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About CAML

The Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML) is the Canadian branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML). Please see our CAML Constitution and Bylaws 2024

Our history at a glance

  • Founded in 1971
  • Successor to the Canadian Music Library Association (CMLA)
  • First IAML meeting in Canada took place in 1975 in Montreal, followed by a 1994 meeting in Ottawa and a return to Montreal in 2012
  • CAML’s annual meetings are held often in conjunction with Canadian University Music Society and the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada
  • In 1998, CAML inaugurated the Helmut Kallmann Award for excellence in music librarianship and archives work in Canada. The award is named after Dr. Helmut Kallmann, co-founder of CAML and chief of the music division at the National Library of Canada from 1970 to 1981
  • The Quebec Chapter of CAML (SQACBM) was officially formed in 2008. Please see more at
  • CAML began publishing a quarterly newsletter in 1972. CAML Review, the Association’s journal, succeeded the newsletter in 2001 to reflect more accurately the scope of the profession. CAML Review added a peer-review section in 2016
  • Goals: Support all aspects of music librarianship in Canada, including research and scholarly projects, and to cooperate with other national and international organizations concerned with all aspects of music
Based on the The Canadian Encyclopedia article published by Alison Hall and Christopher Moore.

Past Presidents

CMLA Presidents 1956-1970
- 1956-57 Ogreta McNeill
- 1957-58 Helmut Kallmann
- 1958-59 Helen Sinclair
- 1959-60 Lucien Brochu
- 1960-61 Melva J. Dwyer
- 1961-62 Auguste Morisset
- 1962-63 Laurie Allison
- 1963-64 Jean Lavender
- 1964-65 Ogreta McNeill
- 1965-66 Ronald Napier
- 1966-67 James Pilton
- 1967-68 Helmut Kallmann
- 1968-69 Laura Murray
- 1969-70 Rhoda Baxter
- 1970-71 Lynne Jarman
CAML Presidents 1971-present
- 1971-72 Marjorie Hale
- 1972-73 William Rolph
- 1973-74 Cheryl Osborne
- 1974-75 Dale Ward
- 1975-76 Keith MacMillan
- 1976-77 Dale Ward
- 1977-78 Maria Calderisi
- 1978-79 Isabel Rose
- 1979-81 Kathleen McMorrow
- 1981-83 Alison Hall
- 1983-85 Alison Hall
- 1985-87 Joan Colquhoun
- 1987-88 Rita Vine
- 1988-91 Debra Begg
- 1991-92 Deborah Rosen
- 1992-93 Lorna Young
- 1993-95 Tim Maloney
- 1995-96 Kirsten Walsh
- 1996-99 Rob van der Bliek
- 1999-2001 Vivien Taylor
- 2001-03 Brenda Muir
- 2003-05 Diane Peters
- 2005-07 Lucinda Walls
- 2007-09 Peter Higham
- 2009-11 Kirsten Walsh
- 2011-13 Janneka Guise
- 2013-15 Cheryl Martin
- 2015-17 Brian McMillan
- 2017-19 Carolyn Doi
- 2019-21 Houman Behzadi
- 2021-23 Maureen Nevins

CAML/ACBM Board Members


Lucinda Johnston

Lucinda Johnston is a Faculty Engagement Librarian for Music, Drama, Linguistics and philosophy at the University of Alberta. Prior to entering the field of librarianship, she worked in early childhood music education and music therapy. She appreciates the opportunity to support her colleagues and the activities of CAML.


Maureen Nevins

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Music degree (majoring in Composition) from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts degree in Musicology from the Université de Montréal. She has worked for more than 25 years in the acquisition, description, and appraisal of multiple media fonds from private sources in the area of history of music in Canada. Maureen has prepared large-scale exhibitions on Canadian musicians Claude Champagne and Sir Ernest Macmillan, and has co-curated a major exhibition on Canadian jazz icon Oscar Peterson in addition to numerous smaller exhibitions. She has been manager of the Literature, Music and Performing Arts section of the Social Life and Culture Private Archives Division at LAC since January 2018.


Tim Neufeldt

Tim Neufeldt is an instruction librarian and adjunct professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, receiving his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2006 and Masters in Library Science in 2010. Dr. Neufeldt is active in both fields, with recent articles appearing in Music Reference Services Quarterly, The Journal of British Studies, and MLA Notes. His current research interests include information literacy, and music societies and sheet music publications in early Canada (ca. 1867-1920).


Samuel Plato

Samuel Plato currently serves as Music Librarian at the University of Manitoba where he supports the Desautels Faculty of Music. He is a graduate of the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia and holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Appalachian State University.

Member at Large

Marc Stoeckle

Coming soon.

Membership Secretary

Becky Smith

Becky Smith is the Music Librarian and Head of the Music Resource Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she provides collections, reference and instructional services to the School of Music. She has been active with CAML since 2011 and, prior to becoming membership secretary, has been a part of CAML conference program committees.

Communications Officer

Laura Reid

Laura Reid is currently a University of Calgary sessional liaison librarian, working with students in the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Department of Art & Art History. She completed her Master of Information studies at University of Toronto’s iSchool in 2023. During her studies she did practicum work with Masckawcis Cultural College focusing on digital educational programming and with the Toronto International Film Festival Film Reference Library, completing the arrangement, description, and rehousing process for the collection of Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger. In Spring 2023 Laura started work as student researcher to extend the inventory process of the Council of Prairies and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) Indigenous Historical Publications Working Group. She has since joined the working group, currently finalizing the resulting inventory dataset for publication in the near future. Laura holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance, and has an established professional career as a musician and curator which she maintains in additional to her library work, with recent projects including the collaborative duo Who Cares? with flautist Jiajia Li, experimental quartet More Than Nothing, and serving as concertmaster for the Calgary Bach Society.

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