Head Librarian and Archivist Suzanne Flandreau completed four discographies on traditional music of Africa and the African diaspora to be published in the fourth edition of A Basic Music Library, compiled by members of the Music Library Association. It will be published by the American Library Association in 2013.
Executive Director Monica Hairston O’Connell attended the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) conference on Digital Scholarly Communications at the University of Michigan in December. In November, she served as a co-panelist with members of the Melba Liston Research Collective on a session titled “Gender and Jazz: The Melba Liston Research Collective” at the American Musicological Society annual meeting in San Francisco. Her review of Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women’s Music appeared in vol. 16 of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. She served as a music judge for the 2012 3Arts Awards and was awarded a John Nicholas Brown Center Public Humanities fellowship for fall term 2012 at Brown University for her project “Re/Sounding the Black Archive.”
Janet Harper, Catalog Librarian, gave a presentation to a group of church women on black music, with a focus on Melba Liston, Eileen Southern, and Florence Price. In support of the CBMR’s future move, Harper attended two meetings sponsored by KM Chicago, a knowledge management organization, on designing space to enhance collaboration both in the physical world and in the virtual world. She continued her outreach work by participating in Columbia College’s annual “In the Mix” event for prospective multicultural students. Harper also attended a training workshop titled Library Instruction for Diverse Student Populations.
In March 2012, Associate Director of Research Horace Maxile served as moderator for two panels at the Videmus @ 25 Celebration, which was held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The two sessions were titled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Treemonisha” and “The Black Composer: Past Perspectives, Current Trends, and Future Directions.”
Archivist and Digital Librarian Laurie Lee Moses took an intensive class on mobile app creation for iOS devices; she is considering creating apps featuring CBMR archival collections and other resources for educators, students of all ages, and the public. Moses attended the Midwest Archives Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in April, applied for and received a Travel Grant to attend the May 2012 ARSC Conference in Rochester, New York, and participated in an all-day seminar on copyright law as it pertains to recorded sound collections. She has served as the chair of the Recorded Sound Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists since August 2011. Moses also joined the recently formed ad hoc Chicago area digital collections group for networking and social connections and participated in the CARLI-sponsored webinar on promotion and marketing of archives and archival collections.
In June Deputy Director Morris Phibbs served as a music panelist for the Illinois Arts Council.
CBMR Webmaster Peter Shultz continues to work on his dissertation and teach undergraduate writing courses at the University of Chicago.
In addition to co-teaching a course on Western art music for music majors at Columbia College Chicago in fall 2011, Research Assistant Melanie Zeck taught an introductory course on music history at the University of Chicago in Spring 2012. This past academic year, as coordinator for the University of Chicago Music Pedagogy workshop, she organized a series of eight sessions focusing on both traditional methods and new trends in teaching music history, theory, and ethnomusicology at the university level. Her dissertation research, broadly conceived, involves the interrelationship of Plato’s teachings, social reconstructionism, and music making in the United States, has been enhanced substantially by her continued work at the CBMR. Her research is funded by a Swift Endowment Scholarship and a Laura Campbell Rhind Research Fund Award. This summer, she will be spending time at the Working Men’s Institute at New Harmony, Indiana, investigating the role of music in this nineteenth-century American utopia.