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Music Librarianship Resources

Online Indexes and Databases  |  Selected Internet Resources  |  Professional Organizations  |  Music Librarianship Discussion Listservs  |  Copyright  |  Music Cataloging

Online Indexes and Databases to Music Librarianship Literature

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Library Literature and Information Science Full Text (1984 - Current)
Library Literature and Information Science indexes key library and information science periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere. Books, chapters within books, conference proceedings, selected state journals, library school theses, and pamphlets are also indexed.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (1966 - Current)
Provides indexing and abstract coverage of more than 600 journals on topics including classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, Internet search engines, printed and electronic information sources, the information industry, electronic publishing, and more.
Journal List

Music Index Online (1979 - Current)
Index to writings on classical and popular music, including scholarly and journalistic publications and reviews of books, recordings, and performances. Covers publications from 1979 to the present. Updated quarterly. See print edition for coverage of writings from 1949 to present.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1969 - Current)
Includes references (most with abstracts) to scholarly writings, including books, articles, and dissertations from 1969 to the present in English and most European languages. Updated monthly.

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) (1861 - Current)
Includes citations for dissertations dating from the first U.S. dissertation issued in 1861. Contains abstracts for dissertations from 1980 to the present and for master's theses from 1988 forward. The work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities are also included. Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.

Selected Internet Resources

A Directory of Music Collections in the Midwestern United States, 2nd Edition (H. Stephen Wright, General Editor)

Directory of Music Libraries and Collections in New England (New England Chapter of MLA)

Music Selection Resources on the Web (prepared by Anna Seaberg, King County Library System)

Professional Organizations

American Library Association (ALA)

Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (CAML)

International Association of Music Libraries (IAML)

Major Orchestra Librarians' Association (MOLA)

Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG)

Performing Arts Library Association

Music Librarianship Discussion Listservs

MLA-L - Performing Arts Library Association

MOUG-L - Music OCLC Users Group


Copyright for Music Librarians (Performing Arts Library Association)

Historical Recording Coalition for Access and Preservation - An effort, spearheaded by ARSC and joined by the MLA, to bring about more effective sound recordings copyright law.

KSU Copyright Resources - Includes the Copyright Toolkit listing web sites that offer tools and outline techniques for identifying and contacting the copyright owner of a work in order to seek permission to use it, a listing of essential copyright web sites and a description of the Kent State University Intellectual Property Policies & Resources.

Public Domain Music - A guide to identifying music in the public domain

U.S. Copyright Office - Includes full-text versions of numerous copyright-related materials, including the complete text of Title 17 as well as individual chapters; recent legislation; congressional testimony and pending legislation; historical copyright acts; reports and federal register notices; information about treaties.

When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain - A guide from Dr. Lolly Gasaway, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Music Cataloging

Cataloging Unusual Sound Recordings (Powerpoint Presentation by Robert Freeborn, Pennsylvania State University)

Principles of Uniform Titles, a Brief Introduction (document prepared by Matthew W. Wise for readers and users of Indiana University music library catalog records)

Music Cataloging Webpages

Indiana University Performing Arts Library Technical Services Division

Music Cataloging at Yale

University of California at San Diego - Technical Processing Online Tools (TPOT) Performing Arts Library Technical Services

Reference Works Used for Music Cataloging as Listed in the Music Cataloging Bulletins (prepared by Lois Kuyper-Rushing)

Sheet Music Cataloging Guidelines (presented by the Working Group on Sheet Music Cataloging)

Sources for Authority Work in Cataloging Popular Music : An annotated guide (prepared by the MLA Bibliographic Control Committee: Working Group on Popular Music Sources)

Thematic Indexes Used by the Library of Congress for Formulating Uniform Titles for Music as Listed in the Music Cataloging Bulletin (prepared by Lois Kuyper-Rushing)

Type of compositions for use in music uniform titles - a manual for use with AACR2 chapter 25. 2nd, Updated Edition, June 1997 of the Final report of the Working Group on Types of Compositions. (Yale University)

Using Uniform Titles Tutorial (Indiana University Performing Arts Library)

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