Spring 2017 Meeting Registration/Information

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. We anticipate an exciting day featuring a wide variety of presentation topics. 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) where highlights of the library’s special collection materials will be on display.  Please note that the Early Bird registration deadline is May 26, 2017

Meeting Program

All sessions will take place in Building 4, Room 270 unless otherwise noted.

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.: Registration: coffee and pastries (Lewis Music Library, Building 14, Room 109, ground floor)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.: Opening remarks (Laura Stokes, NEMLA Chair; Chris Bourg, Director, MIT Libraries) (Building 4, Room 270)

10:00 – 10:40 a.m.: “Podcasting for Libraries” (James Capobianco, Hannah Spencer Ferello, and Christina Linklater, Harvard University)

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.: “A Tale of Tunebooks, Black Bean Soup, and Lawyers: The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston and the New England Conservatory” (Alan Karass, New England Conservatory)

11:10 – 11:50 a.m.: “Music in Public Libraries: A Discussion of Recent Trends” (Elizabeth Berndt-Morris, Boston Public Library; Cathy Balshone, Newton Free Library; Raminta Moore, Portland Public Library)

11:50 – 1:20 p.m.: Lunch (on your own)

1:20 – 1:50 p.m.: Business Meeting

1:50 – 2:30 p.m.: “Providing Open Access to Irish Music: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College” (Anna Kijas and Elizabeth Sweeney, Boston College)

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.: “Searching in Digital Medieval Score Databases: Moving from Metadata to Big Data” (Michael Scott Cuthbert, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

3:10 – 3:25 p.m.: Walk to Concert Venue

3:25 – 3:55 p.m.: Concert: Works of Charles Shadle (Kresge Auditorium Little Theatre, Building W16, basement)

3:55 – 4:10 p.m.: Walk to Lewis Music Library

4:10 – 5:30 p.m.: Reception/Music Library Tours (Lewis Music Library)**

***The Lewis Music Library will highlight some special collection materials, including historic MIT music manuscripts and rare books.  For your dancing pleasure, music will be provided by the library’s newly acquired phonograph players from the turn of the 20th century.***

*Although the Lewis Music Library’s website indicates that the library opens at 11:00 a.m. on June 2nd, it will open early at 8:45 a.m. for registration and breakfast. 

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

All room locations can be found on MIT’s campus map: http://whereis.mit.edu/.

As lunch is on-your-own this meeting, here is a list of available dining options in the Kendall Square area: http://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/where-to-eat

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.


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: http://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/where-to-stay

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


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: http://whereis.mit.edu/  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 (Building W16, basement). Kresge Auditorium is approximately a 10-minute outdoor walk from our meeting space.

The Lewis Music Library’s website is here.

Here is a link with detailed driving directions to MIT as well as pay parking lots: http://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/directions

Things to do near MIT: http://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/what-to-do

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: 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, June 1. We will convene at 7:00 p.m. at Royal East (782-792 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139). The restaurant asks for an accurate headcount by May 30 to plan accordingly. Please let Jared Rex (jrex@holycross.edu) know if you will be attending. We hope to see everyone there!