Over winter break, Paddock Music Library’s lounge/media area received a much-needed renovation.
To the right is our lounge as it was from 1986 to December 2014. The space was rather cramped and poorly lit with 16 small carrels (not in view here) and dated furniture. You can see, too, that our windows had wired glass that gave the place a more confined feeling.
We sent out a survey to students to ask what sort of improvements they wanted to see. We found that they wanted study tables, comfortable furniture, enhanced lighting, and laptop plug-ins.
In mid-December the contractors set to work on the initial destruction phase of renovation. We took out the arch, the knee walls, and the study carrels to open up the area.
Then came new carpet and brighter paint for the walls and ceilings, as well as much appreciated LED lighting. Warm gold and turquoise were certainly an improvement from the dated color scheme we had before.
In fact, we loved the new colors so much that we had the whole front section of the library repainted as well. The gold paint has offered our circulation area a touch of sun in this underground space.
The completed new area now includes:
- a large study table wired for Ethernet ports and outlets
- a journal display shelf adorned above with posters that complement the colors of the space
- spacious study carrels with adequate lighting and a listening station
- comfortable lounge chairs surrounding a coffee table
The room was nearly complete by mid-January. We needed to wait until the first week of February to receive all of the furniture.
Students certainly appreciate the improvements—we have seen an uptick of students using the newly renovated study space.
Dartmouth College Library provides a number of music-related online resources, including streaming audio and video as well as electronic scores and reference material, all of which can be accessed via the Library Catalog.
The Library subscribes to five streaming audio databases: Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM), Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library, and Jazz Music Library. Within these databases you can create playlists and listen to music at your computer and on your smartphones.
Classical Music Library and Naxos Music Library each contain a continually growing collection of recordings from the world’s greatest classical labels. The collection covers work from all major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz recordings available online. It includes recordings from legendary jazz labels, such as Verve and Impulse, and artists from the earliest beginnings of jazz to modern day performers, such as Diana Krall and Buddy Guy. DRAM is a database of sound recordings, original liner notes, and essays documenting American music from independent record labels and archives.
Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions. This collection includes over 42,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds from all over the world. Every two weeks, Alexander Street Press and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offer a free music download from Smithsonian Global Sound and Classical Music Library. All tracks are owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings or Alexander Street Press and are available, free of charge, for a limited time. You can sign up to receive an email notification every time a new download is available.
The library also provides two streaming video resources. Dance in Video contains footage of 20th century performances of many genres—jazz, contemporary, ballet, and improvisational to name a few— as well as instructional videos. Opera in Video provides over 500 hours of footage from nearly 300 operatic works, including staged productions as well as interviews and documentaries.
In addition to streaming content, the Library provides online access to several music-related print resources. The Classical Scores Library contains more than 30,000 works that can be viewed on your smartphone or tablet. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online and Groves Dictionary of Music Online supply an incredible store of reference information about almost any music subject.
Located on the lower level of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Paddock Music Library houses more than 70,000 printed volumes—including books, music scores, and serial volumes—as well as over 28,000 sound recordings (CDs and LPs) and over 1,500 video recordings. The music library also provides the Dartmouth community with access to over 300 music journal titles, Finale and Sibelius composition software, and several electronic databases with many thousands more sound recordings and scores.
Paddock has a research collection that represents a wide variety of genres. In addition to Western art music, the holdings include jazz, folk, electronic, and popular music, as well as the music of a diverse array of cultures and religious groups.
The music library’s resources are valuable to the music major and casual music listener alike, to solo musicians, a cappella and choral groups, and performance ensembles of all sorts. Dartmouth has over 200 students participating in Hopkins Center ensembles; and, according to a recent survey conducted by the Hop ensemble director, about 25% of Dartmouth students have had instrumental training. We see many of these students here in Paddock looking for music scores and invite those of you who haven’t made it here yet to come by.
The Hopkins Center hosts an eclectic mix of live performances every term, and you can find scores, recordings, and books relevant to these shows here in Paddock. Visit Paddock to take out an album by the brilliant vocalist Bobby McFerrin who just recently performed in Spaulding Auditorium. Or listen to a recording of Gabriela Montero’s improvisations on classical themes before she plays here on April 16. Check out the score of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, which the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra will be performing in their Spring concert. Look over the libretto to Così Fan Tutte before viewing the opera live from the Met in the Black Family Visual Art Center’s Loew Auditorium. Or read about Mozart’s “Mass in C minor,” which the Handel Society will perform in May. The options are endless.