Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Sound Recordings Department of the University of Tartu Library Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Sound Recordings Department of the University of Tartu Library Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

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On 3 May 2013, the conference Music and the Library was held at the University of Tartu Library in Estonia. The event was dedicated to the 30th birthday of the sound recordings department (phonoteque) of the University of Tartu Library. In addition to the presentations by Estonians there was a guest speaker--Pamela Thomson from the UK (also a former IAML president). She was talking about the role and the situation of the music libraries. The birthday celebrations included also a concert, the book presentation and the opening of an exhibition.

The University of Tartu Library was founded in 1802. The Library purchased its first sound recording (a vinyl record) in 1976. At the same time, the designing of the new library building was beginning. The Library Director was convinced that a proper library must have certainly a sound recordings department. So the special premises were projected to the new building. It was an unprecedent and uncommon event: no university library in Soviet Union at that time concentrated on collecting music and sound recordings. Sound recordings departments were only at conservatories and at sound archives. On 3 May 1983, a new department, the technical department, was founded at the Library. Its main task was to deal with automation and mechanization of library work. The first position for a music librarian was part of this department. In 1990 the music department became an independent structure unit and in 1999 the reading room with contemporary audio-video equipment was opened. …

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