Monday, August 23, 2010

Turning up the volume: CDPL's music collection

Dillon Library is proving to be music to the ears of more and more patrons as they discover our diverse collection of albums on CD. Increased browsing through the collection has been observed and our Circulation desk reports dozens of music requests each month. Through efforts of the past two years to revitalize our music display and additional independent financing this summer specifically for music collection development we are now able to offer over 1,200 titles in all genres of music including classical, jazz, international, pop and rock.

Soundtracks have proven to be some of our strongest draws. The music of the hit TV series Glee and the Twilight movies alone have accounted for and average of 10 circulations per title during the few months they have been on our shelves. The latest from Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Alicia Keys are also out constantly. Music legends like James Taylor, Carole King, Cyndia Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow remain our most popular among our patrons. We continue to ensure the classics are represented with composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mozart performed by the current luminaries of classical music such as Andrea Bocelli, Jessye Norman and Yo Yo Ma. Our international section includes dozens of collections from the Putumayo series and also top our lists of most circulated titles.

The next time you visit Clarence Dillon Library, browse through our collection and feel free to ask our staff about any artists or titles you feel would enhance the collection and we will attempt to acquire through purchasing or inter-library loans. You can direct more specific collection development questions to Arthur in Technical Services.

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