Music in the Library Is Classic! | Music Matters


Ed Lein of Florida’s Jacksonville Public Library system has been putting on classical concerts in the branches since the late 1980s, with his Music @ Main series really taking off over the last decade.

Freegal Advice | Music Matters


Steve Kemple is a music librarian at the Cincinnati Public Library, which has subscribed to Freegal since 2011. He shares tips and tricks for navigating Freegal’s offerings.

Talking with Alasdair MacLean | Music Matters


LJ talks to Alasdair MacLean, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the English rock band The Clientele. He spent 2012 writing daily at his public library and is widely known for the literary references in the lyrics of the band’s elegant chamber pop and 1980s alternative music.

Appreciating Ambient | Music Matters


Ambient is music (or, more accurately, harmonic sound) without any vocals, lyrics, beats, grooves, song structure, or linear movement.

Music Advisory with Heart | Music Matters


When patrons walk into your library looking for a music recommendation, it’s important to know they are, in a sense, making themselves vulnerable and to recognize it as an opportunity to begin a relationship. Don’t be afraid. Proceed with your heart.

Rock Star Librarians | Music Matters


For librarian rock stars, like most people, finding time to pursue their side project can be tricky…. “But looking back, libraries were a very supportive atmosphere for me to continue to grow creatively.”

Music Libraries and Funding | Music Matters

Tanisha Mitchell

The performance librarian is behind-the-scenes, mounting great seasons; in a performance environment the goal is to have the correct editions for all artists and the correct number of parts for the orchestra at the right place and time…

Library Care Packages: CDs, Freshly Picked | Music Matters


Physical music collections are still strong; the Cincinnati public library’s CD of the Month Club brings a new music discovery service to patrons. You can, too.

Performance Library Cataloging | Music Matters, March 1, 2014


LJ‘s Tanisha Mitchell offers the details of a special circulation cycle, how opera scores are stored, and what is unique about cataloging music pages.

Thinking Inside the Box | Music Matters


LJ‘s Matthew Moyer on box sets with a broad, best of eclectic focus.