Report from the Chair
Donna Fournier, Chapter Chair
to the first issue of the Atlantic Chapter’s newsletter. We
are the newest chapter of the Music Library Association, formed
from the former Chesapeake and Pennsylvania Chapters, and
encompassing Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware,
Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Hard work by the former chairs, Brian Cockburn (James Madison
University) and Betsy Walker (Curtis Institute), produced a new
constitution. Ballots were cast, and, by unanimous decision, a
new chapter was born! A nominating committee was then formed to
elect a new chair (Donna Fournier, Haverford College) and a new
secretary/treasurer (Catherine Dixon, DC Public Library).
Walker hosted the chapter’s first meeting on November
19th–20th at Curtis. Thirty-six of us made the trip to
Philadelphia where we essentially took over Curtis while
most of the students were away. Our first session, held
jointly with the local chapter of the Art Libraries
Society, was about the art treasures of the Curtis
Institute. Allen Townsend, Head Librarian of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, presented slides with
commentary of the paintings, sculpture, stained glass,
and iron work that decorate the former mansions, now the
home of Curtis. We had ample time for a walk around the
premises to see the art works on display.
Afterward, we were graciously treated to
“Afternoon Tea,” a weekly tradition at Curtis.
Our next session was “Breaking the
Historical Sound Barrier,” a presentation about the
remastering and reissuing of historical recordings. Ward
Marston, remastering engineer with Marston Records and
Eric Wen, an independent producer with Biddulph
Recordings talked about the tremendous value of making
historic recordings available commercially to the
public, and to libraries. Together they shared their
passions for collecting and for preservation. We heard
fascinating sound excepts, amusing anecdotes, and
insightful advice. They reminded us of the very
important role that we music librarians have in helping
to collect, preserve, and disseminate historic
Library Association, Atlantic Chapter
includes Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware,
Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West
Donna Fournier, Haverford College
Vice Chair Catherine M. Dixon, D.C. Public Library
Robert Freeborn, Penn State University, Chair
Carl Rahkonen, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chair
Steve Landstreet, Free Library of Philadelphia
Mary Prendergast, University of Virginia
Anne Harlow, Rowan University
Brian Cockburn, James Madison University
Alice LaSota, University of Maryland
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morning we met for breakfast and a session called
“Indispensable Internet: Sites Vital to My Job.” Betsy
Walker had already solicited us for a list of websites for
discussion. These ranged from sites organizing music
associations, societies, publishers, vendors, song texts, and
librettos, to a webpage where one can find a composer’s grave!
Atlantic Chapter business has been
discussed at two meetings since our last MLA Newsletter
report—in November at Curtis and in February during Louisville
MLA Y2K. We discussed putting the old chapters to rest by
merging bank accounts and sending Chesapeake and Philadelphia
Chapter materials to the MLA archives at the University of
Maryland. We also talked about proposing our “Breaking the
Historical Sound Barrier” program to MLA’s Best of Chapters
session and hope to bring Ward and Eric’s talk to New York in
2001. We agreed that outreach to students and paraprofessionals
was important. This will be one of the goals of our new
membership committee, chaired by Carl Rahkonen. We also talked
how best to use our chapter website, newsletter, and listserv.
Robert Freeborn will serve as communications coordinator working
with Brian Cockburn, webmaster, Kile Smith, newsletter editor,
and Alice LaSota, listserv owner. With the support of our
chapter, the Library of Congress has proposed that MLA 2004 be
held in Washington, DC. Conventions
manager Don Roberts will be visiting DC in April to investigate
conference hotel possibilities.
Jim Cassaro at the University of
Pittsburgh will be hosting our next chapter meeting on November
17th–18th, 2000. One of our sessions will feature music
collections in Pittsburgh. Please see this newsletter’s
article with program and registration details. For those of you
in our chapter area, we hope to see you there.
Cockburn, Website Editor
Atlantic Chapter Website (www.lib.jmu.edu/users/cockbuba/mla)
has been up and running since February 2000. It has evolved several times since
then to better serve the needs of our members. The website provides traditional
information like a list of officers, committee structure, a welcome from our
chair, Listserv subscription information and some announcements. We are also
maintaining an archive of chapter meetings and business minutes.
this newsletter we will be providing the newsletter online as well.
However, the part of our site that has generated the most comment has
been our compilation of music bibliographic instruction syllabi. This is a tool
used by many MLA members who wish to improve in this area and see what others
latest addition to the site is an Arts News box showing worldwide current events
in the arts. This is updated several times a day so you can check it fairly
often to keep up with what is going on.
future includes a directory of chapter members and specialized resource pages on
topics such as a bibliography of children’s fiction related to music, music
for weddings, and a review of internet search engines and music. We will be
providing these specialized topics pages for librarians (like children’s
librarians, public librarians, etc.) who do not have music specialization but
provide music information to patrons.
ultimate utility and future of the webpages will be decided by members. Your
suggestions, content, and comments determine what appears on our website. In
fact, the specialized pages have come about as suggestions from you. So please
help by contributing, and in particular, consider providing a specialized
subject page. As always send your correspondence to Brian Cockburn at email@example.com
Madison Special Collections
||Brian Cockburn, Website
Madison University announces the availability of three special collections. The
collections have been physically processed according to contemporary
preservation practices, stored in climate controlled environment, and online
databases developed. Additionally, a collection-level record for each collection
may be found in the library’s OPAC with a link to the online finding aid.
The Paul Lavalle Collection
This was given to the Music
Library at James Madison University by Paul Lavalle’s daughter, Suzanne
Lavalle Bothamley. The collection consists of hundreds of published and
unpublished works arranged or composed by Paul Lavalle as well as a number of
published works by various composers from his personal collection. Also included
in the collection are articles, programs, and photographs. Web address is www.lib.jmu.edu/music/lavalle.
The Gena Branscombe Collection
The collection from Gena
Branscombe’s compositions was received in 1993 from her daughter, Gena Tenney
Phenix. The collection contains items consisting mostly of works for solo voice
and chorus, as well as articles, photographs and correspondence papers. The only
instrumental works in this collection are three pieces for horn and piano. Two
comprehensive collections of the published and manuscript works of Gena
Branscombe exist in the Music Library at the Center for the Performing Arts at
Lincoln Center in New York City, and the National Music Library in Ottawa,
Canada. Web address is www.lib.jmu.edu/music/branscombe.
The Music Performance Recording Collection
This consists of almost 800
video and sound recordings in Beta, VHS, U-matic, Reel (in several formats),
Cassette, and DAT. Performances by JMU ensembles, faculty, guest artists, and
festival recordings are included, as well as studio masters for most of the
commercially issued recordings by JMU ensembles. The collection will grow by
approximately 120 items each academic year. Web address is www.lib.jmu.edu/music/recitals.
Questions can be directed to Karen Quesenberry, Library Assistant and Curator
for these collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Music Library at 540-568-6041.
||Alice LaSota, List
The Atlantic Chapter
of the Music Library Association has its own listserv. The list name is ATMLA-L.
It is intended primarily for members of the Atlantic Chapter of MLA, but
welcomes the participation of other interested parties. The purpose of the list
is discussion of local chapter issues and national MLA issues as they affect our
activities. To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com
with the following command in the body of the message: SUB ATMLA-L Firstname
Lastname. To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list,
just send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send administrative questions to Alice LaSota, the list owner, at email@example.com.
Chapter Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh
||Jim Cassaro, University
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.
A printable Registration Form