The end of summer is upon us. Best wishes to all of you in academic libraries for a terrific year ahead. To those of you not on the semester calendar, continued great work in the coming year.
It has been a productive (and terrific!) year for TLA. The summer was filled with activity beginning with the SIBMAS TLA Conference. We had a presence at ALA coordinated by Diana King and co-sponsored with MLA (See Diana’s post for more detail). We launched our website in July and have received terrific response to the layout and design. In addition to our regular activities, I hope you had a chance to read about the Woodlawn Cemetery Tour. Those of us able to attend had a wonderful time exploring this National Historic Landmark and paying our respect to the brilliant artists interred there. I plan to schedule more outings such as this one.
The proceedings from the last TLA Symposium was published in a new volume of Performing Arts Resources this summer. Like the Symposium, it is entitled Holding Up the Mirror: Authenticity and Adaptation in Shakespeare Today, and was edited by Stephen Kuehler.
The website now provides a platform for us to report on the activities of the association and the profession in a more timely manner. We will be compiling the posts three times a year into digest form – as a best practice for organizing the news and reports. The first digest will be published later this month.
Looking forward to fall — mark your calendars for October 17, 2014! The Book Awards are back and we will be hosting a special panel discussion on Women in Film! Also, on October 17, we will hold the TLA Annual Business Meeting and we will honor our recipients for the Brooks McNamara Scholarship Award and the Distinguished Service Award. The evening will close with a wine reception. I hope to see you there.
President, Theatre Library Association