Mission Statement

Approved June 13, 2008

The Music Library Association provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world’s musical heritage.

To achieve this mission, we:

  • provide leadership for the collection and preservation of music and information about music in libraries and archives;
  • develop and deliver programs that promote continuing education and professional development in music librarianship;
  • ensure and enhance intellectual access to music for all by contributing to the development and revision of national and international codes, formats, and other standards for the bibliographic control of music;
  • ensure and enhance access to music for all by facilitating best practices for housing, preserving, and providing access to music;
  • promote legislation that strengthens music library services and universal access to music;
  • foster information literacy and lifelong learning by promoting music reference services, library instruction programs, and publications;
  • and,collaborate with other groups in the music and technology industries, government, and librarianship, to promote our mission and values.

Music Library Association 1600 Aspen Commons Suite 100 Middleton, WI 53562

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About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.