The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #130895 Message #2948924
Posted By: Jim Carroll
21-Jul-10 - 08:02 AM
Thread Name: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library & its importance
Subject: RE: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library & its importance
Your point about the inaccessibility of the V.W.M.L. is a fair one, but one that has been made solvable by the development of the Internet.
I would recommend anybody interested in seeing how an internet can be made accessible look into how the Irish Traditional Music Archive has developed.
It has taken many years of dedication, hard work and string-pulling to get it to the stage it is now at, and it still has a considerable way to go before it is fully usable. It has happened here because people involved in the music have wanted it to happen - sometimes not the case in the UK I think.
I agree with oggie's point about digitisation, but, remembering the bitter fight over the sale of C# House, the in-fighting and ballot tampering, etc, I have my doubts about the wisdom of maintaining costly premises that are no longer fit for purpose and can no longer find space to adequately display existing holdings, let alone accept new material.