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 They demonstrated this early recording system, and then Aaron and Maureen displayed and explained various outdated forms of recording technology and how digitization occurs.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

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Tour 2/19/13

the clark library

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!

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!


Hey Girl (or Boy), Come Buy a Gosling Gram for Your IS Valentine This Week!

UCLA’s Society of American Heartchivists Presents:

Valentine’s Day Gosling Grams!

Everyone’s favorite meme star, Ryan Gosling, is coming to our IS Department this Valentine’s Day via candygram.

Send your IS archivist sweeties, librarian besties, and awesome professors a handmade Gosling Gram for only $1!

Fill out the card, put it the Gosling Gram Box and a SAA Cupid will deliver it– and a little treat– to the recipients IS folder or IS mailbox on Valentine’s Day!

On Sale Tues Feb 7 – Mon Feb 13 from 12:30-1:30 in the IS Commons.


UCLA’s Society of American Heartchivists Cupids

Curator’s Conversations: 11-2-11

Meet us at Curator’s Conversations!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
12-1 p.m.
YRL Presentation Room
Library Special Collections invites the UCLA community to the Fall 2011 installment of Curator’s Conversations, an occasional series exploring Library collections and projects with the staff who acquire and make them available.  You are welcome to bring your lunch; coffee and cookies will be served.  Seating is limited; RSVP to
See you there!