Registration for 2016-2017 membership year is now open — pay online

We can now pay our chapter membership renewal dues at the same time as our MLA dues online via the MLA website. Please see the Membership page for more information.

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David Gilbert awarded MLA Citation

David Gilbert, Music Librarian at UCLA and MLACC member has been awarded the MLA Citation for distinguished service to music librarianship. Congratulations David!

Click to read the full announcement.

David Gilbert

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Lindsay Hansen is MLACC Chair-Elect

The result of our recent election is: Lindsay Hansen is MLACC Chair-Elect. Lindsay will assume this role on July 1, and will take up the position of Chapter Chair on July 1, 2017. Lindsay is Music & Media Librarian at California State University, Northridge.  She previously served as Chair of the MLA Southern California Chapter.

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MLACC Travel Grant Winners

Laurel Diskin and Kyra Folk-Farber have been awarded MLA California Chapter travel grants which will provide financial support for their attendance at the Joint Chapter Meeting in August. Laurel is a student member of MLACC, and is currently working on her MLS. She serves MLACC as Secretary/Treasurer. Kyra is a recent MLS graduate and was hired as Assistant Music Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara in January 2015. Congratulations to both!

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Travel Grants for 2016 Joint Chapter Meeting

The California Chapter is offering travel grants for members to attend the Joint Chapter Meeting in Seattle on August 5-6, 2016. Applicants do not need to be chapter members to apply, but must agree to join the chapter upon receiving the award. While priority will be given to student members, members presenting papers, and librarians and paraprofessionals in the first 3 years of their career, applications from all members will be considered. Information about the 2016 meeting can be found at

To apply, please fill out and submit this secure form:

The deadline for applying is Friday, April 29.

If you have any questions please contact John Redford (

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MLACC 2015 Website & Program

I am pleased to announce the program for our meeting in October:

I also want to inform you about available travel grants. The application form is available on the meeting website. Please note the deadline: Aug. 24.

We also have a fun pre-conference activity lined up for Thursday afternoon — a guided tour of historical musical instruments in the Nethercutt Collection.

Information about accomodation, travel, etc. will be posted soon.

Best wishes,

John Redford, MLACC Chair

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Best of Chapters goes to Jonathan Manton!

The Best of Chapters just announced the winner for 2015: our own Jonathan Manton  for his presentation “Sounds of Stanford and the Bay Area: embedding the Stanford Digital Respository into teaching and learning.” According to the Best of Chapters Committee, “Jon’s presentation was a real standout that touches on many aspects of music librarianship, and we feel that it’s very deserving of a wider audience than a chapter meeting can reach. We hope you’ll join us for his presentation in Cincinnati next March.”

Here’s his abstract: The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound has taken an active role in two media-rich courses at Stanford in the past year, one in the Music Department and the other in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, to encourage students to deposit their final projects into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). The purpose of working with these courses was primarily to introduce students to the SDR and its many benefits, and to walk them through the process of personally depositing their work to the SDR via a self-deposit tool which was launched in 2013. This introduction was backed up by online screencasts that guided students through the deposit process for the particular sets of materials they would produce as part of the course. The rate of deposit into the SDR for both courses was extremely high as the professors in each case decided to make this a mandatory part of the courses’ requirements. Additionally, this initiative served to provide customized library instruction and reference support for both courses, and introduced students to issues surrounding digital preservation and the need to preserve born-digital materials.

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Call for Proposals for MLACC 2015

The Fall 2015 meeting of the California Chapter will take place in Glendale, California at the Brand Library & Art Center from October 23-24th.

The Program Committee is currently seeking proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and problem-solving sessions for our upcoming annual meeting. Proposals that offer practical tips and techniques in the field of music librarianship are strongly encouraged. Proposals from student members are also welcome.

Proposals are due Monday, July 27th.

The proposal should include:

  • A working title of the presentation/panel
  • The name(s) and affiliations(s) of the presenters/panelists
  • A short description of the presentation/panel (100-300 words)
  • The length of time needed
  • Any special technology requirements beyond a computer, projection screen, speakers, and an Internet connection

Proposals and questions should be submitted to Veronica Wells (, Chair of the Program Committee. 

Feel free to send this message on to anyone who might be interested.

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Reactions to the Record

The 2015 Reactions to the Record symposium that will take place April 17-18 in Braun Music Center on the Stanford University campus. This year’s symposium will focus on The Player Piano Project. It will feature a concert with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra in Bing Concert Hall on Saturday, April 18th that will showcase this remarkable historical medium.

Read more and register here:

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San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Digital Archives Project

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Archivist, Tessa Updike, has been busy compiling a digital resource of historical recordings  from the SFCM’s illustrious past (2017 will be their centennial year!). Their hope is to preserve and make accessible masterclasses, performances, events and lectures by SFCM faculty and guests, dating back to 1967.  The first recording to go “live” is this Commencement address from 1985 by Robert Commanday, longtime music critic at the San Francisco Chronicle. Have a listen – click on the Soundcloud “play” button on the Audio Digitization Project page here:

SFCO’s Audio Digitization Project

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