Welcome, Alan!

We are pleased to announce that Alan Karass has been appointed as NEC’s new Director of Libraries,
starting Monday, 2 February 2015.  For the past 20 years, Alan has served as Head of the Music Library
at the College of the Holy Cross, and as a lecturer in their Music Department since 2004.  He was also
the librarian for the college’s Rehm Library, the primary public space for the institution’s Center for
Religion, Ethics, and Culture.  He is an active member of Music Library Association (MLA), the New England Music Library Association (NEMLA), Boston-area Music Libraries (BAML), the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML).
Alan also has a performing background, actively playing as a clarinetist and saxophonist while an undergraduate at Clark University.  He discovered a love for early music in graduate school, resulting in an MA in Historical Musicology from the University of Connecticut.  He is a founding member of FloraMusica, a recorder and early music ensemble and past President of the American Recorder Society. Alan earned an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College (even having a class with our own Jean Morrow), and is just completing a PhD In Ethnomusicology, specializing in music from Tunisia.
Please join us in giving Alan a warm NEC welcome!




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Housed in the Harriet M. Spaulding Library and the Idabelle Firestone Audio Library, NEC holds one of the major music collections in the United States, including over 150,000 volumes of scores, sound and video recordings and books about music, as well as subscriptions to all of the major music journals and electronic music databases. In addition, the library archives and special collections boast a rich treasure of manuscripts, 1st editions, personal papers and recorded performances of many of the great composers and musicians who have taught and performed at NEC over the past 147 years.

All members of the NEC community with a current validated NEC ID may borrow scores and books from the library collections. Visitors from outside NEC are welcome to use print materials in the reading room of Spaulding Library or to use audio/visual materials in the Firestone Library. During the academic year, the libraries are open seven days a week and evenings from Sunday through Friday. Reference help is available in both libraries during weekdays and is also available most evenings at the Spaulding Library Reference Desk.