Music Collection Development for Every Librarian 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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$ 292.50
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From:  May 21, 2018
To:  July 1, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
6 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
36 Hours
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This eCourse will provide a detailed introduction to the core concepts, functions, and tools of music collection development. Over the course of pre-recorded video lessons, readings, and assignments, students will develop their own collecting philosophy and gain a deeper understanding of collection development policies, ownership vs access, collecting strategies, budget management, format-based selection tools, firm orders, standing orders, and approval plans. Instructors will note the commonalities and differences in how core concepts are adapted to local institutional needs in small, medium, and large institutions.

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 May 21, 2018. 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 Houman Behzadi, Lisa Hooper, and John Redford will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 6-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.

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Week 1 – Environmental Scan, Collecting Philosophy, Collection Development Policy

  • Students will learn about the course instructors and their institutional similarities and differences.
  • Students will form critical views about environmental scans, collecting philosophies, and collection development policies.

Week 2 – Purchasing Models

  • Students will be able to identify purchasing and licensing models that best fit their local needs.
  • Students will learn about the evolving market of information resources, access vs. ownership, and music librarians’ ongoing challenges in continuing some of their important traditional mandates.

Week 3 – Collecting Strategies

  • Students will critically implement a variety of tools and resources to assist in identifying new materials to purchase.
  • Students will be able to develop an approach to budget management customized to their local institutional needs.

Week 4 – Vendors

  • Students will learn about the role of music library vendors.
  • Students will gain familiarity with some of the most important book, music score, and audiovisual vendors.

Week 5 – Order Types

  • Students will articulate the purposes and values of firm orders, standing orders, and approval plans relative to their local needs.

Week 6 – Approval Profiles

  • Students will learn about the structure of approval profiles for books, music scores, and audiovisual materials.
  • Students will gain familiarity with the subject and non-subject criteria for the above-mentioned formats.
  • Students will learn about the approval/slip balance of music library profiles and will be able to design their respective approval profiles or purchase contracts.

Houman Behzadi

Houman Behzadi is the Music Collection Development Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. In this role, he is responsible for building the Music Library’s print, electronic, and audiovisual collections. He is the Chair of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries (CAML) Collections Committee, Past Chair of the New York State-Ontario Chapter of the Music Library Association, and the Vice President of the Quebec Chapter of CAML. His research surrounds the future of music collections in Canada, especially in connection with the ongoing devaluation of the Canadian dollar.

Lisa Hooper

Lisa Hooper is Head of Media Services at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University. Among other tasks, Lisa is responsible for developing and managing the music, dance, theatre, and communication studies print collections as well as an interdisciplinary audio-visual collection. She is an active member of the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (MLA). Current research interests include the role of industry driven distribution and purchasing models in shaping long term cultural memory.

John Redford

John Redford is Music and Special Projects Librarian at Biola University. His responsibilities include music collection development and cataloging music and non-print materials. He is a member of the Music Library Association’s Resource Sharing and Collection Development Committee, and is Past Chair of the California Chapter of the Music Library Association.

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.

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