Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association


Annual chapter membership dues are now processed online simultaneously with national dues and renewals. However, those who are not national MLA members or who wish to use a paper application may click here to download a membership form with instructions on how to join or renew. 


...a rich history

"For years, membership and attendance at the Midwest MLA meetings have been vital continuing education... and have provided an opportunity to get to know the many nationally valued members of the chapter and occasionally call upon them or offer them specific assistance."
Nathan Eakin, Reference and Special Collections Associate, Gaylord Music Library, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1962-2000

"I'd like to say ... how much being a member of the midwest Chapter and the national group, learning from my friends in the neighboring states, how we interchanged information, has meant so much through all these years. It's been a great boost. I would observe what they were doing in their libraries, and ... they would come and see what I was doing in my library. The exchange has been just invaluable."
Marion Korda, Music Librarian at University of Louisville School of Music, 1947-1988

"Membership in the MLA Midwest Chapter helped me take my first steps as a music librarian; now it is one of the things that sustains me."
Leslie Troutman, Music Librarian, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1987-2003

...a vital role today

"One of the many reasons I love being a music librarian is the chance to be a part of MLA's Midwest Chapter. As an organization, it brings out the very best in all of us as individuals. I have always felt welcomed and "lifted up" by my friends and colleagues in the Midwest Chapter - people doing serious and important work with a sense of joy, commitment, generosity, fairness, and fun."
Beth Christensen, Music Librarian, Halvorson Music Library, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

"Since my first MLA Midwest Chapter meeting in 1988, I've relied on our chapter meetings to keep me apprised of development in the Midwest, to build and nurture personal and professional contacts to inform my work and life, and to get an on-the-ground perspective on new products, new practices, and new answers to the eternal questions we face as music librarians."
Mark Scharff, Music Cataloger, Washington University in St. Louis

Join the Midwest Chapter!

Offering support for library staff, those who contemplate entry into the field and friends of Music Libraries everywhere.

Enjoy the benefits of MWMLA-L Mailing List, Midwest Note-Book, the Chapter web site, and the Music Library Association annual conference.

View more information HERE.

For more information, contact an area representative:

Andrea Beckendorf
Research Instruction Librarian
Luther College

Abbey Thompson
Music Librarian
Northern Illinois University

Keith Cochran
Cook Music Library
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Paula Hickner
Little Fine Arts Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

Mike Duffy
University Libraries Performing Arts Librarian
Western Michigan University

Beth Christensen
Music Librarian
St. Olaf College

Mark Scharff
Gaylord Music Library
Washington University
Box 1032, St. Louis, MO 63130

Jack Knapp
Oberlin College
Conservatory Library
Oberlin, OH 44074

Rebecca Littman
UWM Music Library
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
2311 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211