Spring Meeting: Program and Details (May 10th, 2013)

Spring Meeting: Hanover, NH, Friday, May 10th, 2013

Pow Wow performers at Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

Please check out Presentations from our Spring meeting, video to come soon!

Spring Meeting: Hanover, NH, Friday, May 10th, 2013

Dartmouth Pow Wow
May 12th – 13th, 2013

To stay connected with NEMLA like our Facebook Page or join our new Twitter page.

Register for the Spring 2013 NEMLA meeting

Please be sure to [register by Friday, May 3rd. Information concerning the registration fee, the catered lunch and extra activities is included on the registration form.

Please contact Christina Linklater (linklat at fas.harvard.edu) if you would like to know your membership status.


NEMLA Spring Meeting
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Friday, May 10, 2013

Program Documents

Below are links to important documents about upcoming meeting:

NEMLA Spring Meeting Dartmouth Program

Dartmouth Presentation Descriptions

Dartmouth Speakers Bios


Thursday, May 9, 2013

5:00-6:00pm Informal tours of Paddock Music Libraryand the Hopkins Center for the Arts

6:30pm Dinner at Jewel of India

Friday, May 10, 2013

8:00am – 9:00am
Visit Paddock Music Library on your own

9:00am – 10:00am
Coffee & light refreshments (Occum Commons)

10:00am- 10:15am
Greetings and Announcements

Anna Kijas, NEMLA Chair
Pat Fisken, Head of Paddock Music Library
Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries
Michael Casey, Chair of the Music Department

10:15am – 11:45am
Morning Sessions

10:15am – 11:00am:
Anthony Helm (Dartmouth College)
Enabling and Encouraging Student Media Production in the Jones Media Center

11:00am – 11:45am:
Anna Kijas (University of Connecticut)
Creating an Alt-Bio-Bibliography using Omeka and Geo-spatial Tools

11:45am – 1:15pm
Catered lunch

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Optional: Tour of Baker/Berry Library (for those who can’t stay for the tour later in the day)

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Optional: Guided walk around Occum Pond (for those who want some exercise & fresh air)

1:15pm – 2:15pm
NEMLA Business Meeting

2:15pm – 3:45pm
Afternoon Sessions

2:15pm – 3:00pm:
Ramona Islam (Harvard Library) and Reed Lowrie (Harvard Library)
Busy Bees: Training Non-Music Librarians to do Music Reference

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Sam Cook (University of Hartford)
Improving OPAC Displays Through XSLT: A Koha Success Story

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Reception (Treasure Room, Baker Library)

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Optional: Tour of Baker/Berry Library Dinner on your own/with friends

Presentation Descriptions:

Morning Session:

Anthony Helm: Enabling and Encouraging Student Media Production in the Jones Media Center.

While the Jones Media Center in the Dartmouth College Library houses an extensive collection of audio, video, and microformat materials, it is also actively engaged with students and faculty in the production of multimedia projects for curricular assignments and non-curricular programs. Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies, will provide an overview of the hardware, software, personnel and training support offered by the Jones Media Center and will highlight samples of student-produced work. He will also describe shifts in technology and other changes that have affected these student productions.
Anna E. Kijas: Creating an Alt-Biobibliography Using Omeka and Geo-Spatial Tools.

The landscape of scholarly communications is changing rapidly and scholars are exploring new ways of interpreting and presenting their research. In the digital humanities, scholars are using methods and tools which allow them to not only openly publish their research, but to visualize it, make it interactive and engaging. As I began my research on Teresa Carreño (1853-1917), a Venezuelan pianist and composer, my original goal was to publish a print biobibliography. However, due to the nature of this topic, as well as the geographic dispersal of primary sources, I soon realized that the task of documenting her career and key aspects of her life were daunting. Therefore, I decided to look to the work being done in the field of digital humanities and embark on an adventure. My original goal of creating a narrative of her life and compiling a list of annotated sources, remains the same, however, my path leading to this goal and the eventual outcome have changed dramatically.
In this presentation, I will discuss several tools that were explored, possible uses, and reasons behind my decision to use Omeka, an open-source web-publishing platform and geo-spatial tools (ArcGIS, Neatline). I will also examine how these tools allow me to provide alternative ways of reading or interpreting Carreño’s career, through means, such as geo-spatial and temporal visualization of her concert performances, which I believe will further enrich the analysis and scholarship. In addition, using my own project as an example, I hope to demonstrate how several of these tools or methods associated with the digital humanities can be applied in music or performing arts library settings, and how they can promote further research and scholarship.

Afternoon Session:

Ramona Islam and Reed Lowrie: Busy Bees: Training Non-Music Librarians to do Music Reference

Harvard College Library’s Services for Academic Programs unit instituted shared reference services among Widener, Lamont and Cabot Science Libraries in 2009. This winter Widener and Lamont hired four new term research librarians to rotate among locations and services. Ramona Islam and Reed Lowrie devised a cross training program to get all these librarians “up to speed” in the subjects with which they were unfamiliar. They staged reference ‘bees’ (think quilting bee) that were held in a collegial workshop format. The trainers (generalists and subject specialists) contributed authentic reference questions, and the trainees had a week to try their hand researching them. The workshops are held in a round table setting, where participants can learn from mentors and from one another, and reflect on the research process. The bees had the added benefit of reinvigorating senior librarians who were able to share their expertise and skills. Ramona and Reed will show images and provide examples from the music workshop held in March. Since many of our colleagues have given similar training or simply fielded the “scary” music questions, we anticipate that many in the audience will have their own ideas to share. The presenters welcome ideas from the audience for adapting this teaching approach to use with students and non-music librarians.

Sam Cook: Improving OPAC Displays Through XSLT: A Koha Success Story

The display of bibliographic data in OPACs has traditionally been inferior for music materials, largely attempting to fit them into a mold designed for books. These displays have generally failed to accommodate the quirks of music cataloging and have failed to take advantage of the detailed cataloging found in the MARC records. Through the use of customizable XSLT, however, LibLime Academic Koha has provided a solution that gives each library nearly complete control over how bibliographic data is displayed, going far beyond simply choosing which fields and subfields are displayed. In this presentation, Sam Cook will explain how customizable XSLT works and will provide examples of how the University of Hartford has used this feature to improve the display of music materials.

Jennifer Hunt, Program Chair/Vice-Chair Elect
Library Director
The Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02215

Saturday, May 11, 2013

9am – 11:30am Breakfast Buffet at Everything But Anchovies

12pm Pow Wow

Local Arrangements

Meeting Venue

Most of the day (including lunch), except for tours and the afternoon reception, we will be located on the north end of campus at the Occum Commons in the Goldstein building of the McLaughlin Residential Center (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~opdc/projects/mcl/). Occum Commons is the white/glass portion of the building in the foreground, and is located fairly close to the Dewey Parking Lot for which we will have parking permits.

The Paddock Music Library, located on the south end of campus, can be visited the night before or the morning of our meeting (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/paddock/) and is located on the lowest level of the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

The Treasure Room of the Baker-Berry Library will host our afternoon reception, and tours of Baker-Berry and the Jones Media Center will be offered during the day, as well.

Campus Map

Dartmouth Pow Wow

May 11-12 is also the weekend of the Annual Pow Wow at Dartmouth, so for those of you who can stay after the NEMLA meeting, the Opening Ceremonies of theDartmouth Pow Wow begin on the Dartmouth Green at 12 noon on Saturday, May 11. The festivities continue through dusk on Saturday, and again on Sunday. Admission and parking are free to the Pow Wow. There will be music, dance competitions, and Native foods and crafts.

Other Entertainment

Thursday, May 9, Friday, May 10, or Saturday, May 11, 7:30 PM, Nunsense, Northern Stage, White River Junction, VT

Friday, May 10, 8 PM, Johnny WinterTupelo Music Hall, White River Junction, VT

Friday, May 10 or Saturday, May 11, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH

Saturday, May 11, 8 PM, Barbary Coast Jazz EnsembleHopkins Center, Hanover , NH.


Travel by: car

Travel by: bus


Parking decals will be obtained for campus parking in the Dewey Parking Lot on the north end of campus for Friday, May 10. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form, and we will mail one to you. There are also a couple of free handicap parking spaces right next to the Goldstein building where we are meeting.

If you would like to stay through Saturday to attend the Native American Pow Wow, parking everywhere on campus is free and available on the weekends. We would recommend parking closer to the Dartmouth green for the Pow Wow.


We have been able to secure a block of rooms at reduced rates at two area hotels. It is a busy time of year in the area, and there are other events going on at Dartmouth that weekend, as well. These reduced rates have deadlines.

For those of you who are driving, I might suggest making reservations at the Norwich Inn, in Norwich, VT, just a mile from the Dartmouth campus across the Connecticut River into Vermont. These rooms will be made available at the reduced rate of $139 per night with free parking for the nights of Thursday, May 9 and/or Friday, May 10. The reduced rates will be available at least until Monday, April 8, 2013. Simply let them know that you are part of the “NEMLA/New England Music Library Association” group.

For those of you who may travel by public transportation (such as the convenient Dartmouth Coach that comes from South Station in Boston, it may make sense to make reservations at the Six South Street Hotel in Hanover, NH which is located just two short blocks from campus and from the Dartmouth Coach bus stop in Hanover. Those driving may wish to stay right in Hanover, as well. At this point there are rooms available at the reduced rate of $139 per night, with $18 per night parking for those who are driving, for the night of Thursday, May 9 only, but the manager believes that other reserved blocks of rooms will become available for the night of Friday, May 10, too (let the hotel know if you are interested in two nights). These reduced rates will be available through Monday, April 8, 2013, and availability for rooms for Friday night should be known by that date. Simply let them know that you are part of the “NEMLA/Music Library Association” group.
If neither of these lodging options suit your needs, there is other lodging available within a 10-mile radius of Dartmouth.


Thursday evening reservations will be made for 6:30 PM at Jewel of India. Please indicate your interest on the registration form, or contact Pat Fisken (patricia.fisken at dartmouth.edu) if you would like to join fellow music librarians for dinner.

Friday noon catered box lunches at the meeting site from Salubre Trattoria

Saturday morning (9-1) breakfast buffet at Everything but Anchovies is a possibility for those who are staying for the Pow Wow.

Other local restaurants