Musicians Institute Library Collection Development Policy
I. Brief Overview of the Collection
The Musicians Institute Library, established in 1977, collects and houses music related materials inclusive of print
materials such as books, scores, sound recordings, and DVDs. In addition, the Musicians Institute Library preserves,
maintains, and provides access to various Musicians Institute Clinics, Concerts, and Live Performance Workshops
available to students, faculty, and staff online. The Musicians Institute Library is responsible for the selection of
reference, article, eBook, streamed video, and audio databases related to music. The staff of the Musicians Institute
Library provide technical assistance, reference instruction, cataloging, collection maintenance, and circulation
functions within the library.
The Musicians Institute Library serves to support the instructional programs of the Musicians Institute College of
Contemporary Music Los Angeles by providing materials for enrolled students and by supporting faculty preparation
for these programs inclusive of professional research.
III. Selection Guidelines
Selection of materials is based on the instructional, curricular, and supplemental preferences of the students and
faculty within the Musicians Institute of Contemporary Music Los Angeles for the purposes of performance, scholarly
study, and research within the following extensive categories:
• Performance editions of music
• Music related scholarly literature
• Pedagogical editions of music and music industry related materials
• Music and music industry based sound and video recordings
• Online databases related to music and music industry
Historically, the focus of the collection has incorporated predominantly mid to late 20th century western popular
music. This scope has evolved slightly as the College of Contemporary Music has broadened to include Music
Industry, K‐Pop, World Cultures, 18th‐21st Century Music, and Classical, Romantic, and Baroque Music.
IV. User Population
The Musicians Institute Library’s user population consists of Musicians Institute of Contemporary Music Los Angeles
faculty, staff, and students. The college consists of approximately 800 undergraduate majors, 250 faculty members,
10 chairs, and 3 deans. The Musicians Institute of Contemporary Music Los Angeles is a comprehensive college
offering study at the certificate, associates, and bachelors levels within the following divisions of Bachelor of Music,
Associate of Arts, Certificate, and Non‐Certificate in Performance Programs inclusive of: Bass, Guitar, Keyboard,
Vocals, Drums, Media Scoring, and Certificate and Non‐ Certificate Programs offered within Industry Programs
inclusive of: Audio Engineering, Independent Artist, Guitar Craft, and Music Business.
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