You Want It, We’ve Got It – Extended Hours at the Music Library!

Do you need extra time to finish up that paper or study for an exam?  If the answer is yes, take advantage of the Music Library’s extended hours in April and early May.  Beginning on April 3, the Music Library will be open on Saturday afternoons from 12-5:00.  On Friday, April 30, we will be open from 8 am until 10 pm, and from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday, May 1.

Census 2010 for Dummies

censusJoin Jacob Thornton from the Census Information Center and Larry Romans from Government Information & Media Services for an overview of the 2010 Census at Noon on Census Day, April 1, in the Peabody Library Fireside Reading Room. The presentation will cover the basics of the Census, including why we have a Census, and frequently asked questions about the Census form (or forms) that you should receive in the mail during the month of March. Feel free to bring your form with you and come with any questions you may have about the Census.

This event is open to all members of the Vanderbilt community.

A corresponding Census Then and Now exhibit is on display at the Central and Peabody libraries.

Discover the Best Reviewed Recordings of the Noughties (or Oughties, or whatever you want to call them)

A criminally/necessarily abbreviated list (at least it can get you started) from the the Times Online, NPR, Downbeat, Soundcheck (WNYC), and a variety of other sources is below. Check Acorn for current availability and much more of the previous decade’s best.

John Adams, On the Transmigration of Souls CD MUS-7514
Julian Anderson, Book of Hours CD MUS-11597
J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations (Simone Dinnerstein, piano) CD MUS-12766
Bang on a Can, Renegade Heaven CD MUS-10978
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonies (Minnesota Orchestra ; Osmo Vänskä, conductor) CD MUS-12057
(Symphony no. 9)
Café Tacuba, Cuatro caminos CD MUS-12800
Ornette Coleman, Sound grammar CD MUS-8890
Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots CD MUS-12693
Osvaldo Golijov, The Passion According to St. Mark CD MUS-7353
Andrew Hill, Time lines CD MUS-10375
Jay-Z, The Blueprint CD MUS-12693
James MacMillan, St. John Passion CD MUS-12256
W. A. Mozart, Don Giovanni (René Jacobs, conductor) CD MUS-10193
Nico Muhly, Mothertongue CD MUS-12696
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack) CD MUS-5566
Brad Paisley, 5th Gear CD MUS-12808
Andy Palacio, Wátina CD MUS-10779
Panda Bear, Person Pitch CD MUS-12801
Radiohead, Kid A CD MUS-5523
Kaija Saariaho, Notes on Light; Orion; Mirage CD MUS-12769
Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Sky Blue CD MUS-10093
Dmitry Shostakovich, Complete Symphonies (Mariss Jansons conducting various orchestras) CD MUS-12823
The Silk Road Ensemble, Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet CD MUS-5752
Sigur Ros, ( ) CD MUS-12640
Adam Steffey, One More for the Road CD MUS-12824
Tinariwen, Amassakoul CD MUS-11920
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté, In the Heart of the Moon CD MUS-12641
Wayne Shorter Quartet, Beyond the Sound Barrier CD MUS-12809
Kanye West, Late Registration CD MUS-11136
Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot CD MUS-12642
Cassandra Wilson, Loverly CD MUS-12043

Stay tuned and we’ll narrow it down to a much less ambitious Best Reviewed Recordings of 2009!

Soong Exhibit Online

In 2009 the Divinity Library mounted an exhibit featuring Charles Soong, one of Vanderbilt’s alums from 1882-1885. That exhibit is now available online in both English and Chinese Thanks to Charlotte Lew for curating the exhibit and providing the Chinese translation for the Web site, and thanks to Henry Shipman for the photographs used in the site.

Library Renovations in the News

From the Nashville Post

Vanderbilt University announced a planned $6 million renovation to the campus’ Central Library Friday.

The renovation by Orion Building will upgrade almost 19,000 square feet of existing space. It will add small group study areas, computer workstations and a new, central help desk. The school will also add a café and new breezeway and exhibit space between the L. Fort Flowers Wing and the Divinity Library.

Vanderbilt Central Library renovation to transform campus learning environment

Vanderbilt University’s Central Library will undergo a $6 million renovation that addresses 21st century teaching and research needs for students and faculty while enhancing the experiences of community visitors.

“Scholarship has changed dramatically in the 70 years since construction of the Central Library,” Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said. “The Information Revolution completely transformed the way faculty members teach, the way students learn and the way faculty and students conduct research.” He noted that the look of Vanderbilt’s largest library building has stayed much the same since World War II, except for the addition of the L. Fort Flowers Wing in 1969. (more)

Database Trials at the Music Library

The Music Library is currently trialing two new databases, the Naxos Video Library and Classical Scores Library. Click on the links below to access them, and send your feedback to

The Naxos Video Library – This new Naxos product features streaming video of approximately 250 full-length operas, ballets, documentaries, concerts, and musical tours of historic places. Currently, the Naxos Video Library features videos from labels such as Arthaus, Dacapo, EuropArts, Medici Arts, and Opus Arte. The collection emphasizes world-class performances of standard operatic and dance repertoire, with new content added regularly. Naxos Video offers two searching option (basic and advanced), and also allows users to browse for content by genre, composer, artist, label, or production personnel. Videos are streamed via Adobe Flash player, making this service compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Classical Scores Library – Created by Alexander Street Press, the Classical Scores Library (CSL) currently contains 14,757 individual scores formatted for printing. Content in the CSL is a mix of copyrighted and public domain scores from publishers such as Boosey & Hawkes, Universal, and Faber. Genres covered include the blues, chamber, contemporary classical, folk, instrumental, opera/operetta, orchestra, and vocal/choral. Although there are no limitations on printing from CSL, the user agreement specifies that you can only use their scores for practice and study, NOT public performance. Our trial for the CSL extends through May 8, 2010.