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library instruction music information literacy




Library and Information Science | Music


The undergraduate music curriculum at Syracuse University spans multiple academic departments and colleges, comprising liberal arts, conservatory, and professional degree programs. This diversity has been a challenge to providing adequate and appropriately timed library instruction, resulting in some students receiving the same one-shot session multiple times and others receiving none at all. Faculty across music departments expressed that music students were lacking both basic and music-specific information literacy skills.

As the new music librarian, I sought to bridge the various departments and develop an integrated library instruction plan for all music undergraduate programs. In cooperation with faculty, I established library instructional goals, mapped music curriculum paths to identify instructional opportunities, and developed a combination of in-person instruction sessions and out-of-class activities to achieve information literacy goals. When possible, library instruction was paired with pre-existing course assignments for both classroom and studio.

This presentation will cover the developmental process for the integrated program, the sessions and materials completed as of fall 2013, and projected opportunities for future expansion.

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Presentation given at the joint Fall Meeting of the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association (ATMLA) and the New York State / Ontario Chapter of the Music Library Association (NYS/O-MLA) at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, October 4, 2013

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