Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions Branch

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The first session of the Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions Branch took place on Wednesday morning during the conference week. The main speaker was Johannes Johansson, President of the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). The Association represents more than 270 institutions in 55 countries. Many equivalent institutions outside Europe are associated members. AEC and IAML are in the process of formulating a so called mutual "Memorandum of Understanding", aimed at a collaboration to promote higher education in music.

Mr. Johansson gave a presentation of AEC and its activities, with a special focus on the Bologna Process. Central issues like artistic research, learning outcomes and quality assurance were discussed. Mr. Johansson emphasized that artistic research is a new paradigm and not a subdivision of humanities. Bibliometrics have become increasingly important as quality assurance indicators, but how do we measure artistic production? This is crucial since it affects funding and it is an area where librarians can play a significant role.

The second speaker was Pia Shekhter from the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg. Her talk dealt with another important issue in connection with the Bologna Process, namely "Information Literacy". The Bologna agreement states that information literacy is one of the "generic skills" that should be included in the curriculum for all students. …