7th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM 2020)

Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montréal, Canada


Conference: 16 October 2020
Submission deadline: 31 July 2020

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.

This, the seventh DLfM conference follows previous workshops in The Hague, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Knoxville and London. We are proud to be a satellite event of the annual International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conference for the fifth time, an association that encourages reflection on the use of MIR methods and technologies within Music Digital Library systems when applied to the pursuit of musicological research.

Proceedings of previous DLfM conferences can be found in the ACM Digital Library (recent DLfM proceedings can be accessed for free by navigating from the conference website)

We invite:

  • Full papers (up to 8 pages)
  • Short and position papers (up to 4 pages)
  • Transforming Musicology Challenge papers (up to 2 pages)

Transforming Musicology Challenge papers are more speculative position papers to be presented in a panel or as a poster and will not be included in the proceedings, although they will be published on the workshop website. Full details are available at the workshop website.

In light of the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are regularly reviewing and updating plans to ensure a successful conference in 2020. A section of the full CfP on our website is dedicated to contingency planning and will be updated to reflect any changes.