Volume LVSpecial Inaugural Edition January 2008Number 1

Masonic Library and Museum association Meets in the
Masonic Temple, Philadelphia: Your Librarian elected President

Your Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania proudly hosted the 15th annual meeting of the Masonic Library and Museum Association, Oct. 10-13, 2007. The last time The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania hosted was the sixth annual meeting, Oct. 15-17, 1998. The Association is an international group of Masonic librarians, archivists, curators and directors who have as their mission "...to assist and support, through education, facilitation of communication, coordination of effort, and other means, those individuals charged with the collection, management, and preservation of the Masonic heritage" (MLMA Bylaws, Art. 2).

On Oct. 11, Bro. President Dick E. Browning, P.G.M. of Arkansas, opened the meeting. After welcoming remarks by R.W. Grand Secretary Mark A. Haines, and Executive Director of the Masonic Library and Museum Andrew Zellers-Frederick, the meeting continued with sessions on shared cataloguing, e-books and digitization of records. The group toured City Hall, the Masonic Temple and the National Constitution Center. MLMA also participated in a video-conference with the renowned Masonic scholar, Professor Margaret Jacob. Through the wonders of technology, MLMA used the facilities at the University of Pennsylvania, while Professor Jacob did the same at the University of California, Los Angeles. She spoke on "Eighteenth-Century Freemasonry and the Cosmopolitan Ideal," then happily accepted questions. An exuberant discussion erupted, and the session ended with MLMA and Prof. Jacob applauding each others' work.

After serving six years as Secretary of the Masonic Library and Museum Association, your Librarian, Glenys A. Waldman, was elected its President. For more information, please go to MLMA's friendly site, www.mlmassn.org.


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