Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Music Library to close early on April 20

The Music Library will be open from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 20.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Get Help finding sources for your research paper at the Music Library tonight from 7 until 9

Are you feeling the pinch of Spring Semester deadlines? Do you need help finding sources for your research papers? The Music Library reference desk will be open from 7 until 9 this evening. Please stop by and ask a question! We can help with your information needs. To learn more about reference service, click here (, or just stop by tonight!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Orchestral "Pops" Music: A Handbook

The Music Library received the second edition of Lucy Manning's bibliography of pops music for orchestra, entitled Orchestral "Pops" Music: A Handbook. It is found at call number MUR ML128.O5 M36 2013. It is arranged in alphabetical order by composer, and entries for each work list instrumentation, themes, durations, and publishers. It will be useful for anyone involved in orchestral programming, especially conductors or music educators.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The University Libraries now offer Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music

The Music Library now offers online access to Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music, funded by the University Libraries' Expensive Purchases Program. This is an online collection of bibliographies on many various musical topics. Entries in the bibliographies are annotated, and feature links to NIU resources via SFX, as well as built-in links to WorldCat and Google Books, when available. Under the direction of Editor in Chief Bruce Gustafson, the Editorial Board comprises musicologists of a variety of specialties. Users must access Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music from the NIU Campus network, or authenticate with their NIU network ID and password from off-campus.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring Break Schedule

The Music Library wishes you a happy and safe Spring Break. The sign on the Music Library door erroneously posted that we would be closed during Spring Break, but this is not the case. That sign has been corrected. The Music Library will be open on a reduced schedule during Spring Break. We will operate according to the schedule below:

Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9: CLOSED

Monday-Friday, March 10-14: OPEN 8 a.m. to noon, CLOSED noon to 1 p.m., OPEN 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16: CLOSED

We will resume our regular Spring Semester schedule on Monday, March 17.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Music Library Reference Desk Service Resumes Today

The Music Library will resume its reference desk service today, after taking a one week hiatus for the annual meeting of the Music Library Association in Atlanta. A librarian will be at the reference desk today and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Additionally, today is the day for our evening reference service! The reference desk will be open tonight from 7 until 9 p.m. If you are working on a research project for a class, tonight is an ideal time for you to bring it in and discuss it with a librarian, to make sure you are locating all the relevant resources for your project, and to hone your research skills.

To learn more about our reference service, click here (, or just stop by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Music Library Exhibit – Jazz at NIU

Hello! My name is Danielle Spalenka, and I am the Curator at the NIU Regional History Center and University Archives. I am happy to be a guest blogger and to announce that a new exhibit has been installed in the Music Library. The exhibit celebrates the legacy of Jazz at Northern Illinois University and features photographs from the University Archives. The images will be on display for the rest of the spring semester.

Shortly after the jazz program began in 1969, a number of legendary jazz artists made appearances with the jazz ensemble in concerts, clinics, and recording sessions. The photos displayed in this exhibit highlight just a few of the jazz dignitaries that have visited campus in the past four decades. Be sure to stop in and see the image of jazz pianist Marian McPartland in 1972 with Ron Modell, the founding director of the NIU jazz program. You will also see images of jazz drummer Louis Bellson (a northern Illinois native) receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from NIU in 1985. And finally, photos from Duke Ellington’s final public performance – which took place in what is now the Ellington Ballroom at NIU – are on display.

Duke Ellington's final public performance, 1974.
To learn more about the history of the NIU jazz program, or to find other jazz legends that have visited campus over the years, be sure to visit the NIU Regional History Center located on the 4th floor of Founders Memorial Library. You can also search for materials related to the jazz program on the Northern Illinois University Regional History Center and University Archives website.

Thanks again to the Michael Duffy and the Music Library for letting us display these wonderful photographs for the remainder of the Spring 2014 semester!