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…”The Stars and Stripes Forever” — the rousing finale to Independence Day celebrations across the US — was designated as the national march of the United States on Dec. 11, 1987? Yet, as America celebrates its 245th birthday this month, it’s interesting to note that the genesis of John Philips Sousa’s famous march was inspired […]

Interview with Michael Colby

Michael Colby

Editor’s note: This part 1 of 2 for an interview with Michael Colby, transcribed by Marci Cohen and edited by Therese Dickman. Photo courtesy of Marci Cohen. Cohen: It is Friday, February 28th. The year is 2020. I am Marci Cohen. I am interviewing Michael Colby for the Music Library Association oral history project. We […]

MLA Session Summary

Nashville in Harmony

“Using the Performing Arts for Social Justice in the LGBTQI+ Community.” Presented online, March 2, 2021.  On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Dr. Beth Kattelman and Holling Smith-Borne gave an engaging and uplifting MLA session highlighting two notable arts organizations – Evolution Theatre Company (Columbus, OH), and Nashville in Harmony, a GALA chorus (Nashville, TN). For […]

MLA Session Summary

ergonomic desk

“Meeting the Need for Metadata Accessibility and Usability: Ergonomics and Adaptive Technology for Producers and Consumers.” Presented online, March 4, 2021.  Hermine Vermeij (UCLA) moderated a panel discussion that was opened by Joshua Henry (Westminster Choir College), who began by discussing how accessibility and usability grew out of the field of ergonomics. He explained that […]

Tech Hub

Editor’s note: Due to the gap in newsletter publications between 2020 and 2021, this session summary begins with coverage from the 2020 annual meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. The Emerging Technologies Committee (ETSC) hosted its first successful Tech Hub at MLA’s 2020 annual meeting. The Tech Hub was the first consultant-style event offered by the ETSC to […]