The IAML (UK & Irl) guide to Working with music in libraries, can be downloaded. Information on working in music librarianship is also available from the Music Library Association of America (MLA).

We offer opportunities for professional and personal development of music library staff ranging from one–day training courses to the UK & Ireland Annual Study Weekend and to the annual International Congress.

Presentations can be made to Departments of Library and Information Studies and other interested organizations as part of the Branch's educational remit.

The Events page lists currently available courses, professional visits and conferences. Membership of IAML (UK & Irl) generally confers discounts on course fees. A schedule of current fees can be found here.

Courses on offer include:

  • Music for the Terrified — designed for staff working in music libraries who feel that they lack basic musical knowledge.
  • Virtuoso Skills for Music Enquiries — designed to give staff working in music libraries, or with music collections in multi–disciplinary libraries, the confidence to answer music enquiries at an advanced level, using both printed and online resources.
  • Success with Music Interlibrary Loans — designed to help public and academic music library staff to obtain, confidently and successfully, music materials via the interlibrary loan network.
  • Managing Music Collections — designed to give library staff without a background in music a foundation in the basic principles underlying the successful management of music collections.

Further information is available from the Education Officer, Geoff Thomason, Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD. Tel: 0161 907 5245, fax: 0161 273 7611.