- Notes for Notes
During the 2019 Music Library Association annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, the following awards were given:
The MLA Citation is the association's tribute for lifetime achievement and our highest honor. It is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to music librarianship over a career. Citation recipients become honorary members of the Music Library Association. Recognizing his tireless, persistent, and effective advocacy for users' needs in all aspects of cataloging, the Music Library Association is pleased to confer it upon Jay Weitz. Throughout his long career, Weitz has made extensive contributions to the music library profession and to the aims of the Music Library Association by ensuring and enhancing intellectual access to music. His breadth of knowledge regarding cataloging practices past and present, OCLC and beyond, is unparalleled. His responses to catalogingrelated questions on both MLA-L and MOUG-L consistently display a depth, thoroughness, and generosity of spirit that make the person asking (and everyone reading) feel more informed. His work on OCLC's Duplicate Detection and Resolution (DDR) program has been even wider-reaching. While his expertise, understated wit, and generosity may be best known in the cataloging world, every researcher, musician, or librarian who has successfully searched for and identified music or media materials in WorldCat has benefited from his incalculable contributions to cataloging and quality control.
The Vincent H. Duckles Award is given for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music. This year the award goes to Inger Sørensen, for her book J.P.E. Hartmann, Thematic-Bibliographic Catalogue of His Works, edited by Birthe Skou, Danish Humanist Texts and Studies, volume 56 (Copenhagen: Dansk Center for Musikudgivelse, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 2017). Representing the first comprehensive thematic catalog of the complete works of Danish composer J. P. E. Hartmann, Sørensen presents a well-organized and detailed set of entries in two volumes, with text in Danish and English. The works are categorized first by medium and form, and entries are then organized by thematic catalog number (beginning with HartW) followed by opus or other composer-supplied numbers, providing an effective and intuitive experience as a reference and research tool. Each entry includes date of [End Page 84] composition, instrumentation, an incipit, sources and publications (including manuscripts, first editions, reprints), and a brief bibliography. Sørensen's addition of four indexes at the end of volume 2 includes easy-to-browse lists by title and first line of work, names listed throughout the publication, authors of entries, and a list of works by opus number, further demonstrating the care with which this catalog was constructed to meet the needs of music scholars. It is a valuable addition to music research and scholarship.
The Richard S. Hill Award is given for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature. This year the award goes to Beth Iseminger, Nancy Lorimer, Casey Mullin, and Hermine Vermeij, "Faceted Vocabularies for Music: A New Era in Resource Discovery," in Notes 73, no. 3 (2017): 409–31. The authors present an excellent article detailing the history of the development of music thesauri, more recently, the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT) and the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT). These projects demonstrate a response to advancements in search precision in twenty-first-century library catalogs with faceted display systems. The authors effectively present the need for these new Library of Congress music thesauri, the challenges in the developmental process, specific issues encountered, and issues yet to be addressed. The article provides historical context to MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee's role and active presence throughout the creation of LCMPT and LCGFT music terms. The authors are thorough in their research on the history of music thesauri construction, and carefully avoid excessive jargon so that content is accessible to a wider audience. The authors are recognized and commended for their efforts detailing collaboration between individuals and organizations/institutions needed to build and design new music vocabularies and thesauri for modern-day music information search and retrieval.
The Eva Judd O'Meara Award, given for the best review in Notes...