Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Another Project Underway

Hello Gettysburg!  I hope everyone is having a great week.  I must have spoken too soon in my last post about the warm weather, hopefully it comes back soon.
On another note, I have embarked on another researching journey; this time focusing on "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band.  Ever since I got to see them perform at a neighboring high school my freshmen year, I been fascinated and inspired by the level of excellence and precision that the Marine Band displays.  One day I hope to join their ranks as part of the euphonium section, but I still have a lot of work and practicing to do before I can achieve this goal.
The 1965 euphonium section
of the President's Own

The point of this project will be to collect and present some information about "The President's Own" as my way of adding to the library.  I have begun and will continue to research the history of the Marine Band, its directors (John Philip Sousa is probably the most famous, but many others made essential contributions), the musicians (particularly the euphonium section), composers and compositions, the repertoire that the band performs and how it has changed over time, smaller ensembles within the band (and maybe a little bit about service bands from the other branches), and the role of the Marine Band today.  Once all my research is done I will present it in some way that is yet to be determined.  I will provide an update in about two weeks as to my progress, and in the mean time, I highly recommend finding recordings of the Marine Band to listen to online.  Or, check out the CD collection in the library (yep that's right, we've got a few CDs by the Marine Band!)

#advertising #werk

Project: Ask Us. This project that has been in the works for quite some time is finally coming to fruition and I’m very excited about it. At the start of the semester it was very unclear what my project would be in this wide-world of librarianship and how to relate it back to the Reference Desk.  Luckily for me the Reference department has been undergoing a sort of marketing revival and I get to help.  Admittedly, I knew nothing about how to market the skills of reference librarians but after reading many articles, I think we have a winning strategy.  It will hopefully be up and running in the next month, right before finals; I will be interested to see if the desk gets much more business but it is unclear if will be from the marketing strategy or the rush to save some grades.

Speaking of finals and the end of the semester it has been interesting, as a Senior, to try and figure out; what next? I am applying to graduate school in Library and Information Science but I still need to get experience and some dollars in the bank.  Thanks to some of the reference librarians here I have found a great site that posts a majority of the open librarian positions in each state.  It is incredibly useful but at the same time it is a bit frustrating.  As any Senior knows, we are over-educated and under-qualified for a vast majority of these jobs but there are some opportunities and some are close to home. The real world is looming but with this internship I do feel confident that I will be able to find a job that will provide me with experience and eventually to a job I really enjoy.

My Future Life

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Collection Project Completed

Hello Gettysburg!

I hope everyone had an awesome Spring Break and is enjoying the short burst of nice weather!  It's been a long time since my last post because I have been working on a month-long project, and I wanted to wait until it was complete to give the whole scoop.  Due to my interest in any and everything that has to do with the euphonium, I did a great deal of research in an effort to improve and expand upon the large collection of musical resources that the Musselman Library has to offer.
I started by making a list of ten euphonium players from around the world whose skills, styles, and techniques best show off all of the qualities of the euphonium.  I had well over twenty world class players on my list after my initial research, and it took quite a while to whittle the list down to a final count of 14.  For those interested, they are: Steven Mead, David Childs, Robbert Vos, Brian Bowman, David Werden, Adam Frey, Jukka Myllys, Demondrae Thurman, Nicholas Childs, Robert Childs, David Thornton, Leonard Falcone, Aaron Vanderweele, and Lyndon Baglin.  Using this list, I tried to find the CDs and other audio recordings that best represented each artist's individual style while showing off the cool things that a really great euphonium player can do.  This list was also hard to narrow down, as most of the artists have dozens of CDs available for preview and purchase on their respective websites.  (I highly recommend looking these guys up if you're not familiar with them--they're really good!)  Unfortunately, not all of these artists had CDs available, but audio recordings of all of them can be found either on their websites or on YouTube.
While looking for CDs, I was also researching methods books and solos. (mainly for euphonium, but some for trombone and tuba)  I compiled yet another list of the methods and etude books that a euphonium player would benefit the most from, and still another list of solos ranging in difficulty from high school level to professional.  (I became very good friends with Excel as a result of this project)
Anyway, I believe that some of the items on my lists are going to be added to the library's collection, and I highly recommend checking them out.  If you don't play the euphonium, (or even know what that is) I encourage you to check out some of the CDs that the library has, or go on to Naxos Music Library, or just search "euphonium" on YouTube.  To all other instrumentalists and vocalists: I challenge you to do some exploring in the library's collection for your instrument, and if there is something you would like that the library does not have, contact Amy Ward, the music librarian, at, and she will do what she can to add it to the collection.
Lastly, here are some pictures of some of the artists mentioned above!  Enjoy, and keep up the great work.

Steven Mead, England
Dr. Brian Bowman, University of North Texas

David Werden, U.S. Coast Guard Band

Alex Schweizer (maybe someday)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meetings, Weedings, Development.. Oh My!

          Hello!! Since the last time I posted a lot has happened and so far, still good. That’s not to say I haven’t needed help on a few Reference Questions but things are going pretty well. I’ve had a few ‘RefWins’ where I've felt that I was particularly helpful, one was even over chat! Everything is going great thus far and I’m definitely learning, a lot.

            The last couple weeks I have had a couple of meetings with other integral members of the library staff. The first was with Jessica Howard, the Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian.  This meeting was awesome because we discussed how she became a librarian when it wasn’t exactly her original plan.  We also talked about what she does for the library in terms of keeping the website up and functioning but we spoke at length about her part in deciding which databases get used.  We currently have several trial databases up and she explained how thorough the process is because she gets feedback from faculty, staff and students and how even though it may take longer, she generally finds pretty great databases that are super helpful.

            In my other meeting with Ronalee Ciocco, the Director of User Services, I got to talk to her about everything that is required of her job. Most of our discussion revolved around Inter Library Loan (ILLiad) and her thoughts on the eBook issue. We also talked about the the OneSearch function that GBurg has now, she mentioned that there has been a huge increase of requests because it searches so many databases that students use the Gett It button much more frequently. The most helpful part of my meeting with Ronalee was just getting advice on how to be a better librarian and she really emphasized that getting experience was the key because it would make getting a job after Graduate School a lot easier.

           Other than my meetings, I also had a fun week working with the collection in terms of weeding and development. I helped Clint, Stephanie and Kerri weed the science section of the reference collection. I thought it was helpful seeing librarians who don’t specialize in science make really thoughtful choices on what books to keep, weed, or move elsewhere.  Then, on the opposite side of the library spectrum, I helped Kerri with Collection Development.  I started with the browsing room which means I got to review a bunch of new fiction titles. It was so hard to pick and choose because they all seemed so interesting and fun in comparison to some of my school readings.  Who knows, spring break is soon, maybe I’ll have some time to read in a couple weeks!

Weeding. It ain't just for gardens.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Librarianship is Neat!

My name is Celia and I am the Spring 2014 Fortenbaugh Reference Intern! 

About Me: I'm a Senior History major with a minor in Africana Studies. I'm from outside of Harrisburg, PA, so just one step outside of being townie status. I was the Co-Captain for Bullets Cheer this past season and I am also on the Executive Board for Dance Ensemble (I'm not a very good dancer though, whoops!) and I really like cats and they will be featured on these blog posts.  Like this one... This is the cat version of me when I found out I got the Internship.

REALLY happy cat
I've got a few weeks under my belt now with this Internship and so far, so good. I'll be totally honestly though, when I first started every time someone came near the desk I got a little nervous because after 3.5 years I thought I knew my way around the Library; nope. BUT, now with three weeks of perusing research guides, databases, asking a zillion questions and rereading everything in my training guide approximately three times, I feel confident that I can be helpful, and that's great! 

Otherwise, I'm not much of a chatty Kathy but I do to get hang out with Ronalee Ciocco, the Director of User Services and Jessica Howard, the Electronic Resources and Web Librarian, later this week! It should be exciting, and I shall report back next time!! 

ALSO; because of this weather lately.. this ECard is just too accurate!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fortenbaugh Music Intern, First Post of the Semester

Hello Gettysburg!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break and is doing great work so far this semester.  I am very excited to be the Spring 2014 Fortenbaugh Music Library Intern!

A little bit about me: My name is Alex Schweizer, and I am a first-year Music Education major, from Downingtown, PA.
My primary instrument is the euphonium, but I also play the trombone, piano, and guitar.  Here at Gettysburg, I am a member of the Bullets Marching Band, Gettysburg College Choir (GCC), the Wind Symphony, and Drop the Octave (DTO), our campuses only all-male acapella group.  I am also on the Sunderman Student Advisory Council, as a liaison for the students of the Conservatory to the faculty.

In high school, I was a part of the marching band, and marched in both the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade, and the 2013 Citrus Parade.  I was also in the choir, men's choir, the musical, and on the varsity swimming and track teams.

When I'm not practicing, learning about, making, or writing music, I enjoy riding my unicycle around campus, going for a run on the battlefields, playing frisbee with my friends, or doing pretty much anything outdoors.
After my time at Gettysburg, I plan to become a high school band director, and eventually teach at the college level.  My ultimate goal is to be a member of the President's Own Marine Corps Band.

As the Fortenbaugh Music Library Intern, I will be working on several projects throughout the semester.  I plan to use the skills that I acquire during this internship when I am a band director, and need to know how to catalog and easily access music.  Currently, I am researching euphonium repertoire (both audio recordings and physical sheet music) to potentially add to the large collection of scores and CDs already in the Musselman Music Library.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

End of Semester Update

The last half of the semester has been a flurry of activity. I planned an event, created a book display, attended an awesome conference, started applying to grad school, etc. In this post I'll give a brief overview of my various activities and share what is in store for the spring semester. 

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC),  Philadelphia, PA
The view from our hotel room
The Director of Special Collections invited me to attend this conference at the end of August. It was a great opportunity because I am interested in perusing an archives concentration in grad school.  One of the highlights of the conference was tour day. We were able to sign up for behind the scenes tours of many of the city's archives and conservation centers. I visited the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and the American Philological Society. The American Philological Society has some pretty crazy stuff: the Lewis and Clark diaries, a transcript of the Apollo 11 moon-landing signed by Neil Armstrong, and the only document with the first four president's signatures! 

The sessions were interesting. My favorite was Primary Sources Education in Higher Ed.... it was a pleasant surprise. Archivists and educators talked about how they integrated archival material into a class or inspired faculty to visit the archives. There were some good ideas that could be applied to the Gettysburg archives. In addition to sessions and tours, I ate at a microbrewery and had Afghan food for the first time! Ahh the diversity of city life. Overall, it was an excellent time with great people. 

One day...
Grad School 
In case you didn't pick up on it before... I want to be a librarian. One of the great parts of this internship is that an assignment in the fall is to look at grad school, revise your resume, create a teaching philosophy and write a personal statement. I've also been considering where to apply. My primary choice is Drexel University. It's ALA certified, has an archives concentration, and its near my family and friends. Perfect. I've also been going back and forth between online v. on campus. Its an on-going debate, but I'm leaning towards on-campus.  

Stress Relief table
just keep coloring
 This finals season the librarians wanted some de-stressing activities for the students. I created the stress relief table with a craft, coloring sheets, clay & play- dough, comic books and bubble wrap. The table was heavily used during its two weeks. The students made tiny sculptures out of the clay and colored like crazy. They left so many finished coloring sheet on the table that I hung them on the wall and created the "Musselman Stress Relief Gallery" so all could appreciate the art. I also advertised the table using memes... and college students love memes. Since the table was a success, I plan on going big in the spring: yoga sessions, therapy dogs, and a stress art contest. 

Dystopian December
A librarian had an idea to do a dystopian themed book display. With the latest Hunger Games movie and new Divergent book, we all had dystopian fiction on the brain. For an academic library, Musselman has a good deal of popular fiction. So I set out to give people a depressing read for the holidays- get your Ba'humbug on. 
Finals Study Break
Every semester the Holley intern plans a study break in the library. This year brought a cupcake decorating activity to the study break. Thanks the library staff 300 cupcakes, students were provided with plenty of cupcakes to decorate! Icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips, cookies crumbles, and colored sugars were provided for the students. In addition to the cookies, veggie and fruit trays, as well as hot and cold drinks were provided to help revive the stressed out students.While decorating their cookies, students were given many opportunities to de-stress by playing board games, constructing a 3-D snowflake and coloring holiday themed coloring sheets. A festive atmosphere was provided by twinkle lights, a roaring yule log on the projector screen and holiday music. 

As for Spring, I'm trying to figure out a semester project. I'm considering an anthropological  study or some type of unique library programming.