Butler Libraries contributing to Sheet Music Consortium Project

By , March 5, 2012 4:23 pm

Under the leadership of Sheridan Stormes, Music & Fine Arts Librarian, and Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons and Technology Librarian, Butler Libraries is participating in the Sheet Music Consortium Project.  The Sheet Music Consortium provides tools and services that promote access to and use of online sheet music collections by scholars, students, and the general public.

The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.  Harvested metadata about sheet music in participating collections is hosted by UCLA Digital Library Program, which provides an access service via this metadata to sheet music records at the host libraries. Data providers have chosen to catalog their sheet music in different ways, but a large proportion of the original sheets in participating collections has been digitized, allowing users direct access to the music itself and in many cases covers and advertisements that offer evidence of the cultural context in which the songs were published. (Sheet Music Consortium, About page)

Librarians Stormes and Pfitzinger supervise and direct Student Information Commons Assistants/Associates in organizing and delineating the sheet music identification data.  For the Information Commons students, this work helps students understand the nomenclature and categorizing of music materials and introduces them to the value of metadata in searching.

Visit the Sheet Music Consortium Project  to find more information about this initiative.

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