Find Music Project

Find Music is proposed as a freely available online resource, giving access to information on music materials from the merged catalogues of higher education libraries, public libraries, specialist libraries, and music conservatoire libraries throughout the island of Ireland.

The objective of Find Music is to assist musicologists, composers, performers and amateur musicians to comprehensively search the island’s music collections through one centralised online portal. This resource would enable unrestricted access to information about music resources and materials – both rare and common – for teaching, learning, research and leisure. This would in turn provide new opportunities for research and performance, independent of location.

The Find Music resource would be a more detailed music online catalogue than has been available before providing an item-level catalogue of all resources in Ireland: scores, manuscripts, books, theses, CDs, DVDs, LPs, cassette tapes etc. This will improve awareness of the music materials held by the participating libraries and increase the convenience and effectiveness of the Music PAL access scheme. The resulting combination of a single, free-to-access, online union catalogue facilitating cross-library searching, together with the Music PAL Access Card enabling free access and use of library facilities, will be a valuable resource to the musicological, performance, compositional and amateur music communities throughout Ireland.

The Find Music project committee comprises a sub-set of representative institutions:
Institutes of Technology: the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music & Drama
Ann Wrigley (chair), College Librarian
Catherine Ferris, Music Cataloguer
Yvonne Desmond, Central Services Unit Manager
Universities: Queen’s University Belfast
Deirdre Wildy, Head of Special Collections & Archives
Public Libraries: Dublin City Public Library
Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian
Clare Hogan, Divisional Librarian – Reader Services
Specialist Libraries: Royal Irish Academy of Music
Philip Shields, Librarian

This representative set of four libraries has set out to pilot the concept of a music union catalogue for the island of Ireland and to investigate its feasibility. The project will serve to enable a realistic calculation of the work, costs and methodology involved in making accessible the complete range of music materials in collections throughout the country.

For further details, contact Ann Wrigley: ann.wrigley[at]dit.ie

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