Getting Started with Music Librarianship eCourse Bundle

Getting Started with Music Librarianship eCourse Bundle

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

Price: 
$699.00
ALA Member 
$629.10
Item Number:
1541-9519
Dates: 
From:  January 4, 2021
To:  April 18, 2021
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
15 weeks in total
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
90 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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If you’re new to working with music materials, it can be a challenge. Music poses a unique challenge for librarians—the formats and variety make the processes of reference, cataloging, and collection development different from when we are working with other material, whether we are working with physical or virtual materials.

In this four-course bundle, experts from the Music Library Association will provide you with the knowledge and skills that you need to get started in all aspects of music librarianship. 

Courses included in this bundle:

  • Introduction to Music Librarianship with Liz Berndt-Morris. Begins Monday, January 4th, 2021.
    • In our highly specialized world, one could be a library staffer with years of experience and have never worked with music materials. In this eCourse, music librarian Liz Berndt-Morris will introduce you to music librarianship. 
       
  • Introduction to Music Cataloging with Keith Knop. Begins Monday, January 25th, 2021.
    • Designed for those with basic cataloging knowledge but little experience cataloging music, this course will provide librarians with the fundamentals and ability to further hone their own skills.
       
  • Introduction to Music Collection Development with Lisa Hooper. Begins Monday, February 22nd, 2021.
    • Over the course of four weeks, participants will learn the basics about musical genres and terminology that come into play in collection development. This course is designed for library students as well as librarians at any career stage who are new or returning to collecting music materials. Knowledge of music or musical terminology is not required.
       
  • Introduction to Music Reference with Liza Weisbrod and Sara Manus. Begins Monday, March 22nd, 2021.
    • This course will provide you with tools and techniques to help locate recordings and printed music as well as other sources for general information about music and musicians in various genres.


You can purchase registration for these eCourses individually or as a bundle.

Introduction to Music Librarianship:

By participating in the course, you will learn:

  • The fundamental concepts of music librarianship and the ways in which they differ (and do not differ) from other librarianship. 
  • An overview of the skills required for music librarianship and a working knowledge of how you can grow those skills.
  • What makes music materials and music reference unique in librarianship. 
  • The different types of music scholarship and how they apply.

Introduction to Music Cataloging:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between various formats for music materials and their uses.
  • Effectively search for and evaluate catalog records for copy cataloging music.
  • Be familiar with the controlled vocabularies used in music cataloging.
  • Apply descriptive cataloging standards for scores and musical sound recordings.
  • Know where to look for further guidance.

Introduction to Music Collection Development:

By participating in this course, you will:

  • Understand the challenges that various music formats pose for collection development.
  • Understand how equity, diversity and inclusion are crucial to building a music collection.
  • Recognize common pitfalls in collection development and how to avoid them.

Introduction to Music Reference:

By participating in this course, you will:

  • Understand the challenges that various music formats pose for references librarians.
  • Understand how to conduct a music reference interview.
  • Recognize common pitfalls in music reference and how to avoid them.
  • Be familiar with basic music reference materials and online resources (paid and free) to use in answering music reference questions.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The first eCourse begins on January 4, 2021. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructors will monitor discussion boards regularly during the span of each course, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of each class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse bundle is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Elizabeth Berndt-Morris

Elizabeth Berndt-Morris is a Music Reference and Research Librarian at the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. In this role she serves as a liaison to the Music Department and coordinates research, teaching, and learning services and initiatives for the Music Library. Prior to Harvard University, she was the Curator of Music at Boston Public Library in the Arts Department working mostly with special collections and Music Reference and Collections Librarian at Central Michigan University, where she earned a master’s degree in music education. She also holds a Master of Library Science degree with a specialization certificate in music librarianship from Indiana University, during which time she worked at the Wells Library in government documents, the Cook Music Library Performing Ensembles Division, and completed an internship with the Milwaukee Symphony Library and Donor Relations offices. Prior to graduate school, Berndt-Morris completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky. She recently completed a graduate certificate in Learning Design and Technology from the Harvard Extension School.
 

Keith Knop

Keith Knop is the head of the music cataloging section of the University of Georgia Libraries and is currently chair of the Content Standards Subcommittee of MLA's Cataloging and Metadata Committee. He has previously taught workshops on cataloging audio and video materials, and in 2019 taught a course in music cataloging for the University at Buffalo. Prior to coming to UGA, he was associate music cataloger at Florida State University's Warren D. Allen Music Library for ten years. In addition to the MLIS, he holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Florida State.

Lisa Hooper

Lisa Hooper is Head Music & Media Librarian at Tulane University.

Sara J. Beutter Manus

Sara J. Beutter Manus is the Music Librarian for Education and Outreach at the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library at Vanderbilt University, where she has been employed since 2005. She earned a M.A. in musicology and a M.L.S. at Indiana University, specializing in music librarianship. Sara coordinates reference services for the Wilson Music Library and implemented a required music information literacy program for all undergraduates in the Blair School of Music in the fall of 2007. She is an active member of the Southeast Music Library Association and the Music Library Association and has taught this course as a music reference workshop multiple times. Her publications include “Librarian in the Classroom: An Embedded Approach to Music Information Literacy for Undergraduate Music Students” (published in Notes 66, no. 2, December 2009: 249-61) and a chapter in Ideas, Strategies, and Scenarios in Music Information Literacy, “Embedding the Framework: Using Embedded Librarian Techniques to Facilitate Music Information Literacy” (edited by Kathleen A. Abromeit, published by A-R Editions, 2018).

Liza Weisbrod

Liza Weisbrod is the Music and Government Information Librarian at Auburn University, where her responsibilities include music collection management, instruction, and reference along with serving as depository coordinator for the government information collection.  She is an active member of the Southeast Music Library Association and the Music Library Association and has served as an instructor for music reference workshops.

Music Library Association (MLA)

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.

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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