Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions and Accreditation

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions and Accreditation

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This report includes sessions held in two conferences: in Montreal (2012) and in Wien (2013). Six people attended the working meeting held in Montreal on 23 July, representing six countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Serbia, UK, US). The agenda presented by the chair focused on the organization of the working group (method, structure, communication) within the framework of the IAML constitution (art. VII) and of the Rule of procedures (rule VII). The agenda then included the research question underpinning the aim of the WG and its goals, i.e. to identify the role of the music library and of music librarians in the accreditation process; the relationships that IAML should have with other associations involved in the topic, such as the Association Europeenne des Conservatoires (AEC). Discussion led to a first comparison among different accreditation methods: some features and organization involved in the accreditation process were described by Jane Gottlieb (US) and Claire Kidwell (UK), while Johan Eckeloo described the relationship between IAML and AEC. The compilation of an international bibliography seemed to be the best method to focus the key aspects of the issue. Proposals were discussed and deadlines were fixed for the following year.

But the plan proved to be too theoretical, therefore the following year the strategy was changed. The working meeting in Wien was cochaired by Johan Eeckeloo and Federica Riva, as an open session in which 18 colleagues participated from eleven European countries: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and the UK. Federica Riva asked participants to describe the Music Teaching Institutions accreditation system adopted in their countries, if any existed, and to evaluate the weight accorded to libraries in it. …

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