Recordings in the Public Library

Recordings in the Public Library

Recordings in the Public Library

Recordings in the Public Library

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Reference to recordings in public libraries is found as early as 1914, when a collection was started in St. Paul, Minnesota. During the years following, recordings became part of the music collections of many of the larger public libraries. Since most of the earlier records were related only to music, many libraries without a strong music collection did not feel this type of material concerned them. Today, however, such a wealth of subject matter is being recorded by so many producers that the question is no longer, "Shall we have a record collection?" but "What is the best way to establish and maintain a functional record collection?"

The purpose of this work is to provide assistance in establishing, maintaining, and administering a recordings collection in small and medium-sized public libraries, with the focus on disc recordings; to suggest the relationship of recordings to other library materials; and to outline functional procedures for the selection, preparation, and use of recordings. The procedures included are not necessarily the only ones, but they are ones that have been tested. They should help in meeting the new problems that are inevitable in dealing with a medium that is changing almost faster than can be anticipated. The discussion is devoted largely to the commercial long-playing disc, for it is the most widely used recording at present.

This book is an outcome of the author's fifteen years' experience as administrator of the recordings collection of the Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, California. It is not, however, based solely on methods used in that library. As chairman of a committee that made a survey of California libraries, the author saw the variance in procedures and also the common problems and needs of . . .

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