SEMLA 2008 Annual Meeting
October 9-11 2008, Greenville, NC
Music in Libraries: Just the Basics - Preconference Workshop

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Music in Libraries: Just the Basics
One-Day Workshop
J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

The Southeast Music Library Association (SEMLA) will host a preconference workshop "Music in Libraries: Just the Basics" directly preceding the 2008 SEMLA Annual Meeting. Workshops will be offered in Sound Recordings Cataloging, Videorecordings Cataloging, Music Reference, and Music Collection Development/Acquisitions. This special preconference workshop is part of the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) of the Music Library Association (MLA). The EOP provides workshops on the basics of music librarianship to all currently working in or considering a career in libraries. These workshops are taught by instructors who are practicing music librarians and active members of MLA. The EOP is sponsored by the Education Committee of MLA and the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG).


J.Y. Joyner Library and the Sonic Plaza

Preconference participants are cordially invited to attend a free reception directly after the conference to continue our conversations about music librarianship with members of the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (SEMLA).

Stay for the SEMLA Annual Meeting: Reduced registration (only $10!) for the 2008 SEMLA Annual Meeting Oct. 9-11 is available to preconference participants. Participants who register for the SEMLA Meeting receive their first year membership free!

Important parking information: late registrants will need to arrive 45 minutes early to obtain a parking permit...

Workshop Descriptions | Program | Rates | Travel & Accomodations | Flyer (pdf)


Workshop Descriptions

Conference participants may select two 3-hour workshops from the following topics:

Sound Recordings Cataloging

Participants in this workshop will enjoy a hands-on approach to learning the essential skills of sound recordings cataloging. Together we will identify and answer crucial questions such as What are the chief sources of information for sound recordings? How do I decide on the title proper? When am I required to input a new record? How do I deal with all those dates and numbers? Sticking with the basics, we'll develop successful solutions to practical cataloging problems. Enrollment limited to 25 participants.

Music Reference

Participants in this workshop will become familiar with tools and techniques to help locate recordings and printed music, as well as other sources of general information about music and musicians in various genres of music. We will identify some of the common problems encountered and discuss how to determine what the patron is actually trying to locate. Print and online sources will be covered.

Videorecordings Cataloging

Join us for this workshop and learn the basic skills of videorecordings cataloging. Using a hands-on approach, we'll solve specific challenges posed by topics such as physical description, statements of responsibility, series issues, genre headings, and all those troublesome numbers--- 007, 028, 037, 030, and 024. Enrollment limited to 25 participants.

Music Collection Development / Acquisitions

Participants in this workshop will learn the basic tools and skills for purchasing, selecting and deselecting music materials for their library based on the needs of their user community. The workshop will include a lively discussion and critique of music vendors, music approval plans / standing orders, and collection development policies.



9:30 10:00


10:00 1:00

Cataloging Sound Recordings


Nara Newcomer, East Carolina University
PowerPoint presentation (pdf)
Examples (pdf)
Both created by Jay Weitz, OCLC

Mac Nelson, University of North Carolina, Greensboro



Chris Durman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Grover Baker, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

Powerpoint presentation
Handouts (pdf)

1:00 2:00


Box lunches from Tropical Smoothie

(included with Registration Fee)

2:00 5:00

Cataloging Videorecordings/DVDs


Nara Newcomer, East Carolina University
Powerpoint Presentation (pdf) (created by Jay Weitz, OCLC)

Mac Nelson, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Collection Development


Joyce Clinkscales, Emory University

Holling Smith-Borne, Vanderbilt University

Powerpoint Presentation
Resources List Handout (Word Doc)
Weeding Handout (Word doc)

5:00 5:30



SEMLA Reception

A.J. Fletcher Music Center




Lunch, snacks, parking, course materials and good discussion provided.
Cost: $25 early registration (before Sept. 19 - note extended early registration deadline) or $35 onsite registration or online registration after Sept. 19.
Register online for the preconference workshop


Travel & Accomodations

See the information from the main conference sections on Travel and Accomodations. Our group lodging rate also applies to the preconference. See also the other links on the main conference sidebar for more information.

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