Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Netherlands/Nederland

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Netherlands/Nederland

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In all sectors of Dutch cultural life, dealing with the consequences of the drastic budget cuts decided upon by the government remained a central issue. As Willem Rodenhuis reported last year, several important music library and documentation institutions have ceased to exist or will cease to exist in the near future. In addition to his information about the Muziek Centrum Nederland collection being housed in the library of the University of Amsterdam, it can now be reported that an initiative was taken to create a National Music Library, in which the collections of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut and the Music Library of the Public Broadcasting Corporations might be brought together. http://www.informatieprofessional.nl /nieuws/9772.html. Whether this initiative will materialize is still unclear. In view of the richness of the archival and musical collections of both institutions, it is very important that a solution for these collections be found.

Still, there is also some positive news. The efforts of the NVMB Board to mobilize consciousness about the ongoing loss of printed music collections led to a first result. Beginning 1 January 2013, the Royal Library now actively approaches Dutch music publishers to provide a copy of each new publication for its National Deposit collection. Until then, the Music Library of the Public Broadcasting Corporations and Muziek Centrum Nederland took care of this jointly. Since The Netherlands do not have a legal deposit obligation, actively approaching publishers is essential. http://www.kb.nl /nieuws/nieuwsarchief-2013/bladmuziek-opgenomen-in-depot-van-nederlandse-publicaties

Two NVMB Study Days were held, on 30 October 2012 and 23 April 2013 respectively, both attended by some forty persons. The October 2012 Study Day, held in the Public Library of Veenendaal, was devoted to the theme What Remains of Our Public Role? Libraries, including music libraries, no longer hold the monopoly on information r and must find new ways to remain attractive. Several options were discussed, such as facilitating networks of all kinds (for instance, cultural heritage enthusiasts in need of a meeting place and of good information) and cooperating with other institutions. During this first meeting, Els van Swol, the long standing NVMB Secretary, resigned as a consequence of the fact that her organization, Muziek Centrum Nederland, had ceased to exist. …

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