Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Sweden 2008

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Sweden 2008

Article excerpt

The Swedish national branch had 81 individual and 42 institutional members last year. Members can now communicate with each other in four ways: via a discussion list, a journal, a website and a blog. Between July 2007 and March 2008 the number of visitors of the blog amounted to 2,500!

Many of our members took part in the second Baltic-Nordic Library Meeting, some of them as speakers, in Helsinki in August 2007. The theme of the conference was Music-Politics-Libraries.

The Swedish Branch board aims to offer its members a study day twice a year. In gloomy November we met at the Royal Opera in Stockholm to learn more about this art form and about life as a librarian in such an institution. The chief dramaturge also gave a fascinating presentation of his work. Finally we were given a guided tour and a performance of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

Our annual meeting in March 2008 was devoted to celebrating Anders Lonn, who had recently turned 65. The symposium took place in Uppsala and many of Anders' friends and colleagues took the opportunity to express their appreciation of his enormous contributions both nationally and internationally. One of the aims of the day was to introduce our younger members to the older generation of Swedish musicologists and music librarians. Pamela Thompson, chief librarian of the Royal College of Music in London, gave an exhaustive summary of Anders' achievements within IAML. In addition she also talked so enthusiastically about IAML itself that I think we need not fear for the continued growth of our organization. Young Swedish music librarians are ready to take over!

The following day two invited speakers were talking about different types of formats on the web and the so-called "Web 2. …

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