Thursday, March 3rd, 3:30pm

“Twinkling” in the Library: Outreach and Instruction for Young Musicians

While most academic music libraries focus primarily on the information needs of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members, many of our institutions offer a variety of studio instruction programs and ensembles catered to a much younger demographic. As these young musicians begin serious study, they too have distinct information needs that can be met by the library, making them a rich target for outreach initiatives. We will provide an overview of the Blair School of Music’s robust precollegiate program that enrolls approximately 700 students each semester, ranging in age from six-month old infants to high school students. We will detail a variety of approaches being employed by the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library to foster music information literacy in this population, including our annual precollege Halloween open house, a library instruction component for a week-long Suzuki summer workshop, and information literacy sessions that partner young students with their parents. We will discuss how we develop learning objectives for instruction sessions, a particular challenge given the wide range of ages represented in a single studio. We will explore strategies for providing collections and services to this nontraditional cohort, and hope to encourage our colleagues at other institutions to consider similar outreach efforts.

  • Speakers
    • Sara Manus, Vanderbilt University
    • Holling Smith-Borne, Vanderbilt University

Music Librarian Abroad: Instruction and Research Design on Study Away

Many students consider study abroad/away trips to be one of the highlights of their university education. But study abroad often relegates the librarian to a passive role: s/he assists via remote reference but can take no active part in shaping learning assignments or outcomes. To make this even more challenging, study abroad often occurs in the second half of students’ collegiate careers, when information needs are more refined and individualized. For music librarians, the exigencies of the field add a further level of complexity. While streaming services and digital score libraries certainly help students, musicians continue to depend on many print resources in a way that other disciplines do not. Drawing on two case studies from Furman University - a preexisting semester-long program in Italy and a new short program in Paris and London - this presentation suggests ways in which music librarians may approach instruction and research design as proactive participants. Rather than attempting to replicate on-campus methods, such courses allow music librarians to develop creative, unique contributions that are consonant with learning outcomes and the study abroad experience. These contributions demonstrate that music librarians are as critical to the success of abroad programs as they are to on-campus counterparts.

  • Speaker
    • Patricia Sasser, Furman University
  • Location
    • Rookwood
  • Live Streaming?
    • No

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