Music, Culture, and the Library: An Analysis of Discourses

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Does it matter whether your users prefer Mozart to Madonna? the Beatles to Beethoven? While these questions are far from novel to the library profession, rarely does their significance extend beyond the arena of policy debate. In leisurely and thoughtful prose, Sanna Talja raises the discourse to a higher level, inviting us to witness the evolution of music collections in public libraries. She considers the variable conceptions of art, culture, and civilization and their effect in the formation of the library institution. Users' interpretations are compared with the main principles of collections work, and the results are applied towards an understanding of the library's unique position in society.

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Sanna Talja works as a researcher on the Academy of Finland's Research Programme in Media Culture.

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Music, Culture, and the Library is a very good book. It targets a neglected topic, is clearly written, rigorously researched, and ambitious in its scope. (The Library Quarterly)

Sophisticated placement of familiar questions of library collection policy within the wider context of alternative social attitudes toward art and culture...highly pertinent to local issues...nice book. (Patrick Wilson)

If only every type of library received a cultural discussion as thoughtful and instructive as this one, we'd begin to understand more deeply the multiple and complex roles libraries currently fill in contemporary societies. Congratulations to Sanna Talja for penetrating analysis of music libraries that ought to have a ripple effect throughout LIS research and practice. (Wayne A. Wiegand)

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