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RISM for Libraries

RISM has a long tradition of working with libraries. We would like to strengthen our ties by offering the following services.

Reference & Instruction

Brochures: We will gladly send you copies of our brochure outlining the RISM project at no charge. It is available in English with translations in Chinese, German, Russian, and Spanish. For more information, see Publications.

Guides to the RISM online catalog: We have created some guides to the online catalog about various topics. They are linked on opac.rism.info's Help page.

Also look at past IAML congresses for slides relating to using RISM (also on the IAML website).

Live demonstrations: A member of the RISM Zentralredaktion (Central Editorial Office) can conduct a free, web-based demonstration on several topics related to RISM, in English or German. This is an ideal way for librarians, faculty, or students to become acquainted with RISM and learn how to use RISM's publications for research. Contact us to schedule a demonstration. Possible topics include:

  • An overview of the RISM project
  • Tutorial of the RISM online catalog (manuscripts and printed music)
  • Introduction to Muscat, RISM's cataloging program, and how libraries can participate in RISM

Logos: Logos are available below for download or for direct copying and pasting onto your library's website. Right-click on the image to either copy it or save it as a local file.

Poster: Here is a RISM poster (PDF) that you can print out and hang up at your library.

Reviews of RISM: RISM's publications have been reviewed in the scholarly literature. See the RISM bibliography for exact citations.

Text for your website: Descriptions of RISM publications are available on the RISM website under Publications. You are free to use the text there for your own library websites.



Using RISM Data

The RISM data in the online catalog may be used and reused in a variety of projects. We offer our data as open data and linked open data, through SRU servers, in MARC21 and MARC XML format, and through GND BEACON files. You can also transfer your data to the RISM database, use the data to create a custom display, or create a PDF catalog suitable for publication. Please see our Data Services page for more information.




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