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Pre-Conference

An Introduction to Archives and Special Collections for Music Librarians

Co-sponsored by the MLA Archives & Special Collections Committee and the MLA Education Committee

Date/Location: 
February 25, 2015
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Westin Denver Downtown Hotel

Cost: 
$150

Instructors: 
Anne Ostendarp, Multimedia Archivist, Knights of Columbus; members of the Archives and Special Collections Committee.

Description: 
Archives and special collections have increasingly come to the fore as holdings that make any library truly unique. This workshop will introduce the following core concepts:
  • What archives are and how they differ from other library collections
  • What archivists are and what they do
  • Core principles of archival practice
  • Appraisal and acquisitions
  • Arrangement and description
  • Preservation
  • Reference and access

The workshop will include discussion, group activities and Q & A. Its primary goal is to provide a general overview of archival practice, but it will also address music-specific questions.

Schedule: 

Morning session: 9:00am – 12:00pm (coffee break 10:30 – 10:45 am)

Lunch break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon session: 1:00 – 4:30pm (coffee/cookie break 2:30 – 2:45 pm)