Greater New York Chapter Annual Report 2019

submitted by Gregory Sigman

Current Roster

  • Gregory Sigman, chair, term ends 2022
  • Dustin Ludeman, vice-chair, term ends 2021
  • Michael Crowley, secretary-treasurer, term ends 2020

List of Previous Goals and Progress Made

  1. Met at the New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in the fall of 2018.
    • Bob Kosovsky led a tour of the library’s archives following our business meeting.
  2. Held our Spring 2019 chapter meeting at the Archive of Contemporary Music
    • Presentation by Elizabeth Surles from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University – Newark on the IJS and its Jazz Archives Fellowship Program
    • Presentation and tour of the Archive of Contemporary Music with co-founder and director B. George
  3. Continued outreach to MLIS students interested in music librarianship: We can do more here, for sure, but we have:
    • scheduled a current MLIS student at Queens College to present her work at the fall chapter meeting
    • secured $500 grant from MLA and allocated a matching $500 in chapter funds to offer a $1000 travel grant to MLA national conference in Norfolk for which MLIS students are able to apply.

List of Future Goals

  1. Award $1000 travel grant for MLA Norfolk: Goal area, membership
    • An MLIS student, an early-career professional, or a paraprofessional employee will be selected and awarded $1000 to facilitate attendance at the MLA national conference in Norfolk in 2020.
  2. Fall chapter meeting in November, at the New School: Goal area, organizational excellence
    • Abby Sumner, a current MLIS student at Queens College, will present on the Leo Kraft archival collection held there
    • Silvia Rocciolo will lead the membership on a tour of the New School’s site-specific commissioned art
  3. Outreach to NYC area library schools: Goal areas, value of the profession & membership
    • information will be distributed to area library schools about the upcoming chapter meeting and the available $1000 travel grant
    • These schools include Pratt, Queens College, Long Island University, Rutgers, and St. John’s University