Wednesday April 21st-Friday April 23rd
The University of Toronto Music Library and five partner institutions (Eastman School of Music; Harvard University; Indiana University Bloomington; University of California, Los Angeles; Yale University) explored the challenging world of music score collection assessment. Each of the six participating institutions provided pre-recorded sessions and a virtual tour. Attendees watched the sessions ahead of time, then joined the live sessions for a Q & A with the presenters. The Breakout Room Discussions on Friday were based on themes chosen by the attendees. There was also a bonus virtual tour of the extensive music collections at Toronto Public Library.
Below is the program which includes links to the pre-recorded presentations, the virtual tours, and the recordings of the live Q&A sessions. Here is a link to the speaker bios.
- Q&A with Jim Farrington, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Library. Abstract, virtual tour and prerecorded presentation
- Q&A with Trevor Deck et al., University of Toronto, Music Library. Abstract, virtual tour and prerecorded presentation
- Q&A with Keith Cochran, Indiana University, Bloomington. Abstract, virtual tour and prerecorded presentation
- Q&A with Callie Holmes and Matthew Vest, University of California, Los Angeles, Music Library Abstract, virtual tour and prerecorded presentation
- Q&A with Sandi-Jo Malmon and Ruthann Boles McTyre, Harvard, Loeb Library and Yale University, Gilmore Music Library. Abstract, virtual tour and prerecorded presentation
- Virtual tour of Toronto Public Library music division screening and Q&A with Toronto Public Library
- Panel discussion with speakers from all six institutions, Jan Guise, University of Toronto, moderator.
Abstracts, Virtual Library Tours and Presentations
Jim Farrington, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Managing user expectations with an abundance of space
The Sibley Music Library is the largest academic music library in North America. What started out in 1904 as a public music library in Rochester, Sibley merged its 9000 books and scores with the nascent Eastman School of Music in 1921. The following hundred years saw an explosion of acquisitions during which the library outgrew three physical spaces, opening the doors of its latest home in January 1989. The current building has 45,000 square feet of space housing some 650,000 physical items. A survey done in 2000 reported that we had only used about 1/3 of the available shelf space for the circulating collections (a statistic almost unimaginable in most libraries today). The long-standing support of the library from our administration combined with this abundance of shelf space for so much of the collection has lead to interesting collection development decisions with implications for user services.
Sandi-Jo Malmon, Harvard University, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library and Ruthann Boles McTyre, Yale University, Gilmore Music Library
Collaborative Music Collections with Borrow Direct
The collaborative collection development plan that began in 2009 with music librarians from the 7 academic libraries of the Borrow Direct partnership has expanded over the past 10 years to include a total of 13 participating music libraries including those from the Ivy League and from MIT, Johns Hopkins, Duke, the University of Chicago and Stanford. The cooperative collection development plan for purchasing scores of contemporary composers has remained robust and truly collaborative as it has been updated to represent more broadly diverse collecting practices shared across institutions. Malmon and McTyre will discuss the history of this partnership as well as ongoing work to keep the collaboration and the collections fresh and relevant.
Yale Library Tour
Keith Cochran, Indiana University, Bloomington
Acquiring Multiple Copies and Editions of Music Scores
I frequently make decisions about the quantity and types of editions that we need for scores in our collection. Because we serve an unusually large and diverse community, I often acquire multiple copies and multiple editions of the same work in order to meet the demands of users. In my talk, I will focus on several different works that can serve as case studies that illustrate the kinds of questions that I must answer on a regular basis about collection development and management. It is my hope that these case studies will be helpful to other librarians who regularly confront similar situations.
Callie Holmes and Matthew Vest, University of California, Los Angeles, Herb Alpert School of Music
Maximizing Limited Space for Music Scores
The UCLA Music Library's physical collections have grown over 56 years from 36,000 to over 400,000 items while remaining in the same location. Strategies for housing the collection in limited space have evolved over time, including adding shelves, maximizing collections spaces, and moving items to a remote storage facility. Currently, each year we deaccession or move to storage approximately the same number of items that we acquire. Our process involves using circulation statistics to identify candidates for removal followed by collaborative item-by-item consideration, factoring in characteristics that cannot be determined via statistics, such as condition, current faculty and student research interest, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Trevor Deck, Jan Guise, James Mason, Tim Neufeldt and Rebecca Shaw, University of Toronto
What stays and what goes? Music Score Collection Assessment at the University of Toronto
The Music Library at the University of Toronto is out of space. Shelves are crowded, aisles are too narrow to navigate. We make use of the UTL @ Downsview off-site storage facility, where approximately one-third of our music score collection is located. The criteria and policies we use to determine what stays on-site and what goes to Downsview is outdated and not well communicated. With a capital project renovation on the horizon, we need a clear understanding of what our collection looks like now, and what we want it to look like in a future space. The University of Toronto Libraries are having important conversations about anti-racism and de-colonization in our spaces and collections, and we want to ensure our music score collection reflects the curricula and diverse programming of the Faculty of Music. Normal weeding criteria such as publication date and circulation count are not appropriate for music scores, and there is little music-specific direction to be gleaned from the library literature. Our team will share our process to date which includes data analysis and preparation for user surveys and focus groups.