product header background


RILM at AMS, Rochester, 2017

01 November 2017

You are invited to a lunch meeting with RILM, co-hosted by EBSCO, at the American Musicological Society’s annual conference in Rochester.

On Friday, 10 November, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, RILM will present, “Breaking Barriers for Music Research in the Twenty-First Century: MGG Online and RILM’s Newest Reference Resources” in Genesee F at the Radisson Hotel in Rochester, NY.

Editor-in-Chief Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie will open the meeting with a brief update on recent developments at RILM, including the coming takeover of Index to Printed Music (IPM). Following this, Editor Georg Burgstaller will present RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text, an expansion and enhancement of the unrivaled global bibliography of writings with full-text content from more than 200 key periodicals. Associate Executive Editor Tina Frühauf will then speak about RILM Music Encyclopedias, an expanding full-text compilation, now with 45 current and historical titles from 1775 to the present. This resource provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas in music. In January 2018 four more titles will be added to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community. MGG Online, the digital and continually updating version of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, is celebrating its one-year anniversary in November 2017 – an occasion for a glance back at its achievements and transformations as well as a look forward towards new objectives. In this spirit, the lunch meeting ends with a Q&A with Laurenz Lütteken, Editor-in-Chief of MGG Online. In a conversation moderated by Tina Frühauf, he will respond to questions regarding the structure and nature of a digital encyclopedia, the production and interpretation of musicological knowledge in the digital age, and the relationship between technological advances and research needs.

All interested persons are invited to this presentation. RSVP is required by Friday, 3 November, to reserve lunch and a seat. Please send an email to, including your name, institution, and “AMS”.

Barbara, Tina, and Georg, can also be found at the RILM booth (booth #302) in the Exhibit Hall.

RILM Takes Over The Index to Printed Music

10 October 2017

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale assumes ownership of the Index to Printed Music (IPM), the world’s only source for searching individual pieces of music contained in printed collections, sets, and series.

In May 2017 James Adrian Music Company (JAMC), owner of The Index to Printed Music: Collections and Series (IPM), signed an agreement transferring ownership of IPM to Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), effective 30 June 2018. IPM combines index, bibliography, series, and names databases into a highly comprehensive resource for searching and identifying individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly music editions. Currently the database includes 22,975 entries for individual volumes, an authority file with 25,889 personal names, 1133 entries for series and sets, and an index to 538,354 individual pieces of music. It provides superior access to this content for scholars, performers, teachers, and other researchers, including powerful searching capabilities for finding information on specific performing forces and repertoire. Many of the sets and series indexed in IPM are adding volumes continuously, and new editions appear on the market. Therefore, IPM grows every year to be as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. IPM is curated by a team of experts and is available on EBSCOhost and via the EBSCO Discovery Service.

IPM is a natural addition to RILM’s suite of music resources. Since 2016 RILM has been expanding its resources for music researchers beyond its flagship publication, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, adding RILM Abstracts with Full Text; RILM Music Encyclopedias; and, in partnership with Bärenreiter and J. B. Metzler, MGG Online. With the addition of IPM, RILM is entering the world of printed music. RILM’s authority lists—including names, work titles, publishers, and terms—as well as RILM’s proven database capabilities and subject expertise will contribute to the further development and enhancement of IPM.

The founder of the Index to Printed Music, Dr. George R. Hill, states: “We are pleased that with RILM’s acquisition of IPM, its continuation, properly supported by an established leader in providing databases related to music, is assured. Over the years, IPM has largely depended on a dedicated group of musicologists and librarians devoted to its survival and growth. They include Joseph M. Boonin, Garrett Bowles, Lenore Coral, Mary Wallace Davidson, Elizabeth A. Davis, Vincent Duckles, Paul Emmons, Robert A. Falck, Virginia S. Gifford, Irving Godt, Ruth B. Hilton, Barton Hudson, Richard E. Jones, Sterling Murray, Barbara A. Renton, John H. Roberts, Gordon S. Rowley, Norris L. Stephens, Susan T. Sommer, and Eric Western.”

Dr. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, the Director of RILM, adds, “IPM is an indispensable resource for anyone looking for scholarly, reliable editions of individual musical works. RILM is delighted to be able to take ownership of this resource, and to bring our experience to bear to ensure IPM’s reputation for accuracy and comprehensiveness, and to bring new digital capabilities to enhance the database and its search and discovery potential.”

James Adrian Music Company, Bergenfield, NJ, a non-profit entity, supports and guides the creation, development, and distribution of the several databases collectively known as IPM. Components of IPM include digital files for name authorities, series, bibliography of editions indexed, and, most centrally, the index to music contained in the various editions. By adhering to established standards for bibliographic scholarship, JAMC is committed to providing a reliable and useful tool for musicians and researchers throughout the world. A hallmark of IPM has been the accuracy of index data, gathered directly by an examination of the printed music itself, not from secondary sources.

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), New York, facilitates and disseminates music research worldwide. It is committed to the comprehensive and accurate representation of music scholarship in all countries and languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries. RILM’s flagship publication, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, is a comprehensive international bibliography of writings on music covering publications from the early 19th century to the present. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text includes the bibliography as well as full text articles from over 200 journals linked from the bibliographic records. RILM Music Encyclopedias is a full-text repository of over 40 seminal music encyclopedias. In partnership with the publisher Bärenreiter and J.B. Metzler, RILM publishes MGG Online, which comprises the 2nd edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart along with new and substantially updated content. RILM is a joint project of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); and the International Musicological Society (IMS). RILM is housed at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For further information, please visit

RILM at the Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung in Kassel

19 September 2017

Associate Executive Editor Tina Frühauf will be present at the Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung at Kassel University, from 26 to 30 September 2017 to give a paper, chair a session, and meet with musicologists who are interested in learning more about MGG Online.

On Thursday 28 September, at 2:00 p.m, Dr. Frühauf participates in the panel Freie Referate 7: Lokales und Globales I, in Seminarraum 5 (1118) with the paper “Musik, Mobilität und Politik: Die jüdische Gemeinde in Ost-Berlin, 1945-1989”.

On Thursday 28 September, at 4:00 p.m, Dr. Frühauf will chair the roundtable “Ein Jahr MGG Online”, in HS3 (1135). Thereafter, RILM also co-hosts a reception at the booth of the Bärenreiter-Verlags in the foyer of Kassel University’s Campus Center (Moritzstr. 18) to celebrate the impending first anniversary of MGG Online.

For further information on the program, please visit

For more information or for an appointment outside these time slots, please contact Tina Frühauf at

RILM at AIBM Deutschland in Münster

30 August 2017

On Thursday, September 7, at 1:00 pm, Jonathan Greenberg, Product Development Coordinator at RILM, will present “MGG Online, RAFT und RME: Das Neuste von RILM und Bärenreiter/Metzler” at the annual conference of AIBM Deutschland in Münster, Germany. Over the past two years, RILM has launched three new resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias, RILM Abstracts with Full Text, and MGG Online. Jonathan Greenberg will demonstrate new developments in all three products since their launch and address future plans. Laurenz Lütteken (Zurich) and Ilka Sührig (Bärenreiter) will highlight new content added to MGG Online and discuss planned updates.

RILM at III Congresso ARLAC-IMS in Santos, Brazil

28 July 2017

RILM would like to invite you to the round table “RILM, RISM, RIPM, RIdIM, Perspectives of Cooperation in Latin America” at the third ARLAC-IMS annual conference. The session takes place on Friday, August 4, from 9:30 to 12:30pm, with RILM’s Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković representing RILM.

For the full program please visit

RILM at IAML Riga, Latvia

21 June 2017

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) will be an active participant at this year’s meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML) in Riga, 18-22 June 2017.

A number of RILM staff members will be chairing sessions, giving papers, and exhibiting.

Zdravko Blažeković, RILM’s Executive Editor, will chair the session “Traditional Music” on Monday, 19 June at 4:00 p.m. He will also chair the RILM Business Meeting for National Committees on Tuesday, 20 June at 11:00 a.m.

On Thursday, June 22, at 11:00 a.m., Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, RILM’s Editor-in-Chief and current President of IAML, will chair the RILM open session and present an update of the latest happenings with RILM and its resources (among other IAML duties). Yun Fan, Editor at RILM, together with Glenn Henshaw will present “Visualizing the Knowledge Space of Music”, and Alla Semenyuk from the Russian State Library in Moscow and Yulia Stepanova from the Scientific Library of the Moscow State Conservatory will present “Literature About Music in Russia (2006–2016)”.

There will be a reception honoring RILM National Committee members and other committee members and contributors on Wednesday evening, 21 June.

Please feel free to find any of us and ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello.

Click here for the conference program.
Click here for the conference website.

Job Announcement: PDF Remediator/PDF-Editing Specialist

08 June 2017


Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, widely recognized as the world’s most comprehensive abstracted bibliography on music and related disciplines for over 50 years, now with over 940,000 records. The database is fully searchable with in-depth vocabulary-controlled indexing and abstracts, and with titles given in both the original language and English translations.

RILM is aggressively expanding its product offerings, creating several digital publishing initiatives. These initiatives focus on extracting full-text data from publications such as journals and encyclopedias, targeting topics within RILM’s domain expertise. Scanning and conversion of full-text data is done primarily by external contractors who return PDF files to RILM. These files can be imperfect and require remediation. RILM is expanding its team of PDF remediators.


Perform editing on PDF and raw image files, primarily using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat

  • Tasks will include cleaning dirty scans, erasing handwritten marks, cropping, etc., on both single and bulk files

Update spreadsheets and databases
Maintain and organize computer files


Adobe Photoshop (2+ years)
Adobe Acrobat
Google Sheets
Knowledge in music is a plus but not a requirement

The successful candidate will be comfortable engaging closely with different personalities in a small office, work equally well independently or in a team-environment, and demonstrate adaptability and innovation in their problem-solving techniques.

Hours:​ Full-time, exempt. The job will last until at least early Fall 2017 and possibly beyond. RILM’s official workweek is 35 hours.

Ability to work both in the office (Midtown Manhattan) and from home is required.

Benefits: ​For ​full-time employees employed for a minimum of 90 days,​ RILM offers an excellent benefits package that includes health insurance, dental and vision coverage, paid vacation time, 403(b) and defined contribution retirement plans, educational assistance.

Please send cover letter and CV to

Jadranka Važanová
Product Development Coordinator

Rachael Brungard
RAFT Accessions Coordinator

Luka Douridas
PDF Coordinator

RILM at the 2017 Open Day in Paris, France

15 May 2017

Content Acquisitions Director Tina Frühauf will be present at the EBSCO Information Services symposium, titled “2017 Open Day,” on 8 June 2017 at Les Salons Hoche in Paris. The Open Day brings together librarians from various academic and corporate institutions to gain a better knowledge of EBSCO’s online resources such as the RILM suite of music resources. Dr. Frühauf will present these resources with focus on the newest releases, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (RAFT) and RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) . For more information, please contact Tina Frühauf at

Position announcement: Internships

03 May 2017

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is offering unpaid intern positions for writing English-language abstracts for publications in different languages and for assisting with day-to-day tasks in RILM’s International Office in New York. These interns will share a unique opportunity to enrich their familiarity with cutting-edge research technology and developments in musicology and related disciplines.

Interns will learn RILM’s editorial style and apply it to writing English abstracts, many of which are not in English. Those unable to visit our office and prefer long-distance internships must be affiliated with a library that provides access to the necessary materials, either through its collection or through Interlibrary Loan. Depending on background and interest resident interns will assist with the various technical tasks that pertain to RILM’s newest resources RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) and RILM abstracts of music literature with full text.

Those interested in resident or long-distance internships should send a brief cover letter and C.V., highlighting language expertise, technology expertise, and areas of interest to Tina Frühauf (

RILM at the 106th Bibliothekartag in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

25 April 2017

Content Acquisitions Director Tina Frühauf will be present at the 106th Bibliothekartag in Frankfurt am Main, from 30 May to 2 June 2017 to demonstrate RILM’s new resources, answer questions, and provide information. On 31 May she will be at the booth of Springer Nature (hall 5.1, booth 21) for a presentation of MGG Online from 11:00-11:30am. On 1 June Dr. Frühauf will be at the EBSCO booth (hall 5.1, booth 124) where she will present RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (RAFT) and RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) from 11:00-11:30am. For more information or for an appointment outside these time slots, please contact Tina Frühauf at