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Music Cataloger and Head of Music Technical Services Retires. (8.22.12) As the Fall 2012 term begins the Hargrove Music Library bids farewell to its Cataloger and Head of Technical Services, Elisabeth Spohrer. Pictured below with her husband, James Spohrer, at the Summer Reception at Doe Library, Elisabeth retired at the end of June 2012 after many years of service.

Elisabeth and James Spohrer

Mobile Apps for UCB Access to Naxos Music Library. (10.11.11)
iPhone/iTouch/iPad apps for mobile access to Naxos Music Library are available from iTunes; set up and login instructions are found in the user guide at the Naxos blog. An Android device app for NML access is available from the Android Market; setup and login instrucitons for "Institutional Users" (i.e., UCB students/faculty/staff) are also available at the Naxos blog.

Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music Available Online. (6.3.11) All UC campuses now have access to this electronic resource as part of CDL. Oxford History of Western Music offers a narrative account of the evolution of Western classical music by UC Berkeley musicologist Richard Taruskin. This landmark study has received universal acclaim and major awards in the field, and it is now being offered in an interactive digital format. · Includes the full text from The Oxford History of Western Music (OUP 2009) with notes, bibliographies and further readings for all 69 chapters [The 2005 edition is available in print in the Music Library at ML160 .T18 2005] · 500 illustrations, 1,800 musical examples & index from the 2009 print edition · More than 1,700 editorially-selected links to relevant entries in Grove Music Online · Search and browse options for easy navigation of the text, and the original pagination from the 2009 edition is retained to aid location of references · Printer-friendly format · Export citations automatically to ProCite™, EndNote™, Reference Manager™, RefWorks™, and Zotero™

Melvyl News. (6.3.11) The UC Libraries have moved to the OCLC WorldCat Local interface for Melvyl and CDL has launched new Web pages for Melvyl.

New and Updated Online Resources. (8.12.10) The Music Library has upgraded its subscription to the recently released full-text version of RIPM. RIPM indexes selected music journals published 1800-1950 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the US. It offers a cumulative index to chronologies and authors appearing in over 65 volumes of the print version. The online archive contains 70 full-text, full-image periodicals, with new titles added every six months.

Researchers interested in 19th-century sources will also be pleased to know that the UC Berkeley Library has also recently acquired access to a full-text database of 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Finally, the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM), a collection of some 700,000 entries describing musical sources (music manuscripts before 1800), now has a new and free online interface as the result of a cooperation between the Bavarian State Library, the State Library of Berlin, and RISM.

New Library Catalog. (5.14.09) In Summer 2009, OskiCat will become the UC Berkeley library catalog, replacing both Pathfinder and GLADIS. Learn more. Watch a preview.

New Head Librarian. (11.14.08) On October 6th we welcomed John Shepard as the new Head of the Music Library. John comes to us most recently from Rutgers University, where he served on the New Brunswick Library Faculty as Music & Performing Arts Librarian since August 2004. Prior to that, John was Head of the Rare Books & Manuscripts, and Curator, Toscanini Memorial Archives, Special Collections, of the Music Division of the New York Public Library. He is an active member of the Music Library Association, the International Association of Music Libraries, the American Musicological Society, and Chamber Music America. John holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory & Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an M.S. in Library Service from Columbia University. Please help us give John a warm welcome.

Oxford Music Online. (6.19.08) Oxford Music Online is now the place to find a variety of music reference sources. Currently the site hosts Grove Music Online, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the Oxford Companion to Music, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. Enhanced search functions include the ability to limit searches by source, time period, and subject, while advanced searches can be limited to search full article text, entry title, bibliography, or works lists only. Grove Online articles have links to the audio databases Classical Music Online and the Database of Recorded Music (DRAM), and entries in Grove bibliographies are linked to the Melvyl catalog via UC-eLinks for quick catalog searches.

Streaming Audio Databases. (3.20.08) UC Berkeley now has access to several streaming audio databases. These databases are accessible by anyone on the UCB campus, but off-campus use is restricted to UCB students, faculty, and staff via the Library's proxy server. See our Streaming Audio Databases page for descriptions of these resources, which include Smithsonian Global Sound, Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library Jazz, and the historical databases American Song and African American Song.

Two New Resources. (2.04.08) Two new resources are now available on the Music Library's reference works page. The first is the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, which was available to us at the end of 2007 on a trial basis. Like the printed version, articles in the Garland Encyclopedia include detailed photographs that show musicians, musical instruments, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Other images include drawings, maps, and musical examples. This database is restricted to UCB access only.

Also on the reference page is Schubert-Autographs, from the Wienbibliothek im Rathaus. Schubert-Autographs is a comprehensive collection of digital reproductions of score autographs, letters, and other documents by Franz Schubert. The site has a full-text search feature, as well as indices by title, Deutsch number, and watermark.

Hargrove Music Library in the News...

  • Architecture, vol. 93, no. 12, p. 74-83, Dec 2004. "Night and Day," by Sally Woodbridge.
  • AIArchitect. (12.17.04) "Kudos and Accolades Abound in the Peach State," AIA Georgia 2004 Design Awards.
  • San Francisco Classical Voice. "Hargrove Music Library Opens," by Janos Gereben, available in the SFCV Archives.
  • San Francisco Chronicle. (8.18.04) "UC Berkeley Library Combines Scores of Musical Artifacts with a Few Tempting Trinkets," by Joshua Kosman.
  • Berkeley Daily Planet. (7.30.04) "Music Library Opens Its Doors," by Janos Gereban.
  • UCBerkeleyNews. (7.28.04) "New Music Library Open," by Kathleen Maclay.
  • Daily Californian Online. (7.6.04) "New Free-Standing Campus Music Library Opens Today," by Allie Keeshan

Groundbreaking for the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. On April 13, 2002, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library took place on the Music Library's future home on North Field. Construction of the new facility began Fall 2002.

North Field, UCB, September 8, 2002 East end of North Field, facing Morrison Hall and Hertz Hall, future home of the Hargrove Music Library. (9.8.02)

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