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.
Introduction to Music Librarianship 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.
To: January 24, 2021
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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.
If you recently had music responsibilities added to your role or just want to hone your skills, this course is for you. Through readings, discussions, weekly assignments, and short lecture videos, you will gain practical knowledge of the role and responsibility of the music librarian and acquire skills essential for work with musical materials and patrons. Each week the instructor will hold an optional “office hour” as an opportunity for participants to discuss the weekly topic and ask questions.
Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the Getting Started with Music Librarianship eCourse Bundle.
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.
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 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
Instructor Liz Berndt-Morris will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 3-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.
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.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.
Week 1: Introduction to the Profession
- Who are music librarians?
- Where do I find resources when I have a question or need help?
Week 2: Patron Types and Their Needs
- Faculty and students, (undergraduate majors, gen ed courses, graduate programs)
- Patrons at public libraries
- Researchers at archives and special collections
Week 3: Special Collections, Archives, and Performance Libraries.
- What’s in special collections and archives?
- Where are performance libraries and what do they contain?