Learn about the Britten Thematic Catalog Project April 2

On Monday, April 2, Jonathan Manton will discuss the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project. The forum, which is presented by SCOPA (Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness), takes place at 2:00 pm in the International Room at Sterling Memorial Library.

Created under the auspices of the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project seeks to create a musicological database detailing all of the composer Benjamin Britten’s works online. Manton serves as the project’s Technical Support Officer.

Manton’s work for the project has notably included the documentation and analysis of approximately 1,150 original manuscript sources, which constitute the 735 works Britten wrote between the ages of 5 and 18, most of which have never received any form of scholarly assessment. The principle objective of Manton’s current work is the technical realization of the resource, overseeing the continued development of the catalog’s infrastructure and custom database solutions, and preparation of much of its digital content.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Britten Thematic Catalog, highlighting the project’s research and technical achievements to date. It will also discuss the various usability updates that have recently been incorporated into the resource following a 2010 survey of potential users. Finally, the forum will outline the work that remains to be done leading up to publication, and the project’s aspirations for future versions of the tool after 2013.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

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Published March 20, 2012
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