Approved by Library Council, 07/14/2004
This Crane Collection Development Policy shall serve as a supplemental guide for selecting materials for Crane Music Library and maintaining its collection; the General Policy will apply unless otherwise noted. It is intended that this policy supplement provide a framework for the building of a collection that will serve the needs of the students and faculty of the Crane School of Music in particular, and of the wider SUNY Potsdam community.
The primary function of the Crane Music Library is to provide resources for the students and faculty of the Crane School of Music. (The Crane School offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in music education, performance, music theory, and music history and literature. Over eighty percent of Crane students pursue their degrees in music education although care is taken that students obtain thorough grounding in vocal and instrumental performance, music theory and music history. A secondary function is to provide music resources for interdisciplinary studies including music business for the students and faculty of the wider SUNY Potsdam community.)
A large variety of printed and audio-visual materials must be collected in order to serve the requirements of Crane Library's patrons. Among these are books and periodicals, music scores, sound recordings, and audio-visual media. Basic tenets on their selection and purchase are set forth in the "Additional Specific Criteria for Selection of Library Materials" section of the General Policy.
The following will be considered when selections for purchase are made:
Monies allotted to Crane Library shall be reasonably balanced when purchasing books, music scores, and sound and audio-visual recordings. Selection for purchases in each of the categories will be considered in priority order, outlined as follows:
Crane Library endeavors to provide access to major English-language periodicals dealing with music education, vocal and instrumental performance, and music history and literature.
Music scores comprise music issued in
Since the content of scores is conveyed mostly through music notation, these materials are less language dependent than books, and hence purchase of foreign editions is allowed. Crane Library purchases instrumental and vocal parts only for musical compositions for chamber ensemble, which include works for two to thirteen performers with one performer per part. Since parts for symphonic compositions are collected by the Crane School Orchestra and Band Libraries, Crane Library will purchase such compositions for orchestra, band, or other large ensemble and vocal works accompanied by a large number of instruments only in score formats. The following priorities will be observed in the following order:
The preferred format for sound recordings is the compact disc, except when an essential recording is available only in another format. As with scores, sound recordings are less language dependent than books, and hence purchase of foreign issues is allowed. The following priorities will be observed in the following order:
The preferred format for video recordings is the DVD except when an essential recording is available only in another format. The following priorities will be observed in the following order:
Crane Library collects materials in microformat when an essential item is available only in microform or when long-term storage in paper is impractical (e.g., Billboard). Most microform needs are now being replaced by electronic full-text resources and interlibrary loan services.
Until such time as electronic-delivered content is applied distinctively to music, Crane Library will follow the criteria set by the College Libraries Collection Development Policy.
This policy will be submitted for review by the Library Collection Development Committee, the Crane Library Advisory Committee, and the Library Council on a periodic basis. Revisions will be made as needed.