Founded in 1931, the Music Library Association is a professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries. Committed to staying at the forefront of librarianship, the MLA and its members work to assure that users of music materials are served well by their libraries. Complementing the Association's national and international activities are twelve regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.
The MLA explores a broad range of issues in librarianship through the hosting of national MLA meetings, roundtable discussions and joint projects like the National Association of Schools of Music to create standards and to safeguard the records of our cultural heritage in music. The MLA also publishes "Notes," the world's leading journal in its field.