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Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is an extensive international bibliography of music scholarship, which encourages by means of information technology, knowledge dissemination and multidisciplinary communication (arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences) in the international scholarly (research and performance) community. With the support of its global network RILM now contains more than 540 000 records in 215 languages and from 151 countries. The RILM database features both older and current literature.

The idea to establish a computer-based bibliography of music literature originated from Barry S. Brook at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) in 1964. Following a proposal outlining the concept at a conference of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) in 1965, RILM was founded under joint sponsorship of the International Musicological Society (IMS) and IAML in 1966. In the same year 33 National Committees were established, with a base that gradually expanded, adding to a total of nearby 60 countries across the world today. These National Committees are made up of musicologists and librarians generally based at major tertiary institutions, national libraries and research institutes, who are responsible for sending citations and abstracts of all significant published writings within their countries to the International RILM Center.

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