[New date] Free Webinar IFLA/IAML: Five Perspectives On Music Librarianship

In collaboration with IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, NPSIG is hosting a free webinar.

In this webinar, experts from the field will highlight five different aspects of music librarianship. The presentations will only cover a fraction of the wide scope of music libraries, but through these varied insights we hope to provide a good starting-point for anybody interested to learn more about this fascinating field of librarianship.


Date/time:  Monday, September 29th 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST
7 am PT
9 am CT
10 am ET
(check your time zones here: https://www.timeanddate.com/)

How to participate?

You must register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XwHW-1lXScugD5nGmHRQ0Q


  • An Introduction to IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (Anders Cato, IAML Secretary General, Pia Shekhter, IAML President-Elect)
  • Local music collections in libraries (public, community, and academic): the Canadian context (Carolyn Doi, University of Saskatchewan, Sean Luyk, University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Can I listen to that online? Providing access to AV collections (Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services,  Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University, USA)
  • Innovative music services in a public library setting: Three examples from Qatar National Library (Sebastian Wilke, Head of Central Music Library, Frankfurt Public Library, Germany)
  • The 4 R-projects of international music research (Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Executive Director, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)

Ours Speakers:

Pia Shekhter 
is President-Elect of IAML – the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. She is also Chair of the Swedish National Branch of IAML. Pia Shekhter works at the Music and Drama Library at the Gothenburg University Library, serving students and faculty at the Academy of Music and Drama.



Anders Cato: works as Senior Advisor at the Unit for Literature and Libraries within the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces (Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen) in Copenhagen since 2014. The Agency belongs to the Ministry of Culture in Denmark and governs most of Danish cultural life. 
Even though he works in Denmark, he is actually Swedish, and before coming to Denmark, he tried a bit of everything in the Swedish library world, from being a music cataloguer at BTJ, a Swedish private company serving the public libraries, to being a Head of the National Bibliography at the National Library and Head of Cataloguing there for 10 years.
He has a music librarian degree and the work of the music library world has always been very close to his heart, and because of that he has always tried to stay involved in IAML, even though it has not always been my main profession.


Carolyn Doi, Associate Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
Carolyn Doi (A.V.C.M, B.Mus., MLIS) is the Music Librarian at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan. Her research is focused on special collections in music libraries, music and place, and local music collecting. Carolyn is the Primary Investigator on the SSHRC supported project Sounds of Home: Exploring Local Music Collections and Collecting Practices in Canada.



Sean Luyk (B.Mus, MA, MLIS) is a Digital Projects Librarian at the University of Alberta, and Co-Investigator on the SSHRC supported research project Sounds of Home: Exploring Local Music Collections and Collecting Practices in Canada. His research interests include local music, sound, media studies, and the digital humanities.


Jonathan Manton is Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services at the Gilmore Music Library at Yale University. In this role he oversees a wide range of Digital Services, including digitization, digital preservation and digital access initiatives. He also manages archival arrangement and description projects and practices for the library. Before joining Yale, Jonathan was Sound Archives Librarian at Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound and, before that, Technical Support Officer for the Britten Thematic Catalogue Project at the Britten-Pears Foundation in the United Kingdom. Jonathan received his MSc in Information and Library Management from the School of Computing, Engineering, and Information Sciences at the University of Northumbria, UK and MMus in Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Arts from the University of East Anglia, UK. Jonathan gained certification as a Digital Archives Specialist by the Society of American Archivists in 2017. He is the former Chair of the Emerging Technologies and Services Committee for the Music Library Association and is the current Chair of the AV Subject Section for the International Association of Music Libraries. He has published articles in both Brio (International Association of Music Libraries, UK) and Notes (Music Library Association, USA) respectively.

Sebastian Wilke is the new Head of the Central Music Library at Frankfurt Public Library in Frankfurt, Germany. From 2014 till May 2020, he worked as Senior Information Services Librarian at Qatar National Library in the Middle East where he established the library’s music collection and a range of innovative music services. He has extensive experience in international library projects and has been taking on various roles in library associations and initiatives on a national and international level. Sebastian has served as IFLA NPSIG Convenor from 2009 to 2014. He is currently an officer of the IAML Advocacy Committee and Secretary of the IAML Public Libraries Section. More information on his professional activities can be found at https://sebastianwilke.wordpress.com/


Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie is Executive Director of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), a not-for-profit organization that documents and disseminates music research worldwide, across all disciplinary, cultural, and linguistic boundaries.  She is also a Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, a scholarly facility of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is Past President the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML). A non-teaching faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, Mackenzie serves on its Executive Committee. She is a Past President of NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services), a global non-profit membership organization serving those who create, aggregate, and organize authoritative information online. Mackenzie holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan.

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