August 2001 Number 75
ISSN 1549-8948 (online)
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MLA/SCC Annual Meeting, UCSB, Oct. 19-20The annual meeting of the MLA/SCC will take place Oct. 19-20 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Plan now to attend! This is your opportunity to spend a fall weekend with your colleagues and explore the attractions of beautiful Santa Barbara, situated between the ocean and the Santa Inez Mountains. You may want to enjoy one of the many beaches along Santa Barbara County's 100 miles of coastline, dine alfresco or shop along State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, or explore the famous wine country of the Santa Inez and Santa Maria valleys just beyond the city. On the UCSB campus, the University Art Museum will be featuring the first retrospective exhibition of the design work of Paul Tuttle, including furniture, architecture, and sculptural constructions from the 1950s to the present (open 12-5 pm). On Friday evening, you will have the opportunity to attend a concert on the UCSB campus by the renowned Kronos Quartet.
This will be the first annual MLA/SCC meeting since the recent change in Chapter bylaws specifying one meeting per year instead of two. With the additional lead time for planning that this schedule allows, the local arrangements and program committees have been hard at work to put together an informative, rewarding, and entertaining meeting that chapter members and friends will not want to miss.
The preliminary schedule is as follows:
Friday afternoon, Oct. 19: UCSB, Davidson Library, Mary Cheadle Room
12:30-1:30 MLA/SCC Executive Board meeting 1:30-2:00 Registration; light refreshments 2:00-3:15 Welcome: Lee Rothfarb, Chair, UCSB Music Dept.; Kevin McLaughlin, Chair, MLA/SCC
Member presentations: David Gilbert; Marion Scichilone
3:30-4:45 Tour of Performing Arts Collections (UCSB Special Collections Dept.), David Seubert, Curator 5:00 Reception at Faculty Club hosted by Theodore Front Musical Literature; dinner at Faculty Club 8:00
Kronos Quartet concert, Campbell Hall, UCSB
Saturday morning, Oct. 20: Best Western South Coast Inn (Enterprise Room), Santa Barbara/Goleta
8:00-9:00 Publications Committee meeting 9:00-10:00 Current Intellectual Property Issues: Panel and discussion 10:15-10:30
10:15-11:00 Jackie Saunders, Executive Director, Ojai Festivals, Ltd. 11:00-noon Chapter business meeting
The Friday afternoon session includes presentations by two of our Chapter's new members: David Gilbert, music librarian at UCLA, and Marion Scichilone, supervising technical services librarian at the Downey City Library. David characterizes his talk, titled "Opera Fantasies, Variations, and Quadrilles for Piano Duet, or, Searching for Wagner in Drag," as "biblio-musicological" and "kind of a fantasy in itself." Marion's is titled "Latina Music in Public Libraries"; she will discuss issues such as user demand and the librarian's approaches for increasing latina music titles in public libraries. Music selections will be played and a resource handout provided. Venga escuche y aprenda más acerca de música de latina!
Our next stop with be the Department of Special Collections of the UCSB Libraries, where curator David Seubert will discuss some of the significant music holdings of the Performing Arts Collections. Afterward, there will be an opportunity to stop by the UCSB Arts Library (just a short walk from Davidson Library, en route to the Faculty Club), which houses collections in the visual arts and music. At the Faculty Club, we will enjoy a reception hosted by Theodore Front Musical Literature, followed by dinner. The featured event of the evening is the Kronos Quartet concert.
For the Saturday morning session at the Best Western South Coast Inn, the program committee is currently working on presenting a panel of speakers who will examine and discuss some of the important intellectual property issues facing libraries and their users in today's challenging and ever-changing digital information environment. Following the panel, MLA/SCC members will be treated to a presentation by Jackie Saunders, Executive Director of the Ojai Festival, which for over fifty years has brought together unusual repertory and world-famous performers and composers at the annual festival in Ventura County just south of Santa Barbara.
The conference hotel is the Best Western South Coast Inn at 5620 Calle Real, just three miles from the UCSB campus and a short drive from downtown Santa Barbara. Amenities include a heated pool and spa and a complimentary continental breakfast buffet served daily. When making your reservation, say that you are attending the Music Library Association meeting; the discounted convention rate of $99/night (plus 10 percent tax) is available for both Friday and Saturday nights, should you decide to extend your stay in Santa Barbara. To receive this rate, your must make your reservation by Oct. 5.
Directions and parking
To UCSB from 101: Heading north on US 101, continue just past Santa Barbara and take the UCSB/highway 217 exit (immediately after the Patterson Ave. exit) 2.5 miles to the campus. At the campus entrance, stop at the information booth on your left and say that you are attending a meeting of the Music Library Association Southern California Chapter at Davidson Library. You will be given a complimentary parking permit along with directions to parking lots and, if you wish, a campus map. If you have a parking permit from another UC campus, please bring it and present it at the kiosk. The Friday afternoon session will be held in the Mary Cheadle Room on the third floor of Davidson Library. As you enter the library, walk past the loan desk on your left and take the elevator (just past the information desk on the right) to the third floor. Turn left, go to the end of the hall, and turn right. The Mary Cheadle Room is the first room on your right. You may also wish to stop by the study lounge on the eighth floor (from the loan desk on the first floor, turn left to take the elevators), where you will have a beautiful view the mountains, coastline, and ocean.
To the Best Western South Coast Inn: Heading north on US 101, take the Patterson Ave. exit just north of Santa Barbara. At the traffic light, turn right (north) onto Patterson, heading toward the mountains. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Calle Real; it's best to get into the left of the two left-turn lanes. Go about .6 miles (that's point 6) to the BWSCI, on your right just after the traffic light.
To UCSB from the BWSCI: Turn left onto Calle Real. Go about .6 miles and turn right at the T intersection traffic light onto Patterson Ave. Almost immediately, turn right onto the North 101 ramp, and then bear left onto highway 217 to UCSB. Go 2.5 miles to campus.
More information on traveling to UCSB is available here.
Print out the registration form for the meeting and send it in. Registration is $25, which includes afternoon refreshments and dinner on Friday. And, don't forget about the Kronos Quartet! To purchase a ticket for the concert ($24), your registration with payment must be received by Oct. 1.
I hope to see all of you at UCSB in October!
Arts Library, UCSB
From Our ChairHello and a happy summer to everyone. I can hardly believe it's already been a year since I moved here and joined you all in this land of sun and celebrity. The Chapter, a star in its own right, is in fine shape, not least because of the great work done by boards past and present, and by my predecessor, Kris Shanton. To follow her is an honor, and to serve you will be a pleasure.
I am especially eager to attend our annual meeting, this time at UC Santa Barbara. The planning committee, with Eunice Schroeder as Local Arrangements Chair, has already put together an exciting slate of events - be sure to read Eunice's detailed description elsewhere in these pages. Can you believe the stroke of genius to locate an October meeting in Santa Barbara? Are we lucky or what? I hope to see you there.
Congratulations are most certainly due to our newest board members: Dan Del Fiorentino is our new Vice Chair/Chair Elect, and Don Brown is our new Member-at-Large. Both were elected by a unanimous vote (Florida notwithstanding). Dan was our host last fall at NAMM in Carlsbad and Don serves as Music Librarian at El Camino College in Torrance, CA. Welcome and thanks to you both!
Also, we officially received the two-thirds vote needed for a change in our bylaws concerning the number of Newsletters produced in a given year: it has now been reduced from three to two annually. Of the fifty-one individual members who received ballots, thirty-five voted yes, three voted no.
I look forward to seeing you all in October!
Kevin McLaughlin (CalArts)
From Our Past ChairHello everyone. By the time you're reading this, I'll have moved back East, to central New York, for my new position as Music Librarian at Ithaca College. But right now, as I type this, I'm weary from the rigors of trying to pack up all our stuff, and do it with a 7 month old.
You may not have known that I was looking to move back East, but many of you know that I and my husband Erik are originally from Pennsylvania. With the many changes in our lives this past year, not the least of which is the baby, we decided that it was time to move back and be closer to both our families. Plus, we miss the snow. There. I've said it.
(Kris may be reached at: 11 Prospect Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Phone: (607) 387-4437. Temporary e-mail.)
Kristina Shanton (Ithaca College, formerly of CSU Long Beach)
Newsletter MattersAs Kevin noted above, you recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of reducing the number of newsletter issues from three to two per calendar year. This issue of the MLA/SCC Newsletter will therefore be the final issue of 2001.
Speaking of matters concerning finality and our newsletter, this will be the last newsletter edited by me. I have been editor since July 1999 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all. I'm not actually yet tired of this gig, but other responsibilities are taking precedence these days. Who out there would like to edit the MLA/SCC Newsletter?!?! Editing the newsletter does not require a great deal of time (even less now that we're issuing only two numbers per year), nor does it require hotshot desktop publishing skills (if you doubt me, I'm sure Kathy Glennan will vouch for my lack of expertise (thanks for all the help, Kathy!)). One issue of the newsletter appears in August or September, containing the annual membership directory as well as information about the Chapter's fall meeting; the second issue may appear any other time of the year (most recently it has appeared sometime in the spring following the MLA Annual Meeting). The newsletter editor serves as a member of the MLA/SCC Publications Committee (current chair, Eunice Schroeder), but is not required to attend MLA/SCC Executive Board meetings. I guarantee that my successor will inherit highly organized files, and I'll be most happy to share what help I can with the lucky person.
I encourage you to give some thought to editing our newsletter. I have found it to be a very enjoyable undertaking, one which offers a great opportunity to become more familiar with MLA/SCC members and the workings of our Chapter. Not to mention you'll get a free breakfast at the MLA Annual Meeting, should you attend! If you're interested in becoming the MLA/SCC Newsletter editor, please contact our Chapter Chair, Kevin McLaughlin.
Renée McBride (UCLA)
Check Out the Directory Our 2001-2002 MLA/SCC Membership Directory is included with the mailed copy of this newsletter. It is not available online. Please check to see if you are listed; if you are not, you haven't renewed your membership for 2001-2002 (as of Aug. 7, 2001). You may renew by:
It's too late to be included in this year's directory, but renewal will ensure that you remain on the chapter mailing list, receive the newsletter, and continue to have a voice in the activities of MLA/SCC.
- submitting the registration form, or
- renewing at the MLA/SCC Fall Meeting in October.
What's Up? Ken Calkins (UCSD) began work in May as the Music Librarian at UCSD, coming from Northwestern University where he was the Music Public Services Librarian. Ken's librarian career started at the recorded sound archives of The New York Public Library. He's originally from Tucson, and the California sunshine is making him feel at home.
David Gilbert (UCLA) recently moved to Southern California from New York City to enjoy hiking in the mountains and the desert, but how could he turn down the opportunity to serve the UCLA community as Librarian for Reference and Instruction in the UCLA Music Library? He's hoping to find a few pianists soon with the patience to bang through eight hand arrangements of overtures and symphonies, but the task of editing book reviews for Notes is taking up a lot of his hiking and banging time.
Feng-Hsiu Lee, another new MLA/SCC member, is currently completing his Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology and M.M. in piano performance at Kent State University, where he received his MLS. In mid-August, he will move to the LA area. Feng-Hsiu volunteered to catalog printed music at Youngstown State University, OH. He taught library science courses to paraprofessionals in his native country, Taiwan.
Martin A. Silver (retired, UC Santa Barbara; Musical Literature) writes: This year some serious work has been done on the Silver-Bowles treatise Drinking our way through California (unpublished) with a recent two-day trip to Paso Robles devoted to Zinfandel, Syrah and other interesting red wines. (Ratings and best buys may be obtained from the author for a small fee.) Bowles and I covered the area quite thoroughly and still got home without incident. Similarly, a one-day trip to Santa Ynez for the purpose of the 2001 Vintners Festival, accompanied by Linda Altes, was also a smashing success.
This year, for probably the last time, I attended the MLA Annual Meeting in New York and had a great time meeting friends and colleagues. I also managed to attend the Greenwich Village book fair and buy books from various dealers, and for the first time, a collection of 20th-century composers' letters. I have always been interested in this market, but had little experience in buying "special collections material." (Visit Martin's home page which includes an inventory of out-of-print and used books about music and music scores.)
In July I attended the SOSU (Southern Oregon State University) chamber music workshop for about the tenth time. Playing my brains out for a week is always in order about this time of the year.
John Thornbury (retired, CSU Los Angeles) writes: I would never have believed that I would be so busy and so happy in retirement. I knew retirement would be great, but I am really amazed at how great. I feel like pinching myself to see if I am dreaming. I really loved being a reference librarian and music bibliographer, but since retirement, musical opportunities have opened to me almost without any effort on my part. Not long after I retired, I received an offer to become the soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Manhattan Beach. I had substituted there several times, but had never thought about being their permanent soloist. But I accepted their offer and now have to prepare a solo for each Sunday. Then, out of the blue, came an offer to play the piano for the Wednesday evening testimony meeting at the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in downtown Los Angeles. It had been years since I had played the piano, but they wanted someone who could play piano and lead singing too. So I accepted this challenge also. An additional challenge is that the Wednesday evening service is in Spanish (including the hymns). I had never studied Spanish, but I decided "better now than never." So now I have an incentive to practice the piano, do vocal exercises, and study Spanish every day. I even got out my old Hanon Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises book that I hadn't touched since high school. I'm really having lots of fun and feeling almost like a kid again. Also, the money I am making from these two church positions is making the payments on my new Honda Accord, including the insurance. Life is good!
Because of all the wonderful years I had at Cal State LA, I wanted to continue to be associated with the campus. Therefore, I am serving on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Library (I was chair last year). I am treasurer of the Friends of Music, and secretary of the Emeriti Association.
In addition to having all this musical and academic fun, I enjoy gardening, working crossword puzzles, reading (especially historical novels and mysteries) and spending quality time with my life partner of 38 years and our two long-haired dachshunds, Percy and Benjy. I don't think it can get any better than this. I enjoyed life as a librarian, but I'm enjoying this time of life more than any other. And I sincerely hope that all of you MLA/SCCers are as fortunate in your retirements too! See you in church - or not. Love, John
UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive Celebrates 40th Anniversary: The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive will celebrate its 40th anniversary (1961-2001) with a symposium to be held on November 9 and 10, 2001. The theme of the symposium is "The Role of the University Sound Archive in the 21st Century." Some of the leading figures in ethnomusicology as well as sound archiving are scheduled to participate-including Ann Briegleb Schuursma, the Ethnomusicology Archive's archivist from 1961-1984; Mantle Hood, founder of UCLA Institute of Ethnomusicology; J.H. Kwabena Nketia, director of the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana; and Dietrich Schüller, director of the Phonogramm-Archiv in Vienna, Austria.
On Friday, November 9, panel topics include "History of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive," "University and Public-Sector Archives," and "Archiving Special Collections: Jazz and Popular Music." On Saturday, November 10, topics include "History and Issues in Archiving," "Archiving Special Collections: Indian Music and Native American Music," and "Archiving and Technology." There is also a concert planned for Saturday night called "A Celebration of World Music at UCLA."
There is no registration fee, and all interested persons are welcome to attend. For the complete program and hotel information, check the Archive web site, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: (310) 825-1695.
MLA/SCC Executive Board
Chair: Kevin McLaughlin, California Institute of the Arts
Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Dan Del Fiorentino, NAMM-International Music Products Association
Secretary/Treasurer: Nanette Schneir, Santa Monica Public Library
Members-At-Large: Don Brown, El Camino College
Eunice Schroeder, UC-Santa Barbara
Past Chair: Kristina Shanton, Ithaca College (formerly at CSU Long Beach)
MLA/SCC Newsletter, No. 75, August 2001
Editor: Renée McBride, UCLA
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