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Music Library Association-Atlantic Chapter

Newsletter - Fall 2001

Last update: August 26, 2003

Renovations in the Arts and Humanities Library at Penn State University

Amanda Maple  
The new George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library, one of 13 subject libraries at the University Park campus of Penn State University, houses the University Libraries' music col- lections. Located within the newly renovated Pattee Library and Paterno Library building complex, the Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library is a quick walk from the neighboring School of Music buildings. The largest of Penn State's subject libraries, it also provides collections and services related to classics, dance, film, history, language, literature, philosophy, religion, theater, and the visual arts. 

The past three years saw major additions and renovations to Penn State's Pattee Library, culminating in the creation of the Pattee Library and Paterno Library building complex dedicated during special ceremonies in September 2000. The newly renovated Arts and Humanities Library provides 80 networked public computer workstations. Thirty of these workstations are located in the new Walter and Doris Goldstein Music and Media Center and are equipped for audio and video playback with attached headphones. Library users can access Penn State's Digital Music Library from these computers, as well as other audio and video resources via the Internet. Our Digital Music Library makes available to the Penn State community networked music audio used in course-related teaching and learning.

The Music and Media Center also provides traditional playback equipment for audio (CD, LP, cassette) and video (VHS, PAL, DVD, laserdisc) formats; houses the library's audio and video collections; provides a course-reserve service for non-book formats; and offers reference and circulation services all hours the library is open (102 hours/week). A group video-viewing room on the same floor can be scheduled at the Music and Media Center's service desk, and adjacent to the Music and Media Center on the same floor are the library's collections of music scores and parts and recently received issues of periodicals in music and the other arts and humanities disciplines.

On the same floor in the next wing of the building is the Arts and Humanities Library's Public Services Desk and collection, including music reference materials. Music books and bound volumes of music periodicals are housed in the arts and humanities stacks, one floor below the reference collection.

Music Library Association, Atlantic Chapter
includes Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Chair Donna Fournier, Haverford College
Vice Chair Catherine M. Dixon, D.C. Public Library
Communications Committee
Robert Freeborn, Penn State University, Chair
Membership Committee
Carl Rahkonen, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chair
Steve Landstreet, Free Library of Philadelphia
Mary Prendergast, University of Virginia
Anne Harlow, Rowan University
Website Editor
Brian Cockburn, James Madison University
List Owner
Alice LaSota, University of Maryland
The Newsletter is published semiannually.  Send submissions and correspondence to:
Kile Smith, Editor
Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music
The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St., Rm 125
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1116

Other facilities in the newly renovated Arts and Humanities Library include:

  • the Edward and Judith Anchel Music Seminar Room, equipped with audio and video playback, a computer workstation with projection, and a piano;

  • the Paterno Family Humanities Reading Room, a graciously restored space for up to 400 readers at tables equipped with dataports for laptop computer use;

  • the Digital Resources Center, providing six multimedia computers and peripherals such as scanners and other capture devices that students and faculty can use to digitize library materials in all formats and create course-related multimedia research projects and websites in consultation with subject specialists on the Libraries' faculty. The center is the home of library-based digital projects such as the Digital Music Library, which makes available over the Internet music audio studied in music courses.

Six faculty librarians, subject specialists in arts and humanities disciplines, are active liaisons with the collegiate departments, working to ensure that the library is meeting the information and research needs of its user communities by developing the library's collections, providing instruction for students in information finding and research methods, and offering in-depth reference assistance. Five full-time staff and over 3 FTE part-time staff manage library operations and assist users with their information needs. For more information, contact Amanda Maple, music librarian and head, Arts and Humanities Library, at 814-863-1401 or alm8@psu.edu.

News from our Members Donna Fournier, Chair

James Alberts finished his M.L.S. at the University of Maryland in May of 2001, and started work as Catalog Librarian at the Curtis Institute on July 5th. He is working primarily with gift collections as well as many of the new scores and monographs. James is thrilled to be at Curtis and grateful to Alice Lasota, head of the Music/AV Cataloging Unit at Maryland, for her guidance. James received his bachelor's and master's degrees in double bass from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1995. He then went on to Brandeis University where he received the M.F.A in music history in 1998, did some work toward the Ph.D., and worked in the library. James' personal interest in music includes playing the viola da gamba and recorder, and American folk music, especially the fretted dulcimer.

John Anderies joined the Haverford College library staff in January of 2001 where he serves as their Music Librarian. Previously, John was at the Cook Music Library at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he served most recently as Acting Head of User Services. At Indiana, John oversaw the daily digitizing operations for the VARIATIONS project, Indiana's digital music library, and served on the advisory committee for the project. John's M.L.S and Ph.D. course work in musicology are also from Indiana.

Donna Fournier was Haverford College's Music Librarian (1989-2000) and is now their Coordinator for User Services and Collections/Associate Librarian of the College. Previous to Haverford, she was a Music Cataloger at Yale University and the Music Library Assistant at Connecticut College. Her M.L.S comes from Southern Connecticut State University, her M.A. in music history from West Chester University, and her B.A. from Connecticut College. Donna serves the MLA Atlantic Chapter as chapter chair through the Fall of 2002.

Anne Harlow is currently a Reference Librarian and the Performing Arts Subject Specialist at the Paley Library of Temple University in Philadelphia. Previous positions were as Reference Librarian at the Curtis Institute of Music and Music Cataloger and music library webmaster at Rowan University. She received her M.S.L.S. from Drexel University and her B.Mus. from Temple University. Anne has been involved with MLA chapter work for some time as she was the compiler and editor of the MLA Pennsylvania Chapter's first directory. On the personal side, Anne has strong interests in all things French, medieval history, and ballroom dancing.

Robert Lipartito was appointed Technical Services Librarian at the Music Branch Library at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as of February 2001. Bob's duties at his new position include cataloging of all music materials, development and implementation of cataloging policy and procedures, and catalog maintenance. He also acts as collection development liaison to the university's Speech, Theatre, and Dance Department. Bob has previously worked for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Free Library of Philadelphia. He spent the year of 2000 cataloging scores and manuscripts in the Leopold Stokowski Collection at the University of Pennsylvania. Bob's appointment marks his return to Rowan where he graduated as a music education major in 1977 while it was still Glassboro State College. He later went on to earn his master's degree in tuba at the Manhattan School of Music, and eventually his M.L.S at Queens College, CUNY.

Elisa Paul Burggraf works in the Music and Recreation Division at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library of the District of Columbia Public Library. She came to this position directly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an M.L.S. in 1999. Elisa has also studied at the Pennsylvania State University (M.A. in musicology) and the University of Utah (B.Mus.). Originally from Utah, she spent the past six years in the East and has loved every moment. She has especially enjoyed Washington with its many museums, monuments, and other cultural and historical activities. The "Burggraf" part of Elisa's name is a new as of this past January. Congratulations Elisa!

Katia Strieck joined the Free Library of Philadelphia as a Music Cataloger in June 2000. Born and raised in northern Ontario, Katia received her M.L.I.S. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and her M.A. (Musicology) from McGill University in Montreal. Some of the special projects she is currently working on are to catalog the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music and the sheet music collection. Still keeping her on her musical toes, Katia sings with the Mendelssohn Club Choir and plays violin in the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.

Chapter Meeting Donna Fournier, Chapter Chair

Many of you may have just read an invitation to attend the Fall meeting of the Music Library Atlantic Chapter that I posted on ATMLA-L. This message is for those of you who do not subscribe to the listserv.

Jane Penner and Mary Prendergast from the University of Virginia have put together an excellent program for our Fall meeting on October 5-6, 2001. We will have one session called "Playing and Collecting Traditional Music" and another called "Digital Frontiers for Music Collections." We will also have our business meeting as well as opportunities to explore local restaurants, wineries, tourist attractions, and concerts. All the details as well as a printable registration form are available on this chapter website.

Meeting registration automatically renews your chapter membership. I hope that you can make this meeting but if that is not possible then I hope that you will renew your membership as it will allow you to vote in our upcoming election.

I hope that you have had a great summer and look forward to seeing many of you in the Fall.

Send comments or suggestions to:  Brian Cockburn