Conference Materials

Copyright of institutional recordings

Eric Harbeson, University of Colorado Boulder

Recordings produced by colleges and universities during the course of their daily business are a valuable record of scholarship to which libraries may wish to provide online access, but the use of those recordings is mired in very complicated copyright questions. This paper examines laws affecting institutional recordings’ copyright- including copyright ownership, fair use, and compulsory licensing- with the goal of providing some clarity to librarians wishing to make use of their institutional recordings. Because of the vague, and often contradictory nature of the law, there are very few hard-and-fast rules; however, the paper will attempt to draw out areas of very low risk, with the conclusion that most institutions should be able to make some use of some of their institutional recordings under even the most conservative of interpretations.


Teresa Carreño: Issues of Access, Memory, and {Digital} Scholarship

Anna Kijas, Boston College; Jesús Eloy Gutiérrez, Centro Documental Teatro Teresa Carreño, Caracas, Venezuela; Jerry McBride, Stanford University

In celebration of the centenary of Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño’s death (1853-1917), this session will focus on two ongoing digital humanities / emerging technology projects related to Carreño’s life and work. It will also provide insight into the state of archives and archival collections in Venezuela. Anna Kijas’ will discuss her research process for a forthcoming book on Teresa Carreño as well as “Documenting Carreño” (http://documentingcarreno.org), an open-access project which notably employs geographic and temporal tools that allow users to explore primary sources or artifacts related to specific performances in Carreño’s career. During this project, Anna developed a collegial relationship and has maintained contact with Jesús Eloy Gutiérrez, Director of the Centro Documental Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in an effort to access primary source materials that were separated from the Teresa Carreño Papers at Vassar College and sent to the archive in Caracas c. 1950. Access to the archive has not been possible due to recent government shutdowns and lack of resources, including funding and staff, making it a challenge for scholars interested in locating Carreño materials. Jesús will discuss, via pre-recorded video, the current state of the research/archives situation in Caracas and the possibilities that digital collaboration can enable when faced with challenges of access to archives and economic resources. Finally, Jerry McBride will discuss a number of important Carreño piano rolls, discovered within the many collections that make up Stanford’s “Player Piano Project” (http://playerpianoproject.stanford.edu). Jerry will also then highlight Stanford’s recent efforts to design and build a piano roll scanner to digitize these and other rolls within Stanford’s collections.


The Beatles 16 Ways: Instruction Activities on Score Editions

Marci Cohen, Boston University

When the Berklee College of Music library determined that their freshman one-shot focusing on research materials wasn’t relevant to conservatory students, they overhauled it to teach students about the wide variety of scores in their collection. The Beatles were the best way to demonstrate differences in score editions at a school focused on popular music. This session describes instructional activities that engaged students, helped them learn how to appreciate and navigate the resources of an academic music library, and required no technology.