The work of the Association is accomplished through a network of Institutional Sections, Subject Sections, Committees and special Project Groups.
Institutional Sections bring together members working in the same professional field or type of institution and meet as open forums to discuss common concerns and to exchange views and information.
At present there are five such sections:
- Archives and Music Documentation Centres
- Broadcasting and Orchestra Libraries
- Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions
- Public Libraries
- Research Libraries
Subject Sections deal with types of library activity and focus on new developments within their sphere of interest in different countries, give sessions on selected aspects of their work and initiate new projects.
There are now Subject Sections for:
Study Groups may be created under the auspices of a section to address narrowly defined issues of ongoing importance.
IAML currently has the following Study Groups (chairs appointed by the Board):
- Access to Performance Ephemera (formerly Indexing of Music Performances)
- Project Group on RISM Series C (2019 -)
Disbanded Project Groups (called Working Groups until 2016):
- Access to Music Archives (2005 - 2017)
- Core Bibliographic Record for Music and Sound Recordings (1994 - 1998)
- ISBD and Music
- Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions and Accreditation
Committees carry out specific assignments to advise the Association on administrative and legal matters, dealing with questions of interest to the whole Association.
IAML currently has the following Committees:
- Ad Hoc Committee on IAML Archives