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Associate Professor of Library/Information Science

I came to St. Catherine University in 2004 from St. Olaf College where, as a member of the library faculty, I served in several different positions, including Co-College Librarian, Collection Development Librarian, and Catalog Librarian during my 15-year career there.  I also had a Fulbright grant to travel to Greece in 1995 to help with the development of a research-level music library in Athens.  Before I arrived at St. Olaf I had several short-term positions in many different libraries, including the University of Minnesota (where I cataloged Polish and Ukrainian archival material), the Minnesota Senate Index, and Minneapolis Public Library.

I still live something of a dual professional life as, first, an associate professor in St. Catherine University's graduate program in Library/Information Science, and, second,  as a composer and musician.   In librarianship, my primary interests include cataloging / organization of information, especially user-friendly cataloging and ethical issues in the organization of information; music librarianship, collection development and collection evaluation, and collegial leadership (especially in academic libraries).  Related interests include copyright, intellectual property, and the open source movement, especially as they apply to music and the creative arts, and international librarianship.  I also have a strong interest in advocating for academic freedom and intellectual freedom (I'm currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Minnesota chapter of the AAUP).  My compositions run the gamut from works for solo instruments to choral compositions to a concerto. Current compositional projects include a series of organ works, a saxophone quartet and a string quartet, while on the MLIS side I'm researching the integrity of Library of Congress Subject headings and am begining a project looking at factors influencing the citation rates of LIS articles.


DMA in music composition and theory, University of Arizona.

MA in library science, University of Minnesota.

MM in music composition and theory, University of Kansas.

BA in music, Haverford College.

Courses taught:

  • LIS 7030, Organization of knowledge
  • LIS 7300, Advanced cataloging
  • LIS 7310, Subject analysis
  • LIS 7370, Online systems
  • LIS 7480, Collection development
  • LIS 7720, Academic librarianship
  • LIS 7760, Music librarianship
  • LIS 8820, Metadata

For the most recent syllabi, see this link (currently available only to members of the SCU community)

I've included a recent vita (which includes links to some of my publications and presentations, and provides reasons for some of the links in the list below) as well as links to some of my compositions.  I'll be updating these links as they change.

Other sites I visit frequently include

MLIS program

SCU library home page


ACRL blog (if you want to know what's up in academic libraries, here's the place...)

ALA code of ethics (one of the foundational documents of our profession)

Minitex (truly a pioneering organization and MN treasure)

Internet library for librarians

Internet public library (now called ipl2; merger of Internet public library & Librarians index to the internet)

Library of Congress

Sandy Berman (for an alternative viewpoint) (Wikipedia link; "official" site seems to be down as of 4/2012)

PLG (Progressive Librarians Guild)

Music Library Association


DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

OpenDOAR (Directory of open access repositories)

Bibliography of open access

Internet archive


AAUP (American Association of University Professors); see especially their statements on academic freedom

Minnesota Chapter, AAUP

EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

epic.org (Electronic Privacy Information Center)

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

The Fulbright Program

Wikileaks (the information we all should know but usually don't)

Know your copyrights

Creative Commons


Score Exchange (hosted by Sibelius, music notation software; score repository where I have posted some of my compositions)

Choral Public Domain Library (Choral wiki)

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library (repository of music scores)

Twin Cities chapter of the American Guild of Organists (TCAGO)

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