MLA NCC NEWSLETTER
Music Library Association
Northern California Chapter
Vol. 11, no. 2 (Spring 1997)
Kevin Freeman Travel Grants Awarded for the First Time
Thanks to the hard work and support of the
members of the Northern California chapter,
the first Kevin Freeman Travel Grants were
awarded for the first time this year. Two
current and one prospective library school
students received travel support as well as
free conference registration to attend the
Music Library Association Annual Meeting
held in New Orleans in late January. They
are: Kristina Shanton (University of Illinois),
Susannah Cleveland (University of North
Texas), and Edward Eanes (Louisiana State
Kristina Shanton worked as a library assistant
at the Art and Music Library at Pennsylvania
State University, where she received a
bachelor's and two master's degrees in music,
flute performance, and music history/theory.
She is currently attending library school at the
University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
with a specialization in Music librarianship.
Susannah Cleveland worked as a student
library assistant at Baylor University where
she received her bachelor's degree in music.
She is currently working on master's degrees
in library science and musicology as well as
working full-time as a library assistant at the
University of North Texas Music Library.
She plans to graduate with both master's
degrees at the end of 1997.
Edward Eanes holds a doctoral degree in
musicology from Louisiana State University
where he also received a master's degree in
violin performance. His bachelor's degree,
also in violin performance, was from Furman
University. He is currently a library associate
of music resources at Louisiana State
University, where he will be attending library
school beginning fall term 1997. Ed Eanes
was a member of the Local Arrangement
Committee for the New Orleans meeting.
The recipients, being first-time attendees of
the meeting, were assigned mentors and were
encouraged to attend orientation meetings.
Their collective reaction to the conference
was a positive one, with surprise and
gratitude for the helpful and nurturing
Please see the Freeman Travel Grant
application information elsewhere in this
newsletter if you are interested. If you have
questions, please do not hesitate to contact
any of the committee members: Judy Tsou
(University of California, Berkeley), Chair,
Mimi Tashiro (Stanford University), and Don
L. Roberts (Northwestern University).
Spring Meeting - April 4, 1997
The Spring meeting of the Northern
California chapter of MLA will be held on
Friday, April 4, in the de Bellis Collection,
located on the 6th Floor of the J. Paul
Leonard Library at San Francisco State.
This date coincides with a visit by the Italian
guitarist Maurizio Pagliarini who will be give
a concert in the de Bellis Collection in the
early afternoon that day. Pagliarini teaches
classical guitar in the music school in Padua
and directs the Ensemble of Contemporary
Music "Avanguardiaottanta". He is currently
recording the complete works for guitar by
Villa-Lobos and has also recorded "From
Bach to Pink Floyd". Pagliarini will be
performing works by Sor, Legnani, Tarrega,
Albeniz, Dyens, Walton and Castelnuovo-
Minutes of the Business Meeting: October 11, 1996
Chair Judy Clarence opened the business
meeting by asking all to introduce themselves.
She distributed a copy of the minutes of the
May 3, 1996, business meeting. Secretary-
Treasurer Patricia Elliott reported on
switching the chapter's bank account to a
non-profit account at Cupertino National
Bank, which does not charge service fees.
The account balance stood at $980. She also
distributed a list of potential new chapter
members who recently joined the national
MLA National Board Meeting Report:
Mimi Tashiro reported on the travel
arrangements, pre-conference workshops,
local arrangements, and other plans for the
national meeting in New Orleans in February
1997. Future meetings will be held in Boston
(1998), Los Angeles (1999), and Louisville
(2000). Diane Parr Walker is the
new president-elect, and she plans to attend
several chapter meetings in the coming year.
Freeman Travel Fund:
Judy Tsou, Don Roberts, and Mimi Tashiro
comprise the Freeman Travel Fund
Committee. This year, three students received
travel grants totaling $1,500 to attend the
national meeting in New Orleans.
International Association of Music
John Roberts reported on plans for an IAML
meeting to be held in the Bay Area (probably
San Francisco) in 2003. He encouraged
chapter members to become involved in the
planning process and to consider joining
IAML. The remaining meetings in this
century will be held in Geneva (1997), Spain
(1998), New Zealand (1999), and London
(2000). Contact John Roberts at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at (510)
Chapter goals and projects:
Judy Clarence reminded the chapter to be
thinking about plans for a joint meeting with
the Southern California Chapter. The chapter
also discussed creation of a web page, and
Jason Gibbs and Michael Colby offered to
investigate hosting the page at their
institutions. The chapter web page
would link to web pages describing music
resources at members' institutions. Jason will
collect existing web page addresses and
distribute the list to chapter members.
Future chapter meetings:
The group discussed the need to chapter
meetings to be more substantive to justify
time off work. Suggestions for programs
included working with faculty on research
projects, outsourcing cataloging, a working
session to compile a thematic guide to film
music, and talks by music critics.
The meeting concluded with the usual round
robin and thanks to Jason Gibbs for hosting
the chapter at the new San Francisco Public
Beads, King Cakes, Doubloons and
Jazz: MLA in New Orleans
The "Krew of MLA" put on a delightful
conference in New Orleans at the end of
January, beginning of February this year. The
last two days coincided with the first two
days of Mardi Gras--the first time I've been in
New Orleans during these festivities. And
fortunately there were moments during the
days and evenings to run out and watch the
parades (their route ran right past the Hotel
Inter-Continental, the conference site). We
caught a few strings of brightly-colored beads
and doubloons which were among the
"throws" tossed into the crowds by the
people riding on the floats. The evening
parades were the flashiest, each brightly-lit
float preceded by torch-bearers and marching
Yet we were there for a purpose, and that
purpose was the Music Library Association
conference. And, fortunately, the enticements
of the conference were ample to keep us
focused on our purpose most of the time.
Some highlights for me:
With great difficulty (balancing them on our
knees on the plane trip home) we brought
back King Cakes to colleagues and family.
King Cakes are Mardi Gras concoctions--
large, brightly-colored, sugary coffee-cake
rings in which a little plastic "baby" is hidden.
Whoever, while eating the cake, gets the baby
has to provide the King Cake at the next
gathering. At my house, I'm the one who
"got the baby"--which must mean I'll be able
to return to New Orleans one of these days.
Soon, I hope!
- The Chapter Chairs' breakfast: getting to
know the chairs of other MLA chapters and
hearing of their activities inspired me with
ideas for future MLA/NCC undertakings.
MLA President Jane Gottlieb sat at my table
and I got to know her a bit better. She--or
her successor--plan to visit each chapter in
the near future.
- The Plenary Session, "Music Gumbo: A
Guide to Louisiana Music": Bruce Raeburn
(Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University)
gave a history of jazz in New Orleans, Mary
Sue Morrow of Loyola talked of classical
music in New Orleans, and Kevin Fontenot
(also of Tulane) presented us with an exciting
peek at Cajun music. Finally Mark McKnight
of the University of North Texas described
New Orleans rhythm & blues.
- Online Reference Services Subcommittee:
International Index of Music Periodicals,
Music Index, and RILM Abstracts--all on
CD-rom were demonstrated and evaluated.
- Bibliographic Instruction Subcommittee:
Suzanne Eggleston (Yale University Music
Library) spoke of the Directory of Music
User Guides for Libraries which is being
compiled by the Subcommittee along with the
Reference and Public Services Committee.
This annotated list of user guides for music
will include information for obtaining copies,
including links to documents available on the
Internet. Then the University of Hawaii's
Gregg Geary described an information
literacy undergraduate course he teaches for
- Women in Music Round Table: This event
featured two excellent speakers. The first
was Monifa Johnson, program director of the
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
She showed an emotionally touching
videotape about the life of Allison Miner,
who started foundation back in the 1970's and
died recently of cancer. Johnson was followed
by Thais St. Julien, director of the medieval
music ensemble Vox Feminae, and co-
director of the New Orleans Musica da
Camera, another early music group. Vox
Feminae focuses on music dealing with or
written by women.
- The Banquet! Delicious food, wild
dancing, and a Mardi Gras parade going on in
the streets below the banquet room windows.
What more could one ask for?
- Another Plenary Session: Peter Graham
(AUL for Technical Services at Rutgers)
spoke of the "revisable" nature of information
on the World Wide Web; the transitory
quality of documents found there, as opposed
to the "fixity of text" in the print world, and
the pluses and minuses of this revisability.
Clifford Lynch (Division of Library
Automation at the University of California)
described the future of the Web as a move
toward content--full text materials are now
primary; citations are becoming secondary.
Lynch urged us to question these priorities.
- The Chicken Singers: Yours Truly, along
with Sally Berlowitz and Janet Bochin (and if
I've left anyone out who's also an MLA/NCC
member, my apologies!) participated at the
closing reception along with a dozen or so
other MLA singers in a stirring rendition of
"April is in my mistress' face" and some
Shaker songs. We received a standing
ovation (it should be noted that there were
few chairs in the room!)
Thanks to the "MLA Krewe" for a wonderful
Kevin Freeman Travel Grant
Applications are now being accepted for the
Kevin Freeman Travel Grant which was
established in 1994 and was awarded for the
first time in 1997. The grant is intended to
support travel and hotel expenses (* 1) to
attend the Music Library Association annual
meeting. Grant(s) include the conference
registration fee and a cash award up to $750,
subject to approval of the 1997-98 budget by
the MLA Board. Recipient(s) will be notified
by October 15 and announced at the MLA
annual meeting in Boston, February 11-14,
The applicant must be a member of the Music
Library Association and either be in the first
three years of his / her professional career, a
graduate library school student (*2) aspiring
to become a music librarian, or a recent
graduate (within one year of degree) of a
graduate program in librarianship who is
seeking a professional position as a music
librarian. The applicant must not have
attended a MLA annual meeting before.
Applicants must submit three copies of the
following by July 15, 1997:
Mail application and supporting materials to:
- A letter of application which includes an
explanation of the reason(s) for attending the
MLA annual meeting, a justification of
financial need, and a budget.
- A current vita
- Two letters of support
Judy Tsou, Chair
Kevin Freeman Travel Grant Committee
240 Morrison Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
The Kevin Freeman Travel Grant Committee
members are Judy Tsou (chair), Don L.
Roberts, and Mimi Tashiro.
Please feel free to contact the chair via email or phone:
(510) 643-6197 if you have any questions.
(*1) The cash portion of the grant will
cover travel and double-occupancy room rate
(*2) The applicant must be a library
school student by the time of the conference
News of Members
Ray Reeder attended the recent MLA
meetings in New Orleans as a representative
for Fallen Leaf Press. Although he misses the
Bay Area, he is enjoying his retirement in
Albuquerque. A choir he sings with toured
England last year. He has also taken up
Mary Ashe went around the world last year,
attending IFLA in Beijing and IAML in
Perugia, Italy. She also visited Tibet where
she found the high altitude not too difficult to
adapt to. She has been volunteering her time
at a soup kitchen, the Martin de Porres House
of Hospitality, a facility supported by
Notes from the Newsletter editor:
At the MLA national meeting in New Orleans
we newsletter editors were feted with a
Thursday morning breakfast to 'talk shop.' A
major topic of discussion was the number of
chapters who have placed their newsletters on
the internet. While this development was
welcomed by all, especially as a way for
financially strapped chapters to save on
printing and postage expenses and
communicate to a wider audience, many of us
were wary about abandoning the print
newsletter. It was felt that the newsletter
provides a means to keep in touch with our
members who do not have internet or e-mail
The content of the Newsletter under my brief
tenure has tended toward material from those
members who read my pleas for contributions
through e-mail or who I encounter in the
immediate Bay Area.
I would like to encourage those of you
outside of the Bay Area, or outside the reach
of e-mail to please supply me with news of
you and your institutions. I will be producing
the next issue in September, so send me your
news before then.
Northern California Music Libraries and
Collections on the Internet
News from the Beethoven Center
Kevin Moll (Ph.D., Stanford University) is
the new Research Assistant for
the Beethoven Bibliography Database.
The Beethoven Center will be sponsoring
three special events this spring:
- Sunday, March 16, 1997, 5:00 p.m. SJSU
Concert Hall. Benefit Concert for the
Beethoven Center Endowment Fund with
Isolde Hayer, violoncello, and Marina Gusak-
Grin, piano, performing works of Beethoven,
Debussy, and Shostakovich. Pre-concert
lecture by Dr. Thomas Wendel at 4:00 p.m.
Suggested donations: $15/general;
- Sunday, April 13, 1997, 4:00 p.m. SJSU
Concert Hall. Igor Kipnis, fortepiano,
performing works of Beethoven, Mozart, and
Schubert. Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m. by
Dr. William Meredith.
Tickets: $15/general; $10/members of the
American Beethoven Society; $8/students.
- Saturday, May 17, 1997. 1lth Annual Young
Pianists' Beethoven Competition and Master
Class with Daniel Pollack. SJSU Concert Hall
Competition: 10 a.m. - noon. Admission:
$3/general; $2/students. Master Class: 2:00-
4:00 p.m. Admission: $6/general; $3/students.
For more information, call the Beethoven
Center at: 408-924-4590.
News from the San Francisco Performing
Arts Library & Museum
PALM has recently a collection of over 500
musical theater cast recordings from local
collector Bruce Walker. This non-circulating
collection of LPs has been available since
February 5, 1997.
Using the donations it has received from the
public over the years, PALM has also just
established a collection of circulating books.
Check-out privileges are available to
members only, but a new $15 category of
membership for Library patrons has been
established to accommodate those only wishing
to check-out books.
New hours at PALM are Wednesday, 1 pm -
7 pm; Thursday & Friday, 10 am - 4 pm; and
Saturday, 12-4 pm.
Bay Area Music on Fallen Leaf Press
As part of their New American Music Series,
Fallen Leaf Press has recently published the
following works by Bay Area composers:
For information about these works, contact
Ann Basart at (510) 848-7805 or at
- Expressions for Piano by Herbert Bielawa
(SF State, retired)
- Emergence for solo percussion by John
Felder (former UC Santa Cruz)
- Autumn Refrain for clarinet; Four Serenades
for guitar; Summer for flute; Threnos for
guitar by Andrew Frank (UC Davis)
- Dude 'Tudes for piano by Robert Greenberg
- Elegy for solo bassoon; Pathways for clarinet;
Two Pieces for Piano by Peter Josheff (Bay
Area clarinet player)
- Defining Moments: Four Songs to Verses by
Blake, SATB a cappella by Jules Langert
(Dominican College retired, SF State)
- Canti d'Innocenza, soprano, clarinet,
vibraphone and harp by Frank La Rocca (CS
- Second String Quartet by David Sheinfeld, a
work commissioned and premiered by the
Kronos Quartet. (Mr. Sheinfeld's 90th
birthday will by celebrated by two premieres;
one of a chamber work Dear Theo for the
SF Contemporary Music Players, another of
an orchestral work by the Berkeley
Symphony this spring).
- Two chamber operas on Gertrude Stein texts:
I Like It To Be A Play for men's voices and
string quartet; Ladies Voices for women's
voices and winds by Charles Shere.
Northern California Chapter Members at
the MLA annual meetings in New Orleans
- Judy Tsou gave an update on The Berkeley
Finding Aid Project at the Archives Round
Table, chaired by Pat Elliott.
- Jason Gibbs gave a paper entitled "A Survey
of Vietnamese Popular Song" at the World
Music Round Table.
- Michael Colby gave a "Brief Report of the
Working Group in 20th Century Music" for
the Subject Access Subcommittee and
participated in a roundtable on materials
selection at the Resource Sharing and
Collection Development Round Table.
Michael was also just elected to a two year
term as a member-at-large to MLA Board of
- Elisabeth Rebman, MLA's placement
officer, was busy attending to the Placement
Cal State Hayward
Hayward, CA 94542
San Francisco State University
J. Paul Leonard Library
1630 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
2776 W. San Ramon Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0171
Art and Music Center
San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco, CA 94102
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