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April 24, 2012

Arts Meetings at Anaheim (Annual 2012)

ACRL Arts – Annual – Anaheim

Saturday June 23, 2012

All Committees Meeting – ALA Scheduler

8:00 am 10:00 am Disneyland Hotel-Mark Twain

  • Conference Program Planning Committee 2013 Chicago
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Digital Technologies and the Arts Committee

Arts Discussion Forum – ALA Scheduler

10:30 am 12:00 pm Disneyland Hotel-Mark Twain

Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and New Media – ALA Scheduler

Sponsored by LES/ARTS/ACRL Copyright Committee/ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee

1:30 pm 3:30 pm Hilton Anaheim-Palos Verdes

As libraries continue to acquire digital content (books, films,  websites, and other media), they face an increasing demand both to adhere to relevant intellectual property laws, and to open up materials for teaching and research purposes.  This session will feature a panel of professors, lawyers, and librarians to discuss how librarians can assert fair use rights and understand the complex range of issues concerning intellectual property rights over new media materials.

The members of the panel are:

Sunday June 24, 2012

Executive & General Membership Meeting – ALA Scheduler

10:30 am 12:00 pm Disneyland Hotel-North Exhibit Hall Room DE

All Discussion Groups – Dance Librarians Discussion Group, Digital Arts Discussion Group, Film and Broadcast Studies Librarians Discussion Group, and proposed Theater Librarians Discussion Group – ALA Scheduler

1:30 pm 5:30 pm Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel-Trillium Room B

1:30-2:30 DLDG and FAB business meetings

2:30-3:30 Discussion of fair use and licensing issues

3:30-4:30 DADG and TLDG business meetings

4:30-5:30 open discussion of current issues in arts libraries

Moderator: Helice Koffler, Dance Librarians Discussion Group
Moderator: Kimberley Bugg, Film and Broadcast Studies Librarians Discussion Group
Moderators: Brenda Chappell-Sharpe and Susan Wiesner, Digital Arts Discussion Group
Moderator: Joe Tally, proposed Theater Librarians Discussion Group

January 5, 2012

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Virtual Meeting: January 12

Please join the Dance Librarians Discussion Group for our bonus virtual meeting on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST.  Our special guest will be author, Stephen Manes, whose recent book, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet, provides backstage access to a major American ballet company, the Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Manes followed the company closely for over one year, documenting the 2007-2008 season and its aftermath in extraordinary detail.

You do not need to be a member of the American Library Association to participate in this chat, but you must register as a user at the ALA Connect site and sign up for the Dance Librarians Discussion Group community page.

Stephen Manes has written more than thirty books and hundreds of articles in a long career of making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated.  His columns on personal technology have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and other publications.  Manes also was a creator and co-host of the weekly public television series “Digital Duo.”  His books include the biography, Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry—and Made Himself the Richest Man in America (1994).  Manes is also well known for his works for children and young adults, including: Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! (1996) and its sequel, Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday (1996).

June 20, 2011

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Meeting at ALA Annual 2011

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 10:26 pm

Cover image from "Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet" (2010) by Jennifer Homans

Please excuse the late notification about the upcoming meeting, which will be taking place as scheduled, on Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 1:30-3:30 pm.  More details about the location, etc. can be found on the Conference Scheduler page.

Although I will not be able to attend this year’s ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Kathleen Haefliger has graciously agreed to lead the Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting in my absence.

In lieu of a formal agenda, you are invited to bring your own ideas for discussion topics to the meeting.  To get the conversation started, here also are some of the topics from our most recent past meetings that it would be great to see develop into full fledged projects:

  • Outreach with library schools and/or dance departments to develop training opportunities for students with an interest in dance librarianship, archives, and history.
  • A review feature on recent dance on film and video created by DLDG for publication in Booklist, C&RL News, or some other venue.

I also tried to arrange for an online chat with Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet to take place during ALA week, but, unfortunately, she was unavailable this month due to travel and other commitments.  However, she is enthusiastic about communicating with the group and has agreed to an do an interview in late July.  Please send in any ideas for interview questions or your comments about the book as a reply to the discussion page.

Thanks so much!  I hope it’s a great conference!

December 2, 2010

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Midwinter 2011 Agenda

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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.

October 21, 2010

Upcoming Focus Groups on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Secure Media Network project

Focus Groups on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Secure Media Network project

For Teachers and Researchers
Date/Time: Sunday, October 24 – 8:30 AM
Place: NDEO conference in Tempe, AZ – Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel

For Librarians and Archivists
Date/Time: Saturday, November 20 – 2: 45-4:30 PM
Place: ASTR-TLA-CORD Conference, Seattle, Washington – Renaissance Seattle Hotel

The Dance Heritage Coalition is partnering with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the Theatre Library Association (TLA) to advance the DHC Secure Media Network, which will make significant dance materials accessible without danger of unauthorized copying or downloading. At maturity, the Dance Archive Secure Media Network will include a national catalog of important moving images held by major dance archives, one-of-a-kind dance videos from special collections and dance companies, and descriptive guides (finding aids) to special collections of dance-related materials.

The participants at the Focus Group will have a chance to view and evaluate the prototype version of the Secure Media Network, and discuss the kinds of features that would make it useful for teaching, research, and public programming.

Three focus groups of choreographers and artistic directors will be scheduled at the January Arts Presenters booking convention in New York City. Dance/NYC is the partner for the community of dance artists. For more information, read the press release.

Contact DHC’s Executive Director Libby Smigel to register your interest in participating. or 202-223-8392. (While we hope to accommodate all conference attendees who wish to participate, limitations of space and need to demonstrate geographic diversity to the funder may necessitate turning a few away. Please register your intention to participate as soon as possible).

This Focus Group is made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that supports initiatives of America’s libraries and museums.

September 22, 2010

Midwinter Meetings 2011

The Dance Librarians Discussion Group and the Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting face to face at Midwinter.  All other meetings will be held virtually including the Executive/General Membership meeting. Tentative date and time for the Exec/Gen Mem  meeting is Wednesday, January 12 at 1pm EST.

June 15, 2010

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Agenda — ALA Annual 2010

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 6:10 pm
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Dance Librarians Discussion Group


Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Welcome and introductions


Discussion topics:

  • What is a dance librarian?

Develop a fact sheet to recruit new professionals.  In addition to students in academic dance programs, we could work on targeting dance schools, as well as dance companies with career transition programs.

  • As evidenced by the success of television shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and the reception of recent film and documentary releases (restored Red Shoes, Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse and PBS broadcast of New York Export: Opus Jazz are prime examples), it is undeniable that dance is growing more popular than ever.

Are we seeing a corresponding demand from our users (or strains on our materials budgets)?  How do we respond more proactively?  How can we leverage this popularity?  How can we be more creative with our programming and outreach efforts?  See recent New York Times article on the impact that DWTS and SYTYCD are having on the development of training and repertory as a possible jumping off point for our discussion.

  • Outlets for reviews of new books and media

Are we well-represented in Choice and other existing publications?  Do we need new venues?

  • Identifying other groups in ALA, etc. with whom to collaborate on a conference program or other project

June 9, 2010

D.C. Dance Performance During ALA Annual

Hof-Atelier Elvira cabinet photograph of Isadora Duncan. NYPL Digital Gallery ID ISADORA_0052V

Is anyone interested in attending one of the performances of Word Dance Theater at Dance Place on either June 26 or June 27?  The program offers a “multi-media production of the life and times of Isadora Duncan.”

From the Dance Place Web site:

“WDT dancers provide brilliant and authentic reconstructions of Isadora Duncan’s choreography. In this production, the events of Duncan’s life are woven together with eleven of her dances which run the gamut from joy to love to patriotism to mourning and to communism. Ranging from the lyric flow of Water Study to the grounded power of Revolutionary Etude you will understand why Duncan is considered the founder of Modern Dance and one of the greatest artists of the modern epoch. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the life and work of one of America’s greatest geniuses.”

April 23, 2010

New address for Dance Librarians Discussion Group List

Filed under: Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 4:05 pm

As of today, the Dance Librarians Discussion Group electronic discussion list (formerly DLDG-L) has moved from its previous host at Indiana University over to a new home at the American Library Association.   The new address to which postings may be sent directly is:

Current subscribers do not need to re-subscribe if they wish to remain on the list.  To set up mailing options or to subscribe to the list for the first time, please visit the Sympa page at:

January 6, 2010

Author to Speak at DLDG Meeting in Boston

Cover of "The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston" by Jody Weber

Please join us at the Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting in Boston.  In addition to time for discussion topics, we are fortunate to be joined by Dr. Jody Weber, author of the recent book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston (Cambria Press, 2009).

Dr. Weber’s research for the book “explores the regional revolutionaries who advocated for physical activity and self expression for women in the latter part of the nineteenth century. As new systems developed and took root, they created fertile ground for the ‘barefoot’ dance introduced by the Italian Braggiotti sisters in 1919. Just ten years later, Boston produced some of America’s most dedicated dance educators whose work influenced the national and international dance scene. Dancers such as Jan Veen and Miriam Winslow were able to articulate their vision for a bold new form of dance training that incorporated the best ideas from available techniques and contemporary thought.  Their national tours influenced small communities that were often overlooked by New York’s professional community, providing a grassroots exposure to the developing form of modern dance.  Through their efforts to educate both dancers and audience members, Boston’s modern dance community contributed to the growth of modern dance both regionally and nationally.”

Look for the full meeting agenda to be posted in a few days both here and on the Dance Librarians Discussion Group community site on ALAConnect.  For those of you who cannot make it to Boston, please consider registering as a member of our online community as we also try to experiment with some informal, virtual chat during ALA Midwinter and beyond.

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