In September, the Arvo Pärt Centre became a member of the Estonian Music Library Association (EMLA).
“For us, it’s very important to be able to exchange specialist information and experience. The Centre will also be a part of a rather large network, through which it’s possible to introduce our work on a larger scale, and to distribute our publications,” emphasised Anu Kivilo, Director of the Arvo Pärt Centre.
Kaie Viigipuu-Kreintaal, the chairman of the EMLA noted that this membership is mutually enriching both for the Arvo Pärt Centre and the Association as a whole. “It’s great that there are different kinds of music collections among our members. The Estonian Music Library Association is an organisation that connects different music collections, not just music libraries,” explained Viigipuu-Kreintaal delightedly.
In May this year, the Centre’s employees also participated in the first seminar for Estonian and Finnish music collections, which was organised by the Finnish Music Library Association and the Estonian Music Library Association. Speakers from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum, the National Library and the Arvo Pärt Centre gave presentations at the seminar.
The Estonian Music Library Association was founded in 1991. One of its main goals is to promote cooperation between music libraries. The EMLA connects various types of libraries, museums, other institutions and individuals who are involved in collecting and sharing materials and information related to music.
Since 1994, the EMLA is the Estonian National Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML). The EMLA is also a member of the Estonian Music Council and the Estonian Music Information Centre.