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The latest newsletter for the Pacific Northwest Chapter has been posted.  Read about our Spring meeting and keep up-to-date with news from chapter members.

Call for Applications: 2014 Papakhian Travel Grant

The Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) is now accepting applications for the Ralph Papakhian Travel Grant. The grant supports attendance at the annual MOUG meeting and, in recognition of Ralph’s mentoring role in music librarianship, is especially intended to support newer members of the profession in both public and technical services.

The award offers a first-time MOUG attendee free conference registration for the MOUG annual meeting (February 25-26, 2014, immediately preceding the Music Library Association annual meeting); one year’s free membership in MOUG, including three issues of the MOUG Newsletter; and reimbursement of up to $100 in associated expenses (lodging, meals, etc.).

Preference will be given to applicants who are students, paraprofessionals, or professionals in the first five years of their professional careers; and who are likely to benefit from MOUG’s educational opportunities. This includes everyone who works with music materials in libraries or in library systems, whether they are music specialists or generalists. Professional and workplace need, financial need, past training and experience, demonstration of initiative, likely further contributions to the profession, and comments from reference letters are also considered. Applicants need not be current members of MOUG.

Applications are due November 8, 2013 and shall consist of a letter that includes a rationale for attending the MOUG annual meeting, an explanation of financial need, a brief vita, and the name of at least one person who will submit a letter (also due November 8) in support of the application.

All application materials shall be sent by e-mail, either as in-text messages or as attachments in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format, to the MOUG Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Bruce Evans ( Letters of support should be sent directly by their authors, not by the applicants.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by e-mail no later than December 2, 2013.

For more information about MOUG, please see MOUG has helped train and mentor dozens of music library professionals, and has helped shape the OCLC products and services we use every day. Please help distribute this announcement as widely as possible.

Past Award Recipients:


.       Claire Marsh, Senior Librarian for Library Systems and Projects, Jazz Archivist, Leeds College of Music
.       Christina Linklater, Project Music Cataloger, Harvard University
.       Jacey Kepich, Digital Imaging Technician, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
.       Karla Jurgemeyer, Cataloging and Acquisitions Associate, St. Olaf College
.       Kristen Heider, Music and Digital Resources Cataloging/Metadata Specialist, Southern Methodist University


.       Sonia Archer-Capuzzo, Library Technician and Cataloger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


.       Sally Bauer, Music/Media Cataloger, New York Public Library
.       Sandra Schipior, Cataloger, Juilliard School of Music
.       Tim Smolko, Library Associate (Acquired Music Cataloger), University of Georgia

Election Results

Congratulations to Ann Shaffer of University of Oregon who will become our Vice Chair/Chair-Elect!  Bill Blair will continue in his role as Secretary/Treasurer of PNWMLA.  Our 2014 meeting will take place in Vancouver, B.C.  Stay tuned for details!

Seattle Chapter Meeting Registration

Our upcoming chapter meeting in Seattle will take place on Friday and Saturday May 3 and 4 . The cost for the conference, in U.S funds,  is $20.00 for registration, $20.00 for the Friday night dinner and $10.00 for the annual chapter dues.

For more information on the program please go to

The registration form is available on the website and you can bring this with you and pay at the conference. Please  RSVP to Secretary/Treasurer Bill Blair at and let him know if you will be attending the conference and / or the dinner.

Dinner will be hosted by Cate Gerhart. Details will be forthcoming.

Save the date for our annual meeting!

You are invited to our Annual Meeting, to be held at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts, May 3 and 4.

Registration details soon to appear on this site so stay tuned!

The program includes:

May 3-4, 2013

Friday location: University of Washington, Allen Library, Peterson Room 12:30-5:00

12:30 Convene/Social

1:00-2:30 Kevin Lynch

Mr. Lynch has built one of the largest collections of 19th century popular American sheet music west of the Mississippi. His particular interest is in the First Epoch of American music (1768-1887). He will also discuss his long term project: creating a definitive census of all of the principal music published in America during the First Epoch. This will require his visiting most of the primary music archives and major libraries in our country. He maintains a website on this period of American music at

2:30 Break

2:45 Becky O’Donoghue

Ms O’Donoghue is a music score cataloger at UW, and recently finished a MA in music theory. The paper focuses on music plagiarism: “I look at a recent court case in which Coldplay was sued for allegedly plagiarizing part of the harmony and melody of an earlier song. Using that case, the paper examines what music plagiarism is (as distinct from copyright infringement in general) and how courts determine whether a song has been plagiarized. I discuss the pros and cons of the courts’ approach (which does not tend to rely heavily on musical experts), and present an alternate method for detecting music plagiarism, grounded in the modern practice of music theory.”

4:00 PNW-MLA members: Current topics

Dinner at Gerhart home

Saturday location: Cornish College of the Arts, Library, 1000 Lenora St 9:00-1:00

9:00 Convene/Social

9:30 Kent Devereaux

Chair of the Music Dept at Cornish College of the Arts. Mr. Devereaux will talk about the evolution of the Cornish music department and issues related to technology and its impact on music education.

10:15 Break

10:30 Janice Giteck

Professor of Composition at Cornish College of the Arts. Professor Giteck was recently hired as Composer in Residence by Seattle Symphony for a collaboration process with symphony members and members of local tribes. She will be talking about the project.

11:15 Break

11:30 Business Meeting

Read Our 2012 Newsletter

The 2012 Pacific Northwest Chapter Newsletter is ready! Read all about the latest news from the chapter and the chapter membership. Special thanks to Terry Horner for putting together another fantastic news letter for us.

ARSC Conference Travel Grants 2013 — Call for Applications

Application Deadline: December 7, 2012

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is now accepting applications
for ARSC Conference Travel Grants to be awarded in 2013.

The grants are designed to:

  • encourage ARSC members to attend their first ARSC conference
  • reach out to college students and professionals in the early stages of their careers
  • promote mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • advance scholarly research and publication, and
  • support ARSC members who desire to participate more actively in the association.

Grant recipients are awarded:

  • complimentary registration for the entire ARSC Annual Conference
  • gratis registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop, and
  • reimbursement up to US$750 to defray the expenses of transportation and lodging (upon approval of valid receipts, to be submitted after the conference). Rental car costs for transportation within the conference city are not reimbursable.

At the time of application, the applicant must be a member of ARSC in good
standing, planning to attend his or her first ARSC conference. The applicant
must also be one of the following:

  • a college or university student aspiring to work with sound recordings
  • a recent graduate seeking a professional position involving sound recordings
  • a professional within the first five years of his or her career, who has demonstrated a dedication to sound recordings
  • a researcher or discographer showing compelling prospects for the publication or dissemination of his or her scholarly work.

Applicants who demonstrate an interest in serving on an ARSC committee,
publishing their work in the ARSC Journal, or presenting at an ARSC
conference will be given particular consideration. Preference will be given
to applicants who plan to attend the entire conference, beginning with the
pre-conference workshop.

Each applicant must submit:

  • a letter of application describing the applicant’s background and current activities, clearly indicating why the applicant merits consideration for an ARSC Conference Travel Grant
  • a proposed budget for travel costs
  • itemization of any non-ARSC funds that the applicant may receive toward ARSC conference attendance, such as institutional support, etc.
  • a brief resume or curriculum vitae, and
  •  two letters of support, each submitted directly by the writer.

Applications lacking any of the above items will be deemed incomplete, and
may not be viewed favorably by the Travel Grants Committee.

All applications and supporting materials must be received by December 7,
2012. Send them by e-mail or postal mail to:

Louise Spear, ARSC Conference Travel Grants Committee
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
6305 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more information, visit:
or e-mail:

Applicants will be notified about the award decisions by January 21, 2013.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings — in all genres
of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals —
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.