The Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound (NIRS) continues its tradition with its Musical Advent Calendar with more old, old… ooold recordings!
The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres encourages and promotes the activities of music libraries, archives and documentation centres to support and facilitate the realization of projects in music bibliography, music documentation and music library and information science at national and international levels.
The University of Michigan Library has completed digitization of its Women Composers Collection, which contains approximately 2800 musical works by women composers. With the exception of several dozen 18th-century works, the music is almost evenly divided between the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains music in a variety of genres; songs and solo piano music predominate, but choral, orchestral, dramatic, and chamber music are also represented. Approximately 80% of the works are in the public domain and thus are available in full text.
Applications are invited for the Albi Rosenthal Fellowship for research into music-related topics, the main focus of which should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian Library's Music collections.
The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) had its Annual Congress and General Assembly on 10-12 November in Gothenburg. The venue was the Academy of Music and Drama, where I work. I took the opportunity to present IAML and the "enhanced role music librarians play at a conservatoire today" at the Information Forum. I informed the attendees that IAML and AEC has a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at a collaboration to promote higher education in music.The Forum opened with a one-minute presentation by all participants. There were around 250 people in the audience - all of them key persons in the area of highter music education, not only in Europe but worldwide. Then followed a so-called Marketplace where each participant had a table (like a poster presentation). I used the slogan "IAML - Music Librarians of the World" invented by our esteemed colleague Pam Thompson:-)! To my great satisfaction I had many visitors who wanted to know more about IAML and how the librarian at a conservatoire can support teaching and research.