VINCENT PELOTE, Interim Director, Sound Archivist and Head of Collectionl 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.
ADRIANA CUERVO, Associate Director - Adriana came to IJS from the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was an assistant archivist for music and fine arts for eight years. She has a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor's degree in music history from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She plays the piano and the ukulele.
TAD HERSHORN, Archivist, has written about and photographed jazz since the late 1960s and has published the book: Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, U. Cal. Press (2011). 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.
ANGELA LAWRENCE, Processing Archivist, is a graduate of: the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts, Morgan State University with an M.A. in Music, and Queens College - City University of New York - with an M.S. in LIbrary and Information Studies. She has also done doctoral work in Music Theory at the Graduate Center - City University of New York.
ELIZABETH SURLES, Archivist, holds an M.A. in Musicology and an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously she worked at the American Alpine Club Library first as Digitization Archivist and then Library Director. She also served as Project Coordinator at the Starr-Gennett Foundation after earning her B.A. in Music and History cum laude from Lawrence University. She has published on musicians ranging from May Irwin to Jurassic Five to Mamie Smith and enjoys singing trad jazz.
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.
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.
EDWARD BERGER, Special Projects Consultant, 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.
DAN MORGENSTERN, Director Emeritus, 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.