I recently had the big pleasure to co-organize and present on the webinar “Five Perspectives on Music Librarianship” which was hosted by IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) in collaboration with IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, Documentation Centres. Having strong ties to both groups made this a truly special occasion for me.
Geared towards non-music librarians, the webinar offers five different angles on music librarianship that might serve as a starting-point for anybody interested to learn more about this field of our profession. At the same time, it serves as an introduction to IAML and its international community. Here is the full recording along with the list of speakers and direct links to each of their presentations:
- An Introduction to IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (Anders Cato, IAML Secretary General, Pia Shekhter, IAML President-Elect)
- Local music collections in libraries (public, community, and academic): the Canadian context (Carolyn Doi, University of Saskatchewan, Sean Luyk, University of Alberta, Canada)
- Can I listen to that online? Providing access to AV collections (Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services, Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University, USA)
- Innovative music services in a public library setting: Three examples from Qatar National Library (Sebastian Wilke, Head of Central Music Library, Frankfurt Public Library, Germany)
- The 4 R-projects of international music research (Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Executive Director, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
As mentioned in the recording, this webinar is only the first of several music related activities that NPSIG is undertaking. The group is also calling for contributions to the NPSIG Music Context 2021 that will be included in a session about music in libraries at the World Library And Information Congress in Rotterdam next year.