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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).

January 12, 2011

Dance Librarians Meet Twice at 2011 Midwinter

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Georgina Pazcoguin in a scene from "NY Export: Opus Jazz."

As noted previously, the Dance Librarian Discussion Group had two meetings at ALA Midwinter — virtually and face-to-face in San Diego.  On Monday, January 3, 2011 we chatted with Ellen Bar about the making of the film, NY Export: Opus Jazz.  The transcript of that discussion is available here.  At Saturday’s meeting, we heard from dance librarians in southern California.  You can read the minutes here.

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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