Notes 59.2 (2002) 310-312
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The Music Library Association announces that four regional chapters have been awarded funding for chapter-level projects for the 2002-3 fiscal year. The chapters and their projects are:
Atlantic Chapter, to support travel to the fall 2002 meeting at the University of Maryland, College Park;
New England Chapter, to support the initial stage of their Education and Outreach Committee's library school and travel support project;
New York State/Ontario Chapter, to support travel to the fall 2002 meeting at the State University of New York, Potsdam; and
Southeast Chapter, to support travel to the fall 2002 meeting at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
The next deadline for chapter grant proposals is April 2003. Laura Dankner, MLA's Vice President/President-Elect, who serves as the liaison for the organization's eleven regional chapters, is the Board member currently responsible for coordinating these grants.
The Berger Family Technology Transfer Endowment has awarded a $50,000 grant to a team of librarians and faculty at Tufts University, Tisch Library for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (Michael Rogan, Music Librarian), to demonstrate a new paradigm for the study and use of special collections material in undergraduate curricular teaching. The team is headed by Michael J. Rogan, Music Librarian, Tisch Library, who is joined by Jane Bernstein, Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, Department of Music; Gregory Colati, Director, Digital Collections and Archives and University Archivist; and Thomas Cox, Web Designer, Tisch Library.
The Berger award is a result of a competitive proposal process that provides funding of $50,000 annually to retrain library staff to function in the increasingly high technology world of the digital library and to prepare students and faculty to use this technology effectively. It is believed that the endowment is the first of its kind to train library staff and faculty in new technology.
The project will demonstrate how technology can make accessible unique source material in a significant special collection at Tufts, the [End Page 310] Frédéric Louis Ritter Collection, so it can be used in new and exciting ways to enhance undergraduate education. F. L. Ritter was an émigré from Strasbourg, a noted scholar, composer, and conductor, who became the first professor of music at Vassar College, serving from1867 to1891. A series of colloquia will be given focusing on items selected from the Ritter Collection by nationally recognized music scholars who are interested in enhancing teaching through technology. Additional information can be found at www.library.tufts.edu/tisch/Berger/Berger_Release2002.html.
The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston (Jean Morrow, Director of Libraries)recently received a two-year grant of $84,603 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for an Archives Development Project to establish an archives and records management program. Scheduled to commence in August 2003, the project will be administered by the library at New England Conservatory. Project staff will organize and describe all of the conservatory's administrative records, historical and current, and will create a summary guide to the holdings of the archives that will be available in print and on the Web. The historical records of New England Conservatory document musical life and culture in the greater Boston area since 1867 and the development of music education at one of this country's oldest institutions of musical learning.
The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a grant of $250,000 in support of the Save Our Sounds audio preservation project, a joint initiative undertaken by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. Save Our Sounds is supported by Save America's Treasures, a public-private partnership of the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The purpose of the project is to restore, preserve, describe, and digitize endangered sound recordings in the collections of the Library and the Smithsonian and to set standards for other institutions to preserve and make accessible their collections of sound recordings. The grant will help to finance this project over the remainder of the year 2002.