Music collections survey results

The music collections survey that took place last term has given us some interesting food for thought. The winners of the prize draw have been contacted in January and I want to say thank you again to all of you who participated.

Bound and unlabelled sheet music at the Music Department, Cambridge University Library – waiting to be fully catalogued and processed. Photographed by Sarah Chapman

According to the survey, the music collections have mostly happy readers, who appreciate a personal touch and friendly, professional services. The collections are great, although a little more of everything would obviously be very welcome. There were no very strong views on strengths and weaknesses, but it appears that the University Library is much more popular for books than for scores so we will have to keep thinking of new ways to promote that very large and largely unknown collection of music and make it as accessible as possible. We are after all talking about more than 500.000 printed music items at the Music Department compared to 37.000 at the Pendlebury Library.

Another area that deserves our attention is that of electronic resources for music. We have started with setting up a trial for RIPM online Archive and the Index of Printed music and any feedback received was greatly appreciated. We will be looking into setting up more trials for different types of resources, and hope to identify what is most important for our users.

We will keep working on the music pilot and on bringing music collections and services closer together and are always open to suggestions.


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