SEMLA 2009 Annual Meeting
October 8-10 2009, New Orleans, LA
Music in Libraries: Just the Basics - Preconference Workshop

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Music in Libraries: Just the Basics
One-Day Workshop
J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans
Thursday, October 8, 2009
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

The Southeast Music Library Association (SEMLA) and Texas Music Library Association (TMLA) will host a preconference workshop "Music in Libraries: Just the Basics" directly preceding the 2009 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).

Register online for the preconference workshop.

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 (SEMLA) and Texas (TMLA) of the Music Library Association.

Stay for the SEMLA/TMLA Joint Annual Meeting: Reduced registration (only $10!) for the 2009 SEMLA/TMLA Joint Annual Meeting Oct. 8-10 is available to preconference participants. Participants who register for the joint annual meeting receive their first year membership in SEMLA or TMLA free!

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

Workshop Descriptions | Program | Rates | Travel & Accommodations


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. Bring an item to catalog. During the workshop, as fields or types of information are discussed, you will work out a record for your item. You will be able to take this partial catalog record home with you. 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. Bring an item to catalog. During the workshop, as fields or types of information are discussed, you will work out a record for your item. You will be able to take this partial catalog record home with you. 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 of vendors, approval plans/standing orders, and development policies, as well as some interactive exercises.



9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 1:00

Cataloging Sound Recordings


Jean Harden, University of North Texas

Keith Chapman, Rice University

PowerPoint Presentation



Sha Towers, Baylor University

Mary Du Mont Brower, Rice University

PowerPoint Presentation

Handouts (pdf)

1:00 – 2:00


Catered lunches from Scottie's Eats

(included with Registration Fee)

2:00 – 5:00

Cataloging Videorecordings/DVDs


Keith Chapman, Rice University

Jean Harden, University of North Texas

PowerPoint Presentation

Collection Development


Sarah Brooks Dorsey, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Presentation materials

5:00 – 5:30



SEMLA Reception

Special Collections and Archives, Monroe Library




Lunch, snacks, parking, course materials and good discussion provided.
Cost: $40 early registration (before October 1 - note extended early registration deadline) or $50 onsite registration or online registration after October 1.

Register online for the preconference workshop.


Travel & Accommodations

See the information from the main conference sections on Travel and Accommodations. 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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