The generous gift by Wes Fisher of his music score collection was a welcome addition to the collection of The Yocum Library of Reading Area Community College. Its size and format presented some challenges in organizing and accessing the collection.
The library staff first worked on preserving the collection by removing foreign materials which were threatening to damage the items (rusting paper clips, melting rubber bands, etc.) and transferring the scores to archival folders. The Foundation for Reading Area Community College helped to fund the purchase of many cabinets to store these music folders. The College then had the collection inventoried and appraised. At this point, the only access to the collection was by using Wes Fisher’s original numbering system and his notebooks.
A grant application was submitted to the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries to fund the cataloging of the Wes Fisher Music Score Collection. In 2002 the College was notified that the project would be funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. With this grant, the bulk of the collection was cataloged and included in the catalog of The Yocum Library, which is a catalog shared by many of the libraries in Berks County, including the Berks County public libraries and Alvernia College. In addition, information about the collection was included on the web site of the College.
Project staff members included Jose-Alby Fabiani, James Corbit, Bridget Heckman Swoyer, Mary Ellen G. Heckman, Patricia Nouhra, Ryan Sittler, Kim R. Stahler, and Lori Zonca. Linda Lawrence, The Yocum Library’s Technical Services Librarian, provided invaluable cataloging training and assistance for the project. The College’s Web site staff, David Richards and Ronald Kelly, and project staff member, Jose-Alby Fabiani, collaborated to create the project’s web site.