Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

New Zealand

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

New Zealand

Article excerpt

2007 was a particularly joyful year for the New Zealand branch of IAML. The main focus of the year was celebrating 25 years since the formation of the Branch and this was done in style.

We were delighted to join with many of the IAML members in the Sydney Conference, which, because of its close location to New Zealand, meant that instead of the usual one or two delegates, several members from a variety of institutions were able to attend. There were so many members of the Branch there that we were able to have a Branch Committee meeting between sessions.

Our own activities during the year included a very successful seminar held in Auckland and entitled Music at your Fingertips. This was aimed at school music teachers and was intended to show them the range of music resources available to them through libraries, and how to access this material. It was a presented by a range of members including music specialists from a public library, university library, and school library services of the National Library. The possibility of repeating the session at a different location is being investigated, and an amended version is going to be presented at the Library Association of New Zealand Conference this year. We hope in this way both to raise the profile of the Branch and also share some of our knowledge with librarians having to work with music queries but with little music background or awareness of specialist tools.

To help celebrate our anniversary we also ran an essay competition open to any New Zealand resident or citizen on some aspect of music librarianship or bibliography. Our conference was also designed to include a cross-section of the institutions and activities that make up IAML(NZ)'s core. Topics included the Community Singing movement, an upcoming book on the popular music of New Zealand in the 1920-50s, the impact of Web 2. …

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