I am the Head of Archival Collections and Services at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University – Newark. I oversee the the world’s largest jazz archives and research library, The Institute of Jazz Studies as well as the RU-N Archives. Before working at Rutgers I worked at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I have developed my career in archives and special collections through the lens of music and performing arts collections, and I’ve been very fortunate to steward important pieces of music history in my work. I have spoken at conferences and published about collection management issues as pertaining to performing arts collections and their users.
My research interests are directly related to the work that I do in the areas of preservation, access, and stewardship, and I have been building on these experiences since the beginning of my career at the University of Illinois. I lead by example, developing good access, use, and appraisal frameworks that other institutions can mirror and build upon and use as examples for managing their music archives. My research agenda encompasses theoretical issues within management of music archives such as describing music materials and appraising archival music collections for the general librarian and novice archivist.
I was interviewed in January 2016 for the Society of American Archivists’ Acquisitions and Appraisal Section Blog, Assigning Value. I go into a little bit of everything we do at the Institute, and how we go about getting new collections, and managing what we already have. Read all about it!
Here’s a brief video showcasing some of the amazing collections at the Institute but if you’re ever in Newark you must stop by!