Annual Report (2014-2015) Walter Gerboth Award Committee Members: Kathleen Abromeit, chair (2016); Rebecca Belford (2017); Rebecca Littman, (2018) Report on Activities: We received three applications for the 2016 Walter Gerboth Award. A call for applications for the 2016 award was posted in May 2015. The deadline for applications was July 09, 2015. Anna Kijas rotated off as chair of the committee and Rebecca Littman was appointed as a new member. Previous year’s goals: Work closely with the Publicity and Outreach officer to develop a better outreach plan and formalize a method that will publicize the award and encourage applicants to apply Progress on Goals: We worked very hard to promote the Gerboth Award and draw in more applicants this year. The mega-marketing plan included postings to · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · MLA-L MLA student group Facebook, Twitter Library school lists organizations with whom MLA has liaisons Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association – online contact form at http://www.apalaweb.org/contact/ American Indian Library Association: [email protected] American Theological Library Association: [email protected] Association of Christian Librarians: [email protected] Association of Jewish Libraries: [email protected] Black Caucus of the ALA: Online contact form at http://www.bcala.org/index.php/about-us/contact-us Chinese American Library Association: Online contact form at http://cala-web.org/contact ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table: [email protected] , [email protected] INALJ.com [email protected] Law Library Listserv – owner [email protected] Our efforts to promote beyond MLA were successful. We received three excellent applications for the 2016 award and selected Dr. Archer-Capuzzo’s project "Constructing a Biography of Lev Aronson.” The project will build toward sharing the legacy of Lev Aronson (1912-1988). He was a cellist, teacher, and composer who was born in Germany, grew up in Latvia and Russia and survived imprisonment in five concentration camps during World War II. He then immigrated to the United States, winning a position as principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. ArcherCapuzzo’s research will result in the first Grove article on the influential cellist and teacher and ultimately a comprehensive biography. As Dr. Archer-Capuzzo wrote in her proposal, "Aronson's story of survival and resilience, and his passion for music and education, should not be lost." The research project includes interviews with living acquaintances and former students of Aronson's who provide a direct connection to his musical life and career. The Gerboth award will support recording and transcription of those interviews. Additionally, the funding will support translations of materials in Aronson’s collection located at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most of these materials were written in German or Yiddish, and the translations will bring this repertoire into the public realm. Aronson corresponded extensively with cellist Rudolph Matz, with whom he co-authored The Complete Cellist, an important cello technique study. Dr. Archer-Capuzzo holds both an MLIS (2011) and a DMA- Clarinet, secondary concentration in Ethnomusicology (2008) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Goals for 2015-2016: ● Review whether conditions of this award can be revised to be more flexible. ○ Ideas: explore accommodating recent MLS [or equivalent] graduates who may be searching for a library position, but in the mean time are working elsewhere. Perhaps require that they furnish a letter of reference from a library professional who can attest to their professional intentions.