Programme (PDF)


About IAML

About IASA


Invitation (PDF)



Joint IAML and IASA congress in OSLO, NORWAY
August 8. - 13. 2004 - "Music and multimedia"

The Norwegian IAML Branch (NMBF, Norsk  musikkbibliotekforening) have great pleasure in welcoming you to Oslo for the 2004 joint IAML and IASA Congress. The last time we met for a joint Conference was in Perugia, Italy, in 1996.



The Congress will be held at the campus of the University of Oslo, Blindern.


National Library of  Norway, Oslo Division
National Music Collection
P.O.Box 2674 Solli
NO-0203 Oslo

Tel. 47 23 27 60 55 - Fax 47 23 27 60 49

Organizing committee

The Organizing Committee comprises members from both IAML and IASA.

Jaqueline von Arb, Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound
Frode Bakken, Norwegian Library Association
Inger Johanne Christiansen, Norwegian IAML Branch
Tone Elofsson, Norwegian Academy of Music
Tedd Urnes, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
Kari Jacobsen, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
Arne Nordheim, composer, honorary member
Jon G. Olsen, The Council for Music Organisations in Norway
Anne-Sofie Rabe Bøe, Bærum Public Library
Magne Seland, National Library of Norway
Hans-Hinrich Thedens, University of Oslo



The International Association for Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) currently has about 2,000 individual and institutional members in some 45 countries throughout the world. Founded in 1951 to promote international cooperation and to support the interests of the profession, IAML is a respected member of the international library and music communities.

IAML draws most of its membership from Europe and North America. It is also well represented in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, less well so in other parts of Asia, in Latin America and Africa. Extending its coverage to these parts of the world is an important goal for the Association.

The membership comprises major music collections, music and audio-visual librarians, music archivists and documentation specialists, musicologists, music publishers and dealers. Membership is open to any person or institution interested in the work of the Association. English, French and German are the official languages.

IAML is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and the International Music Council (IMC), a UNESCO non-governmental organization. It maintains close ties with the International Association of Sound Archives (IASA) and the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC).

IAML's principal aims

  • to encourage and promote the activities of music libraries, archives and documentation centres and to strengthen cooperation among institutions and individuals working in these fields
  • to promote a better understanding of the cultural importance of music libraries, archives and documentation centres nationally and internationally
  • to support and facilitate the realization of projects in music bibliography, music documentation and music library and information science at national and international levels
  • to promote the availability of all publications and documents relating to music, including international exchange and lending
  • to support the development of international and national standards for cataloguing, preservation and availability of music materials
  • to promote professional education and training
  • to further the bibliographic control of music collections of all kinds
  • to support the protection and preservation of musical documents of all periods
  • to cooperate with other international organizations in IAML's fields of interest
  • to bring together interested people at its annual meetings



The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) is a non-governmental organisation affiliated to UNESCO. It was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international cooperation between archives which preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. The Association is actively involved in all subjects relating to the professional work of soundarchives and archivists including acquisition, documentation, copyright, access, distribution, preservation, and the technical aspects of recording and playback.

Membership of the Association is open to all categories of archives and other institutions which preserve sound and audiovisual recordings, and to organisations and individuals having a serious interest in the purposes or welfare of IASA. The Association includes members representing archives of music, history, literature, drama and folklife recordings; radio and television sound archives; collections of oral history, natural history, bio-acoustic and medical sounds; recorded linguistic and dialect studies.

IASA holds an annual conference which includes a General Assembly to report the business of the Association to the members, working sessions for IASA committees, and sessions on topics of general interest.

The Association has over 350 members, individual and institutional in more than 46 countries. Members in the Nordic countries have a network called IASA Nordic Branch:

Every three years the IASA membership elects an Executive Board, which oversees the business of the organisation. Various committees, sections and task forces are responsible for developing the work of IASA and these serve as important fora for information and discussion and deal with specific areas of interest:

  • The National Archives Section is where members meet to consider issues facing national archives, e.g. acquisition policies, legal deposit, the management of large collections.
  • The Radio Sound Archives Section handles the special responsibilities of audiovisual archives in broadcasting companies.
  • The Research Archives Section concerns itself with special issues issues relating to audiovisual archives whose holdings include collections of recordings originally made for research purposes.
  • The Cataloguing and Documentation Committee concerns itself with standards and rules as well as with systems, automated or manual, for the documentation and cataloguing of audiovisual media.
  • The Discography Committee deals with standards and recommended practice concerning collections of published recordings.
  • The Technical Committee devotes itself to all technical aspects of recording, storage and reproduction, including new recording, transfer and storage technologies.



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