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The Very Model of a Modern Day (Music) Librarian!: What's Always in Fashion?

A discussion of basic qualifications for music librarianship "then and now" and looking toward the future! This LibGuide accompanies Sheri Stormes's contribution to the program, "Music Librarianship: What Types of Jobs Are Available..." MLA San Jose 2013

What's "In Fashion" Wordle

Qualfications that have stood the test of time

These qualifications appear to have withstood the test of time:

  • Knowledge of music history: major periods, movements, genres.
  • Knowledge of music theory: knowlege of harmonic structure, form, key signatures, aural skills.
  • Knowledge of and understanding of the philosophy of libraries and librarianship.
  • Bibliographic knowledge of foreign languages, esp. musical instruments, terms, etc. in Italian, French, German.  (Russian, Hebrew, Chinese, Eastern European languages also useful.)
  • Knowledge of music reference tools.
  • Knowledge of musical print and non-print formats.
  • Ability to teach.
  • Ability to use catalog and discovery interfaces effectively and instruct users in their use.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of developments in the field of librarianship and in music librarianship in particular.
  • Excellent interpersonal skillsability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Awareness of and general knowledge of copyright laws.
  • Knowledge of larger institution's curriculum or needs of community served by the library.
  • Knowledge of resources needed for selection and acquisitionreviews, recommended lists (RCL, Basic Music Library, , etc.).



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