Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Subject Commission: Service and Training

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Subject Commission: Service and Training

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On Wednesday, 4 July, the Commission on Service and Training, chaired by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krueger (Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart) offered two different panels that in fact reinforced many of the similar ideas presented by each. Fifty-three people were in attendance.

The first was a joint paper entitled, "An Online Guide to How to Find Music," by IAML's new Treasurer, Kathy Adamson (Royal Academy of Music), and by former president Pam Thompson (Royal College of Music).

IAML-UK prides itself on trying to reach musically illiterate librarians through seminar days, offering minimal training in various aspects of music librarianship. Since 2003, and drawing on ideas from last year's IAML meeting on Goteborg, IAML-UK has been trying to design a nationwide Web site, gleaned from, but not confined to various existing institutional sites that are geographically focused. The national site would help users find specific targets for their research, but also help generalists and others who do not know what they are looking for.

Broadening the topic to address how music libraries might serve wider communities, Kathy announced that IAML-UK will soon have an award for service, in an effort to demonstrate the value of music librarians in libraries whose budgets are being cut. Nominations for the award would come from patrons, not librarians.

Pam wondered aloud whether in trying through library policies to achieve what is best for our users we have perhaps driven many away. For example, we have catalogs we think are better, but only about 50% of our collections are cataloged.

With respect to a national music Web site, we might offer more help for users of smaller libraries--for example, advice and links to information about interlibrary lending, children's music, in non-expert, even trendy language. …

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