Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leader in Web-based library technology, announced that the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has chosen to install the Millennium library system. This will be the library's first automated system.
"In 1991, the staff began sitting in on the systems meetings of various vendors at the annual Music Library Association (MLA) conferences. There, we learned that Innovative Interfaces developed the system that best handled the uniform titles required for describing such a high percentage of classical music scores and recordings," said Elizabeth Walker, Librarian at the Curtis Institute of Music. "The questions asked and addressed there offered valuable insight and comparisons. MLA's Conservatories Roundtable was another place we noticed that among the institutions with collections most similar to ours, those that seemed happiest with their systems had Innovative."
"Innovative's Web site provided another good window to show us the vast number of libraries—large and small—in this region using Innovative systems, a fact which impressed both our administration and prospective funders. Another kind of endorsement found on the Web site was the listserv archives from the Users Groups, showing us the level of tech support, as well as user observations," she continued.
Since 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music has trained exceptionally gifted young musicians for performing careers on the highest professional level. Curtis alumni can be found in virtually every major orchestra and opera company around the world. Established in 1926, the Library serves a population of approximately 300, including 165 students, 75 faculty members, the administrative staff, and local alumni. The collection includes over 60,000 music scores, 10,000 books, and 15,000 audio recordings.
"Many of our faculty members do not live in the Philadelphia area, either traveling here to teach one or two days per week, or teaching in their home studios in New York and elsewhere with our students traveling to them. The ability to remotely access our holdings information on the Web will be a giant step in service to this important part of our clientele," concluded Walker.