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Get Your Library Movin’ to the World Music Beat! Presentation slides available on the NEMLA website: Presenters: Erin L. Mayhood: [email protected] Darwin F. Scott: [email protected] Margaret Chevian: [email protected]

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Get Your Library Movin’ to the World Music Beat!

Presentation slides available on the NEMLA website:


Erin L. Mayhood: [email protected] F. Scott: [email protected] Chevian: [email protected]

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The New England Chapter of the Music Library Association

World Music in the Public Library: Collection Development Tips

Presented by

Erin L. Mayhood

Assistant Head, Music Library, Boston University

June 1st, 2006

Sponsored by the

New England Music Library Association (NEMLA)

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What is World Music? World Music can be…

  • Traditional folk music

  • Popular music with ethnic elements

  • Art music with foreign elements

    **Not OUR music but music that belongs to somebody else

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World Music is not…

  • Western Art Music

    • Eg. Beethoven, Copland

  • Mainstream Popular Western Music

    • Eg. Aerosmith, The Beatles

  • Mainstream Western Folk Music

    • Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell

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    Consumers of World Music

    • Ethnomusicologists

    • Music educators

    • Students

    • Immigrant populations

    • General public with interests in various parts of the world

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    Reasons to include world music in your collection

    • Cultural diversity

    • Formal education support

    • Community activity support

    • Independent learning

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    Collection development is driven by:

    • Location

    • Clientele

    • Budget

    • Your library’s role in your community

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    Tools for Collection Development

    • Websites

    • Reviews

    • Vendor catalogs

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    Recommended Websites

    • University of Washington

    • Indiana University

    • Music Selection Resources on the WWW by Anna Seaberg

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    List of World Music Labels:

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    Record Label List Annotated by Anna Seaberg:

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    Favorite Labels to Consider

    • Nonesuch Explorer Series

    • Ocora (Harmonia Mundi distribution)

    • JVC Ethnomusic Collection

    • Smithsonian Folkways

    • UNESCO (Harmonia Mundi distribution)

    • Lyrichord

    • Music of the World

    • Rounder

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    Beat Magazine


    Dirty Linen


    Roots & Rhythm Newsletter

    World of Music

    Vendor Websites

    All Music


    Recording Reviews

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    • Vendor websites can be useful collection development tools

    • Look for sites that present items geographically

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    Favorite Vendors for World Music

    • Multicultural Media:

    • All Music Guide:

    • Music Library Service Company (MLSC):

    • Berkshire Record Outlet:

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    All Music

    Extensive listing of regions and styles

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    All Music Guide continued…

    Useful description of the style or genre you have chosen

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    Contact InformationNEMLA: [email protected] F. [email protected]

    Margaret [email protected]