Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Tuesday 20 June and Thursday 22 June National Library of Latvia, Riga

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Tuesday 20 June and Thursday 22 June National Library of Latvia, Riga

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1. Welcome and Apologies

The President, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, welcomed everybody to the meeting. A special warm welcome was given to the many first-time attendees, who were asked to stand.

There were no apologies.

2. Matters arising from the minutes of the 2016 General Assembly in Rome

There were no matters arising from the minutes of the 2016 General Assembly in Rome. The minutes were approved unanimously.

3. President's report

The President presented the following report:

"IAML had a busy year this year, including conducting a conference survey, creating a new brochure, drafting terms of reference for all IAML groups, organising the annual congress, establishing work spaces for IAML groups to use on the website, updating the membership database, publishing all planned issues of Fontes, and updating the IAML chronology on the website, not to mention all the activities going on within IAML's many groups.

Worldwide outreach and inclusion has been a high priority for the Board during the current term, and we've had some success, with the new IAML national branch in South Korea, Brazil--and now Greece--as examples. Two conferences took place this year that accord with this priority: The first-ever Pan-American Regional IAML Conference, hosted by the Music Library Association (MLA) and the Canadian Association of Music Libraries (CAML)--the U.S. and Canadian national IAML branches--was held in Orlando, Florida, in February. The conference aimed to bring together music librarians, archivists, and documentation specialists from all of the Americas, encouraging especially the participation of Latin American colleagues. MLA, in part with outreach funds left over from the joint IAML-IMS congress in New York in 2015, was able to invite and support colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. IAML hosted two events during the conference: Latin America Forum: Improving Access to Music Resources through Cooperation, during which colleagues from five Latin American countries reported on the music collections in their institutions and more broadly in their countries, describing the successes they have achieved and the challenges they face. The second event was called Music Librarianship, Preservation, and Documentation Worldwide: The IAML Board Presents, in which each IAML Board member talked about IAML, its mission, its many activities, and how to become involved. The other conference was Music as Cultural Heritage: Problems of Historiography, Ethnography, Ethics and Preservation, held in March on the campus of NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. This was the first-ever joint conference of IAML, ICTM, and IMS. IAML has few members from this part of the world and a central goal was to connect with colleagues from this region. Stanislaw gave a presentation about IAML, its past, present, and hopes for the future. Other IAML colleagues discussed preservation projects focused on music manuscripts and sound archives, documentation projects and global coverage, the musical heritage of the USA, and digitisation projects. All three organising societies found the conference so valuable for connecting with colleagues in that region that we hope to organise another such event in the Middle East in the next couple of years.

The final paper of the conference, given by Zdravko Blazekovic, issued a challenge to all three societies to be far more public and visible in our work, commitments, and statements. Other international societies make statements in and are quoted by the press, but that rarely, if ever, happens for IAML, ICTM, or IMS. Among the questions the paper posed were these: Why aren't we involved when the bombing of a city destroys music libraries and archives? Why don't we issue press releases to protest this destruction, and work to understand what may have been lost? Why don't we seek out musicians and music researchers and librarians among refugees struggling to survive and try to help them professionally in some way? …

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