April 2003 Number 78
ISSN 1549-8948 (online)
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IN THIS ISSUE
GREETINGS FROM OUR CHAIRThroughout the last year I have boasted far and wide about being the Chair of this fine Chapter! We indeed have a rich history and we currently represent many of the finest institutions and individuals in the world of musical archives and research in the country. One of the greatest aspects of my time as chair has been working with so many knowledgeable, talented, gifted and caring people. I wish to thank the clever and dedicated board for their support and energy. I also wish to extend a special note of gratitude to one of the finest librarians I have even been lucky enough to know - your next chair, Mr. Vic Cardell. We are lucky to have his involvement and I am looking forward to serving him as he served me.
Another note I'd like to pass along is one that echoes a theme I called upon often during the last year, celebrating our own history. In order to preserve some of the accomplishments and achievements of our chapter members in their careers as librarians, writers and archivists, we launched our chapter's own Oral History program during the summer of 2002. These videotaped interviews will showcase the people who make up who we are as a chapter and who create the history we are all so proud of. Dr. Robert F. Freeland was the first of these interviews - and a fitting beginning indeed! I look forward to this collection expanding over the years and offer whatever help I can provide to see the program grow.
Thank you one and all, I had a ball!
Dan Del Fiorentino
NAMM-International Music Products Association
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 72nd ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, AUSTIN, TEXAS, FEB. 12-15, 2003Over 450 people attended this year's MLA annual meeting, held at the Austin Renaissance Hotel. A brass octet kicked off the conference in style by playing music by Giovanni Gabrieli in the hotel atrium. The first plenary session, "You Can't Hear American Music without Hearing Texas," included presentations by David Neumeyer, from the Center for American Music at The University of Texas at Austin, and Casey Monahan, director of the Texas Music Office. The latter was especially interesting, as the Texas Music Office is actually a part of the legislative branch of government in Texas. It grew out of the Texas Film Commission, which lobbied heavily for music to have a more central place in the state's deliberations. Monahan suggested that other states might want to follow suit, and that libraries might play a key role in such an endeavor. This was followed by a short presentation and performance by Paul Glasse, a local celebrity who has recorded renditions of blues, swing, jazz, and bebop on the mandolin.
The second plenary session, "Revolution in the Recording Industry," featured presentations by Larry Kraman, owner of the Newport Classic label, Brenda Nelson-Strauss, sound archivist at Indiana University and Georgia Harper, from UT's Office of General Counsel. Kraman talked about the plight of major and independent labels as well as CD stores. We'll probably see more of an effort by major companies to offer online subscription packages for downloading music. There will probably be fewer reissues because they don't make money for the companies. He had to pull his own label from Tower Records because the only contract they would offer him was a 365 day contract, which means they would hold his stock for 365 days, and at the end of that period, would pay him for any sales and return the unsold stock to him.
Nelson-Strauss talked about high-resolution, high-density formats that the recording industry recently released. They plan to start marketing these more heavily towards the end of this year: DVD-A (DVD Audio; several hundred titles currently available) and SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc; ca. 1000 titles available). Hybrid discs with dual layers, backward compatible with CDs, are also being issued. In most cases, existing digital recordings will not be able to be reformatted into these new formats; some analog recordings can be, depending on the type of mixing that was used to produce the recording. The industry is planning more comprehensive use of encryption in order to control the ability of users to make illegal copies of digital sound recordings. Libraries planning to purchase the new formats will need to plan appropriately for storage and playback equipment, as the discs are being issued in jewel cases that are taller than those used currently for CDs. A universal playback device that will play all of these formats is already on the market.
As incoming chair of the Southern California Chapter of MLA, Vic represented the chapter at the annual Chapter Chairs' breakfast meeting. Smaller chapters asked about ways to increase attendance. Some suggested holding joint chapter meetings outside of MLA and maybe even rethinking chapter geographic boundaries. It was noted that chapters do not have to meet at MLA annual meetings unless there's a purpose. If they do, however, meeting jointly with other chapters would help keep MLA's conference costs lower." At this year's MLA Austin meeting, the three chapters on the West Coast-Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and Southern California-held a successful "Left Coast Mixer." The three chapters evenly shared expenses. Vic will coordinate a similar event for next year's meeting in Washington, D.C.
The theme of this year's Public Libraries Committee program was "Crossing the Great Divide," and featured presentations by Vic on changing from academic to public libraries, and Jeannette Casey, Northwestern University, on switching from public to academic libraries. Lively discussion followed.
March 4, 2003
Joan Flintoff LoPear, our indefatigable Secretary / Treasurer, reports that she attended, among other sessions: Stephen Davison's Sheet Music Roundtable presentation, "Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Sheet Music Project: A Gateway to Sheet Music Collections on the Web"; Jerry McBride's "Music Thesaurus Project"; and Harriette Hemmasi's "Variations 2 Project and Metadata Mapping". (See the Variations 2 website at Indiana University for further information.)
She also took in the Public Libraries Committee presentations featuring "Chicken Soup for the Music Librarian's Soul: Switching from Academic to Public Libraries Mid-Career", presented by Vic Cardell and "The Game Remains the Same...", on the transition from academic to public libraries, by Jeanette Casey (Northwestern University).
Minutes of the first "Left Coast Mixer" Chapter Meeting for Northern California, Pacific Northwest, and Southern California, Concho Rm.:
On Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14, 2003, at MLA's annual meeting in Austin, Texas, the three West Coast MLA Chapters held a joint Chapter Meeting, from 6:00-7:30 pm. John William Brower (Seattle Public Library), from the Pacific Northwest Chapter had the idea for a joint meeting, so Paula Elliot (Washington State University) contacted the Northern and Southern California Chapters and thus began the "The Left Coast Mixer" at MLA. It turned out to be so successful that it was decided to make this an annual event. In addition a Program Committee made up of Don Brown (El Camino College) for Southern California, Leslie Bennett (University of Oregon) for Pacific Northwest, Alicia Patrice (California State University, Sacramento for Northern California was set up to organize a "triple joint meeting in the Spring or May of 2004 at either University of Oregon or Berkeley.
Minutes prepared by Joan Flintoff LoPear
Secretary/Treasurer of Music Library Association Southern California Chapter
More member news from the conference:
- Leslie Andersen presented a poster session on CSULB's Spidell electronic classroom.
- In the costume contest, Renée McBride shared the grand prize with Lois Kuyper-Rushing (LSU) and Sarah Dorsey (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro). The sartorially splendid trio drew their inspiration from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
POST CONFERENCE ADVENTURES...
When Saturday came, I planned to use my first free time in three days to track down "Keep Austin Weird" stickers for my daughter. As the convention was on the outskirts of town, 10 miles from the University area, this was a huge challenge, Fortunately, Leslie Andersen offered me a ride as she drove her husband and his colleague to the University of Texas-Austin. Since they had only three hours to finish up some research in the David Selznick papers in Special Collections, I offered to help them out to repay them for the ride they had given me. As a result, I got a reader's card at TU-A, spent some very interesting time perusing Bernard Hermann's music for A Portrait of Jenny, and later found the stickers without which I could not have shown my face back home!
Joan Flintoff LoPear
TOWARD MORE EFFICIENT CATALOGING...Here in the UCLA Cataloging Department we are approaching the end of what started out in July 2000 as a special Cataloging Project for 6,000 compact discs. We developed a special workflow for Rapidcataloging by Copycatalogers while the regular Music Copycataloger and I dealt with the regular current ones and special problems.
We have covered an amazing range of materials. At the beginning of the project there weren't many discs needing original cataloging, but many of the more recent acquisitions have required original work. For instance, last month I did a lot of original records for Norwegian jazz recording. We are also receiving a large number of reissues of early American jazz. I mention the jazz discs in particular because I have noticed that while I'm listening to the recordings to see if there are any vocals to determine whether a language code is needed, I tend to type much faster (or is the current term "keyboard"?). You see, if all catalogers listened to jazz while cataloging, they would all get more done!
Joan Flintoff LoPear, Music Catalog Librarian
URL Cataloging Dept. / UCLA Young Research Library
- Looking for Forthcoming Conferences in Music ? For quick links to searchable websites of conferences past, present and future, check out University of London Royal Holloway Department of Music website
- IAML (International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres) Annual Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, July 6-11, 2003:
- ISMIR (International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval) 4th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval: Washington, D.C., October 26-30, 2003:
MLA/SCC TREASURER'S REPORTIn spite of a very busy year, MLA/SCC's treasury remains healthy as of April 17, 2003 with a grand total of $4,018.65 (provided that everyone has sent in their bills...) The balance at the beginning of March 1, 2003 was as follows:
Joan Flintoff LoPear, MLA/SCC Secretary/Treasurer
- Beginning balance in Checking = $1,580.77
- Beginning balance in Savings = $50.00
- Beginning balance in Certificate = $2,685.32
Total = $4,316.09
April 17, 2003
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS! Carol Dales, so you will be included in the next issue.
MEMBER NEWS Two MLA/SCC members contributed to the recent two volume publication Women and Music in America since 1900 : An Encyclopedia, edited by Kristine H. Burns (Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002). Look for articles by Vic Cardell on Clora Bryant, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and one on Anne LeBaron by Renée McBride.
Renée McBride was recently elected to MLA Board as Member-at-Large (2003-2005).
Leslie Andersen is now the liaison between MLA and ARLIS.
CANDIDATES FOR MLA/SCC OFFICE, 2003-2004 Our esteemed candidates:
Please vote and return your ballot, included with the print version of this Newsletter, before May 31.
- Vice Chair/Chair Elect:Ken Calkins, UCSD
Marion Scichilone, San Clemente Public Library
- Member-at-LargeAntonio Calvo, CSU Northridge
David Gilbert, UCLA
MLA/SCC Executive Board
Chair: Dan Del Fiorentino, NAMM-International Music Products Association
Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Vic Cardell, San Diego Public Library
Secretary/Treasurer: Joan Flintoff LoPear, UCLA Young Research Library
Members-At-Large: Don Brown, El Camino College
Liza Vick, UC-Irvine
Past Chair: Kevin McLaughlin, California Institute of the Arts
MLA/SCC Newsletter, No. 78, April 2003
Editor: E. Carol Dales
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