Monday, February 18, 2008

Librarians on the Loose

This week is the 77th annual meeting of the Music Library Association. As usual, most of the librarians from Sibley will be attending and participating. Those who will be traveling from Rochester to Newport, RI are:

Linda Blair
Alice Carli
Jim Farrington
Rebecca McCallum
Rick McRae
Gerry Szymanski
Dale Vargason
Dan Zager

Most of us will be leaving either Tuesday or Wednesday, and will be back at Sibley on Monday, February 25. For those interested in the meeting, you can view all the details here, and even follow the conference blog.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Digital scores

As many of you know, Sibley began digitizing scores that are in the Public Domain (that is, there are no copyright restrictions) several years ago. We make them available in the University's digital repository, UR Research. Within the repository, Sibley has a "community" (the ESM Theory Department also has a recently-instituted community). Within the community, we have--so far--three collections:

Musical Scores
ESM Theses and Dissertations
DMA Papers

The latter two collections will be the subject of a later post. The Musical Scores collection, however, is worth a post of its own. It is the single most used collection in the university's digital repository. Although having less than 40% of the repository's total objects, it accounts for 80% of all downloads from the repository. Since statistics started to be gathered in early 2005, there have been over 1.1 million downloads* from the approximately 2600 titles that have been put in Musical Scores.

Although it is titled Musical Scores, it also contains whatever books and periodicals we have digitized. There haven't been many of these, but some of those that have been digitized are pretty interesting, including:

The Black Hercules, or The adventures of a banjo player (1884)
S.S. Stewart’s banjo and guitar journal, of which we have a nearly complete run from 1884-1900
Piobaireachd, its origin and construction (1915) by John Grant, on the bagpipe
A history of music for the use of young students (1879) by W. S. Rockstro

The repository is indexed by all of the search engines (e.g. Google), and we also make links from Voyager and Worldcat (OCLC).

*A download in this context is anytime someone clicks on the pdf link and views the score, not just simply page views of the metadata.


Welcome to Sibley Music Library's new blog. We hope that this will eventually take the place of The Sibley Muse, but even more than that this will be a way for the librarians of Sibley to make you aware of new services, recently acquired materials, staff updates, breaking news, or anything that we think you should know about.

We hope you find this useful, and welcome feedback.