The UM Libraries’ Frost Concert Archive Documenting the Performance History of the University of Miami Frost School of Music Amy Strickland University of Miami SEMLA Annual Meeting October 11, 2013 Background • Frost School of Music o Opened as the University of Miami Conservatory of Music in 1926 • One of the first two academic units established at UM o Renamed after a gift by Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 • The Frost Concert Archive o Envisioned to mark the 10th anniversary of the Frost School naming gift o Historical, current, and future recorded performances of the Frost School o Development began in 2011 Building the Archive • Two-fold purpose o Long-term digital storage and preservation of Frost School recordings o Access to recordings via CONTENTdm • Partnerships o Frost School of Music • Marketing and Communications – original idea, information about policies at Frost • Recording Services – provides recordings • Administration staff – provide digital program notes o University of Miami Libraries • Digital Production Lab – manages scanning and quality control of physical program notes • Digital Repository Librarian – manages CONTENTdm • Cataloging and Metadata – assistance with metadata guidelines Building the Archive • Pilot – Fall 2011 o Details • Inventory created using filenames from liner notes • 25 master copy CDs from Spring 2011 loaned by Frost Recording Services (FRS) • CD reproduced as an image file (digital master copy) • .mp3s of tracks produced via iTunes • Uploaded to Archive Server and into CONTENTdm o Results • VERY SLOW PROCESS! • Image files not best choice • Music Library computers too slow for processing o Decisions • FRS would handle converting CDs to digital files • .wav files used as master copies Current Status • Workflow • Statistics • Challenges Current Workflow: File processing Inventory provides metadata and tracks processing Each concert given an object id: mus0001002543 Current Workflow: File processing Files received from FRS via network drive Current Workflow: File processing Folder contains .wav files, .doc file, and subfolder with .mp3s Current Workflow: File processing Concert Title Concert Date and Object ID Primary Performer Basic metadata added to .mp3s using Mp3tag Current Workflow: File processing .pdf of program notes added to .mp3 file (if no program note exists, “Program unavailable” .pdf added) Current Workflow: File processing Files renamed using Bulk Rename Utility Current Workflow: File processing Liner note named after object ID, while .wavs, .mp3s and .pdfs given digital IDs Current Workflow: File processing Processed concert folders are renamed with object ID Current Workflow: File processing After processing is complete, files are uploaded to the archive server via Filezilla Current Workflow: Metadata Digital Repository Librarian uses inventory list to generate metadata workbooks; each tab represents one concert Current Workflow: Metadata Digital IDs and filenames generated via script Info on top row comes from inventory Worker inputs track titles based on liner notes The completed tab includes the program and track titles for the concert Current Workflow: Metadata Completed spreadsheets are sent to the Digital Repository Librarian for use in CONTENTdm Presentation via CONTENTdm There are two collections: one for performances by Frost students and faculty Presentation via CONTENTdm and one for performances by community groups who rent the Frost performing venues Presentation via CONTENTdm Each collection can be browsed by title of concert (browsing list displays thumbnails of program notes) Presentation via CONTENTdm Layout comes from the layout of the metadata worksheet .pdfs are full-text searchable When a concert is selected, the page opens to a view of the program notes, with the tracks to the right Presentation via CONTENTdm Clicking a track on the right opens a miniature player; each track is streamed and cannot be downloaded Presentation via CONTENTdm The metadata for the concert and metadata for each track is provided below the player Statistics • 3,422 concerts in inventory o 1,050 received from Frost Recording Services o 750+ uploaded to archive server o 170+ added to CONTENTdm • 100-200 concerts added to inventory each semester • 660+ programs scanned by Digital Production Lab Challenges • Policies o Copyright and licenses: still some questions as to what is allowed o Student permissions: inconsistent use of release forms by Frost School • Staffing o Frost School has not consistently followed up with offer of graduate assistants o Training temporary student workers is time-consuming and must be redone each semester o Currently hiring a new library technician who may provide some additional help Challenges • Technical o Backlog! Catching up with historical files while keeping up with new concerts o Storage space: files received from FRS faster than completed concerts are uploaded to archive server o Physical program notes: scanning and quality control took longer than anticipated; some files were not formatted correctly and must be redone o Digital program notes: no longer receiving web-optimized .pdfs from Frost Outlook • Need more staffing and support from Frost School o Need enough workers to divide workflow into manageable tasks • Make at least some concerts public by December? o Anniversary of Naming! • Use this experience to establish policies for future digital audio collections at UM Any Questions?