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!

New Call for Travel Grant Participants!

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 joint West Coast Chapter meeting in Seattle, Washington August 5&6, 2016. 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 John Vallier (vallier@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 John Vallier (vallier@uw.edu).

Deadline for the receipt of applications is March 31st. The PNWMLA Board will notify candidates who applied by April 15th.

Please contact PNWMLA chair, John Vallier, with any questions you have related to the travel grant.

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: vkern@uw.edu


Questions about campus housing may be directed to Verletta Kern at vkern@uw.edu

Read Our Fall Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now online!  Read about last year’s annual meeting, plans for the joint west coast chapter meeting, and catch up with your favorite PNWMLAers.  Thanks to Newsletter Editor Terry Horner for keeping us all informed!

Save the Date: West Coast Chapter Meeting

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of MLA will host the California Chapter in Seattle, Washington August 5-6, 2016. Stay tuned for more information, including information on applying for our travel grant to attend the meeting!