We Must Save the Music! Institutional Repositories Preserving the Output of Music Departments

Tsukasa Cherkaoui, Lynn University
Lea Iadarola

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Music Library Association Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Cincinnati, OH, was held virtually as the Music Library Association (MLA) and the Theatre Library Association Joint Meeting.


TEST Archives and Music Departments/Conservatories don’t often collaborate on preservation. They are simply disconnected entities at most universities. As we discovered that our Conservatory had commissioned musical works, the Archivist and Music Librarian saw an opportunity for digital humanities preservation. The goal of this project is to not only preserve, display, and make the compositions accessible to the public, but also to give a second creative life to those work.