Kristen Laura Castellana

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3239 Moore
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
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Head, Music Library; Librarian for Music and Dance


As the head of the Music Library and subject specialist for music and dance, I support the research, instructional, and performing needs of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the broader U-M community.


I have a BM from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, an MA in Musicology from Penn State, and an MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I've been a librarian at the University of Michigan since 2002, where I previously served as Music & Theatre Studies Librarian.


I provide leadership for the Music Library and oversee its collections. I purchase materials to support research, teaching, and creative practice in music and dance, and provide research assistance and classroom instruction in these areas. I also teach Music Bibliography in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and am currently collaborating on a two-year CLIR grant project in which the Library is cataloging and digitizing more than 30,000 pieces of 19th-century American sheet music from the Thomas Edison Collection.

Regarding research data, I can provide guidance on the components of a data management plan, can assist with identifying metadata standards and vocabularies for music-related materials, and can help music researchers to locate data as well as repositories where they might share their work.

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