Oklahoma Baptist University

What is Media Services?

Media Services is the area of the Mabee Learning Center that is responsible music sound recordings, scores and A/V equipment. It is made up of Listening Center, carrels, two viewing rooms for small groups and an auditorium.

When is it open?

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

What is in Media Services?

Compact discs, records and cassettes, scores, a practice piano, headphones, TVs with DVD players and VCRs, a turntable, portable cd players, a portable DVD player, digital cameras, camcorders, tripods, LCD projectors, iPad 2's and iPad minis.

What do you do?

We help you find the recordings and scores you need, provide a comfortable place for you to study, and loan out A/V equipment and tablet computers.

How do we find the recordings or scores that we need?

Everything is cataloged in the MLC computer system, Symphony. The library also subscribes to Naxos Music Library, which is listed under the Full-text Databases on the Library's Web page. The Library has a page on Facebook, too, where you can also search the databases.

Where do I find books about music?

Most of the things in the Library are cataloged with Dewey call numbers. Books about music are cataloged in the 780's, the q 780's or the Ref 780's. The books with the Ref prefix are in the Reference room on the first floor. These are for use in the building. The other two categories are on the third floor. The q before the call number means that it is in a separate section for larger than normal books. That section is before the beginning of the 700's.

There are also articles from journals and magazines available online in the databases. Ask the Reference Librarian in the Reference Room for help finding materials. Serioulsly, that's why they are there.

Where do I find actual music?

Media Services houses shelves of recordings behind the Media Services Service Desk. A media employee will pull music and check it out to you. The length of time you can use it depends on the type of recording it is. Please ask when it is due if you do not receive a receipt.

Scores are shelved along the hallway outside the media area. They may be checked out in Media Services or at the main circulation desk on the first floor of the library. The loan period is generally two weeks with one renewal.

What are these weird call numbers in Symphony?

Recording call numbers use a combination of letters and numbers preceded by MUS. The score call numbers are Library of Congress call numbers. They also start with MUS. The next segment will begin with a M for a score of a music piece, MT for music training scores or ML for music literature such as a libretto. If the M is preceded by a "f", that indicates that it is an oversized score. They are on a shelf together at the end of the score shelving.

Remember: Don't hesitate to ask if you need help finding what you need.