Detailed Description

Administrative Structure

Music Resources in the LSU Libraries, reports directly to the Dean of Libraries. It is located as a special operating unit in Middleton Library, the main campus library. It supports all departments within the School of Music.

Historical Context

Until 1986 when the School of Music building opened, the Music Library was in the School of Music and Dramatic Arts. It was a small collection that included only scores and sound recordings. From 1986 until 1996, the materials from the School of Music collection were in storage and all other music materials were in the general collection in Middleton Library. In 1996, Music Resources opened under the direction of Music Librarian Lois Kuyper-Rushing. It is housed in Middleton Library. It contains all music materials including books, scores, journals, reference works, complete editions, monuments of music and all audio-visual materials. 

The staff consists of one full-time professional librarian with over 25 years of library experience (MLS, MM and DMA in oboe performance), one full-time paraprofessional with a doctoral degree in music and more than fifteen years library experience. There are 2 half-time graduate assistants and 2.8 full-time equivalent student assistants. The librarian is responsible for goals, policies, procedures, special projects, collection development and management, training initiatives, and outreach to the campus community. The paraprofessional is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department including student assistant training, scheduling, and supervision; equipment management and  participating in collection development / management projects. Student assistants staff the service desk where they check books in and out, answer basic reference questions, and demonstrate the use of some databases. They shelve books and generally maintain the collection, work on special projects, and organize gift collections for collection development decisions.

Collection Scope and Organization

The scope and organization of the collection is governed by a detailed collection development policy which can be accessed from the Libraries' home page. Although format of materials is considered, emphasis is on content rather than format.

Information and Instructional Services

Music Resources is open 78 hours a week, seven days per week during the fall and winter semesters. The online catalog and a variety of electronic resources can be accessed 24 hours per day via the Internet. A public service desk is continuously staffed during operating hours. All staff including student assistants are trained in locating materials, answering informational questions, and accessing electronic information. The librarian provides individualized instructional sessions and specialized classroom instruction to graduate and undergraduate students at the request of students or professors. Reference service is also provided by telephone and e-mail.


Music Resources has fourteen IBM compatible computers available to patrons which provide access to the library's online public access catalog, the Internet, electronic books, journals, indexes, and databases. They are also used by patrons listening to CDs or sound files provided on the course software program (Moodle) or watching DVDs. Three videocassette players / monitors, two LP players and three audiocassette / CD players are provided, as well as a cart with an LP player and a CD player when this equipment is needed in locations around the library.

Music Resources has a Group Room, capacity 15 people, for classes, meetings, seminars and discussion groups. The room in equipped with CD, audiocassette and LP players as well as a large-screen monitor for videocassettes, DVDs and laser discs. It can be scheduled for semester-long classes or single uses.

The Music Resources website -  - is extensive, viable, and dynamic. The Music Webliography, a bibliography of music websites, is accessible through the Music Resources website.


There is collaboration between the Music Resources and the School of Music faculty.  For example, music faculty members have actively participated in the selection of resources and the donation of materials, as well as the deselection of dated materials.

The audience targeted by Music Resources is primarily university affiliates; however, involvement in non-campus, music-related activities is encouraged. Library borrowing privileges via a temporary library card which can be renewed each year are extended to community members and those affiliated with other universities in the state.