University Libraries Publications

Title

Are Audio Reserves Still Relevant in Libraries?

Publication Title

Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Publication Date

11-16-2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/1072303X.2015.1076552

Keywords

academic libraries, electronic audio reserves, music, music libraries, streaming audio, user surveys

Disciplines

Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science | Music

Abstract

Over the past decade, audio consumption experienced several significant transitions: from a paradigm of CD purchases to audio downloads to—most recently—a streaming model. In order for academic librarians to best support student needs, an understanding of their listening practices and preferences is essential. This study surveyed students in 11 music courses with listening assignments and examined their academic use of various music resources. Results indicated that most commercial streaming audio services enjoyed for personal use are not as appropriate for course study. The one exception was YouTube, which ranked as the most commonly cited resource for both personal and academic consumption.