Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Music Librarian at NIU!

Hello Huskies! My name is Abbey Thompson and I'm thrilled and honored to be your new Music Librarian. My first day of work was June 1st, and after a peaceful summer to get acclimated to DeKalb and NIU, I'm ready to get this party started!

A bit about my background...

I have a Master of Arts in Musicology and a Master of Science Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006 and 2008, respectively). I also have a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (Vocal) from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000).
Prior to taking the position here at NIU, I served as the Collection Services Manager for the Music Library at Princeton University. I have 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 I worked in the Metadata Research Center, Rare Books & Special Collections, and for the Southern Folklife Collection.

My 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, I am interested in taxonomies/folksonomies, music user services, and music reference. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, cooking/baking, and I'm an avid player of video games and board games.

My role here at NIU is to help you with your music research needs. As well as being your librarian, I'm a member of the tenure-track faculty, performing research and publishing in my own right. You can count on me to be a professional ally! Feel free to stop by and chat with me in the music library - right now I even have some homemade chocolate chip cookies to tempt you in.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Music Library Hours

The Music Library will maintain regular hours during the entire Final Examination period... See for the regular schedule.
After finals are over, the Music Library will be closed on Sunday, December 14th, the reopen on Monday, December 15th with the Intersession Schedule (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.) until we close for the Winter Break. We hope your Final Examination period goes well!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Voice Majors - New Subscription to Classical Singer!

NIU's Music Library now has a subscription to Classical Singer magazine, and you may access it here: .

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Music Library Hours - Thanksgiving Week

The Music Library will have different hours next week, to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Schedule starting Next Week: 

Monday, Nov. 24 - Tuesday, Nov. 25: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Regular Hours)
Wednesday, Nov. 26: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Reduced Hours)
Thursday, Nov. 27: CLOSED
Friday, Nov. 28: CLOSED
Saturday, Nov. 29: CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 30: CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 1 - Thursday, Dec. 4: 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Regular Hours resume)

We hope you have a restful break!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Reference Title:
Have you ever wanted to look for analyses of pieces of music from 1940 on? The NIU Music Library has acquired a new reference book that can help you with that! Stop by and find it in the Reference section on the first floor.

Hoek, D.J. Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2007. MUR ML113.H695 2007.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello Everyone!

My name is Elizabeth, and I'll be taking over as the Interim Music Librarian since Mike has left NIU. I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you!

If you have a question or anything that I can help you with, please stop by and see me from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday of this week, and Monday-Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the coming weeks. If you can't come in during that time, please feel free to email me at ecribbs at niu dot edu, and we can work out an alternate time.

Best Wishes,


Friday, October 3, 2014

New Reference Title

The Music Library recently received a new reference resource:

Vazsonyi, Nicholas, ed. The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Call no. MUR ML410.W1 C36 2013.

This is my last post on the Music Library Blog as Music Librarian. It has been a pleasure to serve you, and I wish you all the best in the future!