Cage3: Cage Centennial Celebration

One of the foremost pioneers of avant-garde music in the mid-20th century, John Cage is most well-known for his aleatory or “chance” compositions, over which he had little or no influence organization, performance, or, in some cases, even the compositional process itself. Cage’s most significant aleatory composition is his signature work 4’33”, which was composed for any instrument or combination of instruments and consists of three movements in which the performer or performers produces not a single note of music; instead, the “music” is the ambient sound of the performing space. His compositions, lectures, writings, and collaborations with choreographer Merce Cunningham and artists such as Robert Rauschenberg made him internationally famous, and led him to be one of the most influential music personalities of the last century.

In celebration of the centennial of this truly remarkable icon of modern music, The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present an exhibit of scores, recordings, and other materials by and about John Cage. This exhibit will be on display beginning September 2012. For more information, visit

Want to get in touch with us?

Got a question or comment about the new Weeks Music Library website or any of our library services? There are several ways to talk to us!

The “Comments” button at the top of our website sends a message directly to music library staff. Use this button to provide feedback or make a suggestion. You can choose to leave your name, or you may comment anonymously. Someone will respond as soon as possible. Please note that past comments are visible to all users of the website.

The “Ask a Librarian” button gives you several options for getting in touch with us, whether you have an immediate question or just want to schedule a time to meet with a music librarian for help with your research. You can talk to a member of the library staff directly through the chat window, you can send an email to a music librarian, you can call us, or you can use the consultation request form to schedule a more in-depth session.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to stop by the front desk and ask for assistance. All of the members of our staff are here to help you!


Otto G. Richter Library Celebrates 50 Years

Opened in 1962, the Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami celebrates 50 years of supporting scholarship, research, and discovery this fall. Originally housed in temporary quarters in several locations throughout the University, the first central library was created in December 1949 by moving books from four locations into a section of the Merrick Building. Through donations from the estate of the late Otto G. Richter, the estate of Meyer Gold, and the George A. Brockway Foundation, construction of the Watson, Deutschman, and Kruse-designed Library began in 1959.

On June 10, 1962, University President Jay Pearson dedicated the new $3 Million, state-of-the-art facility. The modern building included amenities such as an escalator, a nine-story tower with closed stacks, bookveyors that allowed staff to quickly deliver books from the second to ninth floor, an undergraduate students floor, and graduate student reading rooms.

As the needs of Library users changed over the years, the University has updated the Library to reflect advances in the academic and research agendas. Thanks to substantial donor support, the University undertook major renovations from 1999 to 2003. The Dr. Maxwell and Reva B. Dauer Clock Tower was completed in 2000; the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion opened in 2003, which serves as the home of the acclaimed Cuban Heritage Collection; and a Starbucks on the first floor of the Brockway building opened, where students can sit and study.

The new design added classrooms, conference rooms, and student group study rooms. With a focus on technology, the Library has added a high-tech information commons, digital media lab, digital production and scanning facilities, and a sophisticated conservation laboratory that ensures preservation of fragile materials.

“Computing and technological advances have had a major impact on shaping service delivery, but just as important are the closer partnerships the Library has developed with students and faculty over the years,” said Dr. Lyn MacCorkle, Digital Repository Librarian who has been with the Richter Library for 30 years and seen the transformation occur.

Today, the Library offers students and researchers one of the most comprehensive information resources in the Southeast and continues to build its print, multimedia, and networked information resources at a robust pace. Also, the Library promotes the humanities with year-round exhibitions in which exceptional and unique items are displayed and provides noteworthy cultural programming that includes prominent guest speakers from around the world.

“As a champion of scholarship, the Library team has transformed the Richter Library into a sophisticated, high-tech program. Our community can use both materials born digitally as well as print for discovery and dissemination of new ideas and concepts. Physical library space still matters in this digital age. Richter is one of the most frequented venues on campus with a door count of over 950,000 visitors a year.  The Library has become a gateway to new technologies which give UM students exceptional opportunities to work in a highly innovative learning environment,” said Dean and University Librarian William Walker.

Richter Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of celebrations, which include exhibitions, speaker series and poetry series. The fall exhibitions will include a showcase on political poetry and join the centennial celebration of Cuban playwright Virgilio Pinera with an exhibition titled, Absurd Celebration, part of the kick-off event for Taking Flight: The Year of Humanities and Arts at the University of Miami.

For more information on the UM Libraries, please go to For more information on Richter’s 50th Anniversary, please click here.


Have a Question? Text a Librarian!

If you have a question regarding library resources, hours, etc., you can now send us a text at 305-809-7770. For more information go to: Ask-a-Librarian. Note that aside from our new text service, you can still:



Email a Librarian |


Phone a Librarian | 305-284-4722


Consult a Librarian | Use the consultation request form to request a consultation session with a librarian who specializes in your area of interest. Or contact a librarian directly from the list of subject librarians.

Service Outage for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Journals and Scopus Database on August 25 -26

Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform, through which the University of Miami accesses over 2500 journal titles, and Elsevier’s SCOPUS database will be unavailable from 7:30AM EST on Saturday, August 25 through 2:30 AM EST on Sunday, August 26th. This interruption is part of the publisher’s efforts to upgrade these two services and provide improved user experience for RSS feeds, image searching, and other features.

Patrons needing to access Elsevier journal content are encourage to download those articles that they will need prior to this outage, as this content will not be available during that time.  Users who are performing literature searches should consider using the ISI Web of Knowledge database, available here:

The Libraries regret any inconvenience this interruption may cause. If you have questions, please contact John Renaud, Director for Collection Strategies and Scholarly Communication, tel: 305-284-4049, email

Meet Your Librarian

Did you know that the UM Libraries have Subject Librarians who specialize in helping you with your research? No matter your topic, we can help you to find and access the information you need to make your projects great. And we can save you time and effort along the way. You can find us at the reference desks in the different UM Libraries and Collections, or just click on Ask a Librarian to find our phone numbers, e-mail addresses and text and IM contacts.

Announcing the New Music Library Website

The University of Miami Libraries is proud to announce the newly redesigned Music Library web site:

The new look and navigation is similar to that of the main libraries web site –  The new site features more prominent search options providing quick, convenient access to core library information. Other features include quick links, a popular resources drop-down menu to frequently used services and resources, audience level pages to easily access library information important to all library patrons, and a fresh new look.

Highlights of the new redesigned site:


  • Navigation bar – persists across site with links to popular resources and additional links in the drop down menus.
  • Display of Today’s Hours for the Music Library.  Click on the hour’s link to view hours for the rest of the week and a link to the other libraries.
  • Ask-A-Librarian service and Comments link persists across the site.

  • Accounts+ drop down menu offers quick links to log into services and audience level pages:


1. MyLibrary – to check for overdues, renew loans, manage hold requests, save searches, and more
2. Blackboard – to view and use electronic course reserves
3. ILLiad – to place and manage interlibrary loan requests
4. Aeon – to place and manage special collection material requests
5. MyUM – to access your personal UM portal page for a variety of services & information

Information for
(links to audience level guide pages providing an organized list of library resources and services of particular interest to a given audience.)

1. Undergraduate
2. Graduate Student
3. Faculty
4. Alumnus
5. Visitor

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Catalog is the default search tab. The tab offers a quick search of the Library Catalog.  Select the type of search you want from the drop down menu.

Articles+ search tab uses the Summon search engine to search a significant portion of the Libraries licensed databases and journals, as well as materials from the library catalog and digital collection.

Databases search tab searches our subjects plus databases by name.  You can connect directly to the database from the search result, or view the database record for more information about the resource.  You can also browse an A-Z listing of database resources, as well as by subject and format.

Website search tab searches across all U M Libraries websites.

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The image section behind the search tab box will display random images upon reload/refresh of the home page.  This area will highlight different images from a variety of collections available at the Music Library.  To see the whole image, without the search box, simply hover over the title on the lower right hand corner or you can click the title to see the actual image and the collection it is a part of.

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The Resources area consists of three different sections: Popular Resources, Featured @ Weeks, and Quick Links.  Each of these sections provides quick and easy access to the most popular/used resources and services available through the Music Library and beyond.

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News & Events will display the top postings from the Libraries News & Events Blog for all libraries.  Click on any of the titles, images, or the ‘News & Events’ title for additional information on any of news articles.  You can scroll through the top postings by using the arrow keys.

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The footer provides links to the University’s copyright and privacy statements, our report site issue form, support the libraries area, and icon links to stay in touch with the Music Library and the University Libraries using various social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter.

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