The First Estonian-Finnish Music Library Seminar will be held on 26 and 27 May in Helsinki to bring together people who work in music libraries. The Arvo Pärt Centre will participate in the seminar along with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Theatre and Music Museum and the National Library of Estonia.
The seminar will discuss various topical issues concerning the work of music archives, such as what to pay attention to when compiling collections, how to make it easier for users to search information, and how to present archival materials to the public. The seminar will also discuss the use of modern digital solutions and electronic formats.
The presentation by Anneli Kivisiv and Kai Kutman from the Arvo Pärt Centre will focus on the challenges of building the archive of a living composer. The centre’s current priority is to create new archival material by interviewing the composer and recording his comments and memories on the creative process and the background to his compositions and the musical diaries he has kept since 1974.
The Finnish participants in the seminar are representatives of the National Library of Finland, Sibelius Museum, Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, University of the Arts Helsinki and Helsinki University Library, Helsinki City Museum, University of Tampere, Sibelius Academy Library, University of Jyväskylä, Music Finland, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, EBSCO Information Services and the JAPA Music Archive. The Gothenburg University Library from Sweden is also represented at the seminar.
The seminar is organised by the Finnish Music Library Association.