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
“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.
“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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.