New iteration: Music Collection Development for Every Librarian eCourse

For Immediate Release
Thu, 12/06/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Collection Development for Every Librarian. Houman Behzadi, Lisa Hooper, and John Redford will serve as the instructors for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

This eCourse provides a detailed introduction to the core concepts, functions, and tools of music collection development. Over the course of pre-recorded video lessons, readings, and assignments, you will develop your own collecting philosophy and gain a deeper understanding of collection development policies, ownership vs access, collecting strategies, budget management, format-based selection tools, firm orders, standing orders, and approval plans. Instructors will note the commonalities and differences in how core concepts are adapted to local institutional needs in small, medium, and large institutions.

eCourse outline

Week 1 – Environmental Scan, Collecting Philosophy, Collection Development Policy

  • Students will learn about the course instructors and their institutional similarities and differences.
  • Students will form critical views about environmental scans, collecting philosophies, and collection development policies.

Week 2 – Purchasing Models

  • Students will be able to identify purchasing and licensing models that best fit their local needs.
  • Students will learn about the evolving market of information resources, access vs. ownership, and music librarians’ ongoing challenges in continuing some of their important traditional mandates.

Week 3 – Collecting Strategies

  • Students will critically implement a variety of tools and resources to assist in identifying new materials to purchase.
  • Students will be able to develop an approach to budget management customized to their local institutional needs.

Week 4 – Vendors

  • Students will learn about the role of music library vendors.
  • Students will gain familiarity with some of the most important book, music score, and audiovisual vendors.

Week 5 – Order Types

  • Students will articulate the purposes and values of firm orders, standing orders, and approval plans relative to their local needs.

Week 6 – Approval Profiles

  • Students will learn about the structure of approval profiles for books, music scores, and audiovisual materials.
  • Students will gain familiarity with the subject and non-subject criteria for the above-mentioned formats.
  • Students will learn about the approval/slip balance of music library profiles and will be able to design their respective approval profiles or purchase contracts.

About the Instructors

Houman Behzadi is the Music Collection Development Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. In this role, he is responsible for building the Music Library’s print, electronic, and audiovisual collections. He is the Chair of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries (CAML) Collections Committee, Past Chair of the New York State-Ontario Chapter of the Music Library Association, and the Vice President of the Quebec Chapter of CAML. His research surrounds the future of music collections in Canada, especially in connection with the ongoing devaluation of the Canadian dollar.

Lisa Hooper is Head of Media Services at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University. Among other tasks, Lisa is responsible for developing and managing the music, dance, theatre, and communication studies print collections as well as an interdisciplinary audio-visual collection. She is an active member of the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (MLA). Current research interests include the role of industry driven distribution and purchasing models in shaping long term cultural memory.

John Redford is Music and Special Projects Librarian at Biola University. His responsibilities include music collection development and cataloging music and non-print materials. He is a member of the Music Library Association’s Resource Sharing and Collection Development Committee, and is Past Chair of the California Chapter of the Music Library Association.

Founded in 1931, Music Library Association (MLA) is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries. MLA provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world's musical heritage.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on February 4, 2019, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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