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 They demonstrated this early recording system, and then Aaron and Maureen displayed and explained various outdated forms of recording technology and how digitization occurs.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 @

Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations: 2013 Joint Annual Meeting

Melanie Tran with her poster, “Knowledge Sharing between Museum Archivists & Registrars” @SAA12

Presenting at the Society of American Archivist’s Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to network, build your resume, and perfect your presentation skills. Added bonus: this year it takes place in New Orleans!

“The 2013 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA and SAA in New Orleans, August 11-17, 2013. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered.”

Proposals are due February 1, 2013.
More information here.

Los Angeles Area Archivists Get-Together at UCLA: Friday, October 26

We invite you to join your fellow archivists and archival studies students for the 5th Los Angeles Area Archivists Get-Together. Students enrolled in archival studies and public history programs are encouraged to attend. This get-together is an opportunity to meet friends and share information through informal discussion including:

  • updates from the August 2012 Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference
  • LA as Subject event at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library on Sat/27 October
  • plans for the sixth LA-Area Archivists get together, tentatively scheduled for April 2013


Getty Research Institute Library
Loyola-Marymount University Special Collections
SAA Student Chapter – San Jose State Univ. SLIS
SAA Student Chapter – UCLA Dept. of Information Studies
UCLA Records Management 
UCLA Library Special Collections
University of Southern California University Archives

WHEN            Friday, 26 October 2012 3:00-5:00pm
WHERE          West Electronic Classroom Room 23167
(second floor – follow the signs)
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library
PARKING      Parking Structure #3 self service pay station area.

The Charles E. Young Research Library is located in the Northeast quadrant of campus, near the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Hilgard Ave. Please refer to this campus map.

RSVP is not required. For further information, please call Charlotte Brown, UCLA University Archivists, at 310.825.4068

We look forward to seeing everyone!


Volunteers Needed for SCA’s AGM Registration Desk in Ventura 4/26-28

UCLA’s SAA Student Chapter is helping out at the Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting April 26-28 in Ventura, CA and we are looking for volunteers to help work the Registration Desk.

This is a great opportunity for attending students to network with other archival professionals in the region!

We are looking for volunteers to work the desk at the meeting hotel (don’t worry you won’t be by yourself) on:

Thursday 4/26: 7:45am-9am, 12pm-5pm
Friday 4/27: 8am-5pm
Saturday 4/28: 8-10am

Shifts can be as little as 30 minutes long, and like I said, you will definitely get to network with the other desker-ers as well as everyone you help!

Also, just as an FYI there will be a New Member Happy Hour Mixer on Friday from 6-7pm that everyone should attend. More details to follow on that.

Registration rates for student are only $80 for the full conference and $45 for single day which are really reasonable and everyone should take advantage of the fact that the meeting is in Southern California!

Check out the Conference Schedule at:

Send us an email at: uclasaa at ucla dot edu if you are interested in volunteering.

We look forward to seeing you there!