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Policies and procedures for the staff of Parsons Music Library

Receipt Printers (BASIC INFORMATION)

Each circulation computer is connected to a receipt printer. A receipt can be printed whenever an item is charged, giving its due date, but you have to click the little receipt icon  

When you charge out an item to a patron, please ask them if they want a receipt.  If they say yes, then just click the receipt icon.  If they don't want a receipt, then don't bother.

Extra paper rolls are kept in the CD storage room.

If you print something to the public printer in the reading room, be sure to reset the computer to the receipt printer when you're finished. In the printer selection list, the receipt printer is called the "Tear Bar"


Reference Questions


Sometimes patrons will come to you with questions such as “What is the date of Leonard Bernstein’s death?” or “Do you have the sheet music for Gluck’s “O del mio dolce ardor?” We have a wide variety of reference materials that can help answer these and many other questions, and most can be found with the online Music Research Guide

Locating individual music compositions, classical or popular, can be difficult, as some will be in collections rather than listed singly in the online catalog. Most CDs have been cataloged so that a Keyword Search of words/phrases in a song title will produce results. For more help with this, consult the flip chart.

Additional tips for finding music scores/CDs:

Be sure you know the correct title of the song, and (especially with classical music) whether it is part of a larger work like an opera or song cycle. Sometimes it helps to look up the composer in Grove Music Online, which will list his or her compositions.

You should be familiar with the "Most Popular Resources" box on the online Music Research Guide. Mouse over the titles to get a brief description of each.

Religious Holidays (BASIC INFORMATION)

Like the rest of the University, the Music Library does not close for religious holidays unless they happen to occur during regularly scheduled break periods.  Student employees may miss work for the purpose of religious observance, but we ask that you give at least a week's notice so that a sub can be obtained.

Renewal Limits

Music Library policy allows students to borrow books for 28 days, with one 28-day renewal. If you try to renew a book more than once on a circulation computer, the system will ask you to override. PLEASE DO NOT OVERRIDE A RENEWAL BLOCK WITHOUT LINDA'S OR MELANIE'S APPROVAL. We will generally allow it, but sometimes we know that a book may be needed by someone else.

Scores, CDs, and other audio materials are allowed three renewals before an override is required. But even with these, please do not override a renewal block without Linda's or Melanie's approval.

If a student needs a book or other Music Library item for a class, Linda can authorize even longer borrowing periods.

Richmond Symphony members: library cards

Parsons Music Library offers free Special Borrower cards to active members of the Richmond Symphony.  Managers can add them just like other Special Borrowers, but note that they have their own patron group in Voyager ("Richmond Symphony").  For questions, see Linda or Melanie.