Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce that Nancy Friedland, Librarian for Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts was elected President of the Theatre Library Association (TLA) in early 2013. First elected to the executive board in 2003, she has held previous positions of Executive Secretary and Vice President.
TLA, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, is dedicated to the advancement of librarians and archivists affiliated with performing arts collections, honoring outstanding works of scholarship in the areas of performance through the annual and prestigious Book Awards. TLA has recently taken an active role in the discussion on digital humanities and the performing arts.
“I am delighted to lead this dynamic association into its next 75 years," said Friedland. “Through our publications, conferences, and symposia, we help to establish best practices for the access and preservation of these resources and to advance discussion on collections and research amongst professionals, scholars and practitioners.”
Friedland holds an M.S. in Library Science from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Theatre Studies from New York University and joined CUL/IS in 1995. Throughout her 18 years of service at Columbia, Friedland has helped to establish the Butler Media Collection, Media Center and related services. She serves as liaison to the School of the Arts and is the primary selector for the Butler Media Collection and other formats related to film, theatre, dance, television, and performance studies. She also currently serves on an advisory committee for the CUL/IS Digital Humanities Center.
Currently, Friedland serves as a Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, and Visiting Associate Professor, Palmer School of Library and Information Science. She teaches courses in Digital Humanities, Film and Media Collections and Researching Local History: Cities and Towns. Personal research interests include costume design for film and theatre.
Other professional accomplishments include her position as editor and contributor to Documenting Costume Design (Performing Arts Resources, 27), serving on the advisory board and as a contributor to Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies, and serving as a faculty partner on Film Language Glossary.
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