PayPal option now available for membership renewals

June 3, 2011

There is now the option to use PayPal to renew your GNYMLA annual membership. The new membership year begins on July 1, 2011, so please renew now. Full details are available on the membership information page (or, just use the PayPal link on the bottom right sidebar, if you prefer).


Spring/Summer Chapter Meeting Information

May 12, 2011

The Spring/Summer meeting of the Greater New York chapter of the Music Library Association will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, at the Morgan Library in New York City, from 10:30am-1:00pm. The Morgan Library is at 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 685-0008. Click this link for a map.

The meeting will start with a tour, followed by a presentation in the Education Center.

It will be helpful to have a head count of planned attendees, so, please RSVP to Barbara Walzer, Vice-Chair, ( if you plan on attending.

The GNYMLA business meeting will follow. Andy Toulas (Chair) will send out further details on the full agenda. Please note: discussion of the election of the next slate of Officers is on the agenda, as well as some proposed revisions to the By-Laws of the chapter, so please attend and participate in the discussions and any votes that may be held – the chapter needs your participation!

Lastly – a new membership year will begin as of the end of June. Please renew your membership for the 2011-12 year. I will be accepting cash and checks for membership renewals at the meeting.

No formal plans for lunch after the meeting have been made; details on on informal lunch plans and possible venues will be forthcoming.

Hope to see many of you at the meeting!

Nick Patterson

Minutes up from Feb 10, 2011 meeting

March 31, 2011

Hello all,

The minutes for the GNYMLA chapter meeting, at MLA 2011 in Philadelphia, have been posted at this link. Please comment on that page, or on the listserv, with any corrections, additions, etc.

/Nick Patterson (sec’y-treasurer)

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 notes

July 1, 2010

The Spring/Summer meeting of the Greater New York Chapter took place on Wednesday, 6/16/10, at Columbia University. This event went from 9:30 am until 4pm in the afternoon and hosted 20-25 GNYMLA members and/or guests.

The morning session consisted of two presentations and a business meeting:

  • Elizabeth Davis (Head, Music & Arts Library, Columbia University) – “The Alice M. Ditson Fund: A force for American music”
  • Nick Patterson (Access/Circ Supervisor, Music & Arts Library, Columbia University) – “Archives of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center”

Following these presentations Andy Toulas (Chair) opened the business meeting, and solicited feedback on the Facebook page as a forum for discussion of GNYMLA topics. Information was also shared regarding the discussion of copyright and digital audio that had taken place at MLA 2010 meeting in San Diego.

Additionally, it was mentioned that Renee McBride from the MLA Publicity & Outreach committee is collecting information regarding MLA members speaking about music librarianship to the community. An example of this would be addressing prospective library school students about music librarianship. If anyone has done this, or has plans to do this type of activity, please notify the local chair and this information will be collected and reported to Renee.

Nick Patterson (Secy-Treasurer) provided a brief financial report, and raised the idea of the GNY chapter considering the funding of a travel award or some similar award to encourage librarianship. The issue of the importance of the sustainability of such an award or similar grant was raised. More discussion on this was encouraged (on Facebook and/or the listserv). Details of the current membership year (July 2010 – June 2011) were announced, and a request was made to members to renew their memberships!.

The business meeting included a discussion of the proposed
coordination/merger of MLA and IAML-US, presented by Elizabeth Davis. Voting on this issue will take place at a later date, through the national MLA.

Details on membership renewal for 2010-2011 are available at:

The group discussed and seemed interested in the addition of an online payment option; PayPal was mentioned specifically. It has a low-cost system available that might offer convenience to our members. Nick will investigate further details.

After the business meeting we broke for lunch.

The afternoon session offered a presentation of materials from the
Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library by Performing Arts Curator Jennifer Lee. Selected photographs from this exhibit as well as the local meeting are available through the photo section of the GNYMLA Facebook page.

We’d like to note that there were several first-time attendees, and hope that we’ll see them join the ranks of the Greater New York chapter. Looking forward to seeing many of you soon, on the Facebook page, listserv, or in person!

GNYMLA Facebook page:

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.

ARSC NY Chapter Meeting – Thu 12/19

December 10, 2009

GNYMLA members, please note this upcoming meeting of the ARSC NY chapter, featuring a film screening. Looks like an interesting program! Free and open to the public (voluntary donations accepted). See bottom of posting for times and directions.

ARSC New York Chapter
December 2009 Meeting

“For the Record”

As the daughter of Mike Biel, an extraordinarily enterprising “omnivore” collector and major ARSC presence, Leah has grown up with and developed an unusually keen appreciation of the collector’s personality and foibles.

“For the Record” is a one-hour video documentary that examines the activity of record collecting from a positive view of 16 collectors, many of whom are ARSC members. Traveling from Toronto to Texas, from Connecticut to Kentucky, I visited most of the collectors in their home base where you will see them, their collections, and even some archival footage from ARSC conventions past. The video was done as my thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree at Brooklyn College”.

Introduced at last spring’s ARSC Conference in Washington, D.C., “For the Record” is both informative and richly entertaining.

Thursday, 12/17/09
at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center
West 140th Street & Convent Avenue, New York
or enter at 138th Street off Convent Avenue
Shepard Hall (the Gothic building) – Recital Hall (Room 95, Basement level)

An elevator is located in the center of the building


Subway: Take the 1 train to 137th Street City College and walk north to 140th St. & Broadway, then go east to 140th St. & Convent Ave.
Take the A, B, C, or D trains to 145th St, go south on St. Nicholas to 141st St, (one long block), then west one block to Convent Ave. and south one more block to 140th & Convent Ave.
Bus: M3 goes on Convent Avenue with stops at 138 & 140 St. M4 and M5 on Broadway. M 101,102,103 on Amsterdam Ave (one block West of Convent Ave.)

NY ARSC Meeting from 7PM to 9PM
~ doors (and refreshments) at 6:30 ~
voluntary contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!



May 8, 2009

This space will serve as the temporary web home for the GNYMLA, while old content is migrated to a new web page on the main MLA site.

Please see the “Pages” links to the right for information on upcoming meetings, membership information, and more.

More content to come, and eventually a new site.

Please send suggestions, updates, corrections, etc. to me at patterson <at> columbia <dot> edu.