Lyla Medeiros received her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.A in Dance Studies and Art History from SUNY Empire State College. Before earning her degrees, Lyla trained as a ballet dancer and teacher in New York. Lyla continues to teach ballet to aspiring dancers while pursuing her career in library science. Lyla’s 2013 fellowship is with UCLA.
The Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) received a generous grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support Fellowships in Preservation and Archives for master’s degree students. The IMLS funds support a group of seven students for each of the three summers from 2012 to 2014. Students receive training in dance-related librarianship and archival practices at one of the DHC nationally distinguished dance archives, a practicum placement at a smaller dance collection like a dance company or historical society, and travel to national conferences.
The Dance Heritage Coalition is the sole national nonprofit organization that works to document and preserve the records of America’s dance legacy and to ensure access to the materials for use by scholars and critics, faculty and their students, and the general public.
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. www.imls.gov
Lyla Medeiros is a fellow at the Dance Heritage Coalition. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are hers, and may not represent the official views of the Dance Heritage Coalition or the Institute of Museum and Library Services.