Newsletter of the MIT Music Library

Spring 1996

Music Library, 14E-109
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Forrest Larson, Circulation and Reserves Assistant,
Christina Moore, Sr. Assistant & Processing Assistant,
Peter Munstedt, Music Librarian,

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Please let us know if you have any requests. Forms are available in the Music Library.


The planned renovation of the Music Library, announced in our fall issue, draws closer. This will be the first major renovation work to the library since it was established over 40 years ago. Former Associate Provost for the Arts, Ellen Harris, was instrumental in obtaining the funding that made this project possible.

The renovated library will feature a newly-built mezzanine with 22 listening carrels, a listening lounge, a small group listening room, a conference room, and a computer room with interactive multimedia CD-ROM stations. The library's books, printed music, and sound recordings will be housed in compact shelving (which moves on tracks). This shelving will allow the collection to expand well into the 21st century. Other highlights include a climate controlled special collections room, a journal reading area, an electric keyboard, a photocopy machine, and expanded study space. Renovation work is scheduled to begin in late May with the completion in time for the fall semester. During the summer, the collection will be placed in storage and therefore will not be accessible. Extended check-outs after mid-April will be allowed in order to accomodate patrons needing books and scores over the summer. (Sorry, this will not include any recordings.) Other Boston-area music libraries will offer their assistance to MIT library patrons during this time. And to answer your other question: no, the staff is not taking three months off, but will be working hard at a variety of projects in an effort to have things ready when we reopen. We can't wait!

For more information concerning the renovation, contact Peter Munstedt at 253-5636.


Approximately 60 enthusiastic spectators crowded into the Music Library to watch the 2nd Annual Musician Look-Alike Contest. Hosted by the infamous and irreverent Captain Hook (Ed Darna, Theater Arts), this IAP event was great fun for audience and participants alike. The six entries included look-alikes in the guise of Clara Schumann, John Lennon, Anonymous 4, Midori, Shaliapin, and the Ricola Boys. Theme music for each contestant's entrance was provided from the Music Library's sound recording collection. Live performances were added this year, including a violin solo by Midori (Susan Park) and an alphorn duet by the Ricola Boys (Chad Musser and Philip Drinker). Prizes included gift certificates from the MIT Coop, Newbury Comics, and Toscanini's Ice Cream. Costumes for several entries were provided by Theater Arts.

Check our home page soon for photographs from this year's contest. We hope you will plan to join us next year, when contestants can make their entrances down the stairway in the new library!


Q: What do a viola and a lawsuit have in common?
A: Everyone is happy when the case is closed.

Q: Why are harps like elderly parents?
A: Both are unforgiving and hard to get in and out of cars.

Q: What do you call a trombonist with a beeper?
A: An optimist.


Kathleen J. Allen (in memory of Dorothy T. Allen)
Charles A. Bruen
Paul Earls
Dr. Morton Grosser
Lisa First
Susan Kannenberg
Lowell Lindgren
Martin Marks
Martin Pearlman
Alice Pierce (in memory of Emanuel Orange)
Carlos Prieto
Major Nalik Atibhag Sangsnit
Evan Ziporyn
Thank you!

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