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DISTANCE LEARNING: A Course for Music Librarianship in the UK

Ian Ledsham
Fontes Artis Musicae
Vol. 47, No. 1 (January-March 2000), pp. 33-41
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23509037
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Abstract

For many years prospective music librarians in the UK have had no opportunity to learn their craft as a part of their library studies. In 1995 IAML(UK) sent a questionnaire to all Information Studies departments asking if they gave or were interested in giving instruction in music librarianship. The responses were depressing. Only the University of Wales at Aberystwyth suggested that they might consider a module in Music Librarianship to be included in the distance learning B. Sc. offered by the Open Learning Unit in their Department of Information and Library Studies. With the help of the Music Libraries Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation, Ian Ledsham, formerly music librarian in Birmingham, subsequently took on the task of designing a Basic and an Advanced Module. University staff were helpful in describing the different form of presentation needed for students who work in isolation from faculty or colleagues except for a single joint study week. So far the course, which can also be offered as an independent entity, has been a success.

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