From scholar to user via MEI: Digital editing and publishing vis-à-vis library ways and means
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5/20/2014 to 5/23/2014
When: 5/20/2014
Where: Charlottesville, VA

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Organizer and Moderator: Eleanor Selfridge-Field, Professor of Music and Symbolic Systems, CCARH, Stanford University

As the first fruits of hybrid (paper and digital) critical editions appear, many music librarians are perplexed. This round table is devoted to grounding a dialogue involving scholars, editors, publishers, librarians, and readers. None of these constituencies has control over any other, a fact that is sometimes lost in conversations within any one of them. In the hope of restoring accurate communication between communities, our round table will set out as clearly as possible the advantages that digital and hybrid editions offer with a view towards promoting a balanced discussion in which all parties understand and respect the needs of others. The round table will feature three representatives for each of the two communities of “providers” and “end-users”:

  • Daniel Boomhower, musicologist, Head of Reader Services, Music Division, Library of Congress (Washington, DC) and Chair of the RISM-USA Committee
  • Philip Ponella, Head of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library and Director of Music Information Technology Services at Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Federica Riva, Librarian of the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini (Florence, Italy), which hosts a manuscript digitization project (16th- through 20th-century sources); President of IAML-Italy; formerly Chair of the IAML Copyright Committee
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