Thursday, March 3rd, 1:30pm

The future of our CD collections: Evaluation of a new acquisition model

Following an overview of the recent changes and consumption patterns in the recording industry, we will discuss some of the challenges that libraries face in preserving our recorded heritage. CD collections have become a source of major concern for music librarians. In recent years, the recording industry has been in a state of flux, combining the use of CDs, mp3s, and streaming platforms. Industry reports show that the CD format is moving toward obsolescence and there are currently no reliable plans for the acquisition and digital preservation of electronic sound recording files. We will propose a new acquisition model that provides an alternative to CD collections. In this model, an aggregator such as Naxos provides an existing streaming platform and expertise in license negotiations and sells libraries lossless sound files for the sole purpose of digital preservation. The aggregator then provides access to these purchased titles on its own streaming platform. If properly designed, the model should provide financial incentive to the aggregator as well as a protective layer against piracy, which could potentially be attractive to content providers. The University of Toronto Libraries and Naxos Music Library are looking at a collaborative pilot project to assess the success or failure of the proposed model by focusing on several Canadian labels. The development of a functional and financially feasible plan in Canada could provide a launching pad for moving forward in the US.

  • Speakers
    • Houman Behzadi, University of Toronto
    • Kyra Folk-Farber, University of California, Santa Barbara

A Patron Driven Acquisition Model for Print Music Scores and Monographs via the Online Catalog

This presentation will examine the effect that a new Patron Driven Acquisitions program for print music scores and monographs has had on the University of Florida's score and monograph collection. A new collection development tool, the PDA program for print music scores was designed to enhance collection of contemporary music scores. I will discuss how Patron Driven Acquisitions of Print Scores is shaping the score collection, course reserve print purchases, and print purchases related to Interlibrary Loan requests. An analysis of expenditures in the program will illustrate the cost effectiveness of this model of acquisitions as it relates to budget allocations.

  • Speaker
    • Alan Asher, University of Florida

How Much of BML4 is Available Online? Some Genre/Format Prelim Findings

When the fourth edition of A Basic Music Library is published, music librarians with collection development responsibilities can get to work in comparing their holdings against the recommendations in BML4. Our session will present some preliminary findings and general observations we have taken from our early access to BML4 proofs. Specifically, we will discuss the recommendations that are available electronically via sources including Naxos, DRAM, IMSLP, Classical Scores, etc. For example: what percentage of percussion repertoire is available in online collections? What percentage is still only available via print scores? Are there a substantial number of world music recordings that aren't yet available via digital subscriptions? The primary goal of the session is to give those with collection responsibilities some data so they can make more informed decisions when it comes to allocation of funds between print/hard copy items and online subscriptions. Another goal is to give librarians helpful information to inform discussions with administrators who might lean toward print budget cuts.

  • Speakers
    • Misti Shaw, DePauw University
    • Carol Lubkowski, University of Hartford
  • Location
    • Pavilion/Caprice
  • Live Streaming?
    • Yes

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