Success with Music Interlibrary Loans

This unique day course is designed to help public and academic music library staff to obtain, confidently and successfully, music materials via the interlibrary loan network. It looks at how to obtain both single scores and sets of music materials and includes a demonstration of Encore!, the online catalogue of vocal and orchestral sets in UK libraries.


At the end of the day participants will:

  • be able to identify the different types of material required music users
  • be confident and knowledgeable in determining how and where to obtain music materials
  • be confident and knowledgeable in determining how and where to obtain vocal and orchestral sets
  • understand how the UK inter–lending system for music sets operates
  • understand why choirs and orchestras make special demands on the library service

Programme modules include:

  • Knowing the score
    • Demystifying music terminology
    • Different types of score — what is a set?
  • The successful loan
    • Interpreting users' needs
    • What the lending library needs to know
  • Locating sets
    • Demonstration of Encore!
    • Using catalogues of vocal and orchestral sets
    • Alternative sources of supply
  • Managing the loan
    • Borrowing the set
    • Time imperatives; time constraints
    • Replacing lost scores and parts
    • Where's that set?
  • A practical session giving you the opportunity to try out your new skills and knowledge, and to learn how to avoid the common pitfalls.

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