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Wednesday, October 2 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Drawing the floor plans of your future

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In January 2019, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive celebrated the re-opening of its newly renovated and expanded facilities, the result of nearly four years of planning and project management, and many more years of advocacy. And floor plans -- many, many floor plans. It was a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine our physical plant and the workflows and interactions it would support, not from the ground up, but from the stripped-down frame of our existing location. This presentation is a critical reflection on that process of advocating, planning, negotiating, reacting, learning, recalibrating, and making the best of whatever came our way. In the spaces that resulted from this process, you can see clearly the tension between the ideals expressed in, for example, IASA-TC 05, and the reality of the budgetary and structural parameters that we had to work with. And although the renovated facilities ultimately fall short in many ways, they also offer deeply needed major improvements over our previous space, and a starting place for further improvement. Most of all, our experience highlights the need to be ready to think and act quickly in response to both the initial good fortune, and the inevitable challenges that follow, in such a project.

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Aaron Bittel

Director of World Music Archives and Music Librarian, Wesleyan University
Aaron M. Bittel is Director of the World Music Archives and Music Librarian at Wesleyan University. He previously served as Archivist-Librarian and Head of Digital Projects for the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, one of the largest and oldest ethnographic audiovisual archives in North... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am BST
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