Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Commission for Service and Training

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Commission for Service and Training

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In offering my last conference report as the retiring Chair of the Commission for Service and Training I'd like to place on record my thanks to my fellow committee members, John Wagstaff and Jurgen Diet, for their constant support and advice over the last six years. At the same time I extend my gratitude and good wishes to the incoming committee: Jane Gottlieb, Kirstin Dougan, and Anna Pensaert, in the confidence that they will do an excellent job.

As usual, the Commission was responsible for two sessions during the conference, each of which contained three presentations. The first, on 14 July, took as its theme Information Literacy and the Music Library. Information literacy, for both users and library staff, is crucial to the services we offer but, as Jonathan Sauceda mentionrf in his survey of graduate music research courses in the USA and Canada, has often developed along independent lines within similar institutions. Jonathan's own research set out to identify what was both individual and common to the courses they provided. Significant among his findings was that many such courses were entrusted to academic rather than library staff, that there was a heavy reliance on text-based resources and traditional teaching approaches such as lectures and seminars, and that only a small percentage included substantial online content. Two somewhat worrying observations were that text-based resources were not always the most up-to-date and that, among online resources used, IMSLP ranked higher than all of the "R" projects apart from RILM. Jonathan's research also highlighted the fact that information literacy skills were most likely to be patchy in the more prestigious US universities.

Federica Riva presented a very honest account of her own experiences of re-opening the library of the Florence Conservatoire, which had remained closed for 40 years after being damaged in the floods of 1966. During that period its holdings had only been available to external researchers. In restoring it as a working conservatoire library, Federica was constrained to focus on such basic concepts as formulating acquisitions policies, creating a catalogue, organising staffing and building a user community. In such a context, developing an approach to information literacy, while important, cannot always be the priority it should be, and sophisticated approaches involving such resources as social media remain a pipe dream. Federica explained how she had harnessed the conservatoire's own research projects and hosted research conferences to attract funding, not least for those resources which are essential to any information literacy programme.

Pawel Nodzak and Marta Walkusz jointly initiated a survey into how information resources are used in Polish academic music libraries. Martha reminded us how several of their findings would be familiar to many of us. Users increasingly assume that everything can be found online, but the ability to access online information off-site meant users were distanced from face-to-face staff expertise. …

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