Kevin Freeman Travel Grant

Kevin FreemnaThe Kevin Freeman Travel Grant is intended to support travel and hotel expenses to attend the Music Library Association annual meeting. Grant(s) include the conference registration fee and a cash award up to $750, subject to approval of the current year’s budget by the MLA Board. The applicant must be a regular, paraprofessional, or student member of the Music Library Association and either be (1) in the first three years of their career, (2) a graduate library school student aspiring to become a music librarian, or (3) a recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship who is seeking a professional position as a music librarian. At least one grant will be awarded to a first-time attendee, if applicable. At least one grant will be awarded to an individual from an underrepresented minority group, if applicable.  Awardees of the Diversity Scholarship Award will be automatically considered for the Travel Grant. Recipient(s) are publicly announced each year at the MLA Annual Meeting. Calls for applications are issued in the late spring or summer.

The Kevin Freeman Fund, endowed by contributions of members of the Northern and Southern California chapters as well as colleagues and friends of Kevin’s across the country, supports the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant. Few new members of the music library profession—as was Kevin—receive adequate funding from their institutions to attend and participate in the highly-valued annual meetings of the Music Library Association, their primary professional organization. The Kevin Freeman Travel Grant enables MLA to assist its newer members by supporting and encouraging their participation in the Association's national meeting.

Kevin Freeman (1953–1993) served as Head of Music Technical Services at Stanford University. He had worked previously at the University of California at Berkeley Music Library. Kevin was Chair of the Subject Access Subcommittee of MLA's Bibliographic Control Committee and was active in the Northern California Chapter, serving as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair. Kevin was concerned about encouraging and developing young/new talent and believed strongly in MLA and its work. He was also known in the San Francisco area as a singer in the Symphony Chorus and Choral Artists of San Francisco. In the early 1980s he was a member of the male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. A San Francisco native, Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Music in 1977. He earned an M.A. in French Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1985, and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of California/Berkeley in 1987.

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2017 recipients: 

Avery Boddie is about to graduate with his MLS from the University of Maryland, and is a recipient of ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Fellowship funding. At the University of Maryland, he has held several positions that have given him experience in reference work, collection development, creating music subject guides, cataloging scores and rare jazz LPs, as well as other public service skills. He was a recipient of the University of Maryland’s Mary Edsall Choquette Study Abroad Award, which allowed him to study in Great Cathedral Libraries in England. During an internship at the Library of Congress, he oversaw social media outreach, promoting both the Library of Congress’s annual concert series as well as the library’s collections.


Treshani Perera is currently enrolled as a MLIS student at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and is a former ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative fellow. She has experience in multiple aspects of music librarianship, including the processing and digitizing of materials for the Society of American Archivists Oral History Project. She presented at the 2017 MLA annual meeting and at MOUG, has published in the MLA Newsletter, and co-wrote an article for the Association of Research Libraries Synergy entitled Paying it Forward: Perspectives on Mentoring Relationships from Past and Present ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Fellows along with Joy Doan and Patrick Sifuentes. One of her recommenders wrote that “Treshani is easily one of the brightest and most capable students I’ve had the pleasure to supervise.”

Emily Vickers is about to graduate with her MLS from Indiana University. She has experience in cataloging, reference, acquisitions, archives, and audio digitization. She is actively involved in the Students of Music Librarianship Group as their treasurer and is the vice president of the Graduate Musicology Association. Through collaboration with Misti Shaw, Vickers has helped create and conduct information literacy sessions with undergraduate music students at DePauw University, for which she created an in-class activity using collected editions; this was the topic of a joint presentation with Misti Shaw at MLA in 2016, and it has since been submitted for inclusion in Beth Christensen’s collection of information literacy assignments, slated to be published by A-R in 2017. At Indiana University, Emily took on projects in special collections, learning EAD in order to update finding aids to a more contemporary format. She has also participated in the inventory and organization of the collection of materials from Leonard Bernstein’s composition studio.

Vaughan Hennen will soon be graduating with an MLS/MIS from Indiana University where he has experience in digitization and instruction. Already an active and involved member of MLA, Vaughan is the Web Technologies Officer of the Music Library Student Group (MLSG) and is passionate about recruiting new students and emerging professionals to join MLSG through social media. Vaughan has served as an orchestra librarian at the Aspen Music Festival and has interned at the Indianapolis Symphony, and he is interested in getting orchestra and performing ensemble librarians more active in MLA through collaboration. His experience not only in music libraries but also in fine art libraries has inspired him to consider future collaboration between music and art librarians to foster well-rounded professionals.

Michael Crowley is a music librarian at the City College of New York, where he teaches information literacy not only to music students but also to classes in the departments of Theater & Speech, Dance, and English Composition. He is also responsible for reference work, collection development, and administration. Before beginning this professional position, Crowley interned for four years in the Archives and Special Collections division of the City College of New York. He received his MLIS from Queens College in 2013, and expects to complete his MA in music history  from Hunter College in 2018. Michael is a member of the MLA/MFA/MOLA joint committee. He is interested in improving access to archival collections in Latin American countries like Cuba and Brazil. His interest in world music led him to successfully procuring funds to digitize lecture recordings related to the study of Indian Classical music, which has been a great benefit to his institution. Michael was a first time attendee at the MLA Annual Meeting.

Michelle Urberg is a metadata librarian for Proquest. She completed her Ph.D. in History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s ISchool, both in 2016. During her Ph.D. studies in Chicago, Michelle worked extensively in the Recordings Collection in the University of Chicago Library, including completing an inventory and weeding project, creating original records for archival recordings, and assisting with collection development. Michelle has already contributed to the MLA community by writing book reviews for Notes, and she stays involved in music library work by volunteering to team teach instruction sessions with Verletta Kern for master’s students in a music education program. 


Past recipients:


Joshua Dieringer
Charlotte Plank
Patrick Sifuentes
Matthew Testa
Laura Thompson
Rachel Wishkoski


Joy Doan
Kyra Folk-Farber
Robin Preiss
Elizabeth Surles

2014 Angela Pratesi
Jennifer Vaughn
Elin Williams
2013 Sarah Alexander
Kirk-Evan Billet
Jacey Kepich

2012 Sonia Archer-Capuzzo
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Victoria Chu
Stephanie Lewin-Lane
Pamela Pagels
2011 Langston Bates
Sally Bauer
Zach Coble
Carolyn Doi
Molly O'Brien
Lindy Smith

2010 Dyann S. Bishop
Matthew Ertz
Bracken Klar
Yi Hong Sim
Jennifer Ward
2009 Veronica Alzalde
Dominique Bourassa
Janet McKinney
Laurie Neuerburg

2008 Katharine Chandler
Laurie Lake
Anne Shelley
David Winjum
2007 Amanda Evans
Kristie Nelsen
Amy Pennington
Janelle West

2006 Rebecca McCallum
Terra Mobley
Cassidy R. Sugimoto
2005 Carlos Peña
Romeo Whou

2004 Amber Johnson
Lisa Lazar
Nara Newcomer
Jaroslaw Szurek
2003 Kirstin Dougan
Rachel Rogers
Stacie Traill

2002 Alicia Hansen
Michael Duffy
2001 James Alberts
Clayton Crenshaw
Melanie Zeck

2000 Daniel F. Boomhower
D.J. Hoek
Andrew Leach
G. Dale Vargason Jr.
1999 Sara Adams
Gail Culler
Elisa Paul

1998 Jennifer Veronica Dahmus
Jeff Whitson
Alicia Snee
1997 Kristina Shanton
Susannah Cleveland
Edward Eanes



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