Join the Music Library Student Advisory Group!

Do you use the Music Library or Music Library mate­ri­als?  Help us shape Music Library spaces and ser­vices by join­ing the Music Library Stu­dent Advi­sory Group (MLSAG).  The MLSAG meets quar­terly for an hour so the time com­mit­ment is low.  We’re look­ing for new under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dent mem­bers.  Inter­ested in join­ing?  Email Music Out­reach Ser­vices Librar­ian, Ver­letta Kern at by Octo­ber 8th if you’re inter­ested in join­ing the group.

Happening Today: EndNote Desktop Workshop

Learn about End­Note Desk­top, includ­ing how to cre­ate your own library, down­load ref­er­ences from online data­bases, cre­ate bib­li­ogra­phies, share ref­er­ences with col­leagues and more. There will also be time to get your End­Note ques­tions answered. Work­shop offered by Doug Nguyen, Cus­tomer Edu­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist, Research Soft­ware, Thom­son Reuters and hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons.

Place: Allen Audi­to­rium (Allen North Library, Ground Floor)

Time: 10:00 am — 12:00 pm  Drop in as you can!

Conductor Christopher Hogwood dies aged 73

He died at his home in Cam­bridge fol­low­ing an ill­ness last­ing sev­eral months, a state­ment on his web­site said.

It added his funeral will be pri­vate, with a memo­r­ial ser­vice to be held at a later date.

Hog­wood worked with many lead­ing orches­tras around the world and was con­sid­ered one of the most influ­en­tial expo­nents of the early-music movement.”

For the full story, please see the BBC News.  Read Hogwood’s works or lis­ten to his record­ings at the UW Music Library.

Read the Constitution Lately?

For the ninth year in a row, the Suz­za­llo & Allen Libraries will be the site of campus-wide, 75-minute pub­lic read­ing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.  The pub­lic read­ing is a sim­ple yet inspi­ra­tional act.  We gather together one hun­dred read­ers (each per­son reads about five sen­tences) and lots of lis­ten­ers. Con­sider get­ting involved as read­ers or atten­dees.  One need not stay for the entire event but can come and go.

WHAT: UW Reads the Con­sti­tu­tion
WHEN: Thurs­day, Octo­ber 2, 2014, 12:00 — 1:15pm
WHERE: Out­side the Suz­za­llo Library Main Read­ing Room (3rd Floor, Suz­za­llo Library)
QUESTIONS: E-mail Gov­ern­ment Pub­li­ca­tions,, or call Cass Hart­nett, U.S. Doc­u­ments Librar­ian, 206–685-3130.
READER SIGN-UP: Via the web at

Messages from Taiwan: Recreating Tradition through Musical Composition

Join us Octo­ber 2nd at 2:30 as Prof. Shih-Hui Chen, of Rice Uni­ver­sity, will deliver a pub­lic lec­ture on ‘Mes­sages from Tai­wan: Recre­at­ing Tra­di­tion through Musi­cal Com­po­si­tion.’ The lec­ture will take place in Gowen 322.  This event is co-sponsored by the UW East Asia Library and the National Cen­tral Library, Tai­wan. The lec­ture will be in Eng­lish.  OCT 2 pub­lic lec­ture poster

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

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