The only music library in New Hampshire is scrappedmain
A disgraceful decision by Dartmouth College, which is depriving an entire state of access to music knowledge.
Read this account by cellist Daniel Lelchuk:
A few days after it announced a $75 million renovation for the Hopkins Center for the Arts, to be carried out by the Norwegian design firm Snøhetta, Dartmouth College announced it would be permanently closing the Paddock Music Library and the Kresge Physical Sciences Library. The decision renders Dartmouth the only Ivy League school without a music library.
The college’s clinical, corporate news release included the following line: “High-use material from the Kresge and Paddock collections will be relocated to Baker-Berry over the coming months with the remainder of the collections to be housed in the library’s offsite shelving facility and available by request.”
I, for one, do not believe musical scores belong in an “offsite shelving facility,” and find it frankly pathetic that the college thinks this is an appropriate fate for works of art. And what is high-use, anyway? Is there a quota that must be met or else Dartmouth will take Mozart’s Don Giovanni and bring it to the offsite trash bin it proposes?…
Read on here.
Yo Yo Ma at Dartmouth