Music Preservation Workshop

The Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of Music is the largest music library affiliated with any college or university in the United States. With holdings of nearly three-quarters of a million items, the Library offers vast resources for performance and research. The Sibley Music Library was founded in 1904 by Hiram Watson Sibley (1845-1932) as a music library "for the use of all music-lovers in Rochester." Sibley's father, Hiram Sibley (1807-1888) had made an enormous fortune in the 1850s and '60s by consolidating a group of small telegraph companies to form Western Union Telegraph Company. Both father and son were generous supporters of higher education, and Hiram Watson Sibley's new music library was housed in the University of Rochester's Sibley Hall (funding for the building donated by the elder Sibley), where it fulfilled the dual purpose of a community music library as well as providing music materials within the University Library. The Eastman School of Music opened its doors in September 1921, and in January of 1922 this music library of some 2,400 books and 6,200 scores was moved to the new Eastman School of Music building. From 1922 to 1999 the Sibley Music Library was shaped by three remarkable librarians: Barbara Duncan (1922-1947), Ruth T. Watanabe (1947-1984), and Mary Wallace Davidson (1984-1999).

INS 434
Music Preservation Workshop

July 30-August 3, 2018 / Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Room: NSL 305

Alice Carli

The focus of the course is hands-on experience in repair techniques and preservation strategies for musical scores, with particular emphasis on matching preservation decisions to library mission. Additional lectures on administration, workflow organization, digitization, and special materials will be included. The course is intended for library science students, with professional and support staff and private collectors also welcome, and may be taken as noncredit or for 1 to 3 credits with added written assignments. For more information, contact Alice Carli at (585) 274-1375 or

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Class begins Monday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m.
Last scheduled activity: Class ends Friday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m.         

Professional Development Hours: 35
$1,610 / 1 credit             CRN 19106
$610 / noncredit             CRN 19092                  

“Great as an introduction or as a refresher. Faculty works hard to tailor the program to the needs of the individual students.” – 2017 participant

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