Library News Archives

April 16, 2008

Jazz Display

April is Jazz Appreciation month. Come see the excellent display highlighting just a few of the Library's jazz-related materials. We've got books, scores, CDs, and DVDs of jazz music, documentaries, and performances that you can check out from the Library.

May 5, 2008

Musical Scores from the Music Library Online

Nearly 100 musical scores from UIUC's Music Library were digitized recently at the Open Content Alliance/Internet Archive scanning center on campus. Represented in this new online collection are Victor Herbert, John Philip Sousa, Jerome Kern, and Gilbert & Sullivan. The Music Library is one of the largest collections of its kind at a public university, and is currently ranked among the top ten music libraries in the United States. Its collections contain more than 765,000 volumes, including over 55,000 books, 520,000 scores, 19,000 microforms, 150,000 sound recordings, and over 20,000 items in other formats and media. (text borrowed from

May 12, 2008

End of the school year

UIUC's academic year ended with graduation this weekend--congratulations to all of our graduates!

During the year we aim to post at least one item per day on this blog, but with summer upon us, we may be posting less often. We hope you'll check in when you get a chance, and we'll be back to our regular schedule come fall.

June 3, 2008

Music Library scanner not working

The scanner in the Music Library is currently out of order. We'll let you know when it's working again.

June 10, 2008

New journals area

You might have noticed the new journals display area near the reading room on the first floor. We've selected several dozen of the top journal titles in music, dance, and theatre, and will display current issues face-out (recent issues are in the shelves beneath). Older issues and journal titles not in this display (we have hundreds) can be found in the journals area in the northwest corner of the first floor.

June 13, 2008

New scanner up and running

A new scanner is up and running in the Music and Performing Arts Library. Directions are on the machine cover; if you have any questions, just ask us!

Want a $10 Espresso Royale gift card?

Help the Music and Performing Arts Library redesign our website. For one hour of your time (during which you'll follow some simple tasks using our website) we will give you a $10 Espresso Royale gift card. Interested music, dance, and theatre students and faculty should contact Kirstin Dougan ( or 244-4072.

June 17, 2008

Music Library name change

Did you hear the one about the musician, the dancer, and the actor? No? Me neither, I was just trying to think of a catchy way to let you know that the Music Library has recently been renamed the Music and Performing Arts Library. This change reflects that our holdings now include Theatre materials as well and Music and Dance. Our new website, which will more accurately reflect our new collections will be released later this summer.

August 26, 2008

The play's the thing

As many of you know, we acquired many theatre-related materials from the English Library over the Spring and Summer. We've got
---> periodicals (1st floor, on the new periodicals shelves facing the reading room and in the periodicals stacks near the reading room).
---> new playscripts (1st floor, on the shelves facing the M3 reference scores)
---> older playscripts (1st floor, Dewey sequences 811 (for American drama) or 822 (for English drama)
---> books (1st floor; Dewey sequence 792 and 808-830 (roughly); LC sequence PC-PS)

October 8, 2008

Why your flash drive might not work on our computers

U3 Flash Drives on Public PCs (from the Library IT Helpdesk's site:)

For security reasons the Library's public computers are set up to run only the software installed on them by Library IT personnel. This is causing a problem for some users who come to the Library with flash drives that utilize U3 encryption software. The specific U3 software required for these flash drives varies from brand to brand. There are many variations of U3 software and this makes it extremely difficult for Library IT to have all the possible variations pre-installed on the public PCs. Thus, some users are not able to use their flash drives on our public machines.

We recognize that Library users must be able to save their data to take with them when they leave the Library. Library IT is investigating options for dealing with the U3 situation. For the time being, these are some alternatives that one can use at our public terminals:

Email the file to themselves as an attachment via CITES Express Mail

Upload the file to their Netfiles

Save the file to a CD - public workstations have CD burners and Nero Express.

Remove the U3 system from jump drives by following the instruction on U3 FAQ page.

In the meanwhile, if your users report problems with their U3 flash drives, you may refer them to this page on the Funk ACES Library web site for advice.

For more information, please visit the U3 website.

October 29, 2008

Participants Needed for Discussion Group

Project Information Literacy, a national research study, is looking for humanities and social science majors (sophomores, juniors, and seniors), who are in their 20s and enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), to voluntarily participate in one of two discussion groups they will be holding on the UIUC campus on Thursday, November 6, 2008. The study is about how U.S. college students conduct research for course assignments and in their "everyday life."

Two 90-minute sessions will be held in the Undergraduate Library on campus (Room 295) at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 6. Each participant will be given a $15 iTunes card at the completion of the discussion group as a thank-you for their time.

Interested students can sign up at Project Information Literacy is based in University of Washington's iSchool and led by Drs. Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg.

November 4, 2008

Library opening at 8:30am Monday-Friday

We hope you haven't missed the news that the Music and Performing Arts Library will now be opening at 8:30am Monday-Friday. Closing times and weekend times remain the same.

November 7, 2008

Improvements in Classical Music Library tool

{From the folks at Alexander Street Press}
The new release of Classical Music Library includes new features and updates in addition to a new interface. Users can now browse all classical works by album and find associated recordings using the new Album Browse feature.

There is also updated playlist functionality, which makes it easier to create rich playlists. Individual items in a playlist can now be annotated, and links to any item, whether available in our collection or elsewhere on the Web, can easily be added. Enhance your playlist of audio tracks with reference passages, scores, external Web links, and text from a variety of sources. And sharing playlists has never been easier. Gone are the days of requesting Course Folder privileges for music professors. Now users can decide whether or not to share a personal playlist with other users at their institution, or with anyone who subscribes to Classical Music Library.

Based on user feedback, we've also improved our Advanced Search. It is now possible to limit search results to recordings where the complete work is available. And as always, we are continually working to license more content for Classical Music Library.

All other functionality and content has been migrated from the old interface, including all user accounts, playlists, and course folders. Please note that your course folders will now appear as playlists shared within your institution, and you have the option of sharing them with all Classical Music Library subscribers.

November 10, 2008

Wrangle that citation data

Drowning in Data? RefWorks can Help

These are the last two workshops of the semester! Sign up early, space is limited.

Learn how to use RefWorks, a citation management software program subscribed to by the University of Illinois Library that is free to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois. This workshop will cover the basics: how to access RefWorks, search catalogs, import references from library databases, retrieve and manage citations, create bibliographies according to various citation styles (e.g., MLA or APA), and use Write N Cite to add parenthetical references to your work. For more information about RefWorks see: Both workshops will be held in the Undergraduate Library, Room 291.

Tuesday, November 11th 10-11am

Friday, November 14th 1-2pm


January 26, 2009

Opera in English CDs and Masterclasses on DVD

Two new Library acquisitions that might interest many of you:

1. Chandos Records' Opera in English CDs

These CDs offer quality performances of standard and not-so-standard repertoire in English. To find them in our catalog, limit your search to "Music Recordings" and do a search for "opera in english." If you know the specific opera you want, you can do a boolean search for [opera name] and "opera in english".

Many of them have not been cataloged yet (they just arrived this week!), so use the request feature in the online catalog, or ask for help at the reference or circulation desks.

2. Two new masterclass series on DVD

--Jazz Master Class Series from NYU

These eight DVDs represent some of the best jazz teachers and performers.

To find them in our catalog, limit your search to Films/Videos and either search for the individual's name or to find all of them, do a boolean search for jazz and master and class.

Some of them have not been cataloged yet, so use the request feature in the online catalog, or ask for help at the reference or circulation desks.

--Masterclass Media Foundation

This excellent series of 21 DVDs present masterclasses by some of the best performers and teachers in the classical world. From Dame Evelyn Glennie to Maxim Vengerov, the series covers instrumentalists, singers, and conductors. Not to be missed!

To find them in our catalog, limit your search to Films/Videos and do a search for "masterclass media foundation" or the name of the individual presenter.

If there are other titles you'd like to see the Library purchase, please use the online form.

January 30, 2009

17th Century Spanish Gradual

The Music and Performing Arts Library took delivery of a 17th century Spanish gradual this week. A description and pictures are available here.

February 10, 2009

Oxford Music Online--issues resolved

The problems with Oxford have been fixed.

Oxford Music Online (the online home of the Grove Dictionary among other titles) is currently experiencing technical difficulties. The problem has been reported and we'll let you know when it's been fixed.

February 11, 2009

Notice to Mac OSX users having problems with audio e-reserves

If you are a Mac OSX user and are having problems accessing the audio e-reserves, you may need to install RealOne, an earlier version of RealPlayer.

February 12, 2009

Lincoln's 200th Birthday

Celebrate Lincoln's 200th Birthday with the Music and Performing Arts Library. Come see our exhibit featuring music about him.

Other online resources for Lincoln music online:

Civil War Sheet Music from the UIUC Music and Performing Arts Library

Abraham Lincoln Songster

We'll Sing to Abe Our Song! (LC American Memory Project)

Music of Lincoln's Time (scroll down)

April 3, 2009

Do You Tweet?

Our little blog is now over 100 posts old. While I think this is a useful tool for you, dear reader, who may not have time to search for arts news on your own and also want to keep up with Library news and tools, I'm wondering whether folks have time to read blogs any more. Is there a more effective way to share information with you?

I've been thinking Twitter might be another way to share these stories and news items with you. Do you Twitter? Would you follow a Music and Performing Arts Library Twitter stream? Or would you rather continue with the blog? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you think.

Thanks! Kirstin Dougan, User Services Coordinator, MPAL

April 27, 2009

Twitter is here

OK, while many of you seem shy about commenting on the blog, you have told me that you'd be interested in a Twitter stream from the Music and Performing Arts Library--so here it is: Click on "Follow" under the MPAL Illinois logo so you don't miss any of our Tweets.

Copyright Criminals


Film Screening with Co-Producer Kembrew McLeod (in Person)

Thursday April 30, 6 - 8 p.m., Main Library 66

This is a film about music sampling, art, and copyright law. It tells a story about how media industries regulated hip hop and how hip hop artists like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground resisted them.

Kembrew McLeod is a filmmaker and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa

April 29, 2009

Jazz Music Library here!

The Jazz Music Library is now available to UIUC community members on a trial basis. Try it out and let us know what you think.

May 20, 2009

Classical Music Library recordings now findable through library catalog

You may know that we subscribe to the Classical Music Library streaming audio tool. Now when you search our online catalog, if a recording is available in CML, it will have it's own entry.

Here's a Boolean search for Reger and serenades, limited to "music recordings."


If you click on the title, you get more information about the recording.


You can then click on the link that says "Online Access" to go to the CML tool, where you can click on tracks to play them.


May 26, 2009

Theater in Video

The Library now has a subscription to Alexander Street Press's Theater in Video

"Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 242 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, King Lear, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Bérénice, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Playboy of the Western World, Krapp's Last Tape and Othello, among many others. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Eli Wallach, Zoe Caldwell, Sam Waterston and more. For the first time, students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging."

June 12, 2009

Orchestra Musicians' CDROM Library and CDSheetMusic content now available online via Library Music Source

Have you been using our great collection of sheet music on CDROM? Well, now it's available to the University of Illinois Community via Library Music Source.

CD Sheet Music
Includes masterworks for piano, organ, classical guitar, strings, winds, voice, chorus and study scores. It includes:

* 35,000 pages of piano music
* 30,000 pages of vocal music (arias and art songs)
* 17,000 pages of opera vocal scores
* 21,000 pages of choral vocal scores
* 15,000 pages of violin music

Orchestra Musicians' CD Rom Library

Including all the parts to over 600 orchestra masterworks, this is a 10-Volume set of original orchestra parts and scores for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute (piccolo), oboe, clarinets, bassoon, horn, trumpet, low brass, timpani/percussion and harp/keyboard/ miscellaneous. Note: Printing all the separate parts enables performance.

August 28, 2009

Welcome back students and faculty

Well, you made it through the first week (and so did we!). If you are new to our library or just need a refresher, take a look at our welcome guide:

If you want to know what great new stuff we got over the summer, check out the New Titles List:

Need something and we don't have it? If you can't get it through iShare or ILL, and/or if you just really think we should have it here, suggest a purchase:

If you are feeling overwhelmed and could use a little help, just ask us!

Glad you're back!

November 4, 2009

We're upgrading the MPAL site again

You may have seen the note on the MPAL web site, but in case not, we're making some changes. We hope to streamline the site and improve findability. If there is something you'd really like to see change, or something you don't want to see change, let us know. We'll post mock-ups of the proposed redesign ahead of time so you'll know what's coming.

Blogs vs Twitter

It's been pretty quiet (dare I say dead?) here on the blog this semester. That's because we have been using Twitter more to send you short news bits. You can see the feed from our Twitter stream on the right side of the blog. We'll continue to use the blog when we have longer announcements or want to include pictures or screen shots to illustrate something.

What's up with audio e-reserves?

As you may have noticed, we've been having some problems with audio e-reserves this semester. They're working just fine if you use one of our computers, and usually work if you are trying to access from home. However, you might encounter problems if you are trying to access either from a Mac or via campus wireless.

We are working to fix the problems and hope to have a more stable system in the near future. In the meantime, here are two things you can try:

1) If you're having problems from home or via the wireless: Trying installing the VPN client and using that to access the audio files.

2) If you're having problems from a Mac and/or the VPN isn't solving the problem, try installing RealAlternative instead of RealPlayer.

As always, if you're having problems with any ereserves materials (or any online library resources), please just let us know! It helps to know what kind of computer, what media player, whether you're using wireless, and which audio tracks didn't work.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for this inconvenience.

New ways to get to our online music content

Now when you search our catalog for recordings, you will find records for recordings in our online audio streaming tools Classical Music Library and DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music). Just click on the "Related URL: Online access" link.


Also, when you search Grove Music Online (via Oxford Music Online) you can click on the "Related Content" tab to find links to CML and DRAM so you can search for related audio content.


April 13, 2010

New scanner

The Music and Performing Arts Library now has two scanners for public use. Both are located in the computer area in the row closest to the circulation desk.

As always, if you have any questions about using the scanners, please ask at the reference desk or the circulation desk.

June 28, 2010

Improvements to Music Online

MPAL subscribes to Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sounds from Alexander Street Press. They have made improvements to Music Online, the cross-search platform ( (and also to the native interfaces of each individual music collection).

Highlights of the improvements include:

* PLAY, DOWNLOAD, and ADD TO PLAYLIST icons are now filled-in blue by default. This change came from customer feedback that the gray icons were confusing and difficult to see.

* SEARCH RESULT RELEVANCY has been re-worked and improved, and relevancy is now back as the default search sort.

* SEARCH RESULTS return at the parent (album) level, with relevant child (track) results underneath.

* SEARCH TERMS ARE HIGHLIGHTED and relevant metadata is returned with search results to help understand your result.

* REFINE YOUR SEARCH USING FACETS on the right hand side of the page (as opposed to the top of the page).

* SEARCH STRING is displayed at the top of the search results page with the option to remove any field (trashcan icon) to broaden your original search.


July 2, 2010

"Send to mobile" functionality in Classical Music Library and other ASP products

From ASP:

We now have "Send-to-Mobile" functionality in Music Online, including all of the individual streaming music collections and some items in Opera in Video. This functionality will follow in all of our streaming video collections later this year.

What this means is that you can now send an audio track, video track, album, or playlist from our streaming collections to your mobile device to listen to later. The item that you send stays on your device for 48 hours.

Go to any of our streaming music databases and look for a cell phone icon ("Send-to-Mobile") next to each track, album, or playlist. Wherever you see that icon you can click it and obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device.


We provide several methods to send this link:

* We can send a text message to your mobile.
* We can email the link to your email address, which you can pick up on your mobile.
* You can enter the link URL manually into your mobile's web browser.
* On supported devices you can scan a QR-Code directly from your computer screen. You will need to download a QR-Code reader application to do so.

At this time, this functionality is supported on:
* Apple iPhone on 3G network or better
* Mobile Device with Android OS

Shortlinks cannot be accessed outside of your institution network after 48 hours but will still be usable within it.

For more information please visit the Help page at

July 7, 2010

New Library Catalog Interface

You might have noticed that the library's online catalog has a new look.

You can now search both the U of I Library Catalog and the IShare Catalog with a user interface called VuFind. You can still search the local U of I Catalog through either the VuFind interface or the Classic interface. However, the IShare Catalog has been completely replaced with VuFind.

Here are a few things you should know to make VuFind easier to use.

1. In the basic search screen, "AND" is assumed, so if you want to combine multiple concepts, just type them all in the field. If you want to use NOT or OR, you have to use the Advanced Search screen and use the dropdowns.


If you have a phrase you want to keep together, use quotation marks, e.g., "folk singing".

2. If you want to search for various forms of a word, use * as the truncation symbol, e.g., symphon* will find symphony and symphonies.

3. To limit by item format, you must use the advanced search feature.


You can still use the word "digital" in your search to help limit to CDs or DVDs, although this is not perfect.

4. On the results screen you will have more options to limit your search. Use the "topics" like you would use LC Subject Headings to determine what an item is about.


5. To see the full contents of an item, you must look at either the "More details" tab, or if there is one, the "Table of Contents" tab.


5. In order to place a request for an item through IShare, you must create a user account in VuFind. Click on the "Login" link at the top right of the screen and then click on "Create a new account."

Placing a request through must repeat your search for the item and select "All IShare Libraries" from the drop-down next to the search box. Once you find the item you want, click on the "Request this item" link at the bottom of the location information for a particular library.

6. Features currently unavailable in VuFind:

* Course reserves searching
* Call number searching
* Ability to limit items by library
* Direct export of records to Refworks

**Note: If you are in the old catalog and you click the link to "Find copies in other iShare libraries" it will take you to the LOCAL catalog in VUFind. You then need to select "All iShare Libraries" from the dropdown and repeat the search.

August 1, 2011

Changes to the MPAL website

Happy August!

We're getting ready to launch some minor changes to the MPAL web site--all of which should make it easier to get to the online tools you need. The changes are based on user feedback we've received in the last year. Please take a look at the screen shots below. if you have questions or comments, please let me know. The launch of the new site will occur before school starts.

New Home Page (temporary address)


Research Resources Page (temporary address)

If you used to have this page bookmarked as your primary access point to research resources, you can now link directly to the subject page of your choice. (see below)

Music Resources Page (temporary address)


Help Using the Library (temporary address)

The Ask Us page has been expanded.


September 28, 2011

New online video resources for dance and opera

MPAL has two new video resources available: Dance in Video and Opera in Video.

Dance in Video

Performances and documentaries, searchable and browseable by artist, genre, and material type.


Opera in Video

Performances, interviews, and documentaries searchable and browseable


These new resources join Theatre in Video in our list of research resources available to U of I patrons.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music now available online

MPAL now has an online subscription to the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.

The text and the audio for this resource are now available in one place. You can search or browse.


The advanced search gives you more options, including the ability to look at a list of terms that might appear in a particular search field.


September 30, 2011

Undergrad music students--Help out MPAL--Participate in our research project

MPAL is doing a study on how music students find music scores and recordings for their studies (remember the survey from last semester?). Now we'd like to do some one-hour focus groups to talk to you more in depth about this.

If you want to help and are a music student, please email with your name, major, and year in school.

Participants will receive a $10 Espresso gift card.

We really appreciate your help as this will help us improve our Library services.

Thank you,

Music and Performing Arts Librarian

October 21, 2011

Two new online resource trials

For the next month you can test out the online versions of

Richard Taruskin's The Oxford History of Western Music

You can do a keyword search or browse by volume

> Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century
> Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
> Music in the Nineteenth Century
> Music in the Early Twentieth Century
> Music in the Late Twentieth Century

and the

Online Music Anthology from A-R Editions

"A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology is extensive collection of examples designed expressly for music history courses." It contains over 425 pieces from "antiquity through the romantic era, with extensive contents for the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque"with content drawn from A-R's Recent Researches series.

If you have comments or feedback about these resources, let us know

March 9, 2012

International Students Library Workshop

International Students Library Workshop
March 14th at 2:30 in the Seminar Room in MPAL

This workshop is meant to provide some tips and resources for international students (or other students!) who need a little extra help doing college-level research in the perhaps unfamiliar Music and Performing Arts Library. The session will be informal, so feel free to come with specific questions or concerns you might have from your own research experiences in the library. We'll also be able to try some example searches, so if you have a laptop you want to bring to follow along and try yourself, go ahead and bring it along.

If you can't make it to the workshop but you could still use some tips on mastering the library, you can get additional information and resources from the following guide, created specifically for this workshop:

Hope to see you there!

May 23, 2012

New interface for ProQuest databases

Do you use IIMP or IIPA or ProQuest Dissertations? If so, be prepared for a new look. It simplifies searching and expands the resources available.

IIMP contains both full-text and abstracts to articles from 1874 to the present while IIPA contains results from 1998 onward. Both resources are extremely helpful tools in music, dance, and theater research. ProQuest Dissertations includes dissertations and theses from the late 19th Century to present, many available in full text.

The banner at the top of the page offers a lot of features.


Your Searches and Items

You can choose which ProQuest databases you want to search by clicking the "Database" link in the top left corner.

The Recent Searches link lists all recent searches, which you can review or even combine just by clicking. Selected Items keeps track of the items you flagged while searching. My Research allows you to create and access a free account, enabling you to organize, manage, and save articles. You can also link your RefWorks account to your IIMP or IIPA account.


You can use the "Languages" link at the top right-hand corner of the page to translate the interface to a different language. After choosing an article, you can translate the text of most articles to another language.

Searching Tips

You can limit search results by:
Document Type
Reference Work
Document Feature, and/or

Be careful when limiting by Document Type (article, book, review, etc) because this will not necessarily give you the most results. The "Reference Work" limit choices provides easy access to a glossary, brief opera synopses, music fundamental terms, and a pronunciation guide.


All search results have icons that correspond with source type (scholarly journal, trade journal, newspaper). If you are unsure of what the icon represents, you can either mouse over it or look to the right side column under Source Type. The choices in the right column also help you narrow your results to a particular type of item.


Another way to limit your results uses the graphic at the bottom of the right hand column on the results page, which allows you to choose articles within a specific date range. This bar graph also shows when most of the articles on a subject were published.


Search Subject Areas

A new feature allows you to select specific subject areas to search in. The column on the right-hand side of the search screen lists areas which link to relevant databases.


This feature is not necessarily the best way to search for articles. Many of the databases included under The Arts have little to do with music; therefore searching IIMP and/or IIPA directly will yield the best results.

But, this feature does allow you to access Dissertations & Theses, which links to both ProQuest Dissertations and CIC (Big 12 School) Dissertations databases. It also allows you to access the News and Newspapers area which gives access to titles like The New York Times (historic and current issues).

June 4, 2012

New Online Journals and Databases Tool

Recently, you may have noticed some changes in the way you can search for journals and databases on the library website.

The Online Research Resources (ORR) database (the yellow and blue pages!) has been replaced by the new Online Journals and Databases (SFX) database (


There are a number of key differences between these sites. While ORR allowed you to easily browse all music databases, the new SFX requires you know the title of the database before you search. If you are unsure of the exact title of the resource you are looking for, the search engine provides suggestions, which can be helpful.


For now, please try to avoid browsing SFX by subject. These listings are not precise and may give you search results that include links that are irrelevant to music, theater, or dance.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in SFX, you can also try searching:
• The “Databases by Subject” guide:
• The “Music Easy Search” module on our home page:
• The Library’s Online Catalog for database and journal titles and information

A user guide to Online Journals and Databases is available at

If you have questions, please contact me at (tel. 244-4072).

July 25, 2012

NABMSA Library Exhibit

Make sure to visit the North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) exhibit in the MPAL. The exhibit's scores, books, and sound recordings showcase the work of many British composers. This display coincides with the NABMSA conference which is taking place at the University of Illinois from July 26-28.

February 20, 2013

New printing system--release the print jobs!

As of yesterday we have a new printing release system.

1. When you want to print a document you can choose "Print" from the file menu, use the print icon in the task bar, or use Ctrl-P as you always have.

2. Choose the print queue you want (this is different):

* Library B&W (this is the only one that will print to the MPAL printers)
* Library Color
* UGL B&W Pay
* UGL Color Pay

You can also send your job to the Library B&W queue and release it (more on that in a bit) at any of the other campus libraries. Library Color jobs can be sent from MPAL and released at any of the campus libraries with color printers (Main, UGL, ACES, Grainger).

3. You will log in with your NetID and password as you always have.

4. You will be shown the cost of the job and asked to confirm that you want to send the print job.

5. Go to the print release station of your choice (ours is at the MPAL reference desk) and log in with your NetID and password.

6. Click "Done" at the release station when you are finished. (It will automatically log you out after about 30 seconds of inactivity.)

As mentioned above, you can send a print job from MPAL and release it at MPAL or at another campus library.

If you don't release your print job immediately, it will stay in the print queue for 12 hours. If you don't release your job, it will leave the queue and you will not be charged.

Here are pictures of the steps.

Here is information about how to get refunds.

Here is a link to see how to print from your laptop.

April 12, 2013

Web Printing (Beta) @ the University of Illinois Library

How to Print from a Laptop

* Print Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and PDF files via website upload
* Choose between black and white or color printing (by way of printer selection)
* Choose number of copies

* Cannot print image, html, text, or specific application (AutoCAD, MatLab, etc) files
(Other file types can be printed as PDF documents (see above instructions))
* File size cap of 100 MB
* Must be logged on to the wireless network IllinoisNet
* Cannot print on both sides of a page (duplex)
* Limited to personal (netid) accounts, no group or department account printing available via web print

Web printing is tested and compatible with Windows and OSX laptops, but Library IT cannot ensure compatibility with all mobile device platforms, including Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), and BlackBerry.

July 30, 2013

The top 12 things you should know about MPAL

Whether you are new to the University of Illinois or a seasoned grad student, here are a few things you may not know about the Music and Performing Arts Library.

Print, audio/visual, name it, we've got it
1. Our collections and resources cover all types of music, dance, and theatre from all over the world.
2. We have books, scores, CDs, and DVDs that you can check out, as well as LPs, reference materials, and journals that you can use in the library
3. Our online resources are available to you 24/7 when you login with your NetID
4. You can request things from other libraries or request that we purchase something

1. You can print from our computers or via wireless from your laptop
2. We have two scanners that are free to use
3. We will soon have iPads for loan

We have friendly and knowledgeable staff who want to help you
1. See our Ask Us page for ways to get help
2. We have online help guides for music, dance, and theatre classes and research topics
3. You can make personal research appointments with either of the librarians to get help with your paper or research project.

1. We have lots of study space at big tables near big windows
2. We make monthly guides to go with events at the Krannert Center

We have listening rooms and listening carrels for you to use when listening to or watching any of the media in our collections. Ask for a key at the Circulation Desk.

To keep up with MPAL news, follow us on Twitter @mpalillinois

September 10, 2013

Double-sided printing in MPAL

Yes you _can_ (usually) print double-sided at MPAL. At least one of you asked me this the other day and I gave you the wrong answer--I'm sorry!

So how do you do this? The instructions are slightly different for PDFs and Word documents.


1. First, save your PDF to the desktop and open it with Adobe Acrobat.
2. Next, choose Print from the file menu, or click on the print icon.


Word documents

1. Choose Print from the file menu, or click on the print icon.


Note: You will still be charged $.10 for each page you print, no matter how many sheets of paper you use.

November 25, 2013

Format Facets in the Library Catalog

You might have noticed that the library catalog has recently changed how it labels item formats in the format facets on the right side of the search results. Instead of just saying "Music Recording" or "Film/Video", it now tries to indicate the specific format like "CD" or LP".


Unfortunately, these new facets aren't 100% accurate. We have many more than 12 CDs of Brahms symphonies, but for some reason the facet isn't picking those up. So don't just rely on the smaller facets--make sure to check the "Music Recording" results if you're not finding what you need.

Also, don't forget that you can include information like a performer or ensemble's name, the record label or publisher's name to improve your search.

As always, if you have questions or want to make sure you're doing the best searches possible, contact us or come to the reference desk for help!

January 17, 2014

iPads Available 1/21/14 at MPAL

Did you know that the Music & Performing Arts Library now has iPads available to check out? (Starting 1/21/14) Well, we do!

Starting Spring semester 2014, MPAL will circulate 5 iPads that are pre-loaded with apps. These are available for check out by all i-card holders for one week. All you need to do is go to the MPAL circulation desk with your i-card ready, ask for an iPad, and fill out the form. Yes, it's that easy to have an iPad! Feel free to take it to class, use it in the practice room, or play with it at home! Some of the apps that are on the iPads include:

  • Beatwave
  • Compass 2g
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Groove Maker
  • InsTuner
  • Metronome+
  • NPR Music
  • Pandora
  • Pocket Salsa
  • Shakespeare
  • VEVO
  • Plus many more, and more to come!

These iPads do have several restrictions put on them for security reasons (both yours and the library's), so there are a few things you can and can't do. For more information about this, some helpful tips for using the iPads, additional policies, and a complete list of pre-loaded apps, check out the MPAL Loanable iPads LibGuide.

We'd like your feedback about how useful the iPad was and whether any of the current settings made the iPad less useful for you. You can fill out the brief feedback form that is included in the case, or, you can send an email to us and share your thoughts.

February 14, 2014

New microform reader/scanner

You might have noticed that MPAL got a new microform reader/scanner this semester. If you need help using it, feel free to ask a staff member, or check out these short YouTube tutorial videos from another library.* We have a slightly newer model of scanner, but the instructions should work the same.

How to Use the Microform Reader: Introduction

How to Adjust Images on the Microform Reader

How to Find Your Place on the Microform Reader

How to Print and Save on the Microform Reader
(This one is slightly different than our procedures, as we have a different printing system.)

Happy scanning!

*Thanks Center for Jewish History!

February 19, 2014

Updates from the Music & Performing Arts Library

We've a got a few new things happening at MPAL this semester:

  • Listening rooms 3, 4, and 5 now have upgraded equipment with new speakers, turntables, cassette decks, and CD players. Check it out in the picture to the right, or stop by the Circulation Desk to ask for a key so you can see it in person! (Don't forget--there are also keyboards in these rooms.)
  • The upstairs service desk is now open from 1-4pm, Mon-Fri. Feel free to check out scores there, ask about the items in our Special Collections, or just say hi!
  • Planning on checking out a show at Krannert this semester? Take a look at our monthly Krannert Library Guides for library resources about the artists, genres, works, and more.
  • We're now circulating 5 iPads for a one week loan period. Stop by the Circulation Desk to ask about borrowing one! You can also find more information in our previous blog post.
  • Minrva, the library's Wayfinder/GPS locator tool, now has MPAL capabilities! Use it to help you find that sneaky book or score in the stacks. More information can be found in this blog post.
  • We recently procured a new microfilm/fiche reader and scanner with some pretty cool capabilities. If you run into any issues when using it, please feel free to ask a staff member for help or view the tutorials listed here.
  • There's a new 8"x11" scanner on the second floor near the service desk so you don't have to wait for the ones downstairs! We still have the two 8x11" scanners and the large format (11"x17") scanner in the downstairs computer area as well.


March 19, 2014

Vote on a New MPAL Website!

We're currently working on a redesign for our library website and we want your feedback! Even though we really want to give the website a visual facelift, we also want it to function and serve the needs of our users (aka you!). Please consider the following questions when looking at our two new mockups:

  • What do you usually use the Music and Performing Arts Library website for? Can you still do this on the mockup?

  • Could you find your way to article resources in your subject area?

  • Is there anything you can't find your way to in either design?

  • Which mockup do you prefer? Why?

Click the links below to view the two options. (Keep in mind they're just images created in Paint, so any font/color/alignment issues won't actually exist in the real thing.)

Version 1

Version 2

Please feel free to shoot us an email at with your feedback! We appreciate you taking the time to do this.


Welcome to the blog for the Music and Performing Arts Library, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here we'll share information about news and tools relevant to music, dance, and theatre researchers, as well as information about new items in the collection. We'll also post about news in the arts world that may be of interest to the Music and Performing Arts Library's users.
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