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|RETIRED| DAN MORGENSTERN, Former Director, is an NEA Jazz Master, a noted jazz historian and a former editor of Down Beat. His many publications include Living With Jazz and Jazz People, while he has won eight Grammy Awards for his album notes. A former trustee of NARAS, Morgenstern has served on the Jazz Panel of the NEA. He has taught jazz history at Brooklyn College, New York University, the Peabody Institute and at Rutgers.

|RETIRED|EDWARD BERGER, Former Associate Director and Head of Research Services, is a graduate of Indiana University and has a M.L.S. from Rutgers. He is co-author of Benny Carter: A Life in American Music, Reminiscing in Tempo, and Basically Speaking: An Oral History of George Duvivier. He served as record producer and road manager for Benny Carter.

VINCENT PELOTE, Sound Archivist and Head of Technical Services, holds a B.A. in Music Education and a M.L.S. from Rutgers. He has published several discographies, including one on Lionel Hampton in the vibraphonist’s autobiography. He is active in the Music Library Association and in the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, where he has served as President.

DAN FAULK, Reference Associate, holds an M.A. as a graduate of the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers-Newark. He also holds an M.B.A. in Technology Management from SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica-Rome, and has taught jazz history and jazz improvisation at SUNY Stony Brook.

JOE PETERSON, Reference Associate, holds an M.A. as a graduate of the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers-Newark. He also holds a B.A. in History from Monmouth University in New Jersey, and is an active jazz musician specializing in the bass.

CHRISTIAN MCFARLAND, Reference Associate, is currently a graduate student in the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers-Newark. He also holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and his articles have appeared in daily and weekly newspapers in New Jersey and on NJ.com. In his spare time he gives private guitar lessons and plays in his rock band, WarpLord.

TAD HERSHORN, Archivist, has written about and photographed jazz since the late 1960s. He received a Master’s degree in history from George Mason University, followed by an M.L.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in archives and manuscripts.

ANDERS GRIFFEN, Project Archivist, is a graduate of SUNY-Purchase College with a B.F.A. in Music Composition and holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from UCLA.  He has several years experience in library and archival work and is also a professional musician (drummer).

ELSA ALVES, Collection Manager, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers. She has had extensive experience in library work and collection management in the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers – Newark.

ROBERT NAHORY, Digital Library Applications Developer, joined IJS after extensive experience in physics research on lasers for fiber optic communications. He has published over 150 physics research papers along with a book: Lasers, Harnessing the Atom’s Light, Freeman (1998). His past technical experience combined with the fact that he is a musician led him to IJS.