When the MLA International Bibliography™ was first created in the early 1920s, it relied on the efforts of a team of enthusiastic volunteers to produce the listing of scholarly publications in literature and language. While their endeavors endured for many decades, in 1980 the MLA realized it needed to maintain a dedicated full-time staff to provide comprehensiveness to the ever-increasing scholarship.
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) has created a universe of musical reference resources. It facilitates and disseminates music research worldwide through its comprehensive international bibliography of writings on music, also available in an enhanced version with full-text articles from over 200 journals linked from the bibliographic records, as well as a full-text repository of over 40 seminal music encyclopedias. Tina Frühauf, Associate Executive Editor at RILM, talks about the importance of musical reference works vis-à-vis Wikipedia, technology’s effects on research, and the relativity of currency.