Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Netherlands

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Netherlands

Article excerpt

The past year was the tenth in the existence of our national branch. We did not organise big festivities for this anniversary, hoping a successful IAML Conference in Amsterdam 2009 will be a better landmark.

Preparations for that Conference are becoming more and more con-crete in several fields. As a result you will receive this announcement (shown: wooden-shoe-key hanger with announcement card) after this session. It also mentions the webaddress: www.iamlconference2009.nl

There was much happening in the past year in the digital field. Within one year our printed Newsletter evolved to an electronic form, that is more pervasive in the library-organizations of our members. For the (few) members who expressed a preference for the printed version, printing on demand will remain an option. Reactions so far are positive.

Digital matters were the subject too of the seminars, organized by our Program Committee, for instance, the chances with podcasting in interactive promotion of a music department and the possibilities of FRBR (Functonal Requirements for Bibliographical Records) in cataloguing.

The Training Committee organized a new course for so-called "front office employees" in public libraries, this time on jazz; while last year's course on basic concepts in classical music was so successful, that several extra-courses have been held. Moreover, the courses in world music and pop music were repeated once again. Because of more need for music cataloguing, a course in cataloguing printed music was organized in cooperation with a library-education institution.

With some delay the so called "Pop-database" became operational. Although use started only about four months ago, this new tool indeed came out to be effective to its goal--to advise libraries of any size on forming and cleaning up their collection of pop CDs. …

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