Spring Meeting Program & Details (March 23, 2018)

Spring 2018 Meeting Information

Register here!

We are pleased to announce the registration information for our Spring 2018 meeting.  Early Bird registration will be $18 for regular members and $9 for student and retired members. Please register by Thursday, March 15 to receive the Early Bird rate. Registrations from March 16 through 23 (including walk-ins) will be $20 and $10, respectively. Early bird registration ends Thursday, March 15.

Our spring meeting will take place on Friday, March 23 at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA at Pierce Hall, 241 St. Botolph St. The day will feature sessions on the archival collection of interviews with piano luminaries conducted by Robert Dumm, how to work with binders’ volumes, and a panel discussion on ILS and discovery layer migration. The event will also include a business meeting, a tour of the newly opened Blumenthal Family Library and Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), a concert and a closing reception.

Thursday Dinner

All attendees are invited to a pre-conference group dinner on Thursday night, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Five Horses Tavern, 535 Columbus Ave. The restaurant includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Marci Cohen (mcohen2@bu.eduby Thursday, March 15.

Meeting Program

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Registration; coffee and pastries

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks – Jared Rex, NEMLA Chair; Tom Novak, NEC Interim President, Provost, and Dean

10:00 – 10:40 a.m. “Bound for Glory: Cataloging Bound Sheet Music as Collections” (Robert Cunningham, Boston Public Library; Andrea Cawelti, Harvard University)

10:40 – 11:20 a.m. “Pianists Speak: The Interviews of Robert Dumm, 1959-2008” (Jean Wald, Stetson University)

11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Business meeting

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

1:20 – 2:40 p.m. “Migrating to a New ILS and Discovery Layer: Perspectives from the Trenches” (Patricia (Tish) Brennan, Rhode Island College; Andrea Cawelti, Harvard University; Rebecca McCallum, Wesleyan University; Alec McLane, Wesleyan University; Michael Rogan, Tufts University)

2:40 – 3:25 p.m. Tours of the Blumenthal Family Library and the SLPC

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Concert:

Setar Improvisation / Nima Janmohammadi, DMA Candidate

Ciaccona (2015) for violin alone / Cody Forrest, DMA Candidate
Chu Chun Jean Huang, violin

Invocation (2017) for String Quartet / Cody Forrest, DMA Candidate
Chu Chun Jean Huang and Shuxiang Yang, violins
Daniel Orsen, viola
Joseph Gotoff, cello

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Reception


NEC has a standing special rate at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. Enter the corporate/promotion code NEC when making reservations online or on the phone. Full details, including a link to the hotel website, are on the NEC website. NEC also has a list of additional hotels nearby or accessible via public transit.


Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation. NEC has public transit and driving directions to campus. NEC is 0.8 mi. from Amtrak’s Back Bay Station. South Station, with Amtrak, MBTA, and intercity bus service is 2 miles away. Gainsborough Garage at 10 Gainsborough St. is the closest parking; additional parking information is available here.

NEC/Boston Information

Here is a campus map of NEC. The library website is here. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau has more information about the city.

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 March 9, 2018. 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@bu.edu) by March 9 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.

Welcoming First-Time Attendees

Would you like to help a first-time attendee feel more welcome at their first meeting? We are looking for hosts to aid newcomers in getting to know our organization and its members. The time commitment is very low. You will be paired with a first-time attendee to either introduce them to people during the registration/coffee period in the morning or have them accompany you to lunch. (You are not responsible for paying for their lunch.) Our board members did this at our fall meeting, and it was so successful that we are happy to roll out the opportunity to all our returning attendees. Please email Marci Cohen (mcohen2@bu.edu) by Monday, March 19 to volunteer.