Lenore F. Coral IAML Travel Grant

Lenore CoralThe Lenore F. Coral IAML Travel Grant is intended to help support travel and conference fees to attend an annual meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. The grant, a cash award of $840 for 2020, is usually offered biennially, in even numbered years, or more frequently at the discretion of the MLA Board of Directors. The grant is open to all MLA members who are also members of IAML, with priority given to members attending their first or second IAML conference who have not received this award in a previous year. Applicants for the travel award should have little or no support from their home institution or library.

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Lenore F. Coral (1939–2005) was head of the Sidney Cox Library for Music and Dance and professor of music at Cornell University. Prior to her time at Cornell, Lenore was Fine Arts Librarian at the University of California, Irvine (1967–1972), and the first fulltime librarian of the Mills Music Library at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1972–1982).

Lenore was active and influential in several professional and scholarly organizations. She was a founding member of the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), and served MLA in many capacities: as president (1987–89), as editor of the Technical Reports series (1976–82), and for many years as the chair of the Legislation Committee. Lenore’s efforts on behalf of U.S. copyright legislation guided the Association in the complex laws governing the fair use of music and audiovisual materials. In 1995, she was recognized with the MLA Special Achievement Award for her work in establishing and implementing the International Standard Music Number (ISMN). Lenore was awarded the MLA Citation in 1991 for her lifelong dedication to the goals and mission of MLA.

Within IAML, Lenore served as chair of then Cataloguing Commission (1983–90), and was elected to the IAML Board of Directors as vice-president for two three-year terms (1991–94; 1994–97). Her involvement in the activities of all the "R” projects (RILM, RISM, RIdIM, and RIPM), resources fundamental to research in music, included her major role in the founding in 1984 of the U.S. RILM Office, under her direction at Cornell University. In 2001, Lenore was awarded the Honorary Member citation at IAML’s fiftieth anniversary meeting in Perigeux, France.

A scholar of music in eighteenth-century auction catalogs, Lenore was highly visible and active in the American Musicological Society, where she served two terms on the AMS Council (1975–77; 1982–84), and as director-at-large on its board (2001–03).

Lenore was a consummate mentor to several generations of music librarians, who carry on her tradition of professional and scholarly activity within a number of organizations. As such, a IAML travel grant in her honor underscores her wont to introduce younger MLA/IAML members to the global world of music librarianship.

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2018 recipient: 

The 2018 Lenore F. Coral IAML Travel Grant goes to Vivian Tompkins of Greenville, South Carolina, who is currently pursuing an MPhil degree in Musicology at the University of Oxford. The committee finds that Ms. Tompkins has fulfilled all the requirements for consideration for the grant. Although not a requirement for consideration, Ms. Tompkins and two of her references—music librarians themselves—have asserted that she wishes to pursue music librarianship as a career. The committee members believe that Lenore Coral would have been especially gratified that the travel grant created in her name would benefit a musicology graduate student who wishes to become a music librarian.


2016 recipients:

The MLA board awarded the Lenore F. Coral IAML Travel Grant to two applicants, Nurhak Tuncer (City Colleges of Chicago) and Reed David (University of Alaska, Anchorage). These two applicants are presenting jointly at the IAML 2016 Rome conference on the topic “The Cataloging of Self-Published Items in Libraries.”  Both members are newer to MLA, and the committee also wished to honor Lenore’s wont of “introducing younger MLA/IAML members to the global world of music librarianship."


Past recipients

2014  Daniel Boomhower
2012 Kirstin Dougan
2010 No award given
2008 Steven Nordstrom




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