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).
Introduction to Music Reference 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.
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Providing reference services can be tough, but if you are unfamiliar with music librarianship, music reference can pose a unique challenge.
In this eCourse, Music Librarians Sara Manus and Liza Weisbrod will guide you through the essentials of Music Reference and put you on the path toward expertise. This 4-week eCourse 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’ll learn about some of the most common problems encountered in music reference and how to solve them. The course also shares tips and strategies that can help you answer nearly any music reference question—from broad queries to more specific, concrete inquiries—so that you can best meet your patrons’ information needs.
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 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 eCourse begins on March 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
Instructors Sara Manus and Liza Weisbrod 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.
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 Music Reference
- Identify the most common formats for music materials
- Audiovisual materials
- Printed music (scores)
- The music reference interview
- The main question and secondary question(s)
- Meeting the user’s specific music information need
Week 2 – Finding Classical Music in Library Catalogs
- Using preferred titles (uniform titles) to locate musical works that lack unique titles
- Using LC Genre/Form Terms and LC Medium of Performance Terms for Music to search for musical works
- Limiting searches by format
- Locating a smaller work within the whole
Week 3 – Global and Popular Music
- Strategies for locating global and popular music in library catalogs
- The strengths and weaknesses of LC Subject Headings
- The importance of sound recordings for global music, jazz, blues, etc.
- Print and online reference sources (free and subscription-based) for global and popular music (encyclopedias, dictionaries, discographies, bibliographies, etc.)
Week 4 – Reference Sources for Classical Music
- Music encyclopedias and dictionaries
- Discographies, bibliographies, and guides to research
- General databases with music content
- Free online resources