Music Library Policies
Music Library Collection
The Music Branch Library collection consists of the music itself in all formats as well as teaching and learning materials to support the activities of the Music Department.
Examples include scores, collected works, instrumental and vocal music, pedagogical materials, librettos, composer's sketches, bibliographies of music, graded lists of music, thematic catalogs, discographies, repertory, selected conducting and composing books, texts on instrumental methods, historical monuments, musical facsimiles, audio materials, and visual materials for music instruction.
The Music Library Reference collection will be limited to working tools, used by staff or patrons on a frequent basis, in support of teaching, research, and performance.
Examples include dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, biographies, and indexes of music.
The Chester Fritz Library will contain reference materials, music literature, materials on the history of music and music relative to other fields of study, as well as research materials on music theory and analysis.
Examples include biographies, books about music and its history, books on the music of the world, bibliographies of music literature, materials on music history and criticism, and books about specific instruments.
All music periodicals will be housed in the Chester Fritz Library.
NOTE: Exceptions to the above guidelines may occur. In these instances, the Library manager and Music Department liaison will be consulted.
The following limits are applicable for music materials:
|Books||30 days||1 semester||1 year|
|Scores||30 days||1 semester||1 year|
|Reference||In Library||Overnight||1 week|
|Coll.Wrks||In Library||1 week||1 month|
|Reserve||In Library||In Library||1 month|
|Recordings||In Library||1 week||1 month|
|Videos||In Library||1 week||1 month|
|Orch. Parts||* Special Permission Only (see below)|
Gordon Erickson Collection Orchestral Parts Sets
Orchestral parts sets in the Gordon Erickson collection (valuable as full sets for orchestral performance) will only be loaned as complete parts sets, by special permission, to be determined in the same manner as for volumes of Collected Works sets.
Reserve materials may be of two types:
- Class-term reserves (reserve items that will be returned to the Library shelves at the end of the semester and are located in the restricted area behind the Circulation desk);
- Long-term reserves (items for reserve that will remain on reserve indefinitely and are located in a browseable area adjacent to and supervisable by the Library Aide. Items in this area must be checked out if removed from the shelves. A review list will be sent to the instructor annually to review the status of each item)
Materials from the Chester Fritz Library may be placed on Reserve at the Music Library indefinitely. The faculty member will check out the material from the Chester Fritz Library and transport it to the Music Library. The Music Library Manager will then place the item on Reserve and discharge it from the faculty member's name.
Audio-visual equipment (camcorder, tripod) is available for checkout by faculty members or graduate students. The equipment will be barcoded in the same manner of books and will have the same checkout as Reserve materials (3 hours).
Significant changes affecting Interlibrary Loan services have been introduced.
- A $10.00 charge will be levied for each item that is requested but not picked up or any item that becomes overdue.
- There will be no limit on the number of submitted requests.
- Though there is rarely a charge to borrow materials, the Chester Fritz Library will absorb up to $25.00 of the cost of lending, handling, copyright, and postage fees charged by the lending library for students. Faculty will be asked to pay the full charge. No additional charges will be levied without prior authorization.
- PRIORITY SERVICE (from NDSU libraries only) may be available for articles for a minor charge per item. With Priority Service, materials are generally available within 48 hours.
NOTE: An online request for ILL is now available.
A copy of selected Music Department concerts, recitals, and performances will be delivered to the Music Library for storage and circulation. The Music Library will not make copies for recordings of departmental performances for individual patrons.
Only music faculty, graduate students, and library staff may use the Music Library outside of operating hours. Under no circumstances should faculty open the Library for students and leave them unattended. Doors must be locked upon entry and exit from the Library. All lights and computer terminals, and the copy machine must be turned off upon leaving.
Faculty or graduate students checking out materials after hours must complete an After Hours Check Out form for each item removed from the Library. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
The area behind the Music Library Circulation desk shall be considered a restricted area, with access only to Music Library staff and Music Department faculty. Faculty is allowed access to the recording stacks and Reserve shelves for the purpose of research or class preparation. Only Music Library staff is permitted in the area immediately behind the Circulation desk, where legally confidential patron records may appear on the computer screen.
The Music Department will be responsible for any materials from the Music Library that become lost or stolen. However, any materials that were checked out, not returned, and subsequently billed and paid for at the Chester Fritz Library will be reordered and paid for through the Chester Fritz Library Replacement Fund.
Replacement of Missing Materials
Not all items determined "Missing" will be replaced by the Library. All requests for replacement must be submitted to the Music Library Manager and approved by said manager and the Music Department Liaison.
Specific criteria for replacement include:
- Demand for the title; current value of the missing item to the collection;
- coverage of the subject by other library materials;
- estimated time and cost of replacement; and
- length of time the item has been missing.
30% of the Ullyot Endowment funds available will be allocated to the Library. As a guideline, 20% of that apportioned amount will be targeted for collection development. Remaining funds will be distributed according to requests received from Library management and Music Department faculty.
Library Book Requests
When submitting requests to the Library Manager for Library materials, the following information must be included:
- Catalog page, ad, or notice, OR, Full bibliographic citation (author, title, publisher, date);
- ISBN or other order number;
- Performers (if applicable) or editor/arranger;
- Vendor (if required);
Receipt of gift materials will be made at the Music Library. All gifts will be evaluated by the Music Library Manager for consideration according to the Library guidelines (appropriateness to the curriculum as well as Library possession of additional copies).
Items deemed appropriate for placement in the Chester Fritz Library will be forwarded to the Arts Librarian for consideration. Bookplates are no longer being placed in gift materials, but will be noted in a Donor website.
The Chief Bibliographer of the Chester Fritz Library will send formal thank-you letters to donors.
Any materials selected for withdrawal from the library collection will be made available for faculty review before withdrawal. All appropriate materials will then be withdrawn.
Music Library Aides Library
Library Aides in the Gordon Erickson Music Library will have the following duties:
- Assistants will aid patrons through checkout of materials (including registering patrons and updating information), discharge of returned items, and reshelving of said materials.
- Library Aides supervise patrons and monitor library materials, ensuring that all materials leaving the library have been checked out and that materials are not defaced or mutilated.
- The Library helpers will also ensure that books and other Music Library materials are in proper order by participating in a regular program of shelf reading.
- Library Aides complete other projects as assigned by the Music Library Manager.
- The consultants may also answer ready reference questions or assist in database searching within their level of competence, and answer directional questions or refer patrons to appropriate personnel.
- Library Assistants will also instruct or help patrons in mechanical operations of Library equipment.
NOTE: Music Library Aides are specifically responsible for the implementation and enforcement of Music Library policies.
NOTE: Aides are not responsible for doing the bidding of other persons, which may conflict with these policies or the duties described above.
Music Library staff is not responsible for proctoring of tests. Only self-proctored tests may be given in the Music Library.
Reviewed by Music Library Manager for compliance with original Music Department faculty-determined policies of 1997, as modified according to requirements of Chester Fritz Library policy and U.S. Copyright Law, 3/14/17