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Plenary Session: TLA Lightning Talks: Innovation in Theater Librarianship. Meeting of the Music Library Association and the Theatre Library Association, March 1-5, 2023. Meeting was held in St. Louis, MO, presentation was delivered remotely.


This talk presents a guide to Award Winning Plays in Waldo Library. The guide, constructed and hosted on the LibGuides platform, presents links to bibliographic records or digital versions for play scripts, libretti, or vocal selections either in the library's collection or freely available online. The awards featured currently include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (including finalists), Tony Awards for Play, New York Drama Critics' Circle awards, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The guide was developed after a conversation with a theatre professor who wanted his students to read more plays, and wanted them to have a list of recommended literature. It also came from my desire to bring plays in our collection together, at least intellectually, from many different locations in the stacks. This highlights a major difference in the way LC Classification treats play scripts compared to music scores. The Learning Objective for this talk is that attendees will be able to articulate one librarian's solution to the problem of play scripts scattered treatment in library stacks. Attendees may wish to create a similar guide in their own libraries. (Talk is sponsored by the MLA Resource Sharing and Collection Development Committee).