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ISSUE NO. 9 MAY 2003


The Estonian organising committee are working very hard to arrange a wonderful conference for us all in Tallinn, July 6-11 2003. Naturally, they would like to see lots of IAML people coming to enjoy themselves, and to benefit from the excellent programme that has been arranged. For further details about the meeting, visit their web site at http://www.utlib.ee/Fonoteek/IAML2003/    and find out all you need to know. 


From Richard Griscom, Music Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Leslie Troutman died at home early this morning after a year-long struggle with cancer. A service will be held on Friday, 23 May.  Leslie spent her entire career as a music librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was appointed to the library faculty in 1986. In her position as user services coordinator, she built a national reputation for the Music Library's reference service, and she served as a mentor to dozens of music librarians who received their initial training from her at our information desk when they were students in Illinois's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She received a B.M in music history from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Illinois. She held many positions in the Music Library Association and most recently completed a term as member-at-large on the board of directors. From 1993-95, she was chair of the MLA Midwest Chapter. At Illinois, she was serving a second term on the University Library Faculty Executive Committee, and two years ago she chaired the faculty's Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee. Among her publications are articles in Notes (1994, 2000), Fontes artis musicae (1995), and Music Reference Services Quarterly (2001), as well as contributions to the American Library Association Guide to Information Access (1994) and Advances in Online Public Access Catalogs (1992). In her work at the University of Illinois Music Library, Leslie was refreshingly unpretentious and unflappable. Her sense of humor was generous and uninhibited, and the absence of her laugh echoing down the hallway outside her office is just one of the countless things we in the library have had to adjust to since she left us in late March. Those of you who knew her are well aware of these aspects of her character, but something you might not know is the seriousness with which she approached her work at the reference desk and the care she took in working with patrons. She pursued difficult reference questions to extraordinary extremes and provided a community patron looking for the sheet music to "Anything Goes" with the same service she extended to a senior member of the musicology faculty or an undergraduate theater major. Her tenacity and her egalitarianism at the desk served as a model for all of us and set the tone for our library's public service. We will remember her for her healthy positivism in the face of illness, her gratifying lack of pretension as she went about her work, her good humor, and her exemplary librarianship. These qualities are her legacy to us, and we will do our best to keep them in mind and heart as we go about our work here. We will all miss her profoundly, both personally and professionally--indeed, we already do.


"We just received the sad news that our colleague and head of the music department of the Royal Library in Brussels, Mr. Yves Lenoir,  unexpectedly passed away. He was also professor musicology at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur. Apart from his duties for library and  university Mr. Lenoir was a well known and internationally respected Bartok scholar and president of the Archives Béla Bartok in Brussels. He was also responsable for RILM and RISM in Belgium and member of  various musicological associations.  Address of condolence: Mr. and Mrs. Lenoir (his parents)/ rue  Roosendael 5, boîte 18 / 1190 Bruxelles. Contact address at the Royal  Library in Brussels: Royal Library / Music department / attn. Veronique Verspeurt / Keizerslaan 4 Bd. de l'Empereur / B-1000 Bruxelles-Brussel / 


 IAML Austria

Last year I promised to establish an Austrian IAML branch, and now we have reached our goal.  The officers of our branch are: 

President: Dr. Thomas Leibnitz (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) 
Vice-President: Bernhard Guenther (Music Information Center Austria)
Secretary: Mag. Zsigmond Kokits (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) 
Dr. Herbert Lachmayer (Da Ponte-Institut) 

Dr. Thomas Leibnitz Direktor der Musiksammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek A-1010 Wien, Augustinerstr. 1



Hugh Cobbe, until recently head of the music collections at the British Library, was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours List. We offer Hugh our congratulations.

50th anniversary for IAML (UK & Ireland)

IAML (UK & Ireland) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at an event at the British Library on July 1st with a birthday cake, a newly commissioned fanfare and the public launch of Cecilia, the UK and Ireland online guide to music collections in libraries, archives and museums (www.cecilia-uk.org), and of three new publications:

Music Librarianship in the United Kingdom (50 years of the UK branch of IAML), edited by Richard Turbet and published by Ashgate

A new library and information plan for music in the UK and Ireland compiled by Pam Thompson and Malcolm Lewis, published by IAML (UK & Irl) 

Concert Programmes in the UK and Ireland, by Rupert Ridgewell, published by the Music Libraries Trust and IAML (UK & Irl).

Pam Thompson

In conjunction with the Mozart Society of America Conference, " Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time,"  the Cornell Department of Music, the Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance and Cornell Library's Division of Rare and Manuscripts Collections have mounted an exhibit curated by three of our music graudate students, Wiebke Thormaehlen (that should be an umlaut), Augustus Arnone, and Emily Dolan, Prof. Neal Zaslaw and Lenore Coral.  This exhibit can be visited on the web at http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/mozart


Information can also be found at: www.sun.rhbnc.ac.uk/Music/Conferences/


Please send contributions and comments to the IAML Secretary General, alison_hall@carleton.ca or to any Board member. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the Carleton University Librarian, for allowing me to put the newsletter on our Library server, and to my colleagues in the Carleton University Library Systems Department and to the IAML Webmaster, Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi, for their web assistance!
Alison Hall, IAML Secretary General Editor, IAML Electronic Newsletter

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