Advocacy

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Terms of reference
The remit of the Advocacy Committee is to be proactive in promoting and speaking for the importance of music libraries, archives and documentation centres. Its purpose is to ensure that IAML is a responsive and effective advocate, not only for its members and their institutions, but also for other national and international organisations that share its values. The Committee works to ensure examples of good practice  are widely promoted and helps to raise awareness of the value of music libraries for society. It represents a wide range of geographical areas and types of institution, and actively engages with the wider IAML membership. Advocacy has different needs in different countries. Working with national branches and national representatives is essential, as is aiming to provide internationally relevant documentation and support. The Committee comprises between 8 and 12 members and is supported by a wide network of national advocacy liaison contacts. It also works closely with the Membership and Outreach Committees.

The committee’s aims include:

  1. to create and maintain a repository of documentation that supports the role played by the organisations for which it speaks in their promotion of the importance of music in our shared cultural heritage
  2. to encourage and promote the creation and publication of such documentation by influential organisations and individuals from a wide range of professional contexts, including members of IAML and those who use their collections
  3. to disseminate relevant documentation within IAML and its membership, and to those academic, governmental or other bodies capable of influencing the continued viability of music libraries, archives and documentation centres
  4. to offer support and assistance to those institutions whose music collections and music library services are at risk. In such instances the committee will undertake the responsibility to respond with due alacrity

The committee will report its activities to the Board before each Board meeting and will ensure that IAML members are regularly informed and consulted as appropriate.

The committee is supported by a network of advocacy liaison contacts:
Austria: Stefan Engl
Australia: Anna Shelmerdine
Brazil: Beatriz Magalhães Castro
Canada: Jan Guise
Estonia: Ilvi Rauna
Greece: Aris Bazmadelis
Italy: Tiziana Grande
Mexico: Yael Bitrán Goren
The Netherlands: Jantien Dubbeldam
Poland: Hanah Bias
Russia: 
Алла Алексеевна Семенюк (Alla Semenyuk)
Slovakia: 
Anna Žilková
United Kingdom and Ireland: Adam Taylor
United States of America: Linda Fairtile

We welcome expressions of interest of countries not yet represented to join our liaison network. Please contact us for more information or to send additional examples of good practice. 

Officers: 

Anna Pensaert Chair (UK)
Hyun Kyung Chae (South Korea)
Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi (Italy)
Anne Le Lay (France)
Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie (USA)
Beatriz Magalhães Castro (Brazil)
Radmila Milinković (Serbia)
Lelland Reed (Canada)
Darwin F. Scott (USA)
Geoff Thomason (UK)
Sebastian Wilke (Qatar)

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