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Czech Republic


Navratilova, Jana, Fontes Artis Musicae


The Czech National Branch of IAML has 24 institutional members from the Czech and Moravian region, of whose 12 important libraries and documentary centres are also international members.

Colleagues from other libraries and music departments and also colleagues from the associated institutions regularly participate on the events administered or co-administered by the Czech National Branch.

Last plenary meeting of the Czech Branch, which took place on 21 to 22 October 2009, also included two vocational seminars and was hosted by the Municipal Library in Krnov. This moderate town is situated in the region of North Moravia and it takes pride in the important tradition of organ production. One of the related events inthe two-day programme was an excursion to the Rieger-Kloss Varhany, s.r.o., factory, specializing in the construction, fabrication, and reconstruction of organs since 1873. We heard expert commentary during the excursion in the factory, followed by a small organ concert.

During the meeting, the IAML members provided information and evaluation past year, which were supplemented also by short reports of invited guests from Slovakia. Members of some Department Commissions discussed their plans, aims, and issues, most interesting have been the contributions by members of the Commission for Cataloguing (on the project of the corporate authorities, etc.) and by members of the Commission for Public Libraries (the motion for the initiation of the changes in the present licensing agreements on the providing of the audio-visual materials in the Czech Music Libraries and on the 2006 Amendment of the Authors' Act, which has a negative effect on the providing of the printed materials to users). Jana Navratilova, chairwoman of the Czech National Branch, reported on the proceedings of the international IAML Conference in Amsterdam. Zuzana Petraskova from the National Library of Czech Republic has acquainted the participants with the proceedings and nature of the tasks performed within the international projects RISM, RILM, RIPM, and RIDIM, in which also many Czech Institutions participate, led by the National Library. In the final part of the meeting, the motion to organise a seminar on the discussion on the present strategies in the public services of the music libraries was sounded. …

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