Midwest Music Librarians

mla_midwest_2013_programThis past week Cleveland, Ohio was the host city for the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association. Our friendly gathering of information professionals took place at the main downtown branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

Festivities began on Thursday afternoon 10 October with various committee meetings, tours of Severance Hall, and a Cleveland Orchestra concert in the evening. This particular librarian attended the Public Services Committee meeting. Those in our profession are obsessed with getting our information message out to one and all. The main topic was LibGuides and how to get our clientele to utilize these superb sources of information.

Friday was the meat and potatoes of the gathering with sessions lead by members of our chapter. Highlights included a talk by Case Western’s own music librarian, Stephen Toombs, and two of his faculty cohorts involved in creating a database for Mahler manuscripts. The level of detail and cross-referencing in establishing such a comprehensive resource was mind-boggling! Additional sessions covered involving faculty in collection development, using QR codes within the library, and a moving talk by Cleveland Orchestra archivist, Deborah Hefling on the audio legacy of the Cleveland Orchestra. Old broadcast tapes were played along with various interviews of George Szell and Leopold Stokowski who saw future concert halls having 2 main speakers lining the back of all performing venues to create a luminous orb of sound. This librarian is all fired up about several marketing techiques discussed by Kathy Abromeit from Oberlin involving postcards, stickers, and banners.

A rousing reception was held at the Library and Archives for the Rock Hall Museum and additional sessions held Saturday morning, 12 October. A very satisfying three days, I must say.


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