November 21, 2017

Train in Vain | Music Matters

Recently, a patron came in and asked for train sounds on CD. Easy enough; libraries always seem to have at least one sound effects CD lying around at all times, right? We did have one that was supposed to be on shelf at that particular location, but it was all Halloween sound effects (i.e., no train sounds), and it was lost or missing.

Women in Jazz: Part 2 | Music Matters

Back in May we began the first of a three-part series about women in jazz (LJ 5/1/17, p. 49). This month, let’s pick up where we left off, looking at women jazz instrumentalists and composers from the 1960s and 1970s.

Making Libraries Sing | Music Matters

Instead of focusing on a genre of music, or items to add to your collections, this column offers a shout-out to a librarian with a double life, and the work she and others do to bring music to patrons in a variety of ways.

Perry Genovesi & Adam Feldman | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Change Agents

Music librarians Perry Genovesi (seated, l.) and Adam Feldman of the Free Library of Philadelphia tap teens’ passion for music to introduce them to criticism and help them to develop research and information literacy skills. “If you’re a librarian, and you want to know your teens better, have them share the music they’re passionate about!” Genovesi says.

Rock Star Librarians | Music Matters

For librarian rock stars, like most people, finding time to pursue their side project can be tricky…. “But looking back, libraries were a very supportive atmosphere for me to continue to grow creatively.”

Forget Me Not: Rozz Williams | Music for the Masses: May 1, 2013

Columnist Matthew Moyer takes a look at the work of the late Rozz Williams, front man for Christian Death, as well as a pivotal figure in the American gothic and dark alternative genres.

Beta Testers Weigh In On Hoopla

Hoopla, Midwest Tape’s pay-per-circulation media streaming service for public libraries, has been in beta-testing mode for close to two months, and early reports of both the service overall and its mobile applications have been positive.

Iowa City Library Launches Local Music Project

When the Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) launched its Local Music Project at music.icpl.org, a groundbreaking effort that makes the music of local musicians freely available to Iowa City library cardholders, it may not have expected the nationwide interest it received. The Project made waves around the country, getting the attention of librarian.net and other venues, despite being only a few weeks old. So far, there are 49 albums available, and the list is growing.

Rock Hall of Fame Opens Library

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will open its Library and Archives to the public in a new four-story, $12 million facility on the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus, about two miles from the Museum. An invitation-only grand opening featuring a panel discussion, ribbon cutting, and reception will be […]

LC's National Jukebox: Fascinating… and Uncomfortable

The Library of Congress (LC) unveiled its online National Jukebox this week, and it has so far proved to be a popular treasure trove of turn-of-the-century recorded music. More than 250,000 streams have been played in just the first few days of operation, according to the LC. It’s an indication of a lot of early […]