September 28, 2021

Sheet Music: Stanford Libraries Scanning Project Makes Piano Works Available (Public Domain)

From the Stanford Libraries Blog:

2018-08-30_09-24-31A pilot project in the Music Library to digitize sheet music and make images available in the SearchWorks catalog has produced its first collection, made up of 140 piano arrangements and transcriptions. Basic records for these items have long been in SearchWorks, and are now greatly enhanced with access to the digital images and options for close examination and download. This collection was chosen for scanning because the paper is too brittle to withstand the handling that results from practice and performance. The works are also in the public domain, making free, printable, digital files the ideal means of access and preservation. The original paper will be stored at SAL3.


The scanning pilot project tested Goobi software and its interaction with the Argo administrative system at our satellite location. Goobi is open-source software that facilitates large-scale digital projects. Goobi manages image upload and processing steps including ordering of pages, cropping, deskewing, and quality control checks. Goobi works in concert with Argo, the administrative system for managing content in the Stanford Digital Repository, to upload images to the Depository and link them with their metadata.

Direct to Digital Collection: Piano Arrangements and Transcriptions (via Stanford SearchWorks Catalog)

Learn MUCH More About the Collection and the Digitization Process, View Images

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