Recital Preservation: before they fade away
The Rice University Shepherd School of Music was formally opened in 1975. Since that time thousands of performances by faculty and students have been recorded and collected in multiple formats, with accompanying programs and other documentation. Fondren Library, in collaboration with the Shepherd School, agreed to preserve a portion of this collection determined to be at risk material and make it accessible through the institutional repository. Using examples from the project, the presentation will share the issues in planning and executing this preservation project, challenges and best practices for digitizing audio materials and discuss plans for the future of the larger music recital collection.