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Metadata Internship at Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

27 January 2023

General description:

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) offers internships at its International Office in New York City. RILM publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (along with a suite of other resources), which is widely recognized as the world’s premiere abstracted bibliography on music and related disciplines. RILM was established in 1966 and operates under the joint sponsorship of the of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); the International Musicological Society (IMS), and the International Society for Popular Music (IASPM). 

Internships at RILM offer unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of our operation, while contributing extensively to our distribution of the world’ s writings on music. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the institution and complement the intern’s own interests, skills, and experience.

Interns at RILM have gone on to enjoy successful careers as music librarians, professors, and other careers. Beyond the academy, an internship at RILM provides valuable and practical technological and research skills that are transferable across a wide range of sought-after jobs.

Intern duties:

  • Locate descriptive metadata for differentiated authorities (persons, organizations, works, geographical locations, etc.)
  • Add descriptive metadata for differentiated authorities
  • Differentiate authorities where needed
  • Add links to searchable variants
  • Validate entities based on established authorities

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of the functions of descriptive metadata (validation, finding, linking)
  • Understanding of RILM’s authority structure and the role of descriptive metadata therein
  • Demonstrate judgment in the choice and application of metadata for authorities
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate as a member of the metadata team


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program related to Information and/or Library Science
  • Specialization and/or focus in metadata, library systems, digital libraries, digital collections, or digital curation
  • Experience with Excel, databases, and/or MARC
  • Enthusiasm for library and digital repository metadata
  • Interest in music

Time commitment:

Dates and times are flexible and can be structured according to the intern’s needs, but should cover a period of a minimum of 150 hours. 

All RILM internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern’s university/college. 

How to apply:

Please provide the following: 

  • A letter of interest
  • A current resume 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, or recent employers

Candidates will be asked to interview, either in person or over the Zoom, for their desired position.

Application materials may be submitted to:

Joseph Orchard
RILM International Center
365 Fifth Ave., Suite 3108
New York, NY 10016-4309
Phone: 212-817-1992

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New Additions to RILM Music Encyclopedias

23 January 2023

RILM Music Encyclopedias has just added two new titles into its continuously expanding collection of historical and current reference texts:

  • Kovačević, Krešimir, gen. ed. Muzička enciklopedija (2nd ed.; Zagreb: Jugoslavenski Lekskografski Zavod, 1971–77) 3 vols.; 713-[14] p. [7]; 742 p.; 789 p. In Croatian and Serbian.
  • Krešimir Kovačević, ed. Leksikon jugoslavenske muzike (Zagreb: Jugoslavenske Leksikografski Zavod Miroslav Krlea, 1984) 2 vols.; 589 p.; 575 p. In Croatian.

The 2023 additions to RILM Music Encyclopedias enrich the content of the collection with two complementary titles that document the music history and musical life of Southeastern Europe. Both reference works were edited by the distinguished Croatian music historian Krešimir Kovačević (1913–92), who was active as a music writer, critic, teacher, conductor, and editor-in-chief of the Croatian music periodical Arti musices (1973–79). Both works were published by the Jugoslavenski Leksikografski Zavod in Zagreb and represent a collaboration of the best scholars from all six Yugoslav states.

The addition of these titles, which augment the coverage and depth of RILM Music Encyclopedias, emphasizes RILM’s mission to include the music scholarship of all countries and in all languages.

RILM Music Encyclopedias can be accessed via EBSCOhost and on RILM’s platform Egret at

For further information, please email

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale and Institut du Monde Arabe announce their collaboration

17 January 2023

New York. — January 17, 2023 — Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) has entered a three-year collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (IMA, Arab World Institute) that aims to increase public engagement, advance global cultural understanding, and connect diverse communities by highlighting and sharing the Institute library’s holdings on music from the Arab world. 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 Arabic music literature. 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, which contains 1.5 million bibliographic records from relevant writings on music published from the early 19th century to the present in over 170 countries and in more than 140 languages.

Blog posts are published on both institutions’ websites: RILM’s Bibliolore at and the Institut du Monde Arabe’s Bibliographies page at and the IMA News page 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. Its 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 over 260 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, RILM Music Encyclopedias, and the  Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti (coming in mid-2023). RILM is a joint project of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); the International Musicological Society (IMS); and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris: The Institut du Monde Arabe was founded to create strong and durable cultural ties while cultivating constructive dialogue between the Arab world, France, and Europe. This cross-discipline space is the central place for the development of cultural projects, in collaboration with institutions, creators and thinkers from the Arab world. The Institut du Monde Arabe is fully anchored in the present. It aims to reflect the Arab world’s current dynamics. It intends to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape. No other organization in the world offers such a wide range of events in connection with the Arab world. Debates, colloquia, seminars, conferences, dance shows, concerts, films, books, meetings, language and culture courses, large exhibitions all contribute to raising awareness of this unique and vibrant world.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Lupo
Marketing & Media 
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3108  •  New York, NY 10016-4309  •  Phone 1 212 817 1992  •