Introduction to Music Collection Development eCourse

Introduction to Music Collection Development eCourse

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: 
$235.00
ALA Member 
$211.50
Item Number:
1541-9517
Dates: 
From:  February 22, 2021
To:  March 21, 2021
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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Collection development is challenging no matter what material you’re working with, and music is no exception. 

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. Over the course of four weeks, participants will learn the basics about musical genres and terminology that come into play in collection development. With this new knowledge, students will learn about different formats unique to music materials that they will likely encounter as well as their interrelationships in collection development. Finally, students will also learn about different vendors and purchasing options for diverse and inclusive music materials, including an exploration of databases, firm ordering, and approval plans for music.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the Getting Started with Music Librarianship eCourse Bundle.

After 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.

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 eCourse begins on February 22, 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

Instructor Lisa Hooper will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, 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 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 is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Lisa Hooper

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

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.

At Your Service

Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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