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Train in Vain | Music Matters

Recently, a patron came in and asked for train sounds on CD. Easy enough; libraries always seem to have at least one sound effects CD lying around at all times, right? We did have one that was supposed to be on shelf at that particular location, but it was all Halloween sound effects (i.e., no train sounds), and it was lost or missing.

Women in Jazz: Part 2 | Music Matters

Back in May we began the first of a three-part series about women in jazz (LJ 5/1/17, p. 49). This month, let’s pick up where we left off, looking at women jazz instrumentalists and composers from the 1960s and 1970s.

Disco Fever

In light of the Library of Congress’s Bibliodiscotheque, disco celebration, let’s consider the essential disco songs.

Women in Jazz: Part 1 | Music Matters

By collecting and promoting music by women in jazz, we can be a part of a countervailing force of inclusivity. To this end, I’d like to devote my next three columns to sharing a few amazing women jazz musicians and key recordings, so you can guarantee your library’s jazz collection isn’t a “boys only” club.

Making Libraries Sing | Music Matters

Instead of focusing on a genre of music, or items to add to your collections, this column offers a shout-out to a librarian with a double life, and the work she and others do to bring music to patrons in a variety of ways.

Perspectives on Music Discovery | Music Matters

In a 2002 interview with the New York Times, David Bowie famously predicted within a decade music’s ubiquity would be such that its presence would be unremarkable, “like running water or electricity.” Fifteen years later, the prophecy has proven prescient, if not downright uncanny (though somewhat less percipient were his subsequent warnings about the imminent demise of copyright).

Keeping Your Collection Fresh | Music Matters, February 1, 2017

Obviously, not all musicians are created equal in quality or in popularity. The goal is to create a representative collection that will be used—and this is where patron requests enter the picture. What are people asking for most often?

Best Media 2016: Music

Music columnists Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple score their Top Five albums of 2016, which include artists Beyoncé, Nick Cave, and Bruno Mars, along with a slew of Honorable Mentions to keep users glued to their devices. Will we ever see the end of Hamilton?

Women Composers, Part 3 | Music Matters, December 2016

In this final installment of this three-part series exploring women composers, we’ll focus on women currently pushing the boundaries of music and ­composition

Women Composers, Part 2 | Music Matters

In my previous column, we began a three-part series exploring female composers, beginning with the Medieval through early Romantic period. Here, we’ll look at artists of the 20th ­century.