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RILM at the American History Museum, Washington, D.C.

09 November 2019

As part of the RILM – Smithsonian partnership during the Year of Music, on Tuesday 12 November, at 4pm, Associate Executive Editor Tina Frühauf will give a timely talk in Washington, D.C., about the role music organizations have today. “Tearing Down Walls”, so the title of her lecture, leans on the concept of ontology in its two-fold meaning—as a metaphysical branch dealing with the nature of being and as a relation between a set of concepts. Using RILM as a model, her inquiries pertain to the following questions: What is and what should be the nature and mission of a music organization in a world whose state has been described as global and postglobal? What impact can a music organization have when political events around the world threaten to build walls between nations, disconnect communities, block the free movement of peoples across cultures? How can it contend with such divisive attempts, defying and traveling freely across many different kinds of literal and metaphorical borders? The event is free and open to the public

RILM – Smithsonian Collaboration

07 November 2019

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is collaborating with the Smithsonian Year of Music, which aims to increase public engagement, advance understanding, and connect communities by highlighting and sharing the Smithsonian’s vast musical holdings. RILM, which documents and disseminates music research worldwide, supports this initiative by drawing on its comprehensive digital resources to create blog posts about a selection of the Year of Music’s Objects of the Day. Each post is enhanced with an expertly curated bibliography.

The bibliographic references stem from one of the richest and most exhaustive resources of global music research, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text™, which contains over a million bibliographic records from relevant writings on music published from the early 19th century to the present in 178 countries and in 143 languages.

RILM is contributing blog posts for the following Objects of the Day:

• Grand Wizzard Theodore’s Turntables
• African-American Banjo
• Charlie Parker’s Saxophone
• Patsy Cline’s Performance Outfit
• Spacecraft Voyager “Sounds of the Earth” Record Cover
• Elaine Brown’s “Seize the Time” (1969)
• Grand Piano Gifted to Prince Albert from Queen Victoria
• Fred Becker’s “Beale Street Blues”
• Duke Ellington’s “I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” Manuscript
• Jenny Lind Concert Program
• Harmonica Used Aboard Gemini 6
• David Bowie and Bing Crosby Christmas Single

Blog posts are published on both institutions’ music blogs: RILM’s Bibliolore at and the Smithsonian’s blog at

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), New York: RILM is committed to the comprehensive and accurate representation of music scholarship in all countries and languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries. It publishes a suite of digital resources aimed at facilitating and disseminating music research. It’s flagship publication is RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, the international bibliography of writings on music covering publications from the early 19th century to the present, now available in an enhanced version that includes the full text content of 240 music journals. RILM Abstracts is available on the EBSCOhost platform along with RILM Music Encyclopedias, a full-text repository of a wide-ranging and growing list of music reference works, and the Index to Printed Music, a finding aid for searching specific musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series. Distributed worldwide on RILM’s own platform are the continually updated music encyclopedia MGG Online and RILM Music Encyclopedias (coming in early 2020). 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).

The Smithsonian

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. It is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. There are 6,300 Smithsonian employees and 7,300 volunteers. There were nearly 29 million visits to the Smithsonian in 2018. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 155 million, of which nearly 146 million are scientific specimens at the National Museum of Natural History.

For further information, please contact Tina Frühauf, at RILM.

RILM at SEM, Bloomington

31 October 2019

Please join Insia Malik and Jim Cowdery for a free lunch at the annual SEM conference in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday 9 November 2019 from 12:15–1:45pm in the Federal Room. We will give insight into RILM’s strong commitment to international and multilingual scholarship, and inclusion of global non-music resources that are relevant to ethnomusicologists. We will also provide useful information on RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text, the full-text enhancement of the unrivaled music bibliography; RILM Music Encyclopedias, the continually expanding full-text repository of global musical reference works, which from 2020 will be available also on RILM’s platform; and MGG Online, the continuously updated online resource of one of the most extensive music encyclopedias currently available. To reserve lunch and a seat, please send a message to with the subject heading “SEM lunch”, and include your name and institution. RSVP is needed by Friday 1 November.

Throughout the conference Insia and Jim can also be found in the Exhibit Hall.

RILM at AMS, Boston

21 October 2019

For the first time in AMS history, RILM and RIPM will jointly host a reception for all conference attendees. Come celebrate our long-standing collaboration in providing comprehensive indexing of scholarly music publications to musicologists. Together, by creating complementary research tools, RILM and RIPM offer access to more than 250 years of writing about music, from 1760 to the present. Come and party with us on 1 November 2019 at 6pm in Douglass. Everyone is welcome.

RILM at CMS, Louisville, KY

20 October 2019

On Friday, 25 October, RILM will host a lunch for conference attendees of the College Music Society National Conference, Louisville. Subscription Manager Naomi Perley will introduce and demonstrate RILM’s resources, with a particular focus on Index to Printed Music, which was relaunched on EBSCO in July and includes many new features that make it easy to track down hard-to-find repertoire for all your teaching, performing, and research needs. The lunch meeting will take place at 12:15 pm, in the Churchill Downs Suite (second floor of the Hyatt Regency Louisville). There are still a few places remaining; to secure your spot, RSVP to by Tuesday, 22 October.

Throughout the conference, Naomi can also be found at the RILM booth in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to learn more about all of RILM’s resources.

RILM Experts Forum in Taipei, Taiwan

16 October 2019

Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie and Yun Fan will be present at the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) Experts Forum, a one-day event held at the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center in Taipei, Taiwan, on 25 October 2019. It is among a series of events organized by the National Center for Traditional Arts in celebration of this year’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Barbara’s paper, titled “國際音樂文獻資源群策群力的合作夥伴/RILM and IAML: A cross-fertilizing international partnership”, covers RILM’s mission and history, its relationship to IAML, and it’s role in presenting Taiwanese music scholarship to the world. Yun’s paper, titled “台湾音乐文献在RILM全球网络中的呈现/Taiwanese music scholarship in RILM’s global network”, focuses on the presentation of Taiwanese music scholarship in the context of East Asian countries; it addresses issues of Romanization and translation, and possible impacts on an international music thesaurus. The forum aims to foster stronger connections and collaborations between RILM and music institutions in Taiwan.

RILM Music Encyclopedias: Ever More Accessible

15 October 2019

In early 2020 RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) will be available on RILM’s innovative platform, offering advanced, custom-designed search and browse capabilities to aid researchers in finding material relevant to their interests.

RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) is a full-text compilation of reference works that grows annually with the addition of new titles. The collection includes over 50 titles published from 1775 to the present and comprises over 300,000 entries, offering unprecedented federated searching. This extensive global resource is designed to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community.

RME provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of core disciplines and subject areas, among them pop and rock, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages—currently English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Czech, Greek, Slovak, Spanish, and Portuguese. Searches can be performed within a specific encyclopedia or across the entire collection, saving users considerable time and effort and revealing information in unexpected places.

Features will include:
• The ability to sort most works lists, bibliographies, discographies, and other lists
• A bilingual English/German interface
• Instant translation from the original language into over 100 languages through Google Translate integration
• User accounts in which annotations can be created, saved, and shared
• Links to related content in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and other resources
• An interface compatible with mobile and tablet devices

Institutions that sign up for a free 30-day trial before 1 February 2020 will receive two complimentary months of access when they sign up for an initial 12-month subscription. For further information, please contact us at

RILM Now Offers MARC Records

02 October 2019

You have spoken and the RILM team has listened. You can now download a MARC record for each resource we have to offer:

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM Music Encyclopedias
Index to Printed Music (IPM)
MGG Online

For RILM Music Encyclopedias, we also offer individual MARC records for each of the 54 encyclopedias currently contained therein.

To download the MARC records, please visit

EBSCO provides MARC records for the individual full-text titles in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text; these records are available through EBSCOadmin.

Index to Printed Music, relaunched

23 September 2019

EBSCO and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale have recently released an enhanced version of the Index to Printed Music (IPM), the digital finding aid for searching specific musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series.

The upgraded IPM includes several new features:
• Detailed records for each volume now include tables of contents, links to series, and complete publication information.
• Users may search for either individual musical works or whole collections of printed music from the main search page.
• Links between different record types provide easy navigation from the most granular details of individual pieces to expansive views of entire series.
• Records for pieces that are available as part of open-access editions include hyperlinks to those editions.
• Expanded search filters enable users to refine their searches by place and date of publication, document type, genre, and language of text.
• A new series authority table enables browsing of series records.

If you have questions about IPM or would like to arrange a free trial or subscription for your institution, please contact your EBSCO representative or email

RILM at AIBM, Augsburg, Germany

10 September 2019

RILM’s Associate Executive Editor Tina Frühauf will attend the 2019 AIBM conference in Augsburg. On Thursday, September 19, at 2:00 pm (Juristische Fakultät of Augsburg University, room 2002A), she will share the newest developments with RILM’s resources, particularly RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text, , and RILM Music Encyclopedias as well as the Index to Printed Music. If you like to meet with Tina to discuss trials and subscriptions, or provide feedback on the databases, please contact her at