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IJS librarian elected president-elect of nat'l association

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Vincent Pelote on his recent election as president elect of the national Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Vince was elected to the post at the Association's annual conference in late May in Washington, DC.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound. Some eighteen ARSC committees provide organizational administration, conduct specific projects, and address issues benefiting the field of recorded sound. The peer-reviewed ARSC Journal, first published in 1968, presents a wealth of landmark articles, papers, and reviews.

Vincent Pelote is the Head of Collection Services/Sound Archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, Newark campus. He has lectured on a number of jazz topics such as Women in Jazz, Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake, and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. He has published discographies on Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, the Commodore record label and he is one of the contributors to the recently published Oxford Companion to Jazz. Mr. Pelote has written a number of LP and CD program notes on jazz guitar, Mary Lou Williams, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Smith and others. He is one of the hosts of the radio program, "Jazz From the Archives," on WBGO-FM, National Public Radio, in Newark.

Vince has been active in the Association For Recorded Sound Collections since the late 1980s. He was co-chair of the ARSC Awards For Excellence Committee (1997-2004) and he served as chair of the Discography Committee (2000-2007). He served on the ARSC Board of Directors as Second Vice-President/Program Chair (1994-95) and Member-At-Large (2003-2005).

Vince's two-year term as president will begin after the Association's 2010 annual conference.

Vincent Pelote.
Photo by Ed Berger, June 2009.

Posted June 8, 2009