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Jillian Maynard, Kyle Lynes, and Diana Hellyar, presented Developing Online Information Literacy Tools for a Graduate Nursing Program, at the Annual NERCOMP conference in Providence, R.I., on March 28. The session focused on the planning, development, and implementation of a suite of tools created by the team to replace the traditional face-to-face session for the graduate nursing program.

Maynard also served on a panel at the conference for Models for Starting, Supporting, and Sustaining Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiatives. Also represented on the panel were staff from Bay Path, Dean College, and the SUNY System, all of whom are involved in various OER initiatives. Each spoke on their respective experiences thus far with OER and offered advice and next steps for any other institutions looking to get started.

Jennifer Olson was appointed to the newly re-formed Music Reference, Discovery and Collections Committee of the Music Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) Users Group (MOUG). The committee will be involved with investigating issues with reference, discovery, and collections related OCLC products that the public uses (such as WorldCat), and makes suggestions for improvements in those products and engaging in advocacy. MOUG is an organization that provides an official means of communication and assistance for users of the products and services of the OCLC, in the pursuit of quality music coverage in these products and services.

Sean Parke attended the New England Archivists spring meeting in New Haven, Conn., in March. The topic of the meeting was advocacy, and included a wide-range of issues, including advocating for staff, collections, underrepresented groups, and the importance of archives in our society and within our respective institutions and communities.

Tracey Rudnick was appointed to the Music Library Association’s (MLA) Board of Directors as assistant administrative officer, and next year will become the administrative officer, which oversees the financial and administrative functions of the Association. These roles work closely with the Association's president, board, business office, and special officers to carry out the organization’s mission. The MLA is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States and has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. MLA formulates and promotes standards for music materials in the field of librarianship, holds an annual conference, publishes a scholarly journal and three monograph series, and offers research and travel grants related to music research and librarianship.

Lisa Wollenberg was appointed as website editor for the New England Music Library Association (NEMLA). Her core responsibilities will be to maintain the NEMLA website and listserv, and serve as an ex-officio member of the NEMLA Board.