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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.

May 5, 2009

Dance Heritage Coalition Fair Use Project Wraps Up

An announcement and invitation to an event from DHC Project Director, Libby Smigel, via the listserv:

Many of you have become acquainted with the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) fair use project, for which we have convened focus groups and also had the opportunity to present some of our interim work at the DLDG meetings of the ALA and scholarly dance conferences.

This two-year project on fair use and copyright issues that have affected preservation of and access to dance-related holdings in libraries, archives, and museums is now complete, and we’re sharing our findings.  A booklet titled “Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials: Recommendations for Librarians, Archivists, Curators, and Other Collections Staff” will be available after May 8 by request from DHC project director Libby Smigel (202/223-8392,  A PDF file will be available online after May 8 at

To celebrate the launching of this document, the DHC is holding a Media Event with light refreshments for librarians, archivists, curators, and their technical staff; faculty in dance, library sciences, or other related fields; critics, scholars, documentary filmmakers, and others who make use of materials held in collections; and media representatives.  If you are interested in attending and will be in the Washington metropolitan area, please RSVP to Libby Smigel to ensure that a nametag and packet of materials will be ready for you.  Event is at the Washington College of Law, American University, from 2-4 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2009.

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