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.

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!

Recently-processed special collections at NYPL Music Division

Marc-Antonio Consoli collection
The Marc-Antonio Consoli collection consists of the composer’s scores in the form of sketches, draft and finished manuscripts, printouts, and final published versions.

William Engvick collection of Alec Wilder scores
The William Engvick collection of Alec Wilder scores holds sketches, lead sheets, piano reductions, or full scores for musicals and individual songs by Engvick and Wilder, as well as for music Wilder wrote with other collaborators, or by himself.

Albert Stoessel papers, Additions
Albert Stoessel (1894-1943) was an American violinist, conductor, composer, and pedagogue. The Albert Stoessel papers, Additions, primarily hold lecture texts and course materials, and also contain small portions of biographical papers, photographs, and correspondence.

Robert Savage collection
Robert Savage (1951-1993) was an American composer and pianist. The Robert Savage collection (1975-1994) consists of scores, personal files, and sound and video recordings.

Jacob D. Sapir scores
Jacob D. Sapir was a composer and chazan (cantor) for Congregation Orach Chaim in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The Jacob D. Sapir scores contain manuscripts for 16 of his compositions.

Bob Holt scores
Robert Holt (? – ca. 1990) was a music arranger active in New York City in the early 1970s, known professionally as Bob Holt. The Bob Holt scores date from 1958 to 1977 and contain arrangements of over 200 jazz and American songbook standards for piano trios and big bands.

David Chigrinsky scores
David Chigrinsky (1877-1963) was a Russian composer and teacher who immigrated to the United States in 1923. The David Chigrinsky scores primarily contain his opera The Misfortune of Being Clever, and about 15 other works.

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.

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, online…you 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

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.

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.

Deposit and Share Your Scholarly Work with IDEALS

Do you know that IDEALS is more than just a place for students to deposit their theses and dissertations? “IDEALS is the digital repository for research and scholarship – including published and unpublished papers, datasets, video and audio – produced at the University of Illinois. All faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit into IDEALS.”

Depositing your articles, chapters, presentations, research materials in IDEALS has several benefits. Here are a few:

1) A central location to find your scholarly output. RILM and Music Index are very useful, of course, but they don’t include unpublished things and neither covers every scholarly publication.

2) Makes your materials more visible to scholars and others. Items in IDEALS can be found via a simple Google search.

3) IDEALS provides permanent links to your materials that you can then use in your CV or dossier.

For more information about how to get started with IDEALS, see the IDEALS Wiki.

For more information about finding and depositing theses and dissertations, see our earlier blog entry on IDEALS.

Here is more information about the related issues of author’s rights and open access.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Kirstin or John.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Library Guides

Do you you know that if you are attending events at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (aka Krannert or KCPA) we’ve got guides to help you learn more about the groups and pieces being performed?

Each month we publish a guide to that month’s dance, music, and theatre performances, linking to scores, audio and video recordings, and books that will prepare you for the experience or teach you more about what you’ve already heard.

From the main KCPA Guides page, you can select a particular month from the list.


Once you’ve selected a guide, you can choose a tab for the performance you are interested in.


Each tab will include details of the event, a video clip if one is available, featured items in the MPAL collection, and links to more materials in our collection about the performers and art forms.



Occasionally we will include helpful links to information outside of the Library as well.

Each monthly guide has a welcome tab that points you to logistical information about using our Library and checking things out, and also has a tab titled “Attending a Performance” that offers resources to help you increase your listening/viewing enjoyment and concert-going tips.

The goal of these Music and Performing Arts Library guides is to help you Uncover and Discover the great resources in our collections that can increase your enjoyment and understanding of the performances at KCPA.

New printing system

Here are a few things you should know now that the Library’s printing system, LibPrint, has been replaced by PaperCut (we didn’t get to pick the name).

1. Make sure to choose “MPAL B&W” from the print dialog box as it’s not yet set as the default. This will send the job to either of MPAL’s printers.
2. When prompted, log in with your NetID and password–this will send the charge to your Bursar’s account.*
3. When printing PDFs please click “print” and then click “advanced”. After that select the option “Print as an Image.”

*If you don’t have a NetID, you’ll need to chose the UGL printer option in step one. This sends your print job to the Undergraduate Library and you will need to go there to pick it up and pay for it.

If you want to print in color, chose one of the color options such as UGL Color. This sends your print job to the Undergraduate Library and you will need to go there to pick it up and pay for it.

We will be getting double-sided printing at some point this year, but don’t yet have that option.

Please let us know if you have any questions or problems about the new printing system–we can’t fix what we don’t know about!