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Call for Nominations: Publications Awards

The Publications Awards Committee welcomes nominations for the following annual awards: The Vincent H. Duckles Award, for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music. The Richard S. Hill Award, for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature. The Eva Judd O’Meara Award, for the best review published in Notes. Publications nominated for the awards to be announced in 2023 must have been published during the 2021 calendar year. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, June 12, 2022. Nominations may be directed to any member of the committee: Ryan Johnson, chair (Ryan.johnson01 at

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Call for Applications: 2022 Diversity Scholarship Award

The MLA Diversity Scholarship Award Committee is now accepting applications for the 2022 MLA Diversity Scholarship Award. This scholarship award, funded by the membership of MLA, offers students from under-represented groups the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) with financial support. Once again, we are delighted to offer two Diversity Scholarships this year! The goal of the scholarship is to recruit students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups into music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education. Students who have applied to or are enrolled in an ALA-Accredited MLIS program with a concentration, certificate,

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Call for Nominations: MLA Members-at-Large and the MLA Citation

The 2022 MLA Nominating Committee welcomes nominations for: I. Three Members-at-Large to serve on the Board of Directors for a two-year term, 2023-2025 Board members represent the membership as they carry out the Association’s work. The three incoming Board members will be selected by the President to serve as Assistant Parliamentarian, Assistant Planning and Reports Officer, or Assistant Fiscal Officer. Nominations should reflect the entire range and nature of the work of the Association’s members. Incumbents may not succeed themselves. Candidates for office must be personal members of the Association. We are especially eager to create a slate of candidates that

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Get Involved in MLA Leadership

Please join the MLA board and friends for a town hall series about getting involved in MLA leadership. We both need and value a much more inclusive leadership body and to that end, are hosting a town hall on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 3-4 pm Eastern / 2-3 pm Central / 1-2 pm Mountain / 12-1 pm Pacific. This session will focus on demystifying MLA board of directors service (both how to get involved and what’s involved in service). The session will be led by Bruce Evans (Chair, Nominating Committee) and Ellen Ogihara (recent Student/Early Career Representative to the

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SMART Copyright Act

In recent years, we have seen a number of legislative efforts brought forward that were introduced as anti-piracy measures, but whose design would go far beyond addressing copyright infringement, leading to significant censorship online. The SMART Copyright Act of 2022 introduced in the Senate seeks to require new technology measures to act as a filter to prevent infringing content online. It’s unclear why this bill is necessary: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act already requires internet companies to have technological measures in place to address issues of copyright infringement. As the Library Copyright Alliance points out, civil and criminal penalties for

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2022 MLA Citation Award

The MLA Citation, the Association’s tribute for lifetime achievement, is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to music librarianship over a career. It is the highest honor we bestow. The 2022 MLA Citation Award recipient is Randye Jones. The text of the Citation was read at the business meeting on March 5, 2022: As a true champion of the music of African Americans and of paraprofessionals in music libraries, she has positively contributed to the work of MLA’s members and their patrons. Her decades-long, groundbreaking work has produced a multifaceted body of research and performances of African-American vocal music. Her websites,

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2022 MLA Award Recipients

As announced at the business meeting at the virtual annual conference on March 5, 2022, here are the recipients of the awards given by the Music Library Association. MLA Diversity Scholarship The MLA Diversity Scholarship Award offers candidates from under-represented groups the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) with financial support.  The 2022 recipients of the MLA Diversity Scholarship are Michelle Rivera and Jade Vaughan. Kevin Freeman Travel Grant The Kevin Freeman Travel Grant supports travel and hotel expenses to attend the Music Library Association annual meeting. Recipients must be either a student, recent

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Newly Appointed Positions for 2022

Congratulations to the following people who have been elected and appointed to positions within MLA, as announced at the business meeting on March 5, 2022: Board positions:Vice-President/President Elect: Paula HicknerRecording Secretary: Veronica WellsAssistant Fiscal Officer: Katie BuehnerAssistant Planning and Reports Officer: Sonia Archer-CapuzzoAssistant Parliamentarian: Ray HeigemeirStudent/Early Career Representative to the Board: Elizabeth Uchimura Special Officers:Assistant Chief Financial Officer: Serena VaquilarAssistant Membership Management Officer: Melissa MollMembership Management Officer: Jason Imbesi Editors:Basic Manual Series Editor: Melanie ZeckIndex & Bibliography Series Editor: Lois Kuyper-RushingOpen Access Editor: Matthew Vest Many thanks all of those who were willing to run for the elected board positions,

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Music Cataloging e-Courses Available through ALA E-Learning

We are happy to announce a collaboration with ALA (American Library Association) to provide Fundamentals of Music Cataloging, a bundle of four continuing education events that will give you a proper orientation to music cataloging and take you through key areas. These four events are: Introduction to Music Cataloging: A 4-week eCourse, Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 27, 2022 Music Cataloging with Library of Congress Vocabularies: A 4-week eCourse, Monday, May 30 through Friday, June 24, 2022 Music Cataloging with Library of Congress Classification: A 4-week eCourse, Monday, July 11 through Friday August 5, 2022 Using the New RDA Toolkit

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RILM is hiring

RILM seeks to fill an Associate Editor position in its International Office in New York City. The successful candidate will be responsible for abstracting and indexing scholarship published in the German language, in addition to publications in French or/and Italian, making sure that they are fully and accurately represented in RILM Abstracts. For a detailed job description, including duties and qualifications, and to apply for the position, visit the Job Openings website of the Research Foundation of CUNY.

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