MLA Citation

The MLA Citation, the Association's tribute for lifetime achievement, is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to music librarianship over a career. Citation recipients become Honorary Members of the Music Library Association.


2019: Jay Weitz

Jay Weitz receiving 2019 MLA citation from Mark McKnight

Throughout his long career, he has made extensive contributions to the music library profession and to the aims of the Music Library Association in ensuring and enhancing intellectual access to music. His breadth of knowledge regarding cataloging practices past and present, OCLC and beyond, is unparalleled. His responses to cataloging-related questions on both MLA-L and MOUG-L consistently display a depth, thoroughness, and generosity of spirit that make the person asking (and everyone reading) feel more informed, His work on OCLC’s Duplicate Detection and Resolution (DDR) program has been even wider-reaching. While his expertise, understated wit, and generosity may be best known in the cataloging world, every researcher, musician, or librarian who has successfully searched for and identified music or media materials in WorldCat has benefited from his incalculable contributions to cataloging and quality control.  Recognizing his tireless, persistent, and effective advocacy for users’ needs in all aspects of cataloging, the Music Library Association is pleased to confer upon Jay Weitz the MLA Citation. 


Past recipients

2019 Jay Weitz 2018 Geraldine Ostrove
2017 Morris Martin 2016 David Gilbert
2015 Jane Gottlieb 2014 James P. Cassaro
2013 Bonna Boettcher
2009 Linda Solow Blotner

2008 A. Ralph Papakhian
2005 Joseph Boonin

2003 Paula Matthews
2001 Carol June Bradley
Stephen M. Fry
Melva L. Peterson

1999 Richard F. French
1998 Mary Wallace Davidson

1997 Ida Reed
1996 Don L. Roberts

1994 Susan T. Sommer
1993 Ann Basart

1991 Lenore Coral
1990 James B. Coover
Nicolas Slonimsky

1989 Thor E. Wood 1988 D.W. Krummel

1987 Barry S. Brook 1986 Ruth Watanabe
Dena J. Epstein

1985 Walter Gerboth 1984 Carleton Sprague Smith
Richard Angell

1983 William Schwann
Frank C. Campbell
1982 Florence Kretzschmar

1980 Anna Harriet Heyer
Vincent H. Duckles
1979 Otto Albrecht

1978 William J. Weichlein
Mary Lou Little
Edward E. Colby
1976 William Lichtenwanger

1974 Elizabeth Olmsted
Irene Millen
1971 Edward Waters
Harold Spivacke
Virginia Cunningham

1970 Kurtz Myers
1967 Mary Rogers

1966 Richard S. Hill
Catharine K. Miller
Philip L. Miller
Helen J. Sleeper
1965 George Sherman Dickinson
Barbara Duncan
Otto Kinkeldey
Eva Judd O'Meara



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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.