Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> Per their website, <em>Notes</em> is the journal of the Music Library Association and since 1934 has offered "its readers interesting, informative, and well-written articles in the areas of music librarianship, music bibliography and discography, the music trade, and on certain aspects of music history."[1. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes, The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Primarily music librarians, but also musicologists, musicians, and music lovers.[2. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes, The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Music Library Association, Inc.[3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Music Library Association. Notes. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Music Library Association. Notes. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly. <em>Notes</em> is a top-tier humanities scholarly journal. It is peer-reviewed, and contributors are almost exclusively academic music librarians and/or musicologists preeminent in their field. This is a publication primarily by and for scholars.[5. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes, The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Music Library Association. Notes. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> Issues typically contain an editorial section, general articles on music and music librarianship,[7. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes, The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes</a>] and reviews of books, periodicals, and media materials.[8. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes: Where to Send Materials for Review</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes Editors" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notesmaterials" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notesmaterials</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[9. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Music Library Association. Notes. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Notes Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> According to the journal's submission guidelines, "<em>Notes</em> welcomes submissions of interesting, informative, and well-written articles in the areas of music librarianship, music bibliography, the music trade, and discography, and on certain aspects of music history."[10. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes: Information for Contributors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Information for Contributors" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors</a>] Unsolicited reviews are not accepted, but persons who wish to become reviewers for the publication "are invited to send a curriculum vitae and a statement delineating their special areas of interest and competence to the appropriate editors."[11. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes: Information for Contributors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Information for Contributors" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Articles should be submitted in electronic form as an email attachment. A brief author note should be included as the fist (unnumbered) note. The article should be followed by an abstract of not more than 250 words. Manuscripts are first read by the editor for "general suitability," and then are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. Once a submission is accepted, the author is informed of the conditions governing that acceptance.[12. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes: Information for Contributors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Information for Contributors" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Not specified. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>The Chicago Manual of Style, </em>16th edition.[13. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes: Information for Contributors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Information for Contributors" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> As the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, <em>Notes</em> clearly belongs to the library and information science literature. Music librarianship, however, is still largely the domain of librarians who are also scholars in the field of musicology--they have advanced degrees, teach, and publish in both disciplines. As such, publishing in <em>Notes</em> is only an option for LIS authors with a great deal of expertise in both librarianship and some area of musicology, such as music history, music theory, or the music trade. Being published in <em>Notes</em> would be a huge boost to the career of any LIS author who could manage it, and it would be sure to impress almost any tenure committee. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> According to Editor Jim Cassaro, 2,200 copies of each issue of <em>Notes</em> are printed; 2,000 of these are sent to Music Library Association members (individual and institutional) and individual subscribers.[14. Cassaro, J. (2008) Personal communication. Received September, 2008] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <em>Notes</em> is the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association.[15. Music Library Association. (2014). <em>Notes, The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association" href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes" target="_blank">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notes</a>] According to a <a title="Music Library Association Membership Profile" href="http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm" target="_blank">profile of that organization's membership</a> that was published in <em>Notes</em>, as of 2000 93% of MLA's members work in the United States, so the bulk of this publication's readers are American.[16. Lesniaski, D., Cherubini, T., Coldwell, C., Griscom, R., Fisken, P., Koth, M., McBride, R., &amp; Richardson, C. (2000). <em>A Profile of the Music Library Association Membership: Report of the Working Group Surveying Music Library Personnel Characteristics</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Music Library Personnel Characteristics" href="http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm" target="_blank">http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm</a>] That said, according to Cassaro the publication is "global in nature, and certainly in its readership."[17. Cassaro, Jim. (2008) Personal communication. Received September, 2008] The journal is published in English, but foreign languages (especially the musical languages: French, German, Italian, and Latin) are often included in quotes, citations, reviews of foreign-language materials, etc.[18. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Music Library Association. Notes. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402525129373/50046</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> According to the profile of MLA's membership cited above, the average age of MLA members is just over 49 years old with a standard deviation of 12.5 years (meaning 2/3 of MLA members are between the ages of 37 and 61). Of the 213 members responding to the survey, 54% were female, and 44% male (the remaining 2% chose not to respond to this question). A demographic study of the readers of <em>Notes</em> would likely yield similar results. "Most MLA members have undergraduate education in music, but with a fairly wide spread of actual majors. However, those MLA members who pursue graduate work (in addition to the MLS) have a much narrower focus, and tend to specialize in musicology. 206 MLA members (97%) had at least one graduate degree. 134 (63%) had either the MA or MM, and 43 (20%) had a doctorate in music."[19. Lesniaski, D., Cherubini, T., Coldwell, C., Griscom, R., Fisken, P., Koth, M., McBride, R., &amp; Richardson, C. (2000). <em>A Profile of the Music Library Association Membership: Report of the Working Group Surveying Music Library Personnel Characteristics</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Music Library Personnel Characteristics" href="http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm" target="_blank">http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm</a>] From this we can extrapolate that most readers of <em>Notes</em> share a professional interest in music and/or musicology. According to the same profile, MLA members work: <ul> <li>In academic/conservatory libraries (58%)</li> <li>In public libraries (13%)</li> <li>In other types of libraries (archives, etc.) (12%)</li> <li>As educators (7%)</li> <li>In publishing (3%)</li> <li>Retired (13%)</li> </ul> (Note: 18% of respondents indicated multiple categories)[20. Lesniaski, D., Cherubini, T., Coldwell, C., Griscom, R., Fisken, P., Koth, M., McBride, R., &amp; Richardson, C. (2000). <em>A Profile of the Music Library Association Membership: Report of the Working Group Surveying Music Library Personnel Characteristics</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Music Library Personnel Characteristics" href="http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm" target="_blank">http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm</a>] The readership of <em>Notes</em> likely includes many scholars and students in music, musicology, and related fields from outside the LIS professions, too. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Of the MLA members who responded to the surveys used in the profile cited above, "147 (69%) had an accredited MLS, and 7 (3%) had a doctorate in library science."[21. Lesniaski, D., Cherubini, T., Coldwell, C., Griscom, R., Fisken, P., Koth, M., McBride, R., &amp; Richardson, C. (2000). <em>A Profile of the Music Library Association Membership: Report of the Working Group Surveying Music Library Personnel Characteristics</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Music Library Personnel Characteristics" href="http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm" target="_blank">http://library.music.indiana.edu/tech_s/mla/person/notesarticle.htm</a>] The majority of the readers of this publication can therefore be said to be familiar with LIS subject matter. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> <em>Notes</em> readers are a very educated group of people who typically have advanced degrees in both library science and musicology. It's reasonable to assume that they expect a comparable expertise from the publication's authors, so <em>Notes</em> is probably a venue that should be left for authors with that kind of background. Writers who do publish in <em>Notes</em> can assume that their readers are familiar with the terminology of both the music/musicology and LIS fields. According to Editor Jim Cassaro, the publication is including more articles on music librarianship itself than ever before, so that's a good body of subjects for prospective authors to draw on.[22. Cassaro, J. (2008) Personal communication. Received September, 2008] Scholarly language is appropriate for this publication. <strong>Last updated:</strong> October 31, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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