INFO 220-11
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions
Topic: Music
Spring 2017 Greensheet

Dr. Timothy J. Dickey
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 26th, 6am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

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Course Description

This course will offer an examination of the nature of resources for, and services to, professions and disciplines including methods of communication, characteristics of users, and current methods of meeting research needs in libraries and information centers. 

The course will introduce you to the unique issues facing music research and music information retrieval in the digital age, covering performers’ reference libraries, public library audio-visual branches, academic music research collections, and digital music collections. We will introduce the diverse formats of music acquisitions and collections, the various sources of information about music germane to users’ needs, the specialized use of libraries in the study of music, and the unique issues in cataloging, classification, and management of a music collection, including digital music materials. The course will be taught online, with asynchronous lecture materials and weekly assignments.

Assignments will include practical reviews of different music collections and major reference sources, as well as a bibliographic review of a topic chosen for your particular interest in the field of music.

Repeatable with different content up to 9 units.

Course Requirements

Students' work will be evaluated according to the following specific criteria: breadth, critical intellectual content, and practical usefulness of topics and written assignments; creative and accurate use of reference sources and citations to published literature; breadth of citations and critical thinking in final literature review. More specific grading rubrics will be provided on the course Canvas website.

Course Calendar
[subject to change in Canvas]

Jan. 27 first day of classes (introductions)
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5 Music Collections  
  Research in Music Collections Site Review Due Feb. 5
Feb. 6 - Feb. 12 Music Reference & instruction
  Marjor Reference Resources Reference Review Due  Feb. 12
Feb. 13 - Feb. 19 Music Cataloging  
  Music Classification Streaming Resource Review Due Feb. 19
Feb. 20 - Feb. 26 Online and Streaming Collections  
  Music Information Retrieval Final Topic Lit Review Due Feb. 26

Weekly Readings
There will be a variety of weekly readings introducing you to important resources for your written work in this course, as well as your future work in music library collections; most week's topics will be followed by an asynchronous Powerpoint presentation.

Participation (10%)
Each student is expected to contribute at least one substantial post to the online discussion board each week, with substantive comment on one or more course readings and/or topics, as well as responses to specific questions that the instructor will raise.

Participation in discussion boards supports all of the course CLOs, and thus is a major component of the student's work in the course.

Music Library Site Visit Review (20%)
Each student shall review a physical music library collection, based upon individual in-person visits to a library of their choice. Any kind of music library collection – academic, public, special archival, or completely digital – will be acceptable, but the more diverse the collection, and the users of the collection, the better. Due Feb. 5. (Supports CLOs 1, 2, 3)

Music Reference Source Review (20%)
Each student shall prepare a review of a major music reference source, to be shared with the class. A list of potential sources will be provided on the first day of class. Due Feb. 12. (Supports CLOs 1, 2)

Streaming Music Source Review (20%)
Each student shall prepare a review of a major music reference source, to be shared with the class. A list of potential sources will be provided on the first day of class. Due Feb. 19. (Supports CLOs 1, 2, 3)

Final Topic Literature Review (30%)
Each student shall prepare a literature review of a major topic in music librarianship or music information retrieval, of particular and practical interest to the student (such as reference, special collections, public library music collections, copyright, preservation, digital collections, etc.). Topics should be chosen in consultation with the instructor, and should be approved by Feb. 6. Final papers are due by Feb. 26. (Supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

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 the diverse formats in a music librarian's acquisitions
  2. Describe and evaluate the various sources of information about music germane to users' needs
  3. Identify the unique issues in cataloging, classification, and management of a music collection, including digital music material
  4. Describe the methods of managing music collections both digital and traditional

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 220 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  2. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  3. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.


Required Textbooks:

  • Bayne, P. S. (2008). A guide to library research in music. Scarecrow. Available through Amazon: 0810862115 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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