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Career Advisory Service: Advisor Biographies

Getting Started

  • Sara Nodine is Head of Collection Development at the Warren D. Allen Music Library at Florida State University. In this position she manages the acquisition of new materials of all formats, evaluates the current library collection, monitors the library materials budget, and works to establish strong ties with numerous vendors and donors. In this position she is also responsible for overseeing in-house Special Collections. Prior to this position, Sara began her library work in the Allen Music Library, first as a student assistant, and then for several years as the Circulation/Reserves Manager. During this time she has had the opportunity to participate in many different library functions, including public service, cataloging, digitizing, repairing library materials, and preservation. She is active in several professional organizations including the national Music Library Association and Southeast Chapter, Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society. Sara holds an MLIS and MM (musicology) from Florida State University, as well as a BA (piano and violin) from Furman University. 

Technical Services

  • Jim Alberts is a cataloger in the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, VA. Prior to coming to the Library of Congress, Jim was Assistant Music Librarian at Cornell University and Catalog Librarian at the Curtis Institute of Music. He holds an MLS from the University of Maryland and an MFA in music history from Brandeis University, as well as bachelors and masters degrees in double bass from the University of Michigan.

  • Cate Gerhart is the Music/Media Cataloger at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where she has worked for 25 years. Previous to UW she was the music cataloger at Pennsylvania State University. Cate has been active in MLA and many other national associations for many years. She has served as Editor of Music Cataloging Bulletin for 5 years, on various MLA cataloging committees, and on the Program Committee for the national MLA meeting in Atlanta in 2014. She has been very active in OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers), serving as its president and in many other roles. She has also been active in the American Library Association, serving in a number of capacities in MARBI and CC:DA. Cate got her library degree from the University of Michigan, where she had the pleasure of working with Peggy Daub (formerly Head of the Music Library and Director of Special Collections at the U. of M.).

Academic Libraries

  • Joe Clark is the Head of the Performing Arts Library at Kent State University. Before coming to Kent State, Joe was the Digital & Audiovisual Media Librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he oversaw the Library Media Department and Slide Library. In addition to the Music Library Association, he is active in the Association for College and Research Libraries and the American Library Association, and enjoys strong knowledge of various facets of academic librarianship.

  •  Michael Duffy has been Music Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries since 2002. From 2007 to 2012, he was Head of Branch Libraries, is now the Head of the Special Collections Department, and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. At Northern Illinois University, he has served on several search committees. He holds an MLIS from Dominican University, an MM in musicology from Northwestern University, and a BM, magna cum laude, in music education from Western Michigan University, where he graduated from the Lee Honors College. Before entering graduate studies in librarianship and musicology, Michael was a public school music teacher. He has been a member of the Music Library Association since 2001 and is currently a member-at-large of the MLA Board of Directors. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the MLA Midwest Chapter from 2003 until 2007, and serves on its Membership and Publications Committees. He has also been a member of the Music OCLC Users Group since 2002. His writings have appeared in Music Reference Services Quarterly, The Reference Librarian, Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and Choice.

  • Lois Kuyper-Rushing is Head of Music Resources at the Louisiana State University Libraries. She is the only music librarian at LSU, where she supervises all areas in Music Resources including Collection Development, Reference, Bibliographic Instruction and Circulation. Lois began her music library career at Kansas State University in 1986; she has been music librarian at LSU since 1993. She is active in the Music Library Association, having served on the Board and on several committees, and in the Southeast Music Library Association (SEMLA). She has published in numerous academic journals including Notes and College & Research Libraries, and she is under contract with A-R Editions for her thematic index on the works of Eugène Bozza. She holds MM and DMA degrees in oboe performance and an MLIS from Louisiana State University, and a performance and music education degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Currently she is serving as Interim Assistant Dean of the LSU Libraries.

  • Mac Nelson is a faculty librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has served since 2006 as cataloger of and chief resource person for the world’s largest collection of cello music. He is an active member of both the Music Library Association (MLA) and the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG). Mac currently serves as Chair of MLA’s Carol June Bradley Award Committee and as a member of the Education Committee and the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) Subcommittee. On behalf of the EOP, he has presented cataloging workshops for the Southeast Chapter of MLA, and the North Carolina Library Association. Mac is also a member of the MOUG Executive Board, currently serving as Continuing Education Coordinator. He was the 2010 recipient of MLA’s Walter Gerboth Award and was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2007. Before becoming a librarian, Mac enjoyed a career of over twenty years as a musician, teacher, and school administrator. He holds graduate degrees in Guitar Performance (Appalachian State University) and Medieval Studies (University of York, England). While in York, Mac served as musician to the Lords of Misrule, a drama company specializing in the performance of early English plays. For many years he was on the faculty of Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina, where he taught English, history, Latin, and music and served as Dean of Students and Upper School Head. Mac is President Emeritus of the Classical Guitar Society of the Western Carolinas.

  • Nara Newcomer is Head of the Music/Media Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She leads and supervises the Music/Media Library and works directly with faculty and students in the UMKC Conservatory, as well as departments of Theatre and Communication Studies. Prior to joining UMKC, Ms. Newcomer was Assistant Music Librarian at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, fulfilling a combination of public and technical services responsibilities. An active member of MLA and MOUG, she led creation of the Music Discovery Requirements. Ms. Newcomer holds an MLS and an MA in music history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelors in piano from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS.

  • Lisa Woznicki is the Performing Arts Librarian at the Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University in Maryland. She serves as the liaison for all research and instruction needs between the library and the departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts. Previously, she worked for 18 years as a public services librarian and manager for the Baltimore County Public Library. Her areas of interest include embedded librarianship, performing arts research, and the preservation of research materials in the performing arts. Beyond MLA, she is a member of the Congress on Research in Dance, the Theatre Library Association, and has recently joined SIMBAS, the International Network of Cultural Heritage in the Performing Arts. In addition to her work as a tenured librarian faculty member, Lisa teaches as an adjunct in music history for the Music Department of Towson University. She has bachelor’s degrees in English, music literature, and master’s degrees in library science and music education.

Ensemble Libraries

  • MSgt Jane Cross joined the United States Marine Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Ensembles in 1997 as a librarian and was appointed chief librarian in 2008. She holds bachelor's degrees in clarinet and English, and she obtained her master's degree in library and information science in 2003, one of the few performance librarians to have done so. An active member of the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association (MOLA), she served on their board for four years, on the MLA/MPA/MOLA committee for three, and is currently serving as MOLA/MLA liaison and MLA Big Band librarian. Jane has enjoyed helping those new to the field of performance librarianship by inviting them to see how her library is run, introducing them to MOLA's many resources, and helping them make connections with other performance librarians.

Librarians Approaching Retirement

  • Laura Dankner is a former President of the Music Library Association. A former singer, Laura was Associate Professor/Music Librarian at Loyola University, New Orleans for 23 years. She is currently a librarian at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown, MA. In addition to serving MLA as President, Laura has also been a Member-at-Large on the Board, Development Officer, Placement Officer and head of the Education Committee, among other roles. Laura is the author of many book reviews, has contributed chapters to several MLA publications, and co-authored "Musical Gumbo," published by W. W. Norton, written in collaboration with Grace Lichtenstein. 

Music Archives

  •  Associate Professor Greg Johnson has served as the Curator for the Blues Archive in the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Mississippi since 2002. He received his Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002, where he also received a Bachelor of Music in history and literature in 2000. Johnson holds an Associate of the Arts from Meridian Community College, Meridian, MS (1997). He has served as president and vice-president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists. He has also been a member of the Music Library Association, the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. In addition to his work in the Archive, Mr. Johnson teaches a first year writing seminar on the role of music in changing society. He has given well over 200 presentations on the blues, civil rights, and other musical traditions. Greg was the consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of the Blues (Routledge, 2006), and is co-author of the forthcoming 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own (Scarecrow, January 2014).

Solo Librarians

  • Michael Duffy has been Music Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries since 2002. From 2007 to 2012, he was Head of Branch Libraries, is now the Head of the Special Collections Department, and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. At Northern Illinois University, he has served on several search committees. He holds an MLIS from Dominican University, an MM in musicology from Northwestern University, and a BM, magna cum laude, in music education from Western Michigan University, where he graduated from the Lee Honors College. Before entering graduate studies in librarianship and musicology, Michael was a public school music teacher. He has been a member of the Music Library Association since 2001 and is currently a member-at-large of the MLA Board of Directors. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the MLA Midwest Chapter from 2003 until 2007, and serves on its Membership and Publications Committees. He has also been a member of the Music OCLC Users Group since 2002. His writings have appeared in Music Reference Services Quarterly, The Reference Librarian, Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and Choice.

  • Lisa Woznicki is the Performing Arts Librarian at the Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University in Maryland. She serves as the liaison for all research and instruction needs between the library and the departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts. Previously, she worked for 18 years as a public services librarian and manager for the Baltimore County Public Library. Her areas of interest include embedded librarianship, performing arts research, and the preservation of research materials in the performing arts. Beyond MLA, she is a member of the Congress on Research in Dance, the Theatre Library Association, and has recently joined SIMBAS, the International Network of Cultural Heritage in the Performing Arts. In addition to her work as a tenured librarian faculty member, Lisa teaches as an adjunct in music history for the Music Department of Towson University. She has bachelor’s degrees in English, music literature, and master’s degrees in library science and music education.

Librarians in Mid-Career

  • Amy Edmonds
  • Mac Nelson is a faculty librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has served since 2006 as cataloger of and chief resource person for the world’s largest collection of cello music. He is an active member of both the Music Library Association (MLA) and the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG). Mac currently serves as Chair of MLA’s Carol June Bradley Award Committee and as a member of the Education Committee and the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) Subcommittee. On behalf of the EOP, he has presented cataloging workshops for the Southeast Chapter of MLA, and the North Carolina Library Association. Mac is also a member of the MOUG Executive Board, currently serving as Continuing Education Coordinator. He was the 2010 recipient of MLA’s Walter Gerboth Award and was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2007. Before becoming a librarian, Mac enjoyed a career of over twenty years as a musician, teacher, and school administrator. He holds graduate degrees in Guitar Performance (Appalachian State University) and Medieval Studies (University of York, England). While in York, Mac served as musician to the Lords of Misrule, a drama company specializing in the performance of early English plays. For many years he was on the faculty of Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina, where he taught English, history, Latin, and music and served as Dean of Students and Upper School Head. Mac is President Emeritus of the Classical Guitar Society of the Western Carolinas.

Public Libraries

  • Steve Landstreet is the Head of the Music Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where he has worked since 1994. He is a past chair of MLA’s Public Libraries committee and is serving as a Member-at-Large on the MLA Board (2012-2014). He worked as a paraprofessional in both public and academic libraries before getting his MLIS in 1993, and is especially enthusiastic about connecting with music librarians (and future music librarians) in other public libraries.

Broadcast Media Libraries

  • Thom Pease is a cataloger of audio recordings at the Library of Congress in the Recorded Sound Processing Unit at the Packard Campus for Audiovisual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. He has spent over 10 years working in radio libraries and sound archives, including WETA-FM, WFIU-FM, National Public Radio, and the Archives of Traditional Music, and has been with the LoC since 2005. He hosts a weekly contemporary classical music program on WTJU in Charlottesville, maintains contacts to the public radio industry, and understands the function of media assets and knowledge flow in broadcast media organizations. He is also the MLA organization liaison to the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio. Thom has served on the vocabulary review panel for the development of PBCore 2.0, the metadata schema for all public broadcasting organizations, including the CPB-funded American Archive.

Conservatory  Libraries


  • Maria Jane Loizou is the Collection Management Librarian at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA. In her current position, she manages the purchase of all books, scores and serials in print and electronic formats, supervises Interlibrary Loan, and monitors the library budget.  She has been active in MLA and the New England chapter of MLA since 1999, serving on the Resource Sharing and Collection Development committee (2008-2012) of MLA, and as Member-at-Large of NEMLA (2010-2012, 2013-2014). Prior to working at NEC, she held positions as a library assistant at the University of Virginia and the University of Washington.  She is an active performer in the Boston area and teaches voice at the Belmont Hill School.  She has also done extensive research on the life and music of Clara Kathleen Rogers, a Boston area singer and pedagogue.  A new edition of her songs was compiled by Ms. Loizou in 2009. She holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Arts in Economics from Virginia Tech.


 

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