RISM at the IAML 2019 Congress (Kraków, Poland)

The annual congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres took place from 14-19 July 2019 at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

RISM was involved in the following sessions:

Tuesday, 16 July

  • 11.00–12.30
    RISM Workshop 1: Muscat basics
    In this workshop RISM’s specially developed program for documenting musical sources, called Muscat, will be demonstrated. Muscat is a web-based, platform-independent, and open-source program that is available free of charge. This workshop will focus on basic Muscat editing skills for librarians and how to cataloging music manuscripts in Muscat. RISM encourages librarians to include music manuscripts from any time period up to the present, printed materials until ca. 1900, as well as libretti and treatises.

  • 14.00–15.30
    RISM Workshop 2: Continuation
    This course will continue the skills learned in the morning’s RISM Workshop 1. We will practice cataloging manuscript collections and go into some of the details of cataloging printed music.
    Basic knowledge of Muscat is required, either from the morning session or participation in a previous Muscat workshop.

Thursday, 18 July

  • 9.00–10.30 RISM Open Session
    Chair: Klaus Keil (RISM Zentralredaktion, Frankfurt am Main)
    • Klaus Keil
      RISM news
    • Rodolfo Zitellini (RISM Switzerland)
      Muscat developments, collaborations and perspectives
    • Sonia Wronkowska (National Library of Poland, Warsaw)
      RISM à la polonaise
    • Christina Şuteu (‘Gheorghe Dima’ Music Academy, Cluj‐Napoca)
      RISM as a research portal for musicology in Romania
  • 11.00-12.30
    Advisory Council (open)
    Chair: Sonia Wronkowska (National Library of Poland, Warsaw)

Friday, 19 July

  • Using the RISM database(s)
    Presented by the Forum of Sections
    Chair: Jennifer Ward (RISM Zentralredaktion, Frankfurt am Main)
    • André Guerra Cotta (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and Silvia Sequeira (Biblioteca Nacional de Portuga, Lisbon)
      Considerations on the RISM Guidelines and their translation into Portuguese
    • Adriana Grešová (Comenius University in Bratislava)
      Early music in the context of the digital age: uncovering David Thusius via the RISM database
    • Aris Bazmadelis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Arsinoi Ioannidou (RISM Greece, Athens) and Maria Aslanidi (Ionian University)
      The Greek RISM Working Group and authority metadata for music‐related Hellenic holding agencies
  • 11.00–12.30
    Commission Mixte (closed)
    Chair: Richard Chesser (British Library, London)


Series A/I; series B, volume VIII, parts 1 and 2; series C
Series B (except for volume VIII, parts 1 and 2)
Series A/II CD-ROM (1995-2008)
Series A/II subscription database (2002-2006)
Series A/II subscription database (2006-present)
Congress report (2010)