Not to be too Northeast-centric, but here are a couple of upcoming programs for which you might want to make plans if you are going to be in the area during January 2008.

Tickets will go on sale soon (indeed they probably are already available full price at the Walter Reade Theater box office) for the annual Dance on Camera Festival in New York. Of special interest to the balletomanes in our midst (and most likely to draw on archival footage) are the films in Program 3 (or, in case you were wondering what to get your friendly blogger for the holidays…).

For those of you still contemplating whether or not to brave the carnival that is ALA Midwinter 2008 in Philadelphia, the opportunity to participate in a special focus group before the conference proper begins might hasten your decision making. The following announcement was sent out on the Dance Librarians Discussion Group listserv a few days back:

Subject: “Fair Use” Applications for Dance Collections – a focus group
Day/Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, January 11.
Place: Philadelphia Dance Collection, Paley Library Rare Book Room, Temple University

The Dance Heritage Coalition is organizing a number of regional focus groups to get broader input from the archival field on ways that copyrights impinge on the cultural and educational missions of libraries and archives. We’re sponsoring a project that seeks to define “fair use” within the context of the missions of dance archives and collections. Our intention is not to rewrite copyright law, but rather to define how fair use could be employed in a way that balances the rightsholders’ privileges with the cultural missions of libraries. The “fair use” project of the documentary filmmakers led to a consensus and a published document in November 2005, and there is already evidence that their project has had a positive impact on the documentary-making field.

The DHC has engaged copyright attorney Professor Peter Jaszi of American University, who successfully facilitated the process on behalf of the documentary filmmakers, to facilitate and advise this project on dance collections. We are planning a focus group for the Friday of the ALA meeting in Philadelphia (that is, 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2008). Lunch will be provided.

Mary Edsall Choquette has arranged for us to use meeting space in the Reading Room of Temple University’s Special Collections, home to the Philadelphia Dance Collection. Concurrently the Philadelphia Dance Collection will be hosting an exhibition from its holdings, so the focus group meeting will also include a chance to see the Philadelphia Dance Collection that she founded. The focus group will conclude around 3 p.m., with plenty of time to return to the convention center for the ALA opening events.

The Paley Library at Temple is easily accessible by subway or cab from the downtown ALA convention location by traveling north on Broad Street. Additional directions will be sent to those interested.

Please notify your intention to attend by emailing Libby Smigel, DHC project director and coordinator of the “fair use” project: She can also answer any questions you may have.
For further information on the Philadelphia Dance Archive at Temple, see

NOTE: This pre-conference event does NOT supersede the usual meeting and discussion of the DLDG at the ALA.