Sunday, June 21, 2015

Music Research in the Digital Age


A joint congress of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) and the International Musicological Society (IMS) is underway at the Juilliard School in New York City. It lasts just short of a full week, with a packed agenda. 
“Music Research in the Digital Age” not only focuses attention on the past, present, and future of digital musicology, but also evokes a long tradition of cooperation between the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centers.

Barry S. Brook
(19181997)
On Thursday the conference commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale / International Repertory of Music Literature (RILM). RILM’s editor-in-chief, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, is the current president of IAML and director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. The session “Barry S. Brook: A Tribute” celebrates his vast legacy as founder of RILM (1965) and co-founder of RIdIM (Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale, 1971), IAML president (1977–1980), and already a pioneer in computer applications to musicology in the 1960s. Brook's work stands as a symbol of the symbiotic relationship between musicology and music librarianship that has driven the work of many scholars before and since his time. The session includes, among others, a tribute from Catherine Massip, former head of the Music Department at the Bibliothèque Nationale in France, with which the Brooks had, as she describes it, “une affinité élective.
The Barry and Claire Brook Endowment of the American Musicological Society, established by their many admirers, supports research and publication in musical iconography. 

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