Archive for the ‘Meetings’ Category

No Spring/Summer meeting due to IAML/IMS meeting in NYC

June 28, 2015


Due to the IAML/IMS meeting taking place in New York City from 6/22-26, 2015, the GNYMLA chapter will forgo its usual spring/summer meeting. We will re-group in Fall 2015 for our next meeting (details will be forthcoming in the early fall).

The program of the IAML/IMS conference, and further details on the meeting, are available at these links: (conference program, abstracts, reports, etc.) (conference home page)

Some chapter business items to be discussed will go out to the membership via the email listserv,  including:

  • a new system for chapter dues payments, via the main MLA web site
  • invitation for candidates to run for chapter Vice-Chair (3-year term, commencing summer 2015)
  • invitation for candidates to run for Chair (3-year term, commencing fall 2015)
  • the move of this web site onto pages on the main MLA site

Please email me with any further suggested business items for the chapter, at (or post them to the GNYMLA listserv).

Thanks all, and, wishing you all a pleasant and productive summer!

Nick Patterson
Chair, GNYMLA chapter (2012-2015)



GNYMLA chapter meeting, Fall 2014 – Carnegie Hall Archives – Wed 10/22/14

October 9, 2014

Dear GNYMLA members,

The fall meeting of the Greater New York MLA chapter will be held October 22nd, 10 am-12 pm, at Carnegie Hall. The new Education Wing entrance (154 W. 57th Street, adjacent to Weill Recital Hall entrance, a few doors to the east of the main Carnegie Hall lobby entrance) has recently opened and procedures for access are not clear at this time. I will send an email with instructions/directions shortly before the meeting date.

Rob Hudson, associate archivist, has graciously agreed to give us a tour of the Rose Museum and the archives, as well as present some artifacts for viewing. A short business meeting will follow, and we’ll have an informal lunch meeting in the area for any interested members.

Coffee/refreshments will be available at 9:30 so please feel welcome to arrive early and mingle. If you have any items that you would like to see on the agenda, please email Nick Patterson Yearly membership dues can be paid at the meeting or online at the GNYMLA website

Please RSVP by emailing so we have can have a head-count. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd!

Fall 2013 chapter meeting details

December 5, 2013

Dear GNYMLA members,

Here is the final information on the Fall 2013 chapter meeting:

GNYMLA Fall Chapter Meeting
Friday, 12/13/13

Room 6421
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Sign in at lobby desk, take elevators to 6th floor, and look for
posted directions to the meeting room.

– Presentation on the “Music in Gotham” project (John Graziano + Jennifer Wilson, CUNY)
– Other member presentations
– Chapter business meeting + announcements

NOTE: I’d appreciate it if you can RSVP to me by email, at, so we can get a rough head count.

All members are welcome! If you need to renew your GNYMLA chapter membership, please use the PayPal link at:
(it’s in the lower right of the page)

Best, /Nick (GNYMLA chapter chair)

Meeting Minutes for June 26, 2012

September 7, 2012

On June 26 the GNYMLA met at the NYPL Service Center located in Long Island City.  After our business meeting, we got a tour of the archival processing facilities and the book sorter. Video of the book sorter has been posted on our facebook page.  Thanks to Sally Bauer (Vice-Chair) for putting this tour together; it was a highly informative and entertaining meeting. This was especially true for those of us thinking about offering request and branch delivery
services at our own libraries.
The business meeting was short but focused on two topics:

We plan to hold elections for the Chair of the GNYMLA sometime in August.  Please contact the nominating committee chair (Kenneth Kauffman, if you would like to run. The elections will be done electronically, as they were done last year.

A link to the 2012-2013 membership form has been made available here, on the GNYMLA home page. This is also a reminder that you can now save a stamp and pay with PayPal. More information on this is linked to the membership page.


Andrew Toulas


Meeting Minutes for Feb 17, 2012 (MLA 2012, Dallas, TX) Posted

March 2, 2012

Minutes from the GNYMLA Chapter meeting on Feb 17, 2012, at MLA 2012 in Dallas, have been posted at this link (you can also navigate to them (and previous minutes) under “Meeting Minutes” in the right-hand sidebar of the home page.)

Meeting Minutes for Spring/Summer Meeting Posted

July 20, 2011


The meeting minutes for the Spring/Summer meeting have been posted, at this link. You can also navigate to them under “Meeting Minutes” in the right-hand sidebar.

Discussion of GNYMLA chapter’s executive structure @ MLA 2011

February 7, 2011

Hello GNYMLA members,

Please note that there will be a discussion of the GNYMLA chapter’s executive structure and length of terms for officers, at the upcoming chapter business meeting, which will take place on Thursday, 2/10 from 5-6pm, in room Commonwealth C at the 2011 MLA meeting in Philadelphia.

Following up on issues raised by Andy Toulas (Chair) during our Fall 2010 meeting, there will be a discussion of what other MLA local chapters do re: officer terms of service and elections. The GNYMLA chapter is currently the *only* chapter where all officers are elected (and leave) all at the same time. The issue is that this may lead to gaps in continuity and in unnecessarily rough transitions, and the chapter may benefit from adjusting our structure to be more in line with general MLA local chapter practice.

I’ve posted a survey of the structure of officers’ terms and elections at other MLA local chapters, in a PDF at this link:

Please take a look, and bring your ideas to the chapter’s business meeting in Philadelphia. If you will not be attending the meeting, feel free to comment here, on the GNYMLA listserv, or on our Facebook page. You can also email me comments directly at

Hope to see many of you in Philadelphia!

Best, /Nick

Nick Patterson
GNYMLA chapter
Membership Info:
email for membership status inquiries

Meeting minutes for Nov 9th, 2010 are up

November 16, 2010

The meeting minutes of the GNYMLA Fall/Winter chapter meeting are now available. Click on “meeting minutes” (in the right-hand sidebar) to find them, or, follow this quick link.

One note: Andy Toulas (Chair) has asked us all to use the GNYMLA Facebook page and/or the listserv, to keep the discussion going about:

  • thoughts on improvements to the current administrative structure, re: the elections of chapter officers; and
  • thoughts on music binding and processing costs and solutions.

See the minutes for more details on these issues, and, please share your thoughts with the group!

GNYMLA Fall 2010 meeting date and program

October 18, 2010

On  Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the GNYMLA chapter (Greater New York Chapter) invites all interested parties to our Fall Meeting at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Westminster Choir College of Rider University
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540-3819

Talbott Library, part of Rider University Libraries, supports the music curriculum of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, located in Princeton, NJ. Talbott’s collections comprise over 67,000 books, music scores and periodicals, approximately 5,400 choral music titles in performance quantities, a choral music reference collection of over 80,000 titles, and over 23,000 sound and video recordings. Additionally, exceptional holdings are found in the library’s special collections

Our itinerary for the day is diverse and informative.

10:30 -11:30:  Coffee / refreshments, tour of the library collection, and business meeting.

11:30 -12:30: Observe rehearsal of Westminster Symphonic Choir

12:30 -2:00: Lunch in downtown Princeton, possibly ‘lunch on your own’ or ‘in small groups’ depending on the head count.

2:30 – 3:30: Tour of the ReCAP facility*.

In June 2000, Columbia University, Princeton University and The New York Public Library signed a partnership agreement to jointly construct and operate a remote high-density book shelving facility. The newly formed partnership is officially entitled The Research Collections and Preservation (ReCAP) Consortium, Inc.
These major research libraries agreed to store their low use items at ReCAP. You are invited to browse the website.
**First we will begin with the history, take a walking tour of the facility with an explanation of our process and then finish with questions and answers.

You do not need to be a chapter member to attend but we request that you advise us if you plan to come.  Neighboring chapter members may also find this program valuable.

NOTE: We have been asked for a head count so please confirm with one of the following no later than November  5th.

Andrew Toulas , Chair:

Barbara Walzer, Vice Chair:

Nick Patterson, Secretary/Treasurer:

GNYMLA Spring/Summer meeting, 6/16/10

June 15, 2010

June is finally upon us and with that it is time for the GNYMLA spring/summer chapter meeting. As announced in an earlier save the date e-mail, the meeting will be hosted at Columbia University on June 16th. This meeting will be an all day event and consist of three presentations and a business meeting with two hours for a lunch break.

Links for directions and maps to Columbia University by public transportation and car are at the bottom of the page. Please RSVP to if you plan on attending this meeting.
It would be helpful to the hosting institution for lunch and meeting room arrangements.

Also – the new membership year (2010-11) begins July 1. This meeting would be a perfect time to get current with past/present/future membership dues. You can print out a membership form from the link below, fill it out and bring cash or a check to the meeting.

I hope to see many of you there.

Andrew Toulas (MLA Chair)

Morning session – Dodge Hall (Room 404)

9:30am Coffee/Refreshments

10:00-11:00am Presentations

– Elizabeth Davis: “A force for American music: the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University”

– Nick Patterson: “Archives of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center”

11:00am-12:00 noon Business Meeting

12:00-2:00pm Lunch (A list of local restaurants will be available)

Afternoon session – Butler Library (Room 523)

2:00-4:00pm Presentation of materials from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Here’s a link to directions to Columbia for car and public information.

By subway, take the #1 train to the 116th St. stop. There is an entrance to the Columbia campus right at 116th and Broadway, as you come up from the train.

Google map
Campus map

The Music & Arts Library is on the 7th floor of Dodge Hall (but, note, the morning meeting is in room 404 Dodge!). Entry to Dodge is from the upper campus level.