The Rocky Mountain-Plains Chapter held its first meeting in Boulder, Colorado, on May 18 and 19. Thirty-three people from eight states in the region attended the meeting. A gratifying amount of enthusiasm was generated, indicating a secure future for MLA's newest chapter.
At Thursday's opening session, Dr. William Kearns of the University of Colorado-Boulder presented an overview of folksong scholarship in the United States and a sampling of tunes from the Ben Gray Lumpkin Collection of Colorado Folklore which has recently been acquired by CU's Music Library. Thursday afternoon, Martin Rubin of Audio Buff, Inc., Athens, Ohio, gave a talk on the record industry, which included some useful advice to librarians on ways they can improve communication and service between the record distributor and the library.
The Chapter was officially organized at the Business Meeting late Thursday afternoon. The constitution and by-laws were adopted, dues were set, and the following officers were elected:
Arne Jon Arneson, University of Colorado-Boulder, Chairperson
James B. Wright, University of New Mexico, Vice Chairperson/ Chairperson-Elect
Pamela G. Massey, University of Colorado-Boulder, Secretary/Treasurer
Earl W. Gates, University of Kansas, Member-at-large
The officers subsequently appointed Charlemaud Curtis, University of New Mexico, Program Chairperson, and Peri Switzer, University of Colorado-Auraria Campus, Newsletter Editor.
During Friday's first session, CU's Dr. Storm Bull shared some delightful anecdotes from his long career as a collector of biographical information. His talk also touched on problems of transliteration and travelling overseas. After lunch on Friday, an Open Forum on "Sound Recordings in the Library", with Arne Arneson, moderator, and panelists Leanne Kunkle (University of Colorado-Boulder), Norman Savig (University of Northern Colorado), Pamela Massey, Barbara Gaeddert (University of Kansas), and Martin Rubin, inspired a lively dialog on approaches to cataloging, classification, and circulation. The meeting concluded with an enlightening talk by James Vassar of the United States Copyright Office on the new copyright law as it concerns music librarians.
The next meeting will be held in the Spring of 1979 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Pamela G. Massey
University of Colorado-Boulder
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