Portland 2018: Conference Sessions
The Music Resource Matchmaker uses simple survey technology to recommend an appropriate database based on patron input. Most importantly, because this tool is DIY, the Matchmaker can highlight local collections and support local curriculum and programming.
A panel consisting of the Education Committee chair and representatives from the in-person training, e-course, webinar, train-the-trainer, and MLA pre-conference working groups will lead the Town Hall. Each panelist will give a brief presentation describing the purpose and activities of their working group. This will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and suggest topics and formats for future professional development opportunities.
In this poster, I share an approach to exhibit design informed by two things: my time working with special collections, and generally accepted tenets of rare-book collecting. In the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, A. W. Pollard spells out the latter in an influential entry (“Book Collecting”) highlighting motivations of serious collectors.
This session will build upon earlier sessions discussing fair use at MLA and provide members with a solid foundation in addressing fair use questions.
This poster will demonstrate the two methods of delivering the Music Information Literacy course at Chapman University and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of each model.
This poster provides Public Services Music Librarians with background knowledge of FRBR, how to begin conversations and recommend search strategies based on FRBR to users.
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The syllabus for a graduate-level bibliographic research course in music at Western Michigan University (WMU) provides an opportunity to link Frames of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, as reflected in the WMU Libraries’ recently developed Information Literacy Core Competencies (ILCCs), to graduate instruction in music. I have had multiple opportunities to teach this graduate-level bibliographic research course, Introduction to Research in Music. Over the course of the semester, the course includes activities related to each of the Frames in the Framework.
This fast-paced session will feature a range of techniques, tools, and tips for trying something new in your library instruction. Six “lightning round” presentations will highlight innovative pedagogical strategies used by MLA members, including classroom activities and technologies scalable for different institution types and sizes. Attendees will leave with instruction ideas which they can immediately apply to their teaching to improve student engagement.
Drawing upon research and my experience on the advisory board of the Musical Festival Database, I will illustrate current practices of promoting or searching for digital projects (including those listed above), explore ways in which music librarians can help others locate these resources, and consider talking points for ways to improve upon current practices.
In this presentation, I will summarize my experience with integrating concepts from the Framework for Information Literacy within freshmen music theory course content at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
I taught a graduate music-history seminar that focused on several works, themes, trends, and genres related to British and American musical theater from the 1860s to the 1930s. A feature of the course was my construction of an online knowledge base comprising student-written and –reported summaries of scholarly literature produced by others as well as abstracts of their own course-related final research projects.
This poster will advocate a versatile approach to preparing student assistants from all backgrounds to work in music libraries. Developing and leveraging soft skills alongside students’ primary subject learning leads to educationally purposeful student employment that better prepares them for success after they graduate.
This session is designed to give an overview of how the availability of digital and electronic resources, as well as new methods of teaching music to both undergraduate and graduate students, affects space planning in music libraries. After an introduction, three speakers will address these issues as they pertain to different kinds of libraries and different kinds of spaces.
This poster will report the results of a study examining streaming audio databases used in academic music libraries. It will determine the extent to which the databases include new classical releases that are found in a comprehensive list published monthly. Each database will be tracked for a period of three months.
Building a local music collection can be a daunting project. Do you collect one genre or all genres of a local scene? How do you work with donors? Do you collect digital items and how? What rights issues must you plan for? How do you promote the collection? This panel will explore these issues and more.
Music libraries, archives, and special collections share many challenges. Often, the greatest challenge is COLLECTIONS VISIBILITY – reaching the very users we aim to serve. The MLA Archives is no exception. In this presentation coordinated by MLA Archivist Melissa Wertheimer, new and longstanding MLA members will learn that MLA’s archives exist, have unique records for personal and scholarly research, and are available in repositories across the country.
Topics addressed will include making good hiring decisions, developing a positive feedback loop with staff, how to delegate effectively, and how to effectively advocate for your staff to administration who may not be sympathetic to the unique needs of music collections and their core patron group.