New grants received

April 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The National Endowment for the Humanities has renewed its support of the Arhoolie Foundation’s project to digitize the most significant collection of Mexican and Mexican American sound recordings in existence. The UCLA Library provides for the preservation of this digital collection and persistent access through the Web site Over three years an additional 24,000 recordings will be added to the digital collection, for a total of over 60,000 recordings in all.

Following on from a successful Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Planning Grant in 2007-2008, the Institute has awarded the UCLA Library, along with partner Indiana University, a National Leadership Grant to expand the number of participants in the Sheet Music Consortium. Over the two years of grant activity the current site,, will be redeveloped to include a variety of new services, such as metadata record downloading, metadata evaluation and de-duplication services, support for user-supplied metadata and other “Web 2.0” services, experimentation with the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) standard, and the development of sheet music metadata standards. In addition, many new sheet music collections will be added to the site.

Digital Collections portal

April 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The Digital Collections page on the Library Web site now includes much more than just access to digital objects. A “Projects and Collaborations” tab lists a variety of current projects; some collection-oriented, some technical in nature, some local, and some with partners. The “thematic collections” tab provides access to digitized UCLA collections housed at the Internet Archive, and the “featured collections” tab lists a baker’s dozen of collections of particular interest. Traditional browsing and searching functions are available under those tabs.

We are always interested in your comments and suggestions. There is a “Feedback” tab on the Digital Collections site.