The Work Level in RISM

RISM cordially invites everyone to attend the conference “Works, Work Titles, Work Authorities: Perspectives on Introducing a Work Level in RISM.” 

May 9-11, 2019
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, Germany
Registration (by 5 April):

Up to now, RISM has emphasized creating descriptions of musical sources in which works are “only” included as content-related information. But new possibilities exist thanks to the concept of work titles, which are already used in libraries and are included as a type of international authority file in VIAF. RISM would like to employ this tool, but we also seek a strategy in dialogue with users from academia and libraries that goes beyond this.

Participants will have more than just the opportunity to learn about various positions concerning titles for musical works. In addition, you can bring your opinion into the discussion and workshop and thereby influence the decisions of RISM. Workshop modules will provide an opportunity to put ideas into practice. Please bring your own laptops. A test version of our cataloging program Muscat will be available.

The conference is free and open to the public.

[original CFP follows]

CFP: Conference/Workshop on the Work Level in RISM
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur
Mainz, Germany
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Conference dates: May 9 to 11, 2019

Libraries worldwide have been discussing work titles with increasing intensity. Transferring this idea to musical works seems particularly plausible at first glance, as the production of catalogs of works has a tradition of more than 100 years in musicology.

However, especially in recent decades, the concept of the work itself has been uncovered as a construct of the 19th century. Nevertheless, work titles in libraries are an important tool with which musical sources, modern printed music, books about specific musical works, and audiovisual media can be given detailed cataloging and made available. RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) would therefore like to adopt this tool by introducing a work level.

The conference/workshop is intended to enable a dialogue for the different points of view and expectations of musicologists and librarians and to develop solutions for RISM as a project between the two sides.

RISM will make every effort to provide a subsidy for speakers to participate in the conference.

Send abstracts of ca. 10 lines in English or German to the RISM Central Office by 31 January 2019: contact -at –

See the conference website for more information in English and German: