INFO 220-12
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions - Music Librarianship
Semester 2022 Syllabus

Dr. Ana Dubnjakovic
Office location: virtual
Office Hours: by appointment

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Canvas Information: Our class begins on Wednesday 1 June at 6 am. Weekly units end on Saturdays at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) and that will be the due time for all of our assignments, except as noted in the more detailed Course Outline.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

This course will provide a grounding in core theoretical and practical aspects of music librarianship needed to successfully navigate challenges and opportunities associated with working with music collections in a variety of settings. Topics include music collection management in all formats, information literacy and reference services, music technology, and music collection preservation.

Course Requirements

Course Format: 

This asynchronous course will be conducted primarily on Canvas. Course materials include lectures and readings which will be posted in Canvas. Because there are no live lecture hours, there is some flexibility in completing readings, watching lectures, participating in discussion posts, and completing assignments within each module. However, you will be expected to complete all activities and assignments by the due dates posted on the syllabus.  


Assignment 1: Online music collection evaluation (supports CLO 2)

Locate and examine the databases of at least 3 music collections. Based on this examination, write an 800 to 1,000-word report about the currently available digital sources in all relevant music formats including, audio, video, journal databases, and music scores.  

Assignment 2: Reference assignment (supports CLO 3)

Research responses to reference questions in Canvas. Your answers include the specific sources you used, descriptions of your research strategy, and offer advice on further research approaches patrons could use. 

Final project: Lesson plan, data management plan, or preservation plan (supports CLOs 3 & 4)

Class discussion and participation (supports CLOs 1-4)

Students are expected to participate in online discussion forums and class projects, offering substantive contributions to the discussion topics.

Course Calendar



Module Topic(s)

Assignments & Assessments




Music librarianship profession

Canvas discussion post due 6/5




Collecting music materials:  Strategies and processes

Canvas discussion post due 6/12



Collecting music materials: Digital revolution in music

Canvas discussion post due 6/19

Assignment 1 due 6/19



Music information services: Bibliographic instruction

Canvas discussion post due 6/26



Music information services: Specialized reference information sources

Canvas discussion post due 7/3

Assignment 2 due 7/3



Copyright in music

Canvas discussion post due 7/10



Music archival collections: appraisal and management

Canvas discussion post due 7/17



Music archival collections: preservation

Canvas discussion post due 7/24



Music data management

Canvas discussion post due 7/31



Future of music libraries

Final project due 8/6

This schedule is subject to change with fair notice.


  1. Online music collection evaluation 20%
  2. Reference assignment 20%
  3. Discussions 25%
  4. Final project 35%

Late Assignments

Late assignments will not be accepted without prior consent of the instructor and will incur a penalty.

Incompletes will be assigned only in cases of documented family or medical emergency.

Weekly readings will be available on the Canvas course site.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 220 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify core values and competencies in music librarianship.
  2. Evaluate collection management strategies in music libraries.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in using music information sources to address information seeking needs in formal and informal settings.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of major preservation issues for music data and archival collections.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 220 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of those principles within that profession.
  2. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  3. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors and how they should be considered when connecting individuals or groups with accurate, relevant and appropriate information.
  4. K Design collaborative or individual learning experiences based on learning principles and theories.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

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