Local journalist, Joan Jacobson, has donated to Cook Library her collection of dance books in a collection now named in her honor, The Joan Jacobson Dance Collection. A former Baltimore Sun writer, Joan has spent a lifetime collecting biographies, historical overviews, and photographic essay books about a wide variety of dance topics. From
classic ballet to modern dance, the collection showcases the lives and achievements of dance personalities ranging from Margo Fonteyn to Martha Graham. The collection is housed in the stacks, Special Collections, and Reference. More information about Joan and the collection can be found at: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/collection/joan-jacobson-dance-collection.
Cook Library is pleased to announce that adjunct instructor and music industry insider, David A. Sherbow, has donated his collection of
materials on popular music to Cook Library. This is a virtual named collection: the books are shelved in a variety of locations (stacks,
Special Collections, reference), but all have a nameplate identifying these books as part of this donation and donor information is also
placed within our catalog records for these items. The scope of the collection is vast covering biographical information on musical
groups like the Beatles, Kiss, and Aerosmith to books that advise bands how to negotiate business contracts. Special Collection
items include slipcased biographies of music notables Prince and Kurt Cobain that come complete with either sound recordings
or pull out paper replicas of concert tickets and drawings. Read more about the collection and the donor on the Cook Library
web site: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/collection/david-sherbow-popular-music-collection.
The library has just published a new schedule of fines and fees that will go into effect on July 1. Notable changes are increases in daily fines for overdue items, and an increase in the replacement fees for lost items. Getting folks to return overdue library materials (as well as replacing materials that are returned damaged to us) is always a challenge, and nothing is more frustrating than to see that we own a particular item, but that it is overdue and unavailable for immediate use. Hopefully, these fines will serve as an incentive to bring materials back on time. Read more about the new schedule and avoid unpleasant “surprises” related to returning materials: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/fines-and-fees
The total M stacks area is getting some well needed expansion. With the addition of titles in the ML section from the David Sherbow gift donation, the shelves were looking a little tight. Under the diligent eye of new M stacks person, Andrew Yager, the M stacks are being expanded a bit, so browsing in this area should be a little easier. In the mix, the Quartos were moved back to the beginning of the M section. Now you will find the collected edition sets of composer scores all in one aisle. Thanks to Andrew for working so hard to make this happen.
Andrew will continue to shift and expand collections through the early to mid part of the summer, so please excuse the dust and clutter as he works to improve the section.
If you visit the MRS Lab on the second floor of Cook Library, you will notice some major changes in the listening / viewing area. The service desk in the Media room has been closed, and all patrons are now being directed to the Circulation Desk on the third floor for services. The CD and DVD/VHS collection is now a paged collection: you request your items at the Circulation Desk on the third floor of the library, and a library staffer will bring your items to you for checkout at the main desk. The listening/viewing stations have all also been moved to the third floor and are located by the large windows overlooking the power plant (just to the right of the Circulation Desk).
If you need items for a class you are teaching, you can still request them via the normal channel of using the online form on the library’s web page. If students need to view a particular video for a class assignment, instructors should notify the Circulation staff so that we do not loan that same video out for viewing for another class.
The media computer lab in the MRS area is still open for student use. The CD reserves had already moved to the main Circulation Desk two semesters ago, so that procedure remains in place.
New for the fall semester will be a series of research oriented workshops which focus on sharpening specific skills. Whether you need help on formatting a paper and footnotes in CMS style or you have no idea how to do a in-text citation in MLA style, spend an hour with selected Cook Library librarian faculty members this semester and become research savvy in a snap. Look for further information about these exciting workshops as the Fall semester approaches. I will be teaching three in October: CMS Citation Style, MLA Citation Style, and Using Images in Humanities Research.
In a move which brings more space for the print music collection at Cook Library, the M materials have been shifted just a few shelves so that they are now at the very end of the call number range on the fifth floor. This means that the exact spot where you were used to finding the score for Debussy’s Images has now been moved by an aisle or two. Yes, you will have to re-orient yourself to where your favorite sections are shelved, but the good news is that the collection can spread out a little bit to encourage browsing. You may have also noticed that the library is now retaining those colorful, attractive book jackets to entice readers to peruse books which may have formerly gone unnoticed. This translates to many exciting books in the ML area which can be displayed within the stacks. There are comfy sofas right by the M section, so as you are finding your way around the section, grab a biography or music history book and sit a spell. Remember the Quarto M’s still reside at the very beginning of the section. Folio M’s are still by the window, but will be spread out over the two wooden bookcases.
Just this week while listening to WBJC on the radio, I was reminded that the station’s website hosts blogs by many of their commentators. In addition to the very nifty links and feature stories, the blogs allow radio personalities and listeners to share stories and gain insights to upcoming musical events, performing artists, and more. A recent scan of Dyana Neal’s blog reveals a link to listen to her interview with TU’s own Carl Schmidt, Poulenc scholar and featured speaker at the recent all-Poulenc concert at Center for the Arts on March 12th. Judith Krummeck’s recent blog post described her encounter with the late Van Cliburn as well as her reminiscences of another of my favorite pianists, South African Steven DeGroot. I loved reading the comments made by listeners as they shared their own experiences. Copies of the current as well as past newletters are also available online for viewing on the web page, and you can sign up to receive other news items by email. If you have not taken a look at the station’s website recently, you are missing out on some interesting exchanges about music, both on the local scene as well as on the international stage. The general website can be found at this link: www.wbjc.com – be sure to check out the “Blogs” dropdown menu on the upper right corner of the page.
If you have a burning question concerning music copyright guidelines, the preservation of music materials, or other music research related topics, take a look at the newly launched MLA Blog at: http://blog.musiclibraryassoc.org/. The blog provides a forum for users to pose a question for answer by experts within that field. Your question will be posted on the blog and beyond the specific expert’s answer, other MLA members are able to comment on your post and engage in a scholarly discussion. As the blog has just been established in March, currently there is only one post, but I am sure that (if the activity on the MLA listserv is any example), there will be much discussion to come as the blog becomes popular.
If you have never taken a look at Grey House’s annual compendium of performing arts venues, programs, and resources, you will need to make a detour to the Reference section of Cook Library and check it out. Newly arrived is the 2013/2014 edition of Grey House’s Performing Arts Directory (REF PN1561.G74). Entries range from contact information for venues by classification (dinner theatre, opera, etc.), to performing organizations/companies by speciality focus, to information resources for students, performers, and event planners. Performance categories include Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, and Series & Festivals listed by state and city. Additional listings include performing arts venues listed by state, as well as the names of executives of performing arts organizations. This is a perfect resource to use in career planning for both students and professionals. Don’t miss the Information Resources section which includes annotated entries for associations, newsletters, databases, and web resources in the performing arts. For more details, use the link from the publisher’s website which includes sample pages and the complete table of contents: http://www.greyhouse.com/performing.html.