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An Introduction to Archives and Special Collections for Music Librarians

Co-sponsored by the MLA Archives & Special Collections Committee and the MLA Education Committee

February 25, 2015
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Westin Denver Downtown Hotel


Anne Ostendarp, Multimedia Archivist, Knights of Columbus; members of the Archives and Special Collections Committee.

Archives and special collections have increasingly come to the fore as holdings that make any library truly unique. This workshop will introduce the following core concepts:
  • What archives are and how they differ from other library collections
  • What archivists are and what they do
  • Core principles of archival practice
  • Appraisal and acquisitions
  • Arrangement and description
  • Preservation
  • Reference and access

The workshop will include discussion, group activities and Q & A. Its primary goal is to provide a general overview of archival practice, but it will also address music-specific questions.


Morning session: 9:00am – 12:00pm (coffee break 10:30 – 10:45 am)

Lunch break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon session: 1:00 – 4:30pm (coffee/cookie break 2:30 – 2:45 pm)