Marjorie Travaline-Morris - Performing Arts Librarian
The Music Branch Library was re-located out of the Wilson Building in June 2015. The scores, recordings, and books that were held in the branch location are now in the newly created Performing Arts Collection in room 245 of Campbell Library (Laura Daniels, manager, X4799). This collection (known as the PAC) will house resources related to theatre and dance in addition to music, and librarian Marjorie Morris will act as its liaison to all departments in the College of Performing Arts. She is responsible for gathering, coordinating, and submitting orders for research materials in multiple formats - print, online, and audio-visual formats - all relating to the performing arts curricula and activities at Rowan University. She works closely with the music, theatre, and dance faculty and students, formally in meetings and classes and, informally, by appointment, email, phone, and drop-in visits. Coming from her first position as librarian at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now PCPA), Marjorie, in 1972, was the first music librarian hired by the GSC Music Department when Dr. Clarke Pfleeger needed a librarian to manage the newly dedicated space designed by the music faculty for the newly constructed Wilson Building. In 1976, she successfully campaigned to convert it to an official branch library of the central library system. It operated as a branch facility until 2015, the only such official branch library at any of the state schools other than Rutgers. Marjorie brought in new, additional staff over the years to assist with its operation. Her office was moved into the main library in August of 2011, where she retainined responsibility for the music collections in both locations. In the main library, she also provides general instructional and reference services for Campbell Library. She has been actively supportive of the Music Department’s expansion into new areas of music study – music business and industry, the study of popular music, and music therapy. Marjorie received a B.A. degree with post-graduate work in musicology at the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in library science at Drexel University. She played oboe in the Haddonfield Symphony for 16 years and wrote program notes for that orchestra's concerts for 10 years. She continued to play oboe in chamber groups at GSC and in the region until 1985 when she started playing in Renaissance music groups on crumhorn, cornamuse, and recorder. Marjorie continues to be an active member of the Music Library Association on a national level as well as regionally in its Atlantic Chapter. She has for many years remained active in Rowan's Women & Gender Studies Program for which she has organized several lectures and concerts of music focusing on female composers. In 2009, she assisted in bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joan Tower to Rowan for a concert and workshop.