Katherine Penner reflects on her experience at the recent conference of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML). Undergraduate Services Librarian at the University of Manitoba, Katherine was the recipient of CAML’s First-Time Attendee Award for this year’s conference. She has also just become a member of the CAML Board in the role of Secretary.
Tom Harding reflects on his experience at this year’s conference of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML). A recent University of Toronto iSchool graduate, Tom served as a volunteer during the conference.
The idea for the conference was to bring together music librarians, archivists, and documentation specialists from all of the Americas, with an emphasis on the inclusion of Latin American colleagues. MLA, in part with outreach funds left over from the joint IAML-IMS congress in New York in 2015, was able to invite and support colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In recognition of the importance of this meeting to IAML, the IAML Board decided to hold its mid-year meeting during the two days leading up to the conference. This enabled all of us on the Board to participate in the event and to reach out to these colleagues from Latin America. And it was successful. All Board members actively participated in the event and got to know many new colleagues from Latin America, and we were able to let them know about IAML and to welcome and encourage their participation in our association.
One week has passed since the first Pan-American Regional IAML Meeting took place in sunny Orlando, Florida (22-26 February). It is difficult to imagine when I am back in Gothenburg with wet snow falling from a grey sky accompanied by strong winds from the sea…