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New Head Librarian of Music Metadata Services

Kevin Kishimoto

The Stanford Music Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Kishimoto to the position of Head Librarian of Music Metadata Services. Kevin comes from the University of Chicago where he served as the Music Cataloger for five years where he was responsible for cataloging of music resources, including audio recordings, scores, video recordings, electronic resources, microforms, books in all European languages, and rare music resources in the Special Collections Research Center.

He also cataloged materials and created structural metadata for items in the Chopin Early Editions digital collection. His work on the Chopin project also incorporated Linked Data principles through conversion of the existing metadata. Kevin also played a major role in the Chicago library’s transition from the Horizon to the Kuali OLE system. Prior to his work at Chicago, he held two librarian positions: Reference Librarian at Southwestern Michigan College and Senior Retrospective Conversion and Special Projects Cataloger at the Indiana University Music Library.

Kevin has published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and made numerous presentations at professional conferences, particularly the Music Library Association (MLA). Recent presentations have been on RDA, FRBR, Linked Data, music medium of performance, and genre terms. He is active as an instructor and trainer in music cataloging for the Music OCLC Users’ Group (MOUG) and has conducted several webinars in music cataloging sponsored by MLA through ALA Editions.

His activities in professional organizations include work as the BIBCO Music Funnel, on the NACO Music Project, and memberships on the Vocabulary Subcommittee, the BIBFRAME task force, and the Subject Access Subcommittee of MLA. He holds a MLS from Indiana University, a Performer Certificate on lute and MM from Northern Illinois University, a MA in music from UCSC, and a BA in music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. While his formal training in music emphasized early music, he has very broad musical tastes including a wide variety of popular music. He also has strong ties to Northern California as he grew up in San Jose.

We’re very happy to welcome Kevin who begins his appointment on May 31. He will be a tremendous asset to the Music Library and to the Stanford Libraries in general.