Music Library Association 86th Annual Meeting
22-26 February 2017 in Orlando, FL

Friday, February 24, 11:30am-12:25pm

Music information seeking behavior in the digital age: implications and recommendations for music libraries

Discovering new musical works is an important activity for musicians. The increasing proliferation of online tools for music discovery has implications for the information seeking behavior of today’s music library users. Many students and faculty have grown accustomed to the ready access provided by websites such as YouTube and the International Music Score Library Project. How does the online environment shape the information seeking behavior of current music library users? How do students and faculty discover new musical works they didn't know about before, and what is the music library’s role in this process? Our speakers, Nara Newcomer (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Kirstin Dougan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will address these questions in light of recent research each has conducted. Ms. Newcomer will share the results of her case study investigating factors that shape music students’ source choices. Ms. Dougan will discuss her current research, which evaluates a year’s worth of music searches conducted in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s federated search tool. By the end of this session, attendees will have a better sense of the information seeking behaviors of the music library users they work with. Attendees will leave with ideas for ways to respond to these behaviors, which have the potential to impact a wide array of music library services, from collection development and systems support to reference and instruction.

Where do they look? (Slides)

The "Black Box": How students use a single search box to search for music materials (Slides)

  • Speakers
    • Nara Newcomer, University of Missouri, Kansas City
    • Kirstin Dougan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Erin Conor, Reed College [moderator]
  • Location
    • Salon 6-7-8
  • Live Streaming?
    • No

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