Welcome back, Hawkeyes!
The Rita Benton Music Library is excited to have students and faculty return to campus to use the scores, books, recordings, journals, and other resources available in our stacks. It can be tricky to navigate the Music Library for the first…or twentieth…time, so every year our resident mascot Wulfie Parsons writes up his favorite tips and tricks so patrons can have the best experience possible when using the library.
- Go for a walk in the stacks.
Wulfie likes to go for a stroll throughout the library. It reminds him where things are located, he likes to look at the covers of the new magazine issues by the west window, and he always takes a moment to howl under the Chihuly sculpture by the south window.
Taking a walk through the stacks can help you figure for where the scores are located, how to find biographies of your favorite composer or performer in the books, and a chance to try out the push-button compact shelving at the very back of the library. Don’t worry, the shelves can’t close on you while browsing the collection, though we can’t comment on if that’s why Wulfie has such a short tail. 🙁
- Grab a Call Number Cheat Sheet.
Whatever your voice or instrument, the Music Library has a short cheat sheet of call numbers to help you browse in the stacks. For example, if you’re a trombone player, it will show you that Solos are in M90-94 while Methods Books are in MT 460-472.
The Cheat Sheets are available in the Lobby area of the Music Library, just to your right after entering. You can also find them on the multiple voice and instrument guides on the Music Library’s website.
Strings | Woodwinds | Brass | Percussion | Piano and Organ (coming soon) | Voice
- Lost? Ask for help!
Even a stroll through the stacks won’t unlock all the Music Library’s secrets. Sometimes, you might need help finding a score or have questions about accessing a library database, or want recommendations of where to look for books on a topic or scores for a certain ensemble. The friendly student workers and full-time staff at the Music Library are here to help, so head over to the Service Desk and ask for assistance. If you need help with your research and would like to talk to our Music Librarian, Katie Buehner, you can schedule a time to meet with her on Zoom or in person, or you can email her your questions.
- Take that phone call in the hall.
Please do not hold Zoom and other video or audio phone calls in the Music Library. The Library is one of the few quiet spaces in Voxman, and students seem to prefer it that way. If you need to hold a video or audio phone call, there are many other spaces in Voxman that are less disruptive to others and their studies.
If you are studying in the Music Library and receive a call, please step into the hallway to answer it.
- Treats, not meals.
Wulfie’s a big fan of treats, like biscuits and pig’s ears. But he saves messy things, like wet food, for eating outside of the Music Library. Please feel free to bring snacks, like granola bars or a cup of coffee (with a lid), into the Music Library, but please eat meals, like Panchero’s burritos or pizza in the Student Lounge one floor below. There are trash and recycling bins located at the library entrance and near the printers where you can dispose of empty containers and other food-related debris. And you can always bring Wulfie a treat, he’s particularly fond of chicken bits.
- Don’t be alarmed by the Computer Lab.
If the Library is open, please enter the adjacent Computer Lab THROUGH THE LIBRARY. If you try to enter or exit from the hallway, a very loud alarm will sound. When the Library is closed, you can swipe into the Computer Lab from the Hallway using your Iowa One Card.If you accidentally trigger the alarm, library staff can turn it off.
We usually don’t need to be told, it’s loud enough that we’ll come running…while Wulfie howls along.
- Check out – or help us populate – Wulfie’s Instagram!
Wulfie likes to share his library adventures with friends online, and you can find his feed @wulfieparsons on Instagram. If you take a selfie with Wulfie, tag him! And he always appreciates a scritch between the ears, it can be good luck before a test or a jury.