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The University of Maine’s Fogler Library in partnership with the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and the Bangor Public Library received a two-year, $344,270 federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to design and implement an interactive, multimedia digital music library of images of scores with associated sound renditions, cover art, and lyrics. Users will be able to view, play, and print scores. “This grant will allow us to give easier and instant access to our rich collection to the music teaching community,” Kurt Stoll, executive director of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library says. “With important early works deteriorating quickly because of poor paper quality digitization is the only way to economically store the large volumes of scores, thus preserving them for future generations in their original form. To provide music teachers and students, particularly in remote areas of our state, with the same access to good teaching materials as those in larger communities has always been our concern and goal of our Education Committee. This has now become a reality thanks to digital preservation and the Internet.”


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