University of Pittsburgh University Library System (www.library.pitt.edu/)
cordially invites you to attend the annual meeting of the Music Library
Association Atlantic Chapter in Pittsburgh the weekend of November 17-18, 2000.
Come join us and see all that Pitt (http://www.pitt.edu)
and Pittsburgh (www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us)
have to offer! Our sessions will take place in Room 232 of the Cathedral of
on the Pitt campus.
November 17, 2000
Welcome: Dr. Rush Miller, University Librarian and others
Session I: “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Explained I”
The Theodore M. Finney Music Library,
University of Pittsburgh, Jim Cassaro, Music Librarian
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh,
Music & Art Department, Kathyrn Logan, Head
Session II: “Music Libraries in the Service Of...”
Sound Recording Archives and Recording
Companies, Brian Kern, Muskingum College
Music Critics, Mark Kanny, Music
Critic, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Medicine: Music Therapy, Speaker TBA
Reception: Stephen Foster Memorial
Dinner and evening on
November 18, 2000
Coffee and Pastries
Session III: “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Explained II”
Carnegie Mellon University, Antoinette
Powell, Music Librarian
Center for American Music, Dr. Deane L.
Lunch on your own
Tours (to be arranged)
We are currently working on
tours of Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center, home to the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Opera. Closer to home are the Nationality Rooms in
the Cathedral of Learning (http://www.pitt.edu/~natnlyrm/countries/natrooms.html),
the Darlington Memorial Library (http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/darlington/darlington.html),
and the Center for American Music (http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/cam/cam.html).
In the name of the MLA
Atlantic Chapter, I have booked a block of 20 rooms (10 singles and 10 doubles,
both of which can accommodate 1 to 4 people per room) at the Holiday Inn
Select–University Center (100 Lytton Ave., 412-682-6200). This hotel is right
across the street from the Cathedral of Learning where our meeting will take
place. The cost, single or double, is $102 per night (Pitt corporate rate).
There is also the Wyndham Garden Hotel (3454 Forbes Ave., Oakland,
412-683-2040), a short walk from campus. Single or double rooms are $95 per
night (standard) or $124 per night (executive). A little further away (six
blocks) is the Hampton Inn (3315 Hamlet 412-681-1000). Their Pitt rate is $89,
single or double.
Getting from Pittsburgh
International Airport to Oakland can be expensive. Cabs are about $30– $35
one-way. The hotels above are served by the Airlines Transportation shuttle,
412-471-8900. They are located on the baggage claim/ground transportation level
of the airport. One-way service is $12.50, round-trip is $21. A cheap
alternative is to take the 28X Airport/Oakland shuttle for $1.99 each way.
Drop-off is at Webster Hall, a short walk from the Holiday Inn Select hotel.
Pittsburgh has more cultural
activities than some expect! On any given night, you can find an interesting mix
of music, dance, theater, and art presentations in several venues. A few
Pittsburgh Symphony (pittsburghsymphony.org).
November 17 & 18, 8pm: A Night At The Opera. Pittsburgh Symphony Pops
Orchestra, John Mauceri, conductor.
Pittsburgh Opera (pghopera.org).
November 17, 8:00pm: Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Renaissance & Baroque Society
November 18, 8:00pm: Belladonna: 17th century dances and celestial fantasies
(Synod Hall in Oakland, a short walk from the hotel; tickets: 412-682-7262
City Theatre (citytheatre-pgh.org).
Side Man, by Warren Light
Pittsburgh Public Theater
(ppt.org). Wit, by Margaret Edson
The Oakland area of Pittsburgh offers a rich array of
restaurants. Sample foods from around the world in a small area around the Pitt
campus. Pan-Asian, Korean, Moroccan, Indian, Italian, American, fast food,
coffeehouses, cafes: there’s something for everyone! A stroll down Craig
Street on the Fifth Avenue side of campus, or down Atwood Street off Forbes
Avenue will serve up many choices of venues in which to dine, unwind, or just
chill out! We hope you all can join us for this exciting meeting in Pittsburgh.
The annual Fall meeting of the Atlantic Chapter was held November 17-18, 2000 in
Pittsburgh. Many thanks go to Jim Cassaro, Music Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh, for
organizing and hosting our meeting.
Session I was entitled "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Explained I." Jim Cassaro talked
about the University's Theodore M. Finney Music Library and Kathyrn Logan, Head of the
Music and Art Department at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, talked about the activities at
her institution. The members learned about the history of the libraries, the various clientele
served, and types of queries received. Members also got to see some of the wonderful treasures
housed at The Theodore M. Finney Music Library. Those interested were invited to a tour of the
Art and Music Department at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh the next afternoon to learn
more of their services and see some of their treasures.
Session II was entitled "Music Libraries in the Service of…" Members heard from Brian
Kern, Technical Services Librarian in the Cataloging Department of Muskingum College, on
"Sound Recording Archives and Recording Companies", Mark Kanny, Music Critic with The
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, on "Music Critics", and Jim Cunningham, Director of WQED-FM
Radio, on "Radio Stations". Each speaker talked about how they use music libraries to help
them with the work they do and how important our work is to their success.
A reception took place in the Stephen Foster Memorial Room at the Center for American
Music. Members had an opportunity to enjoy a variety of objects beautifully arranged in display
Session III was entitled "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Explained II." This session
featured Antoinette Powell, Music Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr. Deane L.
Root, Curator of the Center for American Music. Again, each speaker talked about the history of
their institutions, the type of patrons they serve and the kinds of questions they receive. At the
end of the session, members were invited to the Center for American Music for a tour and
description of the treasures of the Stephen Foster Memorial Room and holdings of the Center for
The annual meeting ended with the chapter's business meeting. Topics discussed
included the selection of a nominating committee to find candidates for a new chapter chair, the
chapter newsletter in its new electronic format at http://libra.jmu.edu/users/cockbuba/mla/mwsltr_fall_2000.htm, ATMLA-L, the chapter's new
listserv, and local arrangements planning for MLA 2004 in Washington, DC.
Future annual meetings of the Atlantic chapter will be hosted by the
University of Virginia in Fall 2001 and the University of Maryland in Fall 2002.
MLA Atlantic Chapter, Chair