Welcome back with library tours and video games

DAWG daze are here again!  Come take a tour of the Suz­za­llo Library or Ode­gaard Library.  Play video games at the Suz­za­llo Library West entrance as the Media Cen­ter unveils their new video game col­lec­tion from 11am-3pm.  Learn more about free tech­nol­ogy and dis­counts you can use to sup­port your classes.  Inter­ested in a tour of the Music Library?  Email vkern at uw.edu

The Classical Cloud: The pleasures and frustrations of listening online.

Recently, while mov­ing my CD col­lec­tion to new shelv­ing, I strug­gled with feel­ings of obso­les­cence and futil­ity. Why bother with space-devouring, planet-harming plas­tic objects when so much music can be had at the touch of a trackpad—on Spo­tify, Pan­dora, Beats Music, and other stream­ing ser­vices that rain sonic data from the vir­tual entity known as the Cloud? What is the point of hav­ing amassed, say, the com­plete sym­phonies of the Eston­ian com­poser Eduard Tubin (1905–82) when all eleven of them pop up on Spo­tify, albeit in ran­dom order? (When I searched for “Tubin” on the ser­vice, I was offered two move­ments of his Fourth Sym­phony, with the oth­ers appear­ing far down a list.) The tide has turned against the col­lec­tor of record­ings, not to men­tion the col­lec­tor of books: what was once known as build­ing a library is now con­sid­ered hoard­ing. One is expected to ban­ish all clut­ter and con­sume cul­ture in a gleam­ing, empty room.”

Read the full arti­cle by Alex Ross at The New Yorker.

How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries

Dig­i­tal music has made it eas­ier to buy and share record­ings. But try telling that to librarians.

In March 2011, the Uni­ver­sity of Washington’s library tried to get a copy of a new record­ing of the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic play­ing a piece by Gus­tavo Dudamel, a pop­u­lar com­poser, that the library could lend to stu­dents. But the record­ing was avail­able only as a dig­i­tal down­load, and Ama­zon and iTunes for­bid rent­ing out dig­i­tal files.”

For the full story, please see The Chron­i­cle of Higher Edu­ca­tion.

World War I sheet music online at Library of Congress

From 1914 through 1920 the Library of Con­gress acquired over 14,000 pieces of sheet music relat­ing to what ulti­mately became known as the First World War, with the great­est num­ber com­ing from the years of the United States’ active involve­ment (1917–1918) and the imme­di­ate post­war period.  America’s entry into the war came at a time when pop­u­lar song­writ­ing and the music pub­lish­ing indus­try, cen­tered in New York’s Tin Pan Alley, was at its height and a new musi­cal form known as “jazz” was emerg­ing.  The sheet music col­lec­tion rep­re­sents the inter­sec­tion of this rich out­put of pop­u­lar song and the con­scious­ness of a nation at war that was itself emerg­ing, as a major world power.

In addi­tion to com­mer­cially pub­lished songs, the col­lec­tion also con­tains “music of the peo­ple” — the work of ama­teurs in van­ity press edi­tions and unpub­lished man­u­scripts.  The essay “World War I Sheet Music at the Library of Con­gress: America’s War, as Viewed by Pub­lish­ers and the Pub­lic” dis­cusses the his­tor­i­cal con­text of the col­lected songs and their reflec­tion of Amer­i­can soci­ety dur­ing the war.

Browse this collection.

Large Class Collegium for Faculty and TAs

Wednes­day, August 13  |  9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.  |  UW Seat­tle Campus

Reg­is­tra­tion is now open for the Large Class Col­legium. This is a won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity for instruc­tors who teach larger classes (100 or more stu­dents) to share exper­tise and learn about instruc­tional inno­va­tions. Teach­ing with tech­nol­ogy, assess­ment, and class­room man­age­ment are just a few of the top­ics we’ll dis­cuss. Ses­sions are facil­i­tated by fac­ulty mem­bers, work­ing with instruc­tional con­sul­tants and learn­ing technologists.

Seat­ing is lim­ited. For details and how to reg­is­ter, visit:  Large Class Col­legium 

Effective Literature Review Summer Workshop

Effec­tive Lit­er­a­ture Review
A free, tutor-supported online learn­ing course
August 4–8, 2014

Dura­tion: Mon­day, August 4, 2014 — Fri­day, August 8, 2014 (5 days)
Time Com­mit­ment: Approx­i­mately 30 min­utes to 1 hour per day, for 5 straight days
Tar­get audi­ence: Upper divi­sion under­grad­u­ates; early stage grad­u­ate stu­dents (e.g. MA or PhD-seeking)
Pre­req­ui­sites: Access to the inter­net for each of the 5 days iden­ti­fied. A valid UW NetID is also required.

Descrip­tion:

  • This activity-based work­shop will help you build tech­niques for com­pos­ing effec­tive lit­er­a­ture reviews and increase your con­fi­dence in gath­er­ing lit­er­a­ture for any sig­nif­i­cant research project.
  • By ask­ing stu­dents to share expe­ri­ences with one another, this work­shop pro­vides the space and oppor­tu­nity for you to reflect on your skills and to see how var­i­ous tech­niques and tools can be employed to help you find and orga­nize sources.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion Process

  • This work­shop will take place in Can­vas over 5 days, with no fixed par­tic­i­pa­tion times (asynchronous).
  • Each day cor­re­sponds to one online mod­ule, which includes a topic overview, resources, an activ­ity, and a dis­cus­sion forum.
  • Your con­tri­bu­tions to the dis­cus­sion forums are your means of ‘assess­ment,’ so you should expect to post to each forum.
  • You will be guided through the course by a team of friendly librar­ian tutors, who will answer ques­tions and pro­vide feedback.

How to Join:

  • If inter­ested, please email Robin Chin Roe­mer (robincr@uw.edu) by no later than Fri­day, August 1, 2014.
  • Space in the work­shop is lim­ited, and par­tic­i­pants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Richard Maxfield Collection now streaming online

The Archive of Recorded Sound at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity is delighted to announce that the Richard Max­field Col­lec­tion (ARS.0074) can now be lis­tened to online, via the collection’s find­ing aid on the Online Archive of Cal­i­for­niahttp://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6q2nf5jm/.

This col­lec­tion fea­tures nine dis­tinct works by the pio­neer­ing Amer­i­can 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.

You can read more about Max­field and this col­lec­tion on the Stan­ford Libraries Blog - http://library.stanford.edu/blogs/stanford-libraries-blog/2014/07/richard-maxfield-collection-now-streaming-online.

390,000 new tracks in American Song

Start explor­ing 390,000 new tracks added to the Amer­i­can Song collection!

No joke. We just added 390,111 com­pletely free tracks to your Amer­i­can Song online lis­ten­ing collection.

How do we even begin to tell you about it all? Why don’t you dive in and see for yourself.

High­lights include:

  • Songs by Roo­sevelt Sykes, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, and Al Dex­ter & His Troopers
  • Ranch Records, Clas­sic Blues & Rhythm, JSP Records, Amer­i­can Coun­try Hits Records, Essen­tial Media Group, and hun­dreds more labels
  • New sub­gen­res includ­ing zydeco, doo-wop, delta blues, and Nashville sound

Plus, this audio is search­able right along­side your pre­ex­ist­ing con­tent, with fea­tures including:

  • Seman­tic facet brows­ing. Nar­row results by dis­ci­pline, release date, lan­guage, label, per­former, and more.
  • High-definition audio. Stream tracks at up to CD qual­ity (320kbps), so you don’t miss a note.
  • Wave­form view. Use the audio wave­form view to cre­ate pre­cise audio clips, then share them with your col­leagues, class­mates, or the world.
  • And much more.

Writing Consultations for Graduate Students Available this Summer

Are you work­ing on an arti­cle, per­sonal state­ment, con­fer­ence pro­posal or other graduate-level writ­ing this sum­mer? We are pleased to announce that the Ode­gaard Writ­ing and Research Cen­ter will offer drop-in writ­ing help for grad­u­ate stu­dents in the Research Com­mons this sum­mer.  Drop-in con­sul­ta­tions are Thurs­days from 12PM-1:30PM through August 14.

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Dissertation Boot Camp in the UW Libraries Research Commons

Dis­ser­ta­tion Boot Camp in the UW Libraries Research Commons

Sat­ur­day, Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m.–4:30p.m. 
Doc­toral Stu­dents: Are you at the begin­ning, or about to begin the dis­ser­ta­tion writ­ing process? Have you hit a road-block? You need boot camp! The Dis­ser­ta­tion Boot Camp in the Uni­ver­sity Libraries Research Com­mons is an inten­sive full day of talks and break­out ses­sions tai­lored to your needs as a dis­ser­ta­tion writer. Top­ics for these ses­sions may include: cita­tion man­age­ment, tools for pro­duc­tiv­ity and project man­age­ment, find­ing grad­u­ate fund­ing, sub­mit­ting your dis­ser­ta­tion elec­tron­i­cally, open access pub­lish­ing, deal­ing with writ­ers block, and more. 

Reg­is­ter now → 

A $15 fee will be charged at reg­is­tra­tion, and will cover the cost of your lunch and mate­ri­als.
To help us tai­lor and set the pro­gram to your needs, please be sure to answer the ques­tions on the Sur­vey sec­tion of your registration.