93rd Meeting of the Music Library Association, February 28-March 2, 2024

2018 Meeting in Portland

2018 Meeting in Portland, Oregon

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January 31-February 4, 2018

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97204

Conference Program

Creating Neural Pathways with Mindfulness: Music Information Literacy and the First-Year Music Student

Through researching the neural pathways in the brain, and learning that we can intentionally shape the direction of plasticity in our brain, I changed my pedagogical approach. In this presentation I will:

  1. Outline the assignments and the performance metrics.
  2. Summarize our understanding of the changing neurological networks and specific centers in our brains that are being used for each assignment.
  3. Offer mindfulness exercises that can be integrated in the assignments and or class session.
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Instruction Showcase: Tools and Strategies for Reenergizing Your Teaching

This fast-paced session will feature a range of techniques, tools, and tips for trying something new in your library instruction. Six “lightning round” presentations will highlight innovative pedagogical strategies used by MLA members, including classroom activities and technologies scalable for different institution types and sizes. Attendees will leave with instruction ideas which they can immediately apply to their teaching to improve student engagement.

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Bound for Glory: Binders’ Volumes in a 21st Century Reading

In this panel presentation, members of the Sheet Music Interest Group will bring their expertise to presentations about all of these topics. Providing the first in-depth MLA examination since the 1980s, the Group hopes to inspire a new look at an often overlooked format, by showing how new work flows and technologies can bring out the extraordinary stories of cultural history found between its covers.

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Providing Open Access to Irish Music: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College

In this presentation, we provide an overview of the contents and development of The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, a recently-launched open access collection of over 330 tunes and songs. The audio, sheet music, stories, and essays can be viewed and/or listened to on mobile devices, tablets, and computers. Through Omeka and SoundCloud, ten audio playlists featuring work by over 100 well-known performers can be streamed or downloaded worldwide under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

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