Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Hungary

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Hungary

Article excerpt

The Hungarian National Branch continues to expand. Last year, two members joined our organization: the County library of Eger and the organization's president--as an individual member. Our membership now consists of 15 members, of which 12 are institutional members.

Over the year, the Hungarian National Branch held plenary sessions, a general assembly and four board meetings discussing the following topics:

* reports on the Sydney conference,

* organizational issues: new staff members, report on public benefits,

* cooperation agreement with Music

Section of Association of Hungarian

Librarians,

* the state of the R projects,

* our outreach activity,

* participation and contribution to music events.

Some important issues in detail:

Cooperation and Website

Due to historical reasons, there are two organisations dealing with the musical librarianship in Hungary. The Music Librarians Section of the Association of Hungarian Librarians was founded in 1970 and Hungarian National Branch of IAML was established by the ministry in 1971. (Before the political and economical changes in the 1990s this was the only way for us to participate in the work of an international organisation.) To harmonize the work of the two organizations, this year the Hungarian National Branch--working on international level--and the Music Librarians Section--working on national level--made a cooperation agreement. As a part of this cooperation, we run a common website and we are organizing many programmes throughout the country.

R projects

We have made lots of efforts to contribute to the R projects, unfortunately with relatively small results. The Hungarian National Branch continues to explore opportunities to gain institutional support for reestablishing Hungarian RILM and RISM committees. We are preparing an extended negotiation with the participation of the responsible members of the ministry, the management of the National Szechenyi Library and the Musicological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the board of the Hungarian Musicological Society. …

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