On behalf of the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to announce our 2020 Ralph Papakhian Travel Grant winners. The grant supports attendance at the annual MOUG meeting and, in recognition of Ralph’s mentoring role in music librarianship, is especially intended to support newer members of the profession in both public and technical services. The award offers free conference registration for the MOUG annual meeting (February 25-26, 2020, immediately preceding the Music Library Association annual meeting); one year’s free membership in MOUG, including three issues of the MOUG Newsletter; and reimbursement of up to $200 in associated expenses (lodging, meals, etc.).
Linda Bagley is the Music Cataloging Specialist for the Howard B. Waltz Music Library at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she started working during the fall semester in 2018. She is responsible for original cataloging, complex copy cataloging, as well as database maintenance for music materials, and is currently working towards independent contributor status in the NACO-Music Project. Prior to working at CU Boulder, Linda completed an M.A. in Library and Information Studies and an M.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During her time in Madison, she gained valuable experience through working in the Mills Music Library and Central Technical Services in Memorial Library, and also worked as an orchestra librarian for the music department. Her music cataloging interests include the future of digital media in music libraries, particularly the cataloging and processing of electronic theses and dissertations, PDF scores, and streaming audio. When she isn’t cataloging, she enjoys playing her violin and is always looking for more opportunities to continue performing.
Originally bi-coastal, Clara Burns lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, where a student job in the library ignited her interest in librarianship. As Music Copy Cataloger for CU Boulder’s Waltz Music Library, she is responsible for music materials complex and copy cataloging, and training and supervising student staff in materials receiving and processing. She also serves in the Libraries New Employee Mentoring Program, and as co-coordinator for the Libraries Diversity and Inclusive Excellence working group (DIEWG). An avid reader, writer, musician and editor, she finds music cataloging uniquely satisfying for bridging her varied interests and keeping her love for the details happily engaged. Her cataloging focus includes emerging strategies to incorporate taxonomies that enhance access for non-conservatory music traditions and under-represented communities. Clara spends her time outside the library with family and friends, and, like Graham’s Ratty, “simply messing about” — not in boats, but similarly — in music, art-making, and gardens.
Alex Chisum holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. He is in his final year in the MSLS program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Kalp Memorial Fellowship and the Carolina Academic Library Associate Assistantship, focusing on cataloging special formats, including sound recordings, scores, and maps. Before attending library school, he worked in technical services at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.