May 2004 Number 80
ISSN 1549-8948 (online)
Note: The online and printed editions of this newsletter may differ in content.
This is my last official greeting as chapter chair. It has been an honor to serve the chapter in this capacity, and I thank the members of the board and all chapter members for your support during the last year. I am especially grateful to retiring board members Liza Vick, Member-at-Large for Publications, Joan Flintoff LoPear, Secretary/Treasurer, for their extraordinary service and dedication during the last two years, and Dan Del Fiorentino, Past Chair, for his collegiality and leadership during a productive three-year term. As of July 1, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Ken Calkins (UCSD) will become the new Chair. I look forward to continuing to work with Ken and the rest of the Board in my next role as Past Chair. I hope that you will all show him the vote of confidence that you have shown me. Congratulations, Ken!
With this issue of the newsletter, I wish to introduce our new editor, Marion Scichilone (San Clemente Public Library). Marion is an established librarian and musician, and I am very pleased to have her working with the chapter. She has an excellent background in journalism, having received a B.A. with a major in English—emphasis on Newswriting—and a minor in Communications. Marion has edited newsletters for the Southern California and Arizona Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Parks Medical Library of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Soroptimist International of Long Beach. She has prepared exhibits and flyers for our chapter as well as for her work at San Clemente Public Library. We are fortunate to have such a talented editor and hard-working chapter member in this crucial position. I hope you enjoy the contents of Marion’s first issue for MLA/SCC.
This has certainly been a busy term. I wish to thank chapter members for voting on the ballot issues that were distributed with the fall newsletter. As a result, the chapter now has a multi-tiered category for supporting embers. The bylaws have also been officially revised to give the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and the Past Chair additional responsibilities.
Speaking of ballots, I hope that all members will take the time to vote in our annual election of officers. Three important positions are at stake—Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Member-at-Large for Publications, and Secretary/Treasurer—so please be sure to submit your ballot by the deadline of Monday, May 31. The ballot and information about the candidates are included in this newsletter.
Two ad hoc committees have been formed since the fall meeting. The Chapter Handbook Committee is preparing a document to guide chapter officers and editors. Members of the committee are Leslie Andersen, Chair (CSU Long Beach), Frank Hoppe (Intern, Brand Library), Gordon Theil (UCLA), and Louise Spear (The Grammy Foundation). The Bylaws Revision Committee is reviewing the chapter’s constitution and bylaws for discrepancies with current practice and other inconsistencies. Members of that committee are Nanette Schneir, Chair (Santa Monica Public Library), Laurie Ann Baily (Intern, Los Angeles Public Library), Linda Barnhart (UCSD), and Kathy Glennan (USC).
By the time you read this, the Executive Committee will have held its Spring meeting. The agenda for the meeting included a proposal for a music cataloging workshop, a travel grant proposal for chapter members, planning for the annual chapter meeting, and MLA’s Best of Chapters competition. Significant details will be relayed to chapter members via the chapter Web site and MLASCC-L.
David Gilbert, Music Librarian for Public Services, UCLA Music Library
If you happened to attend the first concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Berlioz series in January, and got to Disney Hall early enough for the Upbeat Live! preconcert lecture, you would have heard David Gilbert telling the concert audience what to listen for in Romeo et Juliette and Les Nuits D’Ete. David specializes in 19th century French music and was able to share his love for the music of Berlioz with Disney Hall audiences in pre-concert talks on January 16, 17, and 18, 2004.
Marion Scichilone, Children’s/Teen Librarian, San Clemente Library
I grew up most of my childhood in New Hampshire and attended universities in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. A recent book that I recently read and immensely enjoyed was Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian:the Life and Work of an American Composer, 1967-1944. Mrs. H. H. A. Beach was born in New Hampshire and is considered the first major American woman composer.
Blair Whittington, Music Librarian, Brand Library and Art Center
It has been a year of change at Brand Library. Alyssa Resnick was recently named Senior Library Supervisor overseeing all operations at Brand. Alyssa had previously worked at the Getty Research Institute, Library Associates and Follett Media Distribution. We also saw the retirement of our art librarian/gallery director Jill Conner who has moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Glendale and Pasadena Public Libraries have recently switched our integrated library system to Dynix Horizon. We previously used Geac Advance. Horizon went live on April 8 so we have been busy trying to resolve many problems and issues of the conversion.
Brand has become an even busier place in the past few years with circulation statistics rising annually. My office is filled with CD and scores donations to evaluate. I also wear a second hat as recital hall supervisor. The hall has also become busier with over 80 rentals this year in addition to sponsored events.
It was great to see everybody at the fall 2003 meeting! I hope to see everyone at the next chapter meeting and in Vancouver for the 2005 national meeting.
Editor’s Note: The MLA website has recently been updated with information about and various reports presented at February’s Annual Meeting. Many thanks to MLA-SCC members, Renée McBride and Joan Flintoff LoPear, both of UCLA, for their contributions about their MLA Meeting activities.
MLA Women in Music Roundtable
by Renée McBride
The MLA Women in Music Roundtable, coordinated by Alice Abraham (WGBH Radio, Boston, MA), featured presentations about the Library of Congress (LC), a most appropriate emphasis for MLA’s Annual Meeting in our nation’s capitol.
The session opened with a presentation by Robin Rausch, senior music specialist in LC’s Music Division, entitled “Women and Music Resources at the Library of Congress.” Robin provided attendees with an overview of the special collections in the Music Division that relate to women’s work in music and discussed challenges in doing research at LC. Robin advised researchers to cast their nets widely, not relying solely on the holdings of LC’s Music Division. Other resources for pertinent material include LC’s Prints and Photographs Division, Manuscript Division, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division, and American Folklife Center, as well as the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC), which is accessible via LC’s online catalog. Robin used the online edition of American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States to illustrate how the holdings of other divisions at LC can contribute to women in music research.
Dr. Cyrilla Barr, Professor Emerita at The Catholic University of America and biographer of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, followed with her presentation entitled “Beyond Bricks and Books: Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s Vision of a Library.” Dr. Barr traced the history of Coolidge’s legacy to LC – bequeathing her manuscripts to the Library, funding the construction of the Coolidge Auditorium, and establishing the Coolidge Foundation – and described the critical roles played by Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress, and Carl Engel, Chief of the Music Division. With the auditorium, Coolidge created a space in which her vision of bringing music, particularly contemporary chamber music, to life could be realized. The establishment of the Coolidge Foundation provided the means by which music could be commissioned and performed in the auditorium. Coolidge played an important role in furthering the careers of young U.S. composers through her commissions. A fuller view of the story of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s contributions may be read in Dr. Barr’s book Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge: American Patron of Music (New York : Schirmer, 1998).
An Update from Events and Sessions throughout the Meeting
by Joan Flintoff LoPear
I arrived on Tuesday, February 10th, 2004, so that I could pick up my registration materials and be ready bright and early for the Music Library Association’s Education and Subject Access Subcommittee’s Library of Congress Subject Headings Workshop for Music Librarians. I attended the one on Wednesday, February 11, 2004, in the West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. I followed some of the local arrangements people on the Metro to get there.
The presenters were Lynn El-Hoshy, Library of Congress, J. Bradford Young, University of Pennsylvania, and Geraldine Ostrove, Library of Congress. The moderator was Mark McKnight, University of North Texas. I took notes in English, instead of my regular Gregg shorthand so that you could use the white book if you need to. I made a copy of Geraldine’s presentation and placed it in the binder from the URL sent by Linda Blair after the session. The MLA Opening Reception was that evening from 7-10 pm with Music from Mali with Cheick Hamala Diabate and Bruce Penner, sponsored by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The MLA Shop and Exhibits were also open and there was a frenzy around the free CD’s table.
I attended the Thursday, February 12, 2004, 12:30-2:00 American Music and the Jazz and Popular Music Joint Roundtable on “Sondheim on Music: Mark Horowitz’s Video Interview”. It was very interesting and I have a copy of his book if you’d like to look at it. Mark is from the Music Division, at the Library of Congress.
The Small Academic Libraries/Musical Theatre Roundtable was from 3:30-5:00 on “The Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive at the University of Miami” by Nancy Zavac from the Music Library there. She mentioned the various versions of My Fair Lady in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Hungarian and English and the importance of uniform titles. For more details, see their library catalog. Then Raymond White from the Library of Congress presented “There’s a manuscript I’m longing to see: the George and Ira Gershwin Collection at the Library of Congress”. It was interesting to see on screen the Rhapsody In Blue music score since February 12, 2004, was the 80th anniversary of the first performance of Rhapsody In Blue.
Well those were the fun meetings. On Friday the 13th, we had the beginning of back to back cataloging meetings. Starting at 9:00 am with Bibliographic Control Committee’s Powerpoint presentation by Jennifer Bowen from the Eastman School of Music “Expressions in our Catalogs? FRBR and AACR2 Chapter 25.” Once again I made notes in English so that you could look at it if you wish. I thought she gave a very clear outline of FRBR entities, etc. Then on to the Descriptive Cataloging/Subject Access Open Committee meeting from 10:00-12:00. Nancy Lorimer, the outgoing Chair of the Descriptive Cataloging Subcommitte was unable to attend, so Kathy Glennan read Nancy’s report. Keep current on descriptive cataloging issues by visiting the CC:DA home page and the JSC for Revision of AACR home page. Conventional terminology update with an ALA Canadian proposal, addition to SMD’s, some ok, a proposed Digital audio tape, DAT-tape. No direction on SMD’s that overlapped. MLA’s proposal of new SMD’s must be general enough to avoid changes to legacy data. Basic disagreements on 6.5C7 and some comments from ARSC. Move that ALA NOT approve Canadian proposal. Current SMD’s will remain; but options need to be added to Chapters 6 and 7 with similar wording to that in 9. There should be option for terms in common use similar to the option in Chapter 9. “Crisis cataloging” not good in the world of standards. AACR3 is going to try to devise principles for cataloging rules. Options impinges on 2004 rev./temporary fix vinyl vs. LP generational. Proposal to add systems requirements in chapters that don’t currently contain it. Then there is another Powerpoint presentation on SACO : an introduction primer on Who, When, How, Where, & Why Propose Subject Headings for LCSH.
There were poster sessions from 12:30 pm-2:30 pm that I attended to take some pictures of presentations by some of our Music Library Association Southern California Chapter members. “Consolidated: Arts, Media and Reserve at the California State University, Northridge Library,” by Antonio M. Calvo. Then “Distance Employment: Pioneering Cross-Country Telecommuting, A Cataloger’s Tale,” by Kathy Glennan, University of Southern California. Kathy was one of my interns from UCLA’s library school, and even though she now lives and works in Maryland, she is still our Southern California Chapter’s webmaster because she still catalogs for USC part time telecommuting.
The Marc Formats/Authorities Subcommittee’s Open session was from 1:00-3:00 and Michelle Koth from Yale University and James Zychowicz from A-R Editions presented “Music Cataloging Bulletin Online”. I’m still waiting, quite impatiently, to obtain the access passwords, etc. from Acquisitions. Rita has been very good about following up for us; but we are still waiting. Other items of interest were the usual complaints that local online systems all have problems with music authority control and ALA only has an “Interest Group” not a “Discussion” group. Unicode planning and implementation at LC with a new “initial” policy (22.11.D for initial articles) but my notes give 25.5B which about conflict resolution phrases for uniform titles. LC said no to author/title cross references to joint authors/composers.
Afterwards (between 3 and 4), I stopped briefly into the Video Roundtable/Performing Arts Roundtable on “Publisher/Distributor Sources for Dance and Performance Videos” where the main complaint was that the region the video could be played in wasn’t usually included in the cataloging.
Then from 7-9 pm there was the Left Coast Mixer—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and Southern California Chapters joint meeting.
On Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2004 from 10:30-12:00 The Technical Services Roundtable was about “The Connection Client: An introduction to OCLC’s newest cataloging interface” by Ann Harrison from the Library of Congress.
The Film Music Roundtable from 2-3:30 was presented by Leslie Andersen, California State University, Long Beach, on “Selected Bibliography of Film Music Sources, or, How Do I Find this Stuff?” First question was what is film music? Score or underscore, background, newly composed or adaptation? It is important to note that film scores are not published, are mainly “work for hire”, and not intended for concert performances. There are LC subject headings for motion picture music; but Sears has none? It is classified in LA under M176 Instrumental music for motion pictures and M1527-1527.2 for Motion picture music. Dewey classes it in 781.542. If a patron comes in asking how to find the score for Lord of the Rings?—the answer is “not available.” Or I want to perform this score with my local symphony—the answer is “not for performance”. However some suites or excerpts might be available for rental. Another question might be “How do I contact John Williams”? Most composers have a web presence but getting an actual contact address might be difficult. Then Leslie introduced Kevin Levin who talked about “Film Music Collections in the Library of Congress”. He mentioned some of the early items, music for silent films, etc. Then he said about 1920 composers started making original scores to accompany motion pictures. He described the possibility of searching the preservation microfilming project of printed cue sheets, etc. and a few other special collections.
MEETING / EVENT
June 3-6, 2004 58th Ojai Music Festival Ojai, CA June 13, 2004 L.A. Phil’s Sneak Peek at the Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA June 24-30, 2004 ALA Annual Conference Orlando, FL August 8-13, 2004 Joint IAML and IASA Congress, "Music and multimedia" Oslo, Norway November 12-15, 2004 California Library Association, 106th Annual Conference San Jose, CA February 13-20, 2005 Music Library Association Vancouver, BC
The MLA/SCC Newsletter is published twice yearly. Content is welcome and encouraged on member news, new library acquisitions and programs, hightlights from conferences and workshops, etc. Please send communications to the editor: Marion Scichilone, San Clemente Library, 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672. phone: 949-492-3493
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