2017 PNWMLA Travel Grant: Call for Applications

Would you like to learn more about music librarianship and management of music collections? The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Music Library Association (PNWMLA) invites you to apply for our second annual travel grant to attend our Chapter meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 7, 2017.

This grant is open to first-time attendees of a PNWMLA annual meeting. Graduate students in library and information science, paraprofessionals, and librarians working in areas related to music are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants need not be members of PNWMLA at the time of application but must agree to join the chapter upon receiving the award. This award covers travel funding up to $300.

Application materials should be submitted via email as pdfs to PNWMLA chapter chair Verletta Kern (vkern@uw.edu). To apply, please include the following:

1. A letter of application which includes:

  • The reasons for attending the PNWMLA annual meeting and why you are a good candidate for this grant
  • A justification of financial need
  • A brief budget for travel costs to attend the PNWMLA annual meeting. Annual meeting registration for travel grant recipients is free and need not be included in your brief budget.
  • Information about any other grants, matching funds, or institutional support you may also receive to cover costs to attend the PNWMLA annual meeting.

2. A current vita or resume
3. One letter of support directly emailed by the reference via email to Verletta Kern (vkern@uw.edu).

Deadline for the receipt of applications is January 15, 2017.

The PNWMLA Board will notify applicants by February 1, 2017


Check Out Our Latest PNWMLA Newsletter

Our latest PNWMLA newsletter has been posted for your reading pleasure.  Thanks to Ann Shaffer, our Newsletter Editor, for putting together this latest edition!

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.