Guide to Developing a Library Music Collection

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2008
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Although music may be the most widely experienced and appreciated of the arts, its technical language renders it one of the most obscure when it is to be written down, described, analyzed, and cataloged. In addition, the peculiarities of music publishing formats, their sources of supply and acquisition, and of binding, shelving, circulation, and cataloging, mean that knowledge beyond the usual book–journal orbits is required of librarians charged with building music collections. This Guide to Developing a Library Music Collection is intended to assist librarians who are new to music collection development, and who want some tips on how to get started.

The Guide includes a survey of music in libraries, beginning with European antecedents, the emergence of music collections in the United States in the 20th century, and of the types of music collections in existence in the U.S. today. Similarly, a survey of music study and scholarship is presented from their European beginnings, through the growth of academic music programs in the US following World War II, and the types of programs that library resources support today.

The four primary music publishing formats (printed and recorded music, books, and periodicals) are described, with sources of information for keeping current with new publications in each, including printed and online notification services, and reviewing media. Resources for retrospective collection evaluation and building are also described.

A chapter on "Selection Strategies" discusses types of selection tools, collection-building objectives, approval plans, collection-development policies for music, ways to keep current with goings-on in the music world, and the sometimes bewildering array of decisions that the selector often faces when choosing whether to add a new publication.

Music associations and societies (for music scholars as well as for librarians) are listed, with descriptions of their principal publications, awards, and prizes. Non-society awards programs for composers, compositions, commissions, and recordings are also described.

Finally, a "Getting Help" chapter covers major online music reference, selection, and acquisition sources, electronic-discussion lists, and print resources useful to music-collection librarians.

MUSIC IN LIBRARIES
European Antecedents
The United States

MUSIC STUDY AND SCHOLARSHIP
European Antecedents
The United States

PRINTED MUSIC
Music Printing
Music Publishing
Types of Editions
Facsimiles
Quasi-facsimiles
Performing Editions
Critical Editions
Rental Music
Representative Publishers
Directories of Music Publishers
Music Publishers’ Associations
Annual Production
Editions in Print
Keeping Current with Scores
Notification and Approval Services
Reviews
Selective and Annotated Guides

RECORDINGS
Record Labels
Label Directories
Recordings in Print
Online Resources
Print Resources
Keeping Current with Recordings
Notification and Approval Services
Reviews
Popular Music
Folk and World Music
Selective and Annotated Guides
Pricing
Audio Streaming Services

BOOKS
Annual Production
Editions in Print
United States
Abroad
Keeping Current with Books
Notification and Approval Services
Print Notifications
Standing Orders
Reviews
Selective and Annotated Guides
Publishers
Prices

PERIODICALS
Publishing Output
Keeping Current in Periodicals
Selective and Annotated Guides
Indexing and Abstracting Services
Prices

SELECTION STRATEGIES
Collection Development Policies
Eight Collection-Building Objectives
Keeping Current
Four Types of Selection Tools
Selection Decisions
Approval Plans

ASSOCIATIONS AND SOCIETIES
Primarily for Librarians and Archivists
Primarily for Scholars and Educators
Miscellaneous Organizations

AWARDS AND PRIZES
Composers, Compositions, and Commissioning
Programs
Music Recordings

GETTING HELP
Music Reference, Selection & Acquisition Resources
Using the Online Music Catalog
Terms and Abbreviations
Help by E-Mail

R. Michael Fling

R. Michael Fling is Collection Development Librarian Emeritus of the William & Gayle Cook Music Library, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. For three decades he was responsible for building the collections of that library, which is recognized as one of the largest academic music libraries in the world (more than 600,000 items). Fling has also written Library Acquisition of Music, published in 2004 as no. 4 in the Music Library Association’s Basic Manual Series (Scarecrow Press), which compliments this Guide.

"An excellent and useful cross-selection of resources, information and advice, all placed very efficiently in a relevant context. A must-have for any music library and music library trainees."
--Fontes artis musicae