music library association


new york state / ontario chapter

Number 36 Linda Blair, Editor

Fall 1997 Eastman School of Music

Letter from the Chair

Another Fall term is upon us--where did the summer go? As you are planning your calendars for this semester, I'd like to take the time to remind you of our annual chapter meeting. This year's meeting will be held in Rochester at the Sibley Music Library on the Eastman School of Music campus, on Saturday October 25. Vice-Chair Mary Wallace Davidson has put together a program that should prove to be both interesting and practical (see tentative schedule beginning p. 2). I would strongly encourage you to attend, and if possible, to bring along a friend, colleague or student who might be interested in the chapter but who may not be a member.

The chapter World Wide Web page is under construction, and I hope by the time this newsletter reaches you that a "work in progress" version will be accessible. I'll post the web page's url to the chapter listserv when it's up and running. And I invite any comments, constructive criticism, etc.; you can e-mail me at

Put on your thinking caps and bring them to the annual business meeting. Time permitting, I'd like to generate some serious discussion on two issues: the chapter directory project, and membership growth. On the first issue: I put out a call earlier in the year for volunteers to work on producing a directory of chapter music collections. Unfortunately, I received no responses. I'd still like to see this project come to fruition, and I'd be willing to oversee it if other members would be interested in working on it as well. On the second issue: I know that the subject of membership growth is ground that has been trodden before, but it's my hope that this year we can reach a consensus and take some concrete actions to not only increase membership but to also increase participation and attendance at our annual meetings. I know from speaking to several people this past year that some chapter members have served as membership coordinators for other library organizations; if you have such experience, or have a few good ideas, bring them to the business meeting.

Best wishes for a productive beginning to your fall semester, and I look forward to seeing you on October 25 in Rochester!


Kevin L. Michki


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Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer

Ann Churukian has a BA in music from Oberlin College, an MM in oboe performance from Southern Methodist University, and a MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She has been Assistant Music Librarian at Vassar College since 1989, and was Visiting Affiliate Librarian (Cataloger) at the Indiana University Music Library, 1988-1989. Ann was Treasurer of the Music OCLC Users Group from 1991 to 1993, served on the Nominating Committee of MOUG in 1992, and chaired MOUG's Bylaws Revision Committee in 1996-97. She has been a NACO-Music Project participant since 1988. She has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the NYS/O chapter of MLA since 1993. She is a member of MLA, MOUG, OLAC, ALA, and the International Double Reed Society.

Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Raya Then earned a BachelorÔs Degree in Piano from SUNY Fredonia in 1976, and an MLS at University of Buffalo. She has been employed in the Buffalo and Erie County Library System in a number of capacities since 1974, and is currently the Head of the Music and Dance Department. Raya is a member of MLA. In addition to her library related activities, she is also a published author of books for children.

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