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Backstage announces cataloging and processing service for musical scores

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852
[email protected]

PROVO, Utah, May 2, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works ( 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.

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


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