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ERIC Number: ED355957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
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An Exploratory Study of Cathedral Music Libraries.
McGuire, Mark J.
A survey was mailed to the 185 U.S. Roman Catholic cathedrals to determine the nature and extent of cathedral music libraries. In addition to baseline demographic information, survey questions focused on the following topics: (1) music library staffing and management; (2) methods of cataloging and classification; (3) the use and creation of indexes and other finding aids to the collection; and (4) interest in information sharing and networking. Based on a 61 percent usable return rate, results indicate that Roman Catholic cathedrals maintain music libraries ranging from 160 to 90,000 scores, use a wide range of cataloging and classification systems, and have developed an assortment of custom indexes to these collections. No cathedral music library is managed by a professional librarian. Eighty-eight percent of music directors value the introduction of standard library practices to cathedral music collections, but only 57 percent expressed a desire for professional assistance. Cathedral music directors expressed a decided interest in developing a shared information network, but indicated a lack of resources to achieve this end. Twenty-two tables present survey responses. The questionnaire, its cover letter, and a follow-up letter are included. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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