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December 2, 2010

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Midwinter 2011 Agenda

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011,Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 12:29 am
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Dance Librarians Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter 2011

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Point Loma Room

Saturday, January 8, 2011

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm



Welcome and introductions


Discussion topics continued from last meeting:

  • Next steps regarding the recruitment of new professionals.  Ideas proposed so far have included: Surveying which library schools, if any, offer entire courses on performing arts librarianship or as a component in existing classes, such as a special libraries overview; development of fact sheet for dance students in academic programs and dance schools, as well apprentices and professionals in dance companies with career transition programs.
  • Outlets for reviews of books and media.  Seek better representation for dance material in library literature – a review essay in Choice or C&RL News?  Should we begin bestowing our own DLDG “best of” awards?

New discussion topic: Ballet in popular culture

  • Ballet rarely registers in the mainstream media, but it is resurfacing in a big way as 2010 winds down. If there’s time, be prepared to dish about the well-reviewed Apollo’s Angels and the soon-to-be-released Black Swan.


  1. I can’t be at mid-winter but I’m a library student at the University of Denver and I am very interested in Dance Librarianship. I’m working now with the Colorado Ballet collection at the Carson-Brierly Dance Library at the university and am hoping to do my practicum with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Collection at the Denver Public Library. I’m already on the listserv and am certainly looking for ways to get more insight into the work. I’ll stay tuned to the results of the conversation about arts libraryship in library schools.

    Comment by Corey Baker — December 15, 2010 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

    • Hi Corey,

      Welcome! It’s a shame you can’t come, but understandable. Denver is a great city. I enjoyed visiting when we had Midwinter there in 2009. It sounds like you are doing some wonderful work with dance collections. Stay tuned to the listserv for some more news!

      Comment by Helice — December 16, 2010 @ 12:30 am | Reply

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