Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) has announced an expansion of its cataloging and physical processing services to accommodate new workflows for preparing musical scores for shelf-ready delivery.
Creating catalog records for scores and sheet music requires a familiarity with MARC standards, a fluency with musical terms, and often some linguistic expertise.
Nicole Arbuckle, vice president of metadata services for Backstage Library Works, reports:
"Backstage has long offered metadata for music collections. Over the years, we've cataloged books, sheet music, vinyl LPs, and compact discs.
"Recently, we've seen increased interest in shelf-ready processing for musical scores, particularly for classical pieces produced by European publishers. So we've developed workflows to meet these new needs, facilitating drop shipping through Backstage so a library's scores can arrive ready to go straight from the box to the shelf."
Drop shipping arrangements can be initiated by the library or the book vendor.
Librarians simply request that their vendors send items to Backstage for processing, then Backstage will send the items along to the library. Publishers and distributors can also start the process, offering their library clients the convenient option of having materials delivered first to Backstage for cataloging, covering, and labeling.
In either case, the cataloging and physical processing services can be customized to fit the practices of the library purchasing the materials.