Portland 2018: Conference Sessions

Education Committee Town Hall

A panel consisting of the Education Committee chair and representatives from the in-person training, e-course, webinar, train-the-trainer, and MLA pre-conference working groups will lead the Town Hall. Each panelist will give a brief presentation describing the purpose and activities of their working group. This will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and suggest topics and formats for future professional development opportunities.

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Every Collection is Special: Tips for Exhibiting Ordinary Items (poster)

In this poster, I share an approach to exhibit design informed by two things: my time working with special collections, and generally accepted tenets of rare-book collecting. In the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, A. W. Pollard spells out the latter in an influential entry (“Book Collecting”) highlighting motivations of serious collectors.

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Information Literacy for Music Graduate Students: A Framework Application

The syllabus for a graduate-level bibliographic research course in music at Western Michigan University (WMU) provides an opportunity to link Frames of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, as reflected in the WMU Libraries’ recently developed Information Literacy Core Competencies (ILCCs), to graduate instruction in music. I have had multiple opportunities to teach this graduate-level bibliographic research course, Introduction to Research in Music. Over the course of the semester, the course includes activities related to each of the Frames in the Framework.

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Instruction Showcase: Tools and Strategies for Reenergizing Your Teaching

This fast-paced session will feature a range of techniques, tools, and tips for trying something new in your library instruction. Six “lightning round” presentations will highlight innovative pedagogical strategies used by MLA members, including classroom activities and technologies scalable for different institution types and sizes. Attendees will leave with instruction ideas which they can immediately apply to their teaching to improve student engagement.

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Knowledge Visualization in a Musicology Seminar Using the SCALAR 2 Platform (poster)

I taught a graduate music-history seminar that focused on several works, themes, trends, and genres related to British and American musical theater from the 1860s to the 1930s. A feature of the course was my construction of an online knowledge base comprising student-written and –reported summaries of scholarly literature produced by others as well as abstracts of their own course-related final research projects.

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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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New Recordings in Streaming Audio Databases (poster)

This poster will report the results of a study examining streaming audio databases used in academic music libraries. It will determine the extent to which the databases include new classical releases that are found in a comprehensive list published monthly. Each database will be tracked for a period of three months.

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Our MLA Archives: Focusing on Visibility and Access

Music libraries, archives, and special collections share many challenges. Often, the greatest challenge is COLLECTIONS VISIBILITY – reaching the very users we aim to serve. The MLA Archives is no exception. In this presentation coordinated by MLA Archivist Melissa Wertheimer, new and longstanding MLA members will learn that MLA’s archives exist, have unique records for personal and scholarly research, and are available in repositories across the country.

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