It is possible that by now, everyone in our library network has heard (or heard of) the weary intonations of those intrepid team members who have cast aside their carefree and jovial lifestyles for the more imposing and stress-laden one of MLIS student (or MIS as it is now called). Anyone interested in joining an MLIS AA group please let me know! Entry fee: one (or more) bottle(s) of wine!
I had a nice experience I thought I would share with those of you who are thinking of joining our ranks or thinking twice about prior foolhardy decisions. I did a Wise paper … and I liked it (as much as one can, of course). The paper I did was called Music and Librarianship. The plan was to combine something that is interesting to me with something that isn’t (oops, I meant something that requires a little more resolve to achieve.)
This particular paper was hosted by the University in Illinois so the lectures were held at the very civilized hour of 11.30 in the morning (although that did somehow reverse towards 9.30 in the later weeks due to daylight saving!). We covered everything about music from acquiring old editions of Beethoven piano studies to copyright and reference sources and much more.
We got to choose our own topic for the final essay and Bernice Gregan put me onto some goings-on in Denmark. (She showed me a publication called Nordic Public Libraries in the Knowledge Society which describes what has been happening all over Scandinavia in public libraries – there are some really cool pictures of some of their modern libraries in there).
The guts of it is that due in part to the co-operative history of the Danes, plus some genuinely helpful clauses in the Danish Library Act that suggests quality information be accessible to all Danish citizens (upheld by various bodies including the Danish Bibliographic Centre, the Danish National Library Association and the Danish Library Centre – cor! what a list) they developed a National Bibliographic database called DanBib that everyone can access. Kind of like Te Puna but better. This started up in October 2001 and in September 2004 they got a sub-branch started specializing in music information called Musikbibliotek.dk and then another one specializing just in sound recordings called Netmusik.
They are full steam ahead on interacting with the public and have general and themed blogs and they also have plenty of information on legal limits for downloading and copyright issues. They also do other co-operative things behind the scenes to keep these websites up-to-date like have a national toolbox which is a forum for communication between the nation’s librarians. This idea was re-done by IAML (International Association of Music Librarians) mainly for public librarians who can never get to the annual conventions and share their knowledge and experiences.
I heard a wee rumour that NZ is starting work on something similar. This is a pretty wonderful concept and luckily there is an example out there to take notes from.
The only place to find even a tiny bit of information about WISE courses is in the MIS prospectus – and then on Blackboard in the IST Community under “Study”. IST Community>Study>WISE Consortium Courses so if you have any gaps in your study course I would highly recommend checking it out. (If you aren’t one of the unfortunate few, then you may know one who can link to “Blackboard” if you are just curious).
Nicole Reddington – New Brighton