Presenters will share an overview of the current landscape for digital collections in music libraries and the challenges presented when campuses moved to remote instruction in Spring 2020. The conversation will focus on supporting access to our unique collections to support performers, researchers, students and faculty. Attendees will learn how three libraries are supporting access to course materials, physical score collections, and unique ways to utilize streaming platforms to support performing arts students.
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Kathleen DeLaurenti is the Head Librarian of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University’s Arthur Friedheim Library. She previously served Arts Librarian, Open Education Coordinator, and Scholarly Communication Librarian at the College of William & Mary. She has been active in the Music Library Association (MLA) Legislation Committee and currently serves as the association’s inaugural Open Access Editor. She is a member of the Copyright Legislation, Education, and Advocacy Network of the American Library Association (ALA) and is the 2015 winner of the ALA Robert Oakley Memorial Scholarship for copyright research. Kathleen holds an MLIS from the University of Washington and a BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.
Michelle Oswell is the Library Director at the Curtis Institute of Music, a position she has held since 2012. Previously Performing Arts Librarian at Rutgers University and Music and Literature Librarian at Haverford College, Michelle holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.
Michelle is a member of the Music Library Association and has served as Web Editor and as a member of the References Sources Subcommittee. In 2007, she won the Walter Gerboth Award for her Printed English Lute Song database project. She has presented at local and national meetings on topics related to online access, library renovation, and library instruction.
As library director for a small conservatory, Michelle’s responsibilities range the gamut: collection development and acquisitions, library instruction, reference, and administering the library’s various online interfaces. In 2013, she oversaw the renovation and reorganization of the Rock Resource Center and began extensive modernization projects in the library’s policies and procedures. During her tenure at Curtis, she has overseen the development of the school’s digital repository (CIMOAR) and online archives management system. In December 2019, Michelle spearheaded the adoption and pilot phase of the Canvas LMS, a system Curtis adopted at a much faster pace than originally anticipated due to the COVID-19 crisis that forced all instruction online in March 2020.
Gregory Sigman is Assistant Director of Research and Instructional Services at the New School Libraries, as well as the subject liaison for Performing Arts. In this role he works primarily with the students and faculty of the Mannes School of Music, The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. Greg moved to the big city from the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, where he earned his keep as the Music and Special Projects Librarian at Ohio University. Greg currently serves as chair of the Greater New York Chapter of the Music Library Association. He can sometimes be spotted on a panel or two at the MLA national conference, and can nearly always be seen playing with the MLA Big Band at the conference’s closing reception. Greg earned the MLIS degree from Kent State University and holds degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Ohio University.