|The Sibley Muse|
Newsletter of the Sibley Music Library
THE SIBLEY MUSE is published three times a year by the Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 27 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604. Jim Farrington, Editor. ISSN: 0161-1690
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Requesting library material—both resources from other UR libraries as well as through Interlibrary Loan—can now be done entirely electronically.
We are happy to announce that ILLiad, our electronic ILL service, is now functional. Anyone who wants to make use of ILL will need an ILLiad account. Begin by going to https://illiad.lib.rochester.edu/sib/ and clicking on the red First Time Users button. After you have filled out the brief form and been entered into the system, you will be able to not only place your requests any time of the day or night, but you will be able to monitor your account to see when orders have been placed, if the material has been received, and so forth.
You may also request Eastman and other University of Rochester material by using the Place Requests function in Voyager. If you have found in Voyager the item you want and it is at a non-ESM location, or if it is currently checked out to someone else and you want to recall it from them, click the Place Requests button at the top or bottom of the record, put in your ID number and last name, and fill out the second page appropriately (paying particular attention to changing the pickup location to Sibley Circulation). When the item is at the circulation desk, you will be notified by email that you can pick it up. This service is only for Sibley items currently not on the shelf; requests for items that are where they should be cannot be filled (although you can also use Place Requests for items that seem to be missing from the shelves, a note to which end you should include in the comments field).
The Place Requests function can also be used to recommend something for Sibley to purchase, report errors and typos that you find in Voyager records, ask for something to be put on Reserve, or ask for a photocopy of a journal article if the journal is located at another UR library.
Sibley Music Library subscribes to approximately 650 periodicals. When libraries set up periodical subscriptions they do so through subscription agents, in our case a primary agent for North American publications and one for European publications. Using subscription agents is more economical of our time and that of the University of Rochester accounts payable department than is subscribing individually with over 600 journal publishers. Early in January 2003 we learned that our North American subscriptions agent had declared bankruptcy, an action that has affected thousands of libraries in this country and elsewhere. In what some have described as “the Enron of the library world,” the money that Sibley Music Library and other libraries prepaid for subscriptions early in the 2002/2003 fiscal year has not been used to renew those subscriptions with publishers. Thus, beginning in January some of our periodicals simply ceased to appear on a regular basis; while we had paid for them, our agent had failed to pay the various publishers on our behalf.
What initially appeared to be disastrous has been mitigated somewhat by a wonderful spirit of cooperation on the part of many publishers. Publishers realize that their financial health depends in part on libraries subscribing to the journals they publish. Many of the larger publishers, such as the various British and American university presses, decided to cooperate with libraries by providing continuing coverage of the periodicals they publish. Even absent our payment, these publishers will continue to provide us with our journals during this interim period. In exchange we agree to continue subscribing by way of another prominent North American subscriptions agent—the third player in this newly forged cooperative venture among publishers, vendors, and libraries.
So what does this bankruptcy mean to students and faculty at Eastman? Some of the periodicals that are important to you may not be covered by this agreement. In such cases it is likely that the most recent issues are not on the shelves. We are working with our new vendor and with individual publishers to purchase the needed back issues. In the meantime, if you need a particular article please request it via interlibrary loan. If you are looking for current issues of the International Musician be aware that the Eastman Office of Career Services (Student Living Center) has a subscription directly with the publisher and thus continues to receive current issues of this title.
The process of working through this bankruptcy is taking time, but we have completed the required legal documents in the hope of eventually recovering a portion of our annual prepayment for 2002/2003. We have signed the agreement that provides continuing coverage by participating publishers, and we have identified our new North American agent. During the period from May through August we anticipate securing most if not all of the missing back issues, so that when we begin the new academic year this particular episode will have been largely resolved.
In February a number of Sibley librarians attended the annual Music Library Association meeting, held this year in Austin, Texas. Linda Blair, Alice Carli, Jim Farrington, Sandy Lemmon, Gerry Szymanski, Dale Vargason, and Dan Zager, were there, and many encountered former Sibley folks Mary Wallace Davidson, Esther Gillie, Jean Harden, Ellyses Kuan, Tomoko Shibuya, and Ann Marie Willer.
Jennifer Bowen participated in meetings of the ALA/ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Sections's Executive Committee during the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia last January. In April she traveled to Washington, D.C. to report at the spring meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of the Anglo American Cataloging Rules. At the River Campus, Jennifer serves on the River Campus Libraries' DSpace Policy Committee and also on the implementation team for a federated search tool called ERA. ERA, which will become available to the university community early this summer, will allow simultaneous searching across multiple databases.
Jim Farrington and Claire Michelle Viola will be attending this year’s Association for Recorded Sound Collections meeting at the end of May in Philadelphia. This is Claire Michelle’s first ARSC meeting, but she is already involved in committee work and with the Blue Ribbon Awards. Jim is the current president of ARSC.
This spring and summer, Claire Michelle will make site visits to several audio archival repositories in Western New York State. Since this past fall, she has been an active member of the Local History Committee of the Rochester Regional Library Council. In particular, Claire Michelle is on the planning committee for Archives Week 2003, an annual weeklong statewide observance of the significant archival collections in our midst. The focus for this year’s Archives Week will be “Archives and the Arts.” Claire Michelle and David Peter Coppen together will coordinate a contribution by the Sibley Music Library for the weeklong observance.
David performed the Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor by Rachmaninoff with the Alfred University Symphony Orchestra in early May, a concert that marked his second solo appearance with that student ensemble. This summer he will resume his activities with the Alfred Trio, a piano trio that also includes alumnus Rintaro Wada (MM 1999).
Katherine Axtell is busily preparing to take comprehensive examinations in musicology in August. Last December she submitted to A-R Editions the final draft of her manuscript of a definitive edition of both the Piano Quartet and the Piano Trio of Swedish composer Elfrida Andrée. In March, she presented on her work on Andrée at the annual ATHENA Festival and Conference, held at Murray State University. The focus of this year’s conference was on keyboard and choral music of women composers.
This past fall semester the Eastman Audio Archive observed a celebration of “William Warfield at Eastman,” marking the transfer of all of the late Mr. Warfield’s Eastman School performances from open reel tape to CD format. The Warfield performances can be accessed at the Reserves and Recordings desk. The next initiative in the “Take Note” series will be the recognition of the accomplishments of former faculty member Chuck Mangione.
Beginning in May, the Carl Fischer archive will undergo formal processing so as to ensure the preservation and better access of the holdings. The project will include a complete inventory, which has been lacking to date. Since December, 2000 the Special Collections department has participated with Carl Fischer in an archival reprint service, whereby authorized photocopies of the archived out-of-print music are made available at nominal cost.
Among the collections recently received are the papers of concert trumpeter Edna White (1892-1992); Rochester-born violinist and composer Louis Siegel (1885-1955), a student of Eugène Ysaÿe; choral composer Milan Kaderavek (b. 1924), a student of composer Gordon Binkerd (MM 1941), whose manuscripts Sibley also holds; and additional deposits of manuscripts by composers Samuel Adler (b. 1928) and Sydney Hodkinson (b. 1934). In addition, the department has taken custody of the manuscripts of the Commissioning Project, an initiative launched by ESM alumnus Ned Corman (BM 1959) to promote musical interest and music education in the Rochester-area public schools. Meanwhile, the department is preparing to take custody of the working archives of both the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, and the Music Theory Society of New York State.
Sibley recently cataloged (and bound!) an unusually large score, William Thomas McKinley’s 82 cm tall Concerto for Grand Orchestra (see picture below). This begged the question: is this the largest score that we own? An informal survey (that is, going to the shelves to find something larger) revealed that no bound score was larger (although two composition theses measured 79 and 78 cm respectively). Further, a number of Takemitsu’s works, measure over 100 cm, but are rolled up in tubes.
If the McKinley is the tallest, however, then what is the heaviest (one hesitates to say, most substantial)? That honor would go to an uncataloged 15th century choirbook that is nearly as big as the McKinley score (79 cm), but which vellum pages are bound in wood and steel. Naturally, such a beast is found in the Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections, along with a number of hefty tomes. No scale was available for an exact measurement, but it takes two people to lift it from the shelf on which it rests. Also in Special Collections we find the physically smallest work in the library, A Collection of Hymns, For the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church (NY: G. Lane and P.P. Sanford, 1844), which measures 10.5 x 6.5 cm.
Robert Iannapollo behind the music
by Jim Farrington
In 1997, Ian Frazier published a humorous essay in The Atlantic, “Lamentations of the Father” about parenting and children’s behavior. I subsequently parodied that writing as it relates to proper library behavior. Below is a modified version.
Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the Library. Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, but not in the Library. Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the Library. Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the Library. Of the round pies of baked dough, topped variously and wondrously with goodness of the Earth, especially with extra garlic and double cheese, you may eat, but not in the Library, neither may you carry such therein. Of quiescently frozen dessert and of all frozen after-meal treats you may eat, but not in the Library.
Of the juices and other beverages, you may drink, but not in the Library, unless it is that drink of two parts hydrogen and one of oxygen, and only then should the mixture be held in a container of the prescribed shape and nature that miraculously do not spill even when uprighted. Indeed, when you pass through the door of the Library, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you drink (except in NSL404).
Laws When at Table, in Carrel, or in Chair
And if you are seated in your comfy chair, keep your legs and feet below you as they were. Neither raise up your knees, nor place your feet upon the table, for that is an abomination to me. Yes, even though this might be something you would do in confines of your own domicile, your feet upon the table are an abomination, and worthy of rebuke. Draw not with your pens or pencils or other implements of writing upon the table or the books before you, even in pretend, for we do not do that; that is why. Yours shall not be the last eyes to gaze understandably upon the words so written, and they should be as fresh for your followers as for you and your antecedents.
On Vocal Discourse
Do not speak loudly with thy neighbor or study mate within the Library; for it is as if you scream all the time. If you find a troubling idea foisted upon your eyes between the bindings of a book, your voice rises up even to the ceiling, while you point to the offense with the finger of your right hand; but I say to you, scream not; only remonstrate gently with a knowing nod, that you may correct the fault of the author in your own essay. Likewise, if you find your mind wandering from the soulfulness of your studies, again I say, refrain from conversing with whoever be at hand so that others might not be so distracted. Play not the electronic gadgets fitted to your ears at such a volume as to cause others to march to your drum machine.
Though the need will eventually arise that you must give in to your ignorance of a matter bibliographic and throw yourself prostrate to the all-knowing ones behind the Great Oaken Reference Desk, wail not despairingly nor gnash the teeth loudly, for the sound carries great and far in that part of the Library, and then many of your peers will know of your misfortune; behold, I whisper myself, yet do not die.
Various Other Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances
Attempt not to repair broken word or music carriers with your own tape, for these are matters better left to our specialists. Forget not that to steal is one of the original sins, and you will be punished woefully, if not now then in the fullness of time. Although the Library's computers are capable of seeing many wondrous sites in the World, look not upon the lascivious or unscholarly among them, nor print endless reams of things of which those who pay your bills would not approve.