Sub-commission on UNIMARC

Disbanded sub-commission.

The IAML Sub-commission on UNIMARC was founded in 2003 (Tallin) with the aim to revise the UNIMARC format tags concerning music, collaborating with national working groups and sending proposals to the Permanent UNIMARC Committee. This sub-commission was disbanded in 2016 and this work is now part of the Cataloguing and Metadata Section.

Several proposals were sent since then and some have been approved, starting from the 5th Update of the UNIMARC Manual – Bibliographic Format, 2nd ed., published in 2005. Notably, a full revision of field 128 Coded Data Field: Form of Musical Work and Key or Mode, and the creation of new fields 036 Music Incipit and 146 Coded Data Field: Medium of Performance (which will be included in the 4th edition of the UNIMARC Manual) have been completed.

For these two fields IAML has been appointed by IFLA as the maintenance agency of the codes and lists of terms.

Code Lists

Reports and Minutes of the Working Sessions

The IAML Sub-commission on UNIMARC meets once a year, within the annual IAML Conference. Reports and/or Minutes of the meetings are published in Fontes Artis Musicae and also available online, in English or French.

French reports of IAML Sub-commission on UNIMARC meetings are also available on the website of the Association Internationale des Bibliothèques, archives et centres de documentation MusicauxGroupe français.

Related UNIMARC, INTERMARC and MARC resources



Past officers: 

2004 - 2008:
Laurence Decobert, France (chair)

2003 - 2004:
Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi, Italy (chair)


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