Founded in 1931, Music Library Association (MLA) is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries. MLA provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world's musical heritage.
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Prepared by the Music Library Association, with thousands of records selected by experts in dozens of specialized and popular areas of music, A Basic Music Library constitutes the most authoritative music collection resource available. Volume 1 of this completely revised and reorganized reference is divided into these sections:
- Music of Colonial North America and the United States to about 1900
- Mainstream Popular and New Age
- Country and Western
- Rhythm and Blues and Soul
- Rap and Hip-Hop
- Gospel Music and Other Popular Christian Music
- Children's Music
- Holidays, Special Occasions, Patriotic Music, and Miscellaneous
"The fourth edition of this popular reference work has moved from one to three volumes, in order to better represent the variety and changing needs of library selectors in public and small academic libraries ... The index is comprehensive and provides the easiest way to use this resource. Highly recommended."
"As the most authoritative music collection resource available, these three volumes are revised on a regular basis and are geared towards librarians without a music background who often work in public and small academic libraries. Given that it is a compilation by members of the Music Library Association, many of whom are the world experts in their subject area, these volumes are a great investment for any libraries wanting to build up their music score and sound recording collections."
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