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Resources for Music Library Association Meeting Attendees

October 10, 2017
MLA resources

The joint meeting of the Atlantic and Greater New York Chapters of the Music Library Association takes place at Alexander Library on October 13 and 14.

This Friday and Saturday October 13 and 14, Rutgers University Libraries will welcome guests from across the region to Alexander Library for a joint meeting of the Atlantic and Greater New York Chapters of the Music Library Association.

The program for the conference includes sessions on an array of engaging topics, from “The Hamilton Effect: Taking What Students are Obsessed with and Morphing it into a Teachable Moment” presented by Beth Fleming of Oklahoma City University, to “Making a Scene: Creating Local Music Scene Archives as Cultural Spaces” by Christine Lutz of Rutgers’ Special Collections and University Archives.

Music and performing arts librarian Jonathan Sauceda is a member of the program committee that planned the event.

“It was a pleasure to work with partners from the ATMLA and GNYMLA chapters to design a program that will appeal to music librarians, scholars, and students alike,” said Sauceda. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn from my colleagues, whose diversity of perspectives and expertise will be on full display this weekend.”

While conference attendees have a busy agenda in store for them, these music-related resources at Rutgers–New Brunswick are also sure to be of interest:

  • Performing Arts Library. The Blanche and Irving Laurie Performing Arts Library, located within the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on the Douglass campus, is a comprehensive research facility for the performing arts. It houses books, periodicals, scores, microfilm, and sound recordings, and provides access to a number of electronic resources. Subject areas of special strength are historical musicology and the history of music theory. The library is within walking distance from the University Inn and Conference Center, where a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees.
  • Robert Moevs Collection. Among the special collections held at the Performing Arts Library, the Moevs Collection contains scores, recordings, and other materials by and about composer Robert Walter Moevs (1920-2007) and his students. Moevs chaired Rutgers’ Music Department in New Brunswick from 1974 to 1981 and described the distinctive style of his orchestral, chamber, vocal, and instrumental music as “systematic chromaticism.”
  • Philip Gordon Collection. The Gordon Collection contains manuscripts, scores, letters, and ephemera from composer, arranger, conductor, and educator Philip Gordon (1894-1983). Gordon, who was born in Newark, New Jersey, is known for his devotion to music education as well as a style that balanced 20th-century experimental ideas with more traditional techniques.
  • Song sheets and sheet music from Special Collections and University Archives. Included in the ephemera collection in Special Collections and University Archives are collections of song sheets and 19th-century sheet music, much of which is related to New Jersey. Special Collections and University Archives is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, though interested parties should contact 848-932-7510 or in advance to ensure that the specific materials they are interested in viewing can be made available in the reading room.
  • Libguides. Our guides on Music and Music Education give a fuller picture of the materials available in these areas, including electronic resources that visiting researchers can peruse using our guest and public access computers.