Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Service and Training: An International Perspective

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Service and Training: An International Perspective

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It is raining in Manchester. In the popular imagination it is always raining in Manchester, a gross misunderstanding which overlooks the great variety of Mancunian weather, from the "damned fog" which Grieg demanded Adolph Brodsky get rid of as a condition of his visiting, to the snow that this year brought a White Easter. Thus, in the otherwise dreary summer of 2012, it was good to find myself back in Montreal for the first time since the turn of the century, being reminded of the kind of real summer of which of late we have seen so little. Even the one thunderstorm was of a sufficiently Beethovenian scale to put the average local downpour to shame.

We don't, of course, go to IAML conferences to enjoy good weather, marvellous locations, and great food--although nobody has ever denied the importance of all three. Not the least we go to take part in a huge family reunion where we meet old friends and make new ones. Almost all of the contributors to this issue of Fontes were unknown to me before I met them in Montreal, where several gave presentations in the two sessions organised by the Commission on Service and Training, but I'd like to think that they have now become friends as well as professional colleagues. They have certainly done me proud in contributing such a rich variety of articles and I need to place on record my gratitude to all who have given of their time and expertise to provide them.

Their contributions also stand as testament to how wide a remit is implicit in the term "Service and Training". Any attempt to draw a clear division between its two constituent parts is likely to reinforce the extent to which the two overlap. As Verletta Kern points out in her discussion of online tutorial provision at the University of Washington, providing a service as often as not carries its own implication for training. She finds an echo in Remi Castonguay's thesis that the attractions of social networking need to be tempered by advice on using them responsibly. In her article on the changing role of reference services, Kirstin Dougan also makes it clear that the complex nature of music materials ensures that providing a reference service perforce often involves a large instructional component.

Some contributors have given an overview of music library training at the national level. …

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