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The National Library's Music Collection
About the Digitised Printed Music Collection
Using the Digitised Printed Music Collection
System Requirements
Minimum Screen Resolution

Minimum Browser Versions

Navigation
Image Displays

Thumbnails

View

Examination

Zooming

Using the Select Page Menu

Using Arrow Buttons

Breadcrumbs

Page and Image Numbers

Copyright
Copying and Downloading
Printing Digital Collection Items
Printing the Entire Item

Printing a Single Page Through Your Browser

Printing Background Colours and Images

Citing Digital Collection Items
More Information

Persistent Identifiers

Item and Page Citation

Obtaining Higher Quality Copies
Publishing Digital Collection Items
Accessing Original Collection Items
Borrowing Music Collection Items
Other Digital Collections
Feedback

 

The National Library's Music Collection

The National Library of Australia has a very large and rich collection of music, with a strong emphasis on Australian music across all music traditions.

For a fuller description of the collection, please see: http://www.nla.gov.au/collect/musicoll.html

 

About the Digitised Printed Music Collection

The National Library's Digitised Printed Music Collection provides access to over 1900 Australian printed music items, which have been digitised as part of the National Library's digitisation program. The Collection will expand over time as the National Library continues with its music and other special collections digitisation program.

Music items are defined as Australian if:

· The composer, librettist, arranger or editor is Australian
· Australia is the subject of the music
· The item was published in Australia

The majority of the items available as part of the Digitised Printed Music Collection, were published before 1900.

For more information on the National Library's digitisation program, please see: http://www.nla.gov.au/digital/program.html and http://www.nla.gov.au/digicoll/

 

Using the Digitised Printed Music Collection

The National Library of Australia's Digitised Printed Music Collection allows users to view and interact with printed music in a way that is as close as possible to the experience of using the original item. This includes the ability to 'turn' pages of a piece of printed music, to move forwards and backwards through a piece of printed music, and to view the printed music pages at different sizes.

 

System Requirements

Minimum Screen Resolution

To comfortably view the Digitised Printed Music Collection, you will need to have the screen resolution of your monitor set to 600x800 pixels or higher.

Minimum Browser Version

The Digitised Printed Music Collection is designed to work best with any browser version numbered 4 or higher (Netscape Navigator 4.0 or above, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or above). If you have an earlier version you can upgrade by going to the Netscape website or Microsoft website and following the prompts. These browsers are free.

 

Navigation

The Digitised Printed Music Collection offers a range of navigation choices to users, including the ability to view images at different resolutions, and to move freely within the pages of a piece of digitised printed music.

Image Displays

Each page of printed music can be viewed in three different sizes: 'thumbnail', the default 'view' copy, and a larger and more detailed 'examination' copy.

 

Thumbnails

Thumbnails are smaller image representations of larger images, designed to make looking at groups of images easier and faster. National Library thumbnails are created with a maximum height or width of 150 pixels.

Selecting the thumbnails display allows users to view up to 50 thumbnail images related to the digital item being displayed, and to navigate to further sets of 50 thumbnails for very long printed music items.

Zoom in to view copies of printed music images by clicking directly on the desired thumbnail.

 

View

View copies are the default view of pages from Digitised Printed Music Collection items. View copies are designed to fit comfortably on a 600 x 800 screen, and to print to a standard A4 page. National Library view copies are created with a maximum height or width of 760 pixels.

Zoom in to examination copies of printed music images by clicking directly on the desired view copy.

 

Examination

Examination copies provide detailed inspection of pages from Digitised Printed Music Collection items. Examination copies may require some horizontal scrolling on your browser to view different sections of the page, and are likely to take longer to download, due to the larger file size. National Library examination copies are created with a maximum height or width of 1000 pixels.

 

Zooming

Use the Zoom buttons to navigate between view and examination copies of Digitised Printed Music Collection items.

 

Zoom In

Click Zoom In to move from a view copy to an examination copy.

 

Zoom Out

Click Zoom Out to move from an examination copy to a view copy.

 

Using the Select Page Menu

Use the Select Page drop down menu to navigate to different pages within an item.

The Select Page menu allows users to select 'special' pages such as 'Front Cover', 'Inside Back Cover', and to choose actual page numbers as they appear on the original item.

Very large items may not have every page listed within the Select Page menu. For large items, select the page number closest to the one you are interested in, and use the forward and back arrows to complete your navigation.

To use the Select Page menu, simply click on the downwards-pointing arrow and choose your desired page. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, you may need to click the Go button.

 

Using Arrow Buttons

To move through item images one-by-one, either backwards or forwards, or to navigate directly to the beginning or end of a Digitised Printed Music Collection item, use the four 'arrow' navigation buttons:

 

First

Previous

Next

Last

 

Breadcrumbs

'Breadcrumbs' track where you are, and where you have just been in the Digitised Printed Music Collection site, and provide links back to the sections of the website you have previously visited with a single session.

Breadcrumbs can also be used to navigate further: click on any of the words within the breadcrumb trail, and the browser will return you to that page.

 

Page and Image Numbers

For Digitised Printed Music Collection items, 'page number' and 'image number' are not synonymous. Page number refers to the actual pages of the original item. Image number indicates the sequence of digitised images of a particular item.

For example, the first image of a piece of printed music may be the 'Front Cover' rather than 'Page 1'. However, this will be considered 'image 1' of the sequence of digitised images.

 

Copyright

Please read the National Library of Australia's Digital Collections copyright statement on the copyright status of items available through this service. Note that some items from the collection have copyright restrictions that prevent them from being made directly available online. Please contact us to obtain access to these items.

Printed music images available through this service may be saved or printed for private research and study. If you wish to publish an image in any other way, including as part of another website, you will need written permission from the National Library of Australia to do so.

 

Copying and Downloading

You may download images from the Digitised Printed Music Collection for personal use, in accordance with copyright law. You may not publish images from the Digitised Printed Music Collection without seeking written permission from the National Library of Australia.

On a PC, place your mouse over the image you would like to download, and then click with the right mouse button. Then choose the appropriate “save” option for your browser (save picture as/save image as/save image). Then select a directory to save the image.

On a Macintosh computer, place your mouse over the image you would like to download, and then hold the mouse button down. A menu will appear where you can select the appropriate save option for your browser (save picture as/save image as/save image). Then select a folder to save the image.

 

Printing Digital Collection Items

You may print Digitised Printed Music Collection items for personal or research purposes. You may download, display a print and reproduce this content for personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form and with copyright acknowledged.

If you wish to publish an image in any way, including as part of another website, you will need written permission from the National Library of Australia to do so.

 

Printing the Entire Item

You may print the entire item you are viewing by clicking on the "Print" icon. This will open a PDF (Portable Document Format) copy of the entire digital item in a new browser window.
To view this PDF file, you will need the software Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer (and optionally have the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in configured to read PDF files in your web browser). If you do not have this software installed, or you are unable to view the file, you can download a free version of this software at the website: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

To return to the previous page after viewing the PDF copy, close the PDF copy browser window.

Printing a Single Page Through Your Browser

You may also print a single page of the item using the print option through the file menu of your browser software. However, the printed results may vary according to your browser and page set-up. We advise that you print the “View Copy” of the page as these dimensions have been designed to fit onto a standard A4 page.

Printing Background Colours and Images

If you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, to print the background colours and images of this website, you will need to make a change to your settings. To make this change select the Tools Menu, then select Internet Options. Click the Advanced Option and scroll until you locate the Printing section. Put a tick in the box marked 'Print background colours and images'.

 

Citing Digital Collection items

Online resources need to be cited correctly if you have used them for your research. The Digitised Printed Music Collection provides detailed information to allow you to cite at either a broad item level, or at the level of citing a particular view of an image.

More Information

Click on the More Information link to navigate to extended bibliographic information about the digital item you are viewing. This information is drawn from the National Library's catalogue records, and includes information about both the original item, and a 'persistent identifier' for the item.

 

Persistent Identifiers

The National Library of Australia uses persistent identifiers (PI's) as a permanent naming scheme for Internet resources. Persistent identifiers for whole items - or for pages or images within an item – mean that URLs you include in your research references will always be 'live', even if there is a change in the way the National Library's Digital Collection is stored and made accessible.

For more information regarding the National Library of Australia's persistent identifier scheme, please read: http://www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/persistence.html

 

Item and Page Citation

You may wish to cite an entire digital item; this information can be obtained from the More Information page of the item you wish to cite. Please see the More Information details.

You may wish to cite a particular page of printed music from the Digitised Printed Music Collection. Citation details for page views are located below each image.

 

For example, to cite a page, use:

You may also wish to cite a particular view of a page. For example, if you wish to reference a handwritten annotation on a page of printed music displayed through the Digitised Printed Music Collection, you can reference the higher resolution examination copy.

 

For example, to cite a view copy page use:

For example, to cite a examination copy page use:

 

Obtaining Higher Quality Copies

You may save or print images from the Digitised Printed Music Collection for research and study. Where copyright permits, you may also order higher quality copies of printed music you have found, through the National Library of Australia's Copies Direct Service. This is a commercial service and a fee will be charged for provision of these copies.

Some items available through this service may still be in copyright. While the National Library may be able to assist with referrals to copyright holders, responsibility for ensuring copyright requirements are met rest with you.

Please see the following information: http://www.nla.gov.au/dss/individuals_and_business.html

 

Publishing Digital Collection Items

If you wish to publish Digitised Printed Music Collection items in any form, including books, journals, other websites or merchandise (e.g. calendars), you must, in the first instance, seek the National Library's permission to do so.

To publish photographic, digital images or photocopies of printed music available through this service, contact Information Services at: http://www.nla.gov.au/contact/

Some items available through this service may still be in copyright. While the National Library of Australia may be able to assist with referrals to copyright holders, responsibility for ensuring copyright requirements are met, rest with you.

 

Accessing Original Collection Items

To view or use original collection items at the National Library, you need to register as a National Library reader and request the desired items through the Library's Electronic Requesting System.

Information on registering and requesting is available at:
http://www.nla.gov.au/getalibrarycard/

Music Collection readers are required to use collection items in the Petherick Reading Room. More information on the Petherick, including opening hours, is available at:
http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/prr.html

 

Borrowing Music Collection Items

The National Library of Australia does not lend its collection items to individuals. However, your local library may be able undertake an Inter Library Loan on your behalf through the Library's Document Delivery Service. Please note that the Library will lend photocopies only – not originals – in the case of rare or unique items. Individuals may borrow photocopies of collection items through the Document Delivery Service.

Further information, including Document Delivery charges, is available at:

http://www.nla.gov.au/dss/

 

Other Digital Collections

Items from the National Library's pictorial collection are available through the online Pictures Catalogue and the Digitised Map Collection. The National Library of Australia is releasing other Digital Collections as they become available, including items from the maps, manuscripts and oral history collections.

 

Feedback

Please provide us with your feedback, comments and reports of any problems you experience using the Digitised Printed Music Collection. Email us using the online form on our Contact Us page, and be sure to include your email address if you require a reply.

Requests for research assistance should be directed to the Library's Information Services staff:
http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/askus.html

 

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