NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: SEPTEMBER 2017, NO. 195

Message from the Chair
Secretary /Treasurer’s Report
Fall 2017 Meeting Registration/Information
Committee Updates

Oral History Excerpt
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

It’s hard to believe that September has arrived once again! Whether you took a long vacation, short day-trips, or had a “staycation” at home, I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing and restful summer.

The NEMLA Board met for its annual meeting in early August. Many topics were discussed; however, one recurring theme we addressed was how to approach our outreach efforts to first-time attendees in new ways including, more specifically, how to retain and encourage new members to join and become active in our organization. Although numerous ideas are still being discussed, the board voted unanimously to offer free meeting registration to NEMLA members who bring a first-time attendee to a NEMLA meeting this year! I encourage everyone to reach out to paraprofessionals, library staff, or other individuals interested in our profession and bring them with you to our meetings. The board is enthusiastic to implement this outreach effort as early as our fall meeting, and we are excited about new possibilities for outreach in this area.

In case you missed the listserv announcement, NEMLA received a grant of $500 from the Music Library Association to help offset expenses associated with a library school student, recent graduate, or new professional attending the 2018 MLA national annual meeting in Portland, Oregon! Modeled from a similar grant offered by the Atlantic chapter last year, I am elated that NEMLA is able to provide this unique opportunity in New England. Interested applicants can apply here; applications are due September 30, 2017. I encourage everyone to share this information with interested parties who may not currently be NEMLA members, especially library school students and paraprofessionals who are interested or work in music librarianship. Special thanks to Laura Stokes, Jonathan Manton, and Sofia Becerra-Licha for drafting, editing, and submitting the grant application to MLA.

The arrival of September (and return of the fall semester) signals that arrangements for our fall meeting are underway. Marci Cohen and the Program Committee are tirelessly working on planning and arranging the logistics of the day. It will be held on Friday, October 20 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. The program looks spectacular and promises to be engaging with presentations on historical sound recordings, audio streaming rights, and digital archiving of legacy audio media. The music antiquarian in me is particularly excited to view treasures from Yale’s Beinecke Library. Other events include a tour of Yale’s Gilmore Music Library and a concert of songs from Yale’s extensive libraries featuring Anne Rhodes and Kimmy Szeto. We will conclude with a reception at Mory’s, a tavern near Yale, which was a favorite spot of composer Cole Porter among other prestigious Yale alumni! Additional details can be found in the fall meeting information section below. Lastly, consider attending the pre-conference dinner on Thursday night, October 19, by sending a RSVP to Marci Cohen if you will be arriving to New Haven early.

Looking ahead to our committee meetings held at our fall meeting, we have many open positions on almost every committee: the Program Committee, Instruction Committee, Technical Services Committee, and the Nominating Committee. Special thanks for Maria Jane Loizou for joining the Nominating Committee! If you have not recently served on a committee–or if you have served on one of our committees in the past–I encourage you to consider serving our organization on a new committee. Please contact one of our board members if you are interested. Another topic discussed at the board meeting was the possibility of establishing communities of interest to either supplement or replace our current committee structure. More information on these will be released and discussed over the upcoming year.

As mentioned above, if you are considering attending our fall meeting for the first time, please consider applying for our First-Time Attendees Program which provides funding for appropriate travel expenses.

With that, I hope your semester, if applicable, is off to a smooth start, and I look forward to seeing everyone in New Haven!

Respectfully submitted,

Jared Rex, Chair

New England Music Library Association

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

New Members and Membership Renewals

NEMLA Memberships are now up for renewal (our membership year begins September 1).

Everything you need to renew your membership (including a 3-year renewal option) is on our Membership page: http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/get-involved/membership/

Use the online form (scroll down the membership page) to update your information and indicate your method of payment.  Use the PayPal button (scroll down the membership page) to pay by credit card or PayPal.  To pay by check, make check payable to NEMLA and mail to:

Alan Karass

New England Conservatory

290 Huntington Ave.

Boston, MA 02115

Fall 2017 Meeting Registration/Information

We are pleased to announce the registration information for our Fall 2017 meeting.  Register here!

Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=840357

Our fall meeting will take place on Friday, October 20 at Yale University in New Haven, CT.  All sessions will take place in the International Room in Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St., unless otherwise noted. The day will feature sessions on Historical Sound Recordings as Musical Mentors, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives’ work in dealing with rights for audio streaming and Designing and Equipping Workspaces for the Digital Archiving of Legacy Audio Media. In the afternoon, we will see music collection gems at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, get a tour of the recently renovated Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, hear a concert of songs from Yale’s special collections and conclude with a reception at at Mory’s, the famous Yale Tavern.

We are happy to introduce a new initiative to encourage new attendees. If you bring a first-time attendee to the meeting, your registration will be free. See First-Time Attendees below for more details.

Meeting Program

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Registration; coffee and pastries (underwriting by Arkivmusic) [Hallway leading to International Room]

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks – Jared Rex, NEMLA Chair; Ruthann McTyre, Director of Gilmore Music Library, Yale University Library; Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Yale University Library.

10:00 – 10:40 “Historical Sound Recordings as Musical Mentors” (Mark Bailey, Yale University)

10:40 – 11:20 a.m. “Navigating the Rapids of Streaming Audio: Rights and Permissions for Presenting Audio Materials Online” (Bridget Carr and Sarah Funke Donovan, Boston Symphony Orchestra)

11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “Designing and Equipping Workspaces for the Digital Archiving of Legacy Audio Media” (John Marks, Esperanto Audio/The Tannhäuser Gate)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m: Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:00 pm – Committee Meetings

2:15 pm – Music Collection gems @ Beinecke (Beinecke Library)

3:00 pm – Tour of Gilmore Music Library (Gilmore Music Library)

3:45 pm – Concert: Anne Rhodes and Kimmy Szeto performing songs from Yale’s special collections (Sudler Hall)

4:30 pm – Reception (Mory’s, 306 York St. – cash bar)

By Unknown – Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10540108
Early Bird registration will be $18 for regular members and $9 for student and retired members. Please register by Thursday, October 12, 2017 to receive the Early Bird rate. Registrations from October 13 through 20 (including walk-ins) will be $20 and $10, respectively.

Thursday Dinner

All attendees are invited to a pre-conference group dinner on Thursday night, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 176 Temple St. The restaurant includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Marci Cohen (mcohen2 at bu.edu) by Thursday, October 12.

Hotel

We have reserved a block of rooms at La Quinta Inns & Suites in New Haven. The rate is $85.50-$107.10 depending on the night and the number of beds in the room. The hotel has free parking and is near I-91 and I-95. It is a short cab ride from the Yale campus, the dinner on Thursday, October. 19 and New Haven’s Union Station, with Amtrak service as well as regional bus and rail, including MTA service from New York’s Grand Central Terminal. The hotel also offers a local shuttle within a 5-mile radius of hotel, including Yale.

To reserve a room, please contact the hotel directly at (203) 562-1111 or their Group Desk at 1-800-642-4239, Option 1 and ask for the special rate for NEMLA.  Reservations must be made no later than 9/27/2017 in order to guarantee this special rate.

The Yale Visitor Center has a full list of lodging in the area with additional options.

Transportation

The Yale Visitor Center has driving directions to campus. The Yale Transportation Options site has information on parking and public transit options, including Amtrak and regional rail and bus service. In addition, Union Station is served by Peter Pan bus.

The Broadway parking lot at Broadway and Elm St. is the closest Yale-operated lot to Sterling Memorial Library. Other options are available. On-street parking is metered.

Yale Information

Here is a campus map of Yale and the website for Sterling Memorial Library. The Visitor Center website has more information about the campus and New Haven.

First-Time Attendees

If this is your first NEMLA meeting, we welcome you to apply for our First-Time Attendees Program. This grant covers registration, lunch, and travel expenses. Both current members and non-members are eligible, so long as they have not attended a meeting before. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is Oct. 6, 2017. Please apply here.  Also note that funding is regrettably not available for all first-time attendees, but we do strive to accommodate as many as we can on a first come, first served basis.

To encourage new involvement in NEMLA, if you bring a first-time attendee to the meeting, you will receive free registration. To take advantage of this offer, email Marci Cohen (mcohen2 at bu.edu) by Oct. 6 with the subject line “NEMLA first-time attendee referral.” Include your name and affiliation and the name of the first-time attendee you are hosting. The new attendee must also register for the First-Time Attendee Program, but this does not have to be done simultaneously.

Update on Committees

Laura Stokes, Past-Chair

There are lots of transitions to report for NEMLA’s committees!  We’d like to thank Anne Adams for volunteering to become the new chair of the Technical Services committee.  We also welcome Carolyn Johnson and Jenée Force to the Program Committee and Leslie Piper to the Publications Committee, and are delighted by Maria Jane Loizou’s return to the Nominating Committee. We appreciate the time and energy all of you devote to our organization!
Several committees are still looking for new members.  This is a great way to work on developments in music librarianship, meet people in this field, and be active on the regional level.  Specific groups seeking new members include the Program, Instruction, and Publication Committees.  We are also looking for people who would like to help with our web management.  If you are interested, please get in touch with the committee chairs or any member of the board.

http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/organization/committees/

Update from the Oral History Committee

Reminiscing with Jennifer Hunt, Past NEMLA Chair

By Debra H. Mandel

Director, Snell Library Recording Studios, Northeastern University

The following conversation was selected from an abridged transcript from the March 17th NEMLA oral history committee interview conducted by me with Jennifer Hunt. Jennifer is Director of the Boston Conservatory Albert Alphin Library at Berklee.  She served as NEMLA chair in 2013, program chair in 2014 and past chair until 2016.

DM: So how did you become involved in NEMLA?

Jen Hunt photo
Jennifer Hunt

JH: Well, I started working at the Boston Conservatory in October of 2002 and I can’t remember exactly who told me about NEMLA, but I very soon thereafter found out about it and knew it would be a good idea to become a member. So I joined, and I didn’t do too much with NEMLA for a number of years, but, around 2011, Suzanne Lovejoy, who was the program chair, was looking for a meeting venue, and she called me up and said, “Would you like to a host a NEMLA meeting?” And I thought about it and said, “Well, yes I would, but you know, the Conservatory is pretty short on space, and I had concerns about that, and so I thought well, if there was another place near us where we could sort of have part of the meeting at the Conservatory and another part of the meeting there. So you see back then we were already collaborating, long before the merger. So that’s when we went ahead– we had part of the meeting at the Conservatory and we wrapped up in the afternoon over at Berklee.

DM: So how has NEMLA changed over the years?

JH: Well, people have come and gone. But with most things, I would say technology has really helped us along, you know. If you look at our website right now, you can go on there and find videos of our past meetings and see pictures. 20 years ago, did we have that? No. I think a lot of our business procedures probably have been the same, somewhat. I know we did change the bylaws a little bit, but it’s still generally the same concept. NEMLA is the regional chapter of the Music Library Association. But I feel like we’re getting more innovative and certainly getting better as we age.

DM: Is there anything else you would like to add about your association with NEMLA?

JH: Well, there was one other time I remember quite fondly; there was a meeting, it was held over at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We had the meeting–had, you know, business meetings and whatnot–and then–we were there, I believe, on a Friday afternoon–and the symphony had a rehearsal. So we got to go sit in, and I just remember sitting there thinking, “This is fabulous, I’m getting paid to hear the symphony.”

DM: (laughs) How lucky was that?

JH: Yeah. But yeah, NEMLA is just really a great organization and it’s very easy to get started with and get involved with. There are always many opportunities, they’re always looking for people to join committees, you know. And just like, I just–all of a sudden, you know, I was just a regular member for a couple of years and the next thing I knew I was the chair. So, it can happen to anybody!

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Jared Rex
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
jrex at holycross.edu
(508) 793-2295

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Marci Cohen
Assistant Head
Music Library
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
mcohen2 at bu.edu
(617) 353-3707

Past Chair:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
(401) 863-3999

Secretary-Treasurer:
Alan Karass
Director of Libraries
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5018
alan.karass at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1247

Member-At-Large:
Jonathan Manton
Music Librarian for Access Services
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
jonathan.manton at yale.edu
(203) 432-5549

Newsletter Editor:
Memory Apata
Music Library Supervisor|Education & Outreach
Dartmouth College
Paddock Music Library
Hopkins Center, HB 6245 Hanover, NH 03755
memory.r.apata at dartmouth.edu
(603) 646-3234

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Mugar Library
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617) 353-5810

Publication Information:

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.
Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Memory Apata
memory.r.apata at dartmouth.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Alan Karass
alan.karass at necmusic.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

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NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: JULY 2017, NO. 194

Message from the Chair
Spring 2017 Meeting Summary
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
Fall 2016 Meeting Preview
Noteworthy News
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair:

Dear NEMLA members,

It is an honor to greet you as the new Chair of NEMLA! I would like to begin by thanking our outgoing Past Chair, Zoe Rath, for her contributions to our organization over the past three years. Zoe’s knowledge of the inner-workings of NEMLA has been invaluable to me, and she will be missed. I would also like to thank our current Past Chair, Laura Stokes, for her creative and influential leadership over the last year. We are lucky that she will continue to serve membership for one final year as Past Chair! Other departing board members are Maryalice Perrin-Mohr, our past Newsletter Editor, and Sharon Saunders, our past Secretary-Treasurer. Maryalice’s astute proofreading abilities and Sharon’s initiatives in streamlining and documenting activities of her position to ease personnel transitions are much appreciated. I am pleased to welcome three new officers: Marci Cohen, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect; Alan Karass, Secretary-Treasurer; and Memory Apata, Newsletter Editor. Congratulations on your appointments, and I look forward to working with you!

For those who attended our spring meeting at MIT in June, we are indebted to the efforts of our host Peter Munstedt and his stellar staff, our Program Committee, and the roster of outstanding presenters. From the special concert of works by composer Charles Shadle to the high-quality reception, it was a memorable event and special way to end the academic year. For those members who were unable to attend, Jonathan Manton has written a thorough recap of our meeting below. As always, we will post videos of the meeting’s sessions—and, for the first time, our closing concert—to our YouTube channel as they become available.

In August, the NEMLA Board will have our annual meeting at the College of the Holy Cross. The board will discuss the future of our chapter which includes strategic planning and brainstorming about how we can continue to serve our membership to the best of our ability. I look forward to welcoming all of our board members from across New England to participate in a day devoted to NEMLA. Expect a recap of our meeting in the fall newsletter.

Marci Cohen has already started preparations for our fall meeting with the help of new program committee members Carolyn Johnson and Jenée Force. We are especially grateful to Jonathan Manton, Ruthann McTyre, and the rest of the staff at Yale for enthusiastically agreeing to host our upcoming fall meeting. As the date approaches, be sure to read the fall meeting preview section of the newsletter for more specific details about our fall meeting. In case you missed it, the Program Committee has already opened the call for proposals. We want to hear from you about your projects and initiatives, so please consider submitting a proposal!

Speaking of the fall meeting, I hope you are able to join us at Yale on Friday, October 20, 2017! If you are interested in attending a NEMLA meeting for the first time, we have a First-Time Attendees Program which provides funding for appropriate travel expenses. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

As summer begins to wind down, I hope everyone is able to experience a much-needed reprieve from our busy lives. I personally find New England’s summer weather to be gorgeous, and the abundance of summer musical events in our region is unbeatable!

Respectfully submitted,
Jared Rex, Chair
New England Music Library Association

Spring 2017 Meeting Summary:

The Spring Meeting of the New England Chapter of the Music Library Association was held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 2nd, 2017.
A total of 68 attendees, including a number of first time attendees, were greeted by NEMLA Chair (now Past Chair) Laura Stokes, and then welcomed to MIT by Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries. Bourg noted that through her work overseeing two music libraries during her career, first at Stanford and now at MIT, she has come to consider music libraries to be the “bellwether” for research libraries, principally as technology has always gone hand in hand with music libraries. She highlighted how sound recordings, a major component of most music library collections, have always required technology in order to provide any sort of access to them. Bourg also noted how the Lewis Music Library at MIT exemplified what she called a “third space” for patrons, between work and home, something she is keen to provide across MIT Libraries.

Following Chris Bourg’s inspiring words, we dived straight into our first presentation, “Podcasting for Libraries”, by James Capobianco and Hannah Spencer Ferello from Houghton Library at Harvard University. Christina Linklater, who was also part of the project, was unfortunately not able to make it to the meeting in person. The presentation focused on a project Houghton had recently completed, in conjunction with Houghton’s 75th anniversary celebrations, to create a series of podcasts featuring Harvard faculty discussing their favorite items from the library’s special collections. The project team walked us through the methodology and equipment used to produce the highly impressive podcasts.

Jared Rex, NEMLA Chair, introduces James Capobianco and Hannah Ferello of Harvard. Photo courtesy of Marci Cohen.

Next, Alan Karass, Director of Libraries at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), outlined his work with The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (FSSGB). Alan discussed the history of the FSSGB and the Society’s library, which contains books, recordings (both commercial and non-commercial), concert posters/flyers and ephemera dating back to the founding of the Society in 1959. Numerous librarians had curated and maintained the FSSGB over the years. However, the collection had no permanent home, moving from place to place over the years, normally kept at the librarian’s house. Following a long lunch with members of the FSSGB Library Committee, which included an amazing Black Bean soup according to Alan, hence the name of his talk (A Tale of Tunebooks, Black Bean Soup, & Lawyers: The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston & the New England Conservatory), an agreement was made that the FSSGB library would be donated to NEC, along with an endowment that is being used for further collection development, digitization, preservation and cataloging. The first installment of the donation was made in May 2016, with further donations due in the near future.

The last session before lunch featured a panel of public librarians: Elizabeth Berndt-Morris from Boston Public Library; Cathy Balshone from Newton Free Library and Raminta Moore from Portland Public Library. The panel shared a fascinating insight into recent trends related to music collections in public libraries. In relation to services, much of the discussion focused on sound recordings, notably the difference between Compact Disc (CD) borrowing and online e-resource access, principally via Alexander Street Press and/or Hoopla, a service tailored to public libraries that enables borrowing of digital music, movies and ebooks. CD borrowing remains surprisingly high at all three of the libraries discussed, notably at Portland Public Library where Raminta has built a Maine Music Collection, featuring recordings from local  musicians. CD circulation has increased fivefold since this collection was established. When it came to e-resources, all panelists noted that Hoopla was extremely popular with patrons, but that the cost to the library for the service was becoming unsustainable. Hoopla employs a cost per use model, so the more popular the resource becomes, the more expensive it is for the library. An additional area of discussion for the panel was programming, which continues to be a major focus at all three libraries. Each panelist highlighted extensive music programs at their libraries, and noted that providing performance opportunities and spaces notably increased local community engagement with the library.

After lunch and the annual NEMLA Business Meeting, Anna Kijas, Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, from Boston College presented “Providing Open Access to Irish Music: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College”. The collection features traditional tunes and songs collected by the fiddle player Séamus Connolly (Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music at Boston College from 2004 to 2015). It includes 330 audio recordings featuring more than 130 musicians, with accompanying stories, transcriptions, and introductory essays. Anna outlined how the project to create a freely available online portal for the collection was developed by first creating a detailed project charter, which included the scope, goals, content, team, assigned roles, sources of support, timeline and accountability for the project. Anna outlined the significant benefit of creating a charter for such projects, which she noted can be flexible and revised as the project progresses. The portal was built using Omeka, and utilized SoundCloud for audio playback. Elizabeth noted that most of the audio recordings are new or modern interpretations, as the process of clearing all of the permissions for the numerous existent recordings of the tunes featured would have been beyond the resources of the project. Elizabeth also outlined a policy which the project created for reviews and integrating submitted corrections.

The final presentation of the day was by Michael Scott Cuthbert, Associate Professor of Music at MIT. “Searching in Digital Medieval Score Databases: Moving from Metadata to Big Data”. Michael outlined his work on the Electronic Medieval Music Score Archive Project (EMMSAP), a repository containing over 1500 polyphonic works, written between 1300-1430, that he had encoded in MusicXML. Michael has created Music21 based tools that enable him to analyze these works as a corpus. His principal objective in doing so is to find previously unknown connections between the works. Michael utilized numerous incipits for this project, that he then encoded into MusicXML, which he sourced from the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM).

Composer Charles Shadle applauds baritone Bradford Gleim following their performance of “Einstein and Music.” Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

After a full day of excellent presentations, we were then treated to a wonderful concert featuring works by Charles Shadle, Senior Lecturer for Composition and Theory at MIT, followed by a reception at Lewis Music Library.

Reception following concert. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

A huge debt of gratitude goes to Chris Bourg, Peter Mundst and the staff of the Lewis Music Library at MIT for hosting us, along with Jared Rex and Marci Cohen, who took care of all of the arrangements for the meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone at Yale in the Fall!
Submitted by Jonathan Manton, NEMLA Member-at-Large.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

Balances (June 1, 2017) 
Savings $4,005.33
Checking $2,750.70
Total $6,756.03
Oral history grant
Beginning amount $1,000.00
expense (3/2015) $183.00
expenses (7/2015) $336.50
expense (11/2016) $282.16
expense (5/2017) $24.99
current remaining $173.35
Checking account
 Restricted funds (grant) $173.35
 Unrestricted/NEMLA (non-grant) $2,577.35
Total $2750.70
 Members (57 current members)              
 Income from memberships paid this report period (6/1/2016-6/1/2017) $851.04
 June 2016 meeting        
 Expenses $246.19
 First-time attendees $137.75
 Registrations $832.44
 October 2016 meeting
 Expenses $565.96
 First-time attendees $196.57
 Registrations $520.23
 Fees
 Eventbrite (meeting registrations) $149.33
 Paypal (memberships paid online) $28.96

 

Fall Meeting Preview:

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Friday, October 20, 2017

Beinecke Library at Yale.  Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=904507

The NEMLA Fall 2017 meeting will be held at Yale University Library.  All sessions will be held in the International Room within Sterling Memorial Library. In addition to presentations, the meeting will include a tour of the Gilmore Music Library, which underwent extensive renovation in 2016; an opportunity to view the rich musical holdings held at the Beinecke Library, ranging from the 15th-century Mellon Chansonnier to a manuscript of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, that includes a movement that the composer later decided to omit; and a concert performance by Anne Rhodes, featuring songs found within the Gilmore Music Library’s Special Collections. The day will end with a reception at Mory’s, the famous Yale Tavern that has been frequented by countless Yale Alum, including notably Cole Porter, whose initials can be seen carved into one of the tables in the main dining room!

Presentation proposals will be accepted through August 4, 2017.  Please send proposals and questions via e-mail to the Program Committee by emailing Marci Cohen (mcohen2@bu.edu). In your submission e-mail, please use the subject line: “NEMLA Fall 2017 Proposal.”

More details on the meeting including hotel information, etc. will be forthcoming.

Committees seeking new members:

The Programming Committee is seeking one new member. If interested contact Marci Cohen via email: mcohen2 at bu.edu

The Nominating Committee is seeking two new members. If interested contact Laura Stokes via email:  laura_stokes at brown.edu

Noteworthy News:

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Pam Juengling will retire from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst on August 30, 2017.  Pam joined UMass/Amherst as Music Librarian in 1982.  Prior to her arrival at UMass, she earned her degree in organ performance, music education, and German at Minnesota State University-Mankato. A sign posted in the music library window advertising a student position in the music library inspired a shift in her career focus from church music and teaching to music librarianship, and the path was set! She attended library school in a joint program at SUNY-Geneseo and the Eastman School of Music, earning her M.L.S. in 1978. She worked at Northern Kentucky University in suburban Cincinnati before coming to UMass.  Pam was involved with numerous major changes in the fields of music and librarianship, especially the impact of technology and the transition from analog to digital formats and card catalogs to online catalogs.  She saw the move of the UMass Music Library from a branch library in the Fine Arts Center to a department within the main library.  During retirement she looks forward to travel, more time with family and friends, volunteer activities, reading and knitting, and attending the wealth of concerts, exhibits, and lectures in the Five College area and beyond.

Publication Information:

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.
Back issues may be accessed from:

Newsletter Back Issues

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Memory Apata, memory.r.apata at Dartmouth.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Alan Karass, alan.karass at necmusic.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Jared Rex
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
jrex at holycross.edu
(508) 793-2295

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Marci Cohen
Assistant Head
Music Library
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
mcohen2 at bu.edu
(617) 353-3707

Past Chair:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
(401) 863-3999

Secretary-Treasurer:
Alan Karass
Director of Libraries
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5018
alan.karass at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1247

Member-At-Large:
Jonathan Manton
Music Librarian for Access Services
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
jonathan.manton at yale.edu
(203) 432-5549

Newsletter Editor:
Memory Apata
Music Library Supervisor|Education & Outreach
Dartmouth College
Paddock Music Library
Hopkins Center, HB 6245 Hanover, NH 03755
memory.r.apata at dartmouth.edu
(603) 646-3234

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
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NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: APRIL 2017, NO. 193

Message from the Chair
Spring 2017 Election Ballot
Spring 2017 Meeting Information
Noteworthy News
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

Spring is slowly tiptoeing its way into New England; I hope that by the time you’re reading this, warmer weather will have arrived at last.  Either way, NEMLA members are hard at work getting ready for the Spring Meeting, which will be on June 2 at MIT.  Jared Rex and Marci Cohen (the current roster of the Program Committee) have been working with Peter Munstedt to ensure that the space, refreshments, and musical programming will be top-notch.  The call for submissions is open until April 7, so if you’re interested in presenting, be sure to send your proposal in to Jared.  Early-bird registration for the meeting ends on May 26.  I’d also like to encourage anyone who is thinking about attending their first NEMLA meeting to apply for First-Time Attendees funding, which covers registration, lunch, and travel costs; the deadline for that will be May 19.  And I will put out a call for agenda items for the business meeting closer to the spring meeting itself, but if you already have a burning agenda item, please send it in to me!

It was wonderful seeing so many of you at MLA’s national meeting in Orlando in February.  The chapter dinner was a rousing success, with thirty-one members showing up for a fun evening of Cuban food and conviviality.  Pictures of the dinner are available here.  Special thanks to Pat Fisken for taking so many of the photos, and congratulations as she heads into retirement.  Many of us have been anxious about MLA Newsletter editor Michelle Hahn, who was badly injured in a traffic incident at MLA, but I’m glad to hear that she is out of serious danger and doing much better as of recent weeks.

NEMLA dinner at MLA
NEMLA Dinner at MLA. Photo by Pat Fisken

At the Chapter Chairs meeting in Orlando, Jared and I had an opportunity to talk with MLA’s Web Manager, Katie Buehner, and Chair of the Web Committee, Ray Heigemeir, about MLA’s offer to centrally administer membership and web services for the chapters.  Unfortunately, MLA is not able to accommodate NEMLA’s existing membership structure within the framework they have developed, and in addition, moving our membership system to MLA would involve moving NEMLA’s website over to MLA’s platform.  MLA’s system is not yet able to handle meeting registration, which for our chapter (with biannual meetings) is one of the most time-intensive administrative tasks.  Because of all this and a current lack of active member time and energy to devote to moving our website again, we have decided to put the question of switching to MLA’s membership services on hold for the moment, pending further developments from MLA.

On another topic: everyone please remember to vote in the spring election! Ballots will be sent out to members in good standing on April 24.  The positions of Vice-Chair/Chair/Past-Chair and Treasurer are both up for election.  Thanks to everyone who expressed interest and/or agreed to run; we deeply appreciate those who volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to keeping this organization running smoothly.

It has been a pleasure serving this organization as Vice Chair and Chair for the last two years, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the NEMLA Board in the capacity of Past Chair for the next year.  At the Spring Meeting, the Chair position will turn over to Jared Rex, who I’m confident is going to be a great leader for this organization.  Looking forward to seeing you in Boston in June!

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Stokes

Chair, New England Music Library Association
Performing Arts Librarian
Virginia Baldwin Orwig Music Library, Brown University

NEMLA Dinner at MLA
NEMLA Dinner at MLA. Photo by Pat Fisken

Spring 2017 Election Ballot

At 9 a.m. on Monday, April 24th, 2017, members in good standing will receive an email message inviting them to participate in the election of two new members to the NEMLA board. Our thanks go to the candidates standing for election, and to the Nominating Committee for their work assembling the election slate.

Candidate for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:

Marci Cohen, edited 2Marci Cohen has been the Assistant Head of the Music Library at Boston University’s Mugar Library since November 2015. She currently serves on the NEMLA Program Committee, which she also did from 2009 to 2011. Other NEMLA activities include the Education & Outreach Committee (2010-2012) and working on the design and administration of the volunteer/internship placement service survey (2011-2012). She presented on the Stooges at the Fall 2014 NEMLA meeting. She earned a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A. in music from Tufts University. Prior to coming to Boston University, she was a reference librarian at Berklee College of Music and a multimedia librarian at Northbrook (IL) Public Library.

Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer:

Alan KarassAlan Karass is Director of Libraries at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Clark University (B.A., Music), Simmons College (M.S., Library and Information Science), the University of Connecticut (M.A., Historical Musicology), and the Open University (Ph.D., Ethnomusicology). Alan served as co-editor of Music Reference Services Quarterly from 2000 to 2007, and has written articles for Serials Librarian, American Recorder, Music Reference Services Quarterly, Music Library Association Newsletter, and Boston Early Music News. His chapter “Identity, Music, and Festivity in Southern Tunisia” appears in the Handbook of Musical Identities published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He previously served NEMLA in numerous capacities including Newsletter Editor from 1996 to 1999, and Chair-elect/Chair/Past-Chair from 2000 to 2003.

Dancing to the MLA Big Band
Dancing to the sound of the MLA Big Band. Photo by Zoe Rath

Spring 2017 Meeting Registration

We are excited to announce the registration information for our Spring 2017 meeting!

Register here!

Our spring meeting will take place Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While specific details of the day’s events are still forthcoming, we anticipate an exciting day featuring a wide variety of presentation topics and our annual business meeting. The day’s events will conclude with a special concert of compositions by MIT faculty member Charles Shadle followed by a reception in MIT’s Lewis Music Library (optional tours available). Please note that the Early Bird registration deadline is May 26, 2017.

Meeting Program

Registration and coffee/pastries will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Lewis Music Library with opening remarks tentatively scheduled for 9:45 a.m. in Building 4, Room 270. (See MIT’s campus map). Building 4, Room 270 is a short 3-minute indoor walk from the Lewis Music Library.

Early Bird registration will be $16 for regular members and $8 for student and retired members. Please register by Friday, May 26, 2017 to receive the Early Bird rate. Registrations from May 27 through June 2 (including walk-ins) will be $18 and $9, respectively.

Lunch will be on-your-own this meeting, but the schedule will provide ample time for dining at restaurants in the Kendall Square area. Here is a preliminary list of available dining options near MIT.

Hotels

Here is a brief list of hotels in close proximity to MIT’s campus:

Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142. Phone: (617) 494-6600

Doubletree Suites Cambridge/Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA, 02134. Phone: (617) 783-0090

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02139-4896. Phone: (617) 492-1234

The Kendall Hotel, 350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. Phone: (617) 577-1300

A comprehensive list of hotels in the area is available from MIT. Due to limited availability, we encourage you to book your lodging accommodations at your earliest convenience.

Transportation

We strongly advise attendees to use MBTA subway/bus service to MIT from your desired starting location, if possible, as parking is extremely limited and expensive. For those using subway service, the Kendall Square/MIT stop on the MBTA Red Line is the closest subway stop to MIT.  MIT’s campus is also served by several bus lines; please visit the MBTA website for times and schedules.

MIT Information

Here is a campus map of MIT.  Please note that the day will incorporate the following buildings: the Lewis Music Library (Building 14, ground floor); Building 4, Room 270 (our meeting room, which is a short 3-minute indoor walk from the Music Library); Kresge Auditorium Little Theatre (the concert location: Building W16, basement). Kresge Auditorium is approximately a 15-minute outdoor walk from our meeting space.

Lewis Music Library at MIT
Lewis Music Library at MIT

The Lewis Music Library’s website is here.

Here is a link with detailed driving directions to MIT as well as pay parking lots.

If you are looking for things to do near MIT check out this link.

First-Time Attendees

If this is your first NEMLA meeting, we welcome you to apply for our First-Time Attendees Program. This grant covers registration, lunch, and travel expenses. Both current members and non-members are eligible, so long as they have not attended a meeting before. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is May 19, 2017. Please apply here.  Also note that funding is regrettably not available for all first-time attendees, but we do strive to accommodate as many as we can on a first come, first served basis.

Kresge Auditorium at MIT
Kresge Auditorium at MIT

Thursday evening dinner

All attendees are invited to a pre-conference group dinner on Thursday night, June 1st. More details are forthcoming.

Comprehensive registration information with a detailed schedule will be available in late April. Please watch the NEMLA listserv for more details.

Noteworthy News

Pat FiskenPat Fisken retired from her position as Head of Paddock Music Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH on March 31, 2017. She worked in Cataloging at the Dartmouth College Library from 1973-1977, in Special Collections from 1977-1980, and in the Music Library since 1980.

Some things that Pat plans to do this spring and summer include:  visit her children and grandson in Pennsylvania and Oregon, spend more time outdoors, work on a community vegetable garden, swim, practice yoga, read, write, visit friends, and simply “be in the moment”!  Oh, and she hopes to get to NEMLA at MIT in June ;-).

Zoe Rath and Pat Fisken, Fall 2013
Zoe Rath and Pat Fisken, NEMLA meeting, Fall 2013.

On a personal note, I want to say how much I have enjoyed being your Newsletter Editor the past few years.  I want to thank current and past board members for all of their assistance and thank you to all of the members for your contributions to the newsletter! Beginning with the July 2017 issue, our new newsletter editor will be Memory Apata.  I hope she will enjoy her new position as much as I did!
– Maryalice Perrin-Mohr

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Jared Rex
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
jrex@holycross.edu
(508) 793-2295

Past Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
617-747-8143

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Jonathan Manton
Music Librarian for Access Services
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
jonathan.manton at yale.edu
T: 203-432-

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Metadata Services Department
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

Pat Fisken with with Wendy Sistrunk and Suzanne Eggleston Lovejoy at MLA 2017
Pat Fisken with Wendy Sistrunk and Suzanne Eggleston Lovejoy at MLA 2017. Photo by Zoe Rath.

Publication Information:

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.
Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders
ssaunder at bates.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: DECEMBER 2016, NO. 192

Message from the Chair
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
Fall 2016 Meeting Minutes
Spring 2017 Meeting Preview
Seeking Nominations/Committee Members
Noteworthy News
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

Looking out the window at the blowing wind and huge piles of crunchy leaves, it seems that fall is drawing to an end and soon, too, the fall semester will come to a close.  Although I’m looking forward to cozy holidays inside, I’m glad to do so with fond memories of the NEMLA activities of recent months.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the fall meeting, which took place on a breathtakingly beautiful day (October 14, 2016) at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont.  I’d like to express a great deal of appreciation to all the people who worked on this meeting, especially Vice-Chair Jared Rex, Marci Cohen of the Program Committee, and our host, Joe Tucker. They put together a wonderful day, which included a moving performance by an ad-hoc vocal ensemble at the end.  Jonathan Manton’s report on the meeting will fill you in (or jog your memory) about the specifics of the program, but I also want to thank everyone who presented or who participated in the committee work there.

If you’re still thinking about getting involved, it’s not too late: several committees are still looking for new members (especially Publications and Program), and we are still accepting nominations for the next election in the spring, when we’ll vote on Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor.  Please see Past-Chair Zoë Rath’s call for nominations in this newsletter for more details, and get in touch with me or the committee chairs if you are interested in joining a committee.

A lingering matter from NEMLA’s summer board meeting is the question of whether NEMLA will, like other regional chapters, switch to using MLA’s centralized system for membership renewals.  I will be asking for feedback on this matter from the membership as a whole, so please watch your email. We will also be seeking information from chapters that have chosen to make the switch; over half of the other chapters are now using MLA’s renewal system. This system does allow for members to select chapter membership only if they do not wish also to join the national organization.

For those of you who are planning to come to the MLA national meeting in Orlando: in lieu of a chapter meeting there, we will gather for a group dinner.  The chapter meetings are typically scheduled for late on Thursday (although that is still TBD on the meeting schedule as of this writing!), so let’s preliminarily plan on Thursday evening.  I will be looking for a restaurant that can accommodate a potentially large group with a diverse array of dietary needs—so if you’re planning on joining us, please send me a message so I can start to estimate the headcount.

All best wishes, and see you in 2017!

Respectfully submitted,
Laura Stokes, Chair, New England Music Library Association Performing Arts Librarian
Virginia Baldwin Orwig Music Library, Brown University

Jared Rex, Marci Cohen and other attendees gather for breakfast at Bennington. Photo by Zoe Rath.
Jared Rex, Marci Cohen and other attendees gather for breakfast at Bennington. Photo by Zoe Rath.

Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

Membership

Thanks to all who have renewed their memberships or have recently joined NEMLA.  We currently have 50 active members!  If the 21 people whose membership was last paid through Aug. 31, 2016 renewed their memberships, we would have 71 active members!  If you have any questions about the status of your membership, please e-mail me at nemlaboard@gmail.com

Meeting attendance

Bennington College was a spectacular place to meet in the Fall.  We had 30 people attend the meeting, one of whom was supported by our first-time attendee program.

Finances

Fall meeting income: $ 520.23

Fall meeting expenses: $ 565.96

First-time attendee expenses: $ 196.57

Checking account: $ 2508.77

Savings account: $ 4,005.09

Grant funds (Oral history): $ 480.50

Submitted by

Sharon Saunders
NEMLA Secretary-Treasurer

Fall 2016 Meeting Minutes

The Fall Meeting of the New England Chapter of the Music Library Association was held on the beautiful campus of Bennington College, VT.  I personally don’t remember a more picturesque setting for a chapter meeting than this, overlooking the Green Mountains on a spectacular Fall day.

View of the Green Mountains from the Bennington College campus. Photo by Jonathan Manton.
View of the Green Mountains from the Bennington College campus. Photo by Jonathan Manton.

Following an introduction from NEMLA Chair Laura Stokes, welcoming thirty attendees who had made the trip to Bennington, Jared Rex, NEMLA Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, introduced our wonderful sponsors for the day: Oceana Wilson, Dean of Crossett Library at Bennington, and Zeke Bernstein, Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment. Oceana and Zeke spoke briefly about Bennington’s history, research ethos and the library’s critical role at Bennington. Dean Wilson highlighted a collaboration between the School of Music at Bennington and the library related to a collection of highly unusual custom built instruments created by long-time Bennington Professor, Gunnar Schonbeck, that are now held at Mass MOCA. The collection of instruments, which includes an eight-foot-tall banjo, were featured in frequent concerts during Schonbeck’s time at Bennington. The School of Music and the Library are now working to digitize posters and recordings from these concerts.

Jared Rex then introduced the opening act of the excellent program he and the Program Committee put together. Memory Apata, Pat Fisken, and Adam Nemeroff from Dartmouth College, introduced a recently released Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Dartmouth’s edX instance, DartmouthX, entitled Introduction to Italian Opera. The course, which is currently in session at the time of writing, was the result of a large scale collaboration including librarians from the Paddock Music Library, instructional designers, IT, and Steve Swayne (Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth, who was the instructor for the course). Pat Fisken, Head of Paddock Music Library, spoke about the success of the course being a product of the effective team that was put together for the project. Pat noted that her principal role in the project had been to source the content to support the course and negotiate rights as needed. Adam Nemeroff, an Instructional Designer at Dartmouth, then outlined his role in the project. He noted that Instructional Designers are professional educators who collaborate with faculty and students to design and implement virtual learning platforms. Adam highlighted the design process for the MOOC, working backwards from goals and objectives, finally selecting content. He also highlighted a number of tools and methodologies he used in his role as Project Manager for the MOOC. Finally, Memory Apata, Music Library Supervisor at the Paddock Music Library, and recipient of a NEMLA First-Time Attendee award for the meeting, discussed her Teaching Assistant type role for the MOOC project. Her role included building resource lists for the course, which for the most part included high quality yet free resources given that many course participants would not have access to the paid databases and other tools to which many university libraries subscribe.  Memory was also responsible for promotion of the course, primarily via social media and mailing lists. Dartmouth is now working on another MOOC on German Opera, which is due to be launched in Spring 2017.

Caption: Right to left - Memory Apata, Pat Fisken, and Adam Nemeroff. Photo by Marci Cohen.
Caption: Right to left – Memory Apata, Pat Fisken, and Adam Nemeroff. Photo by Marci Cohen.

The second presentation of the day featured an update on the rapidly changing world of music vocabularies. Anne Adams, Music Cataloger at Harvard University, provided us with an overview of two recent vocabularies that are now being used by Music Catalogers, the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus (LCMPT) and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT). Anne noted that both of these vocabularies have been designed with a view toward Linked Data. Anne highlighted that many libraries are still using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) for terms that are now in LCMPT but that in time, LSCH will be used solely to describe the “aboutness” of an item. LCDGT is still not being used by many music catalogers, but will be something to keep an eye on for the future. For further news and updates related to these vocabularies and other topics related to music cataloging and metadata, follow the MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee’s blog 

Following committee meetings and lunch, Zoe Rath, Manager of Collection Development at Berklee College of Music, outlined work she had recently undertaken as an embedded librarian for a Music Therapy class at Berklee. Zoe mentioned that this was just one example of how she is trying to move beyond the reference desk more, to meet patrons outside of the library and to better connect with them. Zoe mentioned that her work as an embedded librarian involving meeting with the faculty for the class, attending classes for the program, creating Libguides specifically for the class, and holding drop-in hours for students to stop by for research assistance. Zoe hopes to build upon the success of this initiative, to have more of presence in Berklee’s recently launched online graduate degree course in Music Therapy, and to also create a collection of circulating instruments for music therapy students and faculty.

The final presentation of the day was by NEMLA’s chair, Laura Stokes. Laura spoke to us about her ongoing detective work into the publishing history of Musica Sacra, a 19th-century compendium of organ and vocal music, published (mostly) by Berlin: Ed. Bote & G. Bock. Laura outlined that the facts of publication for the various volumes differs wildly across myriad records in Worldcat and other bibliographic sources. She has been working to ascertain more accurate publication information for each volume, since the facts of publication have implications for Musica Sacra’s relationship to contemporary church politics. She is also interested in why there was a change of editor after volume four of the series, a change that may have also been politically motivated. All of this work is part of Laura’s doctoral dissertation, which she is due to defend in December.

With the meeting’s presentations complete, we were then treated to a vocal concert by Thomas Bogdan (Voice Faculty, Bennington College), Kerry Ryer-Parke (Voice Faculty, Bennington College), Dane Whitman (Kilpatrick Fellow, Bennington College) and Joe Tucker (Research Services Librarian, Bennington College). The quartet performed a highly diverse and imaginative program, from Monteverdi to Lennon and McCartney.

Vocal Concert. Photo by Zoe Rath.
Vocal Concert. Photo by Zoe Rath.

A huge debt of gratitude goes to Bennington College for hosting us, especially Joe Tucker from Bennington who, along with Jared Rex and Marci Cohen, took care of all of the arrangements for the meeting, including organizing the weather, which was amazing!

Submitted by
Jonathan Manton, NEMLA Member-at-Large.

Happy attendees. Photo by Marci Cohen.
Happy attendees. Photo by Marci Cohen.

Spring 2017 Meeting Preview

NEMLA’s spring meeting will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA! While it has been a number of years since NEMLA met at MIT–the last time was May 2001–we look forward to being back in Cambridge to experience a diverse day of programming in the midst of MIT’s extensive campus (and to sneak a visit to MIT’s Lewis Music Library).

Considered among the world’s best universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861. It supports a mission of advancing knowledge and educating students at the highest level. The Lewis Music Library contains a diverse assortment of musical materials supporting the school’s curriculum including approximately 18,000 books, 40,000 music scores, 26,000 recordings, and 100 journal subscriptions.

Please watch the NEMLA listserv for additional details in the upcoming months (including registration information, accommodations, call for proposals, etc.). Please e-mail Jared Rex (jrex@holycross.edu) if you have questions.

The program committee also encourages all NEMLA members to consider submitting proposals to present at the spring meeting. We want to hear about new initiatives and projects at your home institutions!

Special thanks to the program committee and Peter Munstedt for hosting us.

Jared Rex, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-2295
jrex@holycross.edu

MIT's Lewis Music Library
MIT’s Lewis Music Library

Seeking Nominations/Committee Members

As of December 2016, the NEMLA board seeks new members for the following committees:

By Spring 2017 the board seeks new candidates to run for the NEMLA board to appear on the May 2017 ballot:

Secretary-Treasurer (2 year term)

  • Record the minutes of all meetings and preserve all official records and reports of the Chapter;
  • Keep an up-to-date membership list and notify the members of all meetings;
  • Conduct correspondence of the Chapter as may be required;
  • Prepare an annual budget, maintain Chapter accounts, and report on status of these accounts at each board meeting;
  • Represent the organization in all financial matters, including collecting dues, receiving payments, and making authorized expenditures

 Newsletter Editor (2 year term)

  • Publishes at least four newsletters each year.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Publications Committee. Maintains and posts to social media sites, including NEMLA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Works with the Web Editor and other Board members to update NEMLA’s website.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (3 year term):

  • Performs the duties of the Chair in the latter’s absence.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Education & Outreach Committee.
  • The term of office shall be one year, after which the Vice-Chair shall succeed to the office of Chair and then Past-Chair, requiring a commitment of three years.

Thank you for your consideration, please email Zoe Rath, Chair of the Nominating committee at zrath at berklee.edu if you have any questions about these positions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions.

Bennington College campus. Photo by Alec McLane.
Bennington College campus. Photo by Alec McLane.

Noteworthy News

The Holiday Season is fast approaching and music will be ringing throughout the Town of Blue Hill. Come and join the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in our inaugural Open House for the Holidays.   It will be held in the Performance Hall, at 49 South Street on Tuesday December 13th between 2 and 4pm.

The Music Library is busier than ever with orders for Holiday concerts, with choral, orchestral and recital performances welcoming the season and ringing in the New Year. Our volunteers are kept busy every day entering new music donations and filing the old.

Come and see the progress at the site of the new Music Library! This is due to the many committed and dedicated donors to our mission of sharing music. Heartfelt thanks are hereby extended to all who have given of their time and talent at the Performance Hall, as well as the many generous donations to the Capital Campaign. The campaign has not reached capacity, but the completion is within reach. This community will thrive with your continued support and creative collaboration with BMLL. Call to confirm a workshop, lecture or musical presentation for the community to enjoy in 2017.

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Jared Rex
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
jrex@holycross.edu
(508) 793-2295

Past Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
617-747-8143

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Jonathan Manton
Music Librarian for Access Services
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
jonathan.manton at yale.edu
T: 203-432-

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Metadata Services Department
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

Beautiful foliage at Bennington College. Photo by Zoe Rath.
Beautiful foliage at Bennington College. Photo by Zoe Rath.

Publication Information:

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.
Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders
ssaunder at bates.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

happy-holidays

Return to the New England Music Library Association home page.

 

 

 

NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: SEPTEMBER 2016, NO. 191

Message from the Chair
Secretary /Treasurer’s Report
Fall 2016 Meeting Registration/Information
Seeking Nominations/Committee Members

Noteworthy News
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

Whether you’re working in a library that serves an academic population, attending classes yourself, watching the kids head off for their “first day,” or just enjoying the back-to-school sales, early September often comes with a sense of anticipation and excitement about the new school year.  In fact, I’m writing this message during the first week of fall semester classes at Brown. Here, the excitement is also tinged with a bit of relief—the crazy-busy period of Orientation is (almost) in the rear view mirror by now.  Whew!

NEMLA’s fall meeting at Bennington College is coming up on October 14, 2016.  Jared Rex and the Program Committee have assembled an interesting and varied schedule of events for what promises to be a terrific meeting. (Register here.) The program offers a range of topics, from the latest on MOOCs and ensembles, to an update on Library of Congress Medium of Performance terms, an entry into the ongoing discussion of embedded librarianship, and a glimpse into one NEMLA member’s musicological and bibliographical endeavors. We’ll end with a musical offering from one of Bennington’s ensembles.  In addition, I’m hoping for nice weather so that we can enjoy the mid-autumn Vermont foliage (and maybe a hike or two if you’re staying over).  Please see the meeting page for more information about the meeting schedule and accommodations.  I also want to draw your attention to the situation with lunch at Bennington.  We have the option to eat in the dining hall (where we hear that the menu is well supplied for a range of dietary needs); we recommend that you buy the lunch ticket through the Eventbrite meeting registration page in advance in order to enjoy substantial savings.

If you haven’t been to a NEMLA meeting before, not only do we warmly encourage you to come, but also to apply for support through our First-Time Attendees Program, which covers lunch, registration, and travel expenses.  Both current NEMLA members as well as non-members are welcome to apply, so long as you have not attended a NEMLA meeting before.

For those of you looking to share a ride to Bennington, we have created a carpooling document.  Don’t forget to add your name if you’re already planning to drive and have an extra space in your vehicle!  And you have any trouble finding a ride to the meeting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with members of the board or program committee.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Bennington!

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Stokes
Chair, New England Music Library Association
Performing Arts Librarian
Virginia Baldwin Orwig Music Library, Brown University

Boston Common, from Fall 2013. Photo by Zoe Rath.
Boston Common, from Fall 2013. Photo by Zoe Rath.

Secretary / Treasurer’s Report

New members and membership renewals

Welcome to new members who have recently joined us. We hope you enjoy your first year with NEMLA and look forward to meeting you either virtually via TwitterFacebook, or our Google Group mailing list, or in person at one of our upcoming meetings.

NEMLA’s membership year runs from Sept. 1st through Aug. 31st.  Renewal e-mails were sent out to those whose memberships were expiring on Sept. 1, 2016 or had expired in previous years. If you have not yet renewed, everything you need to do so is on our membership page.  If you have questions regarding your membership status, please e-mail me at nemlaboard@gmail.com

Your continued support of NEMLA is very much appreciated and ensures the chapter’s continued success!

Sharon Saunders
NEMLA Secretary-Treasurer
Bates College Library

 

Bennington College campus. Photo by Zoe Rath.
Bennington College campus. Photo by Zoe Rath.

Fall 2016 Meeting Registration/Information

We are excited to announce the registration information for our Fall 2016 Meeting!

Register here!

Our fall meeting will take place Friday, October 14th at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. The day will feature a wide variety of presentation topics including music therapy librarianship, new music cataloging vocabularies, creating music MOOCs, and untangling the history of Musica sacra. We will conclude the meeting with a special concert featuring a local Bennington ensemble and a reception with views overlooking some of Vermont’s finest foliage.

Meeting Program

All sessions will take place in the Fireplace Room of the Deane Carriage Barn unless otherwise noted.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Registration; coffee and pastries [Hallway adjacent to the Fireplace Room]

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks (Laura Stokes, NEMLA Chair); others, TBA

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: “OperaX: Convening Campus Ensembles to Create MOOCs” (Panel: Memory Apata, Pat Fisken, and Adam Nemeroff, Dartmouth College)

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: “Who’s Who in Music Vocabularies: LCMPT and LCDGT, Updates and Intros” (Anne Adams, Harvard University)

11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.: Committee Introduction from NEMLA Board

11:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Committee Meetings

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Lunch [Commons, Dining Hall]

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: “Embedded Librarian: Music Therapy” (Zoë Rath, Berklee College of Music)

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: “Franz Commer, Prussian Church Music, and Musica sacra: A Bibliographic Detective Story” (Laura Stokes, Brown University)

3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.: Walk to Jennings Music Building

3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.: Concert (Program, TBA): Thomas Bogdan, leader [Room 136, Jennings Music Building]

3:50 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Reception [Jennings Music Building Foyer and Music Library]***
(optional Music Library tours available)

***Please note that alcohol will not be served at the reception. For those interested in a post-reception drink, we will informally gather at Madison Brewing Company at the conclusion of the reception.***

Early Bird registration will be $16 for regular members and $8 for student and retired members. Please register by Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 to receive the Early Bird rate. Registrations from Oct. 7 through Oct. 14 (including walk-ins) will be $18 and $9, respectively.

Lunch

We have made arrangements to eat lunch in Bennington’s dining hall (optional) for this meeting, which may be purchased as part of registration. All attendees are advised that dining possibilities within walking distance of Bennington College are quite limited, so we strongly recommend either using the dining hall option or planning to bring your own. The dining hall offers a variety of food options and will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections. The dining hall has extended a discounted price of $6 if purchased as part of the Early Bird registration by October 6. After this date, lunch will be able to be purchased at the dining hall the day of the conference for an increased cost of $12.

Hotel

As the date of the meeting falls during Vermont’s prime tourist season for leaf-peepers, we were not able to receive discounted rates or book room blocks for conference attendees. The brief list of hotels/b&bs below are in close proximity to Bennington’s campus:

Hampton Inn Bennington, 51 Hannaford Square, Bennington, VT 05201.  Phone: (802) 440-9862

Best Western Bennington, 220 Northside Drive, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone: (802) 442-6311

Knotty Pine Motel, 130 Northside Drive, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-5487

Taraden Bed and Breakfast, 183 Park Street, North Bennington, VT 05257. Phone: (802) 447-3434
Note: This property requires a 2-night minimum stay requirement.

A comprehensive list of hotels/motels/b&bs in the area is available from the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Due to limited availability, we encourage you to book your lodging accommodations at your earliest convenience.

For those attendees looking to carpool or for roommates, please use this Google document.  All of the information on this form will be deleted at the conclusion of the conference.

Transportation

Directions to Bennington College can be found here. A map of Bennington’s campus can be found here. Please note that the day will incorporate the following buildings: #8 (Deane Carriage Barn), #9 (Jennings Music Building), and #14 (Commons/Dining Hall). As the Dining Hall (#14) is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from our morning meeting space (#8), those needing handicap access to the Dining Hall should park in the visitor parking located at Crossett Library (#5) for lunch.

Parking

Please park in the Deane Carriage Lot, the parking lot opposite to the Deane Carriage Barn (see #8 on Bennington’s campus map). As the college will be on fall break, we anticipate ample parking availability. In the unlikely event that the Deane Carriage Lot is full, overflow parking can be accommodated in the parking lots opposite of the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA). Parking is free; no passes are needed.

First-Time Attendees

If this is your first NEMLA meeting, we welcome you to apply for our First-Time Attendees Program. This grant covers registration, lunch, and travel expenses. Both current members and non-members are eligible, so long as they have not attended a meeting before. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is September 30, 2016. Please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/c8mjvz9. Also note that funding is regrettably not available for all first-time attendees, but we do strive to accommodate as many as we can on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday evening dinner

All attendees are invited to a pre-conference group dinner on Thursday night, October 13. We will convene at 7:30 p.m. at Bennington Station. Due to the influx of tourists, the restaurant asks for an accurate headcount by October 4th to plan accordingly. Please let Jared Rex (jrex@holycross.edu) know if you will be attending. ***If we have a party of more than 25, the restaurant will provide a catered buffet-style dinner featuring 3 or 4 entrees (vegetarian and gluten-free options available).***

Deane Carriage House, Bennington College
Deane Carriage House, Bennington College

Seeking Nominations/Committee Members

As of September 2016, the NEMLA board seeks new members for the following committees:

  • Program Committee 
  • Nominating Committee 
  • Education and Outreach Committee (2 members)

The NEMLA Education and Outreach Committee is seeking two new members, ideally one from a public library and another from a special library. The Education & Outreach Committee devises and coordinates activities related to professional and continuing education for music librarianship within the New England region. The committee also strives to reach out to communities that are underrepresented within NEMLA, working to better connect with our colleagues outside of academic libraries, and looking for ways to increase diversity within the chapter. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact its chair and NEMLA Member-at-Large, Jonathan Manton (jonathan.manton@yale.edu).

By Spring 2017 the board seeks new candidates to run for the NEMLA board to appear on the May 2017 ballot:

Secretary-Treasurer (2 year term)

  • Record the minutes of all meetings and preserve all official records and reports of the Chapter;
  • Keep an up-to-date membership list and notify the members of all meetings;
  • Conduct correspondence of the Chapter as may be required;
  • Prepare an annual budget, maintain Chapter accounts, and report on status of these accounts at each board meeting;
  • Represent the organization in all financial matters, including collecting dues, receiving payments, and making authorized expenditures

 Newsletter Editor (2 year term)

  • Publishes at least four newsletters each year.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Publications Committee. Maintains and posts to social media sites, including NEMLA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Works with the Web Editor and other Board members to update NEMLA’s website.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (3 year term):

  • Performs the duties of the Chair in the latter’s absence.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Education & Outreach Committee.
  • The term of office shall be one year, after which the Vice-Chair shall succeed to the office of Chair and then Past-Chair, requiring a commitment of three years.

Thank you for your consideration, please email Zoe Rath, Chair of the Nominating committee at zrath at berklee.edu if you have any questions about these positions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions.

 

Fall 2014 meeting at the BPL, Photo by Jennifer Hunt
Fall 2014 meeting at the BPL, Photo by Jennifer Hunt

Noteworthy News

Catherine Hammer
Catherine Hammer

Jennifer Hunt is pleased to announce that Catherine Hammer has joined Boston Conservatory’s Alphin Library staff as the new part-time circulation manager.  She will be working 15 hours a week in the circulation area, managing student workers and all things circulation and reference at the desk.  Catherine comes to Boston Conservatory from Harvard’s Loeb Music Library where she still holds the position of Library Access Services Assistant, working mostly on the weekends.  Catherine recently presented a session at the last NEMLA meeting held at Harvard about a collection she processed at the BPL concerning the Minuetta Kessler Collection.  Please join Jennifer in welcoming Catherine to the Alphin Library!

Liza Vick. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath
Liza Vick. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath

Liza Vick is moving to Philadelphia in October to start a new position as Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, at the University of Pennsylvania.  For the past ten years, Liza has held the position of Reference and Research Services Library at Harvard’s Loeb Music Library.  As a very active member of NEMLA, Liza served on the Board for several years including as Chair in 2010-2011. We are grateful for her past leadership and involvement on the NEMLA board, we will miss her but will see her at future MLA meetings and look forward to seeing her in Orlando!

Residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula celebrated the relocation of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library to its future South Street location during a groundbreaking ceremony on July 14th.

Whit Chapman, son of Bagaduce Music Lending Library co-founder Marcia Chapman, and Bagaduce Music Lending Library board president Ellie Horwitz, ceremoniously break ground. Photo by Monique Labbe
Whit Chapman, son of Bagaduce Music Lending Library co-founder Marcia Chapman, and Bagaduce Music Lending Library board president Ellie Horwitz, ceremoniously break ground. Photo by Monique Labbe

Check out these upcoming  Live in Concert events at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s Performance Hall at 49 South Street, Blue Hill (wine and cheese included). Please call 207-374-5454 for more information. All proceeds go to the construction of the new Music Library.

  • Frank Fredenburgh & Downeast Jazz-Saturday, September 17 at 7:00pm
  • Larry Kaplan, Folksong Concert-Friday, September 30 at 7:00pm
  • Music’s Quill, Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor, and Timothy Burris, lute “A Banquet of French and English Airs”-Sunday, October 9 at 4:00pm
Madeyln Shackelford Washington
Madeyln Shackelford Washington

Madelyn Shackelford Washington joined the Berklee College of Music’s Stan Getz Library staff as their Digital Learning Librarian in August 2016. Prior to joining the Berklee staff, she served as Assistant Librarian, University Library of Columbus, Indiana University-Purdue, University Columbus. Madelyn holds an MLS, from the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a MM in Afro Latin Music from the Department of Music, California State University, Los Angeles.

Recent CD release, Legend of Hagoromo
Recent CD release, Legend of Hagoromo

Marty Shreiner shared some exciting news.  He recently had a pair of his compositions Two Japanese Idylls for classical guitar released on the British independent label Stone Records http://alcguitar.com/blog/press-release-legend-of-hagoromo/.  Marty also received an award as a finalist for the 21st Century Music Project of the International Center for Japanese Culture in Japan last October.  Congratulations, Marty!

Sofia Becerra-Licha
Sofia Becerra-Licha

Congratulations also to Berklee archivist Sofia Becerra-Licha, one of the twenty-eight new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS). These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories from around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in August 2016.

The innovative DAS Curriculum, developed by experts in the field of digital archives, is structured around seven core competencies: understanding the nature of records in electronic form; defining for a variety of audiences the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulating strategies and tactics for appraisal, description, management, organization, and preservation; integrating technology to provide access to digital collections; planning for the integration of new tools for successive generations of technology; curating, storing, and retrieving original masters and access copies of digital archives; and providing dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks. Participants complete nine required courses from four tiers addressing these competencies.

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Jared Rex
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
jrex@holycross.edu
(508) 793-2295

Past Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
617-747-8143

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Jonathan Manton
Music Librarian for Access Services
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
jonathan.manton at yale.edu
T: 203-432-

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Metadata Services Department
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

NEMLA'S 50th anniversary celebration, Fall 2013, Boston Athenaeum. Photo by Zoe Rath.
NEMLA’S 50th anniversary celebration, Fall 2013, Boston Athenaeum. Photo by Zoe Rath.

Publication Information:

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.
Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders
ssaunder at bates.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

Return to the New England Music Library Association home page.

 

 

 

 

NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: July 2016, NO. 190

Message from the Chair
Spring 2016 Meeting Summary
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
Fall 2016 Meeting Preview
Noteworthy News
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

It’s a pleasure to greet you as the chair of NEMLA for 2016–2017. Summer is in full swing, with the long days, a slightly slower pace (at least for many of us), and maybe even some time both to travel and to unwind.  Whether your summer adventures happen in far-flung places around the globe, or you’re day-tripping to the Cape, Tanglewood, or another nearby hotspot, or even just relaxing on a quiet porch, I hope everyone finds some time to enjoy it.  New England offers a wondrous array of musical opportunities, festivals, and events that can enliven the summer months; we’ve collected information about a few of them here:  http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/free-fun-summer-events-in-new-england-2/.

Looking back to the last few months, I’d like one more time to acknowledge the terrific team at Harvard for hosting our Spring 2016 meeting.  Amazing local host and outgoing NEMLA past chair Kerry Masteller has been a mainstay of the board and of our organization for many years, and she did incredible work to make the spring meeting happen.  The support from Sarah Adams, Lynn Sayers, Marty Schreiner, and Liza Vick was also invaluable. And Sharon Saunders’ work with the budget and registration is what makes it all function and flow together seamlessly.

With the end of the academic year, the annual turnover of the NEMLA board also occurred at the spring meeting.  Many thanks to (now Past Chair) Zoe Rath for a terrific 2015–2016 year under her leadership.  We will miss Chris Schiff as our Member-at-Large, but are pleased to welcome Jonathan Manton back, not only to New England but back to the NEMLA board, as our new Member-at-Large. Looking to the fall, Vice-Chair Jared Rex and the (slightly smaller) Program Committee are busily planning our next meeting at Bennington College, currently scheduled for October 14, 2016.

Speaking of the somewhat reduced forces on the Program Committee: NEMLA needs you!  NEMLA is one of the most active chapters in the Music Library Association, but we can only do that with the support and participation of our members, especially though committee work and hosting meetings.  The following committees are currently in need of new members: Program, Education and Outreach, Instruction, and Publications.  The Oral History committee is also reinvigorating and will be looking to long-term members who are willing to be interviewed.  You can see the work that has already been done on that project here: http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/oral-history-project/.

Committee work is a great way to participate in the life of the organization, become more connected with your colleagues, and stay aware of activities in various parts of music librarianship in the New England region.  If you are interested, please email the chairs or one of the NEMLA board members.  And please let us know if you’re interested in hosting a future meeting!

Wishing everyone an enjoyable rest of the summer.  See you all soon!

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Stokes, Chair

Photo courtesy of Jon Manton
Slide from Dana Gee’s presentation. Photo courtesy of Jon Manton

Spring 2016 Meeting Summary

The 2016 Spring Meeting of the New England Chapter convened at Harvard University’s Lamont Library on June 3rd.  Those in attendance were treated to a program of amazing breadth and variety, a true testament to the eclectic duties and interests of our members and institutions, and to the careful selection of NEMLA’s program committee.

Following introductory remarks, the first session featured three different greater-Boston collections.  One of the key takeaways was: YOU (AND YOUR SPECIAL COLLECTIONS) ARE NOT ALONE!  Those collections that we all have nested away in boxes here and there are truly interesting, unique, and worth surfacing.  And when we do the work of cataloging and advertising we will find our audience.

A case in point was Dana Gee’s presentation on the project to locate and provide access to the plethora of American sheet music collections in the Houghton library.  As “duplicate” items were cataloged and partially digitized, they revealed both a rich and complex world of social references that is known in popular sheet music and a much richer world of performers.  Far from being duplicates, the rotogravure covers of well-known songs might feature as many as ten or more different insets of the performers that toured them in music halls.  They also opened doors on marginalized performers such as male impersonators.  For a taste, see this post on the Houghton Library Blog.

Catherine Hammer presented on The Minuetta Kessler Collection of the Boston Public Library.  Kessler’s career was in itself a near microcosm of music in the 20th Century.  A child prodigy, daughter of Russian Jewish refugees who relocated to Calgary, Kessler was a Juilliard graduate.  Her 50 year residence in Boston included a Boston Pops performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto under Arthur Fiedler.  She wrote concerti, an opera, an amazing assortment of children’s music, and a tribute to Martin Luther King.  Materials in the Boston Public Library collection include manuscripts and sketchbooks for much of her music, including her first composition “The Bears and the Children Playing on the Bridge,” to a number of pieces for Jewish services, to scores from her own music publishing business (Music Resources), to photos of her music game “Staftonia” being played by some of the many children she taught.  Those in attendance were invited to select from de-accessioned duplicates of some of Kessler’s publications – a generous and lovely gift!

Lingwei Qiu. Photo courtesy of Jon Manton

Last in this session was Lingwei Qiu’s introduction to the history of Chinese piano music, built around the 2015 publication of a 10 volume anthology celebrating the centennial.  The first published Chinese piano composition was inked by a Harvard alum, Chao Yuen Ren, but it takes sleuthing to find the score.  The initial printing was in the journal “Ke Xue = Science” published in Shanghai in 1915.  As with the previous two presentations, attendees were introduced to a world crying out to be discovered.  Though reasonably new, Chinese piano music has already gone through significant changes and obvious compositional phases, including the nationalist one that yielded Xian Xinghai’s famous Yellow River Concerto.  Attendees were able to visit the exhibit of these materials at the closing reception in the Loeb Music Library.  For images and more, please see “Along China’s Keys” in the Harvard Gazette.

The morning wrapped up with a presentation by Ronald Broude on “The Origins of Urtext.”  The concept of Urtext arises from 19th Century scholarship which renewed an interest in seeing an unedited text in the way that its creator and contemporaries saw it.  But in the years following the Second World War it has been applied by various publishers in so many different and contradictory ways as to render it almost meaningless.  Henle, Bärenreiter, and Schott all apply the term to “performing” editions which are prepared (in some cases) from the composers’ complete works editions – all showing the intervention of an editor, and many frequently including interpolations (such as fingering) which composers rarely include.  For more, please see Broude’s paper “Musical Works, Musical Texts, and Musical Editions: a Brief Overview” in the journal Scholarly Editing.

Ronald Broude. Photo courtesy of Jon Manton.
Ronald Broude. Photo courtesy of Jon Manton.

The afternoon started with the annual Business Meeting.  Treasurer Sharon Saunders gave a report confirming the chapter’s solid financial standing.  Calls were made for committee participation and the election results were revealed.  Jared Rex of Holy Cross was confirmed as NEMLA Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Jonathan Manton was confirmed as the Member-at-Large.  They will need your support as they seek venues, committee members, and input during the year ahead, so watch for emails concerning future needs and developments.

After a very successful year, Zoe Rath turned over the gavel to new NEMLA Chair, Laura Stokes.  Zoe will head the Nominations Committee as Past Chair.  Watch for her call for nominations in the next academic year, and in the meantime think about ways that you or your colleagues might participate.  In her first official act, Laura Stokes forcefully gaveled the session to a close.

Lunch break! Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.
Lunch break! Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

The afternoon presentations were full of surprises.

Alan Karass delivered a paper based on his doctoral research in ethnomusicology: “Singing ‘Hasta Siempre, Comandante’ in Tunisia (Or, What I’ve Been Doing in Tunisia for the Last Seven Years).”  Showing just how vital and in-tune with the zeitgeist music research can be, Karass discussed how a song lauding Che Guevara has been turned into a well-known folk anthem in not-normally-Spanish-speaking Tunisia.  The recently-minted Dr. Karass’ work encompasses the time during which the Arab Spring occurred.  In a hopeful sign he talked about how Che has gone from being an aspirational figure of striving for freedom (before the Arab Spring) to a historical figure known and studied even in Tunisian high schools (after).

The last talk of the day was delivered by James Jordan: “What Is Old is made New Again: The E.M. Skinner Organ Restoration at the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA.”  As a member of the Community of Jesus, Jordan has been involved in the acquisition and reconfiguration of seventeen E. M. Skinner organs into a single (if it can be called such) instrument.  Reflecting the Community’s focus on worship through the visual and performing arts, the organ is both a musical and architectural masterpiece.  Jordan presented the history of the instrument and a tiny peek at the physical work of combining Skinner’s great organs.  Of course it takes a master to build a great organ, and Jordan dedicated a portion of his presentation to speak of the work of Nelson Barden on this project.  See their website for videos of Barden and the organ, and more on the organ project and the Church of the Transfiguration.  Those who might be on or near Cape Cod should try to schedule in a tour of the Church or one of their concerts.  It promises to be beautifully overwhelming.

Maria Jane Loizou with accompanist Tal Zilber. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath
Maria Jane Loizou with accompanist Tal Zilber. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

The program wrapped up with a triumphant concert at the Loeb Music Library by NEMLA’s own Maria Jane Loizou (accompanied by Tal Zilber).  Her selection of Lullabies and Dances started with a lullaby by Paul Bowles, followed by works by Astor Piazzola and Kurt Weill, and finished with a selection of Greek songs, including a rousing finale in the 9/8 karsilama rhythm – and yes, I did see many audience members counting 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3, as she sang!  It was a beautiful end to the day, and a nice transition to the closing reception next door.

With this the author turns over the duties of the Member-at-Large to Jon Manton, and I send my sincere thanks to Kerry Masteller, who is also rotating off the board this year.  Kerry: Your firm hand and good counsel have made my time on the board a joy.  Thank you.  Respectfully submitted by Chris Schiff, former Member-at-Large, and now ACTIVE member of the Education and Outreach Committee.

Closing reception. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.
Closing reception. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

NEMLA Business Meeting Minutes, June 3, 2016, Harvard University

    • Zoe Rath welcomed the first-time attendees.
    • Sharon Saunders submitted the Treasurer’s report (reproduced below).
    • Various NEMLA Committees Chairs reported on the status of the committee memberships. These included: Education and Outreach; Nominating; Program; and Oral History.  Committees are welcoming new members–please volunteer for a committee of your choice!
    • Laura Stokes put out a call for topics/programs for future meetings and also a call for volunteers to host future meeting.
    • Zoe Rath announced the election results and Kerry Masteller thanked all members who ran for election.
      • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Jared Rex
      • Member-at-Large: Jonathan Manton
    • Zoe Rath turned the meeting over to incoming Chair, Laura Stokes
    • New business
      • Alan Karass talked about an archives conference that he attends. He will post information about it on NEMLA-L
      • Suzanne Lovejoy said that, as a Member-at-Large of the Music Library Association, she will take our concerns to the MLA Board

Laura Stokes adjourned the meeting

Treasurer’s Report from the Spring Business Meeting

Balances (June 1, 2016)
Savings 4,004.93
Checking 2,675.32
Total 6,680.25
Oral history grant
Beginning amount 1,000.00
Expense (3/2015) 183.00
Expenses (7/2015) 336.50
Current remaining 480.50
Checking account
Restricted funds (grant) 480.50
Unrestricted/NEMLA (non-grant) 2,194.82
Total 2,675.32
Members (57 current members)
Income from memberships paid this report period (6/1/2015-6/1/2016) 714.80
October 2015 meeting
Expenses 1,068.39
First-time attendees 139.20
Registrations 863.13
Fees
Eventbrite (meeting registrations) 111.87
Paypal (memberships paid online) 27.20

 

Bennington College campus. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.
Bennington College campus. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

Fall 2016 Meeting Preview

Bennington College
Bennington, VT

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Fall NEMLA meeting will take place at Bennington College in Bennington, VT on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Bennington College, a small liberal arts institution, was founded in 1934. With a total enrollment of around 800 students, Bennington has a strong history of embracing the performing arts, especially modern dance, and continues to include the performing arts as an equal offering to its other liberal arts curriculum.

More details will be announced over the NEMLA listserv in the upcoming weeks including hotel information and a call for presentation proposals. Please e-mail Jared Rex (jrex@holycross.edu) if you have questions.

Special thanks to Joe Tucker from Bennington, for assisting with conference logistics, and to Marci Cohen, who is serving on the program committee.

Noteworthy News

Pam Bristah receiving flowers from NEMLA. Photo courtesy of Kerry Masteller.
Pam Bristah receiving flowers from NEMLA. Photo courtesy of Kerry Masteller.

Pam Bristah recently retired from her position as Music Librarian at Wellesley College, Bristah had worked in the Wellesley Music Library since the summer of 2000.  Before coming to Wellesley, she was Head Librarian at the Manhattan School of Music for eleven years. At Westminster Choir College, she sang in the Westminster Choir, which performed in the Spoleto Festival, both in Italy and Charleston, and with New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Boston Symphony Orchestra, among other orchestras, under Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, William Steinberg, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik, and other conductors.

We will miss her but she plans to continue attending MLA meetings and looks forward to seeing us in Orlando!

Paraclete Recordings announces the release of For the Beauty of the Earth:  Celebrating Creation in Brass, Organ, and Percussion—a collection of contemporary brass works honoring Creation. From David Marlatt’s evocative Windscape and Earthscape to the brilliant and stirring hymn arrangements of James Curnow; from the echoes of space in Anthony DiLorenzo’s Luminosity to Charles Widor’s renowned Toccata arranged for organ and brass; and the beauty of Brenton Broadstock’s Benediction, each work expresses an awe and appreciation for the beauty and boundless mysteries of our universe.

The generous range of sound and colors produced by the 15-member Gabriel V Brass Ensemble and organist SharonRose Pfeiffer, worthily reflect the majesty of creation which words cannot capture.

Recorded in the superb acoustics of Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA, and it’s famous Worcester Organ, this disc gives the listener the full experience of hearing the brilliance of these works and the vibrant artistry of Gabriel V Brass Ensemble and organist SharonRose Pfeiffer.

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Jared Rex
Music Librarian
Fenwick Music Library
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
jrex@holycross.edu
(508) 793-2295

Past Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
617-747-8143

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Jonathan Manton
Music Librarian for Access Services
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
jonathan.manton at yale.edu
T: 203-432-5549

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Metadata Services Department
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

New NEMLA Officers. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath
New NEMLA Officers. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath

Publication Information:

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.
Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders
ssaunder at bates.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

Return to the New England Music Library Association home page.

 

FREE FUN SUMMER EVENTS IN NEW ENGLAND

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CT:

Art Sites New Haven
Online guide and map to public art

Elm Shakespeare Company
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, August 18 – September 4th
Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT

Jazz Haven
Events all summer
New Haven, CT

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Free and ticketed events taking place throughout the summer. Norfolk, CT

Yale Arts Calendar
includes free as well as fee-based arts events, exhibitions, etc.

MA:

Free Shakespeare on the Common
Love Labor’s Lost, July 20 – August 7
Boston Common

Berklee Summer in the City
200 free performances throughout the Greater Boston area from May through September

Concerts in the Courtyard
Boston Public Library
Most Wednesdays and Fridays, June 24 – August 31

Summer Concerts at Ramler Park
130 Peterborough St. (in the West Fens across from the Star Market parking lot)
*August 15 at 6:30pm (Rain date: August 17)
Concert with Maria Jane Loizou and Gabe Alfieri, “You and the Night and the Music”

Jamaica Plain Porchfest
July 9th, 12pm-6pm
Jamaica Plain, MA

Free Organ Brown Bag Concerts
July 14, 21, 28  August 4, 11, 18, 25. Join us for a lunchtime concert on the E.M. Skinner organ, with over 7,500 pipes, at the Church of the Transfiguration (Orleans, MA).
Free Admission.  Buy a lunch for $10 or bring your own!

Also Brass and Organ Concerts: July 22, 23 and August 26, 27 (Note: the Brass and Organ concerts are ticketed events).

Church tours and Free Organ Demonstrations every Friday at 3:00 PM. Call: 508-255-1094 for Details

ME:

Atlantic Music Festival
June 27- July 24
Colby College, Waterville, ME

Maine Celtic Celebration
July 15-17, Belfast Waterfront

Maine Stage Shakespeare
July 8 to August 13
Kennebunk

American Folk Festival
August 26-28
Bangor Waterfront

Bates Dance Festival
July 1-August 6
Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Bowdoin International Music Festival
June 25-August 6
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

In the Square Events
Regularly Scheduled Events
yoga, art, films and more
Portland, Maine

VT:

Battery Park Concerts
All performances are on Thursday evenings in July beginning at 6:30. Enjoy live music at Burlington’s Battery Park while taking in breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and The Adirondacks!

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park, July 28-31

Okemo Mountain Resort Summer Events
Okemo Mountain Resort, Jackson Gore Courtyard
Ludlow, Vermont

Middlebury Festival on the Green
July 10-16
Middlebury Village Green

NH:

Apple Hill Sunday Concerts
Five Sunday evening open rehearsals and coachings (June 19 – Aug 14) at 7:30 pm, hosted by Apple Hill Director, Lenny Matczynski. Come and experience the essence of how we make music.

Ticketed Tuesday Night concert series also happening June 21 through August 23.

Theatre Under the Stars
6pm Thursdays, July 2nd-Aug. 6th
Plymouth, NH

Summer: Music and Performing Art Festivals
Various locations, New Hampshire

RI:

2016 WaterFire Providence Event Schedule

Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series
June 19-July 4
Free, donations encouraged

Music on Main Stroll
July 21
Main Street, East Greenwich, RI

 

NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: APRIL 2016, NO. 189

Message from the Chair
Spring 2016 Election Ballot
Spring 2016 Meeting Registration
Noteworthy News
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

It has been a pleasure working as your Vice Chair and Chair of NEMLA and working with the board for the past 6 years. I am proud of everything this organization has accomplished during this time and what it continues to accomplish. Some of our achievements include the smooth transition to our WordPress website and the excellent documentation of our meetings through our newsletter, website, video recording, and photos. There is also a growing commitment to preserving our past through our archives and through our NEMLA oral history project. I would note that we are still missing quite a few previous presentations, although our website currently includes many past presentations. If you are willing to add your presentation, please email your powerpoint or notes to Sarah Hunter and she will post them.

NEMLA dinner at MLA. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath
NEMLA dinner at MLA. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath

It was nice seeing so many of you at this past MLA conference in Cincinnati and later at the NEMLA Korean dinner at the Sung Korean Bistro. Over 24 of you attended and I have never heard so many compliments on a good restaurant choice! You can see additional photos of our delicious dinner on the NEMLA Facebook page.

This year the weather seems to need some meds to get rid of the mood swings! I’m sure all are looking forward to Spring and then to Summer. I hope to see many of you at our upcoming Spring meeting at Harvard. Thank you to our Vice Chair, Laura Stokes and the Program Committee (Anne Adams, Ilana Revkin,  and Jared Rex), together with our Harvard host Kerry Masteller for their hard  work arranging this meeting,  Thanks also to Sharon Saunders for putting the registration site up on Eventbrite. To see more details about this meeting please read: Spring Meeting at Harvard 2016

NEMLA dinner at MLA. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.
NEMLA dinner at MLA. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

Before I end this letter, I want to remind you all to please take the time to vote for our new Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect and Member-at-Large. A big thank-you to Kerry Masteller (Past Chair) and to the Nominating Committee for recruiting our candidates, and to the members who have decided to run. Short bios of the candidates are included in this issue of the newsletter; look for a ballot in your email soon. If your membership has lapsed, remember to renew it in order to vote.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our Spring Chapter meeting in June at Harvard.

Respectfully submitted,

Zoë Rath, NEMLA Chair
Reference Librarian
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music

Spring 2016 Election Ballot

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, members in good standing will receive an email message inviting them to participate in the election of two new members to the NEMLA board. Our thanks go to all of the candidates standing for election, and to the Nominating Committee for their work assembling the election slate.

Candidate for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:

Jared Rex

Jared Rex has been the Music Librarian at College of the Holy Cross since August 2015. He hosted NEMLA’s Fall 2015 conference and currently serves on NEMLA’s Program Committee. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Jared held various positions including Acting Librarian at the Nashville Symphony, Head Librarian of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Library Fellow at New World Symphony, and Personal Librarian to conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also worked in the music libraries at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, University at Buffalo, and the Boston Conservatory. Jared attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College and the Boston Conservatory, where he received a B.M. in Piano Performance. He also holds a M.L.S. and M.A. in Music Theory from University at Buffalo.

Candidates for Member-at-Large:

Liz Berndt-Morris

Liz Berndt-Morris has been the music curator at the Boston Public Library since January 2015.  Her position includes predominantly providing reference and developing and maintaining the music collection of the BPL. She was previously employed at Central Michigan University, where she was a music librarian for almost six years.  During that time she participated in reference, collection development, original cataloging, and teaching in both one-time class sessions and a 100-level course, “Introduction to Research and Libraries,” each semester. She also earned tenure and had an approved sabbatical before moving to Boston. During her time in the Midwest, she was active in the Midwest Chapter of MLA by chairing the Public Services Committee.

Andrea Cawelti

Andrea Cawelti is the Ward Music Cataloger at Houghton Library, Harvard University. A graduate of Oberlin (Greenwood Conservatory Prize) and The Juilliard School, she began her career as an operatic mezzo-soprano. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including winning the Met Competition, she has sung with the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, and the Columbus Symphony, among others. Prior to Houghton, she worked at the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, the Chicago Symphony Archives, and the New York Public Library Music Division. She completed her MSLIS at Drexel University in 2010.

Jonathan Manton

Jonathan Manton is Music Librarian for Access Services at the Gilmore Music Library at Yale University. His role oversees all aspects of access to Music Library collections, both physical and digital. Notable areas of concentration include circulation and course reserves, and all things digital, including digital projects and audio and video streaming access for media.

Before joining Yale in February 2016, Jonathan was Sound Archives Librarian at Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound. There he principally worked on creating access to an archive of nearly half a million sound recordings through arrangement and description, outreach and public services, and digital project work. While at Stanford, Jonathan notably created digital access to numerous collections from the archive’s holdings for the first time.

Previous to his position at Stanford, Jonathan was based in Boston, MA from 2010-2012. During this time he served remotely as Technical Support Officer for the Britten Thematic Catalogue Project, a forthcoming online resource in development at the Britten-Pears Foundation in the United Kingdom that, once complete, will detail all of Benjamin Britten’s works online, both published and unpublished. He was also a member of NEMLA during this time. He served as Secretary/Treasurer in 2012 and was on the Technical Services Committee from 2011-2012.

Jonathan received his MSc in Information and Library Management from the School of Computing, Engineering, and Information Sciences at the University of Northumbria, UK and MMus in Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Arts from the University of East Anglia, UK. He has published articles in both Brio (International Association of Music Libraries, UK) and Notes (Music Library Association, USA) respectively.

Spring 2016 Meeting Registration

Registration is now open for the Spring 2016 NEMLA meeting!

Registration

The spring meeting will take place on June 3, 2016 at the Lamont Library at Harvard University, followed by a short musical program and a reception at Harvard’s Loeb Music Library.  We have an exciting program to offer: various special collections, the history of the Urtext, ethnomusicological adventures in Tunisia, and the E. M. Skinner organ project.  Our day will end with an opportunity to hear the vocal stylings of our very own Maria Jane Loizou!

Lamont Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Harvard College Libraries
Lamont Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Harvard College Libraries

We are still working on the exact timing of the program schedule (watch for updates!) but we will gather for coffee and light breakfast items at 9 a.m. in Lamont, with the opening remarks scheduled for 9:45 a.m.

Early Bird registration will be $16 for regular members and $8 for student and retired members. Please register by May 27, 2016 to receive the Early Bird rate. Registrations from May 28 through June 3 (including walk-ins) will be $18 and $9, respectively.

No catered lunch this time, but the lunch break on the schedule will offer an opportunity to enjoy one of Harvard Square’s many dining options.  Check out http://www.harvardsquare.com/restaurants if you would like some ideas.

Hotel

We have negotiated a conference rate of $199 per night (with tax, that’s $228.28—it’s Boston…) at the Holiday Inn Boston–Brookline at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline.  If you are driving, you can also park there for $34/night.  Please make your reservation by June 2 to ensure this rate.

Reservation’s #: 855-813-9839

Booking Code: MLA

Booking Link: New England Music Library Association

Transportation

Harvard’s transportation directions can be found at this page: http://www.harvard.edu/on-campus/visit-harvard/directions  Regardless of your mode of transportation, we recommend the use of public transit into Harvard Square itself, since parking is extremely limited.

Loeb Music Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Kerry Masteller
Loeb Music Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Kerry Masteller

The Lamont Library website is found here: http://library.harvard.edu/lam, with a link to a map showing its location.  The Loeb Music Library website is here: http://library.harvard.edu/mus, with a map as well.  Please note that we will gather in Lamont in the morning.

First-Time Attendees

If this is your first NEMLA meeting, we welcome you to apply for our First-Time Attendees Program. This grant covers registration, lunch, and travel expenses; both current members and non-members are eligible, so long as they have not attended a meeting before. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is May 20, 2016.  Please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/c8mjvz9.  Please note that funding is regrettably not available for all first-time attendees, but we do strive to accommodate as many as we can on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday Evening Dinner

All attendees are warmly invited to a group dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at Tanjore restaurant in Harvard Square.  If you are planning to come, please let Laura Stokes know by Tuesday, May 31 at the latest, so we can give the restaurant a headcount.

A huge, huge thank-you to Kerry Masteller, Sarah Adams, Marty Schreiner, Lynn Sayers, and the Harvard Library staff for hosting this meeting and contributing so much to the arrangements!

Noteworthy News

Marci Cohen, editedHolly Mockovak reports that Marci Cohen has joined Boston University as the Assistant Head of the Music Library, Mugar Memorial Library, replacing Sarah Hunter, who recently became BU’s Electronic Inventory Manager for the Libraries. Marci brings her knowledge of popular music, the music industry, and music journalism to the role, complementing the backgrounds of their staff. Within MLA, she’s currently the copyright web editor, a member of the Dena Epstein Award and Education Committees, and Coordinator of the Jazz and Popular Music Round Table. With co-author Grover Baker, her most recently published article is “Takin’ Care of Business: Music Business Reference” in Music Reference Services Quarterly 18/3-4 (2015), 157-163.

Sofia Becerra-Licha
Sofia Becerra-Licha

Sofía Becerra-Licha was accepted into the prestigious program: The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums. The Coalition began in 2013, and is supported by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with administration provided by OCLC.

The goal of the group is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities.

Amanda Axel
Amanda Axel

Amanda Axel joined Berklee College of Music as their Processing Archivist in April 2016. Prior to joining the Berklee staff, she served as Project Archivist for the Jonas Salk Papers at the University of California, San Diego, and Project Archivist at Northwestern University. A native of Illinois, Axel holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Illinois and a joint BA in History and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

11428502_10152771722486467_2140359350294516533_nErica Charis, Assistant Director, Assessment Programs & Planning Learning Resources at Berklee, was a member of an international committee that recently published its findings. The edX Library Working Group on Intellectual Property Materials in MOOCs talked with libraries across the country about current practices and thoughts on best practices regarding class materials for “massively open online courses” like those available on edX and Coursera. Erica was involved in those initial screenings and then was asked to remain on the project to pull together a final report of best practices for IP in MOOCs and recommendations  for further research, from a multi-media perspective.  If you are interested, you can read the report at https://lettheceleryrot.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/ipmaterials-final.pdf.

One final note – check out this interesting Yale News article about the Oral History of American Music archive.

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
Phone: 617-747-8143

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Past Chair:
Kerry Carwile Masteller
Reference and Digital Program Librarian
Loeb Music Library
Music Building, North Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
kmastell at fas.harvard.edu
Office: (617) 495-2794
Fax: (617) 496-4636

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Christopher Schiff
Ladd Library
Research Services
Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
cschiff at bates.edu
Office: (207) 786-6274

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

 

NEMLA dinner at MLA. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath
NEMLA dinner at MLA. Photo courtesy of Zoe Rath.

Publication Information

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.

Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders
ssaunder at bates.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership:$16.00
Return to the New England Music Library Association home page.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: December 2015, NO. 188

Message from the Chair
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
Fall 2015 Meeting Minutes
Spring 2016 Meeting Preview
Call for Nominations
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA members,

I am pleased to report that we had a very successful fall meeting at The College of the Holy Cross at which 48 of you attended!

A huge thank you to our generous hosts Alicia Hansen, Jared Rex, and Sarah Bilotta for planning and organizing the spaces for the NEMLA meeting. The pasta spread and the reception spread of cheese, dips, cider, beer, and wine were a huge hit! And Jared,
thank you in particular for the spectacular signage and for organizing the intimate concert in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. The cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws was mesmerizing, and the De Falla duo with the student Anastasia Dulskiy was a sparkling and enjoyable end to the formal meeting program. If you missed any of the programs or want to review the last meeting, please look at our past meeting page to find links to program, videos, and photos. I would also like to say a big thanks to Laura Stokes (Vice Chair) and the Planning Committee: Anne Adams and Ilana Revkin for their tireless efforts planning this last meeting. I invite you to read Ilana’s wonderful recap of the fall meeting in this newsletter.

Besides being entertaining and interesting, it was also a very strategic meeting because our committees were able to meet and plan for the coming year. Our newest committee on Oral History was able to meet and Marci Cohen stepped forward to chair this committee. Over the next year Marci and other members from this committee will draft a formal charge and will propose how to spend the grant money which we received from MLA.

Are you thinking of presenting at the next meeting? You will have more time to prepare since this year our spring meeting will be held on Friday, June 3rd at the Lamont Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Why so much later in the year? We listened to
the member survey in which many of you said that a March meeting can be hard to attend due to inclement weather and MLA being only a few weeks earlier. We wish to thank our host, Kerry Masteller (Past Chair). Laura is providing a meeting preview in this issue and more details will be forthcoming.

I invite all NEMLA members to be more involved in the NEMLA organization and to consider running for one of the elected officers positions. Kerry as head of the Nominating Committee will give a detailed description in her article of the open positions for which we
are still seeking candidates. Thanks to Jared Rex for volunteering to serve on our program committee.

I hope to see many of you at the upcoming MLA meeting in Cincinnati and that you will join us for our NEMLA dinner (I will make an announcement about where and when in NEMLA-L closer to the meeting).

Best wishes for the holidays and New Year!

Zoe Rath
NEMLA Chair

Photo by Erica Charis
Photo by Erica Charis

Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

Membership

Thanks to all who have renewed their memberships or have recently joined NEMLA. We currently have 51 active members! If the 23 people whose membership was paid through Aug. 31, 2015 renewed their memberships, we would have 74 active members! If you have any questions about the status of your membership, please e-mail me at nemlaboard@gmail.com

Meeting attendance

I heard great feedback about the meeting at the reception. We had 48 attendees. 2 of the 48 were first-time attendees; 2 were guest speakers (i.e., non-NEMLA speakers); 6 were Holy Cross staff. There were 3 others–not counted in the 48–that had pre-registered but were unable to attend.

Finances

Fall meeting income: $ 875.13
Fall meeting expenses: $ 1,180.26
First-time attendee expenses: $ 139.20

Checking account: $ 2006.57
Savings account: $ 4,004.73
Grant funds (Oral history): $ 480.50

Submitted by
Sharon Saunders
NEMLA Secretary-Treasurer

Fall Meeting 2015

Thursday NEMLA dinner at the Flying Rhino Cafe. Photo by Zoe Rath
Thursday NEMLA dinner at the Flying Rhino Cafe. Photo by Zoe Rath

The Fall 2015 NEMLA meeting took place on the bucolic campus of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.  Out-of-towners gathered for dinner at the Flying Rhino Cafe on Thursday night.  The meeting began Friday morning at the Rehm Library in Smith Hall.

Our first presenter, hosted by Marci Cohen of the Berklee College of Music, was Glenn McDonald, Data Alchemist at The Echo Nest (now owned by Spotify). His presentation, “New Approaches to Music as Information,” gave us a glimpse of his work organizing the vast array of music on Spotify in order to personalize the listener’s experience and discovery of music. This involves a visual mapping of 1,387 genres and counting. For more information about McDonald and his work, visit his blog as well as articles on Spotify Insights.

Next, Anna Kijas, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Boston College, shared her work on digitizing and encoding a 14th-century Franciscan Antiphoner, a collaboration between musicologist
Michael Noone and the Boston College University Libraries. In addition to displaying the images and recordings of the antiphoner, the project aims to encode the incipits, texts, and metadata using the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) into the open source platform, Diva, as well as contribute to the CANTUS Database.  For more information, visit their project summary.

Photo by Erica Charis
Photo by Erica Charis

After a delicious catered lunch in the Browsing Room of the Dinand Library, followed by committee meetings and lightning rounds, Anne Adams, Music Cataloger at Harvard University Libraries and Hannah Spence, Catalog Librarian at NEC’s Firestone Library presented on behalf of the Technical Services Committee. Their presentation, “LCMPT and LCGFT Or, Look, Ma, no strings!”, provided an introduction to the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus and the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms that was aimed toward all librarians, not just catalogers. We learned that in contrast to LC subject headings which conflate all
aspects of a piece of music, medium of performance and genre terms parse them out in a way that is much clearer to musicians and researchers.

Photo by Erica Charis
Photo by Erica Charis

For the final presentation of the day, Lee Eiseman, President of the Harvard Musical Association, provided an overview of the HMA’s history and some examples of ephemera, scores, and recordings. Not actually under the purview of Harvard University, the HMA was
founded by Harvard alumni in 1837 to promote musical life in the Boston area through performances, publications, and the collection of music materials.

To round out the meeting, attendees were treated to a performance in the beautiful Brooks Concert Hall. Artist-in-Residence and coordinator of Holy Cross’s chamber music program, Jan
Müller-Szeraws, gave a stunning rendition of Osvaldo Golijov’s cello solo, Omaramor. He then treated us to Manuel De Falla’s Siete canciones populares españoles arranged for cello, accompanied by the talented freshman Anastasia Dulskiy. The performance was followed by a reception with appetizers and wine, held next to Holy Cross’s Fenwick Music Library, allowing attendees to explore the library for themselves.

Ilana Revkin
Program Committee

Performance in Brooks Concert Hall. Photo by Erica Charis
Performance in Brooks Concert Hall. Photo by Erica Charis

Spring Meeting Preview

Lamont Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Harvard College Libraries
Lamont Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Harvard College Libraries

Save the date! The spring meeting of the New England Music Library Association will take place on June 3, 2016, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We will be meeting in the Forum Room of the Lamont Library, with a planned reception in the Loeb Music Library after the meeting.

Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, dating back to 1636. Lamont Library, which was the first library in the U.S. specifically designed for undergraduates, opened in 1949. It currently houses the undergraduate collections in the humanities and the social sciences. If you’d like a sneak peak, Lamont offers a virtual tour of their facility here.

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, located in the Music Building, includes the Isham Memorial Library and the Archive of World Music. It opened in 1956, uniting the music collections from Widener with the music department’s own collections.

Loeb Music Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Kerry Masteller
Loeb Music Library, Harvard. Photo courtesy of Kerry Masteller

We’re looking forward to an exciting, informative, and convivial day at Harvard and in Harvard Square. We would like to extend a special thank-you to Kerry Masteller and Sarah Adams for inviting us to
Harvard, and to Marty Schreiner and Lynn Sayers at Lamont for their assistance with space arrangements. NEMLA’s program committee includes Laura Stokes (chair), Anne Adams, Ilana Revkin,
and Jared Rex.

Call for Nominations

Serving as a NEMLA officer is a rewarding opportunity to serve your chapter, work with colleagues, and contribute to music librarianship, libraries and collections in New England. Nominations are being sought for the following positions, with elections to be held in May:

Vice Chair/Chair Elect (3-year term)

Member at Large (2-year term)

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:

  • Performs the duties of the Chair in the latter’s absence.
  • Serves as Chair of the Program Committee.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Education & Outreach Committee.
  • The term of office shall be one year, after which the Vice-Chair shall succeed to the office of Chair and then Past-Chair, requiring a commitment of three years.

Member-at-Large

  • Acts as liaison to relevant professional organizations in New England (such as the New England Library Association (NELA),the six state library associations, the New England chapter of ACRL (ACRL/NEC), and the New England chapter of the American Musicological Society), primarily to promote information
    exchange and outreach.
  • Serves as Chair of the Education & Outreach Committee.
  • The term of office shall be two years.

Terms of office begin immediately after the spring meeting. Officers must be in good standing and current with their dues. The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect must also be a member of the national association.

Nominations are welcome through March 18, 2016.

If you would like to nominate a colleague for one of these positions (self-nominations are welcome) or if you have any questions, please contact any of the Nominating Committee members:

Kerry Masteller, Chair, kmastell@fas.harvard.edu
Patricia Fisken, Patricia.B.Fisken@dartmouth.edu
Alan Karass, alan.karass@necmusic.edu
Maria Jane Loizou, mariajane.loizou@necmusic.edu

Photo courtesy of Erica Charis
Photo courtesy of Erica Charis

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
Phone: 617-747-8143

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Past Chair:
Kerry Carwile Masteller
Reference and Digital Program Librarian
Loeb Music Library
Music Building, North Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
kmastell at fas.harvard.edu
Office: (617) 495-2794
Fax: (617) 496-4636

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Christopher Schiff
Ladd Library
Research Services
Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
cschiff at bates.edu
Office: (207) 786-6274

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Metadata Services Department
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

Photo by Erica Charis
Photo by Erica Charis

 

Publication Information

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July.

Back issues may be accessed from:
http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/

Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders
ssaunder at bates.edu

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership:$16.00
Return to the New England Music Library Association home page.

NEW ENGLAND QUARTER NOTES: September 2015, NO.187

Message from the Chair
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
Fall Meeting Registration
Noteworthy News

Seeking Nominations/Committee Members
NEMLA Officers
Publication Information

 

College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross

Message from the Chair

Dear NEMLA,

I hope you are managing the hustle and bustle of Fall semester and enjoying those last weeks of summer.

I am happy to announce that our fall meeting plans are well on their way thanks to the hard work of Laura Stokes, our Program Chair, and the Programming Committee. This year’s fall meeting will take place at the College of the Holy Cross on October 16th; please register by October 9th for early bird registration. This year’s fall meeting includes programs on topics such as open access, new approaches to music information, (Technical Services Committee) genre terms and music literacy. NEMLA members will also get a chance to meet with their committee, and new and current members are urged to join an existing committee. This will also be a chance for members interested in our Oral History to meet and discuss the creation of this committee (if you haven’t already, I encourage you to listen to our past oral history interviews).  At this summer’s board meeting we agreed that each committee should try over the next year to come up with a brief summary of goals and objectives that we can post on our website. Finally, to end our day, we have a concert and our closing reception. More details about this concert will be sent out soon, so please stay tuned!

I would also like to remind everyone that our chapter offers a First Time Attendees Program, which provides funding to cover lunch and travel expenses. Non-members, as well as new members, attending a meeting for the first time will be considered as recipients for this grant. I encourage you to invite interested library staff, librarians, or students considering librarianship as a profession, to apply for funding if it will help them attend this or future meetings.

If you’re looking for a roommate and/or to carpool to Worcester, please use this google doc. If you are coming down early or if Worcester isn’t too far out of your way, I hope to see you at our
Thursday NEMLA dinner.

Looking forward to seeing you at our fall NEMLA Meeting, Friday, October 16th,

Zoe Rath
Chair, NEMLA
Reference Librarian
Berklee College of Music

NEMLA Fall 2014
NEMLA Fall 2014 meeting; photo by Jennifer Hunt

Secretary/Treasurer Report

New members and membership renewals
Welcome to new members who have recently joined us. We hope you enjoy your first year with NEMLA and look forward to meeting you either virtually via Twitter, Facebook, or our Google Group mailing list, or in person at one of our upcoming meetings.

NEMLA’s membership year runs from Sept. 1st through Aug. 31st. Renewal e-mails were sent out to those whose memberships were expiring on Sept. 1, 2015 or had expired in previous years. If you have not yet renewed, everything you need to do so is on our membership page. If you have questions regarding your membership status, please e-mail me at nemlaboard@gmail.com

Your continued support of NEMLA is very much appreciated and ensures the chapter’s continued success!

Sharon Saunders
NEMLA Secretary-Treasurer
Bates College Library

Fall 2015 Meeting Registration

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the fall meeting of the New England Music Library Association!

Register

The fall meeting of the New England Music Library Association will take place on October 16, 2015, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the Rehm Library, Smith Hall, with an afternoon concert and reception in Brooks Concert Hall and the Fenwick Music Library.  We have an exciting program planned, including a music encoding project, updates on music vocabularies, the history of the Harvard Musical Association, and a concert featuring some of Holy Cross’s own outstanding performers.

Rehm Library, Smith Hall, College of the Holy Cross
Rehm Library, Smith Hall, College of the Holy Cross


The meeting program will be as follows:

All events take place in Rehm Library, Smith Hall unless otherwise noted.

9–10 a.m. Coffee and pastries [Foyer above Rehm Library]

10–10:15 a.m. Chair’s welcome

10:15–11 a.m.  Marci Cohen (Berklee College of Music) & Glenn McDonald (Data Alchemist, The Echo Nest), “New Approaches to Music as Information”

11–11:45 a.m.  Anna Kijas (Boston College) , “The Encoded Medieval Antiphoner: an Open Access Digital Source for Music and Liturgical Pedagogy and Scholarship”

11:45–1:15 p.m.  Lunch [Browsing Room in Dinand Library]

1:15–1:45 p.m. Committee meetings [Rehm Library]

1:45–2 p.m. General meeting reconvenes; committee lightning rounds

2–2:45 p.m.  NEMLA’s Technical Services Committee, “Medium of Performance and Genre Terms for Non-Catalogers: Look Ma, No Strings!”

2:45–3:20 p.m.  F. Lee Eiseman (Harvard Musical Association), “Special Collections—The Harvard Musical Association and the development of musical performance and literacy in Boston and America”

3:30–4 p.m.  Concert (Program: TBA) (Brooks Concert Hall)

4–5:30 p.m.  Reception (Foyer adjacent to Fenwick Music Library)

Brooks Concert Hall
Brooks Concert Hall, College of the Holy Cross

Early Bird Registration will be $16 for regular members and $8 for student and retired members. Please register by October 9, 2015 to receive the Early Bird rate. At-the-door registrations are $18 and $9, respectively.

Register

Lunch
Please note that registration includes the option of a catered lunch. Lunch options will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. All attendees are advised that dining options within walking distance of Holy Cross are quite limited, and so we strongly recommend either the catered lunch or planning to bring your own.  We will be eating in the Browsing Room in the Dinand Library. The cost will be $12; please register for the lunch by October 9, so we can give Holy Cross Catering an accurate headcount.

Hotel
A block of rooms has been reserved at a conference rate of $114/night at the Comfort Inn in Auburn, Massachusetts, which is approximately a five-minute drive from the Holy Cross campus. The deadline for bookings at the NEMLA rate is September 30.  To register for the hotel, please call the Comfort Inn at (508) 832-8300 and mention the NEMLA hotel rate.

If you are traveling via public transportation, are staying in the hotel, and need additional assistance with transportation to and from Union Station to the Comfort Inn, please contact Jared Rex (jrex at holycross.edu) or Laura Stokes (laura_stokes at brown.edu) as
soon as you have finalized your plans.

Transportation
By car: Holy Cross is easily reached via I-90 (the Mass Pike) and I-290. From Rhode Island, RI-146/MA-146 will take you directly to Holy Cross. Please see the Directions to Hogan Campus Center webpage for more details.

The Holy Cross campus boasts ample parking, and since we are meeting during Fall Break, we project that the parking lots will not be crowded. Please park in the visitor lot near the Hogan Campus Center.

By train and bus: The MBTA Commuter Rail schedule for the Worcester Line is found here. Regional buses also arrive at Worcester’s Union Station at regular intervals. We have arranged a Holy Cross shuttle pickup timed for the MBTA train that arrives at
Worcester at 8:27 a.m., and another shuttle that will return to Union Station for the train that departs Worcester at 5:50 p.m. Please contact Laura Stokes or Jared Rex if you have additional needs. ***Please note that if the MBTA changes the commuter rail schedule
for fall, the shuttle time will be adjusted to reflect the change.***

First-Time Attendees
If this is your first NEMLA meeting, we welcome you to apply for our First-Time Attendees Program. This grant covers registration, lunch, and travel expenses; both current members and non-members are eligible, so long as they have not attended a meeting before. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is October 2, 2015.  Please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/c8mjvz9

Thursday evening dinner
All attendees are warmly invited to a group dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, at the Flying Rhino Cafe. If you are planning to come, please let Laura Stokes know by Wednesday, October 14 at the latest, so we can give the restaurant a headcount.

A huge thank-you to Jared Rex, Alicia Hansen, and the College of the Holy Cross, for hosting this meeting and providing so much in the way of local arrangements.

Noteworthy News

Sarah HunterHolly Mockovak reports that the Boston University Library systems Metadata Services Department has been reorganized and Sarah Hunter is now Electronic Inventory Manager. Her division will oversee the maintenance of the library resource management systems knowledge base for serials and electronic resource collection sets. Sarah has been Assistant Head of the Music Library for 9 years, where her work with a wide variety of information formats and discovery systems prepared her for this promotion. She recently headed a review of the library’s serials workflow where (in the words of our Library Director) “her clearheaded analysis and practical suggestions demonstrated her mastery of our complex technical systems.” Congratulations, Sarah, and thank goodness you remain only one floor away.

brett headshot1aHolly also reports that Brett Kostrzewski is the BU Music Library’s new Evening and Weekend Instructional and Reserves Coordinator replacing Kate Stringer who has moved to a new position in BU’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Collections. Brett is a trained choral conductor moving into part-time doctoral studies in musicology and he is already leveraging his motto, “in your
library” and his background to shape some wonderful outreach and hands-on sessions.

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After two rain outs, the Ramler Park Summer Sunset Concert for 2015 took place on August 24th. NEMLA member Maria Jane Loizou and her band played everything from Jazz standards to Piaf songs in front of an appreciative audience in the Fenway.

 

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Seeking Nominations / New Committee Members:

As of September 2015, the NEMLA board seeks new members for the following committees:

Publications Committee
Sarah Hunter, chair (shunter at bu.edu)

Instruction Committee
Carol Lubkowski, chair (lubkowski at hartford.edu)

Education and Outreach Committee
Chris Schiff, chair (cschiff at bates.edu)

Program Committee
Laura Stokes, chair (laura_stokes at brown.edu)

Nominating Committee
Kerry Masteller, chair (kmastell at fas.harvard.edu)

Please email the committee chairs if you are interested in joining! In addition NEMLA continues to look into creating an Oral History Committee. NEMLA received funding from MLA to create an oral history, and while we have two members interested in being on this committee, we still need someone willing to chair it. If interested, please email Chris Schiff (chris schiff at bates.edu).

NEMLA Fall 2014
NEMLA Fall 2014 meeting; photo by Jennifer Hunt

NEMLA Officers

Chair:
Zoe Rath
Reference Librarian ILL Service
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
zrath at berklee dot edu
Phone: 617-747-8143

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Laura Stokes
Performing Arts Librarian
Orwig Music Library
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
laura_stokes at brown.edu
Office: (401) 863-3999

Past Chair:
Kerry Carwile Masteller
Reference and Digital Program Librarian
Loeb Music Library
Music Building, North Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
kmastell at fas.harvard.edu
Office: (617) 495-2794
Fax: (617) 496-4636

Secretary-Treasurer:
Sharon Saunders
Bates College Library
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240
ssaunder at bates.edu
207-786-8327

Member-At-Large:
Christopher Schiff
Ladd Library
Research Services
Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
cschiff at bates.edu
Office: (207) 786-6274

Newsletter Editor:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr
Archivist/Records Manager
New England Conservatory
Spaulding Library
33 Gainsborough St.
Boston, MA 02115
m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1252

NEMLA Archivist:
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Archivist
Stan Getz Library
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
sbecerralicha at berklee.edu
Office: (617)747-8001

Web Page Editor:
Sarah Hunter
Electronic Inventory Manager
Metadata Services Department
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
shunter at bu.edu
Office: (617)353-5810

Dinand Library, College of the Holy Cross, at sunset
Dinand Library, College of the Holy Cross, at sunset

Publication Information

New England Quarter Notes is published quarterly in September, December, March/April and June/July. Back issues may be accessed from:  http://nemla.musiclibraryassoc.org/resources/newsletters/
Address all correspondence concerning editorial matters to:
Maryalice Perrin-Mohr (m.perrin-mohr at necmusic.edu)

Inquiries concerning subscription, membership and change of address should be directed to:
Sharon Saunders (ssaunder at bates.edu)

Membership year runs September to August.
Regular Personal Membership:$12.00
Student and Retired Membership:$6.00
Institutional Membership$16.00

Return to the New England Music Library Association home page.