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Job announcement: Software developer

23 March 2017

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and RILM Retrospective 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 some 875,000 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 currently 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. Key to these initiatives is integrating RILM’s existing unique bibliographic and related assets into the indexing and searching process.


  • Software architecture and design
    • Understand project requirements, and translate those requirements into architecture design and implementation
    • Participate in all aspects of development team tasks, testing and support as appropriate
    • Work closely with project team in an agile environment
    • Participate in preparation of both technical and end-user documentation
  • Participate organization-wide in all RILM development projects
    • Assists the product and technology team with input across all projects
    • Provide communication and recommendations to management and piers on best practices, consistency, and documentation
  • Provide hands-on end user support where necessary


  • BS in Computer Science or related field, or related work experience
  • 3+ years experience in software development with experience in:
    • XQuery, MarkLogic’s search features, and development platform
    • NoSQL datastores like MarkLogic
    • XML (XML, XPath, and XSLT)
    • HTML/CSS, and JavaScript (jQuery)
    • RESTful Web Services (using both XML and JSON)
    • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • The following qualifications are a plus
    • Experience with Node.js
    • Experience with AWS or similar hosted platform

The successful candidate will have some experience in RILM’s domain area (libraries, academic publishing), or is willing to accept a steep learning curve. The successful candidate will also be willing and able to work in multiple development environments and frameworks, as well as to learn and provide leadership in new environments.

Hours: Full-time, exempt. RILM’s official work week is 35 hours, but time requirements fluctuate with projects, and more than 35 hours each week is common. Some travel is likely.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits: 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, and a team-oriented environment.

Please send cover letter and CV to

RILM at ACRL in Baltimore, Maryland

20 March 2017

Subscriptions Manager Naomi Perley and Editor Maria Rose will be present at the conference of The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in Baltimore, from 22 to 25 March 2017. They can be found at the RILM booth in the Exhibit Hall, where they will demonstrate RILM’s new resources, answer questions, and provide information.

RILM at IMS in Tokyo, Japan

13 March 2017

RILM would like to invite you to several presentations in Tokyo at the International Musicological Society’s annual conference.

On Monday, 20 March, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie will give a general update on the RILM organization and the resources it produces for music research during the IMS Joint Session “The 4Rs (RISM, RILM, RIdIM, and RIPM)” in Sōgakudo Hall.

From 14:00 to 15:30 pm, Zdravko Blažeković will chair the session “Collaboration and Dialogue: RILM in Japan” in Hall 6, presenting the history of the Japanese collaboration with RILM which goes back to the very beginning of the project in 1967. The opening paper is given by Tatsuhiko Itoh, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the International Christian University of Tokyo and the chair of the Japanese national RILM committee.

From 16:00 to 17:30 pm RILM will present “Transcending Borders: RILM and Musicology in the Twenty-First Century” in Hall 6. Building on the Monday morning session, the speakers will discuss the significant expansion of RILM resources in the service of musicology in the twenty-first century. The most recent results can be found in its new digital resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME), RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (RAFT), and MGG Online. Tina Frühauf will discuss RME, which currently includes 45 seminal reference works published from 1775 to the present, and RAFT, an expansion and enhancement of the unrivaled global bibliography of writings on music with the addition of a million pages of full-text content from more than 200 key periodicals. Laurenz Lütteken and Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie will introduce the freshly released MGG Online, based on the authoritative German-language music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 2nd edition, with updates, revisions, and additions to the original articles, which numbered over 19,000. MGG Online is available on RILM’s own powerful platform, offering advanced search and browse capabilities, personalized accounts, and much more.

On Tuesday, 21 March from 14:00 to 16:00 pm, Tina Frühauf will introduce and chair the roundtable “Referencing Music East and West: Modern Encyclopedias as Historiographies of Theory and Practice” in Hall 6. In pursuit of a global conversation, this panel will explore the meaning of theory and practice in reference works published from the early twentieth century to the present to elucidate the concepts of theory and practice as they evolved over time; and to compare how these concepts have functioned within Europe, Asia, and Anglo-America.

On Thursday, March 23, from 13:30 to 15:00 pm, Zdravko Blažeković will present a paper on the import and the collectors of Chinese musical instruments in 18th-century Europe, in the study session “East Asia and Europe: From Cultural Exchange to Translation as Culture” in Room 5-406.

All interested persons (scholars, librarians, contributors, board and committee members, etc.) are invited to these presentations. Barbara, Zdravko, and Tina will be available at IMS to discuss RAFT, RME, and MGG Online in person. Visit them at the RILM booth in the Exhibit Hall.

RILM in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

03 March 2017

Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, RILM’s Editor-in-Chief and IAML’s President, is a co-organizer of the upcoming joint conference of IAML, ICTM, and IMS titled Music As Cultural Heritage: Problems of Historiography, Ethnography, Ethics, and Preservation. The conference will take place at NYU Abu Dhabi from 13 to 15 March. Zdravko Blažeković, RILM’s Executive Editor and Director of the Research Center for Music Iconography, is one of the invited speakers; he will present the paper, “Music Preservation as Heritage Diplomacy”. Barbara Mackenzie will give a welcome and introduction from IAML; will present the paper, “Capturing and Preserving Music Scholarship through Time and Space: The Role of RILM in an International Musicological Context”.