Fall Meeting: Program and details (October 17, 2014)

Overview of Fall Meeting
Fall Meeting: Registration
Thursday: Tour of BSO and NEMLA Dinner
Friday: NEMLA Fall Meeting
Fall Program
Presentation Descriptions
Speakers Biographies

Overview of Fall Meeting

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Save the date—the fall 2014 NEMLA meeting will be held on Friday, October 17th at the Boston Public Library, Boston, Ma, in the Commonwealth Salon of the main library branch.

Established in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. Within its collection of 23 million items, the library boasts a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints.

The Central Library, which will host our meeting, includes the famous Sargent Gallery, with spectacular murals painted by John Singer Sargent. Also be sure to see the courtyard of the Central Library, which includes beautiful columns and a water fountain. Boston Public Library is itself a cultural masterpiece.

NEMLA participants will have the chance to tour the buildings on the day of the meeting.

Many of you are familiar with the many attractions of Boston. Instead of listing them here, I will point you to this very comprehensive list.

We encourage our members to join us on Thursday before the meeting for the members’ dinner, and this fall we have the added bonus of including a tour of the Boston Symphony Orchestra archives before dinner. Please RSVP for both event when you register for meeting (deadline is Friday, October 10th).

A big change this year is the board’s decision to increase the price of meeting registration slightly. The board is still committed to keeping meetings affordable for everyone, but also felt the need to adjust costs commensurate with inflation. The price increase also enables the board to allow pre-prepayment through Eventbrite, a service that will enable us to provide a more convenient registration process for our members.

Our special thanks goes to Boston Public Library staff, and especially to Emily Tokarczyk, Robert Cunningham, and Charlotte Kolczynski for help with local arrangements and hosting this meeting. The Program Committee for the meeting includes Laura Stokes, Anne Adams and Ilana Revkin. Directions, program details, and logistics are listed below. We all look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Zoë Rath
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, NEMLA
Program Committee Chair

Boston Public Library. Photo by Zoe Rath


Fall Meeting: Registration

Our Fall 2014 meeting will take place at The Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, on Friday, October 17th, 2014.

Please register by Friday, October 10th (At eventbrite site please include optional Thursday dinner and/or BSO tour if this is of interest).

If you are attending a NEMLA meeting for the first time, we would like to welcome you by waiving the registration fee. However, please be sure to register by clicking on the link above. This ensures that we may prepare a nametag for you and arrange for adequate refreshments. Also, if this will be your first time at a NEMLA meeting, see our information about the First Time Attendees Program and apply by Friday, October 10th, 2014. 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: Tour of BSO and NEMLA Dinner

October 16th, 2014

5:30pm, Tour of the BSO Archives (changed from 5pm)

Meet outside Symphony Hall’s Huntington Ave entrance, right next to Starbucks

(273 Huntington Ave)

6:30pm Dinner, Ginger Exchange

Ginger Exchange Symphony (250 Huntington Ave: map of directions)

Please RSVP for above event on Registration Form

Friday: NEMLA Fall Meeting

October 17th, 2014

Boston Public Library (Central)

700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116 (Directions) (Parking) We encourage members to take public transit if possible since parking is limited and expensive.

NEMLA fall meeting will take place in Commonwealth Salon in the McKim Building.


Fall Program

Download a PDF of NEMLA Fall Meeting 2014.

Note schedule and times are subject to change. Please also see speakers biographies.

Commonwealth Salon in the McKim Building, Boston Public Library.

9:00am-9:45am Coffee/ light refreshments

9:45am-10:10am Announcements/ Introductions Kerry Masteller (Chair of NEMLA) Amy Ryan (President of Boston Public Library)

10:10am-10:55am The Stooges: How “I Wanna Be Your Dog” Uncovers the Ascension of Younger Boomers and Older Gen Xers: Marci Cohen

10:55am-11:55am Evolving Roles and Expectations in Libraries, Education and Scholarship. Panel: Michael Colford, Kenny Whitebloom, Marty Schreiner, Anna Kijas

12:00pm-1:10pm (Lunch on your own)

1:10pm-1:50pm Committee meeting

1:50pm-2:30pm It Didn’t Take Us 7 Days: A Virtual Snapshot of the Berklee College of Music Archives: Paul Engle, Ernie Gillis and Sofía Becerra-Licha

2:30pm-3:10pm From Paper to Pixels: Getting the BSO’s Performance History and Program Book Collection Online: Bridget Carr and Sarah Funke Donovan

3:10pm-3:45pm Tour of Boston Public Library

3:45pm-4:40pm Reception

Note: due to BPL building closing at 5pm we need to leave the room by 4:45pm to allow time for clean up.

Presentation Descriptions

Presentation Descriptions Fall 2014 PDF

The Stooges: How “I Wanna Be Your Dog” Uncovers the Ascension of Younger Boomers and Older Gen Xers

Speaker: Marci Cohen


The divided reaction of the audience to the Stooges’ performance of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 demonstrated the band’s tenuous position in the rock canon. More than that, the awkward response of some and the enthusiastic response of others highlighted the rising power of younger Boomers and older Gen Xers, dubbed herein YBOX. An examination of the song’s history and the Stooges’ Rock Hall induction ceremony shows how punk is a legitimate and overlooked aspect of the Baby Boomer experience and how YBOXers are asserting their power in the rock establishment.

Evolving Roles and Expectations in Libraries, Education and Scholarship

Panel: Michael Colford, Kenny Whitebloom, Marty Schreiner, Anna Kijas

Panel Participants:

Michael Colford (moderator, Boston Public Library)

Kenny Whitebloom (Project Coordinator at the Digital Public Library of America),

Marty Schreiner (Harvard University), Anna Kijas (University of Connecticut)



Michael Colford, Director of Library Services at the Boston Public Library, will moderate this panel, which will examine the role of collaboration, support, and training in digital scholarship through experiences and perspectives of librarians and staff at public, private, and state-funded libraries. Based on his experiences at Harvard Library, Marty Schreiner, Head of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, will present a model of support for students and faculty in authoring with multimedia, and its intersection with the use of digital library resources; Anna Kijas, Scholars’ Collaborative Coordinator and Music & Dramatic Arts Librarian at the University of Connecticut Libraries, will discuss approaches for training library staff in digital scholarship based on her experience from a series of workshops, which she co-led during 2013-14; and Kenny Whitebloom, a staff member from the Digital Public Library of America, will discuss the ways in which DPLA can partner with libraries to provide access to their collections.

It Didn’t Take Us 7 Days: A Virtual Snapshot of the Berklee College of Music Archives

Speakers: Paul Engle, Ernie Gillis and Sofía Becerra-Licha


Although formally established in 2012, the college archives at Berklee’s Stan Getz Library have long had a strong web presence, reflecting the vision for this repository as an accessible, agile, and comprehensive representation of the college’s history, activities, and contributions. Having recently completed a 2-year start-up grant from the NHPRC, in this presentation staff members will provide an overview of the college archives’ development during this period, from wish list to a robust work-in-progress.

In addition to sharing outcomes and lessons learned, this presentation will focus on some of the innovative ways in which multimedia virtual displays of archival materials have been and continue to be developed with minimal resources. As with most lone arranger shops, the Berklee College of Music Archives’ online exhibits have been a highly collaborative endeavor out of necessity, drawing primarily on student and non-archivist staff labor as well as a careful combination of in-house development, open-source tools, and commonly available programs. Staff members will share some of the creative strategy and workflow solutions that have made these complex multimedia virtual displays possible and give a brief demonstration of the final results.


From Paper to Pixels: Getting the BSO’s Performance History and Program Book Collection Online

Speakers: Bridget Carr and Sarah Funke Donovan


The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s rich performance history is documented within its 7,500 program books and an internal performance history database, which together represent over 17,000 concerts performed since 1881. Making these program books and database available online was a key strategy for increasing access to the Archives’ collections. Working with funders, outside vendors, and other departments within the BSO, the Archives department accomplished its objectives on a limited budget and with minimal archival staff. This presentation describes the Archives’ collaboration with various constituents, and offers reflections on successes, lessons learned, and advice for future digitization projects.

Speakers Biographies

Speakers Biographies Fall 2014 PDF

The Stooges: How “I Wanna Be Your Dog” Uncovers the Ascension of Younger Boomers and Older Gen Xers: Marci Cohen

Marci Cohen is a reference librarian at Berklee College of Music. She recently completed a master of arts in music at Tufts University, and her presentation today is an adaptation of her master’s thesis. She earned her bachelor of science from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her MLS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She came to music librarianship as a transition from music journalism focused on popular music. Earlier in her career, she interviewed Iggy Pop twice, and she occasionally still writes album reviews. Prior to Berklee, she worked at RollingStone.com, and Northbrook Public Library in Illinois.

Evolving Roles and Expectations in Libraries, Education and Scholarship

Panel: Michael Colford, Kenny Whitebloom, Marty Schreiner, Anna Kijas

Martin Schreiner is Head of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information in the Harvard Library. This unit of specialized expertise, collections and services provides a bridge between the analog and digital domains in academic research, teaching and learning. In creating a forum and network to promote a university-wide collaboration, Martin is the Team Leader for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Expanding the Boundaries of Authorship group and is co-chair of the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard University. Kenny Whitebloom is a project coordinator at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), where he organizes outreach projects, including the volunteer Community Reps program and the annual DPLAfest celebration, strategic and special initiatives, and other operational efforts that help further DPLA’s mission to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums. He previously worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Kenny holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in History and Italian from Vassar College. Anna Kijas is Scholars’ Collaborative Coordinator and library liaison to Music and Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut Libraries. Anna provides consultations, instruction and outreach services, as well as coordinates, teaches, and leads workshops and events in various areas of digital scholarship. She is interested in exploring and applying digital humanities tools or methods to research in music and history, and investigating platforms for open access research and publishing. She serves on the editorial board of DiRT (Digital Research Tools), is coordinator of the Digital Humanities Round Table (MLA), and committee chair for the Walter Gerboth Award (MLA).

It Didn’t Take Us 7 Days: A Virtual Snapshot of the Berklee College of Music Archives: Paul Engle, Ernie Gillis and Sofia Becerra-Licha

Paul Engle is Director of Library Services at Berklee College of Music. In addition to managing the Stan Getz Library’s operations and staff, he has acquired notable archival collections, expanded the library’s resources, established Berklee’s college archives, developed a graduate library for Berklee’s graduate campus in Valencia, Spain, and initiated the Berklee Oral History Project. He holds an MLIS from the University of North Texas. Ernie Gillis is Berklee’s Manager of Learning Resources Web Development. He is responsible for the library and archives’ digital content, training staff on video and audio technologies, designing and implementing the library’s video streaming infrastructure, and developing and implementing the college’s video conferencing globally. He holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music in Music Production & Engineering and has been a staff member at the library since 2001. Sofía Becerra-Licha is the Archivist at Berklee’s Stan Getz Library, where she has drafted policies for the newly-formalized college archives, written finding aids, and supervised graduate interns and undergraduate student assistants on a variety of processing projects. She holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Harvard and an M.S.L.S. from UNC – Chapel Hill.

From Paper to Pixels: Getting the BSO’s Performance History and Program Book Collection Online: Bridget Carr and Sarah Funke Donovan

Bridget Carr has served as the Archivist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1991. A 1985 graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, she worked at the Massachusetts State Archives, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University’s Houghton Library before settling in at the BSO. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the New England Archivists, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, and the New England Music Librarians. She served as the Chair of the Society of American Archivist Performing Arts Roundtable meeting from 2002 to 2005 and as a Representative-at-Large for the New England Archivists from 2002-2005. In addition to the project being presented today, she has directed a number of preservation and access projects for the BSO, including a scrapbook microfilming project funded by NEH (1993-1995) and a privately funded Boston Pops Score microfilming project (1996). She has also overseen several projects to reformat and facilitate access to at-risk audiovisual materials including live concert recordings, radio broadcasts, and telecasts dating back to the early 1950s. These projects have been funded by ARSC, the Grammy Foundation, and by anonymous donors.

Sarah Funke Donovan is the Digital Project Archivist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, she pursued a degree in library science at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. While still a student at Simmons, Sarah assisted with an audio digitization project in Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives. Working with digitized episodes of the 1950s “This I Believe” radio program, she transcribed episode essays, synchronized audio with transcripts using the Variations annotation software, and created metadata records. Upon graduation from Simmons in May 2012, Sarah was hired by the BSO’s Senior Archivist, Bridget Carr, to complete the NEH-funded digitization project that will be presented today. Sarah has also presented on the BSO’s program book digitization project at the New England Archivist’s Spring 2014 meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has assisted Bridget in highlighting the project via an exhibitor’s booth at the 2014 Society of American Archivists meeting in D.C. Sarah is a member of NEMLA and New England Archivists, and is currently serving on the New England Archivists’ Spring 2016 Program Committee. She is also serving her second year as the Secretary/Treasurer for NEMLA.


There is a vast array of hotels in the Boston area. You might consider checking a travel search engine such as Hotels.com, Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, TripAdvisor or even Boston-B&B. The hotels in the vicinity of the BPL are quite pricey, so you might avoid this by staying in another part of town and taking public transportation to the conference.


Located in the heart of Copley Square, there are many dining options right near the BPL. In the library itself, there are two restaurants, the Courtyard Restaurant and the more casual Map Room Cafe. There are also food trucks next to the BPL along Boylston Street and across the street at Trinity Place (note that this website can show other near-by locations). Want something fresh and local? The Copley Square Farmers Market takes place in Copley Square from 11am-4pm. Sweetgreen is a recommended restaurant nearby serving a local, organic menu. For many more dining options for the area, see Google Maps and urbanspoon.