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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.

June 15, 2010

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Agenda — ALA Annual 2010

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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

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