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Conference summary of the sixteenth National Conference of Music Librarians.

Conference summary of the sixteenth National Conference of Music Librarians "Musical Treasures of Libraries--Provenance, Problems, Promotion" and the seventh National Conference of Sound Libraries "Archiving--Rescue for Phonographic Monuments", Wroclaw, 20-22 November 2017.

A three-day programme at the sixteenth National Conference of Music Librarians, entitled "Musical Treasures of Libraries--Provenance, Problems, Promotion" and the seventh National Conference of Sound Libraries, entitled "Archiving--Rescue for Phonographic Monuments" was rich in presentations, discussions, and interactive dialogues. Held at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw on 20-22 November 2017, the conference was organized by the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music Library in Wroclaw, Section of Music Libraries of the Polish Librarians Association-Polish National Group of IAML, and Section of Sound Libraries of the Polish Librarians Association.

Fifty-six participants from thirty-six institutions attended, including the National Library of Poland, music academy and university libraries, music departments of university and public libraries, musicological libraries, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the Institute of Music and Dance, the National Film Archive-Audiovisual Institute, the Polish Radio Archive, the Polish Television Archive, the Polish Academy of Sciences Library in Gdansk, the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Leon Wyczolkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz. Among the participants were music librarians, musicologists, researchers of music and phonographic sources, as well as specialists in the field of archival recordings.

The conference program included thematic sessions devoted to specific issues by each Section. The sessions of the Music Library Section contained eleven papers and two reports. Papers commenting on selected music archives and composer legacies addressed the issue of provenance. A collection of theatre and film music held at the University of Warsaw Library, in the Archives of Polish Composers, and a collection of photographs from the Archives of Silesian Music Culture of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Library in Katowice was the basis of the issue of the elaboration of the collections. Another discussion addressed the promotion of music collections by presenting them in an attractive and modern way. One of the introduced papers was about library practices for musicology students and the importance of these activities to promote a positive image of music librarians and to attract young members to our profession. It is worth mentioning that the conference was attended by the daughters of Polish composers Wlodzimierz Ormicki and Feliks Rybicki, whose legacies were presented.

The theme of the Sound Libraries Section refers to the primary goal of the Section, which is to launch a program for the preservation of historical recordings. Speakers representing eleven institutions presented six papers and seven reports.

A choir comprised of conference participants performed a song composed especially for this occasion by Wroclaw composer, Tomasz Kulikowski to a text of Anna Kata, a colleague from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music Library in Wroclaw. The exhibition "Karol Lipinski--Violin Composer and Virtuoso, Patron of the Music Academy in Wroclaw" accompanied the conference.

The Wroclaw conference was an opportunity to summarise the work of both Sections from 2013 to 2017. During the meeting, the Sections reported on their activities and presented plans for the future. New Board members for 2017-2021 were elected.

The joint conferences of both Sections, held every four years, has become a tradition and an important platform for exchanging ideas and experiences among music librarians. It serves as a response to our need to integrate and to maintain direct contact with those associated with music collections.

A detailed conference programme and a photo gallery can be found on the Web site of the Polish National Branch of IAM at, and a report of the conference is available on the Branch's Facebook page, Newly-elected Board members of IAML Polska are found at /national-branches/poland-polska.
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Date:Jan 1, 2018
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