ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON LIBRARY
Collection Policy for the Department of Music
The Collection Policy for acquiring resources for Music does not stand in isolation and should be viewed in relation to the Library’s overarching Collection Development and Management policy.
1. User Categories
1.1. Taught Courses and Programmes
The Library undertakes to support all taught undergraduate courses in accordance with current validation procedures. The Library expects the Music Department to make it clear where personal copies of essential primary and secondary readings should be obtained by students in order that undue expectation is not placed on the Library.
The Library supports validated Masters Programmes, but does so in the knowledge that Masters students may require material not held by Royal Holloway but available to them through the University of London (Senate House) Library (http://www.ull.ac.uk/), other central University of London libraries, libraries participating in the SCONUL access scheme (http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/), the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries Visit a Library service (http://www.inform25.ac.uk/AET/) and the Inter-Library Loans service.
1.2.1 MPhil & PhD, Academic Staff
The Library has a collection of considerable breadth and depth to support the needs of research students and staff in the Music Department. However, it does not expect its collections to fulfil these information needs comprehensively. Significant research material will be available via the Library’s print and online provision but researchers at this level should expect to make extensive use of the University of London (Senate House) Library (http://www.ull.ac.uk/), the British Library (www.bl.uk) and other major research libraries, other central University of London libraries, research libraries participating in the SCONUL access scheme (http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/) and the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries Visit a Library service (http://www.inform25.ac.uk/AET/). Researchers will also expect to use the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service and national services such as EThOS (Electronic Theses Online: http://ethos.bl.uk ) and ESTC (English Short Title Catalogue: http://estc.bl.uk )
The following guidelines by type of material are set within the context of a movement towards an e-strategy for acquisitions, where appropriate, commencing with e-journals and reference works.
2.1 Monographs and texts
When buying primary texts and secondary materials, the Library will take into account the Music Department’s policy on material taught course students are expected to buy as well as the budget provision available.^
Subject to the above factors, materials on reading lists will be given priority as it is the Library’s intention to support taught courses as fully as possible.^
Multiple copies of secondary material, clearly defined on reading lists as core reading list items, will be acquired, where possible, in the ratio of one copy per ten students. However, the Library and the Music Department should work together to provide such readings electronically as per 2.2 below to reduce physical pressure on the shelves. It is also recognised that within the Music subject area, some texts will hold their value to the field for an indefinite period but that authors and subjects may at times be rested or even dropped from the degree. Where possible, consideration will be given to this prior to texts being bought in large multiples.
Other secondary materials will be acquired in multiple copies on the basis of predicted demand and, subject to available funding, will be supplemented on the basis of evidence showing actual demand, e.g. through the analysis of the number of reservations.^
E-books will be acquired as the preferred format subject to budgetary constraints.
2.2 Journal Articles and Chapters of Books
Principal electronic resources for the Music Department to which subscriptions are held by Royal Holloway include:
2.6 Examination papers
Among its rare book collection of about 7,000 items, the Library has significant holdings dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and collections relevant to Music, including the Dom Anselm Hughes collection and the Cotton collection.^
Information Consultant for the Department of Music: Russell Burke
Department of Music Library Representative: Dr Mark Berry
Policy agreed: July 2010
Review date: July 2012