Reference Wrap-Up (MLA 2014)

Here is the full Prezi.

General guidelines for taking on a new subject, especially in the performing arts:

Working with your new department

  • develop relationships with faculty: go to meetings, etc
  • learn the performance schedules and make sure Library has materials to support them
  • purchase faculty publications
  • learn the research and teaching interests
  • identify the textbooks on sale and on reserve

Databases & serials

  • is there any overlap with Music databases? e.g. look for performing arts articles in IIMP or RILM
  • identify public digital collections, such as Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, etc
  • become familiar with the journals, whether through Ulrich's, DOAJ, NEWJOUR listserv, etc
  • set up journal alerts through Cambridge UP, Taylor & Francis, etc

Other libraries/librarians

  • Sign up for listservs for subgroups of ALA and ACRL.  
  • If you have an intern or student assistant, have him or her assess the collection
  • Browse libguides from top universities
  • Investigate (preferably join) non-library organizations: the equivalent of AMS or SMT. Attend meetings if you can, but at the least read their newsletters and programs
  • Review the collection development policies, even from larger or smaller libraries, to get ideas. NYU, for example, has great policies.
  • ask for help and ideas! Ask on MLA-L and within your own library.

Be excited! Not everybody gets to take on new subject areas.  You'll learn a lot and can apply your knowledge to music.