Music librarianship

A Master’s degree in Library Science and Musicology makes a special interest in music librarianship a very natural thing. My first job after graduating brought me to the Middle East where I work as a Music Information Services Librarian at the Qatar National Library (QNL) since early 2014. While most of my job is focussed on building the music collection of the library, organizing music related programs and providing subject specific services, I am also involved in many other activities and projects through QNL.

I joined the German Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) in 2008 as a personal member and have been attending several of their annual conferences. Since 2014, I am getting increasingly involved in the annual international conferences of IAML. During my studies, I did several internships in music libraries both in my hometown Berlin and abroad in the US. Below, you find more info about each internship:

Library of Congress

April 2009 | Acquisitions and Processing Section of the Music Division of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; major field of work: Processing and completing a finding aid for the “Worker’s Music League Collection”.

Blog posts about my stay in D.C.: Background und Praktikum | Library of Congress – Der Gebäudekomplex | Sightseeing und Kulinarisches | Book sale und bake-off in der Bowie Library.

New York Public Library

February-April 2009 | Music division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York City; major fields of work: Introduction to the organizational structure, processing of rare books and several small collections, reference services.

Blog posts about my stay in NYC: Praktikum und Umbruchsituation an der NYPL | Weitere Bibliotheken. You might also want to check the posts I wrote on-site starting here.

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin

August-September 2007 | Music division of the Central and Regional Library Berlin; major fields of work: Reference services, maintenance of a compilation of web resources related to music and cultural life in Berlin, cataloging.

Deutsches Musikarchiv

February-March 2006 | Deutsches Musikarchiv, Berlin (now located in Leipzig), the central collection of sheet music and sound recordings in Germany; major fields of work: Introduction to all fields of work such as cataloging, reference services, maintenance of authority files, long-term preservation and conservation.

DMA

Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung

September 2005 | Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin, a national research center in the field of musicology; major fields of work: RILM, cataloging of recordings, working at the institute’s special library.

SIM

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