RISM at the IAML 2022 Congress (Prague, Czech Republic)

The annual congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres took place from 24–29 July 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.

RISM was involved in the following sessions:

Tuesday, 26 July

Two-part workshop on Muscat, RISM’s cataloging program for documenting musical sources. Muscat is a web-based, platform-independent, and open-source program that is available free of charge. By the end of the workshops, participants will be equipped to begin their own RISM cataloging projects at their institutions. Space is limited. Please register by sending an e-mail to contact@rism.info.

  • 11.00–12.30
    RISM Workshop 1: Muscat basics
    The first part of the Muscat 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 and printed music 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.

Friday, 29 July

  • 9.00–10.30 RISM Open Session
    Chair: Balázs Mikusi (RISM Editorial Center, Frankfurt am Main)
    • Balázs Mikusi (RISM Editorial Center, Frankfurt am Main): Three years of RISM
    • Jürgen Diet and Bernhard Lutz (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich): The RISM Catalog: latest developments and future perspectives
      Slides (PDF)
    • Andrew Hankinson and Laurent Pugin (RISM Digital Center, Bern): Inaugurating RISM Online: a new gateway to RISM Data
  • 11.00-12.30
    Commission Mixte (closed)
    Chair: Richard Chesser (British Library, London)

  • 14:00-15.00
    RISM Coordinating Committee (closed)
    Chair: Sonia Wronkowska (National Library of Poland, Warsaw)

Saturday, 30 July


The RISM Editorial Center is hosting a RISM Day on Saturday, 30 July 2022, directly following the IAML Congress, at the National Library in Prague. RISM Day is open to anyone, whether registered for the IAML Congress or not. There is no registration fee for RISM Day but space is limited. All those interested should register in advance for the RISM Day by sending a message to contact@rism.info.

Moderation: Balázs Mikusi

  • 9:00
    • Opening address (Klaus Pietschmann)
    • Describing sources internationally – experiences from 30 years (Klaus Keil)
    • An overview of the activities of the Czech working group and its publication series of thematic catalogues (Zuzana Petrášková and Eliška Šedivá)
      Slides (PDF)
    • Report from the Project Group on RISM Series C (Aris Bazmadelis)
      Slides (PDF)
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00
    • Cataloging printed editions for RISM – an overview (Jennifer Ward)
      Slides and notes (PDF)
    • [s. d.], or some thoughts on the challenges of dating printed editions (Martin Bierwisch)
  • 12:00 Lunch buffet (provided for all participants)
  • 13:00
    • Latest news about the RISM OPAC (Jürgen Diet and Bernhard Lutz)
    • RISM Online – presentation & open discussion (Andrew Hankinson and Laurent Pugin)
  • 14:30
    • RISM’s new incipit project (Balázs Mikusi and Laurent Pugin)
    • Muscat Coffee Hour “Live” (Jennifer Ward and Rodolfo Zitellini)
  • 15:30 Farewell


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)