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Label for Banner 78rpm side B-547 A, "Beit mich a bissele"

Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture project to highlight selections from the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings

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  • Library patrons of a certain age tend to lament the passing of the card catalog, or to express nostalgic feelings about the days when they would pull out a drawer and search through the cards. We haven’t removed all of the card catalog cabinets, although we have them in a staff-only area. We removed the rods from the drawers and filled them with cassettes. We still have over 3,000 cassettes! We will post more about them in the days ahead. #cardcatalog #cardcatalogcabinet #cardcatalogdrawers #cassette #cassettecollection #millsmusiclibrary
  • New Book. Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam, edited by Michael Frishkopf and Federico Spinetti, foreword by Ali Asani. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. [ML3849 .M9393 2018] Bringing together the perspectives of ethnomusicology, Islamic Studies, art history, and architecture, the contributions in this edited collection investigate how sound production in built environments is central to Muslim religious and cultural expression. #islamicstudies #islamicarchitecture #islamicmusic #soundstudies #millsmusiclibrary
  • We are honored to be the featured library at The Great Libraries of UW-Madison: Pluralist, Populist, Public: UW Libraries and the Wisconsin Idea, an event happening from 5:30-9:00pm at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Jim Leary, Emeritus Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies, co-founder of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, and a longtime friend of Mills, is giving a presentation on the richness and range of @uwmadlibraries. Pictured: a display of selected materials from our collections. #millsmusiclibrary #wisconsinidea #centerforthestudyofuppermidwesterncultures #jimleary
  • The academic year ends, but we continue to receive new books. Student employee Nong Thao has assembled the selected dust jackets pictured here into a pyramid on the bulletin board outside our entrance to display the array of new arrivals. At the top: The Red Hot Mama Sophie Tucker, Papa Bach, and The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. #newbooks #dustjackets #millsmusiclibrary
  • The Spring 2018 semester is over, but our work continues—such as the ongoing effort to describe, digitize, and preserve the recordings, papers, and photographs in the various collections from Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest going into Local Centers/Global Sounds, an NEH grant-funded project we’re undertaking in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture. We are also working in collaboration with Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest, which is a multi-year endeavor funded in part by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Much of the material will be available online via @uwdigitalcollections. It’s hard to show our work, but we have created a display giving a glimpse of selected materials from the collections. #localcentersglobalsounds #centerforthestudyofuppermidwesterncultures #mayrentinstituteforyiddishculture #sustainingscandinavianfolkartsintheuppermidwest #nehgrant #macphilanthropies #millsmusiclibrary