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REFERENCE SOURCES SPOTLIGHT: The Portal to Texas History

If you live outside of Texas, you may not have heard of the Portal to Texas History: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ As described on the site, “The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.” Coverage primarily dates from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. A brief history of the site should help to explain its possible value as a music reference source.   The portal was conceived in 2002 to provide digital access to historical materials from collaborating institutional partners and private collectors throughout the state. When it was launched in 2004, the

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2021 Call for Nominations: Student/Early Career Board Representative

The MLA Nominating Committee welcomes nominations and self-nominations for a one-year appointment to the MLA Board as a Student/Early Career Representative for 2022-2023. This is the third and final year of this pilot, after which the Board will assess whether or not this position should have a permanent place on the Board. The position is being test-driven as a non-voting position. General Responsibilities: Compiling Annual Reports. This process normally gets underway late summer with the call for annual reports. The finished MLA Annual Report gets posted on the MLA website. Submitting quarterly Board reports. A one-page report submitted to the

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Preserving MLA’s Legacy in Unusual Times

By Christina Taylor Gibson and Melissa Wertheimer This article emerged from a series of wide-ranging conversations between the incoming MLA Archivist (Christina) and the outgoing MLA Archivist (Melissa) about how to fulfill their official charge during the pandemic. We share this summary to give MLA members a better sense of how the MLA Archives function, its goals and scope, and how MLA members can contribute to this work. This spring at its 90th anniversary meeting, MLA announced a new slate of officers – in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and a historic online conference. Many of these new appointees

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New: Call for Applications, Paraprofessional/Public Librarian Conference Travel Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the new MLA Paraprofessional/Public Librarian Conference Travel Grant. The MLA Paraprofessional/Public Librarian Conference Travel Grant is intended to support travel and hotel expenses to attend the Music Library Association annual meeting. Grant(s) include a complimentary one-year MLA membership at the regular member level, the conference registration fee and a cash award, subject to approval of the current year’s budget by the MLA Board. For more information about the award, please visit the MLA Paraprofessional/Public Librarian Conference Travel Grant page on the MLA website: https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/general/custom.asp?page=ppl_fund To apply, you must be working as a library paraprofessional or

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Call for Applications 2021: MLA Diversity Scholarship Award for 2022

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 underrepresented groups the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) with financial support. Thanks to the MLA Board, we are offering 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, or

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Call for Applications 2021: Kevin Freeman Travel Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant. The Kevin Freeman Travel Grant is intended to support travel and hotel expenses to attend the Music Library Association annual meeting. Grant(s) include the conference registration fee and a cash award, subject to approval of the current year’s budget by the MLA Board. For more information about the award, please visit the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant page on the MLA website: https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/FreemanGrant To apply, you must:• Be a regular, paraprofessional, or student member of the Music Library Association, AND either be: • in the first three years of your career,•

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Bibliography Now!

A high-quality bibliography or reference list is an essential part of any academic paper and any research-driven class. Incorporate a bibliography session into your seminar and it’s on RILM. We provide live instruction to classes with subject-specific and comprehensive sessions via Zoom, focusing on RILM Abstracts, RILM Music Encyclopedias, and/or MGG Online. Get your students up-to-speed, relying on authoritative, peer-reviewed, and author signed information to write unforgettable term papers. Contact us today to set up a free session for the coming semester, at info@rilm.org. Wishing you a great semester. The RILM team

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RILM Music Encyclopedias: New Titles for 2022

In January 2022 RILM Music Encyclopedias will add three more reference works to its collection of currently 60 historical and current titles. These are: François Henry Joseph Blaze (Castil-Blaze). Dictionnaire de musique moderne (2nd ed.; Paris: Au magasin de musique de la Lyre moderne, 1825) 2 vols; xvi, 324 p. [25]; 389 p. Sokol Shupo. Enciklopedia e muzikës shqiptare (Tiranë: Asmus, 2002) 318 p. Terry Moran. Vietnamese musical instruments: A monographic lexicon ([Singapore]: author, 2020) 384 p. The addition of these titles, which augment the coverage and depth of RILM Music Encyclopedias, emphasizes RILM’s mission to include the music scholarship of all countries and in all languages. RILM Music Encyclopedias is the continuously expanding

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New Webinar: Accessible Music Library Instruction for the Visually Impaired

In this new workshop, musician and accessibility expert Christina Ebersohl will introduce the basic history of visual accessibility for music materials and show how to adapt teaching practices—online and in person—as well as policies for learners of all visual ability. Participants will explore adaptations during class and will be guided through resources to improve their advocacy and implementation of visual accessibility for the studio, classroom, or institution. After participating in this workshop, you will: Gain a working knowledge of common resources developed for the visually impaired population and visually impaired musicians Understand several methods for creating or adapting courses, teaching

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Strategic Planning Task Force Values Sessions

Dear MLA members: The Strategic Planning Task Force has been diligently continuing our work to create the 2022–2030 Strategic Plan.  To support our work and bring in an outside perspective, MLA has engaged DeEtta Jones & Associates (DJA), a minority- and woman-owned consulting firm. DJA has deep expertise with academic libraries, strategy & planning, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist practice. We’re glad to be partnering with them during this phase of looking ahead. DJA’s first activity with us will be in a series of three workshops in July,  August and early September to surface shared values across our membership. Values, in this context, are

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