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Music Library Association-Atlantic Chapter

Fall 2002

Last update: August 26, 2003

November 15-16, 2002


The University of Maryland's Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center extends a warm welcome to the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association for its annual meeting, November 15th and 16th, 2002. The meeting will begin in the IPAM Piano Room on the first floor of the Library. 

As hosts of this meeting, the faculty and staff of the Library will arrange for attendees to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire Center, scheduled for either Friday or Saturday. Bruce Wilson, Head of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library will welcome ATMLA members on Friday, November 15th. Also on Friday, Donald Manildi, Curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland, invites ATMLA to help celebrate the Silver Anniversary of IPAM with his demonstration of reproducing pianos.

There will be two guest speakers on Friday: Kip Lornell will address Black Vernacular Popular Music in Washington, D.C. and Joe Hickerson will speak on his 50+ Years With Music Libraries and Recorded Sound.

On Saturday, a full breakfast buffet will be available in the first-floor Gallery of the Library, where treasures of IPAM will be on display. The Chapter's Annual Business meeting will follow, which will include planning for the National MLA Meeting in 2004. 
Also on Saturday, a complete tour of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, which will be closed to the public until noon, will include Music Librarian Yale Fineman leading an exploration of music materials and technology in the library and Bonnie Jo Dopp, Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts, highlighting materials in the MLA Archives, the papers of Irving Lowens (MLA President, 1965), and the recently-acquired papers of music editor and longtime MLA member John Owen Ward.

This year the Atlantic Chapter is also offering Travel Grants to attend the chapter meeting. First time attendees, music library paraprofessionals and library school students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Local arrangements information:

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library web page address is:

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland web page address is http://www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/

Scheduled performance at the Center for November 15th:
A Maryland Dance Ensemble performance in the Dance Theatre (featuring Dance Department choreographers)

Note: The Theatre Department production of "The Laramie Project" for Friday night is sold out.

We will let you know via the listserv of more scheduled performances as they are announced.

Visiting the UM Campus:

Go to http://www.umd.edu/visitors/ for everything you need to know about traveling to the University of Maryland, lodging, dining, and parking. You may pay to park in the garage across from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Friday, but on Saturday you may park for free in nearby Lot 1.

Program Details

Printable Registration Form


MLA Travel Grant to Attend the ATMLA 2002 Meeting

Applications are now being accepted for a travel grant, funded principally through the generosity of the national Music Library Association (MLA), which has awarded the Atlantic Chapter $500 for this purpose. The grant supports travel, meeting registration, hotel and subsistence expenses to attend the Chapter's annual meeting at College Park, Maryland, November 15-16, 2002. Please note that music library paraprofessionals/support professionals and library school students are among those eligible for this opportunity and are encouraged to apply.

The grant may be up to $500 for one individual or be divided among up to three individuals depending on the applicants' needs.

Applicants must reside in one of the states or territories comprising ATMLA (Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia), and also be in at least one of the following eligible categories:

a) A graduate library school student (by the time of the 2002 meeting) aspiring to become a music librarian;

b) A recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship who is seeking a professional position as a music librarian;

c) A music librarian (holding a Master of Library Science degree or qualifications granting an equivalent status at her/his employing institution, e.g. a certified archivist with other graduate degree working extensively with music materials) in the first two years of her/his professional career, or;

d) A library paraprofessional/support professional working with music materials as a significant portion of his/her job responsibilities.

Applicants must submit the following to arrive by October 1, 2002:

1. A letter of application which includes an explanation of the reasons for attending the ATMLA annual meeting, a justification of financial need, and a budget (the double room rate in College Park, MD is about $100 plus tax). For those applicants currently working in libraries or archives, justification of financial need must include evidence that one has sought financial support from one's employing institution to attend the meeting and that such request was either denied or insufficiently met;

2. A current résumé or vita;

3. Two letters of support. Where applicable, one of the letters should be from a current supervisor.

Hotel accommodations will be funded at the double-occupancy rate, i.e. one-half of the $100 plus tax mentioned above.

Mail application and supporting materials to arrive by October 1, 2002 to:

Donna Fournier
Chair, ATMLA
Magill Library
Haverford College
371 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041

If you have questions regarding the grant or the application process, please contact Donna via e-mail at dfournie@haverford.edu, or by phone at 610-896-1174.

Recipients will be notified by October 15, 2002, and announced on ATMLA-L, the chapter's electronic discussion list immediately thereafter. Recipients who are not already members of ATMLA are expected to join before receiving their award. Annual student membership in ATMLA is currently only $7.00; a regular membership is $12.00.

Please note that ATMLA may elect to pay directly for travel and hotel expenses on the recipient's behalf and only supply the balance (if any) of an award following the meeting. If mileage for a personal vehicle is awarded, it will be paid at the current IRS rate of $0.345 per mile, also after the meeting.

ATMLA is grateful for the support of this year's endeavor by MLA. It is our hope that this support of chapter members who are beginning their careers or whose abilities to travel to meetings are compromised by lack of institutional funding or other circumstances will assist MLA in meeting the ongoing recruitment and continuing education objectives outlined in MLA's Plan 2001.


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