Current Issues in Music Reference: New Directions for Collections and Services

  Erin Conor, University of Washington; Donna Arnold, University of North Texas; Kirstin Dougan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kristina Shanton, Ithaca College; Kate Lambaria, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The ready availability of information on the internet, as well as our ever-expanding toolkit of online library reference sources, have dramatically changed reference collections and services at many libraries. This session will take a closer look at the implications these changes have had for music reference collections and services. Our speakers will address the interplay of electronic and print music reference sources and what the continued significance of print music reference sources means for music librarians and library users. Case studies will highlight new ways of approaching music reference services: when reference sources and user behaviors are changing, how can music libraries respond? Attendees will leave with new ideas for working with music students and faculty at their own institutions, as well as strategies for advocacy for the continued importance of music reference collections and services.

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