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Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian eCourse Starts March 2, 2020

If you’re working the reference desk, you are likely to encounter questions about music, and whether you need to find music, scores, or books about music, you need to be prepared.

In this eCourse, ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and the Music Library Association introduce you to the fundamentals of music reference. You’ll be provided with tools and techniques to help locate recordings and printed music as well as other sources for general information about music and musicians in various genres. You’ll learn about some of the most common problems encountered in music reference and how to solve them. The course also shares tips and strategies that can help you answer nearly any music reference question—from broad queries to more specific, concrete inquiries—so that you can best meet your patrons’ information needs.

This 4-week eCourse runs from March 2 to March 29, 2020. Details and registration can be found at the ALA Store. If you are interested in bulk/institutional pricing or have any questions, please contact ALA Publishing at