The WAMEDA Library is Back!
April 1, 2013
Dear WAMEDA Members,
The WAMEDA, Inc. Research Library is officially open once again. See the WAMEDA Library Form for the current check-out process.
Over the past two months, a complete inventory was taken based on the last known inventory list from 2008, and 157 items were added. Fifty-three of the 157 are new titles, while the remaining are duplicates of existing items. See the 2013 WAMEDA Library Inventory List for details.
Please note that the Library is still a work-in-progress. Items are continually being added as new donations are received and we work through the current back-log. Each item received must be reviewed, documented and given a catalogue number. This is a very long, drawn-out process, and we are working as quickly as possible to incorporate all of the new material. Once all of the materials have been added to the catalogue, we will shift our attention to making your research experience more interactive. We are planning to add a new fields (i.e., Genre) so the Membership can easily find items they are looking for. The inventory list is far from perfect. For example: two new fields, Release Date and Run Time, are not complete on most records because in many cases, we need to view the video to find the information.
We welcome any feedback you are willing to provide to make your research efforts easier. If you have any questions or wish to provide suggestions, please contact me.
The State of the Library in January 2013
It’s wonderful to have the WAMEDA Library back again! But we’d like help — and lots of it! — as the contents of the Library need care & attention. We need aid in preserving, restoring, sorting, archiving and cataloging the hundreds of videos, DVDs, CDs, tapes, books, magazines, newspaper articles, & more that make up the Library. More donated materials are coming in all the time, for which we are very grateful.
If you will step forward & help us in this work, even for a day or two, we would appreciate it so much! To let us know when and how you can help out, please contact Tessa Garner.
The WAMEDA Library is a treasure, but maintaining this treasure takes not only time & volunteer labor, but money, so WAMEDA still needs your help! Donations to the WAMEDA Library Fund are welcome — and they’re tax-deductible.
Many thanks & much appreciation to our donors!
You can donate to the WAMEDA Library Fund here:
OR mail your check or money order (payable to “WAMEDA, Inc.”) to:
WAMEDA Library Fund
8010 Old Branch Avenue
Clinton, MD 20735
The State of the WAMEDA Library in Spring 2012
Dear WAMEDA Members,
Spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. For WAMEDA, this season starts with the RE-PURCHASE of our library. A welcomed and happy return! This would not have been possible except for all the members and non-members who donated funds to help us in this endeavor. THANK YOU!
The purchase of the library was the easy part! Now that we have the library, we need a functional Library Committee. Currently, we have two individuals who have volunteered to work on the library; the reality is that we need a team of four to six people dedicated to finding a permanent location for the library that is not residential. We need people who will be responsible for cataloging, mailing and keeping track of materials sent to members and making sure they are returned. The Board has satisfied the desire of its members in re-purchasing the library; it is my hope now that members will join the committee.
– Doris Elias, Former President of WAMEDA
Many WAMEDA members look forward to being able to, once again, watch the videos of WAMEDA’s many years of joyous dance events as well as its collection of classic belly dancing videos. The library also gives new dancers an opportunity to understand who the dancers are that many of the experienced dancers talk about.
– Patrice LeBlond, Former president of WAMEDA