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Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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open access, music librarianship, scholarly communication, open educational resources, music research


[Conclusion] While the embrace of Open Access within music scholarship and librarianship has been somewhat spotty and circumstantial to date, there are some patterns to celebrate. Music librarians have collaborated with stakeholders to create a number of high-value and openly-licensed online collections, libraries and publishers are exploring models that will better fund OA research by arts and humanities scholars, professional societies are responding to members’ prompts and formalizing their support through new OA publications, and the increased incorporation of linked open data standards will better connect information that was once siloed. It is challenging to predict the state of the OA landscape within music librarianship after the next couple of decades have passed, but progress will likely be incremental as long as the effort comes primarily from individuals rather than the larger systems (libraries, institutions, and societies) in which they work.

Funding Source

This project was funded by a University Research Grant from Illinois State University.


First published in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 80, no. 2 (The Current State of Music Librarianship; December 2023): 241-248. DOI: 10.1353/not.2023.a912336.





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