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IAML99, Wellington, New Zealand

Research Libraries Branch

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Reported by Ann Kersting-Meuleman, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt

Monday July 19, 14:15 - 15:45

The first session had the theme "Fundraising for research libraries". Susan Sommer gave a survey of various fundraising activities of the New York Public Library, espeically the research libraries of the NYPL, and gave hints for fundraising in general, based on her own experiences. Aurika Gergeležiu presented the three most important foundations which have financially supported the activities of the National Library of Estonia. She introduced a TEMPUS project, which involved Estonian and European music and art libraries, an example of successful sooperation with local and international foundations. The support has been given especially for improving information technology, bibliographic work, and training. Agostina Zecca Laterza concentrated on one project in her presentation, the restoration of the Conservatory Library of Naples, explaining the different steps, from the restoration of the building and the equipment of the Library, to cataloguing matters. Pamela Thompson talked about the history and the aims of the Music Libraries Trust in the United Kingdom, which is supported by musicians, for example, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and those in the music business. It is a valuable institution for various activities in music librarianship, and could be a model for charitable trusts for other IAML branches.

Tuesday July 20, 14:15 - 15:45

In the second session, jointly organised with the Archives and Music Documentation Centres Branch, two important institutes for the study of Aboriginal, Maori and Pacific Music were introduced. Grace Koch gave an illustrated presentation of the early sources of Aboriginal music, ethnomusicological research in Australia, and the history of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Islander Studies. Following this, Richard Moyle, senior lecturer in ethnomusicology as the University of Auckland, told us about his work as Director of the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music. He gave examples of the problems he has to deal with, ranging from historical recordings on non-superscibed tapes and digital conversion, to the move to the new premises in the fomer building of Radio New Zealand.