Founded in 1951 to promote international cooperation and to support the interests of the profession, IAML is a respected member of the international library and music communities. IAML currently has about 2,000 individual and institutional members in some 45 countries throughout the world. IAML Australia (ABN: 98 356 272 938) currently has 63 members. It has national branches in 22 countries, five professional branches, four subject commissions and various working groups, and is responsible for several large-scale documentation projects.The IAML Australian branch seeks (as detailed in its Constitution) to:
- Encourage and promote the activities of music libraries, archives and documentation centres and to strengthen the
cooperation among institutions and individuals in these fields of interest
- To support and to facilitate the realisation of projects in music bibliography, music documentation and music library science and
to explore effective means of accomplishing them.
- To promote the availability of all publications and documents relating to music, particularly to encourage international exchange
- To encourage and support the development of standards in all areas that concern the Branch.
- To further the bibliographical control of musical collections of the past and the present.
- To support the protection and preservation of musical documents of the past and the present.
- To co-operate with other organisations in the field of music, musicology, librarianship, archival science and documentation.
- To arrange international congresses of music librarians, archivists, and documentalists, as well as meetings of the Branch's