Advocacy is an important part of MLA's mission. Our efforts range from promoting involvement of young librarians in the profession through travel and research grants, to participating in the development of best practices in cataloging and preservation,
to advocating for equitable access to music in various forums.
The Music Library Advocacy Committee creates and curates resources that support advocacy efforts in a variety of settings. It maintains a group on the Humanities Commons platform that offers documents, web links, and a discussion forum. This committee also assists MLA leadership in crafting statements on advocacy issues of concern to the Association as a whole.
MLA's Legislation Committee monitors developments in copyright, fair use and other areas. The committee engages with legislators, publishers,
and other professional organizations to ensure that librarians and the public are able to access and use music.
Copyright for Music Librarians, a web site developed and maintained by MLA, offers guidance on what may be acceptable as
fair use and links to laws, reports, and other documents on copyright.
Our Cataloging and Metadata Committee partners closely with ALA and others in the development and revision of cataloging codes, including RDA. These efforts help to ensure that libraries around the world are using protocols that work for music materials.
MLA maintains a series of Forums to facilitate discussion of advocacy issues. Members must log into the website to post or comment, but the public may read or subscribe
to any MLA Forum.
MLA’s Emerging Technologies and Services Committee
and Cataloging and Metadata Committee
Music Discovery Requirements, a document that defines what is needed for effective discovery of music resources, both in and beyond the traditional catalog.
The MLA Diversity Scholarship program, funded by the membership of MLA, offers candidates from under-represented groups an opportunity to pursue the master’s degree in library and information
MLA's Award and Grant programs that support travel and research help to bring new librarians into the profession and encourage their research interests.
MLA endorses the international cooperative music-bibliographical projects, collectively known as the R projects (RILM, RISM, RIPM, RIdIM.) In particular, MLA provides significant
financial support for the U.S. branches of RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) and RISM (Répertoire
International des Sources Musicales).
Other Advocacy Efforts
Statement on Student Workers and COVID-19
Response to YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Layoff of All Librarians
Response to the Taiga 4 Provocative Statements
Comments on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 1201
Comments to the US Copyright Office Regarding Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
Statement on License-Driven Music Sound Recordings
MLA is a signatory to the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development
CMC Liaisons & Representatives
Joint Committee: MLA, MPA, & MOLA
Joint Committee: MLA/AMS Joint Committee on RISM
Representatives & Liaisons to Other Organizations
RILM/US Governing Board
Music System Users Groups
Task Forces: ARL/MLA Diversity Scholarship Publicity
Task Forces: MLA/BCC Form/Genre
Task Forces: RDA Music Implementation