Stanford Acquires Player Pianos and Piano Rolls The Stanford Music Department and Archive of Recorded Sound recently acquired the Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls, a collection of more than 7,500 rolls and ten players. Many of the rolls were recorded by major composers playing their own works starting as early as 1904 and extending as late as 1941; composers include George Gershwin, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Ferruccio Busoni. Stanford will catalog the collection, preserve the rolls through scanning and digitization, restore instruments for playback, and research underrepresented or rare systems and rolls. Plans for the collection include making images and the sound of the recordings available online. Wayne State University Libraries Releases Custom App for Google Glass The Wayne State University Libraries recently completed their first custom app for Google Glass, “Wayne State Campus Explorer,” a discovery app that allows users to wander the campus while getting information about the places around them. As the user draws closer to a location, the app displays information such as building hours and other points of interest. Currently, all libraries are plotted in the app, as well as major campus buildings. The team at Wayne State University are looking into further developing the app to have more library-specific mapping and wayfinding abilities; the app has potential to guide a user directly to a book in the stacks that he or she is searching for. General Mills Archives Welcomes Two Interns The General Mills Corporate Archives welcomed two interns, Jessica Faucher and Joyce Lopez, for the 2014–2015 academic year. Both are master of library and information science students at Saint Catherine’s University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They will be working with the company’s archivist, Susan Wakefield. Faucher has experience from a historical museum as well as the Walker Art Center’s archives; Lopez has volunteered for a number of library organizations in the Twin Cities area. UNC Library Receives $75,000 Digitization Grant The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $75,000 grant from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which brings the Center into the DPLA’s Digital Hubs Pilot Project. The Center will collaborate with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to digitize materials from their collections, publish them online, and ensure they become part of the DPLA. The grant, along with ongoing support from the State Library of North Carolina, enables the Center to provide these services at no charge to partners. Among projects that the grant will fund are the digitization of historic high school yearbooks, scrapbooks and photographs from the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, which documents contributions of the local African American community; and mid-twentieth-century photographs showing farming practices. CoSA Receives Funding for Electronic Records Awareness Planning The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) received a $48,941 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant to create a plan for the engagement of a diverse group of national partners, stakeholders, and other organizations to work collaboratively on increasing access to digital government records and information. The project is known formally within CoSA as the ACCESS Project (for Archives Collaborating and Cooperating with External Strategic Stakeholders). Visit http://www.statearchivists .org/ for more information. LYRASIS Selects Participants of the HBCU Preservation Project LYRASIS and its partners have selected five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in the third HBCU Preservation Project: The Atlanta University Center, Robert Woodruff Library; Fisk University; Hampton University; Johnson C. Smith University; and Tuskegee University. The twentyeight– month project, funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, addresses the preservation needs of special photographic and magnetic media collections and enables increased use of this content.
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