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) 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