I grew up in Vermont – but after I joined the military to ski the Alps and acquire technical training, I never quite made it back (though not for lack of trying – but life had other plans). Over the years, I considered returning to school in order to become a librarian. Finally in 2008, after many years away from academia, I began pursuit of my undergraduate degree, while I worked full-time as an administrative assistant at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. During this time, I discovered my passion for history, especially music. In Spring 2013, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Business and Organizational Management. In the fall of 2013, I left my job and entered the musicology program for a Master of Music at The University of Tennessee, en route to my SIS degree. I completed my musicology degree in Summer 2016.
My musicology research interests include music and cultural relations in fin-de-siècle Austria and Germany, Viennese popular forms, Hollywood film music of the 1930s, early twentieth-century instrumental music, late nineteenth-century American and European music, jazz, and issues of identity and social uses of music.
I completed a Master of Science in Information Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in the School of Information Science in August 2017. I worked at UTK as a music library supervisor for 18 months before becoming the Fine Arts Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota in 2019. I am the liaison for music, theatre, and art, teach information literacy for liaison departments and first-year students, and work with the Artists’ Book and sacred music special collections at CSB+SJU.
My research interests include music and art libraries, teaching information literacy, visual literacy, digital humanities for the arts, artists’ books, e-resources, linked data, data/network visualization, digital libraries, metadata, and archival processes.