Because music publishing and distribution are largely outside the network of publishers and vendors that libraries use to acquire most of their monographs, there are many inherent difficulties faced by librarians and library staff whose jobs include the acquisition of printed or recorded music. Because of the international nature of the music publishing industry, libraries must often acquire their music stock from many countries and in multiple languages. Fling offers a how-to guide that addresses these issues and provides answers on where and how to acquire these materials. Key features include: Publication and distribution avenues for both printed and recorded music, Directories of vendors that specialize in particular types of music, Techniques for ordering music and dealing with music approval plans, Sources and techniques for finding secondhand and out-of-print music, How to acquire dissertations and microfilm and photographic reproductions of early-music resource, an extended glossary of specialized English and foreign-language terms that appear on published music, publishers' catalogs, and music bibliographies A comprehensive bibliography lists print and Web music resources, including manuals and journals of music librarianship; music editing, publishing, and library acquisitions; directories of music libraries and information centers, record labels, and vendors; music-in-print sources; and national bibliographies of music. The bibliography also contains information on general library acquisitions.
The sole focus of this book is on the practical aspects of music acquisitions - how to acquire the material, and not what to acquire....Anyone involved with music acquisitions will find much of value here, especially the ample, annotated lists of vendors and sources, and the detailed descriptions of pre-order searching, verification and ordering processes. Readers with more familiarity with book acquisitions will benefit from the opening chapters that spell out the peculiarities of printed and recorded music publishing and acquisitions....Recommended highly for anyone involved with music acquisitions, particularly those infrequently dealing with music materials. This volume would also be of interest to cataloguers and general music librarians, as well as anyone seeking a more detailed picture of music acquisitions.
Reference and Research Book News
For libraries, printed and record music materials are notoriously difficult to acquire. Distributors are often out of the mainstream, and librarians must contend with foreign producers and languages, specialty publishers, and sometimes no clue as to where to find a certain title, particularly, if the item is out of print. Fling…gives acquisition methods from pre-order searching through the ordering process, and lists printed and recorded music publishers' contact information. He includes a chapter on secondhand and out-of-print materials, and a very useful chapter on acquiring original source materials (especially on microfilm). He includes a glossary of English and foreign terms librarians encounter in the searching and ordering process.
Music Reference Services Quarterly
...a great success that can be read by library school students, nonspecialist librarians, acquisitions professionals, and even music collectors with great satisfaction. It is a welcome fourth volume in the Music Library Association Basic Manual Series.
R. Michael Fling is a music collection development librarian at the Indiana University School of Music. He is the author of Musical Memorials for Musicians: A Guide to Selected Compositions (Scarecrow, 2001).