Mari Itoh (Aichi Shukutoku University), of IAML Japan and the Japanese corresponding editor for Fontes, was recently a visiting researcher at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart and paid a visit to the WDR Notenarchiv in Cologne--the music archive of the West German Broadcasting Corporation. Here is a summary of her brief stay, followed by a summary of the visit in German by Katharina Jerusalem (WDR intern).
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.
For several years the Board has sought to collect detailed feedback about our annual congresses from all participants. At our recent mid-year meeting we discussed the results of the survey taken after the 2016 Rome congress as well as the brief summary I prepared to facilitate the analysis and interpretation of these results. Since both documents are of potential interest to the entire membership, we are now publishing them on the website of the Rome congress: there you will find all the numeric results (also in the form of diagrams) as well as the abovementioned summary. (Note that the latter in part also relies on the comments made by the participants, some of which are too subjective or personal to be published here.)
Out of all the amazing resources I learned about at MLA 2017, the people themselves proved to be the finest resource of them all.
This was the first-ever joint conference of IAML, ICTM, and IMS, and we were hosted by Ginny Danielson (head of NYU Abu Dhabi’s library and previously the head of Harvard University’s music library) and her colleagues. NYU Abu Dhabi Institute sponsored the event, which was limited to 30-35 participants due to various resource constraints. Given this limit, the three societies decided to invite 7 to 8 participants each and then encourage as much regional participation as possible. IAML has few members indeed from this part of the world and has not yet connected the way we would like to in this region, so especially with this in mind, the conference was an important event for our Association. And what an event it was!