Saturday, February 23 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Plenary III: Checking Our Pulse: The 2018 MLA Climate Survey

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MLA has a proven history of querying its membership and reporting on the Association’s makeup (e.g., age, race, gender). Membership surveys in 1997, 2009, and 2016 gathered data on demographics and personnel characteristics of individuals who work in music libraries. While each of these studies and the analyses that followed offered valuable insights on the makeup of MLA, they do not account for the membership’s awareness and/or perceptions of the Association's environment. Given MLA’s rapidly changing demographic and social makeup, it is vital that we take the pulse on the collective experiences of the Association’s current and lapsed membership.

In 2018, MLA's Board charged the Climate Survey Task Force (CSTC) to design and administer a climate assessment of MLA in order to determine the membership’s current baseline behavioral sentiments. This town-hall session will provide the CSTC with the opportunity to share preliminary findings of the survey and facilitate further conversations with the membership about what the survey findings reveal about MLA's climate. The results of these conversations, in concert with survey feedback, will help the Association better understand how its community members relate to one another and allow MLA to determine what is working and what is not. The town-hall format will generate an open dialogue and allow for community-driven feedback that will enable new efforts by the Board to create and sustain a diverse, respectful, inclusive community.

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Winston Barham

Open Access Librarian, University of Virginia
Winston served in a variety of roles at the University of Virginia Music Library for fifteen years before joining the library's Scholarly Communications team in 2021 as Faculty Open Access Librarian. Winston came into librarianship through the side door - no MLIS - but through the... Read More →
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Susannah Cleveland

Head, Music Library and Whit Ozier Sound Archives, University of North Texas

Joy Doan

Northwestern University
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Terra Merkey

Music Librarian, Duquesne University
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Mark A. Puente

Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries
-- Program Director for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program -- Director, ARL Leadership Symposium -- Faculty for ARL Leadership Fellows Program -- ARL representative to the Nexus LAB: Leading Across Boundaries project advisory board -- Alumnus of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians... Read More →
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Mallory Sajewski

Head of the Music Library, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:25am CST
Grand Ballroom EF
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