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Call for Participation: NLS Digital Braille Music Repository

Are you a braille music reader or know someone who is? Wouldn’t you like to find more braille music scores online, in one place? We have some great news for you: The Music Section at the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is developing a Digital Braille Music Repository.

Why are we doing this? Downloading braille music is becoming increasingly popular. Just to give you some numbers: Currently, NLS makes available about 2600 digital braille music scores on BARD. In the past year, about 112 patrons have downloaded more than 11,000 braille music. We envision these numbers to continuously grow with the participation of institutions and additional patrons. And that is why we are working on a digital repository for braille sheet music.

We envision this repository to be the hub of digital braille music scores, the go-to place for downloading braille sheet music. We plan to create the most comprehensive digital braille music repository in the world by continuously adding new materials from NLS and from contributing institutions. We want to compile, preserve and make these materials available to patrons with disabilities. And for that, we are looking for institutions to actively participate in this project.

Do you know of a digital braille music source (music school, university, library for the blind, rehab service, etc.) in your state or area who might be interested? Please let us know!

If you represent an institution that provides braille music scores and/or braille music transcription services, we would appreciate your input. Please complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RZHDV28.

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