Reference liberation front

Reference books at Pendlebury Library of Music, with gap where books have been "liberated" (i.e. made ordinary loan books)

Reference books at Pendlebury Library of Music, with gap where books have been “liberated” (i.e. made ordinary loan books)


For the last couple of months we have been weeding at the Pendlebury Library of Music, or more precisely removing items from the open shelves (see Aging gracefully? An update on the Pre-1900s material at the Pendlebury and Autumn maintenance: weeding the open shelves). A lot of these volumes have actually moved to closed access, as a significant number of items on the open shelves were pre-1900, and in order to preserve them, and also for collection security, they should not be on open shelves any more.

In the last couple of weeks, however, I have also moved reference books to ordinary loans, or at least overnight loans. This action of the “reference liberation front” is possible due to three changes since some of the books were catalogued here at the Pendlebury Library:

ebooks at University of Cambridge page

ebooks at University of Cambridge page ; http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ebooks/

  1. The Library system nowadays allows for “Overnight Loans” (re ONLs, see ONLs are not everyone’s cup of tea), and offers a relatively reliable approach to having certain books most of the time _in_ the library, whilst allowing borrowing over the weekend/over night.
  2. Some books which were important reference works at the time of acquisition have been superseded by information which can be gleaned from Oxford Music Online.
  3. Some academic books (mostly composer-related or historiographies with a specific emphasis on an era) either are now less central, or now available as ebooks.

Just to illustrate this, a couple of examples:

I will continue this quest to “liberate” reference volumes where appropriate in the coming weeks, but if you spot a Rb-book and wonder why it’s not borrowable, please let me know!

CG

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About cg474

Since August 2010 I have worked as a librarian at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). Between August 2010 and November 2013 I was the Deputy Head of Music at Cambridge University Library and at the Pendlebury Library of Music. Between December 2013 and September 2015 I was the Librarian at the Marshall Library of Economics. Since October 2015 I have been the Librarian at the Divinity Library.
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