8th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology

29-30 July 2021

Municipal Library of Prague and the National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague

In association with the annual conference of IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres


While Digital Libraries have long offered facilities to provide multimedia content, the requirements of systems for library music are complex. The many forms taken by musical data, the needs for connections between these, and the importance of scholarly and historical contextual information all require special care to support meaningful engagement with the materials.

The Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) conference presents a venue specifically for those working on, and with, Digital Library systems and content in the domain of music and musicology. This includes Music Digital Library systems, their application and use in musicology, technologies for enhanced access and organisation of musics in Digital Libraries, bibliographic and metadata for music, intersections with music Linked Data, and the challenges of working with the multiple representations of music across large-scale digital collections such as the Internet Archive and HathiTrust.

DLfM focuses on the implications of music for Digital Libraries and Digital Libraries research, especially when pushing the boundaries of contemporary musicology through the application of techniques such as reported in more technologically-oriented fora such as ISMIR and ICMC.

This, the eighth DLfM conference follows previous workshops in Montreal, The Hague, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Knoxville and London. We are proud to introduce the conference this year as a satellite event of the annual International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) conference, through which we hope to bring together diverse topics and methods in digital humanities, music digital library systems, as well as MIR, as applied to musicological research.


  • to act as a forum for reporting, presenting, evaluating and disseminating work combining technology with musicology through Digital Library systems;
  • to critically evaluate the operation of Music Digital Libraries and the applications and findings that flow from them;
  • to re-evaluate existing Music Digital Libraries, particularly in light of the transformative methods and applications emerging from musicology, large collections of both audio and music-related data, ‘big data’ method, and MIR;
  • to explore how digital libraries and digital musicology can combine to offer richer online access to online music collections;
  • to set the agenda for work in the field to address these new challenges and opportunities.


Conference organisation

Programme Chair

Claire Arthur, Centre for Music Technology, Georgia Tech