|No. 69||August 2003|
Whether you prefer your sky Duke or Carolina blue, you’re in for a treat at the 33rd annual SEMLA Conference taking place this year in Chapel Hill and Durham, in the heart of the North Carolina Research Triangle. The Fall colors should be reaching their peak performance and the daytime temperatures should be delightful as well.
The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn of Chapel Hill (www.hichapelhill.com) , near restaurants and shops and with easy access to Durham. The room rate is $76.95 plus tax (2 double beds or a king). The hotel has a full-service restaurant and a bar. You’ll be able to book your room online or by calling (919) 929-2171. Because the hotel doesn’t have an airport van, we will arrange pick-ups at Raleigh/Durham International Airport. Transportation between venues will be available throughout the conference as well.
For the fourth year running, Dana Jaunzemis and Jean Clinton of Music Library Service Company will host our opening reception, to be held in the Rare Books Collection of UNC-Chapel Hill. Dining options after the reception are practically unlimited— Durham and Chapel Hill are home to several chef/restaurateur dynasties.
On Friday the conference sessions will be held in Wilson Library on the UNC campus, home to the university’s special collections—Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, North Carolina Collection, Rare Books, Manuscripts, and University Archives—and the new location of the UNC–CH Music Library! Lunch is on your own on or near Franklin Street adjacent to campus, and the Friday night banquet will be held at Top of the Hill, an award winning brew pub that overlooks downtown Chapel Hill. You’ll have a choice of three entrees (including vegetarian), salad, non-alcoholic drink, and choice of two desserts for $30.
On Saturday morning we will cross “the great divide” and continue our sessions on Duke’s East Campus at both the Lilly Library, home to the university’s fine arts, philosophy, film, and performing arts collections, and the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, home of the Music Department, Music Library and Media Center, and the Norman and Ruth Eddy Musical Instrument Collection (which we will tour). As an added treat this year, immediately following the business meeting our Duke hosts will provide us with a box lunch of eastern North Carolina barbecue (with a veggie option, of course)!
Program chair Laurel Whisler and her committee of Brenda Beasley, Catherine Gick, and Phil Vandermeer are putting together a great program of SEMLA stars as well as outside scholars: from reference desks and pathfinders to country music in the academy, and from metadata for librarians to music in non-music libraries, prepare to learn something fascinating and fun.
After the meeting, while you digest your BBQ, we have arranged for those who are interested to be serenaded on the majestic 66-stop Flentrop and other organs in Duke Chapel by University Organist David Arcus. A tour of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens is also available for Saturday afternoon. And there’s a rumor that Sarah Dorsey is planning to lure those who are still in town over to Greensboro later Saturday afternoon to tour the UNCG Music Library.
Complete conference details, including the full program, hotel information, and registration and travel information, will be available shortly on the SEMLA Web site. An announcement will be posted on SEMLA-L when the conference information is available. We look forward to a big turnout in the Southern Part of Heaven!
Dearest Wonderful SEMLA People,
I am writing this in the midst of summer and in between two vacations. The different schedule of this time of year encourages lovely alternate perspective that the intensity of the academic year doesn’t seem to allow. Vacations are opportunities to step back and appreciate what comes in between. I must say that over and over I realize my fortune in being able to do work that I love. Helping people make music and study music (and occasionally doing those myself) is really an honor. Being a part of an organization like SEMLA is doubly so because my colleagues are you cool people. I can’t believe that this is already my final column as your chair. Where did the time go?
There are so many people I want to thank. First of all, I must thank and praise the person who once again makes this communication possible. Alan Ringwood (University of South Carolina) is really an amazing editor. He can actually prod in a way that is not at all prod-like. That takes a special kind of gentleness. But in addition to this gentleness, Alan has produced an informative and excellent newsletter. And how he shepherded Breve Notes from paper to virtual is most delicious. Speaking of delicious, I got to have the best role model for being Chair in Neil Hughes (University of Georgia). The combination of careful attention to detail, thoroughness, diplomacy, articularity (I say it is a word) AND a sense of humor is beyond me. I hope to be there for Diane even half the way Neil was for me, but I get ahead of myself.
As far as out-going wonders are concerned, Rashidah Hakeem (University of Mississippi) will be finishing up as Member- at-Large (Nominating Committee), and we have a lovely slate of characters (I mean candidates) thanks to Rashidah and her nominating committee, Margaret Miller (New World School of the Arts) and Lee Richardson (University of North Florida). So remember to be a vital part of your organization and vote to shape SEMLA’s future. Please take time to consider our excellent slate of officers elsewhere in this issue and to exercise your right as SEMLA members to vote (and don’t forget to do that in our next national election either, plug, plug).
As Program Chair Member-at-Large, Laurel Whisler (Furman University) has been hard at work. I have to thank her and her Program Committee Brenda Beasley (Middle Tennessee State University) with Catherine Gick (Vanderbilt University) and Phil Vandermeer (University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill) for a program that looks great! I could tantalize you by mentioning this and that to which we are looking forward, but you really should just go to the Web site ( http://jpl.coj.net/semla/conference2003/confhome.html) and check it out—an easy click for most of us reading electronically—how cool! There is also plenty of information elsewhere in this newsletter.
The Web site also shows us fruits of the labors of the amazing Local Arrangements crew, including Diane Steinhaus, Phil Vandermeer, and Jill Shires, all at the University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill; John Druesedow and Kirsten Dougan at Duke University; and all the other people I might have missed. They have a good time planned. Go take a look and see if you can possibly resist! I know I can’t! Remember, October 23-25, 2003! Make your plans to be there or be so square!
Oh, and speaking of cool, Lynn Jacobson’s (Jacksonville Public Library) job on the Web site is gorgeous, eh? I can’t decide if I am more excited about the microbrews at Top of the Hill or the cool sessions planned. I guess I can revel in both. Or maybe I’m really looking most forward to handing that legendary plastic hammer over to Diane . . . hmmm . . . oh, yes, I’m doing a column. Sorry for the side trip into my brain . . . .
I have some wonderfulness to share (one of the funnest things to do as chair). First of all, MLA has granted us what we asked for—a Chapter Grant to help us reach out to library schools in the SEMLA region. Some of the logistics of that will be a part of our business meeting in Chapel Hill (actually, as I look at the Web page, I think the business meeting will be at Duke). I want to thank the Board for filling in as an impromptu Chapter Grant Committee with me, “the late Sarah B. Dorsey,” trying to meet a deadline. Not one of them was nasty about the extra work! We also will be continuing the SEMLA tradition of the Travel Grant to encourage young and new colleagues to come to our meeting by helping them out financially. This will be the third year, but our first going it alone without help from MLA. You may recall that we decided to support this initiative from our own coffers in an ongoing way because it is something we believe in. Read all about it on the SEMLA Web site (thanks, Lynn!). Encourage your deserving students and colleagues to apply.
I want to also thank our wonderful Secretary/Treasurer, Steve Mantz (Davidson College), who has decided to let someone else win the upcoming election because he is kind of busy with the MLA Newsletter editing (which is looking good by the way, Steve). If it were not for Steve we would have missed a number of opportunities, including setting aside more money to help us pay for an exciting local arrangements event in Memphis. Remember we are hosting our national colleagues in February of 2005! We still need to add to that pot, but we have over $4,000 so far. Oh, yeah, speaking of money, don’t forget to pay your dues!! What a deal! $5.00! Don’t delay! Stay tuned for more on our Memphis plans.
And, because I would be remiss if I did not mention it, the Board this year has been astoundingly solid and compassionate. It has been a challenging year for me which has shaken my already weak organizational skills (there WILL be a new handbook, there WILL be a new handbook!). But thanks to the presence, hard work and understanding of this wonderful Board including Diane Steinhaus (Chair Elect), Rashidah Hakeem (Member-at-Large, Nominating), Steve Mantz (Secretary/Treasurer), and Laurel Whisler (Member-at-Large, Program), SEMLA has not missed a beat. You don’t know!
In addition to the ongoing conflict in Iraq and the loss of my dear friend John Daverio, we lost Leslie Troutman this year. Leslie was truly an inspirational light for me personally and for our profession as a whole. As Neil said, it was hard to believe she was gone after seeing her bright energy and positive smile in Austin in February. I am holding everyone challenged by these events in the light and taking comfort in knowing that those who are gone are no longer suffering.
As I took office I made note of the fact that my humor was perhaps a bit moister than Neil’s. And as Diane, my dear friend from grad school (we’ve known each other for almost 22 years!) takes over, you’ll be glad to know that she is way more organized than I am and that she reinstates the dry humor tradition of SEMLA. Of course I’ll be around as past chair to keep the silliness alive. But I know Diane will do wonderful things, not only as one of our hosts of the conference this fall, but also as proprietor of the yellow handled hammer of delightful despotism!
As you all know, I am a fan of the poet Rumi, and because this is my last column (and I love to emulate my favorite past prez of MLA, Paula Matthews) I think I’ll quote one of my favorite poems by him called “A Community of the Spirit” (something I think we have in SEMLA):
There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street,
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
Open your hands,
if you want to be held.
Sit down in this circle.
Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd’s love filling you.
At night, your beloved wanders.
Don’t accept consolations.
Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.
You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.
Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.
Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.
—Rumi, 13th century
Cheers to all and see you in October! Also, perhaps in DC in February of 2004 since it is so close to us (or some of us). OK, OK, I’ll shut up now…
But thank you all for being such a lovely community,Sarah
Thursday, October 23, 2003
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
|6:00 PM Registration and Opening Reception||Louis Round Wilson Library|
Rare Books Collection
Friday, October 24
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
|8:30 AM Registration||Louis Round Wilson Library|
Rare Books Collection
|9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks - TBA|
9:15 Country Music in the Academy.
Panelists: Steve Weiss (Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection),
Jocelyn Neal (Professor of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),
Gary Boye (Music Librarian, Appalachian State University),
and Phil Vandermeer, chair.
|11:00 Tour of Southern Folklife Collection|
|12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)|
1:30 Metadata for Music Librarians
Kirstin Dougan, Duke University
Louis Round Wilson Library
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
2:15 Reference Desks in Academic Music Libraries
David Hursh, East Carolina University
|3:15 Music in Non-Music Libraries: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Joan McGorman, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Optional tour of New Undergraduate Library
5:30 Banquet at Top of the Hill Restaurant
Departure location TBA
|Saturday, October 25
|8:30 AM Coffee Avaialable||Lily Library, Thomas Room||
9:00 Refreshers/New Directions in...
|9:45 Break and Tour of Musical Instrument Collection|
|11:00 Business Meeting|
|12:15 PM Lunch—Bullock’s BBQ catered by Duke University|
Brenda Gale Beasley is Coordinator of Research Collections at The Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her responsibilities at the Center include providing reference services, managing the Center’s databases, and ordering new books and scores, cataloging, and overseeing the print collections. She joined the staff in September 2002. Previously Brenda was Special Projects librarian in the Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University, and served a one-year term as interim University Archivist. In 1991, she worked as a cataloger of foreign weather with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Ms. Beasley received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archival Management (Spring 2001). She also holds a Master’s degree in American Studies, with an emphasis in Folklore and Material Culture, from Pennsylvania State University–Harrisburg (Fall 1996), and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Choral Conducting from Mars Hill College (Spring 1980). She published “The Story Behind the Statue” in the North Carolina Folklore Journal, v.49: 2, Fall/Win, 2002. She co-authored a paper with Dr. Timothy Sanford for the ECURE (Electronic College and University Records) conference, Summer 2001 in Mesa, Arizona entitled, “The State of University Records Management Programs in America: A Detailed Study of 25 Leading University Records Programs.” She published several Web sites while employed at ASU (http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/) and produced a brochure and Web site for the NEH challenge grant for the Center for Appalachian Studies (http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/NEH.html). She also compiled the online bibliography, “Hymns and Hymnody in the Appalachian Collection” (http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/hymnody.html). She holds active memberships in SEMLA, MLA, and AAUW (American Association of University Women).
David Hursh is Associate Professor and Head Music Librarian at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he coordinates the activities of a branch music library that supports a school of music with 300 students and 60 faculty members. Prior to his current position he was Music Librarian with Technology Specialization at East Carolina. He has been Head of Technical Services at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida and a Cataloger at Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Florida. He holds a MSLS with a Bibliographic Control Concentration from Florida State University in Tallahassee; a MM in Voice Performance from Converse College School of Music in Spartanburg, South Carolina; and a BM in Voice Performance from Houghton College School of Music in Houghton, New York. An article, “East Carolina University Music Library Strikes a Silver Tone,” was published in Breve Notes no. 60 (August 2000). A review of Internet Policy Handbook for Libraries, by Mark Smith was published in Serials Review 26, no. 1 (2000). A forthcoming article, “Calling All Academic Music Library Reference Desks” is scheduled for publication in Music Reference Services Quarterly 8, nos. 3 & 4 (a double issue). David has been a member of SEMLA since 1998 and has served as a panelist on the “New and Improved! Recent Construction Projects in Southern Music Libraries” at the 2001 SEMLA Conference and chaired the Best of Chapters Committee, 2002. He is currently co-chair of the MLA Statistics Sub-Committee. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. He was the 2001 recipient of the MLA’s Walter Gerboth Award.
Lenny Bertrand is Audio Assistant at Tulane University’s Maxwell Music Library, where he oversees the audio/visual collection, equipment acquisition and maintenance, serves as liaison to the music faculty, and performs public service duties. Shortly after graduating high school in New Orleans Lenny married and moved to Baton Rouge. There he spent a few years in audio/video sales, eventually becoming a purchasing agent for a local chain of audio, video, and camera stores. Additionally Lenny managed the repair department where he learned many of the skills he uses today at Tulane. A series of coincidences combined with a yearning to reunite with family and continue his music studies led the Bertrand family back to New Orleans. His love for music, knowledge of audio and video equipment, and repair skills immediately landed him his position at Tulane. Lenny is also very active in radio broadcasting and engineering for many of the local FM stations. He has received numerous music industry recognitions for his classical, jazz, and new age programming at WTUL. Lenny’s various leadership roles at WTUL have earned the station consistent music industry rankings within the top 10 college radio stations on the continent including, 2 College Radio Station of the Year awards. Lenny has been an integral part of the Maxwell Music Library for twenty years. His wonderful rapport with the music department have kept many of the faculty comfortably using the library through its many changes. Although not a member of MLA, he has assisted as “Technical Liason” for MLA conventions in New Orleans, Boston, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York, and Las Vegas. Lenny sincerely credits his department colleagues, organizations like SEMLA and MLA, and especially the continued support, encouragement, and friendship of Dr. Robert Curtis for keeping his twenty years at Tulane fresh and stimulating.
Guy Leach is the Music & Language Liaison/Reference Librarian in the William Russell Pullen Library at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he is responsible for collection development, general reference service, individual and group consultations, and instruction. He has held this position since 2000. He has worked in both public and academic libraries and in technical and public services. He worked for four years as Technical Services Librarian at Smyrna Public Library in Smyrna, GA; and for two years as Archives Librarian at the Auburn Avenue Research Library for African-American Culture and History in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. His MLS is from University of Michigan (1992); MA in Historical Musicology is from Converse College (1990); and his BS in Music Education is from Bob Jones University (1983). Since joining the Staff at Georgia State he has given a Power Point presentation at the GLA Conference on “Library Services to Patron with Disabilities” (2002); facilitated a Roundtable Session on “Surviving the Serials Review” at the ACRL Conference, April, 2003; and has had two topics accepted for presentation at the upcoming GLA 2003 conference. He has been a SEMLA member since 2001 and is an active member of MLA and ALA. He has focused service efforts within the Library on several standing and ad hoc committees, including the Library Administrative Council, the Web Development Committee, and the Personnel Development Committee. With that foundation, he aspires to expand service activities to the regional and national level.Back to Table of Contents
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has received a grant of $46,636 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the cataloging and digitization of the Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of American Song Broadsides. The Goldstein Collection, acquired by the Center in 1994, consists of approximately 3,300 broadsides, and is one the largest such collections in the country.
Song broadsides (sometimes called “song sheets”) were a common and inexpensive medium through which popular songs and ballads were commercially disseminated from the sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Broadsides normally contained only lyrics, as simple text was much easier and cheaper to typeset and print than was musical notation, according to Paul Wells, the director of the Center for Popular Music. “They were sold to people who were not affluent enough to own a piano or who were not musically literate,” Wells said. “Broadsides offer a window into the musical tastes of a different class of people than those who were buying sheet music of the same period.” Most of the items in the Goldstein collection date from the nineteenth century.
Numerous older traditional ballads were printed in broadside form, as were contemporary narrative songs that documented natural disasters, battles, political events, tragic accidents, and other aspects of daily life. Because much of the song material printed on broadsides was topical in nature, they provide source materials not only for the examination of the creation and consumption of popular song in the United States, but for research into a broad spectrum of American culture. They are of interest to scholars in many disciplines including folklore, musicology, social and cultural history, popular culture, and sociology.
The Goldstein collection was put together over a period of eight to ten years through some very active, aggressive collecting on the part of the late Kenneth Goldstein, one of the country’s leading folklorists. Goldstein headed the program in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania for many years, and recognized the importance of broadsides in his own study of American and Canadian folksong.
In carrying out the grant-funded project, Center staff will scan each item in the Goldstein collection, enhance existing bibliographic records to add the full text of the song lyrics and provide subject access, convert existing database records into the proper format for entry into the OCLC/WorldCat system, and create a Web site that will permit access to the collection via the Internet.
The project was designed and the grant proposal written by Lucinda Cockrell, the Center’s archivist, and Mayo Taylor, former Coordinator of Research Collections at the Center. This project will serve as the first step in a larger plan to digitize and present materials from the Center’s extensive holdings through the Internet, making them more accessible to scholars and members of the general public.
For more information, contact Paul Wells or Lucinda Cockrell at 615-898-2449.Back to Table of Contents
Laurel Whisler, Music Librarian, Furman University Through a generous grant from the Associated Colleges of South, three people from Furman University have constructed tutorial that covers Music Index Online. Laurel Whisler, Music Librarian; John Beckford, Professor of Music; and Hampton Catlin, junior and Computer Science major, collaborated on the project. The project consists of a tutorial demonstrating how a thesis statement can be turned into a search statement, an overview of Music Index operators and search syntax, and demonstrations and analysis of Music Index Basic and Expert search modes using one topic for each. The site will eventually include an overview and demonstration of the International Index of Music Periodicals (IIMP) as well. Those sections will be completed after IIMP unveils its new interface in October. In addition, the site includes a test of the material in the Music Index tutorials (and will include an IIMP test as well). The test will be scored, with results e-mailed to the student and to a librarian and/or faculty member. The tutorial, tests, and scores are stored in a MySQL database. Php scripting is used to enable the database to feed individual pages to the Web.
For more information about the project and its intended uses, please see http://library.furman.edu/depts/music/acs/ projectintro.html. There you will find a comment form which I invite you to fill out and submit. Librarians in SEMLA are invited to use the tutorial at your institutions, and if you would like to have test results e-mailed, please contact me so I can add the appropriate information to the database.Back to Table of Contents
Peter S. Bushnell has moved. His new address is 620 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32607.
Harry Eskew’s Hymnody Collection of approximately 2,500 hymnals, tunebooks, gospel songbooks, and hymnological works has been acquired by Baylor University in anticipation of a new Ph.D. program in Church Music. The Eskew Hymnody Collection includes a rare first edition (1835) of South Carolinian William Walker’s Southern Harmony, the tunebook in which the words and music of “Amazing Grace” were first published together.
Joan McGorman attended the joint conference of the American Library Association and the Canadian Library Association in Toronto. She helped Alan Karass with the MLA exhibit booth on Monday and Tuesday, June 23-24. She also attended OLAC meetings, during which there was considerable discussion about proposed changes to Chapter 6 of AACR2.Back to Table of Contents
The University of South Carolina Music Library proudly announces that in May 2003 Dr. Mark Leach joined its staff as Assistant Music Librarian. The Music Library also welcomed the recent transfer of Alan Ringwood (Music Cataloger) and Joe Henderson (Library Specialist) from the main library’s Cataloging Department, bringing the total number of full-time employees to five. The Music Library also unveiled its Digital Sheet Music Project, available on the Web at http://sheetmusic.library.sc.edu.Back to Table of Contents
1. Call to order
The meeting was called to order and opened with a haiku read by the Chair, Sarah Dorsey.
The minutes of the meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were approved as written.
3. Treasurer’s Report
|Balance as of October 7, 2002||$ 4,267.26|
|Contributions to SEMLA||$ 15.00|
|Interest on checking account||2.16|
|TOTAL INCOME||$ 697.16|
|Breve Notes supplies||$ 21.12|
|Certificate of Deposit, transfer funds to||2,000.00|
|TOTAL EXPENSES||$ 2,765.07|
|BALANCE of checking acct. as of February 10, 2003||$ 2,199.35|
|CERTIFICATE of DEPOSIT|
|10 month Certificate of Deposit (matured 11/18/2002)||$ 2,301.48*|
|Funds added to Certificate of Deposit (from checking)||2,000.00|
|Total, New Certificate of Deposit (13 mo.)||$ 4,301.48|
|TOTAL NET WORTH as of February 10, 2003||$6,500.83|
|*Total interest earned at maturity was $47.30|