Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association


2017 Inaugural ATMLA Chapter Conference Travel Grant

The executive committee of the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association (ATMLA) would like to invite applications for the first travel grant to attend the 2017 annual chapter meeting, a joint meeting with the Greater New York (GNYMLA) Chapter, held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ on October 13-14, 2017.  The grant award is $150 and can be used towards travel and lodging expenses associated with attendance at the meeting.  The chapter will award one individual $150 grant.

The complete application is available online at:

Applicants must reside in the area comprising ATMLA (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia), and also be in at least one of the following eligible categories:

a) A graduate library school student (by the time of the meeting) aspiring to become a music librarian;

b) A recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship who is seeking a professional position as a music librarian;

c) A music librarian (holding a Master of Library Science degree or qualifications granting an equivalent status at her/his employing institution) in the first two years of her/his professional career, or;

d) A library paraprofessional working with music materials as a significant portion of his/her job responsibilities.

The application process will ask applicants to provide:

-A statement describing interest in ATMLA and reasons for attending the annual chapter meeting
-A statement indicating financial need and how funds will be used
-Budget outlining total travel and lodging expenses for meeting attendance
-Current vita or resume

Deadline for the receipt of applications is August 20, 2017. The ATMLA Board will notify the winning applicant by August 25, 2017.

Questions should be sent to Kathleen DeLaurenti.

Diversity Scholarship Fund Challenge

In September, the chair of the MLA Diversity Scholarship Fund, Linsday Hansen, reached out to chapter chairs inviting each chapter to join California in making a contribution to the fund. While many members of the association have generously supported the fund, it is not quite at the $50,000 level to fully support the endowment.

At the Williamsburg business meeting for the Atlantic Chapter, members voted to support the fund by:

•    Committing an outright donation of $500
•    Matching the individual contributions of Atlantic Chapter members up to an additional $500

If we reach our matching challenge, our total contribution from the chapter and individual members will reach at least $1,500!

If you are a staff member or librarian at a mid-Atlantic music library who is not currently a member of the chapter or if you are a current chapter member who wasn’t able to be at the business meeting, I’d like to invite you to join us now to help us reach our goal. Donating to this fund has never been easier: Simply go to the MLA Diversity Fund page, log into your account, and donate today!

The business office is collaborating with the chapter to monitor donations so that we’ll know when we’ve reached $500 for this special match. We are almost there - members who attended the conference have already contributed $275!

We hope you will consider making a gift before November 30th to join our matching donation effort, and more importantly, help us permanently endow the Diversity Scholarship Fund for the Music Library Association.