The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC LIBRARIES ARCHIVES AND DOCUMENTATION CENTRES currently has about 2,000 individual and institutional members in some 45 countries throughout the world. Founded in 1951 to promote international cooperation and to support the interests of the profession, IAML is a respected member of the international library and music communities. It has national branches in 22 countries, five professional branches, four subject commissions and various working groups, and is responsible for several large-scale documentation projects.
IAML draws most of its membership from Europe and North America. It is also well represented in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, less well so in other parts of Asia, in Latin America and Africa. Extending its coverage to these parts of the world is an important goal for the Association.
The membership comprises major music collections, music and audio-visual librarians, music archivists and documentation specialists, musicologists, music publishers and dealers. Membership is open to any person or institution interested in the work of the Association. English, French and German are the official languages.
IAML is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and the International Music Council (IMC), a UNESCO non-governmental organization. It maintains close ties with the International Association of Sound Archives (IASA) and the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC).
Through two Project Groups on the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), IAML has collaborated with IFLA on the revisions of the ISBDs for Non-Book Materials (NBM) and Printed Music (PM). IAML has also worked with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on the development of the International Standard Music Number (ISMN).