Category Archives: Meetings

2017 Meeting in Anchorage

Save the date!  Our 2017 chapter meeting will be on July 7 in Anchorage, Alaska.  Stay tuned for more details.

West Coast Meeting Success!

2016 Group Photo

Thanks to everyone who attended the joint West Coast Meeting between the California and Pacific Northwest Chapters of the Music Library Association!  In case you missed it, browse through this selection of meeting slides.


Meeting Website

Just a reminder to check out our annual meeting website for up-to-date information on the West Coast Chapter Meeting.  We hope to see you all there!

Unconference Topic Submission and Tour Registration

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle in less than a month!  If you are interested in signing up for a tour, please do so via our online form so that we can let our guides know how many people to expect.  I’ve extended the deadline for tour registration to July 22nd.  We just found out this week that Seattle Opera is waiving the tour fee and will offer their tour for free!  There are still 25 more slots available for touring Seattle Opera so sign up quickly.  Our other tour of the Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum is $10, with an additional $3 if you wish to visit the special exhibit, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds.  We’ll collect the tour fees at registration.

We are also collecting discussion topics for the unconference portion of the meeting.  Similar to the hot topics sessions held at the MLA national meetings, the unconference is an opportunity to discuss issues important to you in an informal manner with your colleagues.  Our Program Committee will group topics together for small group discussions.  Please submit topics you would be interested in discussing via our submission form.  Browse the topics already submitted to generate new ideas.  Has your topic already been submitted?  Submit it again so the Program Committee can help gauge interest when grouping topics together.   Consider volunteering to be a discussion leader.  Discussion leaders will make sure everyone knows one another and will keep the conversation moving if there is a lull.  Interested in learning more about what to expect during an unconference session?  Feel free to read, How to prepare to attend an unconference.

For more information on the annual meeting, please see our conference website.

Room Block Accomodations

If you’re interested in a room block for our 2016 West Coast Meeting, you have until July 4th to book.

University District Hotel Room Block

A small room block is being held at the Travelodge Seattle.  You may book the block for any time August 4-7.  Rates are as follows:

  • Single Rooms 107.10 +tax
  • Double Rooms 161.10 +tax

To book:

  • Call 206-525-4612
  • Ask for the West Coast Music rate

The room block will be available until July 4, 2016.

Additional lodging options, including the opportunity to reserve a campus housing may be found on the conference website.

Call for Proposals for the 2016 West Coast Meeting

The Program Committee invites program proposals for the 2016 joint meeting of the California and Pacific Northwest Chapters, August 5th and 6th in Seattle, Washington.  We have slots for 30 and 45 minute presentations along with opportunities for lightning talks (5-7 minutes).  Submit your proposals via our conference proposal form by April 30th.  Feel free to contact our Program Committee, John Redford, co-chair, Verletta Kern, co-chair, Terry Lewis, and Erin Conor, with any questions you might have about the proposal process. Thanks to those who have already submitted proposals.

Watch our meeting website for more information about the West Coast Chapter meeting!

Campus Housing Available for 2016 Meeting

Guest Housing is available on the University of Washington campus for the August 2016 MLA West Coast Chapter Meeting.  Housing is first come, first served so please reserve your room soon.  There are several events occurring in August and rooms will fill up quickly.  If possible, Verletta recommends requesting a West Campus room.  The West Campus housing was recently renovated and is quite nice.  For rates, housing options, and amenities, please see the Guest Housing Reservation Page.  Please note that a deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Reserving Campus Housing

Campus Housing may be reserved using the Conference Services Housing Reservation Form.

  • For Guest Type, select “You are a visiting faculty or staff member”
  • Under the “If you are a Visiting Faculty, Staff Member, etc.” section include the following information:
    • UW Contact: Verletta Kern
    • UW Department or Organization: UW Libraries
    • UW Contact Email:


Questions about campus housing may be directed to Verletta Kern at