Archive for July, 2010

As we finish uploading the full orchestra scores we’ve been working on for the past few weeks, we’ve pulled and begun preparing the rest of the purely instrumental music to be digitized under our current grant. This includes full scores for string orchestra and band, as well as children’s music, with works by composers including Bach, Grainger, Grieg, Holst and Schumann. There’s still plenty of music to digitize after this though in our collections of vocal music, including operas, choruses, cantatas, and sacred and secular songs.

Joseph Holbrooke’s Jamaican Dances for the Young are an example of some of the children’s piano music we’ll be uploading soon.


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Some of our online followers have noticed some inconsistencies with the UR Research site this week. Here’s a little more information about what’s been going on.

On Thursday, July 15th around 7:30 AM, UR Research was taken down for planned maintenance. Though scheduled to last only a few hours, a technical problem was encountered that required the site to remain down for most of the day. UR Research came back online that night around 11 PM.

Due to the problems encountered, UR Research had to be restored from a previously backed up version of the database, made Wednesday, July 14th at 5 AM. As a result, when users returned to the site the morning of Friday, July 16th, the most recent publications, created anytime after July 14th at 5 AM, were missing. It was as if the last 2 days had not happened at all.

The good news is that none of these publications have been lost. The majority were restored on Friday, and the rest will be back up when staff return to the library on Monday. If you are subscribed to RSS notifications for Sibley’s Digital Scores Collection, all notifications received on July 14th and 15th should be disregarded. Users who receive email notifications should disregard the email sent out the morning of July 15th. The publications these notifications refer to are, or will soon be, available again on UR Research, but under different URLs than originally listed.

Having stable access and persistent URLs to our online resources is very important to us and our online patrons, and we apologize for any inconveniences this has caused. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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As of this week, Sibley has scanned over 200,000 pages of music since our project started in May 2009. If printed out on traditional 8.5 X 11 paper and laid end to end, the pages would span a length of over 35 miles! That’s enough to take you from the front doors of Sibley Library to the far shore of Canandaigua Lake, a nice place to cool off on a warm day like today.

The hillside overlooking Canandaigua Lake

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