Our Officers

Chair: Conal McNamara

Conal McNamara is a second year master’s student pursuing dual degrees in Music History and Library Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to beginning graduate school, he attended UWM as a double major in Horn Performance and Music History. Until the end of May 2020, he was working as a library assistant for the Music & Curriculum Collection at the Golda Meir Library. This fall, he will be returning to UWM as a TA for American Popular Music.

Membership: Yuri Shimoda

Yuri Shimoda is a second-year student pursuing her master’s degree in library and information science at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialization in media archival studies. She spent this summer at the Packard Campus of Audio-Visual Conservation as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow. Yuri is the founder of the first student chapter of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), a recipient of an American Library Association 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarship, and plans to become an audio archivist and music librarian.

Programming: Bonnie Finn

Bonnie has been a member of MLStEP since 2016. After graduating from UTK with Master’s degrees in Musicology and Information Science in 2016 & 2017, she worked for 1.5 years as a supervisor at the University of Tennessee George F. DeVine Music Library. In July 2019, Bonnie moved to St. Joseph, MN for her first professional position, Fine Arts Librarian. The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University has 3 libraries – Clemens @ St. Ben’s, Alcuin @ St. John’s, and the Benedicta Arts Center Music Library. She is responsible for the music collections at all three, as well as liaison to faculty for music, theater, art, history, and military science. She also teaches information literacy for those disciplines and first-year classes. Bonnie is looking forward to exploring Minnesota in her time off!

Web Technologies: Anne Lake

Anne Lake graduated from Indiana University’s MLS program in December 2016. She is also a Ph.D Candidate in Indiana University’s Musicology department, researching the history and culture of scoring for superhero films. Now a Senior Library Technician for University of Kentucky’s technical services division at the Little Fine Arts Library, she enjoys spending what little free time she has reading and playing with her cat Elsie.

Chapter Liaisons

California Liaison: Laurel Diskin

Hi! My name is Laurel Diskin (MM CSULA, CCTC CSULA, MLIS, SJSU) and I’m proud to serve as the California chapter liaison of MLStEP. I’m a music librarian, music educator, and professional musician in Los Angeles, CA. As a librarian, I’ve had the privilege to work in public, academic, and private enterprise settings. I currently work for the City of Glendale, Library Arts and Culture Department as a part-time music reference librarian, and while I would leap at the chance to take on a more traditional full-time music library position, I have been (and perhaps once again will be) active as a music librarian in the recording industry. We’ll see where we are once the pandemic has eased! If you live anywhere in California and are interested in music librarianship, please feel free to contact me at laureldiskin@gmail.com.

Greater New York Liaison: Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason is a music librarian at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Library Science program with a specialization in music librarianship. She is currently attending classes to earn a second master’s degree, in musicology, in addition to working full-time. Having worked in many areas of librarianship throughout her career, Sarah has experience in reference, circulation, instruction, outreach, public services, collection development, cataloging and metadata, audiovisual preservation, archives, and rare books and special collections, many of which are served in her current position at Westminster Choir College. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in music, and continues to perform in various ensembles in her spare time.

Southeast Chapter Liaison: Alyssa Nance

Alyssa (she/her) currently works in the UNC Greensboro institutional repository, NC DOCKS, and catalogs scores held in the Cello Music Collections at the UNCG Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Her professional interests include cataloging and metadata; scholarly communications and copyright, and sound recording preservation. Alyssa earned her MLIS from UNC Greensboro (December 2019) and BM in Music Education from Appalachian State University (2012).

Atlantic Chapter Liaison: Andrea Copland

Andrea Copland is currently completing dual Master’s of Music degrees in Oboe Performance (’19) and Musicology (’20) at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she works in the Arthur Friedheim Library as Graduate Student Circulation Manager, and studies with Jane Marvine. Previously, she earned degrees from the University of Denver in Oboe Performance (BM ‘13) and Information Science (MLIS ‘17). Her musicological research explores the intersections between music, national identity, and politics through resistance as [un]represented in historical documentation.

Midwest Chapter Liaison: Jacob Mauldwin

Jacob Mauldwin is a second year master’s student pursuing dual degrees in Musicology and Library Science at Indiana University. Currently he works as a library supervisor for RPS libraries as part of the dorms at IU. In addition, he is an assistant for the Arts & Humanities librarians. In this role he leads library instruction sessions and helps with collection development. After graduating, he would like to find a job in a music library with reference and instruction responsibilities. Jacob holds a B.M in Music Education from Brigham Young University.

New York State-Ontario Liaison: Vivian Tompkins

Vivian Tompkins is the MLStEP Chapter Liaison for the New York State-Ontario Chapter of MLA. A native of Greenville, S.C., Vivian is currently studying for the Master of Library and Information Science degree at Syracuse University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Furman University, and a Master of Studies in Music (Musicology) at the University of Oxford. Her research interests center on women’s domestic music-making in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, and on the use of digital tools and platforms to make materials related to women musicians more accessible. Vivian hopes to combine her interests in music librarianship and the digital humanities by working as a digital scholarship librarian.

Texas Chapter Liaison: Geo Flores

Hello! My name is Geo Flores and I am the Texas Chapter Liaison for MLStEP. I earned my Bachelor of Music in my hometown at the University of Texas, Brownsville which has since become University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley in 2010. I moved to San Antonio where I earned my Master of Music at UTSA in 2013 before enlisting in the Army National Guard where I became a commissioned officer with the Signal Corps. While still serving in the Guard, I moved to Houston where I taught elementary music before deciding that I wanted to pursue librarianship. I moved to Waco in November of 2019, where I am presently employed by Baylor University as the music cataloger for the Crouch Fine Arts Library. Throughout all of that I have also retained a love of performing as a former stand-up comic, vocalist, and podcaster. On a personal note, I am also learning French and am projected to earn my Master of Library Science in Music Librarianship from the University of North Texas in December of this year. My main focus as chapter liaison will be to ensure that MLStEP is more visible and accessible to music library students and potential students in an effort to create a stronger organization that can take on more responsibility and offer more to its members. Looking forward to working with you all!