Educating Tomorrow’s Orchestra Librarian: An Evaluation of LS Curricula for Special Libraries

by Greitzer, Paul D

Abstract (Summary)
There has been little published research on the orchestra librarianship profession, what it entails, how it has changed over time, and what attention is paid to it in the LS curricula. There have been several studies published to date regarding other forms of special librarianship, specifically serials and cataloging. Responses to these studies indicate a general consensus that education in these specialized fields of librarianship is lacking in the LS curricula. It is likely that what holds true for serials education will also hold true for orchestra librarianship education. This paper seeks to determine what being an orchestra librarian entails, how the job has changed in the last thirteen years, and what current orchestra librarians view as the proper education for a future professional. These and other questions are addressed through analysis of electronic surveys sent to Principal librarians of each major orchestra in the United States. It was determined that most orchestra librarians feel an MLS is not as useful for being a professional as a background in music performance is. However, if a future orchestra librarian were to pursue an MLS degree, courses in preservation, database systems, and cataloging are the most important to take.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Philip Vandermeer

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:library education – curricula united states schools special libraries music librarians


Date of Publication:04/23/2008

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