Music brings people together, and IAML membership supports our aim to make music internationally accessible through acquisition and lending, preservation and digitization, cataloguing and bibliography, and documentation and research. Moreover, most music librarians and archivists serve as educators, opening up the vast world of information and repertoire during their daily interactions with students, faculty members, researchers, musicians, and the general public.We work internationally on multiple fronts to promote and protect musical heritage among diverse cultures, because the importance of music in the lives of the world's peoples is something we truly cherish.
We are deeply sad to inform you that our esteemed colleague Harald Heckmann passed away on Sunday, 5 November 2023, after a serious illness.
IAML Hungary held its autumn meeting on 11 October 2023 in Budapest, at the House of Music, Hungary. The professional day provided the framework for the celebration of the association’s belated 50th anniversary.
I had been eagerly looking forward to Congress since being invited to join to Organising Committee as a kind of voice for public libraries. Early in the Committee’s life I became a member of the Social Committee under the capable leadership of John Wagstaff. Although I cannot claim much of a part in setting up the social events programme, I was pleased to be able to assist in their running, once Congress got underway.