New Year, New Call Numbers!

Dear UArts Community Members,

As some of you may already know, we began a large-scale project in the Greenfield Library in the final months of the Fall 2017 semester. We reclassified every item in our collection from Dewey Decimal call numbers to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Okay, so you might be thinking, why? Well, there are a number of reasons.

  • The Library of Congress system is the standard system in the United States for academic libraries.
  •  It is already in use by the UArts Music Library and will help streamline the collections.

 It is widely regarded as a more effective system to use for classifying and finding academic materials.

You will encounter the LC system throughout your research at UArts and beyond. Even a cursory knowledge of its various sections will help you identify places in the library to browse and find materials. You can find out more about how LC call numbers are structured by taking a look at our UArts Libraries Call Number Guide on our website.In addition, we’ve created an LC subject heading guide, as well as corresponding bookmarks, available at the circulation desk:

The project included putting new labels on the books, removing every book from the shelves, and then moving the books into their new location.

From left to right: Barbara Danin, Acquisitions & Administrative Coordinator, Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, and Lillian Kinney, Cataloger/Archivist, sorting books that were relocated to their new sections in the stacks.

Above: William Rooney, UArts Visual Resources & Special Collections Assistant, sorting books with new LC labels into their new respective aisles.

As you can see from the images taken over the holiday break, it was organized chaos with books all over the library (on tables, chairs, carts, and the floor), and staff moving in all directions!

Thanks to the participation of the entire library staff and two very capable student assistants, the project was mostly complete before the beginning of the spring semester despite the interruption of 2.5 snow days. As we continue to power through the final stages of this project, please remember that we are always here to help you navigate your way through the library. Please don’t ever hesitate to visit us or stop by the circulation desk and ask for assistance!


~The UArtsLibraries

Work Study Student Jams with Stevie Wonder’s Horn Section

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Pictured above is UArts junior and Music Library work-study student Henry Tirfe alongside saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, currently playing on Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life tour.

Also present from Stevie’s horn section were sax player Peter Ortega and trumpeter Adam Dwight.

This photo was taken earlier this month on Monday, October 6th, at U-Bahn’s Monday night jam session led weekly by Philadelphian pianist Luke Carlos. This was a bit of a rare moment because nobody knew that anyone from Wonder’s band would show this night. It turns out they were in town for a show at the Wells Fargo Center as well as to present a master class during the week. Great tunes by D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and even Common were played. This was a great experience for all!

Stevie Wonder and his band had their show on October 7th, 2015 as part of the Songs in the Key of Life tour, but you can still check out his Songs in the Key of Life album, along with lots of other Stevie materials, in the UArts Music Library today! Scroll down to see more.

Songs In The Key Of Life (sound recording)

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CD3100 & LP8129

 The Sound Of Stevie Wonder: In His Words And Music

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ML410. W869P4 2006

Stevie Wonder: A Musical Guide To The Classic Albums

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MT92. W869L6 2005

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey Of Stevie Wonder

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 ML410: W869R5 2010

Stevie Wonder: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions

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M3.1 W856 2004x

by Henry Tirfe, UArts Class of 2017

Salutations! I’m Your New Music Reference Librarian

Salutations!

My name is Jim Cowen and I am the new Music Reference Librarian at the University Libraries. Since I started in the middle of Fall 2014, I thought I would take the start of this new semester as a chance to introduce myself. As a University of the Arts School of Music Class of 2001 alumnus, and a previous University Libraries employee from about 2001-2006, I am thrilled to be back here at UArts in my new capacity.

I will be working out of the Music Library, which is located on the third floor of the Merriam Theater building. I welcome visitors at any time to help with reference queries, give a tour, or just to say hello. Appointments are always welcome too, but certainly not needed. My office may be in a dark corner of the library, but my door is always open! I am developing expertise in our streaming audio and video databases and would love to show those to you.

In addition to providing reference in the Music Library, I’ll bring the show to you: if you ever need in-class instruction in Library services, just let me know. This is especially true for the School of Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, since I am your new library liaison. Any time you have questions about library services and resources, or wish to arrange research instruction sessions, please drop me a line. I truly look forward to working with you.

Random fun facts…

  • I still have pretty much every action figure I have ever owned since childhood, and I am still buying more. Recent acquisitions:

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  • I have two awesome cats, Butters and Tuxedo. Can you guess which one is Tux?

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  • I used to wear make-up and play in an eighties hair metal cover band.

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Related fun facts…

  • Finishing up my MLIS from Drexel University
  • Libraries at which I have worked:
    1. Rowan University Music Library
    2. Ocean County College Library
    3. Collingswood Public Library (intern)
    4. Ocean County Library

You made it to the end! Awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your day,

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 Jim

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Music Reference Librarian
The University of the Arts, University Libraries
320 S Broad St ~ Philadelphia PA 19102
jcowen@uarts.edu ~ 215.717.6293 ~ Fax: 215-717-6287

Study in New Zealand

This summer, July 12th through November 15th, I will be Studying Abroad in New Zealand! I have opportunity to spend Fall Semester 2014 at The University of Auckland studying dance and New Zealand Literature.  I am so excited to soak in the sun and Maori culture across the globe; although since it is across the globe it will be winter when I arrive. It isn’t so bad, considering their winter doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. If you aren’t familiar with Maori art you should totally check out:

Brown, Deidre. Maori Arts of the Gods. Auckland : Reed Books, 2005.

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Subject: Art, Maori.

I am going to be studying contemporary dance and choreography with Carol Brown, a collaborative dancer and choreographer who has a company in Auckland.  She works a lot with projection and blending mediums, which is so exciting to me because I am minoring in film! I will also be studying Maori dance and how it has shaped and informed eurocentric dance forms in New Zealand.  This will, hopefully, tie in nicely with my liberal arts course on New Zealand literature.  I have no idea what to expect because I am not super familiar with New Zealand culture, but I am hoping to immerse myself, gain a new perspective and diversify my dancing!

Hello! And Welcome to Bill!

My name is Bill Rooney and I am the newest face at the Greenfield Library.  I’ll be behind the circulation desk in the evenings from Sunday to Thursday to assist you with any questions you may have about our resources.  I’ll also be taking over the responsibilities of managing the course reserves at Greenfield so feel free to heed your professors’ sage advice to come use the resources they have put aside for your benefit.

If you need to get in touch with me for any reason at all you can send me an e-mail (wrooney@uarts.edu), give me a call at the library (215-717-6280) or even better, coming to see me in person.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT BILL ROONEY

  • He graduated from Drexel University in 2012 with a BS in Music Industry

  • He worked at Drexel’s Hagerty Library for three years

  • Three of his favorite authors in no order are: Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Haruki Murakami.

  • He pedaled a pedicab around Chicago in the summer of 2013 (and developed beautiful calves as well as not-so-beautiful sunburn in the process.)

  • He is a amateur vegan cook

I hope to see you in the library soon!

 

The images are from discardingimages.tumblr.com, a collection of humorous and sometimes obscene marginalia and illuminations in medieval manuscripts.