I think a number of us have discovered one silver lining to a pandemic: the opportunity to take in additional professional-development events as they converted to a virtual format this year. For my part, I virtually attended conferences of my regional music library association, SEMLA, and a couple of other organizations that I’ve indirectly benefited from over the years, but never attended their meetings.
At SEMLA, a presentation of note was a re-iteration of a study originally done in 2016, surveying music faculties’ preferences for print versus electronic library materials. Not surprisingly, it revealed increased use of online resources over the intervening period, but a persistent preference for print when it came to books and music scores. Some reasons: many use e-books for general review, but print them out when concentrated work is required; online scores are similarly consulted for study/review, but when it comes to performers’ needs, while a minority downloads them to other digital devices like tablets to perform from, the majority prints them out for performance; also, singers are often required to provide a print copy for the house accompanist.
OLAC, the online and audiovisual catalogers’ group, gave me a chance to expand my skills set by attending a couple of basic-level workshops on video and streaming media.
As a first-time attendee at NASIG, I was impressed by the breadth of topics addressed. I attended sessions on curriculum-driven collection mapping; cross-unit workflow development using the “rapid contextual design” method; and linked-data implementation guidance from projects by LD4P, dbpedia, Bibframe, the PCC, Wikibase, OCLC’s FAST subject terms, and cataloging apps like MarcEdit.
4 Comments on ‘Leslie at SEMLA, OLAC, NASIG (virtually)’
So glad you could participate! Thanks for sharing!
Way to make use of all these options, Leslie! It’s been fun to attend new things in this new way.
Thanks for the update, Leslie. I appreciate your insights that music students and faculty prefer print over electronic for concentrated work. Thanks for sharing your experiences!
Leslie, I appreciate reading your insights from all 3 conferences! I’m especially glad you got to give OLAC a try. I’ve heard good things about it. I’m with Mary Beth — it is good to know about the continued preferences for print for music.