MA Musicology and MS Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006 and 2008); BM Music Performance (Vocal), University of California, Santa Barbara (2000)
As Music Librarian at NIU, Abbey is chiefly responsible for the operations of the Music Library, and specifically, she performs collection development, library instruction, and reference for the users of the Music Library. She also supervises the Music Library staff and assists with cataloging.
Abbey joined the NIU Libraries in 2015, prior to which she served as the Collection Services Manager at Princeton University. She has also worked at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as a cataloger of rare childrens books, and for Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (Rochester, MN) as a Project Manager and music cataloger for the Chatfield Brass Band Music Lending Library. While in graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill she worked in the Metadata Research Center, Rare Books & Special Collections, and for the Southern Folklife Collection. Her scholarly interests include early music (particularly vocal music) and the early music revival of the 20th century, as well as performance practice, music reception, pop music studies, and video game music. On the library side of things, she is interested in taxonomies/folksonomies, music user services, and music reference. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys singing, cooking/baking, and is an avid player of video games and board games.
- Digital Media Review of IPA Source. http://ipasource.com. Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 71, no. 4 (June, 2015): 740-742. (https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/notes/v071/71.4.thompson.html)
- "Community Libraries as Online Partners: Cataloging the Chatfield Brass Band Music Library.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Music Library Association, Chicago, Illinois, February 2009. [Co-author and presenter]
- “The Dryad Repository: Transforming Scientific Publishing and Data Discovery via the Convergence of Open Access and eScience.” Poster presented at Microsoft eScience Workshop at RENCI, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 2007. [Co-author and presenter]
- “The Dryad Data Repository: A Singapore Framework Metadata Architecture in a DSpace Environment.” Paper presented at DC-2008 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Berlin, Germany, September 2008. [Co-author, left project prior to conference presentation]
MA and MFA, Northern Illinois University
Sherry, full-time senior library specialist in the Music Library, can help users find information using library resources. Outside of her work in the Music Library, Sherry is also a professional artist.
Music Cataloging Librarian