APPENDIX C
SAMPLE PERMISSION REQUEST

[address given in original]
Charlottesville, VA 22903
April 15, 1995


Dear Colleague,
This letter is to request your participation in a study of thematic indexing to be conducted at a select group of Music Library Association member libraries in the United States. The purpose of the study is to determine the need for online thematic indexing among the users of music collections. One goal of the study is to determine if the perceived need varies by size and library type. Online indexing of the actual musical text of a work would make identification of unknown melodies easier to accomplish, assist in positive identification of bibliographically similar works, and begin the task of creating a large musical database for analysis.

Your participation would involve distributing the survey to users of your library on three occasions, one day in each of the three months of April, August, and December, collecting the returned surveys, and returning them to me. I've enclosed a copy of the questionnaire for your examination.

Of course, anonymity for individual respondents and confidentiality for participating libraries is guaranteed. If your library would like to participate in this study, please return the enclosed form. After I receive your response, I will contact you to establish a schedule for distributing the survey forms. If you would like to receive a copy of the final results of the survey, please indicate so on the form.

Sincerely,




Perry Roland



PARTICIPATION FORM


PLEASE COMPLETE THE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.

Name: ______________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

City: _____________________ State:_________ Zip Code: _____


RETURN TO:
Perry Roland
[address given in original]
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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