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Discussion ALA Annual 2014 meeting minutes

by Helice Koffler on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Dance Librarians Discussion Group minutes
ALA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Las Vegas Convention Center, N234

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Attendees: Tara Davis (Dance Heritage Coalition), Sara DeWaay (University of Michigan), Sara Harrington (Ohio University), Ginny Heinrich (Macalester College), Lindsay King (Yale University), Robert Labaree (University of Southern California), Leza Madsen (Western Washington University), and Helice Koffler (University of Washington)

Dance Librarians Discussion Group minutes
ALA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Las Vegas Convention Center, N234

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Attendees: Tara Davis (Dance Heritage Coalition), Sara DeWaay (University of Michigan), Sara Harrington (Ohio University), Ginny Heinrich (Macalester College), Lindsay King (Yale University), Robert Labaree (University of Southern California), Leza Madsen (Western Washington University), and Helice Koffler (University of Washington)

  • Introductions
  • We immersed ourselves in Las Vegas lore and dance with our special guests Su Kim Chung, Head Special Collections Public Services at the University of Las Vegas and Nancy Hardy, a former Las Vegas showgirl, who has been assisting UNLV in its farsighted efforts to document the popular entertainment industry.
  • Su Kim discussed several of UNLV’s most notable archival collections relating to dance, including the extensive papers of Donn Arden, one of the legendary producers of many of the most extravagant Las Vegas production shows (including the still-running Jubilee!) and Bill Moore, another important producer. A great deal of material related to dance and dancers also can be found in the records of such now-vanished casino hotels, as the Dunes, Sands, and the Thunderbird. Selected items, including costume sketches by designers like Bob Mackie, Pete Menefee, Josephine Spinedi, and José Luis V iñas have been digitized and form the core of the extensive Showgirls digital collection.
  • Nancy discussed her dance training, which included a Ford Foundation scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet. Too tall to continue as a ballerina, Nancy came with a friend to Las Vegas to audition for one of the shows, and wound up falling in love with the place and having one of the longest careers of any dancer in the history of Las Vegas production shows. Nancy performed as a showgirl and dancer in the Stardust Hotel's Lido de Paris, Tropicana Hotel's Folies Bergere, and Jubilee! at Bally's Hotel and Casino. She also served as dance captain at the Stardust, training replacement dancers and serving as a swing.  In lieu of PowerPoint, Nancy thoughtfully brought along memorabilia from her collection, including a much-repaired set of dancing shoes, a scrapbook album, which contained the insoles she had worn out in a two-week period from all the climbing up and down stairs involved in the production, and a snapshot of her taken by Frank Rothstein, the owner of the Stardust (the real life inspiration for the character Robert De Niro plays in Casino) early in her career. Nancy also has conducted several of the  oral histories contained in the All that Jazz collection at UNLV.
  • Helice announced that Felicity Brown, University of Maryland, would be the next Dance Librarians Discussion Group convener. Also joining her will be: Karen Beavers, University of La Verne, Nina Bozak, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Jaimie Beth Colvin, Pepperdine University, Madeleine Fix-Hansen, and Catherine Oravet, Auburn University.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Helice Koffler, hkoffler@u.washington.edu

 

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Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Annual 2014 Agenda

by Helice Koffler on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

Agenda

Las Vegas Convention Center, N234

Sunday, June 29, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

 

 

 

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

Agenda

Las Vegas Convention Center, N234

Sunday, June 29, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

 

 

 

  • Welcome and introductions

 

  • Announcements

 

  • Presentation by Su Kim Chung, Head, UNLV Special Collections Public Services Reference, Instruction and Outreach, who will speak about their dance collections, including material used in the Showgirls digital collection. Joining Su Kim will be Nancy Hardy, a former dancer on the Strip, who appeared in in Les Folies Bergere, Lido de Paris, and Jubilee!.

 

  • Discussion question submitted: Are there any small collections amongst the libraries in the US that are working with costumes and other similar kinds of three-dimensional materials?  Who is doing a good job with this, and how are they managing?

 

  • General discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discussion DLDG ALA Midwinter Meeting Minutes

by Helice Koffler on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 01:07 pm

I am attaching the minutes of our in-person meeting in Philadelphia (January 25) and our online meeting (January 30) as separated documents.

Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Meeting -- January 30, 2014

by Helice Koffler on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 08:14 pm

Please join us at the Dance Librarian Discussion Group's virtual meeting this Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EST) / 8:00 AM (PST).

Please join us at the Dance Librarian Discussion Group's virtual meeting this Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EST) / 8:00 AM (PST).

Our special guest will be filmmaker Nancy Buirski, who will discuss and answer questions about her new documentary, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq about the influential New York City Ballet ballerina. The film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival last fall and will begin a theatrical run on February 5th in New York. Nancy (whose extensive credits include the award-winning “The Loving Story”) is graciously squeezing us in prior to leaving for the Berlin Film Festival.

More information on the film can be found at the Kino Lorber website: http://www.kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1511

The link to the meeting room is:

http://tinyurl.com/DLDG-VM-2014

See you on Thursday!

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Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group ALA Midwinter 2014 Agenda

by Helice Koffler on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 07:15 am

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

Agenda

Pennsylvania Convention Center 303 AB

Saturday, January 25, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

 

 

 

  • Welcome and Introductions

 

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

Agenda

Pennsylvania Convention Center 303 AB

Saturday, January 25, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

 

 

 

  • Welcome and Introductions

 

  • Announcements

 

  • Presentation by Margery Sly, Temple University, on dance collections and related digital projects at Temple.

 

Margery N. Sly has been Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University Libraries since 2010. She was appointed to lead the merger of the collections and staff within Temple’s Urban Archives and Special Collections units to form the Special Collections Research Centers.

 

Margery previously worked at the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.) in Philadelphia where she was Deputy Executive Director.  Prior to moving to Philadelphia in 1997, Margery was College Archivist and Coordinator of Special Collections at Smith College Libraries (1987-1997) and a member of the library faculty at Clemson University (1982-1987).

 

  • General discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discussion Virtual Meeting January 30 -- Save the Date!

by Helice Koffler on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 09:42 am

Unable to make it to Philadelphia?  I am delighted to announce that the Dance Librarians Discussion Group also will be holding a bonus virtual meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST / 8:00 AM PST.

The name of our very special guest for that meeting and other relevant details will be announced at Saturday's meeting in Philadelphia and posted here afterwards.

Discussion STG Historic Theatres Library Tour at ALA Midwinter 2013

by Helice Koffler on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 02:28 pm

 

Join the Dance Librarians Discussion Group for a special tour of the STG Historic Theatres Library on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

 

Join the Dance Librarians Discussion Group for a special tour of the STG Historic Theatres Library on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

The library, which opened to the public on March 1, 2012, provides extensive documentation on the three historic theatres currently operated by the Seattle Theatre Group (the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune). The library is located conveniently close by the Washington State Convention Center and several of the conference hotels.

Space on the tour is limited. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact me directly at: hkoffler@uw.edu.

 

 

 

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Discussion DLDG meeting at ALA Annual 2013

by Helice Koffler on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 06:08 pm

Just a quick announcement that the group will be meeting during the ALA Annual conference in Chicago.

The DLDG meeting will again be part of the Arts Section all discussion groups meeting and will take place:

Sunday, June 30, 2013
1:00-4:00 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center, N133

More details at: http://ala13.ala.org/node/12192

Sadly, I will not be able to join you in the Windy City, but Kathleen Haefliger very kindly has agreed to lead the discussion this time around.

Just a quick announcement that the group will be meeting during the ALA Annual conference in Chicago.

The DLDG meeting will again be part of the Arts Section all discussion groups meeting and will take place:

Sunday, June 30, 2013
1:00-4:00 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center, N133

More details at: http://ala13.ala.org/node/12192

Sadly, I will not be able to join you in the Windy City, but Kathleen Haefliger very kindly has agreed to lead the discussion this time around.

Please feel free to send in any suggestions for discussion topics by adding comments here or sending them to the DLDG listserv.

Hope you all have a great meeting!

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Discussion DLDG Midwinter 2013 Virtual Meeting

by Helice Koffler on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 09:31 pm

 

 

Here is the information about the DLDG virtual meeting, which will take place on February 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM (EST) / 11:00 AM (PST).

Our special guest will be author and New School professor, Elizabeth Kendall, who will discuss and answer questions about her forthcoming book, "Balanchine and the Lost Muse." Elizabeth describes the book (which will be published officially in July 2013), as “a parallel investigation of the early lives of two key figures in Russian ballet, in the crucial time surrounding the Russian revolution: the young George Balanchine, (Georgi Balanchivadze), and, his friend, classmate and early collaborator, the brilliant young Petrograd ballerina Lidiia Ivanova, who drowned in 1924 (possibly murdered).”

To join the meeting, simply go to:

http://uofw.adobeconnect.com/dldg/

Please RSVP to me at so that I can get a sense of how many people will be attending. I also will be sending out the text of the book's preface to those who "register" in advance. 

We will be trying out an audio/video feed for Elizabeth, but if we have problems, we can fall back on the chat module.

You can test your connection at: http://uofw.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you will be using a headset, please try to disable your computer's internal speakers and microphone before joining the meeting.

Hope to see you online on Friday!

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Discussion 2013 ALA Midwinter Dance Librarians Discussion Group (DLDG) Meeting Minutes

by Helice Koffler on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I am attaching a pdf with a brief write up from our meeting in Seattle on January 26th. Thanks very much to all who attended!

A brief reminder that the virtual DLDG meeting will be next week on February 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM (EST), as previously announced. More information about how to access that meeting will be posted very soon!

 

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