Wanser, J. (2014). Collecting and Collaborating to Build Community: The Evolution of a Local Music Collection at a Small Liberal Arts College Library. Technical Services Quarterly, 31(4), 332-357.
article tracks the recent development (from 2005 to 2013) of a regional music
collection. A small college in a small
rural area develops and implements plans to create a collection of Northeast
Ohio music to provide education and recreation, and to create more ties to the
2005, the Hiram College library had a sizeable music collection alongside a
music department. Listed are the goals
created by these librarians to build this specialized regional collection. Then,
the construction of the program is described.
The decision was made to focus on collecting recordings rather than
other ephemera. An acquisition plan had
to be established: $2,500 a year was
allocated which bought 150 titles a year, exchanging t-shirts for recordings
brought recordings in, by searching through shops, flea markets, garage sales
more recordings were found. Continuing the
project at the library, the librarians have had a task to find and connect with
knowledgeable people. And aside from
funding, cataloging has been the other greatest challenge.
the almost ten years of this projects, alongside other means, the librarians
used social media, as it continued to change during this time, to find music
and promote the collection. Analyses of
circulation and development is included, as well as tracking numbers of
different kinds of musicians, and how their positions and numbers affect costs
of works and development. Doing this work, Hiram has constructed a unique collection that larger
institutions around them do not have. In
conclusion after evaluating the original goals the author states further
publicity is needed to increase public visibility.
project is a great example of collection and connections development. Even though
the author writes of modest success as he evaluates his goals, I view this
collection development project as admirable and inspirational.