Collection Development/Acquisitions Workshop

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Music Collection Development/Acquisitions Workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify and distinguish music material formats and iterations
    • Sound recording formats
    • Score types
    • Outdated formats still found in library collections
  2. Know basic tools in selecting music materials
    • Using A Basic Music Library
    • Using book, score and sound recording reviews
    • Using approval plans and standing orders
    • Identification of major vendors
    • Searching for obscure items
  3. Know how to create and maintain a music collection development policy
    • Looking at examples of CD policies
    • Elements of a CD policy
    • Writing policy
    • Using CD policy for making selection/deselection decisions
  4. Know how to evaluate a music collection; make decisions on deselection, preservation, replacement
    • How to make a physical evaluation on various formats
    • To toss or not to toss?
    • Portions of copyright law that have an impact on collection
    • development practices
  5. Discern collection requirements based on the needs of the collection’s users
    • Assessing your patron base
    • Obtaining feedback
    • Use of circ and other stats in aiding selection
    • Marketing

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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.