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WHAT'S THE SCORE?
Newsletter of the MIT Lewis Music Library
Lewis 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,
Note the new kinder and gentler URL for the Lewis Music Library Home Page:
MEET US IN THE LIBRARY
The new Lewis Music Library has become a very popular place on campus. According to statistics,
use of the Lewis Library has more than doubled over the old library! From its opening on October 22, 1996
through May, 1997, the door count averaged over 2,000 people per week -- compared to approximately 900 in
the old library. During that same time period, the gate count exceeded 50,000. We built it and they came!
Thanks again to Cherry and Mary Emerson, the many other donors, and the present and former Associate Provosts
for the Arts, Alan Brody and Ellen Harris, for making this library a reality. It is such a pleasure to study
and work in this beautiful library.
We have just been notified that the Lewis Music Library won first place in the "Building of the Year Awards"
for the category "Spatial Planning and Interior Furnishings." This award is sponsored by the New England Real
Estate Journal, the International Facilities Maintenance Association (Boston Chapter), the Association for
Facilities Engineering, and Key Productions. The Lewis Music Library will be featured in the New England Real
Estate Journal. MIT Design and Construction Services will receive an award at the Bayside Expo Center on October 15th.
WHEN THE JOURNALS COME MARCHING IN
With the library's increased shelving capacity, back issues of journals previously in storage are being returned
to the library. We hope to have all titles returned by the end of the semester. This should make things much more
convenient for everyone. You will also notice that the latest issues of journals have been placed in public display
racks for easier access.
RILM ABSTRACTS OF MUSICAL LITERATURE -- ONLINE
RILM Abstracts is now available online through the Libraries' subscription to OCLC's FirstSearch. This bibliographic
database provides thorough coverage of books, dissertations, and journal articles written about music. Access to
RILM Abstracts is available to the MIT community through Athena (at Athena prompt, type add library; tfirst) or
through the Web (go to the Lewis Music Library's home page at http://libraries.mit.edu/music and select databases then
If you have questions about accessing RILM please ask the library staff. RILM Abstracts is also available in the
Lewis Music Library on CD-ROM (MUSE) and in paper format (for those die-hard computer haters).
NEW-FANGLED CONTRAPTIONS: TECHNOLOGY PORTRAYED IN AMERICAN POPULAR SHEET MUSIC
This summer, the Lewis Music Library established a new special collection consisting of American popular
sheet music, mostly pre-1920. The theme of this collection is technology. Each piece of music features
some new technology of the day such as the automobile, airplane, telephone, telegraph, camera, electricity,
etc. The covers and texts to these pieces vividy reveal how society as a whole reacted to these new inventions.
Not surprisingly, there are hundreds (probably thousands) of such pieces. If anyone has a favorite title you'd
like to see in the collection, please let us know!
Thien Lee, who just finished his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at MIT, volunteered quite a lot of his
time this summer to work on a pilot project that will make this sheet music collection available on the Web.
Thien has scanned the images of 10 pieces so that their full-color title pages and the complete music will be
available (and printable) on the Web. Thanks to Thien for his generous help! We hope to record a few of these
pieces and put this music on the Web so that you can hear the music as well. There are also tentative plans for
an IAP concert of this music in January, 1998. Stay tuned!
REALLY BAD MUSIC JOKES:
Q. What does new age music sound like played backwards?
A. New age music.
Q. What happens when you play the blues backwards?
A. Your wife comes back to you, your dog returns to life, and you get out of prison.
Tuba player: Did you hear my last recital?
Friend: I hope so.
Q. Who's the patron saint of accordionists?
A. Our Lady of Spain.
Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock. Who's there?
Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock. Who's there? Philip Glass.
SPECIAL GIFTS TO THE LIBRARY COLLECTION:
The library is pleased to have received a donation from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. This gift will be
used to purchase the printed music of 20th-century composers. Susan Kannenberg presented the library with
another donation intended for the purchase of printed music and recordings of music written by women before
the 20th century. Our holdings of women composers have improved considerably thanks to her. Elaine Chew
contributed over 40 pieces of printed music and 15 compact discs of Chinese music to the library. She purchased
these items herself in China through a grant from the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative.
Thanks to these and all of our donors. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Emma Rogers Society of the South Shore (Rita E. Skinner, coordinator)
Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation
Dr. Morton Grosser
Dr. Giselle G. Hamad
Dr. Susan L. Kannenberg
Peter D. Matthews
Dr. Timothy J. Resch
OTHER DONORS SINCE OUR LAST NEWSLETTER:
Music and Theater Arts
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