Portland 2018: Conference Sessions
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.
Many music librarians participate in professional and amateur music making. We face similar performance practice/interpretive issues as do our music library users. This panel discussion focuses on application of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to performance practice in experimental music.
Two presentations about current research in film music will complement D’Arc’s presentation. Jeff Lyon of Brigham Young University will present on his current research in creating a thematic catalog through a corpus study of themes composed by Max Steiner. Lyon’s research will look at the greater than 300 film scores composed by Steiner. Joshua Henry of Westminster Choir College will present on the dichotomy between film music and concert music of Aaron Copland and Bernard Herrmann.
In addition to highlighting how the two projects intertwined to illuminate the creative mind of a great conductor, this presentation aims to chronicle one music library’s journey to create, preserve, and promote a unique digital collection.
BEAM Them Together: Employing the Background, Exhibit, Argument, and Method Model to Connect Research and Writing
This presentation will detail how librarians across disciplines have appropriated BEAM, explain how BEAM was incorporated into a music bibliography assignment, and discuss special considerations for music sources.
In Spring 2015, UISpecColl debuted a new YouTube series, “If Books Could Talk”, which was a collaboration between Special Collections librarian Colleen Theisen (host of the program), history PhD candidate Heather Wacha (lead writer), and music librarian Katie Buehner (director and editor). The series examined the materiality of seven medieval manuscripts, including two music manuscripts, in imitation of several successful YouTube educational series.
This poster shares practical considerations and decisions in this process (e.g., design, scope, workflow, metadata, and overall organization), as well as the larger implications of the work.
In this panel presentation, members of the Sheet Music Interest Group will bring their expertise to presentations about all of these topics. Providing the first in-depth MLA examination since the 1980s, the Group hopes to inspire a new look at an often overlooked format, by showing how new work flows and technologies can bring out the extraordinary stories of cultural history found between its covers.
While many may associate the Pacific Northwest with rugged natural scenery, strong coffee, or hipster quirk, it has supported a variety of vibrant musical communities over the past 150 years. The history of this rich musical life can be traced through material preserved in special collections focusing on Pacific Northwestern music of many genres.
The session will address three major topics: 1) the challenges of effectively bringing out the “radio-ness” of musical recordings in library and archival cataloging, 2) preserving those recordings across multiple, endangered audio formats, and 3) facilitating researcher discoverability of/access to relevant recordings across diverse and geographically scattered archives.
Changes in Latitude: Exploring Career Transitions from Public to University Libraries (and Vice Versa)
This proposed session will take the form of short presentations and/or a panel discussion and will delve into the topic of job transitions between academic and public libraries (or special libraries). We plan to explore the topic of job switches going in any direction, and the panel will discuss similarities in the jobs, differences in the jobs, challenges, myths, etc.
Collecting and Preserving Free Music: Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, and Kendrick Lamar (poster)
This poster will explain the challenges this distribution model poses to libraries using recordings by Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, and Kendrick Lamar as case studies. It will suggest potential solutions that will help librarians determine the best way for their library to collect, provide access, and preserve this music for patrons.
Creating Neural Pathways with Mindfulness: Music Information Literacy and the First-Year Music Student
Through researching the neural pathways in the brain, and learning that we can intentionally shape the direction of plasticity in our brain, I changed my pedagogical approach. In this presentation I will:
- Outline the assignments and the performance metrics.
- Summarize our understanding of the changing neurological networks and specific centers in our brains that are being used for each assignment.
- Offer mindfulness exercises that can be integrated in the assignments and or class session.
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.
The ready availability of information on the internet, as well as our ever-expanding toolkit of online library reference sources, have dramatically changed reference collections and services at many libraries. This session will take a closer look at the implications these changes have had for music reference collections and services.
Data-Driven Music Score Approval Plans: Working with data, vendors, and other institutions to get what you need
Librarian experiences presented will include setting up an approval plan for the first time and adjusting an established approval plan with new criteria. Local data sources discussed include use data from circulation and interlibrary loan histories, institutional performance history from concert and recital programs, e-resource availability, and faculty input from surveys and interviews.
The MLA-CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee has studied the issue for the past several years, and in collaboration with Gary Strawn (of Authority Toolkit fame) has designed a computer algorithm to analyze the contents of LCSH music headings and derive faceted terms that can be automatically added to bibliographic records. The speakers will unpack the many complexities and limitations built into LCSH practice and demonstrate the powerful potential of the algorithm in large bibliographic databases.
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.
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.