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Cecilia project, e-mail the project manager
at: cecilia-uk@britishlibrary.net.
T
he Access to Music 10-year strategy
addresses relevant issues in the con-
text of the changing environment of
music libraries and archives. It emphasises
the importance of music to all aspects of
society, the central enabling role played by
music repositories and their staff, and the
continuing need to ensure access for
users. The strategy was developed by
Malcolm Lewis of Nottingham City
Libraries and Pamela Thompson, Chief
Librarian at the Royal College of Music,
who said "Music in libraries can give
immense added value economically, cul-
turally and educationally and this report
identifies and discusses issues which must
be addressed in order to continue to
deliver this, and sets out a strategy to
kick-start the process which builds on our
[previous] achievement..." The strategy is
funded by the Research Support Libraries
Programme (http:// www.rslp.ac.uk/).
"Access to Music. Music Libraries and
Archives in the United Kingdom and
Ireland: current themes and a realistic
vision for the future" can be purchased
for 15 by e-mailing the IAML(UK &
Ireland) Publications Officer:
mroll@buckscc.gov.uk.
International Association of Music
Libraries, Archives and Documentation
Centres" (Aldershot : Ashgate, 2003) was
published in April this year.
A
special reception was held at the
British Library to mark both the fifty
year anniversary and the launch of Cecilia,
an online database of music resources and
collections throughout the UK and
Ireland, and the publication of the branch's
ten-year development plan, "Access to
Music. Music Libraries and Archives in the
United Kingdom and Ireland: current themes
and a realistic vision for the future".
N
amed after the patron Saint of
Music, Cecilia (http://www.cecilia-
uk.org/) aims to increase awareness of and
access to the wide variety of music-related
materials held in institutions.The project
database was launched on 1 July 2003 and
is powered by the Performing Arts Data
Service (PADS: http://www.pads.ahds.
ac.uk/). A simple interface allows users to
perform quick or advanced searches based
on keyword, title, location and format,
returning results from over 1500 collec-
tions based in 500 distinct institutions. It is
hoped that the number of repositories and
collections added to the database will con-
tinue to grow in the future.To contact the
I
AML: UK & Ireland (http://www.iaml-
uk-irl.org/) was founded two years later
in 1953 and has spent fifty years aiding
understanding of the cultural, educational
and economic importance of music
libraries, archives and documentation cen-
tres, providing professional education and
training, and representing this sector.To
mark the anniversary, "Music librarianship
in the United Kingdom: fifty years of the
United Kingdom branch of the
"[Music] is a language that is
understood worldwide without the
need for translation. It is a reflec-
tion of our cultural heritage and tra-
ditions and a significant component
of the UK economy. Our music
libraries, archives and specialist cen-
tres provide access to a rich variety
of collections for exploration and
discovery, staff in those libraries offer
unparalleled expertise and support
in that journey for users and at the
centre of all this activity sits IAML."
Susi Woodhouse, President, IAML (UK
& Ireland), speaking at Golden Jubilee
celebrations held at the British Library
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Interaction Design Laboratory,
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Library Science, University
of North Carolina
T
here is an increasing demand for dig-
ital videos in the educational and
research communities. Instructors may
want to find a video segment to illustrate
the topics they teach in class; students
might like to insert a short video clip in
their class projects; and researchers in video
retrieval fields could try to find different
types of digital videos to test their new
algorithms for face recognition, object
identification or motion detection. Unlike
text documents, the challenges in storage,
indexing, retrieval and copyright issues
make digital videos more difficult to find,
download and use from WWW sources.
The Open Video Project (http://www.
open-video.org) aims to provide an easy-
to-use open source digital video archive to
the research and educational communities
while serving as a testbed for digital library
research and development at the Inter-
action Design Laboratory.