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.
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
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.