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Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Meeting at ALA Annual 2011

by Helice Koffler on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 09:16 pm

Please excuse the late notification about the upcoming meeting, which will be taking place as scheduled, on Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 1:30-3:30 pm.  More details about the location, etc. can be found on the Conference Scheduler page.

Although I will not be able to attend this year's ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Kathleen Haefliger has graciously agreed to lead the Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting in my absence.

Please excuse the late notification about the upcoming meeting, which will be taking place as scheduled, on Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 1:30-3:30 pm.  More details about the location, etc. can be found on the Conference Scheduler page.

Although I will not be able to attend this year's ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Kathleen Haefliger has graciously agreed to lead the Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting in my absence.

In lieu of a formal agenda, you are invited to bring your own ideas for discussion topics to the meeting.  To get the conversation started, here also are some of the topics from our most recent past meetings that it would be great to see develop into full fledged projects:

  • Outreach with library schools and/or dance departments to develop training opportunities for students with an interest in dance librarianship, archives, and history.
  • A review feature on recent dance on film and video created by DLDG for publication in Booklist, C&RL News, or some other venue.

I also tried to arrange for an online chat with Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet to take place during ALA week, but, unfortunately, she was unavailable this month due to travel and other commitments.  However, she is enthusiastic about communicating with the group and has agreed to an do an interview in late July.  Please send in any ideas for interview questions or your comments about the book as a reply to the discussion page.

Thanks so much!  I hope it's a great conference!

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Discussion Questions or comments about "Apollo's Angels"

by Helice Koffler on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 09:06 pm

Please respond to this message with your questions for Jennifer Homans or for comments about the book, Apollo's Angels.

Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Midwinter 2011 Meeting Minutes

by Helice Koffler on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 03:04 pm

Attached are the notes from Saturday's meeting in San Diego.

Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Midwinter Virtual Meeting chat transcript

by Helice Koffler on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I am attaching a pdf of the transcript from Monday's virtual meeting in which we had the opportunity to chat with New York City Ballet dancer, Ellen Bar, about the making of her film, "N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz," now out on DVD.

Many thanks to all who participated in the discussion and a special thank you to Ellen!

I look forward to seeing some of you at Saturday's meeting in San Diego!

Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Bonus Virtual Meeting on January 3

by Helice Koffler on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

Ring in the new year with the Dance Librarians Discussion Group!

Please join us on January 3, 2011 at 2:00 EST for a bonus virtual meeting prior to San Diego.  Our special guest at that time will be New York City Ballet soloist and film producer, Ellen Bar, whose N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz was released recently on DVD.  Ellen has agreed to be available to answer your questions about the film via chat for about a half hour or so.

Ring in the new year with the Dance Librarians Discussion Group!

Please join us on January 3, 2011 at 2:00 EST for a bonus virtual meeting prior to San Diego.  Our special guest at that time will be New York City Ballet soloist and film producer, Ellen Bar, whose N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz was released recently on DVD.  Ellen has agreed to be available to answer your questions about the film via chat for about a half hour or so.

Nearly five years in the making, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, is a new adaptation of Jerome Robbins' 1958 "ballet in sneakers," shot on location in various sites in New York.  For more information on the project, see: http://opusjazz.com/.

We will be using the third-party software, dimdim, for this text chat, but you do not have to register with the site.  Please let me know the e-mail address you wish to use and I will send you an invitation to the meeting directly.

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"New York Export: Opus Jazz" DVD cover

by Helice Koffler on Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 09:07 pm

Discussion Dance Librarians Discussion Group Midwinter 2011 Meeting Agenda

by Helice Koffler on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Dance Librarians Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter 2011

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Point Loma Room

Saturday, January 8, 2011

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Agenda

 

Welcome and introductions

Announcements

Dance Librarians Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter 2011

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Point Loma Room

Saturday, January 8, 2011

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Agenda

 

Welcome and introductions

Announcements

Discussion topics continued from last meeting:

  • Next steps regarding the recruitment of new professionals.  Ideas proposed so far have included: Surveying which library schools, if any, offer entire courses on performing arts librarianship or as a component in existing classes, such as a special libraries overview; development of fact sheet for dance students in academic programs and dance schools, as well apprentices and professionals in dance companies with career transition programs.
  • Outlets for reviews of books and media.  Seek better representation for dance material in library literature – a review essay in Choice or C&RL News?  Should we begin bestowing our own DLDG “best of” awards?

New discussion topic: Ballet in popular culture

  • Ballet rarely registers in the mainstream media, but it is resurfacing in a big way as 2010 winds down. If there’s time, be prepared to dish about the well-reviewed Apollo’s Angels and the soon-to-be-released Black Swan.

 

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Discussion Focus Groups on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Secure Media Network project

by Helice Koffler on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

Focus Groups on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Secure Media Network project

For Teachers and Researchers
Date/Time: Sunday, October 24 – 8:30 AM

Focus Groups on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Secure Media Network project

For Teachers and Researchers
Date/Time: Sunday, October 24 – 8:30 AM
Place: NDEO conference in Tempe, AZ – Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel

For Librarians and Archivists
Date/Time: Saturday, November 20 – 2: 45-4:30 PM
Place: ASTR-TLA-CORD Conference, Seattle, Washington - Renaissance Seattle Hotel

The Dance Heritage Coalition is partnering with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the Theatre Library Association (TLA) to advance the DHC Secure Media Network, which will make significant dance materials accessible without danger of unauthorized copying or downloading. At maturity, the Dance Archive Secure Media Network will include a national catalog of important moving images held by major dance archives, one-of-a-kind dance videos from special collections and dance companies, and descriptive guides (finding aids) to special collections of dance-related materials.

The participants at the Focus Group will have a chance to view and evaluate the prototype version of the Secure Media Network, and discuss the kinds of features that would make it useful for teaching, research, and public programming.

Three focus groups of choreographers and artistic directors will be scheduled at the January Arts Presenters booking convention in New York City. Dance/NYC is the partner for the community of dance artists. For more information, read the press release.

Contact DHC’s Executive Director Libby Smigel to register your interest in participating. LSmigel@danceheritage.org or 202-223-8392. (While we hope to accommodate all conference attendees who wish to participate, limitations of space and need to demonstrate geographic diversity to the funder may necessitate turning a few away. Please register your intention to participate as soon as possible).

This Focus Group is made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that supports initiatives of America’s libraries and museums.

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Discussion Midwinter 2011 call for agenda items

by Helice Koffler on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 04:17 pm

Dear DLDG members,

I am excited to announce the meeting time and location of the next Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting at ALA Midwinter.  Our meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 1:30-3:30 PM and will take place in the Point Loma Room at the conference headquarters hotel, the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina (333 West Harbor Drive).  Please post any agenda items and ideas for discussion topics by November 29, 2010.

Dear DLDG members,

I am excited to announce the meeting time and location of the next Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting at ALA Midwinter.  Our meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 1:30-3:30 PM and will take place in the Point Loma Room at the conference headquarters hotel, the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina (333 West Harbor Drive).  Please post any agenda items and ideas for discussion topics by November 29, 2010.

We also will be experimenting with some virtual discussions during the week of ALA Midwinter using the chat feature available on the site, which is available only to registered users on ALA Connect.  As part of this experiment, we will be joined by a very special guest for a chat on January 3, 2011 -- an opportunity I know that many of you will not want to miss!

More details soon.

Thanks again, everyone.  I look forward to seeing you in San Diego and online!

Helice Koffler
DLDG Convener

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Online Doc Meeting Notes from 2010 Annual

by Helice Koffler on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 01:07 pm

Dance Librarians Discussion Group
Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1:30-3:30 pm

Meeting Notes

We departed from the formal order of the agenda, but used it as a reference point to guide our discussion. 

Dance Librarians Discussion Group
Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1:30-3:30 pm

Meeting Notes

We departed from the formal order of the agenda, but used it as a reference point to guide our discussion. 

  • Recruitment to the profession

We agreed that in spite of the increased visibility of all kinds of dance forms in the media and popular culture, dance librarianship remains a small (yet vibrant and important) area of collecting in libraries and archives.   There are few librarians (possibly none outside of the New York Public Library) whose responsibilities exclusively focus on dance materials or collections.  In the dual interests of advocacy and recruitment, we decided to pursue the development of a fact sheet about library careers involving a dance specialization.  It was suggested that we use the MLA and Arts Section brochures as models or resources. The idea of creating a survey as a first step towards gathering up-to-date data about those working in the field was suggested as a good first step.  We also will see if there is interest among Arts Section members in connecting with local area LIS programs to investigate if dance or performing arts is already a component in existing courses offered on special libraries, etc., or if instructors would be open to including one in their syllabi.  A call for volunteers to work on this project will go out in the near future.

  • Training opportunities

Among the only internship opportunities specifically relating to dance archives or librarianship the group noted were to be found with the NYPL Jerome Robbins Dance Division or the Dance Heritage Coalition’s fellows program.  One attendee, who had been recruited as a DHC fellow at an earlier DLDG meeting, enthusiastically discussed her experience receiving mentoring and training at a DHC member institution and going on to a practicum in which she created a finding aid for an archival collection at another institution (apparently their first).  Unfortunately, the representative from the Dance Heritage Coalition, who had been expected to attend the meeting and provide updates about this program, was unable to come.  The group agreed it is regrettable that there still is no information about the DHC fellows program or the application process available on the DHC Web site, or a vehicle (such as a DHC newsletter) to promote the great service that the fellows who have completed projects have performed.

  •  Dance on film and video

We did not discuss this topic at great length, but decided it would be worthwhile to contact the conveners of the Arts Section Film & Broadcast Discussion Group to see if there is interest in having a joint meeting on this subject at a future Midwinter or Annual or possibly developing a conference program.

Compiled by: Helice Koffler, DLDG Convener

 

 

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