2018 Meeting in Portland, Oregon

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January 31-February 4, 2018

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97204

Conference Program

“And a great singer leaves so little behind”: Stanford’s Jenny Lind Collection

Jenny Lind (1820-1887) was one of the 19th century’s most celebrated musicians, but sadly, her star has dimmed. In advance of the 2020 Lind bicentennial, the presenter will highlight significant aspects of Lind’s life and activities in Europe and the United States, introducing research materials from the Stanford Libraries’ Jenny Lind Collection, as well as select Lindiana available digitally on the web.

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Diversity, Feminism, and the Arts: A Wikipedia-Based Course and Learning Project

This presentation will explain this multifaceted project, including how the library will partner with faculty from different disciplines to coordinate similar projects. It will also outline how the Library course will support the year-long project, while also developing meaningful knowledge and teaching transferable skills for students in diversity, technology, information literacy, and communication.

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New Paradigms for Space Utilization in Music Libraries

This session is designed to give an overview of how the availability of digital and electronic resources, as well as new methods of teaching music to both undergraduate and graduate students, affects space planning in music libraries. After an introduction, three speakers will address these issues as they pertain to different kinds of libraries and different kinds of spaces.

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Critical Information Literacy: An Introduction and Conversation

Drawing on theories of critical literacy and critical pedagogy, CIL offers teaching librarians a way to move beyond traditional concepts of information literacy as training in research competencies. Many conversations on CIL take place virtually, through sites such as critlib.org,but a growing body of published literature allows for wider engagement with critical information literacy in practice.

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Diversity & Inclusion through the Lens of Critical Librarianship

Critical librarianship (CritLib) impacts more than information literacy instruction; it extends to a multitude of areas that intersect with LIS, including social justice, queer studies and critical race theory. Using the framework of critical librarianship, this townhall/panel session will focus on the intersectionality and the institutional power dynamic(s) of diversity and inclusion in MLA and the field of music LIS.

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Now Hear This!: Observations on Building Local Music Collections

Building a local music collection can be a daunting project. Do you collect one genre or all genres of a local scene? How do you work with donors? Do you collect digital items and how? What rights issues must you plan for? How do you promote the collection? This panel will explore these issues and more.

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