The corpse of music libraries is still twitching...

Given the virtualisation of music and the profound shift caused by changes in the way music is created, distributed, and listened to, music libraries are facing a dilemma: how to keep the lending library model relevant without abandoning the basis of their collections, while moving towards the multi-media music library of the future. Promoting holdings through cultural mediation and events, digitising historical sound recordings, offering opportunities to listen online, music blogs, and social networking are just some of the initiatives that reflect a real motivation to experiment with innovative solutions.