Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Website Guidelines Subcommittee

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Website Guidelines Subcommittee

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The sub-committee discussed first who should have passwords to add and edit material on the IAML website. It was suggested that there should be a hierarchy of access, with the webmaster having complete access, followed by an editor, then officers responsible for their branch or commission pages. Members would be able to access, and possibly add text to, a members' area, and there could be an open forum area for non-IAML members. It was thought that only technically confident officers should have access rights, now that it is possible to add material directly to the site.

The issues of legal responsibility and copyright were raised. It is apparently not enough to use disclaimers: 'we do not take responsibility for contributions to these pages'. We can warn contributors and site editors in strong terms in guidelines that everything should be checked for copyright clearance. We can put at the foot of each page a plea that any reader who detects something on the site that could be breaking copyright law, breaching the law in any other way, and exposing the IAML website to legal challenge, should report this to the webmaster.

The use was discussed of a members' area, or even a public area for those who have questions for music librarians. An FAQ (Frequently asked questions) area, and the archiving of the IAML list-serv were suggested as solutions to the loss of useful information in an email list, and the repetition of questions in a web forum.

The committee gave thought to the content of the site, and whether advertising should be allowed, or whether the publications committee should devise a list of what should not be put on the site. It was thought to be better to recommend what should be put on the site.

Following a discussion of whether conference papers should appear on web pages, it was thought more appropriate that abstracts, and titles of papers with authors should be available, with the paper in some cases. …

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