The Collection Development policy is a used as a guide to shape relevant collections and to ensure consistency in collection development. The decision to purchase library materials is primarily the responsibility of the Liaison Librarian in consultation with faculty. This policy has been developed by Deborah Wills, Liaison Librarian for Music, in cooperation with and endorsed by Charles Morrison and Heidi Ahonen, the Faculty’s Library Liaisons, and the Dean of Music.
- The collection supports teaching, study and research on a broad level for the Honours Bachelor of Music programs, with emphasis on performance, music education, music therapy, composition, music history and music theory
- The collection provides comprehensive support for the Masters of Music programs in Music Therapy and in Community Music, as well as faculty research.
Books and Journals
- Language: Books in English are preferred, with occasional purchases in French, German and Italian. Purchases in other languages are made on a very selective basis.
- Place of Publication: primary emphasis is on North American and European publications
- Chronological Period: works and music from the Middle Ages to the present day are acquired
- Geographical Areas: no restrictions
- Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized
Types, formats, and readership of materials collected
Books and Journals
- Materials with academic-level readership are selected
- Electronic formats for reference works, collected essays and journals are preferred
- Generally, single copies of books in print formats are selected
- Proceedings of conferences, symposia and international congresses are selected as appropriate. Canadian and American theses are collected on a very selective basis.
- Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, reprints and partial contents (e.g. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books)
- Individual scores are purchased in print; online collections are actively acquired
- Scores are collected for their intrinsic value, regardless of the language of their texts or notes. Efforts are made to provide English translations of vocal texts.
- Newly edited, high-quality scholarly and performing editions of standard works are collected
- Facsimile editions of major works are collected
- As appropriate, scores are purchased to match sound recordings used for teaching and research
- If a score is available in several forms (e.g. print, electronic, miniature score, performing edition), careful consideration is given to usage
- Popular and folk music scores are purchased selectively.
- With the exception of vocal scores and certain notable works (e.g. Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition, Bach-Busoni editions), arrangements are not purchased
- The Compact Disc format is preferred for individual titles. Online collections are actively acquired.
- LPs are no longer purchased
- When possible, recordings are purchased to match the scores collection
- Anthologies of new music from around the world are purchased
- At least one version of all works by the master composers before 1900 are purchased. Several versions of important works are purchased.
- Important works of contemporary composers are purchased
- All recordings involving performance and/or composition by a past/present/future Laurier Faculty member are purchased
- See the Library’s collection policy for media.
Subjects collected and collecting priorities
Collecting priorities are categorized into 3 levels:
- A - highest emphasis
- The collection includes major published materials required to support the core teaching and research at the highest degree level offered by the Department.
- B - secondary emphasis
- The collection includes a selection of materials to complement the discipline as a whole, although it may not be a primary focus for courses.
- C - selective emphasis
- Materials, including reference materials and basic journals and indexes are collected to introduce and define an area.
|Subjects collected||Classification||Collecting priority|
|History and literature of music, including biography||ML159 - ML161; ML410 - ML429|
|Middle ages, renaissance||ML169.8 - ML190||A|
|Baroque||ML193 - ML194||A|
|Twentieth and Twenty-First Century||ML197||A|
|Music theory||MT5.5 - MT7||A|
|Music therapy||ML3919 - ML3921; ML128.M77; ML102.M83||A|
|Music and medicine||RC489; RJ505; RM931||A|
|Psychology of music||ML3830 - ML3838||A|
|Music education||MT1 - MT5||A|
|Opera||ML48 - ML50.7||A|
|Motion picture music||ML2075||A|
|Music and technology||ML1091.8 - ML1093; ML74||A|
|Popular music||ML3469 - ML3541||A|
|Jazz||ML3506 - ML3509||B|
|Vocal techniques||MT820 - MT915||B|
|World music||ML3544 - ML3770||B|
|General: includes programs, manuscripts, festivals||ML1 - ML109||C|
|Musical aesthetics||ML3845 - ML3877||C|
|Church music||ML2881 - ML3275||C|
|Composition techniques||MT40 - MT67; ML430 - ML448||C|
|Instrumental techniques||MT170 - MT810||C|
|Music bibliography||ML112.8 - ML158.6.S9||C|
|Music librarianship||ML109 - ML112.5||C|
|Organology||ML549,8 - ML649||C|
|Pedagogy||MT9 - MT39||C|