Music Library Staff

Audio E-reserve Procedure Manual

Streaming Audio

  • Locating RECORDINGS (Audio Files)
    Getting Started:
    There are 2 possibilities here:
    1) Requests of specific recordings (known recording—composer/performer/date/etc
    (may need to be purchased.  If course content is based upon specific recordings/performances of pieces we obviously need to use these specific recordings. Sometimes these may need to be purchased because we can only legally digitize things that we own.
    Example: Voice major need to take foreign language diction classes where they study the pronunciation of words and syllables. The professors usually choose specific performances of native speakers singing a language for students to study.
    2) If pieces have been requested without a specific recording we must chose an appropriate recording from what is available (preferably something that's already digital - so we can just link to it).
    Where are they located?
    Audio Files available for listening by UWM students and faculty are located either

    For audio files to be accessed through e-reserve, their location must be included on the HTML doc
    See: Writing Source Code, Adding Links to the web page
    Off-site: Our subscribed audio databases provide "static urls"* to recordings that we can copy and paste to our course web pages.

  • On-site Library owned recordings need to be digitized and placed online.
    See: Digitizes materials from the Music Library
    See: Upload files to the Madison Server

    For those who are interested:
    * URL: Uniform Resource Locator

    • dynamic URL: page content generated as a result of a search query
    • static URL: page content is coded in HTML—it retains the same content and layout unless the HTML code is changed.

    Once an file has been located, its location must be indicated on the xml sheet associated with the play list on the HTML doc
    (see: Making play lists from Madison server mp3s)
    Audio from other sites:
    Middle/high school Band and Orchestra Music (these are places directors order their music from often include audio clips and .pdfs of a few pages of the score):

  • is used as a last resort.
    NOTE: Realistically, the vast majority of youtube videos were not uploaded by the content owners and therefore most of what's there is there illegally. There is however a copyright grey area here. Up-loaders must agree to a terms of service agreement that states they will only up load things that they have the rights to. Therefore the legal issue lies with the "uploader" not the "watcher." So, linking to a video (even an illegally uploaded video) is not illegal. The only problem is these files could vanish on a moment's notice. Linking to is seen as a LAST RESORT. As in, we do this only if we can't find what where looking for anywhere else.

    Obtaining static URLs for off-site audio files:

  • Naxos
  • CML
  • Madison Server


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