$3 Million Digital Music Library to be Created at IU
Plans for a digital library at Indiana University were recently announced
to support research and education in the music field.
The grant, worth $3 million, is from Digital Libraries Initiative-Phase
2, a multi-agency federal program with funding from the National Science
Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The four-year grant will allow IU information technology specialists,
researchers, librarians, and music experts to establish a music library
testbed, develop computer applications for education and research in the
field of music, and seek answers to the issues surrounding music-related
intellectual property rights.
The library will allow students and faculty to have access to various
styles and genres of music. Computerized music keyboards are available to
students in order for score notations to be improvised and viewed.
"Information technology is changing the landscape of modern
universities," stated IU President Myles Brand. "This project will help
expand the impact of technology beyond its traditional core in the sciences
by developing innovative applications for teaching and research in music."
"Information technology provides a wealth of opportunities to
advance the frontiers of knowledge in the arts and humanities," Brand said.
"Indiana University is pleased to receive this award and applauds the
collaborative efforts of the School of Library and Information Science, the
School of Music, the University Libraries, and the Office of the Vice
President for Information Technology."
All applications for the digital music library will be designed by the
faculty of the IU School of Music. One of the goals of this project is to
move digital libraries into a new phase beyond creating, organizing, and
disseminating digital objects. IU is looking to immerse digital content in
the education and research process.
"This project builds on the strengths of Indiana University," said
Suzanne Thorin, Ruth Lilly University Dean of University Libraries. "The
university's digital library program seeks to make the university's unique
resources broadly available and to build on university strengths. Creating a
world-class digital music library to complement the world-class School of
Music is a perfect fit."
The library will be available to students, faculty, librarians, and
library patrons at IU. The system will also be available to institutes
involved in the research: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Northwestern University in the United
States, King's College, Loughborough University and Oxford University in the
United Kingdom, and Waseda University in Japan.
IU is one of the 23 members of the Digital Library Federation, a group of
research libraries that are filtering in the use of digital technologies into
Indiana University - www.indiana.edu
National Digital Library Initiatives - www.ulib.iupui.edu/dlt/natldli.html
National Endowment for the Humanities - www.neh.fed.us
NSF - www.nsf.gov
Digital Libraries Initiative - http://dli.grainger.uiuc.edu/national.htm
Digital Library Federation - http://clir.org/diglib/dlfhomepage.htm
DML @ University of Illinois - http://dli.grainger.uiuc.edu
DML @ IU - http://dml.indiana.edu