Career Advisory Service: Advisor Biographies

Getting Started

Eleanor Lange is the Head of the Fennell Music Library at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she has worked for five years. Her responsibilities include administration, public service, collection development, information literacy instruction, cataloging of sound recording, ensemble librarianship, and mentoring ten interns every summer. Eleanor started her career in libraries at Indiana University working as a student worker at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library in the technical services department and Variations. After receiving her degree in 2009, she worked as the Band Librarian for the Indiana University Band Department before starting her position at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Eleanor is an active member in the national Music Library Association (MLA) and the MLA Midwest Chapter, as well as the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA). Eleanor holds an MLS (music library specialization) from Indiana University and a BM (vocal performance) from Maryville College.

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. She currently serves as the Music Library Association Publicity & Outreach Officer. Sara holds an MLIS and MM (musicology) from Florida State University, as well as a BA (piano and violin) from Furman University.

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 is Associate Professor and Performing Arts Librarian at Western Michigan University.  Before his appointment in 2014, he was Music Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries since 2002. From 2007 to 2012, he was Head of Branch Libraries, and was the Head of the Special Collections Department from 2012 to 2014. 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.

Mac Nelson is a faculty librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has served since 2006 as cataloger of 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). For the MLA, Mac serves on the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) Subcommittee. In this capacity he has presented cataloging workshops for the Music Library Association, Southeast Chapter, and the North Carolina Library Association. Mac is also a past member of the MOUG Executive Board, which he served as Continuing Education Coordinator. He was the 2010 recipient of the 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 of Music and Dance, as well as the Theatre department. Her responsibilities include administration, public services, collection development, and information literacy instruction. Nara also has seven years of experience in a combined technical and public services position while Assistant Music Librarian at East Carolina University. An active member of MLA and MOUG, she led creation of the Music Discovery Requirements. She 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.

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 and the Theatre Library Association. 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.

Conservatory Libraries

Maria Jane Loizou is the Collection Management and Resource Sharing 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 and supervises Interlibrary Loan. 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) and Preservation Committee (2016-2020) 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 music of Clara Kathleen Rogers, a Boston area singer and pedagogue of the 19th century, and published a new edition of her songs in 2009 (Recital Publications). She holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Arts in Economics from Virginia Tech.

Ensemble Libraries

MGySgt 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.

Eleanor Lange is the Head of the Fennell Music Library at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she has worked for five years. Her responsibilities include administration, public service, collection development, information literacy instruction, cataloging of sound recording, ensemble librarianship, and mentoring ten interns every summer. Eleanor started her career in libraries at Indiana University working as a student worker at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library in the technical services department and Variations. After receiving her degree in 2009, she worked as the Band Librarian for the Indiana University Band Department before starting her position at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Eleanor is an active member in the national Music Library Association (MLA) and the MLA Midwest Chapter, as well as the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA). Eleanor holds an MLS (music library specialization) from Indiana University and a BM (vocal performance) from Maryville College.

Librarians in Mid-Career

Mac Nelson is a faculty librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has served since 2006 as cataloger of 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). For the MLA, Mac serves on the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) Subcommittee. In this capacity he has presented cataloging workshops for the Music Library Association, Southeast Chapter, and the North Carolina Library Association. Mac is also a past member of the MOUG Executive Board, which he served as Continuing Education Coordinator. He was the 2010 recipient of the 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.

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. 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 music, and other musical traditions. Greg was the consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of the Blues (Routledge, 2006), and was co-author of 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own (Rowman and Littlefield, January 2014).

Paraprofessionals

Terry Lewis is the sound recording cataloger (LS III) in the Music & Media department of the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. He has held this position since 1997. In addition to his cataloging duties, he is responsible for music authority headings work, collection development, and music reference. He is also the Library Liaison to the Theatre & Dance department, the only non-librarian to be made a Liaison. He is active in MLA at both the state and national levels. He served two years as Secretary/Treasurer for the MLA California Chapter, and currently serves on the Membership Committee for MLA National. He is a classically trained singer, pianist, and actor, and a very active performer in opera, musical theatre, and theatre in his spare time. He is also a busy voice teacher, vocal coach, music director, and director.

Public Libraries

David M. King is a music librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where he has worked since 2004. He is an active member of MLA, serving as chair of the Public Libraries Committee, Educational Outreach Program, and the Atlantic Chapter (2014-2016), and as a member of the Education and Program Committees and the Conference Content Task Force. He earned an MLIS and BA in Music from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois, and has had articles and book reviews published in Music Reference Services Quarterly. David previously worked as a union organizer, and when he decided to change careers, a career counselor helped him discover that music librarianship would be a good fit. That experience has made him enthusiastic about helping others pursue their career goals.

Solo Librarians

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 and the Theatre Library Association. 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.

Technical Services

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.).

Morris Levy is currently Senior Music and Special Projects Metadata Librarian at Northwestern University Library, for which he has worked since 2007. He was previously the Ward Music Cataloger at Houghton Library, Harvard University, from 2001 to 2007 and Assistant Librarian at the Stan Getz Library, Berklee College of Music, from 2000 to 2001. He holds a B.A. in Music History/Theory from Oberlin College, an M.A. in Folklore (with a specialization in Ethnomusicology) from Indiana University, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Morris has been a member of MLA since 1999.

Librarians Approaching Retirement

Pamela Bristah retired as Music Librarian at Wellesley College in May 2016; during her 16 years there, she was responsible for running the music library, a branch library, and collection development across a wide range of subjects in the humanities. Prior, she was Head Librarian at the Manhattan School of Music, and her first professional job was as MSM’s cataloger. Pamela was honored to serve on the MLA Board as Fiscal Officer for two years, and as Recording Secretary for four years. She earned an MLS at Columbia University, and was lucky enough to take music librarian courses there with the renowned Suki Sommer. Pamela received her undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Since retiring, she moved from Massachusetts to northern New Jersey, where she is very happy to spend time with her niece, grandniece, and grandnephew, go to New York City for concerts and good food, and find her home in a new community.

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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.