Music Library Association
Jerry McBride , MLA President
Welcome to Dallas: A Meeting Like None Other
Tina Murdock and Michelle Hahn, Co-chairs, Local Arrangements Committee
Howdy folks! Welcome to Dallas! It’s been 41 years since we saw you last in 1971 when MLA met in conjunction with ALA, and 47 years since MLA met for the first time ever in Dallas in 1965. A lot has changed since then, though the Texan hospitality remains.
Several other areas of note include the Dallas Farmers Market, a large, outdoor market that is open daily year-round and the Main Street District where the flagship store of Neiman Marcus resides among high-end restaurants and clubs such as the #1 USDA Prime Steakhouse, Bob’s Steak and Chop House.
The Arts District
The Arts District is itself a work of art, the only place in the nation showcasing the talents of four Pritzker Prize-winning architects in a single block (soon to be joined by a fifth in nearby Victory Park).The AT&T Performing Arts Center (ATTPAC) includes the eye-catching Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House, the outdoor Annette Strauss Square performing venue, City Performance Hall, Elaine D. & Charles A. Sammons Park, and the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, which has a unique system to lift scenery and seating balconies out of sight for different stage configurations. The acoustically superb Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I.M. Pei, is the home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the location of our Local Arrangements Reception and Concert. The Trammell Crow Center houses the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, and sits near the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Fairmont Hotel, Dallas
Though lavish in many ways, the Fairmont also employs a number of earth-conscious initiatives. Besides the sustainable gardens on top of the building, the hotel uses energy efficient bulbs in large spaces, water reclamation for garden irrigation, and corn fiber plasticware, saving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water and kilowatt hours of energy each year.
We think you will find the meeting spaces and common areas beautiful and inviting, and conducive to fraternizing with your colleagues. With all of our spaces on one floor, it will be easy to move from event to event, and catch up with a few friends in between!
Local Arrangements Events
Welcome back to Texas, y’all! We can’t wait to show you around!
The lobby bar at the Fairmont Dallas, used with permission from Fairmont.
MLA Announces Strategic Plan
Access - Music and information about music should be findable, accessible, and preserved.
Inclusivity - The Association welcomes members who work with all types of collections and all types of music in all types of settings, exclusive of organizational affiliation. We value diversity in our membership and the collections we manage.
Collaboration – The Association reaches out to and cooperates with individuals and institutions involved in music creation, publishing, and the dissemination chain.
Expertise - The Association fosters excellence in music librarianship through the professional development of its members.
Advancement of knowledge about music - The Association promotes research and scholarship by members and non-members on all topics pertaining to aspects of music.
Fairness and Transparency - The Association exercises fairness in its decision making and transparency in its operations.
MLA Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives
Goal Area: Organizational Excellence
Goal Statement: MLA’s operations are efficient, effective and transparent.
Objective 1: Develop and sustain the necessary resources to ensure the vitality of the Association, its programs and services.
Objective 2: Improve access to information by and about the Association to meet the needs of members and other interested parties.
Objective 3: Pursue joint ventures with other organizations that offer financial as well as professional opportunities and advantages.
Goal Area: Value of the Profession
Goal Statement: MLA’s activities are relevant to current issues in librarianship and music, and non-members understand the mission and goals of the Association.
Objective 1: Increase the visibility of MLA among library and music organizations, individual scholars, musicians and librarians.
Objective 2: Increase the visibility of MLA to media organizations and social media networks.
Objective 3: Use new technologies to build greater public awareness, understanding and support for the Association, music libraries and music librarianship.
Goal Area: Advocacy
Goal Statement: MLA promotes and supports the equitable and ethical use of music in learning, it participates in the evolution of scholarly communication, and its official positions on these issues are widely known and influential.
Objective 1: Develop and disseminate official positions on intellectual property, access, and scholarly communication issues.
Objective 2: Enable and encourage members’ individual advocacy efforts.
Objective 3: Publish open access content on the web.
Objective 4: Increase legislators’, publishers’ and vendors’ awareness of the Association’s official positions on intellectual property issues.
Objective 5: Promote and encourage the use of music in all disciplines.
Goal Area: Membership
Goal Statement: Membership in MLA is valued by and beneficial to a broad range of organizations and individuals, and membership reflects the broad diversity of musics and populations we serve.
Objective 1: Increase outreach efforts to members from underrepresented groups.
Objective 2: Increase outreach efforts to organizations that are underrepresented, including those whose holdings reflect many types of music.
Objective 3: Investigate opportunities to offer institutional members cooperative buying agreements that provide valuable resources at reasonable costs.
Goal Area: Education
Goal Statement: MLA’s professional development programs foster excellence in those who work with music collections.
Objective 1: Increase enrollment in MLA-sponsored training and professional development programs.
Objective 2: Use technology to provide training and professional development opportunities through webcasts and other web-based workshops.
Goal Area: Technology
Goal Statement: MLA makes effective use of technology to achieve its mission.
Objective 1: Develop a plan to improve and sustain the Association’s information technology infrastructure and expertise in order to better support the work of MLA officers and groups.Objective 2: Provide systems that support collaboration among members and that permit direct and timely publication of approved content to the web
Strategic Plan 2011 Implementation
Sarah Alexander, Iowa City, IA
Stacey Rebecca Hendren, Spring Lake, MN
Get To Know Your Membership
In this issue, we get to know Bracken Klar, at Tulsa City County Library.
As always, many thanks to all of you who have donated generously during the dues renewal cycle this past June, and who also took advantage of joining our giving circles, the Orpheus Society and the Ostinato Club. Many more of you have also signed up as a MLA Soloist as an opportunity to blow your own horn in honor of MLA! The development agenda for MLA continues to grow and prosper, and of course, this success is due to the continued generosity of our members.
We appreciate our Corporate Patrons and Corporate Members and their support of MLA.
Our hearty congratulations to all those pursuing new opportunities.
Atlantic Chapter (ATMLA)
Submitted by Joyce Clinkscales, Chair
Image: Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, taken by Jenny Colvin
Texas Chapter (TMLA)
On September 30 and October 1, the Texas chapter of MLA met at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas to begin preparations for the upcoming national conference. Eschewing the usual roster of papers and presentations, we divided into groups for excursions around downtown Dallas, to help us become "amateur experts" on the area and what it offers to our colleagues in MLA. Groups were sent out into the areas of the Arts District, West End, Deep Ellum, Central Downtown and Uptown, and they gathered information on restaurants, bars, cafés, pubs, delis, coffeehouses...and maybe some non food-related places as well. Suffice it to say the membership of MLA is in for a real treat, with easy access to just about everything one could want within reasonable walking distance from the hotel. You're not going to want to miss this conference!
Submitted by Andrew Justice
31 December 2011