The Branch is very active in promoting the valuable services offered by music libraries. It ensures that music libraries and music librarians are not overlooked in important discussions within the profession and among other relevant bodies. It takes an active role in shaping the future of music libraries and in recent years it has played a key role in developing a Music Library & Information Plan for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
We organize training courses on subjects of particular concern to music librarians, an annual meeting for public and academic librarians, as well as a short conference styled as the Annual Study Weekend. These occasions all enable members to establish and maintain contacts across the profession and to share views.
The Branch’s publications and communications include the journal Brio, published twice yearly, a regular blog to keep members informed about items of interest and a Twitter account.
The business of the Branch is carried forward by the Executive Committee and the Finance & Executive Committee. Four outward-facing committees: Communications, Documentation, Events & Training, and Trade & Copyright engage with the the concerns of the profession.
The Branch constitution can be seen here.