All of the scores owned by the Library Learning Commons (LLC) have now been relocated to their new home on the Upper Level of the LLC. The scores are on special, slotted shelving which has been affixed to the wall across from where the music print books begin (southeast corner). The slotted shelving was purchased as a response to the recent National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation visit in order to make the score collection more accessible and easier to browse.
Scores are filed loosely on the shelves to prevent bending and sliding, and to make it easier to see the classification number. There is also a counter-height flat shelf where scores can be examined before they are checked out.
There have been several changes to the collection itself. Notably, the scores are housed in envelopes; a photocopy of the score’s cover has been glued to the envelope to identify what is inside, and a sticker has been placed on the envelope to identify the parts (if any).
Additionally, scores are now classified according to the Library of Congress Classification system instead of the Dewey Decimal Classification, which is the LLC’s system for print books. The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) allows us to get very specific about the type of music without the number getting really long. For example, the Dewey number for the history of rock protest songs would be 782.421661592, but the LCC would be ML3621. LCC numbers for music start with an “M” if it is music, “ML” if it is about music, or “MT” if it is about music instruction and study.
All scores–including those for musicals that we received from the Music Department this summer–can be found in the EBSCO Discovery catalog or in the Nebraska State College System catalog. There are 869 scores to choose from. If you need help, please ask at the Reference Desk or contact Pam Newberg at email@example.com or (308) 432-6271.