Regional music collection practices in libraries: A qualitative systematic review and thematic analysis of the literature
PublisherNYSO Chapter Meeting of the Music Library Association
Regional music collections document the music of a particular geographic area, bringing together unique artifacts that represent the local history and culture. The practice of collecting regional music is now taking place at many academic and public libraries. With increasing frequency and a diversity of methods, these collections are now also being presented online, expanding access to a wider audience. This paper presents the results of a qualitative systematic review and evidence synthesis, which aims to capture current practices in the management and representation regional music collections in libraries. In particular, the review aims to analyze the findings of scholarly, professional and grey literature related to regional music collection practices in academic and public libraries within North America. NVivo software was used to conduct content analysis of core literature findings in order to identify key themes within the literature. This review provides insight into the past and current practices surrounding the acquisition, management, and presentation of these special collections. The “big picture” of regional music collections will be discussed, including where they are held, current practices and guidelines for establishing and maintaining these collections, and potential areas for growth and innovation - especially in regard to digital collections and new publishing models for music.
qualitative systematic review
local music collections