Birth of the Mountain Plains Chapter
Back in the Fall of 1977, a man had a vision of forming a new chapter of the Music Library Association.
Arne Arnesen, then Head Music Librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, felt that a new chapter was needed to help bring together music librarians in the vast expanses of the Rocky Mountains and Plains regions. He called another music librarian in Albuquerque, Jim Wright, then Head of the Fine Arts Library at University of New Mexico, to share his vision.
They agreed to meet in Taos, NM to discuss in fuller detail the formation of the new "Mountain-Plains" Chapter, destined to become MLA's largest chapter geographically, covering 12 states from Nevada to Kansas, Montana to New Mexico. Arne brought his Assistant Music Librarian, Pam Massey, and Jim was accompanied by his Assistant, Charlemaud Curtis.
Arne agreed to serve as the first Chairperson of the new Chapter, Jim became the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, and Pam the Secretary/Treasurer. Together, they made plans to hold the Chapter's first conference the following Spring.
That conference took place in Boulder, Colorado on May 18-19, 1978.
A summary of this meeting appeared in the first issue of the Chapter's newsletter, Conventional Title, opus 1, November 1978.
Twenty years later, on May 29-30, 1998, members of the Mountain-Plains Chapter returned to our Chapter's birthplace to celebrate the first "score" of years together.
List of Past Meetings back to 1978 (including conference programs and photos when available)