September 17, 2017

Sibley Music Library Awarded $300,000 NEH Grant to Continue Digitization Program

Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of Music, the largest academic music library in North America, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Award of $300,000 to support its continuing efforts to digitize music scores in the public domain, the school announced May 2.

The school received a similar grant in 2009 which led to the digitization of 9,600 public domain scores.  In all, the library has digitized 11,000 public domain scores and books, leading to three million downloads from the University of Rochester’s Digital Repository “UR Research.” The new grant will allow for the digitization of 9,500 additional scores, according to the school’s press release.

Alice Carli, conservator, Jim Farrington, the head of public services, and Linda Blair, the head of cataloging will administer the project.

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