SAA@UCLA Student: Ethnomusicology Tour 11/19/13

A reel-to-reel player
A reel-to-reel player

Our tour to the Ethnomusicology archive was a fascinating look at cultural music and technologies. We first began with a conversation with archivists Aaron M. Bittel and Maureen Russell about the multifaceted work an ethnomusicology archive, and what tasks are required. We looked at one of the first sound recording technologies ever patented by Thomas Edison. They demonstrated this early recording system, and then Aaron and Maureen displayed and explained various outdated forms of recording technology and how digitization occurs. Our hosts explained that many early audio recordings end up being lost due to deterioration in analogue formats, such as sticky shed syndrome.

An early Edison wax cylinder player
An early Edison wax cylinder player
A demonstration on how fragile cylinders were
A demonstration on how fragile cylinders were

After talking about the archive and the history of cultural music preservation, we took a tour of the Ethnomusicology Department and the various instrument rooms. We had a wonderful presentation by Professor Li who demonstrated a number of East Asian instruments including the Shamisen, Biwa, Gong set and Hulusi. She also informed us about her various performance ensembles and how UCLA acquired two Chinese parade dragons. We also were able to see UCLA’s famous Javanese and Balinese Gamelanset and a number of other traditional instruments on display. We ended the tour with a brief social where we had a chance to speak Aaron and Maureen in more detail.

A set of guzheng-a bridged Zither, in the Asian Instrument room
A set of guzheng-a bridged Zither,
in the Asian Instrument room
A variety of instruments in the Asian Instruments room
A variety of instruments in the Asian Instruments room



SAA @ UCLA Presents: an Afternoon with Jackie Dooley

SAA @ UCLA Presents:

An Afternoon with Jackie Dooley

Join us for a workshop on skills and conference tips for new professionals!

Jackie Dooley—fellow Bruin and current president of the Society of American Archivists—will share knowledge gained during her career and process of becoming an internationally recognized expert in archives, rare books, visual materials and special collections. Jackie will provide guidance for new professionals in the field, and tips for first time or prospective SAA conference attendees.

Who: Open to all IS community members, geared towards MLIS students with archival studies or rare book, print, and visual culture specializations, and MIAS students.

What: An Afternoon with Jackie Dooley: skills and tips for new professionals

When: Tuesday May 28th 2013

Where: IS Salon, 2nd floor

To learn more about Jackie Dooley, visit or see her on twitter @

Peterson Automotive Museum Tour 4/26/13

SAA@UCLA is hosting a tour of the Peterson Automotive Museum. The visit will include a talk hosted by museum professionals about their archives and collection policies and a tour of the vault (which has a lot of amazing old cars, motorcycles, etc.).

More information about the Peterson here.peterson

Who: SAA@UCLA, IS students and faculty
What: Tour of Peterson Museum and vault, FREE of charge.
When: Friday, April 26 @ 11 am
Where: The Peterson Automotive Museum – 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036
(at Fairfax, across for LACMA)

Since there will be spacial limitations, we are limiting the tour to the first 15 folks who  email saying they can commit to the tour.

Send RSVPs to with the subject line “Peterson Tour RSVP.” Please note if you can provide a vehicle for carpooling, if you need a ride, or if you can meet us on site.

Las Vegas Trip 2/15/13 Recap & Photos

A group of 13 UCLA MLIS students, faculty, and friends traveled to Las Vegas on the weekend of February 15 for a weekend of archives, museums, tours, and a little debauchery. Friday afternoon started with a tour of University of Las Vegas Nevada Special Collections. Su Kim Chung, the Manuscripts Librarian, greeted and presented us with some collection highlights, including historic maps of Las Vegas, books on gaming, showgirl costume sketches, photographs of the Rat Pack, and much more. The highlight for us aspiring archivists was going behind-the-scenes and checking out the awesome UNLV Library Preservation/Conservation Unit.

Su Kim invited our group to a reception for a “Vegas Style” exhibit at the Nevada State Museum. We couldn’t say no to hors d’oeuvre and drinks! The museum is located on the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, making for a lovely reception site.

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William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Tour 2/19/13

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SLA @ UCLA and SAA @ UCLA are hosting a tour of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The Clark Library is one of UCLA’s major libraries for rare books and manuscripts, with particular strengths in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde, and fine printing. It’s a beautiful place worth visiting especially if you have interest in rare books, archives and special collections!

Who: SLA @ UCLA SAA @ UCLA, MLIS and PhD students, and faculty
What: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Tour
When: Tuesday, February 19th @ 2 p.m.
Where: Clark Library – 2520 Cimarron St, Los Angeles, CA 90018

The library is located in the West Adams district and so carpooling will be ideal!

Please RSVP ( and mention if you will be needing a ride, can provide a ride to others, or will just meet us there.

Visit the link below for location and further information about the Clark!

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Tour 2/1/13

We are pleased to announce that SAA @ UCLA is hosting a tour of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives on Friday, February 1st at 3 pm.

Crowd holds hands at the Los Angeles Christopher Street West pride parade. 1971.
Crowd holds hands at the Los Angeles Christopher Street West pride parade. 1971.

The ONE Archives are recognized as the largest collection of LGBTQ materials in the world. In 2010, the ONE Archives became part of the University of Southern California Libraries, and last year the organization celebrated its 60th anniversary. For more information, please visit ONE online. Our tour will be followed by happy hour at La Barca for mingling and margaritas!

Who: SAA @ UCLA, MLIS and PhD students, faculty, staff, and information professionals.
What: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Tour and $3 margaritas!
When: Friday, February 1st @ 3 p.m.
Where: ONE Archives – 909 West Adams Blvd — La Barca – 2414 S Vermont Ave

Please RSVP to with the subject line “ONE Tour RSVP.” Indicate if you would like to provide a ride from campus, need a ride from campus, or can meet us on site.