Fall MEETING PROGRAM and details

Manchester City Library
Manchester, New Hampshire
Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday Night Dinner
First-Time Attendees
Welcoming First-Time Attendees

The fall 2019 NEMLA meeting will take place at the Manchester City Library in Manchester, NH on Friday, October 18, 2019. Manchester, NH is the largest city in northern New England and is home to a variety of local restaurants, concert venues, museums, and more.

The Manchester City Library was founded in 1854 and currently houses over 350,000 volumes, making it one of New Hampshire’s largest collections. The Main Branch of the library has been located in the Carpenter Memorial Building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) since 1914. The last time NEMLA met at a public library was for our fall 2014 meeting at Boston Public Library, and we are excited for this opportunity to reach out to public librarians in our region!


Registration is now open! Please fill out this form to register: http://bit.ly/NEMLA19f

First-time registration: Free
Regular registration: $18 early bird / $20 after Oct. 11
Student registration: $9 early bird / $10 after Oct. 11
Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 11, 2019

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This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. Please check back for updates as we finalize the schedule.

10:00am – 11:00am: Registration, breakfast, and networking

11:00am – 11:15am: Opening remarks

11:15am – 12:00pm: Music: The Weapon of Choice by Adaliz Cruz, Simmons University

In the summer of 2019, the Puerto Rican people took to the streets to call for the resignation of the governor, Ricardo Rosselló. With a little creativity and every instrument possible, a corrupt government official and many of his allies were overthrown. From bomba puertorriqueña to salsa to plena to pop to folk music and even reggaetón, music represented the primary method of protest. In Puerto Rico, protest music is not a particular style or genre, but a musical expression across all genres and socio-economic boundaries. This presentation will explore the integral part music plays in Puerto Rican protests, with specific attention to the historic 2019 #RickyRenuncia protestations.

12:00pm – 1:15pm: Lunch on your own

1:15pm – 1:45pm: Committee meetings

1:45pm – 2:30pm: Lightning Sessions

Lightning Session 1: Northeastern University Library’s Recording Studios Are Rocking It by Debra Mandel, Northeastern University

The Northeastern University Library’s Recording provide instruction and guidance for studio and field-based audio and video production, from conception through completion. Whether working on a media assignment, creating a teaching tool, interviewing community leaders, or mastering an album, the Recording Studios are open to all students, faculty and staff, from novice through expert. Staff collaborate with faculty from many disciplines to incorporate projects into their curricula, including music videos, ethnographic blogs about Boston music, digital stories, podcasts, and voice overs. I will highlight some projects and worthwhile challenges that amplify the values of integrating such a service into your library.

Lightning Session 2: Music Librarianship Education, Toward a Hybrid Course Offering by Memory Apata, Dartmouth College, and Liz Berndt-Morris, Harvard University

This lightning talk will address the rationale and design process for an online course in music librarianship currently in development by several New England Music Library Association members. We will explain the circumstances which require leaders in the field to take action now to ensure the survival of such specialty courses. This will include some background information on the options currently available for masters students in library and information science programs, regionally and nationally. Lastly, we will identify some anticipated challenges for this work and describe our current plans for collaboration and gaining support from professional organizations.

Lightning Session 3: Destination Josten Library: Accessibility, Technology, & First Year Orientation by Marlene Wong, Smith College

Access and accessibility have been ongoing problems in the Mendenhall Center, where Josten Library is located. The issues resurfaced when First Year Orientation was redesigned around a campus scavenger hunt/tour for 700 entering students over the course of one week. The 360 orientation tour, a consumer-friendly technology solution born of a collaboration of teaching librarians and technologists, was implemented to address these issues. This presentation will explain the creation of the 360 tour of Josten Performing Arts Library, and will include a showing of the final tour.

2:30pm – 3:10pm: Tour of Manchester City Library

3:10pm – 3:50pm: Concert

Neil Parsons, Bass Trombone/Choreography/Acting
Subadobe, by Fredrik Högberg
Treatise for Solo (dancing) Bass Trombone, a realization of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise

Christiana Rose,Composition/Choreography/Interactive Design/Performer
Stretch, Fall, Hover
Orbits, Traces, and Echoes

4:00pm – 5:15pm: Closing reception

Please note that the Manchester City Library closes at 5:30pm, so we will need to be cleaned up and cleared out by that time.

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Thursday Night Dinner

All attendees are invited to a pre-conference group dinner on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at XO on Elm, 827 Elm St. The restaurant includes vegan and gluten-free menu options. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Wollenberg (Lwollenbe at hartford.edu) by Friday, October 11.

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There are many hotels in the Manchester area. Some of those closest to the Manchester City Library include La QuintaHilton Garden Inn, and Comfort Inn.

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Public Transportation

There are multiple bus options to Manchester. From Boston and all other points south and west: Boston Express, Concord Coach, or Boston-Montreal Greyhound, all departing from Boston South Station. From northern New Hampshire: Concord Coach from Berlin to Concord, and Boston Express from Concord to Manchester. From northern Vermont or Montreal: Montreal-Boston Greyhound.

Any of these options arrive at the Manchester Transportation Center. From there, it is a 15 minute walk (or a quick Uber/Lyft/taxi ride) to Manchester City Library.


Please see driving directions on Manchester City Library’s website: https://www.manchester.lib.nh.us/Visit-Us/Directions


The Hartnett Parking lot and the Victory parking garage are both within one block of the Manchester City Library. Parking rates are $.75/hr, with a $6/day maximum. For more information, see https://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Parking.

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First Time Attendees

NEMLA is proud to offer free meeting registration to any attendee who has not attended a NEMLA meeting in the past, regardless of NEMLA membership status. In addition, we welcome applications for our First-Time Attendees Travel Grant to assist with travel expenses. Follow this link to apply for the grant: http://bit.ly/nemla1st. The deadline for applications is October 11, 2019.

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Welcoming First Time Attendees

Help welcome a first-time attendee to NEMLA! We are looking for “mentors” to introduce introduce a first-time attendee to others during the morning coffee period and/or invite them to join you at lunch. If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact Lisa Wollenberg (Lwollenbe at hartford.edu) by Monday, October 7.

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