Music Librarianship Workshops

The Education Committee of the Music Library Association offers educational workshops on the basics of music librarianship. Topics such as Scores Cataloging, Sound Recordings Cataloging, Music Reference, and Music Collection Development/Acquisitions are among the workshops available.

Music Librarianship Workshops have been presented at the national conferences of the Music Library Association, the American Library Association, and at state and regional library association meetings. Chapters of the Music Library Association also provide workshop opportunities in their respective regions. Experienced music librarians, who have been trained as instructors, lead each workshop. Workshops can be adapted to any length and catered to the needs of your organization or group.

The focus of these workshops is on gaining practical skills in a specific area with opportunities to network with peers. Workshops are targeted to new music librarians who would like additional training, library students contemplating a specialization in music librarianship, general librarians who would like to learn more about music librarianship, library staff members who would benefit from knowing more about music librarianship, and seasoned music librarians who would like a refresher.

If you are interested in bringing one or more of these workshops to your area, please contact the Chair of the Education Committee, Sonia Archer-Capuzzo.

For a list of recent workshops, see our Previous Webinars and Workshops page.

Music Cataloging Workshops

Participants in this workshop will learn the basic skills needed to catalog music. Each session focuses on specific cataloging problems and cataloging rules and practices. A variety of examples and exercises allow students to get a more hands-on experience of the material covered. Workshops usually last approximately three hours and are typically limited to either score, audio recording, or videorecording cataloging.

Music Reference Workshop

Participants in this workshop will learn tips and tricks for helping library users find information and resources about music. Focusing on print and online resources, participants will identify the problems with finding music materials and how to effectively perform a reference interview.

Music Collection Development/Acquisitions Workshop

Participants in this workshop will learn the basic tools and skills for purchasing, selecting, and deselecting music materials for their library based on the needs of their user community. The workshop includes a discussion of music vendors, music approval plans/standing orders, and collection development policies.


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About MLA

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.