? If so, please contact Jon in the ARS.